Rhado Runs Through . . . A Burning Forest!

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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!

Hotshots FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together this FAQ page to answer the most frequently asked questions we receive, so you can get back to playing your game!

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact us, so that we can help you get back on track.


Download a copy of the RULES.

Updated 1/8/18

Game Play

If you have a question about Game Play for a specific game, choose your game from the list below and follow the link to that game’s specific FAQ page.

Castle Panic

Castle Panic: The Wizard’s Tower

Castle Panic: The Dark Titan

Dead Panic

Munchkin Panic

The Village Crone

That’s a typo that will be fixed in the next printing. Page 4 (and your Character Card) are correct in that you gain a Reward token when you match 5 or 6 dice, not 4.

Continue placing flames by using face down Reward tokens as placeholders until Flame tokens become available. (Often when you run out of Flame tokens, you are about to Scorch a tile, which will return Flame tokens to the supply.)

Reuse any that are on Scorched tiles since they no longer have any effect in the game. When all are used, no more may be placed.

No.  The extra movement from tokens only works on a characters own movement, not the crew bosses 1 move bonus.

No. The Crew Boss’s ability must be used to move another character.

Players can keep tokens that are in their possession, but they are removed from the game when they are played.

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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International Panic Weekend 2017

(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)

 

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!

June Events – Where to Play Our Games

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June is a great month to get out and play some games! Our games will be available for demos and Play-to-Wins at several conventions around the country this month, as well as being in many game libraries.

You can also check out your Friendly Local Game Store to see what events they have planned and make some new friends over an evening of Dead Panic®.

PrairieCon Manitoba, Canada June 3–5
DieCon Colinsville, IL June 10–12
Origins Columbus, OH June 15–19
International Panic Day Various (click for list) June 18–19
RageCon Reno, NV June 24–26

 

International Panic Day 2016

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Join us on June 18th when we celebrate International Panic Day (yes, it’s a real thing) the only way we know how . . . with GAMES!

You can participate in the fun by visiting one of the stores listed below that will be providing FREE demos of the various games in our Panic Line. You can also host a game day with your friends and help spread the Panic!

If you are playing our games that weekend, please tag us in your social posts with #PanicDay and let’s see how far we can get this thing to go.

Don’t forget we have lots of helpful How To Play videos on our YouTube Channel if you run into a tricky situation and need a little guidance. There’s no shame in asking for a little help, especially when you are clearly panicking!

And don’t forget our special Panic Line Bundle will be available starting June 18! It includes one copy each of Castle Panic®, Dead Panic®, and Munchkin® Panic®. Each of these variations offers a different set of objectives and gameplay twists for a variety of game play experiences each time you sit down at the game table.

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Each game in the bundle comes with an EXCLUSIVE promo piece only available in this bundle and the bundle is only available through brick and mortar game stores!

RETAILERS! Are you hosting an in-store event? Not on the list below? Contact Us and let us know so we can add you to the list!

STORE NAME LOCATION
Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room Fayetteville, AR
Imperial Outpost Games Phoenix, AZ
Game Kastle Fremont, CA
Crit Castle Games Aurora, CO
Dragon’s Lair Wallingford, CT
Emerald City Clearwater, FL
Smallville Hobby Store Macon, GA
Tyche’s Games Athens, GA
The Armchair Adventurer Honolulu, HI
GameQuest Fort Wayne, IN
Game Preserve Indianapolis, IN
Better World Books Goshen, IN
Secret Door Games Elkhart, IN
TableTop Game & Hobby Overland Park, KS
Boom Comic Shop Lawrence, KS
A+ Comics and Games Lexington, KY
Hobbytown USA Frederick, MD
Brainstorm Comics & Gaming Frederick, MD
Acropolis Games Adrian, MI
TC War Room Traverse City, MI
Game Nite St. Louis, MO
Dark Knights Gaming Long Beach, MS
maCnarB Gaming Gautier, MS
Penta Smite Gaming Pearl, MS
Red Door Games Richlands, NC
Spielbound Omaha, NE
The Game Shoppe Bellevue, NE
Arcana Toys, Games, and Hobbies Washington, NJ
Elite Battlegrounds Green Brook, NJ
The Game Room Store Woodbridge, NJ
Alterniverse Hyde Park, NY
Legendary Realms Games Plainview, NY
Rockin’ Rooster Comics & Games Cincinnati, OH
Six Feet Under Games New Holland, PA
The Temple Games Pawtucket, RI
The Game Cave Hermitage, TN
The Next Level Games Madison, TN
Clockwork Games & Events College Station, TX
The Island Games Centreville, VA
Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles Leesburg, VA
The Compleat Strategist Falls Church, VA
Diversified Games Chehalis, WA
Pegasus Games Madison, WI
The GameBoard Sheboygan, WI
Lost Legion Games & Comics, The Rifleman South Charleston, WV

That’s A LOT of places to PANIC! We hope you can join us for the fun.

Let us know what games YOU’LL be playing on International Panic Day in the comments!

May Events – Where to Play Our Games

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Our games will be available for demos and Play-to-Wins at several conventions around the country this month, as well as being in many game libraries.

Of course, you can also always check out your Friendly Local Game Store to see what events they have planned and make some new friends over an evening of Castle Panic®.

PDXAGE Portland, OR May 13–15
ChupacabraCon Round Rock, TX May 13–15
Geekway to the West* St. Louis, MO May 19–22
MomoCon Atlanta, GA May 26–29
Evergreen TableTop Expo Tacoma, WA May 27–29
Nexus Game Fair** Milwaukee, WI May 27–30

* Play-to-Win
** Library

April Events — Where to Play Our Games

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Our games will be featured at the following events this month in Game Libraries, Demos, and Play-to-Win Events thanks to our partners with the Envoy Program from Double Exposure.

The games available to play at each event may vary, please consult the individual conventions for details.

Who’s Yer Con* Bloomington, IN 4/1–4/3
Tric-Con Spring* Sioux City, IA 4/1/–4/3
MEGA Spring Meltdown Derby Line, VT 4/2
Emerald City Comic Con* Seattle, WA 4/7–4/10
GameFest* Denver, CO 4/11–4/13
Greenhill Ultimate Brain Race** Addison, TX 4/17
LexiCon* Lexington, KY 4/22–4/24
MEPACON* Scranton, PA 4/22–4/24
BABSCon** Burlingame, CA 4/22–4/24
PretzCon* Omaha, NE 4/29–5/1
CharCon Bonus Round* Flatwoods, WV 4/30–5/1

* Play-to-Win
** Library

Here, Kitty, Kitty! FREE Demos at a Store Near You!

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Here, Kitty, Kitty! is coming to a store near you on April 1! No fooling’!

Want to hone your cat-hoarding skills? Check out one of the stores participating in our official launch event with FREE demos on April 2 and 3 from our partners with the Envoy program.

Below is a list of the stores that have signed on to host demos. Please contact the store directly for demo times:

Participating Stores

Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room                   Fayetteville, AR
Game Castle                                                  Santa Clara, CA
Crit Castle Games                                        Aurora, CO
Legacy Cards Comics, Games, & More    New London, CT
Emerald City                                                 Clearwater, FL
The Adventure Game Store                        Davie, FL
Tyche’s Games                                              Athens, GA
Other Realms Ltd                                         Honolulu, HI
The Armchair Adventurer                          Honolulu, HI
Secret Door Games                                      Elkhart, IN
The Game Annex                                          Fort Wayne, IN
A+ Comics and Games                                Lexington, KY
Modern Myths                                              Northampton, MA
Play More Games                                         Gaithersburg, MD
All About Games                                           Belfast, ME
Acropolis Games                                           Adrian, MI
The Loaded Die                                             Ferndale, MI
Highlander Games                                       Minneapolis, MN
Dark Knight Gaming (Southern Geek Fest)    Long Beach, MS
Red Door Games                                           Richlands, NC
Hobbytown USA                                           Lincoln, NE
Arcana Toys, Games, & Hobbies               Washington, NJ
Elite Battlegrounds                                       Green Brook, NJ
Fallout Shelter                                               Highland Park, NJ
Alterniverse                                                    Hyde Park, NY
Legendary Realms Games                             Plainview, NY
Diversions Gaming & Hobby                      Newbury, OH
Old School Gaming                                       Toledo, OH
Recess                                                              North Olmsted, OH
Game HQ                                                        Oklahoma City, OK
Six Feet Under                                               New Holland, PA
The Temple Games                                       Pawtucket, RI
Blockhouse Games & Comics                     Mansfield, TX
Mage’s Sanctum                                            Austin, TX
Roll2Play                                                        Coppell, TX
The Gathering Place                                     San Angelo, TX
The Island Games                                         Centreville, VA

Your favorite local game store not on the list? Ask if they received one of our exclusive Launch Kits for access to the special Milkshake promo card. You can also encourage them to participate in future new release events throughout the year. They can contact our Marketing team to get details.

Here, Kitty, Kitty! has been getting a lot of positive buzz lately, watch our blog for a review round up coming later this week.

The Dark Titan FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together this FAQ page to answer the most frequently asked questions we receive, so you can get back to playing your game!

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please contact us, so that we can help you get back on track.


Game Play

If you have a question about Game Play for a specific game, choose your game from the list below and follow the link to that game’s specific FAQ page.

Castle Panic

Castle Panic: The Wizard’s Tower

Castle Panic: The Dark Titan

Dead Panic

Munchkin Panic

The Village Crone

Download a copy of the RULES (815 kb PDF)

Download a copy of the FAQ (411 kb PDF)

Updated 3/10/16

Slaying Agranok

Is playing 2 hit cards consecutively enough to finish off Agranok?

Yes. Any combination of cards played that does at least 2 points of damage would finish him off.

If you use 2 Slay cards on Agranok, is he immediately dead?

Yes, but there is a catch. Once Agranok flips to his damaged side, (with his last 4 points showing) all players must discard 1 card at random. This means there’s a chance you might play your first Slay card, and then be forced to discard your second one before you get the chance to use it.

If Agranok is at 8 health and a Knight card is played with a Nice Shot card, does Agranok take 1 hit from the Knight card & 4 points damage from the Nice Shot card, for a total of 5, or just the 4 points damage from the Nice Shot card?

4 points. Nice Shot doesn’t add damage; it modifies an existing hit to Slay a monster. Also, the Nice Shot card would have to be banished from the game.

Agranok & Fire

If Agranok is on fire with only 2 HP left, and he is damaged for 1 point during the Play Cards phase, would his movement then kill him?

No, he has to take 2 points of damage in the same Play Cards phase. In this case he would ignore the single point of damage from the attack, and then ignore the single point of damage from the fire.

If Agranok is on fire and moves himself a second time because of a die roll, does he take 1 hit point or does he take 2 hits because of the two separate movements during phase 5?

He would only take 1 point each time because the movements are separate. His normal movement during the Monsters Move Phase would be completely resolved before you roll for his special effect.

Agranok's Movement

Does Agranok move the same as a standard monster, one space forward each turn?

Yes. On Phase 5, Agranok moves just like all the other monsters. Note: If you are playing with a version of Agranok that moves because of his special effect, then he would move again, after all the other monster movement is complete.

Once Agranok is in the Castle Ring, does he keep moving each turn and destroying towers but taking no damage himself?

Yes. Once inside the Castle, Agranok moves like a regular monster, and he never takes damage from destroying a wall, tower, or fortify token.

Support Tokens

Do I draw an extra token when drawing a Support token?

No. Drawing a Support token still counts as one of the tokens you must draw on your turn.

Do Boulders destroy Support tokens?

Yes, Support tokens hit by Boulders are always destroyed.

Cavalier

When the Cavalier attacks a monster, he takes damage equal to the "current" health of the attacked monster. When is "current" determined?

The Cavalier and monster make their attacks simultaneously, so the monsters “current” health is whatever it had when a player decides to use the Cavalier to attack that monster. In other words, before the Cavalier deals any damage.

Monsters

Which monsters cannot be put into the archer ring during setup?

Any monster with a special ability that triggers when drawn cannot be put into play during setup. For example, Boss monsters or Heralds.

Playing Cards

When Barrage is played, do you have to play all of your Hit cards or can you just play some of them?

Playing cards when Barrage is played is always optional. You may play as many or as few as you choose to.

With The Wizard's Tower

Is The Dark Titan as difficult as The Wizard’s Tower?

That depends on player ability and which level of Agranok is in play, but most players feel The Dark Titan is more difficult than Castle Panic but a little easier than The Wizard’s Tower.

If playing with the The Wizard’s Tower, am I able to play "Never Lose Hope" to discard hit cards and advance the support tokens, and draw 1 card per card discarded?

No. You can only get one effect from each card you discard. If you use discards to trigger “Never Lose Hope,” they can’t be used simultaneously to inflict wounds to monsters or to move support tokens.

General

How do you set up the game if you want to play with as many monster tiles as possible?

There’s no reason you couldn’t play with ALL the monster tokens from the core game and expansions if you really want to! It will make the game longer, but if facing all those creatures sounds like fun, go for it!

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FREE Bears! Demos in stores for Release of Second Edition

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The Second Edition of Bears! is now available at stores across the country! To celebrate this and help you and your friends get up and playing faster, we are partnering with the Envoy program to bring in-store demos to a store near you!

Below is a list of the stores that have signed on to host demos (listed by State). Please contact the store directly to get demo times:

Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room                      Fayetteville, AR
It’s Your Move Games & Hobbies               Oakland, CA
Crit Castle Games                                           Aurora, CO
Elm City Games                                              New Haven, CT
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles                         Washington, DC
The Adventure Game Store                          Davie, FL
Other Realms Ltd                                           Honolulu, HI
The Armchair Adventurer                            Honolulu, HI
Gameopolis                                                      Idaho Falls, ID
Cat and Mouse Games                                   Chicago, IL
Red Raccoon Games                                      Bloomington, IL
Better World Books                                        Goshen, IN
GameQuest                                                       Fort Wayne, IN
Secret Door Games                                         Elkhart, IN
Hero Complex Games & Entertainment    Wichita, KS
A+ Comics and Games                                   Lexington, KY
Play More Games                                            Gaithersburg, MD
Acropolis Games                                             Adrian, MI
The Loaded Die                                               Ferndale, MI
Highlander Games                                         Minneapolis, MN
Dark Knight Gaming (CoastCon)                Long Beach, MS
Red Door Games                                             Richlands, NC
Your Local Game Store                                  Matthews, NC
Hobbytown USA                                             Lincoln, NE
Arcana Toys, Games, & Hobbies                 Washington, NJ
Alterniverse                                                     Hyde Park, NY
Dragon Snack Games                                    Buffalo, NY
Legendary Realms Games                            Plainview, NY
Play the Game, Read the Story                    Syracuse, NY
Old School Gaming                                        Toledo, OH
Recess                                                               North Olmstead, OH
Zimm’s Realm                                                 Ada, OK
Guardian Games                                             Portland, OR
The Temple Games                                         Pawtucket, RI
Roll2Play                                                          Coppell, TX
The Island Games                                           Centreville, VA
Pegasus Games                                                Madison, WI

Your favorite local game store not on the list? Let them know we will be offering these in-store demos throughout the year with each new release and they can participate in future events. They can contact our Marketing team to get details.

Will you be playing along at home? Download Bears! score sheets and scoring reminder cards!

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scoring reminder cards in Bears!

How to Play The Village Crone – Videos!

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The Village Crone releases next week (September 30) in Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS) everywhere in the US. We invite you to immerse yourself in the medieval town of Wickersby and learn about the gameplay with our Official How to Play videos!

Not only do we have a general gameplay overview video, but we also have some break-out videos on casting Spells, moving Familiars, and Witch’s Schemes. Check them all out on our YouTube Channel. You can share the entire playlist for The Village Crone, or just video you think your friends will find useful.

Want to know what different Spells you’ll be casting in The Village Crone? Check out this video that teaches you what the Spells do, what you need in Ingredients to Cast them, and the special incantations you need to give voice to your witchy desires!

What happens when too many Familiars congregate in one place? Watch the video on Movement & Scattering, to see what happens to Villagers and Familiars when the party gets too big! You can even use Scattering to your advantage if you are clever.

Check out our Something Wicked Tour in the New England area if you want to learn to play from the designer, Anne-Marie De Witt. And be sure to visit the game’s webpage for the FREE 3D Printer Files for all the components if you want to add minis to the game!

If you order directly through our website you get the exclusive Silver coaster promo you can use in the game, or ask at your FLGS, they may have snagged a few of this promo at a recent show!

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As you prepare to get your very own copy of The Village Crone, be sure to download the Book of Spells patch for the Unbinding Spell error in the first printing.

Happy Spell-Casting!!

Get ready for The Village Crone! Releasing September 30

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Best laid plans often find themselves at the mercy of fate, and a customs hold on our shipment of The Village Crone has put us a bit behind so we are sliding the release date to September 30.

We have confirmation it has been released by customs and is in the warehouse. We need some time to get it logged into inventory and prepped for outgoing shipments, but we will definitely make this new release date.

In the meantime, we invite you to view our How to Play video for The Village Crone, and put in your pre-orders with us or your Friendly Local Game Store.

You may also want to meet up with us on the road as we start the Something Wicked Tour this weekend in Brookline, MA at Eureka Puzzles & Knight Moves Cafe on September 19. You can see the entire tour schedule with dates and venues in our tour announcement blog or by viewing our Calendar.

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Don’t forget you can download the 3D printer files for the game components and make your own minis on your personal 3D printer, and if you pre-order through our website, you will get the exclusive Silver promo coaster! (Ask at your FLGS, as they may have gotten a few of these at recent retailer shows.)

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We’ll be sharing more game play videos and game reviews as they come in and stay tuned for fun updates from the Something Wicked Tour!

Casting the Spell

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What fun would a game about witches be without spell-casting? Don’t worry, The Village Crone, is chock full of this kind of fun!

You main objective in The Village Crone is to score 13 points first by completing Witch’s Schemes. To do so, you will be sending out your Familiars to harvest Ingredients you need to cast a variety of spells to achieve the objectives on your Witch’s Scheme cards.

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There are 8 different spell types you can cast, each requiring a different mix of Ingredients and a special incantation. We have provided incantations for you, but you are permitted to make up your own if you are feeling particularly witchy while playing.

Pages 4 & 5 of the rule book go into detail about each spell, giving examples of how they work and how they affect the Villagers, and possibly your Familiars.

Let’s take a look at a specific spell-casting scenario: Continue reading Casting the Spell

Reaping the Rewards – Harvesting Ingredients

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We’ve recently discussed the importance of using your Familiars to gather the Ingredients you need to cast Spells in The Village Crone. Let’s take a closer look at the Ingredients and how you will be using them.

There are five types of Ingredients: Fire, Flour, Silver, Soil, and Eye of Newt.

Fire is created at the Forge, Flour at the Mill, Silver is found at the Lord’s Manor, and Soil is harvested at the Farm. Eye of Newt is a wild card and can be used in place of any of the other Ingredients to complete your Spells.

Three Eye of Newt cards are shuffled into each of the other Ingredient decks at the beginning of the game. These will be drawn at random during the Harvest phase, so you may or may not end up with one.

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You receive 2 Ingredient cards from each location in which you have a Familiar. If you have more than one Familiar in the same location, you get 2 cards for EACH Familiar.

You receive Ingredients during the Harvest phase of a round. Remember, you only get Ingredients from locations in which you have a Familiar during the Harvest phase. If you do not have any Familiars in a location to receive Ingredients, you may take 3 Ingredients from the Tithe Barn as charity. There is also a rule that allows witches to trade Ingredients during the Move & Cast Spells phase, but the rate of trade is negotiated between players. You may be able to “buy” an Ingredient you need from another player, but it can cost you!

When you cast a Spell, you discard those Ingredients. If another player blocks your Spell with a Protection Spell, you still lose those Ingredients.

Don’t forget to consult your Book of Spells often to remember the Ingredients you will need to be collecting to cast the Spells on your Witch’s Scheme cards. And remember there are multiple ways to achieve some of your Schemes, so get creative and use your resources wisely!

Happy Casting!