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New Year Gaming

Hey PI-Fans,

Just a heads up if you aren’t already aware of our New Year Operating Hours. We’ll be closing early on the 7th and remaining closed on the 8th.

Anyway.

Over the Lunar New Year period, I’ll hopefully be spending time with friends and the section of family that doesn’t regard me as an abject failure for managing a Games Store and I expect many of you will be too.

Well, the spending time with friends and family part anyway. 😉

One thing I’ve found is keeping a couple of board games around during the period  works out pretty handy. Here are some of my personal recommendations for the New Year.

– Kenneth, Games @ PI Manager

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If Chinese New Year gatherings are anything like I remember, we’ll be looking for fast playing, simple to teach board games where you can clear the table in half-an-hour or less – that means no Twilight Imperium, folks. Games need to be portable too, so that rules out a good chunk of the board game market.

This simple criteria, therefore leads to me recommending a happy array of multi-player card games and a healthy spread of microgames.

 

Sushi Go
Number of Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 15-20 Minutes

A game of grabbing incredibly happy sushi off a restaurant conveyor belt, in Sushi Go, players grab cards representing various sushi offerings from hands of cards and adding them to their score pile before passing the hand of cards on to the next player. A game of snap judgement and planning ahead, the winner of Sushi Go will be the player who has chowed down on the greatest number of points at the end of the game.

 

Love Letter
Number of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15-20 Minutes

Love Letter is a game of courtly intrigue where players try to sneak love letters to the heir to the throne. With a deck consisting of 16 cards numbered from 1 to 8 representing courtiers and palace staff, players try to end the round with the highest value card in their hand while sabotaging the efforts of their rivals to do the same by using the abilities of the staff they are currently influencing to hinder the other players.


Saboteur

Number of Players: 3-10
Playing Time: 30 Minutes

A classic game of dwarven miners – a hidden team of Saboteurs must work to stop the industrious team of miners from striking gold and steal it for themselves in this race against the clock. Will the miners manage to place down enough tunnel cards to reach the gold before the deck runs out or will all the “sabo” cards being tossed around doom this expedition to failure?

 

The Resistance Avalon
Number of Players: 5-10
Playing Time: 30 Minutes

The Resistance Avalon is a hidden traitor style game where a small team of villains has infiltrated King Arthur’s Avalon with the goal of bringing about it’s collapse. The identity of these knaves is known to Merlin the Wizard, who while aiding the heroes in their quest to deduce the identities of the traitors among them, must keep his identity secret, for Mordred, leader of the traitors actively seeks his destruction, and if he identifies and slays the great wizard, all is lost.

 

Image previewThe Resistance Avalon
Number of Players: 3-8
Playing Time: 15 Minutes

A game of incredibly lost spies, Spyfall pits one player against the rest in a game of quick thinking and nebulous comments. At the start of a round, all players receive cards showing a location, except for one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions about their location, trying to deduce the which player has no idea what is going ob. But beware giving away too much information through the questioning, for if the spy can figure out where they are before they get caught, then everyone else loses.


Coup: Rebellion G54

Number of Players: 3-6
Playing Time: 15 Minutes

In the dystopian future, it doesn’t take much to launch a Coup, just a few bribes in the right pocket, and you intend to ride this tide of revolution to victory. In Coup: Rebellion G54, the last player with influence in the game wins, with influence being represented by face-down character cards in your playing area. Each player technically can only perform general actions or those allowed by their character. Of course, since your cards are face down, you’re allowed to lie through the teeth and actions always succeed unless challenged. Woe to the player who gets caught performing an illegal move however, for the penalty must be paid in influence, putting them that much closer to elimination.

 

BANG! The Dice Game
Number of Players: 3-8
Playing Time: 15 Minutes

In this blazing fast push-your-luck dice game of Wild West action, the outlaws have taken arms to kill off the sheriff, but the lawmen aren’t going down without a fight in this spin-off of the classic BANG! Card Game. In BANG! The Dice Game, players roll dice to try building sets of symbols. Players unhappy with their rolls can always push to reroll the dice, but the more they roll, the greater the chance of getting caught up in an Indian attack or getting blown away by Dynamite. Play continues until one team meets its winning condition – and death won’t necessarily keep you from winning as long as your teammates pull through!

 

Empire Engine
Number of Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 30 Minutes

 

Many people think of wargames as being a Risk level endeavor – this game can change that. A completely pocket sized wargame, Empire Engine places you in charge of the economy of a nation as you produce resources and wage war upon your neighbors.  During the game, players simultaneously choose actions to attack, defend or collect resources. The player who scores the most points for the goods, soldiers and inventions in their score pile at the end of the game is the winner!


Card of the Dead

Number of Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 15 Minutes

In the survival action card game Card of the Dead, players are trapped in a town full of zombies. In game terms, from a deck of cards containing zombies, items and events, players are dealt a hand of cards. Each turn, players draw a card. If the card’s a zombie, the player places it in front of himself; if not, he adds the card to his hand and plays one card of his choice. Certain items give the player a chance to flee. The player who first lays down a predetermined number of escape cards – or who is simply the last one alive – wins the game.

 

Image previewCards Against Humanity
Number of Players: 4-30
Playing Time: 30 Minutes

The infamous NOT SAFE FOR WORK  “party game for horrible people”, in Cards Against Humanity, players try to respond to open ended topic questions with the ‘best’ (or possibly most inappropriate) answer to score points. Designed to appeal to a very specific sort of humor, and even more likely to offend the sensitive sort, I have major qualms about placing this on the list, but if you’re hanging with the right sort of crowd this new year, go right ahead.

 

Once Upon a Time 3rd Edition

Once upon a time

Once Upon A Time (3rd Edition)

Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 21/9/15

Have you ever thought of how fairy tales are created? Have you ever wanted to create your own fairy tales? That’s what Once Upon A Time (3rd Edition) allows you to do. Once Upon A Time is a story-telling card game meant for 2 to 6 players. The game initiates collaboration and creativity amongst players.

Players would receive an ending card at the start of the game,and the objective is to steer the story towards the ending that is stated on their ending card, while getting rid of all other story cards in hand.

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The players come to a conclusion on who becomes the first story teller. Other players might try to steal the role of storyteller by playing a card that contains a word that the storyteller made used of in their story, or by having the current storyteller end their turn. Either of this action would cause a change in story teller and the new story teller would have to continue the story from where it was last left off. All the cards, including the ending cards, have a fairy tale theme which makes the entire storytelling family friendly.

Once upon a time (3rd Edition) is a great storytelling game that can be played by a wide variety of age groups, that guarantees endless joy and fun new fairy tale creation that the player will experience when they play it.

Savage Worlds RPG

Savage Worlds

Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 22/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

A mighty barbarian leads a horde of savages against his blood-sworn foes. A crazy rebel pilots his fighter against a galactic empire. A party of adventurers raids the tomb of an ancient lich. If you like the sound of that, then start exploring the never ending of Savage Worlds.

Savage Worlds is a role-playing game and miniatures wargame. Like Dungeons and Dragons, it allows the player to create their very own fantasy characters. This also means that players starts literally nothing but just a short story given by the dungeon master. From there on, let your imagination take you where it leads. The theme maybe also varies depending on the dungeon master. Savage World focus on speed of play and does not require much preparation as this game is solely based on imagination.

An example for Dungeons and Dragons is that it uses the D20 system for skills. For Savage Worlds, the dice used are varies depending on how good is that character’s skill level. In the deluxe version, there are more new powers, setting rules, situational rules. If you’re ready, then get savage!

Pathfinder Roleplaying

Pathfinder Role Playing
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 22/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Take on the role of a fighter, a vicious warrior that cuts through enemies with power melee attacks; Wizard, with various range magic attacks to decimate the enemies; Cleric, that heals and protects those who are in danger with the magical buffs or a Rogue, the sneaky walking trap that can defuse many kind of traps that stand in its way. Join them in a quest adventure to fight to survive in a world that has been engulfed by magic and evil in Pathfinder.

Pathfinder is an imaginative role-playing game that is similar to Dungeons and Dragons where there will be a dungeon master or game master to start off the game with a short story. But for the character making, the game itself have already premade a few for the players. Players have to use that instead of having the freedom to create on their own. Here’s the catch, there is a core rule book that state otherwise. The core rulebook allows players to create the characters freely like you would in Dungeons and Dragons, however, the core rulebook is not included in the starter pack and is sold separately.

It’s fairly easy for beginner to understand. For those who have experience in playing Dungeons and Dragons can look forward to Pathfinder as it also gives a different feel and environments. The only limit of this game is your imagination.

Star Wars Roleplaying

Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Written By : Mokan
Edited by: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

Star Wars Roleplaying Game comes in three variants. The first variant was the Star Wars: Edge of Empire. It was later followed by Star Wars: Age of Rebellion and Star Wars: Force and Destiny. Although all three variants were released separately, they can be used with each other, or as a standalone.

SW RPG

As in other Roleplaying games, Star Wars Roleplaying Game also requires the player to take on the role of a character and perform certain actions to emerge victorious. Star Wars Roleplaying Game also allows the player to create a custom character if they wish to. Players can also build their their own characters. They can specialize their characters for specific roles and by doing so they could gain “talent” which will power up their character even more.

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A unique feature that exists in the Star Wars Roleplaying Game is the Obligation System. The Obligation System helps the Game Master (GM) to add more depth to the story and to the characters as well, and is more important in new character creation. Another feature, the narrative dice, is a robust mechanic that is present in all three section of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game. There are seven separate dice with eight distinct symbols. The seven dice are 3 positive dice, 3 negative dice, and a force die. Each die can be interpreted differently by the GM which creates room to diversify the story. Each of the 3 sections have different general theme in it and given adventure that goes with it.

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For those who feel that the game is too content heavy and complex, there is always the Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box. In Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box the adventure are pre-set and it comes with a simpler rules. This helps to reduce the amount of mastery and skill needed to play the game. By the time they are done with the adventure, the players would be experienced enough to understand the basic rules and they can then choose to create custom characters and play on the Star Wars: Edge of Empire Beginner Box or they can choose to proceed on to one of the three main sections of Star Wars Roleplaying Game.

Star Wars Roleplaying Game is a great game that can be played by many players and is very much diverse so that no one game session would be the same ever again. It’s new and captivating mechanics, along with custom characterization and huge number of adventures would definitely be appreciated and wanted by many role playing game fans.

 

Shadowrun

Shadowrun

Written By: Mokan
Edited By: Simon Joseph
Date of Review: 22/9/15

Shadowrun is a cyberpunk fantasy role playing game that is set in a fictional universe. Shadowrun has a unique and dynamic universe, with overarching storyline twisting and shaping the universe.

Shadowrun role playing game is a very successful game that has made its impact across many platforms like video games, action figure game, magazines art book, and novels. In Shadowrun, the player takes on the role of one of the pre-made characters or a custom made character, and go on adventures with other players.

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Shadowrun Beginner Box Set provides players with pre generated characters, a simplified ruleset, and a ready to run adventure, a solo adventure for one character, adventure hooks and non-player character to throw into any situation. All this would add up to hours of excitement and adventure on the mean streets of the Sixth World. The Shadowrun Beginner Box Set is recommended for players who are new to the game or any other RPGs, as it limits the creation of characters and have lesser adventures as compared to others. This helps to keep it simple and be gentler on the learning curve for the new players.

Shadowrun Fifth Edition, is the latest edition of the highly anticipated role playing game. Besides the normal additions like more adventures. Shadowrun Fifth Edition, has rules for character creation, magic, combat, matrix hacking, rigging, and many more. This opens the doors for a more diverse gameplay. Shadowrun will appeal to those who like cyberpunk fantasy themed role playing games.

Shadowrun has everything a player would expect from a role playing game. Great storyline which evokes greater passion and drive to complete mission and the movie like feel when doing it, ever changing and evolving universe, which leads to variety of changes every edition and new feature to look forward to, and also a variety of adventures to play and succeed.

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 21/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

Have you ever wanted to create your own stories, or your own roleplaying character? Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game provides you with the tools to bring your fantasies to life. Imagine confronting majestic dragons in long forgotten ruins that are obsessively guarding their hoard.

Dungeons and Dragons is essentially a sandbox but also can be structured game where player choose its own story as the game goes on. The stories are narrated by a player that assumes the mantle of the Dungeon Master (DM), and is tasked with controlling certain things like the Non-Player Characters (NPC), environments, or monsters that will allow the players to embark on their own adventures. Player will also interact with the world to complete their quest.

Players are given the freedom of creating their own character like the races and class. They also can create a certain traits for the races. Once complete, the DM will announce a bit of the starting story. From there on, players will proceed to the game and do anything they want. The DM will also add stories into the player’s storyline to make it interesting.

Catan

Catan
Kew Sheng Yao
Date of review: 20/9/2015
Edited by: Simon Joseph

The famous resource, building, and trading board game by Klaus Teuber, Catan, is the rebranding of The Settlers of Catan first introduced two decades ago. The game can be played between 3 to 4 players, or 5 to 6 if you own the extension pack.

Players assume the role of settlers, each attempting to construct buildings while trying to gather resources by trading with the other players, in order to achieve the objective. There are several winning conditions; players can either acquire 10 victory points, having the largest army, or building the longest road.

Catan comes with a rulebook that contains images to assist newcomers to understand the game in a short amount of time. It implements the aspects of trading, building and gathering resources. It teaches players about risks and rewards as well.

This fast learning game has a family edition which is also the game as the original Catan but not applicable for any other expansions. For the junior edition, it’s for younger age that wants to learn as a head start. There is also a travel edition that allows 2 players to play, but it does not work with the other expansions.