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

Rue Morgue Magazine calls Dead Panic “fast-paced and fun”

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Photo of Dead Panic review in Rue MorgueIn the latest issue of Rue Morgue Magazine (Issue 144), a publication dedicated to the horror genre in culture and entertainment,  Dead Panic gets a trial and some really nice compliments.

Dead Panic is given a half-page review in the Play Dead feature in which Mike Beardsall talks about the mechanics of the game, comments that “strategy and communication are key…”, calls it “fast-paced and fun” and ultimately gives it 3.5 out of 5 skull & crossbones.

He found the rules a bit complicated at first, but later states, “While the rules may take several play-throughs to master, the sense of panic you feel when an army of zombie tokens closes in around you certainly makes the learning curve worthwhile.”

That cinematic feel is exactly what Justin was aiming for when he designed Dead Panic, so we call that a mark in the Win category!

You can purchase Rue Morgue Magazine Issue 144 at your local newsstand or bookstore. It’s got Godzilla on the cover! (Hint: There’s a coupon code inside for a discount on Dead Panic through our newly updated web store!)


Dead Panic featured in SciFiNow Magazine!

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Wow! Look what we found when flipping through the latest issue of SciFi Now Magazine! We’re so proud that Dead Panic  is getting so much love. You can read more about Dead Panic on its dedicated web page via the link above. If you don’t get SciFi Now magazine, buy it online or check your local bookstore for a copy. (We snagged a copy at our local Barnes & Noble. It’s in issue 91.)

SciFi Now Magazine feature on Dead Panic

“It’s really addictive!”

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Christina over at Initiative Tabletop posted a video review of Bears! a while back. While the cold weather is probably keeping you from going camping, you can still bring the fun of camping inside. Well, at least the fun of being attacked by Bears!

Christina gives a quick overview of the game and then proceeds to DESTROY Jacob in a sample turn. She sums it up with “It’s really easy to learn and it’s so much fun. It’s really addictive!” We couldn’t agree more.

Ain’t It Cool News Loves Dead Panic!

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Abstruse, over at Ain’t It Cool News Tabletop! recently posted his awesome review of Dead Panic. In addition to liking the increased depth the new game offers, he REALLY appreciates the fact that all the pieces come pre-punched. You’re welcome.

He sums it up by adding: “When you’re playing, it feels like you’re a character in a Romero zombie movie and the added complexity only enhances the game. I know Halloween is over, but this is a game that should definitely be on your shelves.”

You can read the full review on the AICN site. The Dead Panic review starts about 3/4 of the way down.

Troll in the Corner Reviews Dead Panic

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Troll in the Corner recently posted their take on Dead Panic. The result? It turns out Trolls and Zombies get along just fine.

In discussing what it’s like to be a character on the board, John Pappas writes, “This provides for a broader decision space, more cooperative play, additional planning and an increased element of tenseness compared to Castle Panic. It also makes it more than just a clone or re-theme. It makes it a deeper and better game.”

When it comes to the Event cards in the game, John says, “This element of drawing event cards pleases me. It pleases me greatly. There is more of a thematic tension created when you don’t know what event is going to be pulled from the deck rather than just pulling the prescribed amount of beasties from a sack.”

John sums it up by saying, “This is another good addition to the Fireside Games line-up which will see plenty of play at my table.” He does a great job highlighting the differences between Castle Panic and Dead Panic, so we highly recommend jumping over to their site to read the full review.

Dead Panic Gets Geek Father’s Seal of Approval!

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Cyrus Kirby over at Father Geek posted his review of Dead Panic and it walked staggered away with 5 stars and the coveted Seal of Approval! In order for a game to be Approved, it has to pass the tests of 3 very different groups of gamers; Child Geeks, Parent Geeks, and Gamer Geeks. Dead Panic did just that.

The Child Geeks said “This is a fun Zombie game, but I hate it when they rush at you!”

The Parent Geeks agreed that “This is a great Zombie game. It’s fast to play and easy to learn. I’d play this again without hesitation.”

Lastly, the Gamer Geeks declared “This is a pretty interesting casual cooperative game. We’ve played more complicated Zombie games, but this one does everything right.”

High praise indeed! You can check out the detailed overview and breakdown of all the opinions over at!

Dead Panic Review By Initiative: Tabletop

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Jacob over at Initiative: Tabletop has posted a video review of Dead Panic. The verdict? We’ve got another fan!

“This game is a LOT of fun.”

“The components are great in this, the rulebook is great in this, the whole gameplay is so much fun. It’s so immersive and you really have to work together.”

Check out Jacob’s walkthrough and review right here:

New Dead Panic Reviews From The Dice Tower and Let’s Level Up!

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The reviews keep coming in on Dead Panic and the news is good! Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower gives the game a 7 and admits that “I’m not a huge fan of the zombie genre, but this is one of the best ones I’ve played.”

Rick over at Let’s Level Up also shares his take on our zombie adventure and gives it a 9 out of 10. His advice? “You should definitely try to get it on your shelf as soon as possible, because this game is awesome!”

Speaking of getting the game on your shelf, we have a bit of an update! The games have shipped and will be hitting our warehouse in about 2 weeks, so that means that once they get out to distributors, they should be at U.S. stores right around the end of the month. Fans can expect it internationally around mid-December.

First Dead Panic Review is Up!

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Vincent Paone over at the website, Dad’s Gaming Addiction has just posted his review of Dead Panic! What does he think?

Score: 8/10

“Profoundly fast-paced and a heck of a lot of fun, “Dead Panic” should be a part of any serious gamer’s collection.”

““Dead Panic”, in the end, turned out to be an engaging and nail-biting experience.”

You can check out the full review on his website, or watch his video review below:


A Fairy Tale Land Where Dragons Are Not Nice at All.

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The folks over at have posted their review of The Wizard’s Tower and it’s a darn fun read. It starts off by giving the castle a name and a backstory involving hooded wizards riding eagles. Wait, when did all this stuff happen and why didn’t anyone tell me?! Continue reading A Fairy Tale Land Where Dragons Are Not Nice at All.

Castle Panic: “Devilishly Clever”

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Castle Panic has a lot of glowing reviews out there, but every so often we come across one that just makes us laugh. Tim over at Tim Win Game has posted a really great review of what it’s like to be one of “the hapless defenders of the unluckiest castle in existence . . .” Continue reading Castle Panic: “Devilishly Clever”

W ich sercach może pojawić się panika…

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“In their hearts may occur panic…” This is how the brave defenders are described in a new Polish review of Castle Panic. The review is posted on the Polish site “Poltergeist,” which is dedicated to “all things fantastic.” It’s a fun read, even if Google’s translate function seems to butcher a few lines here and there. If you want to see what gamers on the other side of the world (at least from Fireside HQ) think, you can check out the full review here.