The Singularity Piecepack

3rd Edition

The Piecepack is an open source game system that was invented by James Kyle in 2001. It is often described as being “to board games what a standard deck of playing cards is to card games.”

The Singularity Piecepack is my own version of the Piecepack that uses the Singularity Deck Suits and expands on the original Piecepack specifications with a few additional tiles and features. Check out the Piecepack family on Board Game Geek for a list of games designed for the system, and this geeklist for a bunch of adapted games.

The third edition of the Singularity Piecepack was designed to match the icons and aesthetics of the third edition of the Singularity Deck. For information on the older second edition of the Singularity Piecepack, click here.

Singularity Piecepack Third Edition: Earth Suits

Available at the Game Crafter:

Earth Tiles & Tokens: includes tiles & tokens in six suits with ranks 0-6 & A 

Earth Pawns: includes six pawns, one per suit

Earth Dice: includes six dice, one per suit with ranks 0, A, 2-5

PnP files for the tiles, tokens, pawns and dice can be found through the Singularity Games Patreon

Singularity Piecepack Third Edition: Cosmos Suits

Available at the Game Crafter:

Cosmos Tiles & Tokens: includes tiles & tokens in six suits with ranks 0-6 & A

Cosmos Pawns: includes six pawns, one per suit

Cosmos Dice: includes six dice, one per suit, with ranks 0, A, 2-5

PnP files for the tiles, tokens, pawns and dice can be found through the Singularity Games Patreon

Singularity Piecepack Design Notes

I originally wanted to design my own version of the Piecepack for a couple of reasons:

1. I wanted a version that overlapped with the Singularity Deck both in terms of iconography and design aesthetic 

2. The standard Piecepack has some quirky design aspects that I wanted to streamline to my personal preferences.

The standard Piecepack has 4 suits: red suns, black moons, yellow crowns, and blue arms. Swapping these out for "standard french suits" really opens up the design space allowing for games that use both sets of components. I'm hardly the first person to think of this as there are a good number of piecepacks available that use french suits. There are even some decks of cards that use the piecepack suits. The Singularity Piecepack has twelve total suits in two six-suit sets that match those found in the Singularity Deck.

Tiles and Tokens

Each suit in the standard piecepack includes 6 tiles ranked 0, Ace, 2-5. This is where the standard Piecepack starts to get a little strange. On the tiles there is an ace and on the tokens there is a spiral. This does add some flexibility for game designers because there are occasionally games that reference these icons as having special abilities, however for the vast majority of what I've seen they just represent the number 1. This just adds to the cognitive load of having to remember multiple symbols that represent something other than what they say.  

The standard Piecepack also contains dice. Having such unusual ranks requires the need for custom dice. More on this below.

In my opinion, the ideal design would have just used ranks 1-6, which would have allowed for the use of a normal D6 and not required messing around with nulls, aces, and spirals. 

The Singularity Piecepack contains the best of both worlds in this regard. The tiles include 8 ranks for each suit: 0-6 and Ace. Likewise the tokens include ranks 0-6, and an X (in place of the spiral). Given the pricing structure of the Game Crafter, it actually cost about the same to include the extra ranks. This means that the set includes a standard Piecepack with additional suits and tiles for ranks 1 and 6.  This syncs the ranks up with the dice icons on the Singularity Deck and allows the use of standard dice. 

Grided Front and Back

Each tile has a grid on the back, which makes the Piecepack a nice modular board for many abstract games. One of the design features that sets the Singularity Piecepack apart from other Piecepacks is that the grid is on both the back and the front of the tiles. The standard Piecepack tiles have fronts that take up the whole tile. The highlighted corner of each tile is for games, such as Alien City, that use the orientation of the tiles as a gameplay element.  

Piecepack Pawns

The pawns can be purchased separately from the other components because, if preferred, it's very easy to grab pawns from other games, 3D print your own, or use Looney Pyramids.

Piecepack Dice

As with the pawns , the dice can be purchased separately. The custom dice add to the cost considerably and many Piecepack games don't even use them. The dice available on Game Crafter (shown to the left), match the standard piecepack specifications of ranks 0, A, 2-5. If you plan to only use the tile ranks 1-6, you can just use standard six-sided dice. 3D-printable dice are also available for those those that prefer to print their own.

Overlap tokens

Another unique feature of the Singularity Piecepack is that each piece of information on a tile can be independently covered with a token. While no games exist that use this feature it does open up some cool game design space where the rank of a tile can change during the game. 

Singularity Piecepack Box Insert

Store your Singularity Piecepack in style by keeping it in the Double-deck Singularity Box. Use the Singularity Piecepack insert tray to conveniently keep everything organized.

The STL files for the box and insert are available to all Singularity Games patrons.