Announcing Dead Panic!

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Fireside Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Dead Panic, our fifth game, this September. Dead Panic is a cooperative Zombie apocalypse–themed variant on the hit board game Castle Panic. In Dead Panic, each player takes on the role of one of eight unique characters, which have special abilities. Players work together to survive in a remote Cabin, at the center of the board, against waves of the undead that close in from the edges of the board. If the players can hold out, Survivors bring pieces of the radio needed to call for rescue. Once rescue arrives, it’s up to each player to leave the safety of the Cabin and make it out alive!

To fight the Zombies, players use Cabin cards, some of which are weapons that help players attack Zombies at a distance or in hand-to-hand combat. If Characters take too many injuries during combat, they die and return to the game as a Zombie with customized rules as a member of the undead! Other Cabin cards are items, which give the players various benefits and a better chance at survival. The supply of items and weapons is limited, however. Once the Cabin deck is exhausted, it is not reshuffled.

A separate deck of cards, called Event cards, allow the Zombies to have their turn. This deck not only brings a variety of Zombies into play but each card also has a special effect when drawn.

Like Castle Panic, Dead Panic offers a fast-playing, tense, edge-of-your-seat experience that is easy to learn but a challenge to survive. The rich game play and the cooperative nature and streamlined rules make Dead Panic another great introduction to the hobby. Players who are already fans of Castle Panic will enjoy this deep twist on a familiar favorite.

Dead Panic takes approximately 90 minutes to play, can be enjoyed by 2 to 6 players, ages 13 and up, and retails for $39.95

To see artwork from the game, visit the Dead Panic page at For those attending Gen Con, a limited number of copies of Dead Panic will be available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

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12 thoughts on “Announcing Dead Panic!

  1. Any idea when it will be shipped to UK and price?

    1. Hi Shay,
      Ultimately, that depends on your local distributors. The game arrives in our warehouse in September, and will be shipped out to distributors immediately. Depending on when Esdevium and others place their orders and how they ship it, it should be on your local store shelves late September, or early October. As for price, the MSRP is $39.95 USD which would be around 27 GBP, but I’m not sure about taxes, import fees, etc that might be added.

  2. So what you’re saying is … NOT playable solo?

    1. Hi Dave,

      That’s correct, Dead Panic is for 2 or more players. When we made the switch to include players as characters on the board, we optimized the play to support the new kind of teamwork that requires. Right now, the game can be played solitaire, but we didn’t feel it was up to our level of quality, so we are listing the game as 2 to 6 players.

  3. please use plastic base for the standees instead of a piece of cardbord across the character!
    It’s much better and it’s cheaper enought!

  4. Looking forward to seeing you folks at GenCon! Hope to get a copy of Dead Panic because I really love Castle Panic and its expansion. Just wondering if there will be a promo available for Dead Panic? And will the Hero card promo be available for Castle Panic??? See you in August! Thanks for creating such wonderful games and for bringing fun back into board games!

    1. Hi Mark,
      We’re excited about Gen Con as well! There will be some fun things for Dead Panic at the show, but I’m not sure we’d call them promos as they have no effect on the game. ;) The Hero card and the Crossbow coaster, however, will both be available in our booth! Thanks for your kind words, and we’ll see you in August.

  5. I played Dead Panic at Gen Con and loved it!

    1. Awesome news Vicki! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed it. We had a blast showing it off to all the attendees.

  6. Do you know if this has reached distributors in the UK yet?

    1. Not yet. The game has still not reached our warehouse, so it will be a while. We are waiting until we have solid dates before we announce anything.

  7. So, nearly a month on. Any news on this?

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