All posts by Kenneth K

Back In The Saddle

Hey PI-Fans,

I’ve just dragged my body back from the armed forces and it’s time to get back to work. Work, in my case means games. More specifically bringing you games.

That’s my job.

What I’m rambling about in this disorganised screed basically translates into new board and card games for the shelf, ready fr people to pop by and add them to their collections.

If you enjoyed the Chronicles of Crime, perhaps it’s worth keeping an eye out for the expansions. The Noir and Welcome to Redview expansions bring all new scenarios to the Chronicles of Crime, along with the Virtual Reality Module, which converts your phone into a set of VR goggles.

If you’re looking for something lighter perhaps consider Kodama Duo, a specially designed two player set of the Kodama card game which also doubles as a 6th player expansion for the core game or just take a look at Throw Throw Burrito, primarily due to the dearth of party games which allow you to brain your friend with a hurled rubber burrito.

So hey. If you’re looking for something to pass the week, hows’about a new adventure, preferable with friends.

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager

New Board and Card Game Releases
Chronicles of Crime: Noir Expansion
Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview Expansion
Chronicles of Crime: Virtual Reality Module Expansion
Kodama Duo
Throw Throw Burrito

Board and Card Game Restocks

7 Wonders and Expansions
Axis & Allies 1941
Bang! and Expansions
Cash n’ Guns
Colt Express
Chronicles of Crime Board Game
Dragonwood
Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Board Game
Munchkin Deluxe and Expansios
Secret Hitlers
Star Wars: Outer Rim
Sushi Go and Sushi Go Party
Terraforming Mars
Twilight Struggle

Things Pile Up

Hey PI-Fans,

It’s been a while hasn’t it… I’ve been on Reservist training and the new stuff has piled up since I went in. There’s plenty of stuff out there. Role playing games for one… Board and card game for another…

And the miniatures. Oh the miniatures.

Journeys in Middle Earth get’s it’s first expansion with Villains of Eriador. Then there’s the L5R LCG Justice for Satsume, a new wave of WizKids preprimed miniatures, and the 2nd Edition of the Pathfinder Role Playing Game.

It’s a great spread of options, for all sorts of different gaming palettes.

Here’s to the weekend, folks. Have a great one!

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager

New Board and Card Game Releases
Dividends
Giza
Journeys In Middle Earth: Villains of Eriador Expansion
Legends of the 5 Rings LCG: Justice for Satsume

Board and Card Game Restocks

Arkham Horror LCG Core Set
Azul
Catan and Expansions
Civilization
Eldritch Horror
Japiur
Just One
Ramen Fury
Ticket to Ride
Tokaido

Role Playing Games New Releases
Pathfinder (2nd Edition) Role Playing Game Core Rulebook
Pathfinder (2nd Edition) Bestiary
Pathfinder (2nd Edition) GM Screen
Pathfinder Bones and D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures Wave IX

Adulting

Hey PI-Fans,

Some of you like adult humour. Judging by the collective popularity of Cards Against Humanity, Bed Wed Dead and Limpeh Says, we don’t judge.

If anything, we sort of enable it.

So this week is a mix. We’ve got a couple of new card games this week. Cahoots and This Game Goes to Eleven are excellent party games – but definitely not as spicy as the other two.

On top of that, we’ve restocked Unstable Unicorns, Llama’s Unleashed, Scram and Daring Contest, so if you’re looking for more kooky fun, well… we’ve got you covered too.

Here’s to being an adult.

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager

Million Dollars, But… The Game (MDB) puts your morals and imagination to the test, posing the question, “What would you do for a million dollars?” Players create scenarios by combining a trigger and a rather uncomfortable rule card to showcase what they would or wouldn’t do for a big hunk of cash.

You know the drill. In Codenames: Deep Undercover, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Of course… Deep Undercover means things are a bit… saucier… in their choice of vocabulary.

Cooperation is key in Cahoots! Play cards to one of four piles by matching color or number. Work together as a team to complete a series of goals — without communicating what’s in your hand. Can you make all piles purple or green? Every card lower than four? All cards add up to ten? There’s only one way to win before time runs out: Play in cahoots!

In This Game Goes to Eleven, named after a joke in the film Spinal Tap, players play number cards from their hands into the center pile, seeking to make the pile sum to 11. If they are able to get to exactly 11, they can pass the stack off to another player. If, however, they are forced to play a card that brings the total over 11, they have to take the entire pile themselves. Players race to be the first one to be left without any cards.

New Board and Card Game Releases
Cahoots
Codenames: Deep Undercover (2E)
Million Dollars, But…
This Game Goes To Eleven

Board and Card Game Restocks

Arkham Horror LCG Core Set
Azul
Catan and Expansions
Catan Junior
Codenames
Condottiere
Citadels
Daring Contest
Llama’s Unleashed
Munchkin and Expansions
Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and Expansions
Once Upon A Time
Scram
Splendor and Expansions
Spot It
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride Europe
Unstable Unicorns and Expansions

They attacked MY HOME PLANET!!!!!

Hey PI-Fans,

If you’re a fan of giant stompy robots, you’ll be happy to know that Games @ PI is a Retailer Backer for the BattleTech Clan Invasion Kickstarter.

As a retailer partner, we’ll have access to the full backerkit menu, so if you missed the Kickstarter, keep an eye out as we’ll be opening preorders for stock (including the Kickstarter Swag like the UrbanMechs) once we get retailer pricing options.

And if this is all new to you, consider picking up a copy of the BattleTech Beginner Box or BattleTech A Game of Armored Combat box to get you ready to fling lasers and missiles when the Clans invade and check out the AMA currently on HERE.

Keep an eye out. We’ll make a full announcement…

A Loaded Week

Hey PI-Fans,

As we keep the stock flowing in, it’s time for a whole slew of all new swag, as we continue to flood the shelves with a variety of new releases, covering the trifecta of RPGs, Miniatures, LCGs and Board Games.

Fans of giant stompy robots will be happy to note the return of both the BattleTech Beginner Box and A Game of Armored Combat as well as a new batch of the Grassland Map Pack.

Board games see a resurgence, with restocks of the Unlock titles, Arkham Horror, Smash Up, Scythe, Terraforming Mars, Mice & Mystics and the Detective: Modern Crimes series all having their numbers topped up. The RWBY Board Game is back as well, this time with expansions.

Then there’s a restock of our kids games line, with a spread of Gamewright and Playroom titles for parents who want something to play with their kids

As always, check out the list for a full list of releases.

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager

Shadows darken and deepen. They’re cast by the enormous, world-striding megacorporations that grasp for power and strangle humanity in their clutches. But in the darkest depths, defiance flickers. The ignored and the marginalized refuse to be ground down. They’re called shadowrunners, and they risk everything…

The Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box serves as an intro for the Shadowrun Sixth Edition Roleplaying Game and contains an Introduction to the Sixth World, new Quick-Start Rules, Starting Character Dossiers, a Introductory Adventure, A Poster, a deck of Gear Cards, and six customized dice bearing the Shadowrun logos.

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled! A complete game is played over 13 cards. The goal is to get a score as close to 13 as possible. In case of a right answer, the players score 1 point. In case of wrong answer, they lose the current card as well as the top card of the deck. Thus losing 2 points. In case of lack of answer, the players only lose the current card, and therefore only 1 point. You have the choice – make the difference!

Before the Black Throne is the sixth and final Mythos Pack in The Circle Undone cycle for Arkham Horror: The Card Game. After your battle to close the rips in reality in In the Clutches of Chaos, you have left your city and your world behind, traveling an impossible distance, and yet you are still many leagues from the nighted throne where your ultimate foe stirs. As you are chased by your fate across the cosmos, you may be forced to bring “empty space” into play, losing the top card of your deck as you place it facedown to embody the seemingly infinite space that divides you from the rest of humanity.

New Board and Card Game Releases
Arkham Horror LCG: Before the Black Throne
Just One
RWBY Combat Ready: Sub Boss Expansion
RWBY Combat Ready: Villains Expansion

Board and Card Game Restocks

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Bohnanza
Catan and Expansions
Detective: Modern Crimes
Detective: LA Crimes Expansion
Eldritch Horror
Flashpoint Fire Rescue
High Society
Mice & Mystics
Modern Art
RWBY Combat Ready
Santorini
Smash Up
Terraforming Mars

Role Playing Games New Releases
Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box

Role Playing Games Restocks
Call of Cthulhu (7E)
Dungeons & Dragons Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica

Miniature Wargame New Releases
A Song of Ice & Fire Miniature Game: Free Folk Heroes
A Song of Ice & Fire Miniature Game: Nights Watch Heroes

X-WING NIGHTS

Hey PI-Fans,

A number of people asked, so we figured we’d keep the format light this week before going back into the rotation.

We’ll be back to scenario rotation again next week, but for the time being, here’s to some casual Pew Pew! See you Wednesday 7/8/19

Fee: $8
Format: Star Wars X-Wing Extended 200 Point 
60 min Rounds.
Participation: Extended Art Scimitar Squadron Pilot
Top Scorer: Star Wars X-Wing Dice Bag

At the end of the night, the player with the highest Score among players who plays 2 games across the night will take home a Star Wars X-Wing Dice Bag.

One of Those Weeks

Hey PI-Fans,

We’re into August now. I would make an joke about our August selection of games, but I won’t, mostly because my staff would kill me.

Instead let’s focus on the cool stuff.

Be your focus on board games, RPGs or miniatures, there’s plenty floating around out there and with a long weekend rolling around, it looks like a good time to get in some gaming. (Not that there was ever a bad time to get in some gaming.

We’ve restocked the ‘Tiny Epic’ range of titles, got in more Who Should We Eat, loaded up on Jaipur, Dominion and Pandemic. Then there’s more Catan, Splendor and Azul. That covers the classics, but we aren’t done by a long shot.

Here’s the new stuff.

You are the mayor of a Tiny Town in the forest in which the smaller creatures of the woods have created a civilization hidden away from predators. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. Cleverly plan and construct a thriving town, and don’t let it fill up with wasted resources! Whoever builds the most prosperous tiny town wins!

Chronicles of Crime is a cooperative game of crime investigation, mixing an app, a board game and a touch of Virtual Reality. With the same physical components (board, locations, characters and items), players will be able to play plenty of different scenarios and solve as many different crime stories. Players start the app, choose the scenario they want to play, and follow the story. The goal being to catch the killer of the current case in the shortest short time possible.

Toeshambo is a fast and strategic mash-up card game where you’re playing Tic-Tac-Toe with cards, but the Xs and Os have been replaced with Rock, Paper, & Scissor! If your opponent is blocking your three in a row of Rocks, Papers or Scissors, you can play over their card if your card beats it, Rock-Paper-Scissor style.

The ocean world of Charybdion seethes with discontent and a growing sense of danger.

The first published adventure module for the Warhammer 40,000 Wrath & Glory RPG, Dark Tides is an anthology of five linked adventures that bringyour heroes face-to-face with the dangerous villains responsible for Charybdion’s troubles. Can your heroes confront the vile forces spreading insanity and corruption?

Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about impatiently, restless in the new wind sweeping through the country. They smelled something in the air, something unfamiliar.

Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish retro futuristic suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange creatures, have won global acclaim. The award-winning Tales from the Loop Roleplaying Game was released in 2017 and let you experience this amazing world first hand. Now you can return to the Loop in this standalone sequel game that continues the story into the 1990s. But remember – this time you can die.

The Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop. Using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE) rules that power Green Ronin’s Fantasy AGE, Blue Rose, and Modern AGE RPGs, The Expanse takes players to a far-future solar system where humanity is divided: Martians, Belters, and the people of old Earth struggle for political power and resources, but older, alien, forces are stirring in the universe, and human history is about to take an unexpected new turn.

New Board and Card Game Releases
Chronicles of Crime
Tiny Towns
ToeShamBo

Board and Card Game Restocks

Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Axis & Allies 1941
Azul
Catan and Catan: Cities & Knights
Fury of Dracula
Jaipur
Lost Cities: The Board Game
Marvel Legendary and Expansions
Monopoly Gamer: Mario Kart Edition
Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 and Expansion
Tiny Epic Defenders
Tiny Epic Galaxies
Tiny Epic Kingdoms
Tiny Epic Quest
Tiny Epic Western
Tiny Epic Zombies
Who Should We Eat

Role Playing Games New Releases
The Expanse Roleplaying Game
Things From The Flood
Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory: Dark Tides

Role Playing Games Restocks
Call of Cthulhu (7E)
Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition Core Book
Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting (D&D 5E)

Miniature Wargame New Releases
Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Silencer



The Warhammer Weekend

Hey PI-Fans,

We had our Warhammer weekend over the 27th and 28th of July and we ended up taking both Warhammer 40,000 Apocalypse and the all new Warcry out for a spin.

There was also voting for the official Games @ PI Everchosen entry.

Thanks to all who came down and took part.

Here are some photos for those who missed it.

Every commander has to start somewhere.
How I Learnt To Stop Worrying And Love The Warcry.
Space Marines Galore
A pack of wolves.
Go Big Or Go Home
Plenty of Plagueburst Crawlers
Dirty Tactics
Warcry

X-WING NIGHTS

Hey PI-Fans,

As always, we’re going to keep mixing up X-Wing nights, so we figured we’d try something basic this week. As the last X-Wing night of July, we’re keeping the format simple.

Come Pew Pew some snubfighters this week with us, and as always, keep an eye out for the weekly format changes.

Fee: $8
Format: Star Wars X-Wing Extended 200 Point
60 min Rounds.
Participation: Extended Art Veteran Turret Gunner
Top Scorer: Star Wars X-Wing Dice Bag

At the end of the night, the player with the highest Score among players who plays 2 games across the night will take home a Star Wars X-Wing Dice Bag.

THE PI-POINT SYSTEM

Hey PI-Fans,

With PI-Day drawing to a close, we’re rolling out a couple of system changes at Games @ PI including a few new programs. This year sees the grand return of the PI Voucher Dice, expansion of our Hobby Programs and rollout of a table booking system.

If you’re a member, PI Points are available to members at a rate of 1 point per $10 spent (on product, not services). By now, members should have started accruing points from purchases at the store.

Here are just some of the possible things you can spend them on.


Of particular note to hobbyists is the fact that the airbrush booths are back.

This is getting out of hand! Now, there are TWO of them!

We’re also expanding the Games @ PI Painting Pass system with an Airbrush Pass, so if you’re looking for a compressor to work with, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the details for the two hobby programs:

Painting Pass – $5
One Day access to Games @ PI’s collection of Citadel Paints.
Airbrush Pass – $5
One Day access to Games @ PI’s airbrush booth and compressor.

If you’re a store member, here’s where your PI Points come in as well. One PI Point is enough to set you up with day access to both the Painting Pass and the Airbrush Pass.

Anyway, did you miss these?

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Still 100% Fat And Carbohydrate Free. We’re cutting new dice, so image not final. Please Do Not Eat The Dice. We Will Not Be Held Responsible For Customers Attempting To Eat The Dice.

Well we did too, so Games @ PI Voucher Dice are coming back as part of our membership program.

Games @ PI members will be able to redeem PI Voucher Dice for 15 PI Points and these dice will be valid for the year of issue.

Each die will be exchangeable at Games @ PI for a $6 value and will be valid until the subsequent PIe-Day celebration (22/7).

Want space for your wargaming throw downs, need tables for your RPG or just want to roll some dice and sling some cards?

Well, we’re here to help.

With the new booking system, 2 table slots will be held for customers looking to play some games at the store. Tables slots can be booked during the 12nn to 4pm slot and the 5pm to 9pm slot at a rate of $20 per 6×4 table for a four hour slot.

Members can redeem 2 PI points for a table booking slot as well.

Booking fees only apply to table booking for non-store event usage. Official Event participants (E.g. D&D AL, Fly Casual Wednesdays, MTG Night and Keyforge Fridays, Etc) will maintain regular event signup procedures.


So, these are the basics. We’ll be pushing out more options down the road, as well as a couple of really cool point redemption programs along the way, so keep an eye out on the PI website for more details.


– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager