Posted on October 26th, 2012

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.” H.P. Lovecraft

Despite the obvious relation to the upcoming holiday, this quote hit home this week because we are definitely feeling like a strange, far place. With another game store opening in a few weeks in a much more accessible location for many, our little shop is starting to feel even farther and stranger than it has before. We definitely want to thank all of you who come from distant corners of the city, and outside the city, to visit us. We greatly appreciate your business and want to continue to make your journeys worth the extra effort and gas.

Now you may not think of our shop as strange, but compared to other game stores, we are freaks. We do not sell single cards for collectible card games, we do not carry miniatures games, we do not carry the snack variety of a mini-mart, and posters of unnaturally endowed females or bloodthirsty wizards do not adorn our walls. These are all standard fare at a ‘normal’ game store, and there is nothing wrong with that, but it means we are a strange sort of game store, for better or for worse. In the future we will be trying to incorporate some of what you’ll find at more typical game stores, but at the same time striving to remain an oddity amongst game stores. Don’t worry, the puerile fantasy posters will never adorn our walls.

So, if you are searching for horror in a strange far place, we are the place to be this weekend. Our saturday game night is gathering steam for a horror theme, and a Mansions of Madness game will be happening this Saturday at 4:30pm. Seating is limited for that one, so let us know if you would like one!

Now, on to the new games, of which there are a few:

Eclipse: Yep, it is back, unfortunately we are already sold out. We are hoping to have more next week so stay tuned.

3012 Card Game: Here is another shot at deckbuilding, this time with some Munchkin-style help or hurt your buddies during monster attacks. While the Munchkin reference is apt, this game is designed to be far more strategic. Many new elements make this very interactive deckbuilder sound interesting.

Dr. Who Card Game: Here you go fans of the show, a Martin Wallace designed game. Most fans of the show will have no idea who Martin Wallace is, but trust me, he makes some darn great games. I am not a fan of the show, but I still want to play this game to experience the design. Luckily, sir Wallace made the game for a general audience, so non-gamer fans should be able to enjoy this one.

Farmageddon: A Kickstarter darling, this lighthearted interactive card game looks like a winner for all ages and inclinations. Essentially, you are trying to reap some big harvests from shared fields, without your opponents playing action cards that hurt your efforts. Sounds like a good-old fashioned card game, but with some entertaining personified vegetable artwork.

Diceafari: This is another Kickstarter project that should make a great family experience. You get to create a map in the shape of an animal, then roll dice to move around the terrain and snap animal photos. Nothing too complex here, but a very nice one to challenge some young ones. Look for this one on the rental shelf.

Events

Meaty Game Day, Saturday @ 4pm, featuring Mansions of Madness: A time to gather and play some longer heavier games. Bring your own, or we have some at the shop.

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Posted on October 19th, 2012

Hello and happy Friday everyone. I have finally recovered from my cold, thanks for asking, and just in time for a pretty busy weekend at the shop. Our strategy Saturday nights have been going well, so stop on by tomorrow night at 6pm for some cozy board gaming. We have been seeing more heavy games at these events, but there is plenty of room for the lighter ones as well. Also check out our guild forums to see if anyone is planning a specific game. Just before the game night, our buddy Tam will be trying to rally for a Pathfinder adventure, so come on by at 4pm if you’d like to live out all of your fantasy dreams.

Sunday we’ll be getting up early for our booth at the Sellwood Middle School 5K fundraiser event. We have 4 registered Cloud Cap participants, so come cheer them on while you sip your coffee, and maybe stop by our humble booth for some entertainment. Then, at 2pm on Sunday, be prepared for the main event: the King of Tokyo Tournament! Anyone can play this fantastic movie monster game, and anyone can learn the rules rapidly during the first round of the tournament, so come join in even if you have never played this game. King of Tokyo is easily one of the best light-hearted game experiences, ever!

For new games this week we have only a single announcement, the old Dungeon board game has finally been reprinted by Wizards of the Coast and we will have a bunch arriving this afternoon. For the 12-year old boy in all of us, this game is hard to beat. It is a good old dungeon crawl adventure-fest without pages of finnicky rules but with tons of randomness, as it should be. The playability and great price ($20) make this game a must for fantasy lovers who can still squeal like a high school fanboy when they acquire an awesome magic wand, then use some lucky die rolls to turn a nasty gelatinous cube into a puddle!

We have had a lot of requests for the game Cards Against Humanity, and I just wanted to clarify our position on this game for those interested. In my opinion, this is the greatest party game ever made, there has not been and will never be a better party game for the adult American audience. But, sadly, we are not legally allowed to sell or rent this game in any form. The game is protected under a Creative Commons License that explicitly excludes any commercial use of the game. Now, at the Cards Against Humanity website they acknowledge that some resellers are selling the product, and that they can do nothing about it. I guess this means we could buy copies, mark them up, then sell them without fear of the designers legally attacking us. But you know what, we really don’t want to mess with that. We are on their email list for interested resellers if they ever decide to wholesale the game, and I cannot imagine that they won’t at some point do this as they will easily be able to retire from their normal jobs. But until that happens, you will have to buy the game from them directly, or pay way to much for a copy on ebay. If you do find a copy though, grab it, because you will want to play it with every group of friends you have.

Happy gaming everyone!

Events

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

King of Tokyo Tournament, Sunday @ 2pm: This is your chance to be a big bad Japanese movie monster, and win some Cloud Cap cash if you prove to be the king. King of Tokyo is like a mash-up of Yahtzee and king of the hill. Huge fun for ages 10 and up. Come stomp some skyscrapers!

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!

Posted on October 12th, 2012

Gonna make this as short and sweet as possible folks since I’ll be wiping my nose every paragraph. That’s right, thanks to one of my regular gaming buddies, I am a sneezing sniffling mess. No worries, we’ll be gaming tonight, and I’ll just have to bring him to sniffly tears over a game board.

The big new release this week is a zany genre-bending card game called Smash Up. What makes this one unique is all in the title, basically you’ll be taking two different decks of cards and smashing them together to form an army. Each deck represents a particular class of critter, such as pirates, ninjas, or zombies, so you’ll get to mash zombies and ninjas together and see how they fare against your buddy’s army of aliens and pirates. Despite my initial mockery of such an idea, I really want to try this one now, and it is getting great response from even the most jaded of game reviewers. Also, the color and composition of the box art is extremely appealing, so it just sits there and calls to me like a dinosaur siren.

This week we also received some great little toys that loosely fit into a ‘puzzle’ category. First off we have a new batch of popballs, and this time some of them have grown hair! Ask us for a demo of these, they are ridiculously fun to experiment with. Also ask us to show off the RC car in a soda pop can, far more in a little can than you would expect. More air gliders and glow-in-the-dark parachuters round out the puzzly toy shipment.

Eventwise, join us tomorrow night for our new Strategy Saturdays, and mark your calendars for our free King of Tokyo tournament next weekend, and a Mansions of Madness experience on October 27. Cheers and happy gaming!

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

King of Tokyo Tournament, Sunday October 21 @ 2pm: This is your chance to be a big bad Japanese movie monster, and win some Cloud Cap cash if you prove to be the king. King of Tokyo is like a mash-up of Yahtzee and king of the hill. Huge fun for ages 10 and up. Come stomp some skyscrapers!

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!

Posted on October 5th, 2012

How does everyone like this wind? Its almost dangerous kite weather, but if you are up for the challenge, we’ve still got a few in stock, including a large stunt kite that we’re sure could handle it. But if braving the wind is not your thing, we’ve got a slew of new event announcements that might suit you better.

But first, the new games, just a few. For fans of Glory to Rome and Innovation, you’ll be pleased to know that designer Carl Chudyk has a new game out called Flowerfall that is nothing like his other games, except for the frequent splendid moments of chaos. In Flowerfall, you are literally dropping cards with your color flower on them, trying to land them such that your flowers dominate garden patches. It really is a good time, come ask for a demo. In the same shipment we received another small game, Sixis. This is a nice light press your luck dice and cards game, the first in a line of dice and card games by publisher Asmadi. We’ll have this set up on the demo table for a test run. Finally, we’d be silly not to mention that the new Magic the Gathering set, Return to Ravnica, releases today, but if you are interested in Magic, you already know this. This set is hot!

Speaking of battling mages, we are having a sorcery sale for a few weeks. Basically all games involving dueling mages are now 20% off (sadly, we must exclude Magic the Gathering from this sale). Games that fall into this category include Seasons, Mage Wars, and Summoner Wars. Mage Wars will also come with a free copy of the core spell Tome. Feel free to hunt for others. And be sure to check out our Back Rack, where every game is 1/2 off with the purchase of any other game at regular price.

OK, here is a list of events, and we are very excited to announce a few new ones, highlighted in red:

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: We’ve talked about this for some time, and we are finally flippin’ the switch. Its just like our Wednesday gatherings, only easier for many to attend perhaps? We are also going to try and feature specific games on these nights, and encourage more play of some of the Living Card Games. This Saturday is the inaugural, and we’ll be featuring Alien Frontiers with the Factions expansion!

King of Tokyo Tournament, Sunday October 21 @ 2pm: This is your chance to be a big bad Japanese movie monster, and win some Cloud Cap cash if you prove to be the king. King of Tokyo is like a mash-up of Yahtzee and king of the hill. Huge fun for ages 10 and up. Come stomp some skyscrapers!

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!

 

Posted on September 28th, 2012

Well we’ve got a small lull in the new game releases, but October will be a busy month with Mice and Mystics, the Doctor Who card game, and Smash Up hitting the shelves. Also, many companies are building serious steam as they head towards the largest tabletop game convention in the world this October, the Spiel in Essen, Germany. Whereas our GenCon had about 40,000 attendees this year, the Spiel expects about 150,000, HUGE! Europeans sure love their games, not sure exactly why, possibly because they are far less concerned with ‘wasting time’ than we are here in the states? Here at Cloud Cap, we are very aware that the social act of playing games with others is never a waste of time!

Well, since we have no new games to discuss, we have consulted with our Customer Care department and devised a complete and fantastic schedule for your weekend, here’s the breakdown:

Friday, 6-7:30pm: A wonderful outdoor meal at Zenbu, Okie Rogie Perogies, or one of the many other great food carts on 13th and Lexington. Or for lighter fare, small plates and a fine wine at the Bottle Shop.

Friday, 8pm: Walk on over to Lunacy Stageworks in the old Masons building on Milwaukie Ave for a fantastic performance of The Clean House, a sad and funny examination of how the lives of 4 very different women intertwine. We just saw this last night and highly recommend it.

Saturday, 10-Noon For those with young ones, bring them to the Pokemon League for some playing and trading. If you don’t have kids, sleep in, or grab a coffee at Blue Kangaroo. Either way, lunch at the food carts at noon, you’ll need the fuel for the next event.

Saturday, 4-10pm: MEATY GAMES DAY! That’s right, come sink your teeth into a rich & lengthy gaming experience, though there’s  always room to pop in for a shorter game as well. Our friend Claudia is trying to rally support for a Dominant Species game!

Sunday, noon-6pm: Bring your friends and family for gaming in the shop all day long. Sundays have really been filling up with game players, it has been a blast to see so much table action all day long. We’ve got great coffee and food within blocks of the shop, so grab some long term parking! Join in!

There you have it, a no-brainer weekend fun schedule. And while you are in the shop, check out Kirsten’s awesome new spooky window display! Oh, and check out the new Halloween version of Spot It!

Happy gaming everyone.

Posted on September 21st, 2012

There should be a month between September and October that starts with an ‘L’, because from a retail perspective, this time of year is SLO. But, on the bright side, we now have the opportunity to do some things we did not have time for this summer, like play a bunch of new games and work on a few new projects. One of those projects did happen to include attempting to repair our price gun without realizing how important one screw can be when you have a spring-loaded machine: Ka-Boing! At least my lightbulb changing attempt was successful.

Before I get to the games, I just want to mention one project I’m pretty excited about working on, but may need some advice from the more experienced among all of you reading this. We want to facilitate use of the shop as a meeting place for game playing in small groups. For example, say you want to organize a game of Eclipse at the shop and are looking to fill out the number of players. Or how about organizing a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, or even a Magic the Gathering meeting? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a common site on our website where you could post your plans to organize a game, or just see what others are trying to organize and express your interest in joining? This is what I hope to set up over the next few months, a forum format is probably the most useful, but can also be a bit too much work to manage, I think. Facebook is a bit funky, maybe meetup.com could work though. Anyway, I am VERY open to suggestions and feedback.

As for games, I love trying new ones. Sure, replaying favorites is fantastic, but nothing triggers a Dopamine surge like opening a new box to see some pretty things, then reading the rules to figure out how all the awesome bits will work together to create a fresh experience. So this post-GenCon period is great for me, because every week new games arrive. During the past few weeks, we’ve been able to bring some of these to the table and test-drive them. Most recently, we’ve played Battle Beyond Space, Seasons, Netrunner, Libertalia, Pirates of the Spanish Main card game, Dominion Dark Ages, 7 Wonders Cities, and Ugg-Tect. That is a lot of games, and honestly there is not a bad one in the bunch, I would gladly replay all of them.

I find this incredible though. The quality of game design nowadays is so high that if you want to buy one and take it home, the decision can be a bit overwhelming, you just can’t possibly take all the good ones home (well I guess you could, but then you’d be shopping online and probably not really playing them all). Have no fear though, we have systems in place to help you. All the new games I mentioned are either available to play for free in our demo library, or for a small fee you can take them home with our rental program. So if you are like me and need a hit of newness, come on in!

This week we have one more long awaited new game, Mage Wars. Imagine a smash up between Magic the Gathering and Summoner Wars. Basically, you’ll be summoning allies, in the form of cards, onto a battlefield, then tactically maneuvering those units to battle your opponent’s forces. The neat trick here is that you are not randomly drawing from a deck of cards, you assemble your spellbook before the game, and every turn, all of your spells are available for you to cast. True wizardry! Now this game is HUGE for a 2 player game, and won’t have addicting random rare pulls. So don’t pack away your Magic or Summoner Wars cards, but if you are looking for a rich 2-player fantasy card-driven board game experience, check this one out. We will have a demo copy this afternoon.

OK, no special events this week, but the regular ones are listed below. I would like to mention that a friend wants to run a game of Dominant Species on the next Meaty Game Day, September 29, so let us know if you want to reserve a seat (boy, wouldn’t that forum be great right now?).

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!