Last face it, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is one fierce dinosaur. When we heard of Gamersaurus Rex, the first thing that came to mind was; How ‘fierce’ could this store be? A couple of us went down to check them out ourselves – and we were not disappointed.
As we walked up the stairs, apart from the ubiquitous game related posters, the first thing that caught our attention was a couple of magnificent glass cabinets that store a score of painted minis, which pretty much tells you what this location is all about.
This is a tabletop RPG haven. We’re not just talking about the gorgeously painted miniatures that are available. Almost anything related to this hobby can be found here. Miniatures. Paints. Brushes. Events. Official rulebooks. Terrains. Big tables. Dungeon masters for hire. Regular tournaments. You name it, they’ve got it.
*DMs for your game – yes!
*Regular tabletop tournaments – Yup!
*Do they stream their RPG plays online? Yes! Available for viewing every Saturday from their Facebook page.
So, are they a ‘fierce’ RPG-focused store – Absolutely.
They also have a boardgame loan shelf of about 100-150 titles by our modest estimate, as well as a retail collection. While the staff does their best to keep their collection in good condition, some boxes may look ‘more loved’ than others, as per the norm of popularity.
According to the staff we spoke to, Gamersaurus Rex has a long history of serving the Magic the Gathering community, which played a huge role in the store’s growth. They have regular games and a trading card shopfront to cater for this demographic.
Gamersaurus Rex operates between 1pm-11pm daily. RPG players are usually here on Wednesday evenings, but they do have a variety of other wargames and skirmish games being played regularly throughout the week, with a higher concentration on the weekends. As you can see, due to the popularity of the space, it is highly recommended that you make a table booking way in advance before you turn up with your friends.
Bookings can be made either by calling the store directly or contacting them through their Facebook Page, where they also occasionally stream their games.
Membership starts at $10, entitling you to store-wide discounts. Table bookings are $5 per table for up to 5 pax for the whole day. This is arguably a really awesome deal. That’s close to playing for FREE if you come in a group of five, with the store capable of handling up to 30 pax at a time. Dungeon Master fees are variable, so you’ll have to check individually.
Just like Experience Point, the store has a fridge with a decent assortment of snacks, as well as bottled and canned drinks for purchase. There are several coffeeshops on the ground floor and around the area for food options. For those who are driving, finding a parking spot might be an issue, though Thompson Plaza nearby could be an expensive but relatively safe option. The good news is, the store’s entrance is directly in front of the soon-to-be open Upper Thompson (TE8) MRT station.
For what is offered in terms of retail you can find as a hobbyist, Gamersaurus Rex is as ‘fierce’ as its name. But the feel of the place when you play or even talk to the friendly store manager is as cool as its cute mascot.
Gamersaurus Rex is Perfect for…
– Large groups of wargamers and RPG players looking for intense battles and realistic/painted terrain.
– Tabletop RPG hobbyist looking for pretty much anything.
– Avid wargamers looking for regular competitions to flex their dauntless armies.
Gamersaurus Rex is Good for…
– Groups of players looking for a DM to run their games.
– Aspiring painters to get some basic hands-on practical after buying their painting essentials.
– Games & cards shoppers, since Gamersaurus Rex has a decent catalogue of tabletop boardgames and cards for sale.
Gamersaurus Rex is Bad for…
– Couples looking for a private date, since there would almost always be larger groups battling it out at the next table.
– Last minute bookings.
– Those who are afraid of cats. Apparently, there is a neighbourhood/domesticated cat that thinks it’s a gamer and frequents the shop as it pleases.
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