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!

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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!

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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.”

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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!

 

 

4 Out of 5 Stars for Dastardly Dirigibles!

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Our steampunk airship game continues to sail to new heights! Two new rave reviews for Dastardly Dirigibles have arrived and we wanted to share them with you.

Internet vs. Wallet has declared Dastardly Dirigibles to be a great game for some light family fun.

“We found ourselves coming back to this one often.”

Meanwhile, over at Guslado’s Games, Guslado gives a recap of his Gen Con experience and awards our game 4 out of 5 stars. Thank you good sir, and a most dapper countenance you have there!

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It warms our cogs and gears to hear about the love for Dastardly Dirigibles. Best of luck to all of you as you race to build those beautiful blimps!

“A Must-Play For Fans of Steampunk”

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Jeff Provine over at BlogCritics.org just posted a great review of Dastardly Dirigibles! His review covers the gameplay and artwork and comes away with smashingly good praise indeed!

“Going beyond simple icons, the art shines through as each suit stands out, whether in polished white with golden statuary, weighty cast iron hefted by over-sized engines, or the stitched-together Wild cards with banners and tablecloths mixed into the blimps.”

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“Famous for its innovative mechanics in Castle Panic, Fireside takes time-tested suit-matching play and raises it to the stratosphere with Dastardly Dirigibles.”

Jeff wraps up his review with the summary that “Dastardly Dirigibles is great fun for family and light gamers and a must-play for fans of Steampunk.” If you’d like read more, check out the full review here. To see what all the fuss is about, grab a copy from our store and come away with the exclusive Smoke Bomb promo card!

Dastardly Dirigibles Demos Galore!

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Break out your goggles, wrenches, and cravats! Game stores across the USA will be hosting free Dastardly Dirigibles demos August 13–14.

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Find a participating store near you from the list below and compete to become the heir to Professor Hornswoggle’s airship-building factory!

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

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

California: Comic Quest (Lake Forest), 949-951-9668
California: 4 Color Fantasies (Rancho Cucamonga), 855-692-6642

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

Connecticut: Regency Gaming (Mashantucket), 860-917-1111

Georgia: Heroes and Villains (Warner Robins), 478-322-0004
Georgia: Tyche’s Games (Athens), 706-354-4500

Hawaii: The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu), 808-843-1250
Hawaii: Other Realms Ltd. (Honolulu), 808-596-8236

Idaho: Gameopolis (Idaho Falls), 208-529-8026
Idaho: Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow), 208-882-9499

Illinois: Titan Games (Peoria), 309-981-5376

Iowa: Games King (Sioux City), 712-224-4238
Iowa: Games Plus One (Davenport), 563-391-1680

Indiana: Better World Books (Goshen), 574-534-1984
Indiana: Secret Door Games (Elkhart), 574-350-2295

Kansas: Boom Comic Shop (Lawrence), 785-856-2709

Maine: All About Games (Belfast), 207-338-9984

Maryland: Canton Games (Baltimore), 410-276-2640
Maryland: Play More Games! Store (Gaithersburg), 240-801-9375

Michigan: Acropolis Games (Adrian), 517-577-6192
Michigan: Nostalgia, Ink (Jackson), 517-784-8955
Michigan: TC War Room (Traverse City), 231-943-0248
Michigan: Warriors 3 Comics & Games (Wayne), 734-895-9069

Mississippi: Dark Knights Gaming (Long Beach), 228-236-7580

Missouri: The Bearded Dragon Collectibles and Hobbies (Independence), 816-427-1264
Missouri: Game Nite (St. Louis), 314-270-8440

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

Nebraska: Hobbytown USA (Lincoln), 402-434-5040
Nebraska: Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330

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

New Jersey: Arcana Toys Games and Hobbies (Washington), 908-223-1120
New Jersey: The Bearded Dragon Games (Bernardsville), 908-502-5112
New Jersey: Elite Battlegrounds (Green Brook), 732-424-0744

New York: Alterniverse (Hyde Park), 845-233-4234
New York: Legendary Realms Games (Plainview), 516-595-7088

North Carolina: Game Theory (Raleigh), 919-787-4449
North Carolina: Red Door Games (Richlands), 910-430-0132

Ohio: Recess (North Olmstead), 440-779-7008

Oregon: Guardian Games (Portland), 503-238-4000
Oregon: Off the Charts Games (Gresham), 503-912-1220

Pennsylvania: Comix Connection (York), 717-767-4871
Pennsylvania: The Game Table Café (Mechanicsburg), 717-695-0836

Rhode Island: Toy Vault Games (Warwick), 401-738-4325

Tennessee: The Game Cave (Hermitage), 615-678-5768
Tennessee: Hobbytown USA (Knoxville), 865-675-8647
Tennessee: Stabler Games & Comics (Oakridge), 865-685-0279

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

Washington, D.C.: Labyrinth Game Shop, 202-544-1059

Wisconsin: The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263
Wisconsin: Pegasus Games (Madison), 608-833-4263

Read all about the game here.

Bite the Tooth! Dastardly Dirigibles Reviews Are In!

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*Bite the Tooth: to be successful or achieve your goal

The first wave of reviews for Dastardly Dirigibles have arrived, and they are splendid indeed! We are quite pleased to share these with you as we twirl our mustaches with pride.

Ddoplayers.org claims that “Dastardly Dirigibles is a fun game that is easy to learn. With a lot of depth to it.”

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Dave Banks of GeekDad.com quite thoroughly enjoyed the game and specifically calls out how enjoyable it is for players of different ages, “It’s simple enough for young kids to play, while having enough strategy to become a more challenging game for more serious players.” He wraps up with high praise, “Dastardly Dirigibles is a truly enjoyable game that has great art, plays quickly, and encourages laughter in its play, resulting in an all-around great family-friendly game that is definitely worth checking out.”

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Marco at Marcowargamer has posted his video review and determines our airship building game to be “a simple, fun filler with a little bit of backstabbing.” Indubitably!

 

Last, but definitely not least, the famous Zee Garcia from The Dice Tower declares, “Thumbs up from me. Check this one out if you enjoy the genre. If you’re looking for a cool card game that gives you a neat new setting, look into Dastardly Dirigibles.”

Many thanks for the kind words! We’ll be posting more reviews shortly, but if you’re already convinced, you can trot on over to our shop and pick up a copy today!

Gen Con Goodness

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Fireside Games Gen Con 2016 Booth Number 743

Final preparations are underway for Gen Con 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ll have free demos, promos, events, and all kinds of fun!

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Free Demos in Booth #743: Want to check out the latest games from Fireside? This is the best way to make sure you’re taught the rules correctly with friendly people who want to make sure your experience is great. We’ll be demoing Star Trek Panic, Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Dastardly Dirigibles, and Bears! in booth #743.

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Promos for Demos: We’ll also be giving demoers these hard- to-find promos for checking out the games.
Star Trek Panic: Vulcan Mind-Meld
Here, Kitty, Kitty!: Milkshake
Dastardly Dirigibles: Smoke Bomb
Bears!: Alarm Clock

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Heir-On-Stick-Blog-PostExtras: Dastardly Dirigibles winners can pose with the dapper Heir-on-a-Stick to show their win to the world. And purchasers of Star Trek Panic receive a spare U.S.S. Enterprise! It’ll look great on your desk. That is, until you need to replace the one in your game after all of that damage!

Events: This year, Fireside Games is hosting events for the first time! We sold out of our original events within 3 days and opened up more. Just 4 seats remain open. One for Dead Panic, and three for The Village CroneClick here to sign up. After you click on the link, select the Board Game category to find our events. Hope to see you there!

Dastardly Dirigibles Takes to the Skies!

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TDastardly Dirigibles steampunk airship card gamehe splendiferous day has arrived! Dastardly Dirigibles, our steampunk airship building card game, is now available everywhere!

Professor Phineas Edmund Hornswoggle, famed airship builder, is retiring and you are an engineer competing to inherit the Hornswoggle factory! Dastardly Dirigibles steampunk airship card game airships

Each airship is made of seven cards, each representing a different part of the airship, such as the nose cone or lift engine.

Whenever a player adds a part to their airship, ALL players MUST add the SAME part, even if it means replacing an existing part. The first player to play all seven parts and complete their airship ends the round, but there’s a catch. Players only score the suit they used the most in building their airship!

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Dastardly Dirigibles steampunk airship card game Smoke Bomb promo cardNormally when a new ship is launched it’s tradition to break a bottle of champagne over the bow of the vessel. As much as we’d love to celebrate in that way, nobody likes a wet, sticky card game. Instead we encourage you to visit your local game store or head over to our shop and pick up a copy. And right now, if you get your game from our online shop, or a participating retail store, you’ll get the exclusive Smoke Bomb promo card free with your purchase!

So strap on your goggles and start twirling your moustache, it’s time to become the master of those Dastardly Dirigibles!

The Dark Titan Wins Origins Award!

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Origins Award Winner

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Origins Game Fair was last week and it was a blast! We had a booth in the Main Exhibit Hall and ran demos of Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Dastardly Dirigibles (releasing July 6), and Star TrekTM Panic® (available now!). Our booth was so busy and we got to see so many familiar faces and make some new friends.

We had the designer of Here, Kitty, Kitty! in the booth playing with attendees and the artist, Tony Steele, was back in the art area drawing cats on boxes for anyone who picked up a copy and asked nicely.

Star TrekTM Panic® received lots of attention and we had demo after demo of excited gamers devouring the latest variation in the Panic Line.

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Saturday of the show happened to coincide with International Panic Day and it was fun to see Social Media explode with posts from Friendly Local Game Stores around the country hosting events in-store to celebrate the day, while we played the latest variation with attendees at the show.

The biggest thrill of the show was at the Origins Awards ceremony Saturday night when it was revealed The Dark Titan, the second expansion to Castle Panic®, was the winner of the Fan Favorite award for the Gaming Accessory category! Thanks fans!

Anne-Marie De Witt, our CEO, accepted the award on behalf of Fireside Games because Justin De Witt, the designer and Chief Creative Officer for the company, was back at home in Texas working on the THIRD expansion. You can expect more news on that game to be coming VERY SOON!

Castle Panic and the first expansion, The Wizard’s Tower, were both Origins Awards Nominees in their respective release years, so you know the whole line is good. Fans really love the toughness of Agranok in The Dark Titan and we appreciate all the support and dedication to this line you, the fans, bring every time you see us at a show or a local game store.

Thanks to all of you for making Origins Game Fair 2016 such a success and so much fun. We’ll see you there next year. And remember… Just PANIC and Play Games!

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International TableTop Day 2016

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International TableTop Day is almost upon us! Quick! Grab some friends and a couple of games and plan a day around it!

We will be visiting a few local game stores in Austin, TX on the day (April 30th this year) and invite you to join us. Anne-Marie and Justin will be at Wonko’s Toys & Games from 12–2:30 PM CT and then from 4–6 they will be at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy-Austin. They will be playing Here, Kitty, Kitty! and showing off an early copy of Dastardly Dirigibles (releases in July)!

If you aren’t in the Austin, TX area but want to find a local place to meet some new gamers and hang out for the day’s festivities, check out the list of participating retailers on the official Geek & Sundry International TableTop Day page to find one near you.

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We have also partnered with Geek & Sundry on the official retailer event kits and there will be special, exclusive Castle Panic promo towers at 300 stores around the country. Check with individual game stores to see if they will have a kit and how they will be distributing the goodies, it will vary by location.

Hosting an event with your friends at your house or neighborhood hang out? Be sure to use the official #tabletopday hashtag to connect with people near and far! You can watch the 24-hour live stream on Twitch and see what gamers all over the world are doing to celebrate gaming this year.

Dastardly Dirigibles Coming Summer 2016!

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Happy Birthday, Jules Verne! In honor of a man whose imagination and fantastical inventions on the page have inspired amazing technologies to be born in the real world, we are excited to announce another new release coming your way in 2016! Dastardly Dirigibles are coming to airspace near you this summer.

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Professor Phineas Edmund Hornswoggle, famed airship builder, is retiring and you are an engineer competing to inherit the Hornswoggle factory!

Build your airship from different parts of 9 beautiful suits. Each time a part is added, ALL players MUST add the SAME part–which may replace an existing one. dastardly-dirigibles-3D-box-left

Use Special cards to your advantage or to thwart your opponents. The round ends when the first airship is complete. But you score only the suit used most in your airship. The player with the highest score after 3 rounds wins!

Dastardly Dirigibles is a game full of surprises and visual delights. The tarot-sized cards feature gorgeous Steampunk artwork. You will have a hard time choosing a favorite airship suit! This card game will hit stores in July 2016. It plays in an hour, accommodates 2–5 players, ages 8 and up, and has an MSRP of $19.95.

Dastardly Dirigibles joins Bears! and Here, Kitty, Kitty! as part of our line of fun, friendly competitive games priced $25 and under.

Share our official press release with your favorite mad scientist or engineer!