Board Games

How to Get Started Playing Board Games in 2020

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Board Games! Lots of us grew up playing board games as kids - Remember the fun times playing Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk or Jenga with friends and family? Well, board games grew up too, and like you, they’ve stayed awesome. Board games haven’t stopped bringing people together even though we’re now spending more time adulting –  from the abstract to the epic, board games come in a variety of themes and its our most sincere belief that there's a board game for everyone! Here are four reasons why we believe board games are awesome! Board games are social - Board games allow people to interact with each other and you’ll learn a lot about the people you’re playing games with while playing games with them. Whether a person is cautious and defensive or clever and aggressive often shines through in how they play a game [...]

By |2020-08-05T19:52:14+08:00August 5th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Items recommended, News|

Keep Stocking And Nobody Explodes

Hey PI-Fans, As we prepare to roll into August, the Games @ PI team would like to take a moment to wish our Muslim friends a blessed Hari Raya Haji. If you're still hunkering down with your small groups, Games @ PI is happy to roll out another batch of two-player board games with the restock of Bang! Duel and the Renegade Expansion as well as the arrival of Cosmic Encounter Duel. On top of the new releases, we're seeing a number of important restocks at our store. First up, Pandemic is back in-stock along with Pandemic Hot Zones: North America. These aren't the only cooperative titles to flood back onto the shelves - we've taken the opportunity to reload our shelves with the rest of Matt Leacock's prodigious cooperative game range, including Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, Forbidden Sky and even Thunderbirds, his take on the classic supermarionation television series.  [...]

By |2020-07-31T13:27:09+08:00July 31st, 2020|Board Games, Items, New items, News, Role Playing Games|

Webstore Updates – July 20, 2020

Hey PI-Fans, The last couple of weeks have been something of a mad scramble to keep apace with preorders for the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 Indomitus Box Set. We're still taking preorders for the 'Made-to-Order' wave until July 23rd but we've also taken some time to expand our online board game range. Perhaps, you're in the mood for a quiet two-player board game? Joining our usual recommendations like Jaipur, Codenames Duet and Onitama is Rivals for Catan, a neat little head-to-head implementation of the great Catan gameplay. Looking for something more rowdy? Try the party games King of Tokyo (and the slick noir themed King of Tokyo Dark) and smash the city (and your friends) in a fast moving Kaiju romp. Or test your spatial skills in a high-speed race to assemble a customer order in Bubble Tea. If you're after something a bit more (or less cerebral) depending on your [...]

By |2020-07-20T16:53:12+08:00July 20th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Items, Items recommended, News|

MASS MUTATION and others!

Hey PI-Fans, Games @ PI will be open at 1.30pm today.  It’s been a week of releases, with the arrival of Arkham Horror: The Blob That Ate Everything, the light strategy card game Origami Legends and the adorable plush dice rolling game Stoplight. We’re of course capping this off with the release of Keyforge: Mass Mutation Archon Packs. Keyforge is Richard Garfield’s latest 2-player collectable deck game, featuring a brand new ready to-play deck in every pack. There’s literally no downtime – you just crack open the box and get straight to playing. If you’ve never heard of Keyforge, we’ll get you up to speed. To celebrate the launch of Mass Mutation, all previously released Keyforge will be going at 30% off until the 31st of July. So… after you wrap up your civic duty, why not drop by and crack a deck or two with us? […]

By |2020-07-15T17:06:56+08:00July 10th, 2020|Board Games, Card Games, Items, New items|

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 |2020-07-15T17:08:32+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|
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