‘Mech March – The Nova: How To Cook Your ‘MechWarrior

Hey PI-Fans, In it's Primary OmniMech configuration, the Nova (or Black Hawk to all you 'Spheroid Commanders) is infamously one of BattleTech's most recognizable 'Alpha Baby' designs, able to generate an eye-watering SIXTY-FIVE heat in a single turn of fire and movement. Sporting a brace of a dozen Clan Extended Range Medium Lasers (which remain one of the most damage efficient weapons in the game), each of the Nova's lasers sports almost comparable throw-weight to Inner Sphere Large lasers at a fraction of the tonnage. Though the Nova barely packs the heat sinks to safely use half of them at once, an Alpha Strike with all twelve of its guns remains a high-risk-high-reward tactic that is more than enough to obliterate many lighter Inner Sphere machines in a single apocalyptic volley of fire (at the risk of leaving the Nova sluggish and non-responsive from overheating and vulnerable to follow up [...]

By |2021-03-24T11:49:37+08:00March 24th, 2021|Articles, BattleTech, Board Games, Items, Miniature Games, News, Promotions|

Hey PI-Fans, The Mad Cat OmniMech, as the Timber Wolf it is known in the Inner Sphere, has long the poster boy of Clan OmniMech design - the 'Mech's bulbous bullet shaped cockpit, bird like legs and bulky 'Mickey Mouse Ears' (as the mounted missile racks are affectionately known) give the 'Mech something of an iconic profile. Mad Cats have jockeyed with the Atlas for cover art positions since the early nineties in an ongoing running battle which their various progeny designs have more than readily taken up after their parents. Today, we're going to take a look at the history of this iconic design that menaced Inner Sphere Commanders around the world since their introduction in 1990 (real-life). While you're here, don't forget to book a demo session and swing by the store to learn to play, if you don't already know how. Though a cutting edge machine at [...]

By |2021-03-24T10:41:21+08:00March 17th, 2021|Articles, BattleTech, Board Games, Items, Miniature Games, News|

Support Local: An Interview with the Cast & Crew of The 4th Culture, Singapore’s first liveplay D&D show!

Hey PI-fans, How's your day going? We were incredibly fortunate to have a sit down chat with the cast & crew of the brand new liveplay D&D show, The 4th Culture! Featuring Ramji Venkateswaran as Dungeon Master, veteran performers Sheena Chan, Lisa Yeo, Jo Tan and Edward Choy who play Yrsa, Kie Nao, Barra and Kaman! The 4th Culture is quite possibly the first Singapore based, liveplay D&D show on Twitch!  Without further ado, let's get to the interview!   Q: Please introduce yourselves and your characters! Sheena: Hello! My name is Sheena Chan! I play the Goblin Barbarian, Yrsa (YEar-sa) in The Fourth Culture! Jo: Hi, my name is Jo, and I play Barra the Bard, 'Bazza' to his friends, in The Fourth Culture, coincidentally!  Edward: I'm Edward, I play Kaman, who is currently Warlock 3 and Cleric forever (the strangest build). I'm the utility support and nuker-healer in [...]

By |2021-01-04T11:07:29+08:00January 4th, 2021|Articles, Items, News, Role Playing Games|

Support Local: An Interview with the Creator of Forge of Nations!

Hey PI-fans, How's your day going? In today's Support Local feature, we're shining the spotlight on the creator of Forge of Nations, Wan Jun Yan! (pictured left)  Jun Yan has designed a few games in the past for organisation training and education aid. Forge of Nations is his first commercial game!     Q: When did you get started playing tabletop games and at what point did you decide to make your own games?   I started playing in upper primary, as far as I can recall, and that's also what got me started on making my own games. In Secondary 1, I was very into the NBA and in particular, the Los Angeles Lakers. I made a pencil and paper basketball franchise manager game and got a few of my friends to join me in it. And in Secondary 4, inspired by a friend's copy of a commercial card game, [...]

By |2020-12-22T10:41:07+08:00December 22nd, 2020|Articles, Board Games, Card Games, Items, News|

Support Local: An Interview with the Creators of Bye Bye Virus!

Hey PI-fans, How's your day going? Yup, the Pandemic is still around but we can all still have a laugh about it! We had the good fortune to interview the 2 creators of Bye Bye Virus: Denise Lim and Yasmine Khater!    Q: What was the main spark that inspired you both to make a card game about keeping yourself safe from the virus? We wanted to do something useful with ourselves when we were stuck during the Circuit Breaker! During that period, we were both frustrated with the misinformation that was going around about how to stay safe against viruses, with people dressing up in dinosaur suits (as a joke) to hoarding toilet paper. We wanted to develop a fun way to teach kids and adults about good hygiene and socially responsible behavior, and used Bye Bye Virus as an outlet for that. We also built in a lot [...]

By |2020-11-26T10:43:34+08:00November 26th, 2020|Articles, Board Games, Card Games, Items, News|

Support Local: An Interview with Board Game Designer, Daryl Chow!

Hey PI-fans, It's almost the weekend once again! We had the pleasure to have an E-mail interview with rock star Singaporean game designer, Daryl Chow! Daryl has created many local games like Chope! Kopi King, Mooncake Master and is working on releasing Plantopia soon! Read on to find out what makes him tick and what he loves most about designing games!    Q: When did you first start playing Board Games and what sparked that interest in making your own games? Looking back, I've been playing board games my whole life. I played Chinese Chess in school competitively, then I joined the Bridge club where I was very involved as well. Settlers of Catan and the ability to upgrade to Cities and Knights as well as Agricola were the first few games that really got me into the hobby almost 20 years ago now. After joining the gaming scene in [...]

By |2020-11-19T10:49:25+08:00November 19th, 2020|Articles, Board Games, Card Games, Items, Items recommended, News|

Support Local: An Interview with the Creators of Broken Hearts!

Hey PI-fans, A good Thursday morning to you! Recently, we were able to bring in a new Singapore made game: Broken Hearts! We also had the pleasure to sit and have a chat with the creators of the game: Joey Teh (on the right) and Seik Yee Thoo! (on the left)    Q: Tell us about the game and how it came to be? Joey: The idea of the game came from a break up I had with my boyfriend at that point of time. He left without a word and it was hard for me because there was no closure. We were going out for about a year. I was really very depressed but I couldn't bring myself to talk about this to my friends, to my colleagues and even with my family too. So it was only till 1 fateful day was I willing to share my story [...]

By |2020-11-12T10:00:22+08:00November 12th, 2020|Articles, Card Games, Items, Items recommended, New items, News|

Horrible Game Experiences: Collectible Card Games

Hey PI-Fans, Continuing our series of Horrible Game Experiences; last week, we talked about Awful Board Game Experiences. This week, it's all about Collectible Card Games. The joy of CCGs is they can be played quickly and anywhere: over a lunch break, after school, a short session after work. But as with all games, things sometimes turn iffy and at times, get very awful. Presenting the worst ever CCG Experiences ever! People Who Are Rough With Your Cards: The Furious 'Poker' and The Ripple Shuffler Vernon recalls that some players have a tendency to poke other people's cards very hard to the point it's fingernail to cardboard. 'Ah I attack that one!' PO-PO-POKE It's like 'don't hurt my cards!' Jack especially dislikes people who ripple shuffles his cards and violently. You Get Schooled by An Arrogant Player Getting schooled is one thing, but getting schooled by a douchy uber-player is [...]

By |2020-10-14T10:40:45+08:00October 14th, 2020|Articles, Card Games, Humour, Items, Magic: The Gathering, News, Pokemon TCG|

Staff Spotlight: Vernon!

Hey PI-Fans, How are you all doing today? For the month of October, we're shining the spotlight on our awesome staff that keep the wheels of PI turning! You know him as the friendly Warhammer and Pokemon guy, it's our man Vernon! I sat down and had a chat with Vernon to find out all about his Life@PI (and his secret back story) Q: How Did You Get Started With The Tabletop Hobby Mainly the big one is that I've always been playing games for a while. So definitely Video Games and all that were the first few to get started with. Discovering Warhammer I think my first major exposure to Warhammer was when I was 8 years old, in 1998. So that was when I believe when Third Edition was the thing? It was 2 things that happened, I can't remember what came first. One was I had hand-me-down [...]

By |2020-10-08T10:39:56+08:00October 8th, 2020|Articles, News, Our Staff|

Horrible Game Experiences: Board Games

Hey PI-Fans, It's October! The month of exams, Halloween scares and then some. We've all been there before: table top games are meant to be fun and engaging for your friends and family. But sometimes, your game session becomes unfun for you, others and sometimes, gets downright traumatic. Here are some examples of When Game Experiences Go Wrong: Board Games Edition!   Everyone Gangs Up On You Perhaps everyone knows you're the best player around because you're good at strategy. Everyone just decides to take you down by concentrating all their attacks on you by lobbing penalty after penalty on you just to see you suffer. Or for absolutely no reason at all, everyone accuses you of being the 'Werewolf' even though you did absolutely nothing wrong and no one has any proof. Perhaps everyone was just having a really bad day and wanted to target their aggression on you. [...]

By |2020-10-07T09:44:32+08:00October 7th, 2020|Articles, Board Games, Card Games, Humour, Items, News|
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