Rhado Runs Through . . . A Burning Forest!

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Rhado reviews Hotshots

If you’re not familiar with “Rhado Runs Through” it’s a video series created by Rhado that takes a look at a board game from the player’s point of view and tries to really capture the feel of what it’s like to play the game. He talks through what choices he’s making and why, so it goes a bit beyond just a rules overview.

Recently, he sat down and played a rousing game of Hotshots, and you can watch that playthrough right here:

 

He then made a second video where he gives his final thoughts, and not to spoil anything, but he starts his video by calling it a “fun, very solid, cooperative, push your luck game.”

 

We’re thrilled that Rhado enjoyed the game, and we hope this gives you a fun peek at what it’s like to try to fight the fire!

Kaiju Crush Demos at Your FLGS

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Missed out on the Smash and Burn Tour? No worries. We’ve got you covered with nationwide demos of Kaiju Crush November 10–16. (There are even 2 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!)

 

Read all about the game here, and find a participating store near you from the list below to start smashing cities!

 

Arizona

Game Depot (Tempe), 480-966-4727

 

Arkansas

Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room (Fayetteville), 479-249-8888

 

California

Black Diamond Games (Concord), 925-681-0600

Isle of Gamers (Santa Clara), 408-985-7655

It’s Your Move Games & Hobbies (Oakland), 510-547-4386

 

Colorado

Crit Castle Games (Aurora), 303-745-4140

Denver Central Games (Denver), 720-514-9911

Shep’s Games (Aurora), 303-690-0566

 

Connecticut

The Board Room (Middletown), 860-788-7824

YFN Tabletop Shop (Newington), 860-436-2213

 

Delaware

Scarecrow’s Games (Millsboro), 302-853-2644

Twisted Anchor (Laurel), 302-875-2305

 

Florida

2Drop Game Shop (Fort Myers), 239-313-5342

Campus Cards & Games (Orlando), 407-730-3161

Dungeon Games (Estero), 239-221-8523

Highlander Novelties Comics and Games (Ocoee), 407-347-5436

Krum’s World (Winter Garden), 407-614-1881

 

Georgia

Comics Plus (Macon), 478-257-7111

Dice Drop Games (Macon), 478-737-1192

Heroes and Villains (Warner Robins), 478-322-0004

 

Hawaii

The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu), 808-843-1250

 

Idaho

Black Dragon Games (Twin Falls), 208-944-9193

Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow), 208-882-9499

 

Illinois

Red Raccoon Games (Bloomington), 309-828-9196

Titan Games (Peoria), 309-981-5376

 

Indiana

Family Time Games (Indianapolis), 317-429-9817

The Game Preserve (Indianapolis), 317-881-4263

Games Inn (Hobart), 219-940-3289

The Librarium Café (Hobart), 219-940-3174

 

Kansas

The Burrow (Wichita), 316-209-6217

Headshots Bar & Grill (Wichita), 316-260-4370

Hero Haven Toys & Collectibles (Wichita), 316-677-7543

Mission: Board Games (Mission), 913-242-7970

 

Kentucky

Legendary Games (Lexington), 859-523-9430

Ultimate Games & Comics (Hanson), 270-322-3050

 

Louisiana

+1 Gaming (Metairie), 504-883-7333

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop (New Orleans), 504-598-5536

 

Maryland

Dream Wizards (Rockville), 301-881-3530

HobbyTown (Easton), 410-822-7800

Play More Games (Gaithersburg), 240-801-9375

 

Michigan

Acropolis Games (Adrian), 517-577-6192

The Loaded Die (Ferndale), 248-240-4174

MeggaXP Zone (Jackson), 517-879-7804

Nostalgia, Ink (Jackson), 517-784-8955

Pandemonium Games and Hobbies (Garden City), 734-427-2451

Summit Comics & Games (Lansing), 517-485-2369

 

Mississippi

maCnarB Gaming (Gautier), 228-497-0303

 

Missouri

Cards ‘n Stripes Games (Republic), 417-647-5151

 

Montana

Rooks Comics and Games (Bozeman), 406-556-2153

 

Nebraska

Gauntlet Games (Lincoln), 402-420-5060

Ground Zero Comics (Bellevue), 402-292-3750

 

New Mexico

Zia Comics and Games (Las Cruces), 575-405-0461

 

North Carolina

Hit Point Hobbies (Aberdeen), 910-692-8447

Hobby Chest of Jacksonville (Jacksonville), 910-353-4473

 

Nebraska

The Game Shoppe (Bellevue), 402-292-4263

Gauntlet Games (Lincoln), 402-420-5060

Ground Zero Comics (Bellevue), 402-292-3750

Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330

 

Nevada

Games Galore (Reno), 775-826-7788

 

New Jersey

The Bearded Dragon Games (Bernardsville), 908-502-5112

The Only Game in Town (Somerville), 908-725-7077

 

New York

Alterniverse (Hyde Park), 845-233-4234

Haven for Heroes (Port Jervis), 845-856-1866

 

North Carolina

Hit Point Hobbies (Aberdeen), 910-692-8447

Hobby Chest of Jacksonville (Jacksonville), 910-353-4473

 

Ohio

Barnes & Noble (Pickerington), 614-751-0927

Bell, Book & Comic (Dayton), 937-643-9006

Beyond the Board (Dublin), 614-553-7677

Next Level Gaming Center (Gallipolis), 740-578-4982

Ravenstone Games & Hobbies (Columbus), 614-844-6463

Wizard’s Guild (Athens), 740-594-5300

 

Oregon

Guardian Games (Portland), 503-238-4000

 

Pennsylvania

Caffeinated Gaming (Zieglerville), 610-287-1624

Encounter Comics & Games (Allentown), 610-774-9565

 

Tennessee

The Game Cave (Hermitage), 615-678-5768

 

Texas

Collected Comics & Games (Hurst), 817-595-4375

Dragon’s Lair (Houston), 832-761-0072

Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart), 512-668-5075

Madness Games & Comics (Plano), 972-943-8135

The Multiverse Comics, Collectibles & Games (Hurst), 817-952-3553

Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield), 682-999-8697

 

Utah

Blakfyre Games (Pleasant Grove), 801-785-9713

End Zone Hobby Center (Clearfield), 801-774-5050

Gamers Asylum (Ogden), 801-621-4752

Gamers Asylum (Brigham City), 435-723-0586

 

Virginia

The Compleat Strategist (Falls Church), 703-532-2477

The Island Games (Centreville), 515-599-0360

 

Wisconsin

Board Game Barrister (Wauwatosa), 414-316-3900

The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263

Lake Geneva Games (Lake Geneva), 262-885-1515

Menagerie Games (Pleasant Prairie), 262-361-8238

TK Games (Menomonee Falls), 262-257-0800

 

Canada

A Muse N Games (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 204-415-1112

GameKnight Games and Cool Stuff (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 204-487-4263

 

Remember the Brave

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Hotshots is an exciting game that depicts real life danger and heroism. On September 6, the official release date, we’ll be taking a moment to honor the many firefighters who risk their lives to protect our families and communities. To express our gratitude, we invite you to join us in making a donation to one of the following charities.

Firefighter Memorial

 

Prescott Firefighter’s Charities

https://www.prescottffcharities.org/

This is the official charity for the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 of whom gave their lives to protect Yarnell, Arizona, on June 30, 2013. You can read more about their sacrifice on these websites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarnell_Hill_Fire

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/us/beyond-the-call-of-duty-granite-mountain-hotshots-yarnell-hill-wildfire-arizona-anniversary/index.html

https://www.outsideonline.com/1926426/19-true-story-yarnell-hill-fire

 

Wildland Firefighter Foundation

https://wffoundation.org/

This organization supports wildland firefighters and their families across the United States, especially to provide financial support to families immediately after a tragedy and to provide long-term grief recovery.

 

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

https://www.firehero.org/donate/

This foundation works to assist survivors and to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries across the country.

 

When you have a moment, please hold our nation’s brave firefighters in your thoughts and hearts.

Gearing Up for Gen Con

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Wow, it feels like we were just at Origins, and it’s time for Gen Con! Our plans are coming together smoothly, and we can’t wait to see you all there.

Gen-Con-Logo

 

Drop by and hang out with us in booth 1349. We’ll have fun showing you our new games, giving out promos for those games, and offering you some special convention deals. We’ll even have limited quantities of both Hotshots and Kaiju Crush available for sale.

GenCon-Games

Demos: If you are looking to try out our new games, Hotshots and Kaiju Crush, we can set you up. We’ll also have demos of Here, Kitty, Kitty! and Dastardly Dirigibles, quick games that will keep you going.

GenCon-Promos

Promos: With a demo or purchase of our new games, you can pick up the special River Tile promo for Hotshots and the Oblique-Checkerboard promo card for Kaiju Crush.

Deals: In addition to all of the games in our catalog, we will have bundles, jewelry for Here, Kitty, Kitty!, a special discount bin, and promo specials.

 

Bundles

  • Panic expansion bundle: $45                                                                                                                                                                                    (includes The Wizard’s Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War)
  • Small box bundle: $50                                                                                                                                                                                                (Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Dastardly Dirigibles, and Bears!)

 

Here, Kitty, Kitty!

Earrings and Necklaces

  • 1 for $15
  • 2 for $25
  • 3 for $30

 

Discount Bin

  • 1 for $15
  • 2+ for $10 each

 

Promos

  • 1 for $5
  • 2+ for $3 each

Events: And if that’s not enough, we’ll have ticketed events with all of the following games in Hall D through Double Exposure. (Thank you, guys!) Players will be given a coupon worth $5 on a purchase of $25 or more.

  • Castle Panic
  • Here, Kitty, Kitty!
  • Dastardly Dirigibles
  • Bears!
  • Dead Panic
  • Munchkin Panic
  • The Village Crone

 

We’re so excited to see you there! Safe travels!

Come Smash and Burn with Fireside Games

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We’re taking to the road on our Smash and Burn Tour! Join us in person or through social media as we visit 16 stores in the Midwest. We’ll be demoing our new releases, Hotshots and Kaiju Crush, and giving out promos. It’ll be a great opportunity to meet Justin De Witt, designer of Castle Panic, Hotshots, and more. Bring in your favorite Fireside Games, and he’ll be happy to sign them. You might also make it into our store videos!
Tour-Smash and Burn-PromosFor more information on the games, check out these links:

https://firesidegames.com/games/hotshots/
https://firesidegames.com/games/kaiju-crush/

 

Tour Schedule
8/22 (Tuesday), 6:00–10:00 Family Time Games (Indianapolis, IN)
http://www.family-time-games.com/

 

8/24 (Thursday), 6:00–10:00 Epic Loot Games & Comics (Centerville, OH)
http://www.epiclootgames.com/

 

8/26 (Saturday), 1:00–4:00 Good Games (Indianapolis, IN)
http://www.goodgamesna.com/us/stores/indiana/indianapolis.html

 

8/27 (Sunday), 1:00–4:00 Saltire Games (Indianapolis, IN)
http://www.saltiregames.com/

 

8/29 (Tuesday), 6:00–10:00 Beyond the Board (Dublin, OH)
https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheBoardLLC/

 

8/31 (Thursday), 6:00–10:00 The Malted Meeple (Hudson, OH)
http://maltedmeeple.com/

 

9/1 (Friday), 6:00–10:00 The Game Annex (Fort Wayne, IN)
http://www.thegameannex.com/

 

9/2 (Saturday), 1:00–4:00 Secret Door Games (Elkhart, IN)
https://www.secretdoorgames.org/

 

9/12 (Tuesday), 5:30–8:00 Cat and Mouse Games (Chicago, IL)
https://cat-n-mouse.com/

 

9/14 (Thursday), 6:00–10:00 Da Sorce (Chicago, IL)
http://dasorce.com/

 

9/19 (Tuesday), 5:00–9:00 The GameBoard (Sheboygan, WI)
http://the-gameboard.com/

 

9/21 (Thursday), 6:00–9:00 I’m Board! Games (Middleton, WI)
http://www.imboardgames.com/

 

9/25 (Monday), 6:30–9:30 Pegasus Games (Madison, WI)
http://www.pegasusgames.com/

 

9/29 (Friday), 5:30–8:30 Gnome Games—Green Bay West (Green Bay, WI)
https://gnomegames.com/gnomeblog/

 

9/30 (Saturday), 1:00–4:00 Gnome Games—Green Bay East (Green Bay, WI)
https://gnomegames.com/gnomeblog/

 

10/1 (Sunday), 1:00–4:00 Gnome Games—Appleton (Appleton, WI)
https://gnomegames.com/gnomeblog/

 

10/7 (Saturday), 1:00–5:00 Castle Perilous Games (Carbondale, IL)
http://castleperilous.com/

International Panic Weekend

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(UPDATED 6/23)

For a variety of reasons, we had decided not to celebrate International Panic Day this year, but after a groundswell of requests, we thought a small-scale event would be nice. One thing led to another, and now we are thrilled to report that between June 29 and July 2, we will have 137 stores spanning 44 states and 3 countries opening their doors and teaching people how to play Castle Panic and Munchkin Panic.

For the event, we’ve created a new Castle Panic promo, called Fickle Fortune.  And for Munchkin Panic, we have the original Bookmark of Free Masonry.

Panic Day Promos 2017

To see if there is a participating store near you, check out the list below. Have a great time playing Castle Panic and Munchkin Panic. Enjoy the day and the promos!

 

Alabama

Quality Collectibles (Jasper)

Gamers N Geeks (Mobile)

Game Time Hobbies (Opelika)

 

Alaska

Gateway Games (Ketchikan)

 

Arkansas

Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room (Fayetteville)

Mena Game Lounge (Mena)

Imagine! Hobbies & Games (Sherwood)

 

Arizona

Imperial Outpost Games (Glendale)

WesterCon 70 (Tempe)

 

California

Paladin’s Game Castle (Bakersfield)

Games of Berkeley (Berkeley)

Crazy Squirrel Gaming Store (Fresno)

The Dice House (Fullerton)

Comic Quest (Lake Forest)

At Ease Games (San Diego)

Empire Collectables (San Diego)

Crazy Fred’s (San Diego)

Pair A Dice Games (Vista)

 

Colorado

Shep’s Games (Aurora)

 

Connecticut

Your Friendly Neighborhood Tabletop Shop (Newington)

 

Florida

Gods & Monsters (Orlando)

Kitchen Table Games (St. Petersburg)

 

Georgia

Tyche’s Games (Athens)

Quest Comic Shop (Carrollton)

 

Hawaii

Other Realms Ltd (Honolulu)

The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu)

 

Idaho

Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow)

Infinite Heroes Games (Nampa)

 

Illinois

Castle Perilous Games & Books (Carbondale)

Da Sorce (Chicago)

Fair Game (Downers Grove)

 

Indiana

Reader Copies (Anderson)

Better World Books (Goshen)

Castle Comics and Cards (Lafayette)

 

Iowa

The Hobby Corner (Iowa City)

 

Kansas

Boom Comic Shop (Lawrence)

Collector’s Cache by Feral Events (Olathe)

 

Kentucky

Hobby Town (Bowling Green)

Comics 2 Games (Florence)

 

Lousiana

Plus 1 Gaming (Metairie)

Mechacon 2017 (New Orleans)

 

Maryland

Xpanding Universe (Aberdeen)

Canton Games (Baltimore)

Play More Games (Gaithersburg)

Dream Wizards (Rockville)

 

Massachusetts

Round Table Games (Carver)

Greenfield Games (Greenfield)

 

Michigan

Acropolis Games (Adrian)

Dreams of Conquest (Bay City)

TC Paintball (Traverse City)

TC War Room (Traverse City)

Imperium Games (Wixom)

 

Mississippi

maCnarB Gaming (Gautier)

Tupelo Sportscards and Games (Tupelo)

 

Missouri

Capital City’s Game Emporium (Jefferson City)

CCYDNE Hobbies (Lebanon)

 

Minnesota

Lionheart Games (Waite Park)

 

Montana

Orion’s Keep Games (Hamilton)

 

Nebraska

The Game Shoppe (Bellevue)

Game On – Grand Island (Grand Island)

Game On – Kearney (Kearney)

Hobbytown USA (Lincoln)

Gauntlet Games (Lincoln)

Game On – McCook (McCook)

Game On – North Platte (North Platte)

The Game Shoppe (Omaha)

 

Nevada

Little Shop of Magic (Las Vegas)

Games Galore (Reno)

 

New Hampshire

Double Midnight Comics (Concord)

The Relentless Dragon (Nashua)

 

New Jersey

The Bearded Dragon Games (Bernardsville)

Arcana Toys, Games, and Hobbies (Washington)

 

New Mexico

Zia Comics and Games (Las Cruces)

 

New York

Alterniverse (Hyde Park)

The Game Gamut (Pittsford)

The Arena (West Babylon)

Freakopolis Geekery Inc. (Whitehall)

 

North Carolina

Hillside Games (Asheville)

The Spot (Newton)

Red Door Games (Richlands)

The Comic Monstore (Salisbury)

DreamDaze Comics, Fun, & Games, Inc. (Wilson)

3 Blind Dice (Winston-Salem)

 

North Dakota

Force of Habit Hobby Shop (Minot)

 

Ohio

Sci-Fi City (Cincinnati)

The Rook OTR (Cincinnati)

Flying Monkey Comics and Games (Delaware)

Beyond the Board (Dublin)

Fun Factory (Mt. Gilead)

Barnes & Noble (Pickerington)

Checkmate (Toledo)

 

Oregon

Funagain Games (Eugene)

Guardian Games (Portland)

 

Pennsylvania

Mister J’s Asylum (Muncy)

Six Feet Under Games (New Holland)

AnthroCon (Pittsburg)

The Games Keep (West Chester)

 

South Carolina

Firefly Toys & Games (Columbia)

Boardwalk Games (Greenville)

 

Tennessee

Pair A Dice Games (Athena)

The Game Cave (Hermitage)

 

Texas

Wonko’s Toys and Games (Austin)

Clockwork Games & Events (College Station)

Cards and Comics Connection (Conroe)

Dragon’s Lair (Houston)

Ettin Games (Houston)

Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart)

Three Suns Unlimited (Longview)

Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield)

Fleur Fine Books (Port Neches)

The Gaming Goat (Spring)

Gerard’s Gaming and LAN Center (Webster)

 

Utah

Gunjah The Bead Forest (Cedar City)

Game Grid (Layton)

Blackfyre Games (Pleasant Grove)

High Gear Games & Hobbies (Salt Lake City)

Gameland World (Spanish Fork)

 

Virginia

The Island Games (Centreville)

 

Washington

Mox Boarding House (Bellevue)

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—CrossRoads Mall (Bellevue)

Diversified Games (Chehalis)

Fantasium Comics & Games (Federal Way)

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Redmond Town Center (Redmond)

Shane’s Big League (Renton)

The Comic Book Shop (Spokane)

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Downtown Spokane (Spokane)

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Spokane Valley Mall (Spokane Valley)

Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Tacoma Mall (Tacoma)

 

Wisconsin

Lake Geneva Games (Lake Geneva)

Let’s Play (at the Gnome Games booth) (Appleton)

Pegasus Games (Madison)

 

West Virginia

Nerd Rage – Morgantown (Morgantown)

J and M’s Used Bookstore (Parkersburg)

 

Wyoming

Games of Chance (Riverton)

Games of Chance – Flying Eagle Location (Riverton)

 

Canada

Dragon’s Den Games (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

 

New Zealand

King of Cards (Auckland)

 

Origins Fun Planned

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We can’t believe Origins is next week! We’re so excited to see everyone there. Come by booth 106 for free demos of Hotshots and Kaiju Crush (our new games this year), free promos and coupons for $5 off each game purchased, and special discount and sale items. We’ll also have play events every night in the Gaming Hall.

 

 

Demos: Be among the first to play our new games Hotshots and Kaiju Crush! Although they won’t be for sale until later this year, you can check them out at Origins. We’ll also have easy, step-by-step, self-guided demos of Bears! and Here, Kitty, Kitty! if you haven’t played those games.

Promos: Stop by to pick up the special River Tile promo for Hotshots and the Siphon Portal promo tile for Kaiju Crush. We’ll also give away the following promos with the purchase of the games they support.

  • Here, Kitty, Kitty!: Milkshake
  • Dastardly Dirigibles: Smoke Bomb
  • The Village Crone: Silver coaster
  • Castle Panic: 2017 ITTD Tower
  • The Wizard’s Tower: Crossbow coaster
  • The Dark Titan: Agranok Level 6
  • Engines of War: Jury Rig
  • Dead Panic: Laser Sight
  • Munchkin Panic: Potion of Mwahahaha!
  • Bloodsuckers: Midnight Sun
  • Bears! and Trail Mix’d: Alarm Clock and scoring sheets

Deals: In addition to receiving $5 off coupons for every game purchased at our booth, we will have discounted games and special items for sale.

  • Dead Panic: $30 (reg. $40)
  • Munchkin Panic: $25 (reg. $40)
  • The Village Crone: $30 (reg. $50)
  • Bloodsuckers: $20 (reg. $40)
  • 2017 International TableTop Day Tower: $5
  • Fireside Games Mug: $5
  • Fireside Games Tumbler: $5

Events: We’re also hosting play events for the first time at Origins! We’ll be in the Gaming Hall from 6:00 to midnight, and here are the games you can get in on each night.

  • Wednesday: Here, Kitty, Kitty!
  • Thursday: Dastardly Dirigibles
  • Friday: The Village Crone
  • Saturday: Castle Panic with all 3 expansions

Hotshots Available September 20!

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Hotshots, our cooperative, press-your-luck, firefighting game is back on track! We took some time to revise some components, making them even better, and now we are super excited to announce that Hotshots will be available September 20!

The flame minis came out great, and they really need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Here’s a photo to tide you over for now.

Hotshot Flame Tokens

We’ll be running demos at Origins this year, so come check us out at booth #106 to try the game for yourself. In addition we’ll be posting a video close-up, and How-to-Play video soon.

If you can’t wait until then, you can download the rules here and start your firefighter training now!

Kaiju Crush

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We are so excited to announce that Kaiju Crush is coming to a store near you this November! Tim Armstrong came to us last summer with an intriguing limited grid movement system with public objectives, and our own Justin De Witt thought it would be a blast to see giant monsters using those movements to stomp around a city. And of course, if you have giant monsters stomping around a city, you’ve got to have them fighting. After months of playtesting and iterative design work, we are proud and relieved that the files are off to the printer!

The premise of Kaiju Crush is that giant monsters have descended on the same city to fight for supremacy. On your turn, you’ll choose to use either your own Movement Card or a Shared Movement Card that’s accessible to everyone. Those are the only movement choices you’ll have on your turn. However, the Shared Movement Card will be changing throughout the game. When a player uses their own Movement Card, they swap their card with the shared one.

Using a Movement Card will land your Monster on a new City Tile (crushing it). You’ll pick up that City Tile and put one of your Territory Markers in its place. Both the City Tile and the Territory Marker help you gain points based on the Objective Cards. Some objectives give you points for the number of Territory Markers connected or unconnected, some give points based on how many or few City Tile Groups you claim, some give points for shapes you create on the city grid, and still others give in-game bonuses for the leader in City Tile Groups. So, although your movement is limited, your options are guided by the objectives you’re focusing on.

Then, there’s the fighting. I know, I made you wait 3 paragraphs before talking about the fighting! There are 2 ways to fight: 1) when you crush a building adjacent to another Monster and 2) when you land on a Territory Marker with another Monster. To fight, you’ll draw 5 Territory Markers and look at the underside. There, you will find 5 symbols that represent the way that you are fighting: firebreath, claw, tail, kick, and spikes. These symbols are part of an intransitive combat system, like so.

Each Monster has their own unique combat ability (as well as Special Abilities that change each game). The winner of the best of 5 rounds gets to choose a Combat Victory Token at random, whose value ranges from 1 to 3. If the challenger who landed on a Territory Marker with a Monster wins the battle, that challenger gets to replace the loser’s Territory Marker with their own. Very useful for meeting those objectives and/or preventing an opponent from meeting theirs!

When no Monster can move, the game is over, and the Monster with the most victory points is supreme! We’ve had a blast playtesting this game, and we can’t wait to be able to get out there and play it with you. In the meantime, we’ll be getting up our webpage for the game, posting rules, showing a how-to-play video, and all that good stuff!

Munchkin Panic Live Q&A!

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Join Steve Jackson Games and Munchkin Panic designers Justin and Anne-Marie De Witt from Fireside Games on Facebook Live this Thursday, 5/4, at 5:30 p.m. Central time for a Q&A about the game! We’ll also be giving out a copy of Munchkin Panic, signed by Steve Jackson!

Here’s your chance to ask us all those burning Munchkin Panic questions you’ve been storing up! You have been storing your burning questions haven’t you? Ask your questions with the tag #AskFireside and we’ll pick the best to answer on stream! Tune in to the SJ Games Facebook page for the live stream!

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Engines of War How-to-Play Videos!

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If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to build catapults, lay traps, and fight off siege engines in Engines of War, the 3rd expansion to Castle Panic, we’ve got what you need! You can now check out our Engines of War how-to-play videos to learn how to use the Engineer to build equipment, survive the Shaman, and more.

If you’re already a pro at building and want to combine Engines of War with the other expansions, check out our videos for playing with The Wizard’s Tower and The Dark Titan!

If you’re ready to try your hand at all this crafting, pick up a copy of Engines of War and experience how the Panic is building!

Dastardly Dirigibles Gets FatherGeek Seal of Approval!

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Father Geek Approved

Our Steampunk card game Dastardly Dirigibles has already received some really great reviews, including one from the crew over at FatherGeek.com. They took a look at our game recently and gave it their official seal of approval.

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If you’re not familiar with Father Geek, Cyrus and his gang put a unique spin on the typical board game review. After a detailed overview of the game, the final review is actually 3 perspectives from different groups.

The Child Geeks give their thoughts as a group of younger players. The Parent Geeks give their feedback as adult players who may or may not consider themselves gamers but definitely view the game as a parent. Lastly, the Gamer Geeks take a more hobby-oriented view of the game since these are veteran players with a lot of experience.

In order to get the Father Geek Approved badge, a game has to be approved by all 3 Geek groups and we are very proud to say that Dastardly Dirigibles did just that!

Father Geek Approved

Each group had some great comments on our splendid construction creation.

  • The Child Geeks noted. “Each time you play a part, everyone else gets to play a part, too. This means that playing parts on your turn is not always a good thing.”
  • The Parent Geeks commented, “I like how the game subtly opens up to you. I thought it was just a race, but now I see it has more to do with pacing and positioning than anything else.”
  • The Gamer Geeks were intrigued as well saying, “This is a solid game. Light but it has depth. You need to be strategic about your card playing timing and always have a backup plan.”

Our favorite comment comes from Cyrus, Father Geek himself, in his description of the gameplay.

“The game forces players to play cards, but it does it in such a way as to make it feel like it’s doing you a favor.

‘What’s this? Your opponent just played an engine? Guess what? You can, too! Yeah, we’re all winners!’

The game just sold you a beautiful lie, and you’ll buy it each and every time, too, with a smile. When you are forced to play a card, you are also forced to change your Guide sheet in a way you may not particularly want.”

You can check out the entire review for yourself, and if you’re intrigued, feel free to grab a copy!

Dastardly Dirigibles Game Review

Critical Condition Interview

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition logoWhile it’s always fun to sit down and talk with somebody about our hobby, some interviews are just more fun than others.

A few weeks ago, Justin sat down with Jeffery from the Critical Condition Podcast and this was definitely one of the fun ones.

If you’ve ever wondered how Fireside Games got started or what games Justin wishes he could design, this is the podcast for you.

In addition, they discuss some interesting tidbits about the nature of the hobby game industry, cooperative vs. competitive game design, and even get into the history of Bloodsuckers!

Give your ears a treat and take a listen HERE.

Check Out the Rules for Engines of War!

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Engines of War Rules

Engines of War, the 3rd expansion to Castle Panic, hits stores in just a few weeks! Here’s your chance to check out the rules and prepare yourself for the next siege of your Castle. Learn how to build and fire Catapults, Ballistas, and deploy Spring Traps. You’ll want to learn about your enemy as well so you can better face the Breathtaker and Shaman. Don’t forget to ready your defenses against the Battering Ram, Siege Tower and War Wagon.

It’s all here, so download a copy now and prepare for battle!

Engines of War Rules

How to Play Here, Kitty, Kitty! Video

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Here Kitty Kitty Video

Have you wanted to learn how to play our crazy cat collecting game, but only had 3 minutes and 47 seconds to spare? Well you’re in luck! We’ve just posted the official How to Play Here, Kitty, Kitty! video so now you can learn everything you need to know about stealing, er . . . collecting all the cats in the neighborhood in just a few minutes!

You can also find this video on the Here, Kitty, Kitty! games page.

Uplifting Reviews for Dastardly Dirigibles!

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Another day, another set of great reviews for our plucky little airship building card game, Dastardly Dirigibles!

The Deseret News weighs in:

Dastardly Dirigibles is a relatively simple design with some interesting elements that come together under a delightful theme.”

 

The wonderful folks over at Mid-Life Nerd Crisis have declared:

“This one may be my new favorite game! A++”

 

Jason Meyers over at I Slay the Dragon.com has written a great review of the game absolutely chocked full of Victorian slang praise! Highly recommended reading for the fashionable steampunk.

“Like its behemoth titular airships this one’s head rests loftily in the clouds.  Its nonchalant and mischievous twist on set collection honors its Steampunk inspiration and gives it a distinctiveness.”

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Dale Yu at Opinionated Gamers.com has this to say about our airship escapades:

Dastardly Dirigibles is a filler with meaningful decisions… and I’m enjoying it a great deal.” “. . . the perfect addition to my “games to play with non-gamer family” as well as nice opening game for game nights.”

Dastardly Dirigibles Opinonated Gamers

Patrick Cossel over at The Forge Herald had some great things to say about our game:

“To the person, we all agreed this game was a lot of fun.”

Dastardly Dirigibles Forge Herald ReviewNot only that, but we were awarded the Forge Herald Stamp of Approval. Quite splendid indeed! We love hearing about folks enjoying building their airships and knapping a good part from their fellow engineers. May the winds be at your back!