Castle Panic 10 Year Anniversary!

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Happy Birthday to Castle Panic with confetti and ribbons

Happy birthday banner for Castle Panic with goblin and confetti

Today marks the official 10-year anniversary for Castle Panic! Ten years ago today Castle Panic first hit store shelves and launched not only a new game on the market but a wild adventure for us. Of course, we’d been working on the game for years. I started tinkering with the idea for Castle Panic back in the early 2000’s, but it was only a side interest then.

Rough prototype of Castle Panic
The early versions of Castle Panic were rather primitive . . .

When we finally realized the potential for Castle Panic, we formed Fireside Games and released the game. I still remember getting that first box of sample games from the factory, I was so excited that I cracked it open and immediately texted a photo to Anne-Marie. I was like, “Holy cow, this is really happening!” And I was more than a little nervous.

1st Box of Castle Panic sample games
Sample games arrive!

We knew we had something special with all the testing and feedback we’d received over the years of working on our tower defense game, but we weren’t quite prepared for just how much players would be enthralled with defending a cardboard castle. Our first print run (which we thought would last us for at least 3 years) sold out in about 10 weeks and left us scrambling to catch up.

We celebrated the launch of the game at one of our favorite local game stores, Wonko’s Toys & Games. Eric and Denise made us feel super welcome and became great friends as well.

Release party for Castle Panic at wonkos
We had old friends and new show up to our big release party!

Once the game was actually available, the rest became a whirlwind of managing press, scheduling reprints and keeping up with all the great feedback we were getting. People loved the game from the start. One of the neat things that happened early on was when Scott Nicholson featured Castle Panic on his vlog “Board Games with Scott.”

This was back when board game reviews were still kind of a new thing, and Scott giving us high praise like he did was amazing and really helped spread the word on our game.

Castle Panic was then featured on Season 1 of TableTop and has gone on to win multiple awards, all while continuing to make hundreds of thousands of people happy—if not a little panicked.

The next few years had us working hard on expansions. The first to be released was The Wizard’s Tower, which let me introduce fun ideas like magic and fire to the base game. After that, I wanted to introduce a really big villain to the game and that turned into Agranok, the nemesis featured in The Dark Titan expansion. The third expansion was inspired by the idea of letting players build traps and weapons they could use anywhere on the board. That evolved into Engines of War with some terrible monsters to balance it all out, of course.

In addition to expanding on the world of Castle Panic, we took the game in whole new directions with our variations. Almost as soon as we released Castle Panic, we had fans requesting a zombie version of the game. It took a while to get all the elements to work the way I wanted them to, but Dead Panic ended up being a really fun, cinematic twist on our original game.

A few years later, we partnered with our friends at Steve Jackson Games and got to work on Munchkin Panic. This time, Anne-Marie worked on mixing the “all-for-one” spirit of Castle Panic with the “all-for-me” attitude of Munchkin, and the result was a hilarious take on a cooperative game that includes plenty of backstabbing.

It wasn’t long after that when we started talking with USAopoly about a licensing opportunity that turned out to be part of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek. As a big fan of all things Trek, it was a real treat to be able to blend that amazing world with the tense gameplay of Castle Panic. I’m very proud of how Star Trek Panic turned out, especially when I hear from fans that we did the license right.

As part of celebrating the 10-year mark, we’ve come up with some fun new additions to the world of Castle Panic as well. First, we released My First Castle Panic, a preschool version of the game that doesn’t require any reading but still provides that “all-for-one” sense of excitement.

My First Castle Panic Box

Next up, we put the base game and all the expansions together in one box along with a sweet insert and all the promo items we’ve ever made. The Castle Panic Big Box was released in July and has already made a lot of gamers happy.

Castle Panic Big Box

And for fans who already have all the games but want a cool place to put them, we are running a pre-order for the Castle Panic Big Box BOX. It’s the same box from the Big Box, but it only includes the insert, promo items, and updated rulebook, so you can fill it with all the castle goodness you already have.

Organizer and Big Box cover diagram

That pre-order will end on September 30th, so if you’re interested, there’s still time to get your own box!

Another long-awaited item that’s new for this anniversary year is the Castle Panic Playmat. This neoprene mat is sturdy and easy to store, with a non-slip bottom to make sure it stays in place. It’s the same size as the actual game board and features the same art, so it’s a great way to enhance your game or replace a worn board.

Castle Panic Playmat
Mmmm . . . rubbery playmat

The last item for this year is the 2019 International TableTop Day Promo Tower. We’ve been making a special tower every year for the last 5 years now and each one brings a special ability to your game. This year’s tower lets you move all monsters in the same arc as the tower back to the forest when that tower is destroyed. Good stuff!

2019 International Table Top Day Tower front and back

The best news is that we are nowhere near finished building the world of Castle Panic! We’ve got new games coming out next year to bring even more panic to your table, and we’ll be sharing more info on those as soon as we nail down the details.

We couldn’t have done it without you, our fans, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this game the success that it is. Thank you, and good luck defending the castle!

-Justin De Witt

Castle Panic Big Box BOX and more!

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Organizer and Big Box cover diagram

From pins to playmats to the perfect storage solution, we’ve added a bunch of new items to our online store.

 

The Big Box . . . BOX: For fans who have everything Castle Panic (or almost everything) and just need an awesome place to store it, we are excited to offer the Castle Panic Big Box Box for pre-order. It’s the same collectible box and insert, plus the promo items and rulebook, first offered in the Castle Panic Big Box but without any of the other components from Castle Panic or its expansions. We’ll be taking pre-orders for the Big Box Box until September 30th. Then we’ll update everyone with the final shipping information. This will be the only way to get the box, so if you don’t pre-order, you won’t be able to get it.

Big Box organizer, rulebook, promo towers and promo cards

Kitty Pin: If you missed out on the Pin Bazaar at Gen Con, we’ve got you covered with the Here, Kitty, Kitty! Pin. Now you can take home the big orange kitty from the cover of Here, Kitty, Kitty! with this adorable pin.

Here, Kitty, Kitty Pin

Promo Tower: Looking for a new promo? The 2019 International TableTop Day promo tower is now available. This special piece features a rule where all the Monsters in the same arc as the tower are pushed back into the Forest if the tower is destroyed.

2019 International TableTop Day promo tower

Playmat: The Castle Panic playmat makes a great way to upgrade your game, or the perfect gift for the Castle Panic fan who’s looking for something special. It’s the same size as the game board with the same artwork but printed on 1.5mm neoprene.

Castle Panic Playmat Castle Panic Playmat

You can find all these plus games, promo items, mugs, tumblers, t-shirts, and more anytime by visiting our store. Bring fun home with just a click!

 

Gen Con 2019: Booth 1316

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Gen Con 2019

Gen Con is here again! And we’re excited to see everyone for the 10-year anniversary of Castle Panic. We’ll have events, cool new tchotchkes, demos, and our new releases this year: My First Castle Panic and the Castle Panic Big Box.

 

Events: We have events of all of our games in Hall D: White. There are 3 tables in the hall going throughout the convention. And Justin will be dressed as a wizard to host games of Giant Castle Panic outside of room 212, by the escalator, in the afternoons. Almost all of them are sold out, but you can search for open events here.

 

Demos: In the booth (#1316), we’ll be running demos of My First Castle Panic, Castle Panic, Dastardly Dirigibles, Bears!, and Here, Kitty, Kitty! Justin will also be available to show you the Castle Panic Big Box in the mornings.

Castle Panic Playmat: Have the whole line of Panic games? How about a playmat to upgrade your copy of Castle Panic? We’ve got you covered!

Castle Panic Playmat

 

Pin Bazaar: We’re participating in the Pin Bazaar again this year! For the first time, we’ll be offering a pin of the kitty shown on the cover of Here, Kitty, Kitty! Fans of Castle Panic will also love the 10-Year Anniversary pin from Origins 2019 and the Monster Face pin from 2018 Gen Con. You can buy them for $4.95 a piece or get one free with a purchase of $40 or more.

Here, Kitty, Kitty! Pin Castle Panic 10 Year pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promos: With a purchase of any game, you’ll receive a free promo. You can also simply buy a promo if you already own the game. We’ll even have the 2019 International Tabletop Day Tower for Castle Panic there!

2019 International Table Top Day Tower front and back 

Deals: In addition to all of the games in our catalog, we will have a special discount bin where you can pick up games at great prices before they go out of stock.

Stop by and see us at booth #1316. We’re so excited to see you there! Safe travels!

Announcing the Castle Panic Big Box!

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Castle Panic Big Box

Ten years ago, we launched Fireside Games with the release of Castle Panic. Back then cooperative games were still a new category, and we weren’t sure how well our tower defense game was going to be received. It didn’t take long to realize Castle Panic had a lot of fans, and they wanted more!

Over the years, we’ve created 3 expansions to keep players on their toes, and one of the questions we get asked most often is “Can I buy all of them at once?” Now, as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Castle Panic, we are super excited to announce the Castle Panic Big Box coming in July!

For the first time ever, we’re offering Castle Panic, The Wizard’s Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War all in one awesome box. This limited-edition collection includes full versions of all the games as well as 12 promo items. We’re including all the promo cards we’ve created for all the Panic games, as well as all the promo towers originally created as part of International TableTop Day. We’ve even turned a few non-card promos into playable cards. The promo cards include Any Color Hero, Feather, Crossbow, Fickle Fortune, All for One, Agranok Level 6, and Jury Rig. The promo towers included are from 2015 all the way up to the brand-new 2019 tower, each with their own rule.

Castle Panic Big Box Full Game

In addition to the promo items, we’ve revised the rules so now all the games are included in a single, comprehensive rulebook. The new rulebook includes setup guides that make it easy to play with any combination of expansions.

The game box features a plastic insert tray with storage for every piece from every expansion, making it easy to setup the game and get started. Plus, the bottom of the box lid has a handy image showing where every component is stored in the tray to help with putting the game away.

Castle Panic Big Box Insert Diagram

It’s been an amazing 10 years and we hope players are as excited for this great collection as we are. The Castle Panic Big Box makes a great way to complete a game collection or start a new one.

GAMA Trade Show and the New Retailers Group

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GAMA Trade Show 2019

GAMA Trade Show 2019

After all of the planning and preparation, GAMA Trade Show starts next week! And we couldn’t be happier at the thought of seeing you there.

Here is our official schedule:
Monday
3:00–4:00: Forecasting Issues Panel (Capri 2)

Anne-Marie will be moderating a panel of industry representatives made up of all 3 tiers in a discussion about forecasting issues that affect availability of product.

Tuesday
9:00–10:00: Communication Committee (Capri 2)
Anne-Marie and the Communication Committee will be updating the membership on the status of this committee.

3:00–4:00: PSI Premier Presentation (Naples 6)
Justin will be presenting new product and marketing information and providing goody bags in this session.

Wednesday
8:00–9:00: Breakfast presentation (Tuscany Ballroom)
Justin will be presenting new product and marketing information and providing goody bags in this session.

1:00–6:00: Exhibit Hall, Booth 111 (Tuscany Ballroom)
Justin and Anne-Marie will have a giant version of My First Castle Panic to show and provide goodies.

8:00–12:00: Game Night (Tuscany Ballroom)
Come play My First Castle Panic with Justin and Anne-Marie!

Thursday
1:00–6:00: Exhibit Hall, Booth 111 (Tuscany Ballroom)
Justin and Anne-Marie will have a giant version of My First Castle Panic to show and provide goodies.

8:00–11:00: PSI Game Night (Tuscany Ballroom)
Come play My First Castle Panic with Justin and Anne-Marie!

If you need a Dance Card to plan your trade show, click HERE to download one.

GAMA 2019 Dance Card

 

And don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Fireside Games Retailer Group

We’ll be announcing special promotions that will be available only to people who join our Facebook group that’s for retailers only. Click HERE to sign up!

My First Castle Panic Demos Hit Stores!

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My First Castle Panic demosKids have been playing Castle Panic with parents for 10 years. Now, there’s a reading-free version that 4-year-olds can play independently! They can even teach each other to play. Game stores across North America will be hosting free demos of My First Castle Panic March 16–17.

 

Find a participating store near you from the list below and get your little one in on the fun!

UPDATED: 3/1/2019 More stores added!

Arizona

Game On (Prescott), 928-227-2000

The Hidden Village Games (Yuma), 928-581-2174

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

 

Arkansas

Gear Gaming Store (Fayetteville), 479-276-8110

 

California

Crazy Squirrel Game Store (Fresno), 559-431-0188

Game Empire (San Diego), 858-576-1525

 

Colorado

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

 

Connecticut

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

The Portal (Manchester), 860-432-0711

 

Georgia

Tyche’s Games (Athens), 706-354-4500

 

Hawaii

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

 

Idaho

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

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

 

Illinois

AlleyCat Comics (Chicago), 773-907-3404

 

Indiana

Good Games (Indianapolis), 317-493-1423

Saltire Games (Indianapolis), 317-823-1645

The Game Annex (Fort Wayne), 260-459-4263

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

 

Kansas

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

TableTop Game & Hobby (Overland Park), 913-962-4263

 

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

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

Fountain City Gaming (Kansas City), 816-214-8093

 

Mississippi

Panda’s Pair O Dice (Gulfport), 228-206-4484

 

Nebraska

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

Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330

 

New Mexico

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

 

New York

Alterniverse (Hyde Park), 845-233-4234

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

 

North Carolina

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

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

 

North Dakota

Force of Habit Hobby Shop (Minot), 701-837-0032

Paradox Comics-N-Cards (Fargo), 701-239-9505

 

Ohio

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

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

GameScape (Mount Vernon), 740-392-4263

The Guardtower (Columbus), 614-488-4311

 

Oklahoma

Carolina Comics (Lawton), 580-353-5164

 

Pennsylvania

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

 

South Carolina

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

 

Texas

Dragon’s Lair (Houston), 832-761-0072

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

Half Price Books (Dallas), 214-379-8000

Outlaw Moon (Austin), 512-454-6648

The Gathering Place (Abilene), 325-672-4263

 

Utah

Game Grid (Lehi), 801-477-7680

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

 

Washington D.C.

Labyrinth Game Shop, 202-544-1059

 

Wisconsin

Gnome Games (Appleton), 920-884-7504

Gnome Games (Green Bay East), 920-965-1380

Gnome Games (Green Bay West), 920-499-4263

I’m Board! Games & Family Fun (Madison), 608-831-6631

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

The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263

 

West Virginia

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

 

INTERNATIONAL

Canada

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

 

Mexico

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

 

Read all about the game here.

Announcing My First Castle Panic!

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My First Castle Panic Box

MSRP $19.95 | Ages 4+ | 1-4 Players | 20 minutes

Fireside Games is excited to announce My First Castle Panic, a new preschool version of Castle Panic, the classic tower defense board game. Like its predecessor, My First Castle Panic is a cooperative game in which players work together to defend their castle. However, the game play has been simplified in the preschool version to allow children ages 4 and up to play independently. While Castle Panic has won many awards and is a great family game, younger players can have difficulty participating because of the reading required. My First Castle Panic removes the reading requirement and fosters the development of educational skills, such as identifying colors and shapes, problem solving, and turn taking.

My First Castle Panic Whole Game - Large

The edge-of-your-seat excitement has been maintained even with the preschool-friendly rules. Monsters follow a single path toward a single, large, eye-catching castle, protected by one wall. Each step toward the castle is identified by a color and a shape. Players hold cards in their hands with cute defenders who also have a color and shape. When a card is played that matches the location of the monster, that monster is captured and thrown in the dungeon. Tension builds as more monsters are placed and move along the path toward the castle. If the castle is destroyed, the players lose. But if it stands when all the monsters are in the dungeon, the players win.

My First Castle Panic features gorgeous art by Cam Kendell and is a great way to introduce children to the fun and challenge of board games. Look for it in stores worldwide March 6, 2019.

International Games Week

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For a few years now the American Library Association has put together a huge gaming event called International Games Week. The idea is simple. Get people to play games and use the local library as a great community space to do it! This year, Fireside Games is going to be participating here in our great town of Austin.

The event runs from November 4th through the 10th, but Justin and Anne-Marie will be spending this Saturday, November 10th at the Austin Central Library (the one with the 37 foot tall Grackle inspired sculpture!) running free demos of a bunch of games.

The Library is at 710 W. César Chávez St. and the gaming will be all the way up on the 6th floor. The event goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and our friends from Steve Jackson Games will be there as well, so there’s really no reason not to come join the fun.

If you’re looking for an event in your neck of the woods, check out the ALA’s website, where they have information about all the goings on. In addition, here’s a great map that shows all the libraries around the world that will be participating in IGW!

International Games Day Map 2018

Can’t make it out to a library, or there isn’t an event near you? Not to worry. ALA has you covered with an entire page full of links to FREE Print-and-play games! Give your printer and your scissors a workout and you can get in on the fun as well.

No matter how you celebrate it, we hope you have a great time spreading the awesomeness that is board gaming during International Games Week!

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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Grackles

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.

Marketing-Kit-Grackles

 

 

Gen Con 2018: Booth 2455

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Planning for Gen Con always feels a little bit like planning for a wedding. You worry about every little detail, but at the end as long as you marry up happy gamers with fun games that you’ve proudly raised and sent off into the world, you’ve done your job.

 

This year is no exception. We are excited this year to show you Remnants and Grackles. Drop by and hang out with us in booth 2455. We’ll have fun showing you our new games, showing you the promo for Remnants, and offering you some special convention deals. We’ll even have limited quantities of both Remnants and Grackles available for sale.

 

Demos: If you are looking to try out our new games, Remnants and Grackles, we can set you up. We’ll also have demos of Hotshots, Kaiju Crush, Castle Panic with The Wizard’s Tower, and Here, Kitty, Kitty! going.

 

Promos: With a purchase of any game, you’ll receive a free promo. We have the special Giant Scorpion promo card for Remnants. You can also simply buy a promo if you already own the game.

 

Pin Bazaar: This year we’re participating in the Pin Bazaar! Fans of Castle Panic will love the Monster Face pin we’ve designed. We do have limited quantities, so make sure you get yours early.

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Deals: In addition to all of the games in our catalog, we will have a special discount bin where you can pick up games before they go out of stock.

 

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

 

 

 

Remnants Review Roundup

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The reviews for Remnants are coming in, and people are really enjoying the real-time dice-rolling in this post-apocalyptic world! But we’ll let them do the talking. We’ve pulled out a summary quote from each review and followed it up with a link to the full review for your perusal. Enjoy!

 

“Remnants provides an excellent tabletop experience. Looting and scavenging are well designed, and the addition of managing and recruiting specialist survivors is very welcome. There’s enough here to feel crunchy and deep without being overwhelming.”

­–Everything Board Games

http://www.everythingboardgames.com/2018/06/remnants-review.html

 

“For fans of delicious decisions, there is a lot of thought and planning required. [. . .] It is still early in our plays, but Remnants is my favorite Fireside Game so far. Remnants has a great theme, good artwork, and two of my favorite mechanisms (real time dice-rolling and card purchase from a market) done well. The tension from building up your compound to withstand the attacks every other round is palpable, and the end game is very satisfying. Throw in the competitive point scoring, and this hits a lot of marks for me.”

­–Board Game Gumbo

https://www.punchboardmedia.com/home/2018/6/26/board-game-gumbo-inside-look-at-remnants-from-fireside-games

 

“You go from frantic dice rolling to calm tactical decision making regularly, which was thrilling to me and actually made the theme a little more immersive.”

–Gaming With Swag

http://www.gamingwithswag.com/blog/2018/6/1/remnants-board-game-review-the-post-apocalypse-meets-dice

 

“Remnants is a very good game that I absolutely can recommend if you hit 2 to 4 players routinely. [. . .] I’m going to be keeping it, it’s going to be going onto my shelf. Easy to learn, easy to teach, overall, very good game.”

– Bower’s Game Corner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKCQlCikS8I

 

“I enjoyed this game. It was easy enough rules wise that I could pick it up on the run, but it was challenging enough that I had to take some serious moments considering my actions. I’m pretty happy to play this game and I think that Fireside has done a good job at making a more serious game. [. . .] I think with the mechanic additions, and the great post-apocalyptic setting it’ll be a great addition to anyone’s board game closet.”

–The Nblogcollective

https://nblogcollective.com/2018/04/09/why-remnants-will-be-on-my-board-game-shelf/

 

“I dig the juggling of trying to grab VPs while doing your best to build a compound which will withstand and take down the baddies. 8.5”

–Jeff McAleer, The Gaming Gang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2355&v=aMPLvDI2R5U

 

Remnants is fun to play.  I enjoyed the tension of trying to scavenge the materials I needed to pursue my strategy, and alternating between building up my outpost and preparing for the next attack (with those attacks getting stronger as the game goes on) kept things interesting.”

–ICv2.com

https://icv2.com/articles/reviews/view/40528/review-remnants-board-game

 

Unboxing video by the Dice Tower:

http://www.dicetower.com/game/248224/remnants

Remnants & Grackles Date Change

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We’ve been excitedly anticipating the release of Remnants and happily sharing what we’ve received from the printer. Sadly, we now have to share a disappointing bit of news from the printer. There has been an unforseen shipping delay getting Remnants on the boat, which has caused a ripple effect and pushed the street date to July 25. We’ll have demos and pre-orders available at Origins Game Fair, and we’ll get those copies shipped out as soon as they hit the warehouse. We’ll continue to share bits about Remnants on social media and post the how-to-play video soon, so stay tuned!

Remnants

Don’t forget, if you buy from us or from retailers with Launch Kits, you’ll get the Giant Scorpion promo card.

Remnants-Giant-Scorpion

 

Here some early reviews of Remnants to give you a hint of all of the post-apocalyptic fun you’re in for.

The Gaming Gang

https://youtu.be/IF0XqDmHJBc?t=26m50s

 

Bower’s Game Corner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKCQlCikS8I

 

We’re also pushing back the street date for Grackles, which will now hit stores September 5, to allow for more time to manufacture the cool bird tokens. We’ll have demos and pre-orders at Origins and Gen Con and will ship those out as soon as possible as well.

Grackles

 

Hotshots Nominated for Origins Award!

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Origins Award Nominee

 

 

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design has just announced the nominees for the 2018 Origins Awards and we are incredibly excited to say that Hotshots has been nominated in the Family Games category!

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It’s an honor to have our game recognized and we couldn’t be more proud of those brave, little, cardboard, firefighting heroes! They’re in some good company too. It turns out several of our games have also been nominated for the Origins Award including: Castle Panic, Bears!, The Wizard’s Tower, and The Dark Titan (which won the fan favorite award in 2016!)

We’ll see how it all works out at the Origins Game Fair coming up in June, and don’t forget, attendees to the show can vote for their Fan Favorite in each category!

Congratulations to all the nominees! You can see all of them in every category here.

The 3rd Annual International Panic Day

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We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 3rd annual International Panic Day! What started out as a funny way of observing a silly holiday has turned into a great way of sharing the love of Castle Panic.

 

This year, we are celebrating on June 2 with new Castle Panic Event Kits. Each kit supports 16 players and offers 3 different game formats: casual play, team play, and scenario play.

  • Casual play is noncompetitive and offers new players the opportunity to learn this evergreen, cooperative game.
  • Team play provides a group competitive experience in which teams add up slain monsters to win prizes.
  • Scenario play offers a unique, exclusive way to play Castle Panic. In this format, 2 teams play head-to-head in Nightmare Mode, throwing their slain monsters into the forest of the competing team. The goal is to have the last tower standing. And it is a fast blast!

 

Each participant receives a new promo card. Team and scenario play winners receive exclusive suede Monster bags (as does the Event Coordinator). Runners up go home with Monster-eye game totes. And the person who most contributes to the spirit of the event is awarded the Defender of the Realm pin.

 

Kits include the rewards listed above as well as event instructions, an event sign-up sheet, and 2 demo copies of Castle Panic. An Add-On Kit is also available without the demo copies. Retailers may contact distributors for pricing and to place orders.

 

For retailers and distributors, we also have the following marketing assets here.

 

  • images of the kit contents
  • web banners
  • shelf-talker (to place below Castle Panic)
  • Facebook ads (with and without text)
  • 1920×1080 in-store TV ads

 

Hope to see you at your local game store this June 2 to celebrate!

 

2018-Event-Kit

 

Castle Panic Event Kit

Stock number: FSD 1001EK1

 

Castle Panic Event Kit Add-On

Stock number: FSD 1001EK2