Board Games

New This Week – July 1, 2020

Hey everyone! Welcome to July! How's your week been so far? Boss Kenneth is uber busy today so I'm jumping in to tell you guys about the New Releases this week! (I'm Christine by the way, nice to meet cha!) First up, we have... Ecos: First Continent   'Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to!' Pfft! Says who? What if you had the power to create the Earth as you like it? In Ecos: First Continent, players take on the role as primordial forces who are to shape the World's first continent at the dawn of time. The aim of the game is to score the most points by building as much of the natural landscape as possible; filling it with flora and fauna. The interesting thing about this game is players play simultaneously.  Means as you're happily building your savannas [...]

By |2020-07-05T09:58:23+08:00July 1st, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, New items, News|

Forbidden Island Review

Since the release of his modern classic Pandemic, Matt Leacock has developed something of a reputation as the guru of Cooperative board games. Forbidden Island is one of his stand-out release, a distillation of cooperative game mechanics into a simple single-box release that serves as an excellent introduction to the whole genre. As a speedy 2 to 4 player experience, Forbidden Island is an excellent take on the hand-management and board control elements of many other cooperative games and is a must-have addition to any budding board game collection. TLDR: Forbidden Island is a highly recommended first step into the realm of cooperative board games, featuring excellent components and easy to learn gameplay. Players must manage their resources as they explore a sinking island, working against the clock to retrieve all the island’s treasures before the entire board sinks and they collectively lose. As a cooperative game, this excellent all-win [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:53:49+08:00July 1st, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

The Weekly Stock Churn

Hey PI-Fans,While the physical store might currently be closed as part of staff rotation measures, we haven’t stopped working, with a trio of titles making their way to our shelves. You’ll be able to order them on the webstore today, or pick them up tomorrow when we reopen.In the meantime, if you want a copy of Clank! Acquisitions Incorporated, It’s a Wonderful World or Fantastic Factories or even one of last week’s new releases like This War of Mine: Day of the Siege, Tsuro: Phoenix Rising or Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, The Thames Murders & Other Cases, they’re on the webstore for your perusal.While reopening the physical store has taken a significant chunk of our time and energy, we haven’t abandoned the webstore. We’re in the process of putting up many of the oft requested expansions for Catan and Ticket to Ride and even a few surprising ranges like Eldritch [...]

By |2020-06-30T17:56:40+08:00June 23rd, 2020|Board Games, Items, New items, News|

Books and Things…

Hey PI-Fans,A new week opens and… we’re still in Phase One. So we do what comes naturally to us at this point really. We add new things to the webstore.Last week’s Games Workshop preorders are up on the website, but they’ve been joined under the Preorder tab by the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Core 2021 releases.The Book and RPG shelf has undergone a major expansion as well, with an eclectic array of BattleTech novels, non-fiction titles and role-playing games like the Vampire: The Masquerade range joining the store.On the board game front, we’ve added Plan B’s excellent Century series to the store, while both Rory’s Story Cubes and Untold – Adventures Await let you stretch your storytelling muscles. And of course, where would we be without party and family games?And on the wargaming front… we’ve expanded the BattleTech range, but also more importantly put up a Start Collecting! Warhammer 40,000 [...]

By |2020-06-30T18:00:40+08:00June 15th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Items, New items, News, Role Playing Games|

New For You

Hey PI-Fans,The Games @ PI team has been hard at work slowly chewing through our backlog of titles and I’d like to seize on this opportunity to feature a pair of titles new to the webstore; Walking in Burano and Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life. Seikatsu: A Pet’s Life is an abstract tile playing game of adorable animals. Players plop down a mass of pets lounging on cushions, while trying to form large collections of animals to score. Placement becomes even more important in the end game as the arrangement of coloured cushions, relative to each player scores them additional points, so players must consider where they are putting down pets for proper points. Walking in Burano is a card drafting game about building and decorating houses in Burano, a beautiful island of Venice. In Walking in Burano, players draft floor cards featuring different personal decor items to build three floor [...]

By |2020-06-30T18:05:01+08:00June 12th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Items, New items, News, Role Playing Games|

Spaces, Races and Special Places

Hey PI-Fans,You know how the game works. We’re still plugging away at work as always.This week feels oddly like it’s centred on a slab of space and adventure themed games. Entirely unplanned of course, but between the Warhammer 40,000 Talisman spinoff Relic, galaxy conquest wargame Star Wars: Rebellion, the Mars colonization themed Terraforming Mars and the ever wacky Galaxy Truckers, it’s really hard not to think this wasn’t planned.It wasn’t.On the other hand, we’re also adding a new Book section to the website containing both a smattering of Fiction and Non-Fiction titles. As with all things, we hope to grow this in the future to encompass a great many more titles, but in the meantime, we strongly recommend Gary Ray’s excellent Friendly Local Game Store, an acerbic but witty at the joys and tribulations of running a business in this industry.We’ll keep chipping away at the backlog as we work [...]

By |2020-06-30T18:07:24+08:00June 8th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, News, Role Playing Games|

More For The Store

Hey PI-Fans,While we’ve stepped out of the Circuit Breaker, very little has changed for us really. Retail is still shuttered but the Games @ PI Webstore on the other hand, is still very much operational.While we can’t unleash the new Arkham Horror LCG packs to the world just yet (ask again tomorrow), new on the webstore is a pile of titles for your perusal.As promised, we’re going to keep plugging away at this as we work to expand our RPG, Miniature and Board Game categories.As always, the option to make the leap over and start browsing right away is always open to you HERE, but if you’d like a list about what we added, keep reading. […]

By |2020-06-30T18:09:40+08:00June 4th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Miniature Games, News, Role Playing Games|

Ticket to Ride: London Review

Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner That I love London soMaybe it’s because I’m a LondonerThat I think of her wherever I goI get a funny feeling inside of meJust walking up and downMaybe it’s because I’m a LondonerThat I love London town. Ticket to Ride: London is a new entry in designer Alan R. Moon’s Ticket to Ride family of games and it carries all the pedigree of its bigger brothers, distilled down into a nippy fast playing form.Designed to convey the strategy and depth of Ticket to Ride, while keeping playing time down to a half hour or less, Ticket to Ride: London (and her half-sister Ticket to Ride: New York), in a departure from traditional Ticket to Ride, take place in a single condensed city map. In Ticket to Ride: London, this is obviously the titular City of London, giving you a chance to ride the buses [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:05:58+08:00June 2nd, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

Descent: Journeys in the Dark Review

Mennara is a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. In the deep places beneath the earth lurk terrifying monsters and foul villains, conspiring to plunge the land into shadow. Fortunately, Mennara is also a world of heroes. Heroes clever of mind, strong of sword arm, and stout of heart. Heroes in many shapes and sizes, unlikely heroes of many races and creeds and from many walks of life. Heroes like you… In a socially distanced world, Descent: Journeys in the Dark brings swashbuckling fantasy adventure and dungeon crawling back to your tabletop. At a time where getting the gang together for a weekly session might prove somewhat difficult, you can find an amazing solo or small group experience right out of the box – even without a DM.After all, if you’re going to be trapped somewhere for the Circuit Breaker, why not imagine up a dungeon? TLDR: Descent: Journeys in [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:10:47+08:00May 27th, 2020|Board Games, Items, Reviews|

Opening the Special Reserve

Hey PI-Fans,With the CB still chugging along, the Games @ PI has taken the opportunity to get some additional stuff into our stores. On top of the launch of Pandemic: Hot Zones – North America, featured last week in our review “A Short Ramble About The Pandemic, and Pandemic”, we have a new Cards Against Humanity expansion ready to order, and the aptly named ‘Absurd Box’ is a strange beast. And… after plumbing the depths and calling in a few old favors, we have an absolutely tiny quantity of Sheriff of Nottingham up for sale with its expansion Merry Men. There’s no guarantee of restock for this ever, so if it goes, it’s gone. Of course, this isn’t the extent of it. There’s something for everyone, if you keep reading. […]

By |2020-06-30T18:16:06+08:00May 26th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Hobby Items, Items, New items, News|