ELEVEN – A Beautiful Game About The Beautiful Game

  Hey PI-Fans, Portal Games' Eleven zooms out from the pitch and brings a managerial touch to club football, placing players in the hot seat of a struggling manager trying to bring their team to the top of the table. In this competitive one-to-four player game, players each manage all aspects of their own football club in order to defeat their opponents and claw their way to the top of the league at the end of a six week season. Each game turn is broken into five phases and represents a week of activity. The 'Monday' phase sees players scrambling to their Board Meeting where players must manage the expectations of their board of directors in addition to receiving the funds allocated to them for the week. As different board members each have their own priorities on how to run the club, these differing approaches can greatly help or hinder the [...]

By |2023-05-30T18:25:41+08:00May 30th, 2023|Board Games, Items, New items, News|

27/5 Restocks

Hey PI-Fans, Things happen, shipments meander, stuff gets lost... and then suddenly it's all here at once. This basically means that the best laid plans of staggered releases gets swept away in a tsunami of stock. Those following on the board game front will be happy to note the arrival of Eleven, a Football Manager board game that will see players hopefully growing their club to greatness. Meanwhile the wargaming focused among you will be happy to note the return of the Alpha Strike Box Set, which has meandered in alongside the alternate Beginner Box containing the VND-1R Vindicator 'Mech and the Northwind Highlanders and Wolf's Dragoons boxes. Role-players will also be happy to note that we have finally managed to restock our D&D shelf after a prolonged regional drought. D&D isn't the only thing in either - there's plenty of weird and wonderful gracing the RPG shelf. We'll take [...]

By |2023-05-27T13:21:05+08:00May 27th, 2023|BattleTech, Board Games, Card Games, Items, Miniature Games, New items, News|

Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game, 13 Words, Carcassonne Anniversary and REALLY LOUD LIBRARIANS

Hey PI-Fans, It would have been nice if this had arrived a week earlier for May 4th, but such is life.  Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game has meandered onto shelves. Meanwhile the webmonkeys have been hard at work ensuring that the Carcassonne Anniversary Edition Box, Star Wars: Deckbuilding Game, 13 Words and Really Loud Librarians have made it to the Games @ PI webstore along with the slab of additional stuff. Carcassonne Anniversary Edition Box The classic game inspired by the medieval fortress found in Southern France returns for its 20th anniversary with a new look, enhanced visuals, and a few new gameplay experiences. The Carcassonne 20th Anniversary Edition comes with the base game, but upgraded with a high gloss, UV spot print on all the tiles and the box to truly make the details shine, while the tiles themselves are upgraded with brand new illustrations and decorated with characters. [...]

By |2023-05-12T18:24:52+08:00May 12th, 2023|Board Games, Items, News, Promotions|

Restock Wave is go.

Hey PI-Fans, It's been an interesting week for me at least...  Okay. Technically a week is the same seven days as it is for everyone else, but between the staff absences, the unplanned shipment arrivals and the crazy delivery cycles, this one has been an absolute doozy.  Nothing specifically out of the ordinary besides the store manager being a little more tired than usual, but at the same time... absolutely worth it - This is after all my job and I enjoy what I do. That said, the shipment dropping in unexpected has allowed me to take time to reload our shelves. This means the range of core Catan and expansions, Codenames and Ticket to Ride has burgeoned again and 7 Wonders, 7 Wonders Architect and 7 Wonders Duel are back on the shelf along with things like Azul, Pandemic, Love Letter, Dixit, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and more... [...]

By |2023-04-29T15:12:55+08:00April 29th, 2023|Board Games, Items|

Azul and Century Golem – Glass and Golems

Hey PI-Fans, A restock of both the Century Golem series and Azul have meandered into the store after spending way too long stuck in limbo and it's a bulky shipment of stuff, with all five of the Azul titles, including the special Master Chocolatier special edition set and all three Century Golem titles now available on our shelves. The four main Azul titles - Azul, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, Azul: Summer Pavilion and Azul: Queen's Garden are beautiful games with a masterfully elegant take on resource drafting. Players alternate turns to draft tiles from a central market while cheekily working to force opponents to take more than they need. The special Azul: Master Chocolatier edition on the other hand is a unique candy retheme of the classic Azul, replacing the tiles of the original with pieces patterned after chocolate pralines! If you really like Azul, consider picking up a [...]

By |2023-03-09T20:40:34+08:00March 9th, 2023|Board Games, Items, New items, News|

Catan Traveler – The Catan for when you just want to play Catan

Hey PI-Fans, If you're like us and enjoy the occasional round of Catan or two with friends but struggle to get the playgroup to use the expansions (a travesty I know), the nifty little Catan Traveler is probably the Catan set to own, especially if you're concerned about space and portability. Essentially a full set of the Catan base game for four players, Catan Traveler goes a step beyond the original for including special rules for two-players as well (since it can prove vaguely difficult to pack a third player in a suitcase). Everything fits neatly into the additional drawers built into the case, with card holders for the resource cards, and a dice shaker to keep individual dice from doing a runner. While it can't work with the full scale expansions, these factors combine to make this neat little set an excellent gift for a person with tight space [...]

By |2023-03-08T13:37:09+08:00March 8th, 2023|Board Games, Items|

YOU LYING SACK – A Game By The Exploding Kittens Company

Hey PI-Fans, In a weird collision of entertainment IPs,  YOU LYING SACK is a social game designed by illusionist Pen Jillette of 'Penn & Teller' and published by The Exploding Kitten company. In an intense game of social cues and poker faces YOU LYING SACK is a game of outsmarting your friends in a giant player elimination game of You-Know-That-I-Know (But do You-Know-That-I-Know-That-You-Know-That-I-Know) and rides more on how well players know each other and can read each other's tells and social makers. Each turn a players reaches into the titular Lying Sack and retrieves a number of 'Bad Thing' tokens as indicated on an escalating chart. Alternatively, they can feel around and retrieve the hidden 'Good Thing' token instead. After this they offer the contents of their clenched hand to each subsequent player, repeating the line "My hand is full of bad things. Will you take them?" If nobody accepts, [...]

By |2023-02-27T11:48:08+08:00February 27th, 2023|Board Games, Items, New items|

Enter the Dungeon – the Tiny Epic Dungeon.

Hey PI-Fans, Gamelyn Games has always been big on the concept of turning big-box board game concepts into teeny tiny games. They've done it before with Tiny Epic Kingdoms being their take on 4X games and Tiny Epic Zombies acting as a semi-cooperative zombie battler, but with Tiny Epic Dungeons, they've firmly set their sights on cooperative party Dungeon Crawlers. Tiny Epic Dungeons is a fully cooperative dungeon crawler for 1 to 4 players which sees a team of heroes descending into a deadly dungeon to confront a boss. Along the way, players smash their way through goblins, traps and minions while the guttering torch slowly burns out in a race to find a defeat the dungeon boss in a randomly generated dungeon before the party is trapped in the dark. If you feel the big box multi-hour crawls take way too long and want a neat pocket sized board [...]

By |2023-02-14T10:56:49+08:00February 14th, 2023|Board Games, Items|

Take a Hike – Parks Style

Hey PI-Fans, Take a meandering walk through along nature trails in Parks, with both the Nightfall and Wildlife expansions. Hike along nature trails across multiple nature parks taking in the sights across the span of multiple seasons. In Parks, each trail hiked represents a season of the year and the trails steadily evolve and become longer as the game progresses. Do you race ahead seeking to be the first to reach new trails or spend your time gathering resources or work to improve gear and resources and improve the player's ability to improve their own gameplay engine. Meanwhile the Nightfall and Wildlife expansions each focus on new mechanics and additions to the Parks gameplay with Nightfall adding a new camping mechanic and Wildlife increasing the frequency and scoring mechanics associated with Animal sightings. If you're looking for a beautifully illustrated board game with serene art and a beautiful nature centric [...]

By |2023-02-12T14:30:41+08:00February 12th, 2023|Board Games, Items, New items|

Saboteur: The Dark Cave – Becoming the SABO King.

Hey PI-Fans, If you're a fan of Frederic Moyersoen's beloved series about dwarves mucking around in mines, constantly bedeviled by the work of shadowy saboteurs, you'll be pleased as punch to know that with "The Dark Cave", Saboteur is now effectively a trilogy of games? While the prequel Saboteur: The Lost Mines has clans of Dwarves clearcutting their way through the woods to reach mines, and the original Saboteur has the mining turn murky in the twisty tunnels of the mines as dwarves tunnel their way towards gold, The Dark Cave is a clear sequel that has the paranoia overcome dwarves rushing to escape the flooding mineshafts with gold even while suspecting members of their own clan of treachery.  In The Dark Cave though, if the worrisome thought that some of the players on your team are secretly scoring for the opposition isn't enough, this time the Dwarves are in a real [...]

By |2023-02-01T19:27:18+08:00February 1st, 2023|Board Games, Items, New items|
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