Grackles Demos Perching Near You!

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Love pretty abstract games? You’ll want to play Grackles. On your turn, you take one of four actions and plot to have the most birds on telephone lines. Game stores across North America will be hosting free Grackles demos September 22–23.

 

Find a participating store near you from the list below and compete to line up your birds!

UPDATED 9/19

John and Sarah, the designers of Grackles will be running some very special demo events this weekend in their home state of California! If you’re in the area, come by for a unique chance to play the game and meet the very nice folks that designed it! (Click here for details)

Arizona

Imperial Outpost Games (Glendale), 602-978-0467

 

Arkansas

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

 
California – NEW!

The Game Getaway (Folsom), 916-234-7541 Saturday 12pm – 3pm

Great Escape Games (Sacremento), 916-927-0810 Sunday 3pm – 6pm

 

Colorado

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

Petrie’s Family Games (Colorado Springs), 719-522-1099

 

Connecticut

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

Connecticut Gaming Center (Waterbury), 203-527-3918

 

Georgia

Tyche’s (Athens), 706-354-4500

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

 

Hawaii

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

Other Realms Ltd. (Honolulu), 808-596-8236

 

Idaho

Gameopolis (Idaho Falls), 208-529-8026

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

Gaming Adventures (New Plymouth), 208-649-4244

 

Illinois

AlleyCat Comics (Chicago), 773-907-3404

Bonus Round Games Cafe (Chicago), 773-857-1037

 

Indiana

Power Nine Gaming (Fort Wayne), 260-387-6136

Better World Books (Goshen), 574-534-1984

Good Games (Indianapolis), 317-493-1423

Saltire Games (Indianapolis), 317-823-1645

 

Kansas

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

Sente (Wichita), 316-640-5344

 

Louisiana

Anubis Game & Hobby (Broussard), 337-330-6096

 

Maryland

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

Dream Wizards (Rockville), 301-881-3530

Dice City Games (Silver Spring), 443-424-2637

 

Michigan

Acropolis Games (Adrian), 517-577-6192

Destiny Games (Canton), 734-404-5548

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

 

Minnesota

The Gaming Goat (Saint Paul), 651-690-4628

 

Mississippi

maCnarB Gaming (Gautier), 228-497-0303

 

Missouri

Pawn and Pint (Kansas City), 415-613-0476

 

Nebraska

Gauntlet Games (Lincoln), 402-420-5060

The Game Shoppe (Omaha), 402-991-8699

Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330

 

Nevada

The Glass Die (Reno), 775-384-1456

 

New Mexico

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

 

New York

The Brooklyn Strategist (Brooklyn), 718-576-3035

Just Games Rochester (Rochester), 585-586-0586

 

North Carolina

Rocket City Games and More (Jacksonville), 910-577-5556

Event Horizon Games (Raleigh), 919-977-4009

Gamers Guild (Spring Lake), 910-497-2354

 

Ohio

The Guardtower (Columbus), 614-488-4311

Tabletop Game Cafe (Columbus), 614-725-0328

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

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

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

 

Oregon

Borderlands Games (Salem), 503-485-2554

 

Pennsylvania

Deal Me in Games (Boyertown), 484-415-0058

The Games Keep (West Chester), 484-905-5533

Caffeinated Gaming (Zieglerville), 610-287-1624

 

Rhode Island

Reality A Games (West Warwick), 401-500-1545

 

Tennessee

901 Comics (Memphis), 901-421-8819

 

Texas

Mage’s Sanctum (Austin), 512-428-4402

Brickhouse Games (Garland), 972-926-3398

Dragon’s Lair (Houston), 832-761-0072

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

Mad Hatter’s House of Games (Lubbock), 806-763-4054

Stormcrow Games (Lubbock), 806-778-4281

Darkhound Game Center (Mansfield), 817-225-6145

Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield), 682-999-8697

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

 

Utah

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

Game Haven (St. George), 435-627-0616

Demolition Games (Salt Lake City), 385-229-4739

 

Virginia

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

Crossroads Tabletop Tavern (Manassas), 571-364-8885

 

Wisconsin

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

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

I’m Board! Games and Family Fun (Middleton), 608-831-6631

The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263

 

West Virginia

Four Horsemen Comics (Bridgeport), 304-848-9210

 

Wyoming

Games Gauntlet (Laramie), 307-299-7976

 

INTERNATIONAL

Canada

North of Exile Games (Penetanguishene, Ontario), 705-614-2801

Mexico

Mana Screw (Costa Azul), 52-1-646-176-4406

 

Read all about the game here.

Remnants Demos Across the Land!

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Be ready for the post-apocalypse! Or at least have fun with real-time dice-rolling to scavenge for resources, building your compound, and fighting over Raiders and Mutant Creatures. Game stores across North America will be hosting free Remnants demos September 15–16.

 

Find a participating store near you from the list below and compete to become the lone survivor!

 

Arizona

Imperial Outpost Games (Glendale), 602-978-0467

 

Arkansas

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

 

Colorado

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

Petrie’s Family Games (Colorado Springs), 719-522-1099

 

Connecticut

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

Connecticut Gaming Center (Waterbury), 203-527-3918

 

Georgia

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

 

Hawaii

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

Other Realms Ltd. (Honolulu), 808-596-8236

 

Idaho

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

Gaming Adventures (New Plymouth), 208-649-4244

 

Illinois

AlleyCat Comics (Chicago), 773-907-3404

Bonus Round Games Cafe (Chicago), 773-857-1037

 

Indiana

Power Nine Gaming (Fort Wayne), 260-387-6136

Better World Books (Goshen), 574-534-1984

Good Games (Indianapolis), 317-493-1423

 

Kansas

Game Nut Entertainment (Lawrence), 785-856-1540

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

Gatekeeper Hobbies (Topeka), 785-232-3429

Sente (Wichita), 316-640-5344

 

Louisiana

Anubis Game & Hobby (Broussard), 337-330-6096

 

Maryland

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

Dream Wizards (Rockville), 301-881-3530

Dice City Games (Silver Spring), 443-424-2637

 

Michigan

Acropolis Games (Adrian), 517-577-6192

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

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

 

Minnesota

The Gaming Goat (Saint Paul), 651-690-4628

 

Missouri

Pawn and Pint (Kansas City), 415-613-0476

 

Nebraska

Gauntlet Games (Lincoln), 402-420-5060

The Game Shoppe (Omaha), 402-991-8699

Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330

 

Nevada

The Glass Die (Reno), 775-384-1456

 

New Mexico

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

 

New York

The Brooklyn Strategist (Brooklyn), 718-576-3035

Just Games Rochester (Rochester), 585-586-0586

 

North Carolina

Rocket City Games and More (Jacksonville), 910-577-5556

Scott’s Collectibles (Kannapolis), 704-784-2277

Event Horizon Games (Raleigh), 919-977-4009

Gamers Guild (Spring Lake), 910-497-2354

 

Ohio

The Guardtower (Columbus), 614-488-4311

Tabletop Game Cafe (Columbus), 614-725-0328

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

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

 

Oregon

Borderlands Games (Salem), 503-485-2554

 

Pennsylvania

Deal Me in Games (Boyertown), 484-415-0058

Caffeinated Gaming (Zieglerville), 610-287-1624

 

Rhode Island

Reality A Games (West Warwick), 401-500-1545

 

South Carolina

Firefly Toys and Games (Columbia), 803-764-0596

 

Tennessee

901 Comics (Memphis), 901-421-8819

 

Texas

Dragon’s Lair (Austin), 512-454-2399

Mage’s Sanctum (Austin), 512-428-4402

Brickhouse Games (Garland), 972-926-3398

Dragon’s Lair (Houston), 832-761-0072

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

Mad Hatter’s House of Games (Lubbock), 806-763-4054

Stormcrow Games (Lubbock), 806-778-4281

Darkhound Game Center (Mansfield), 817-225-6145

Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield), 682-999-8697

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

 

Utah

Noggin Games (Cedar City), 435-586-3423

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

Game Haven (St. George), 435-627-0616

Demolition Games (Salt Lake City), 385-229-4739

 

Virginia

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

Crossroads Tabletop Tavern (Manassas), 571-364-8885

 

Washington

Krampus Kave (Leavenworth), 509-888-2422

 

Wisconsin

Planet Chaos (Fort Atkinson), 920-563-2664

I’m Board! Games and Family Fun (Middleton), 608-831-6631

The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263

 

Wyoming

Games Gauntlet (Laramie), 307-299-7976

 

INTERNATIONAL

Canada

North of Exile Games (Penetanguishene, Ontario), 705-614-2801

 

Mexico

Mana Screw (Costa Azul), 52-1-646-176-4406

 

Read all about the game here.

Grackles Flying to a Store Near You

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We’re thrilled with the reception that Grackles has received at Origins and Gen Con and can’t wait for everyone to have it in hand! Grackles releases September 5! Ask your local game store if you can grab a copy.

 

In a Nutshell Video

To learn a bit about the game before you pick up your copy, check out this video.

 

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How-to-Play Video

To learn how to play before you pick up your copy, check out this video.

 

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For retailers, we have our marketing kit for Grackles as well as all our other games on our retailer page.

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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

 

International Panic Weekend

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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

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!

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.

Game For The Cause – Charity Convention This Weekend

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Game for the Cause is an Austin, TX based gaming convention that donates ALL of its proceeds to SafePlace, an organization that works to end domestic violence. Fireside Games is proud to support this fantastic group of people in their mission. The Austin chapter is having their annual convention this weekend and we encourage you to attend, play some games, and help support a worthy cause.

safe-placeWho: Austin chapter of Game for the Cause
What: $20 at the door get you access to open boardgaming, silent auction, and gaming events where all money raised goes directly to SafePlace
When: October 16, 5pm–midnight and October 17th, 9am–midnight
Where: Parker Lane UMC, 2105 Parker Lane, Austin, TX 78741
Why: Have a good time playing games while raising awareness and funds for SafePlace which strives to end sexual and domestic violence.
Website: http://gameforthecause.com/

We are so grateful the gaming community at large is such a caring group of people who regularly use their shared love of games to raise awareness for social causes and help support their communities through charity events like this. However you choose to give back, we thank you! Stay Awesome and Game On!

International TableTop Day – Part 1

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Anne-Marie and Justin took a whirlwind trip to LA to attend the flagship TableTop Day event at Geek & Sundry’s secret Headquarters in Burbank. The day started off early with people lining up to get in. The “secret” headquarters weren’t so secret with giant, inflatable G&S logos everywhere, so it was pretty easy to find.

Justin and Anne-Marie got there early and were able to see the place while it was still empty. Geek & Sundry has a pretty sweet soundstage to work with!

Since we were sponsors of TableTop Day, we were given a VIP table where we could show off The Dark Titan. We had help this year from local game gurus, Eric Burgess and Devi Hughes. These two were awesome, running demos and keeping players entertained all day long. We couldn’t have done the event without them! Plus Eric brought famous strawberry donuts from The Donut Man, which of course Justin had to try.

 

Before long, the doors were open and gamers came flooding in! Tables were filled and many games began. People were excited to try The Dark Titan, but a lot of the people that came by the table hadn’t played Castle Panic yet at all. They soon realized they were getting a special treat when the designer of the game taught them how to play!

Devi gets some players started on a game of Castle Panic with The Dark Titan.

Felica Day kicked things off with a quick speech and was there all day playing games with people and shaking hands. Geek & Sundry had a library where players could check out games, as well as a merchandise booth where you could get a drink or pick up some sweet G&S swag!

While Eric and Devi taught some demos, Justin and Anne-Marie went out into the crowd to visit with fans and take in the whole event. We found some Bears! players, and Anne-Marie was able to teach the game to them, but she didn’t get the highest score that game!

There was a photo op with a couch and cutout of Felica Day that got a lot of attention that day as well as a Loser’s Couch. Here our buddy Patrick from Crash Games poses with a group of players that were defeated.

 

It was a great time with a great feel to it. Justin took this panorama shot standing in the middle of the soundstage, which kind of gives you a little bit of the feel of the whole thing.

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The event was so large, they had to extend it out of the soundstage and into a tented area in the parking lot. And it was NEVER empty.

We also encountered a group of Munchkin players diving into the world of Munchkin Panic, so we stopped to talk with them. Once they realized they were talking with the designer of the game, they wanted to get their photo taken with Anne-Marie. It was a lot of fun to meet fans of our games at this event, since so many of them are new to gaming they are very passionate and very excited to meet the creators in person.

 

There were also 3 food trucks at the event providing Hawaiian shaved ice, Japanese-style hotdogs and gourmet grilled cheese. The lines may have been long, but it was worth it.

 

Later in the afternoon, Wil Wheaton arrived and thanked everyone for coming. It’s fun to see how drawn to him people are, and he really does make a great ambassador for gaming. He was running a live stream on Twitch that should be available shortly, and we’ll let you know once we have access to that.

We ran a bunch more demos and made a lot of players happy. Even if Agranok did crush their towers, players still left with smiles on their faces.

 

Eventually though, 6:00 rolled around, and it was time to close down the event. Wil and Felicia gave a very nice closing speech reminding everyone that this hobby brings us all together like nothing else and also pointing out that this year TableTop Day was celebrated on every continent on the planet, including Antarctica! It was really great to be a part of something so big, and we hope everyone had a blast playing games with old friends and new ones. Thanks to everyone that helped organize an event, or just joined one to make it more fun!

Player vs Player in Dead Panic

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Back in March when we were at T.A.B.L.E., I had the chance to teach Dead Panic to J.R. Honeycutt, one of the co-hosts of the DFW Nerd Night and Brian, one of the authors for their review site The Nerd’s Table. J.R. just posted his review and summary of the game, and I think it’s a great example of the kind of experience you can have with Dead Panic.

What made this game special was that J.R. and Brian both decided to role-play their characters to a degree I hadn’t seen before. Oh sure, if you’re playing Al, the construction worker, you’ll be fixing walls, but what if you’re playing Barbara, the convict? What are your motivations? How would you act in a crisis? If you think a board game can’t handle that kind of play, you should think again. Continue reading Player vs Player in Dead Panic

T.A.B.L.E. Was a Blast!

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Last weekend had us up in Dallas for the first ever Tabletop and Boardgame Learning Expo. The expo was created as a way to expose non-gamers to all the fun that our hobby has to offer. We saw lots of new faces and a few old friends as we played demos with hundreds of other gamers. Continue reading T.A.B.L.E. Was a Blast!

Castle Panic Gets A Shout Out For BASHCon!

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Jeff McGinnis of the Toledo Free Press just posted a great article encouraging attendees of the upcoming BASHCon XXIX to try some new games, one of which just happens to be Castle Panic. As Jeff says, ““Castle Panic” provides just enough to bring genuine strategy to the process of playing, while being easy enough to understand that even the most casual of gamers can dive right [in].”

In describing BASHCon Jeff remarks, “One of the best parts about the event is the ability for players to share their passion for particular games with other gamers, maybe spreading their love for certain titles to new people and gaining a few new favorites of their own.”

That sounds like a great time to us! We hope all the attendees at BASHCon have a great time and may the dice always roll in your favor!

Gaming to Learn in Sheboygan, WI

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Chances are if you’re a fan of our games, you already know that board games are a great way to spend time with others and that they have a lot of benefits beyond just winning and losing. This recent article in the Sheboygan Press may surprise you with just how powerful those benefits can be. Our friend Lynn Potyen, owner of The GameBoard, was recently interviewed about her store, her efforts in the community, and how gaming helped her son thrive. It’s a great read that will remind you of why we all love this hobby and the people in it. We highly recommend you take a few moments to check it out. You can read the article in its entirety here.