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X-Wing: Captain Crash


Hey PI-Fans,

Enjoy the X-Wing Miniatures game? Well… try your hand at the Games @ PI casual events – ever so often we get bored and roll out some really weird rule sets. Our next event is coming up on the 9th of January, so those poor fools above had better work on fixing that TIE.

If what both the X-Wing flight-sims and the miniature game taught us holds true, CRASHING = BAD. Of course, on the other hand, setting up someone to crash with you is… slightly more entertaining.

Captain Crash is a casual X-Wing event where scoring kills is… slightly less important than causing people to hit you… So. Strap in folks. It’s gonna be bumpy.

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Event Date: 9th Jan 2016, 2 pm.


Fleet Construction:

Bring a Fleet containing no more than 3 ships with a final pointage of not more that 75 points. All ships must be from the same faction. No player may field more than one large based ship.

Setup:
Each player will be randomly assigned a deployment zone on a single 36×36 X-Wing Game Mat. All players will play on the same mat.

Event Rules:
1) Multiplayer Initiative:
Before each game turn begins and before maneuver dials are set, a player will randomly be selected by die roll as the starting player. The Player will move all his players with ships of the same initiative value first. Players with ships of the same initiative will move their ships progressively clockwise from that player.

2) Reinforcements:
Each time a player’s ship is destroyed, it is returned to play the following turn from that player’s deployment zone with all damage removed. All spent ordnance, pilot skills and illicit cards will be refreshed.

3) Variable Game Length:
At the end of each game turn, a single attack die will be added to the Game Length pool. At the end of each turn, all the dice in the Game Length pool will be rolled. The game ends on the turn that 3 crits are rolled in a single roll.

4) The Anti-Suicide Clause:
Players who intentionally/unintentionally destroy their own ship suffer a point penalty equal to the number of players in the event. Exception are made for ships destroyed by Ion movement.

5) Captain Crash:
Players do not score points in the regular fashion.
– Each enemy ship destroyed by an attack awards 1 point to a player.
– Each time an enemy ship collides with and is forced to stop movement in contact with one of your ships, the ship’s controlling player is awarded 1 point. (If a ship base would overlap 2 or more ships, at the end of movement, award 1 point to each player involved in the pileup).
– Each attack (Ion/Tractor/Bomb etc) that causes an enemy ship to collide with another ship (not necessarily your own) or overlap an obstacle earns the attacking player 1 point.

Participation Fee is $10.
Each participant receives an alternate art Gunner card and a $6 Games @ PI Voucher Die.

Prizes:
After the event, In order of placement, EACH participating players will each get to choose from the following prizes (based on availability):
Acrylic Extra Munitions Tokens
X-Wing Dice Bags
Alternate art Darth Vader card

The player with the highest score will also be awarded an even medal.

Each player who placed will get a prize. In the event that player numbers exceed the prize pool, the prize pool will be supplemented at the store’s discretion.

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To Boldly Go…

Please Pardon The Manager. He’s clearly confused and it’s Been A Long Day.

 

Hi PI-Fans,

A Long Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away… Wait. Something isn’t right. Sorry. Lets try that again.

If I’ve learnt anything, it’s that fandoms are non-exclusive – my love of Star Wars neither competes nor demeans my ability to appreciate Star Trek… Which is great, because even in this time of Star Wars mania, Star Trek 5 Year Mission is really really good game. Unless you’re a redshirt. But. Hey. Who cares about the redshirts?
– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager/Balancer of the Force.



Command a 5-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: Five Year Mission. NCC-1701 or NCC 1701-D, you ask? Why not both? Work together to resolve escalating series of alerts before the Enterprise is destroyed. Deal with injuries which lock dice out of play, circumvent ship damage, the prime directive, as well as the ever looming timer as you boldly go where no man has gone before…

In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic (and high-scoring) patchwork quilt – creating a beautiful quilt, however, requires effort and time, but the available patches just do not want to fit together. So choose your patches carefully and keep a healthy supply of buttons to not only finish your quilt, but to make it better and more beautiful than your opponent‘s in this devious game of quick thinking and fast needlework.

In the thick of the Viennese modern age, exquisite cafés are competing for customers. This is your opportunity to turn your little café into a world famous hotel. Choose wisely which guests to attract and complete their orders to gain bonus actions as you struggle to wring maximum efficiency out of your limited resources and small pool of staff. Hire staff, fulfill the wishes of your guests, and gain the emperor’s favor. Only then will your café become the Grand Austria Hotel.

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New Board Game Releases
Grand Austria Hotel
Patchwork
Star Trek: Five-Year Mission

Board and Card Game Restocks
Bacchus’ Banquet
Catan
Catan: Cities & Knights Expansion
Catan: Traders & Barbarians Expansion
Catan: Seafarers Expansions
Catan: Explorers & Pirates Expansion
Family Business
WWE Superstar Showdown

Role Playing Games Restocks
Savage Worlds Explorers Edition Rulebook

Dropzone Commander Community Event

Games @ PI is proud to host the Dropzone Commander Community Tournament on 9th January 2016 at 1030 hrs.

Ready to do your part for the Reconquest?

Download the Tournament Pack HERE and register at the EVENT PAGE.

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A Golden Age of humanity has passed into history. A time when mankind advanced implacably and unopposed through the stars has gone beyond living memory.

The armies of the United Colonies of Mankind march towards humanities’ former heartland, battling the dreaded Scourge one world at a time. Many enemies and allies await on this journey; an odyssey through the stars towards a distant and glittering goal – Earth.

Dropzone Commander (DzC) is a 10mm scale sci-fi tabletop wargame, devised for mass battles between two or more players. The game is built around the concept of rapid deployment and redeployment of your forces by airborne dropships, exemplifying the pace of combat on the battlefields of the future. This makes for a tactical and fast paced experience, where quick thinking and strokes of genius often bring victory.

The Quick Brown Fox

Hey PI-Fans,

We’re rolling into the Christmas period, so in addition to the usual new releases you’d expect on a Monday morning, we’re stocking deep in preparation for all your shopping needs.

For of you who  noticed absence from the store, no… they didn’t find my body washed up on a beach somewhere. I’m on vacation. Sort of, anyway. Also, I am not a Manei Domini infiltrator masquerading as the store manager on the internet.
Have a good week, folks.

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager/Precentor Dominus



Will your your quest end in death or glory? In Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, 1 to 4 players guide some of the Old World’s most iconic heroes into the shadows to vanquish some of Warhammer’s most terrifying monsters in a quest for fabulous treasure in this modern re-implementation of the classic cooperative dungeon crawl.

Start at the beginning of A Song of Ice and Fire with Taking the Black, the first Chapter Pack in theWesteros cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. As A Song of Ice and Fire begins, Westeros is at peace. But this deceptive calm will not long remain. Already, conflict between the Great Houses is on the horizon. You can take your place at the very beginning of the story with Taking the Black.

In Flashlights & Fireflies, get ready for a backyard dash-through-the-dark in this game of firefly-powered flashlight freeze tag! Catch fireflies to power your flashlight and then find the other players before they sneak back to home base. But keep an eye out for bats, raccoons, and other nighttime critters that are out to trip up your tracks!
Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing and it’s now a chicken chase to crack the case! Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You’ll have to work together quickly because the guilty fox is high-tailing it towards the exit! Will you halt the hungry hooligan before it flies the coop… or will you be Outfoxed?

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New Board Game Releases
A Game Of Thrones 2E: Taking The Black Chapter Pack
Flashlights & Fireflies
Outfoxed
Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
Warhammer 40,000 Conquest: Degree of Ruin War Pack

Board and Card Game Restocks
7 Wonders
Apples to Apples Party Box
Blink
Blokus
Camel Up
Caverna
Dragonwood
Iota
Magic: The Gathering -Arena of the Planeswalker
Sushi Go
Forbidden Island
Forbidden Desert
Uglydoll
Zeus on the Loose

Role Playing Games Restocks
End of the World: Wrath of the Gods

The truest light often casts the darkest shadows behind men. The power of true faith is never to be taken lightly.
– Jerome Blake,  Primus Administrator of Comstar

What are you supposed to be, some kind of a cosmonaut?

Hey PI-Fans,

I figured I should probably get the obligatory Ghostbusters references out of my system right and early.

So yeah.

Who Ya Gonna Call?


Are you troubled by strange noises in the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in basement or attic? Have you or your family actually seen a spook, spectre, or ghost? If the answer is yes, then don’t wait another minute. Just pick up the phone and call the professionals. Call the Ghostbusters! We’re ready to believe you.

Welcome to the height of technology and comfort, the Space Station Atlantis! Along with an obligatory alien invasion. Will your crew find space on the limited escape pods, board fighters and attempt to destroy the aliens or trust in their space suits and float for it? But with the alien Warriors, Spawns, and Queens patrolling the space around the station, only the luckiest will make it out of SURVIVE! SPACE ATTACK!

Dragons are big, terrifying creatures who eat people and burn stuff. In Wrath of Dragons, you are a dragon terrorizing the  Old World while laying waste to settlements, scorching fields, snatching livestock, hoarding gold, and capturing nobles (don’t think too hard into the last one). Will your destructive rampages earn you a place in the history books or will that title go to another dragon? Try out this clever inversion of worker placement (worker destruction?) games and terrorize your way into legend.

Encounters: Bravest Warriors is a quick push-your-luck dice game set in the world of the Pendleton Ward cartoon. Players can stop rolling any time they want, but there’s always a temptation to keep going for Heroic Points. If you fail, other players can leap at the opportunity to “assist” you (using their items to help you win in exchange for half the points, and you can’t refuse!) or just let you fail and ride on your coat-tails, picking up where you left off. Will you become the Bravest Warriors and battle your way through a myraid of encounters to Victory?

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New Board Game Releases
Encounters: Bravest Warriors Blue Deck
Encounters: Bravest Warriors Red Deck
DC Comics Deck Building Game Crisis Expansion 2
Ghostbusters: The Board Game
MORE Kittens in a Blender Expansion
Munchkin Treasure Hunte
Survive! Space Attack!
Wrath of Dragons

Board and Card Game Restocks
Adventure Time Fluxx
Castles of Burgundy
Castle Panic
Cthulhu Fluxx
DC Comics Deckbuilding Game
Dragon Slayer
Doctor Who: The Card Game
Epic Spell Wars II: Rumble At Castle Tentakill
Flash Point Fire Rescue
Kittens in a Blender Card Game
Love Letter: L5R Edition
Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
Star Fluxx
Tides of Time
Unexploded Cow
Munchkin
Munchkin Deluxe
Nuts
Poo
Tokaido

Role Playing Games Restocks
Dragon Age Core Rulebook
Dragon Age Blood In Ferelden
Fantasy AGE Core Rulebook
Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana

Abstract Contrast

Hey PI-Fans,

We though we might start this week with a few abstract titles.
Here’s a wave of light strategy to get the week going.
Crabz is an aggressive little strategy game about stacks of crabs. With the tide coming in, crabs scuttle to safety, inadvertently piling on top of each other in a bid to escape the waves. With large crabs happily plonking themselves on top of smaller ones, players work to immobilize opponents by pinning their crabs underneath crabs of their colour in an attempt to have the last available free crabs when the tide comes in.
Despite it’s obviously punny name, Battle Sheep is a light and fast playing territory control game. In Battle Sheep, players control flocks of sheep trying to sieze the biggest chunk of a pasture for themselves. Each flock consists of a stack of sheep, which slowly splits into smaller stacks as they control ground, becoming less and less flexible the fewer sheep there remain in the pile, making it a balancing act between grabbing ground early or keeping your options open to cut off other players later on.
A unique take on the card-draft mechanic, Sushi Draft has players battling over plates of sushi as they strive to collect the largest sets in a winner take all rush to secure points. With flexible scoring that rewards both specialization in individual sushi types as well as rewarding the biggest spread of food consumed and nasty tiebreaker mechanics (neither player in a tie scores), players must make an effort to balance their consumption to come out ahead of the competition in this light 15 minute card game.

It’s hard to describe Okiya as anything besides addictive. While easily dismissed as yet another line building type game, Okiya is unique in the ability of players to force an opponent to choose their next placement based on the Japanese themed illustrations on the tile they previously chose. Players must therefore not only plan their own moves, but also take into consideration the options opened up to their opponents in this light and fast two-player game.

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New Board Game Releases
Battle Sheep
Crabz
Flash
King’s Gold
Nada
New York 1901
Okiya
Rings Up!
Sushi Draft
Wakanda

Board and Card Game Restocks
7 Wonders
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Cranium
Hanabi Deluxe
Hive
Resistance Avalon
Risk 2210
Mage Knight – The Board Game

Back In The Loop

Hey PI-Fans,

Apologies, folks. Duty called and I ended up spending the past couple of weeks in holed up somewhere near Lim Chu Kang.

But enough about me.  You’re here for the games. We’ve got our usual spread of new stuff, and all those Splendor, Ticket to Ride and Dixit restocks you’ve been waiting for.

Business as usual, folks!

Alternatively described as a gripping co-operative game of supernatural deduction and a “game of ghosts, murder and hilarious incompetence“, in Mysterium, players are alternately Mediums attempting to grapple with cryptic clues from a haunting as they attempt to solve a murder, or a Ghost who is increasingly frustrated by the inability of the Mediums to follow his instructions. Will the murder be solved before the harried Ghost player has an aneurysm and collapses?

In Shakespeare, players are theater managers who must recruit actors, craftsmen, jewelers and others in order to assemble everything needed for the play’s performance at week’s end. Each day players recruit one new character and take actions with the characters they have. After the actions, they must check the ambience level in their theater, hoping to gain gaining points and rehearsal time.  Players must juggle the balance between earning revenue to pay their actors and at the same time ensure the artistry of their plays to maintain their credibility.

The Audience has spoken – in the Room 25 Season 2 expansion for the claustrophobic Room 25 survival game, new arrivals have been tossed into the labyrinthine survival game – and the existing cast has gotten all new power boosts. Of course, the complex hasn’t stayed the same either, and the players will have to face more hazards and traps in their bid for survival.

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New Board Game Releases
Dixit Memories Expansion
Mysterium
Room 25, Season 2 Expansion
Shakespeare

Board and Card Game Restocks
Concept
Dixit
Five Tribes
Kingdom Builder
Jungle Speed
Splendor
Takenoko
Takenoko Chibis Expansion
Ticket To Ride
The Werewolves of Millers Hollow

Data and Dracula

Fury of Dracula (3rd Edition) and Android Netrunner: Data and Destiny Release Today, 27/10/15

Morning PI-Fans,

It’s release day and we’ve got the goods, so it’s time to make the Run. Tune your decks with the bleeding edge of technology with the new Data and Destiny Expansion, or embrace the return of a modern classic with the all new edition of Fury of Dracula.

Stalk the ageless count across Europe in your struggle to end his deathless rampage in this all new edition of the two to five player game of misdirection. Mislead your hunters and lose their pursuit as Dracula, or find the count and stake him during the day when he’s helpless as a Hunter and Decide once and for all whether Europe will fall under the undead Count’s terrible influence.

A global security agent smashes effortly smashes through firewalls…
A mad bioroid struggles to contain its obsession with running…
An amorphous entity slowly consumes the net…

It’s time to face destiny.

This Was A Triumph…


Hi PI-Fans,

The week isn’t done folks. Here’s another wave of releases, including many new sought-after releases. Lets get down to it.

The latest addition  to the Smash Up  “shufflebuilding” game: Take two twenty-card decks and shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Smash Up Munchkin brings Clerics, Halflings, Orcs, Warriors, Elves, Thieves, Dwarves and Mages to your Munchkin game, and bring the wacky antics of Steve Jackson’s Munchkin card game to your Smash Up table.

The latest titles in Seiji Kanai’s smash hit Lost Legacy series, Lost Legacy: Vorpal Sword & Whitegold Spire and Lost Legacy: Third Chronicle – Sacred Grail & Staff of Dragons continue the  ongoing search for ruined components of the alien starship. Take charge of all new casts of characters and join the quest to find the Lost Legacies as you race to hold your discoveries against the prying eyes of the other players.

 
Coup Rebellion G54 uses the same lightning fast rules found in Coup – claim, counter, challenge and bluff – and then adds an exciting strategic layer through character selection.  Before each game starts, five character roles are chosen randomly from 25 different cards. Each of the five characters has a unique ability – the combination of abilities and interplay between them makes each game unique.  Will your bluffing, deduction, negotiation and luck be enough to carry you through the rebellion? Or will your influence crumble in the face of your foes?
In Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, the cake is no lie. Your team of test subjects has entered the Lab and is ready to perform all sorts of important, dignified, and dangerous testing procedures… all in the pursuit of cake! Do you risk gathering moist slices of industrial-grade cake early for a quick win? Or do you bide your time and wait until you can protect it better? It’s a fun and funny fast-paced fight to the finish — and by finish, we mean your team probably died.

 

The battle between the Informants and the Resistance has led to one final battle. In One Night Revolution, the resistance has prepared to strike, yet the Informants pose an ever looming threat within their tanks. Every player starts with a specialist role and an ID (either Government Informant or Rebel Fighter). Using their Specialist actions to gather information, switch roles, and share info, the resistance has to suss out the spies before the day is over, or all is lost.

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New Board Game Releases
A Game of Crowns
Coup Rebellion G54
Kittens in a Blender
Lost Legacy Second Chonicle
Lost Legacy Third Chronicle
Love Letter Adventure Time
One Night Revolution
Portal, The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game
Smash Up Munchkin

Board and Card Game Restocks
Card of the Dead
Dominion Intrigue Core Set
Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens NSFW Edition
Just Deserts
Munchkin
Munchkin Deluxe
Munchkin Legends
Munchkin Zombies
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak
Race For The Galaxy
Roll For It
The Resistance, 3rd Edition
The Resistance Avalon
Scotland Yard
Smash Up
Smash Up Science Fiction Double Feature
Smash Up Monster Smash
Smash Up Big Geeky Box
Stuff and Nonsense
Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe Edition

Role Playing Game Restocks
BattleTech Fiction Anthologies
Laundry Core Rulebook
Shadowrun Core Rulebook

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Dice – Gamer Bling

Hey PI-Fans,

Since we started the Ghastly Giveaway, we’ve had inquiries about how else they can obtain Games @ PI Voucher dice. Apparently, there’s demand for them as more than swag.

And since you asked…

We’ve decided to put them up for sale.

From now until 31st October, we’ll be selling little gift baggies containing 5 different colored $6 dice vouchers at $30 each .*

As an added bonus, any dice bag purchase nets you two Ghastly Giveaway tickets for the upcoming draw.

So, whether you want them as a gift  (or just to add some  unique dice to your collection), well… nothing like the present.

 

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager.

* For obvious reasons, though, we unfortunately can’t let you  buy dice with dice.