Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

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If you’re having fun with Star Trek Panic, we’ll gladly take some of the credit, but you really owe a hearty “thank you” and a “Happy Birthday” to Gene Roddenberry. The creator of Star Trek was born this day back in 1921. Before launching one of the biggest science fiction franchises ever, he won 2 medals in World War 2 as a pilot and even became a Sergeant in the LAPD.

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His vision of a future where Humanity is better than it is now inspired millions and made for some amazing stories and adventures along the way.

Perhaps one of the primary features of Star Trek that made it different from other shows was, it believed that Humans are improving – they will vastly improve in the 23rd century.” – Gene Roddenberry

We lost the “Great Bird of the Galaxy” in 1991, but his creation lives on. We are incredibly proud to have been given the chance to be a part of the Star Trek legacy and we hope Mr. Roddenberry would approve. Happy Birthday Gene!

Birthday Party Extravaganza!

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Last Saturday was the official party for Castle Panic’s 5th Birthday. We’ve been planning this event for most of the year, and we were super excited that the big celebration went so well!


We started things out with our Google Hangout, where Justin sang Happy Birthday (lounge style, of course) to Castle Panic, then showed some early versions of Castle Panic, talked about the making of the game, and answered a bunch of questions about everything from game design to how he and Anne-Marie can never play Pente again. One of the highlights of the Hangout was Justin showing off pieces and line drawings from the next expansion, The Dark Titan!

If you missed the Hangout, don’t worry, you can still catch it! The entire video is now available through our YouTube channel, and you can watch it right here:

If you don’t have 2 hours to watch the whole thing, here are timestamps from the event so you can jump to the parts you’re most interested in:

0:06:45  History of Castle Panic and the first prototypes

0:29:30  Alternate rules for Castle Panic

0:36:40  Overview of The Dark Titan expansion

0:45:30  Castle Panic and Tabletop

0:50:35  The Master Slayer belt

0:54:50  Art from The Dark Titan

1:02:20  Fireside Games’ schedule of appearances for 2014

1:14:35  The Kickstarter situation

1:21:50  Justin’s favorite games

1:25:20  Giant Castle Panic

1:26:20  Game design and IP

1:28:30  Self Publishing pros and cons

1:35:55  Possible Bears! expansion

1:38:50  The Pente story

1:44:25  A fan story from the tour

1:50:10  What’s up with the unicorn?

1:54:15  Future expansions


Later that evening, we headed out to Emerald Tavern Games and Café where we setup for the event and had a blast running demos of Castle Panic, giving out free stuff, and meeting with tons of fans. As always, there was awesome cake from our friend Jarred.

Now that’s a cake!
Check out the shimmering water and wood texture on the door!

Not only did we have the different flavors for different colored parts of the cake, but the tower was made of Rice Krispies and covered in party decorations like banners, balloons, a Troll piñata, and a “Pin the Tooth on the Basilisk” game. Of course the whole thing was delicious and only crumbs were left at the end of the night.

The Troll pinata did not come with a bat, but Justin ate him later anyway.
One of the great hidden details on the back of the cake.
The party gets started!

We also held a special drawing in which people who entered could win either a copy of Castle Panic, The Wizard’s Tower, or one of three signed prints of line art from The Dark Titan expansion. We had a great time with both events, and we want to thank all of our fans for your support over these last 5 years. It’s been a great ride so far, and we’ve got a lot more fun things planned for the future!


How to Join the Castle Panic Birthday Google Hangout

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Our 5 year celebration of Castle Panic is fast approaching! Next Saturday, September 13, we will be hosting a Live Google Hangout with Justin De Witt, the designer and creative force behind Castle Panic. The Hangout will be from 1-3 pm Central Time.

It is easy to participate in this Hangout, and it promises to be a fun, interactive way to learn more about our best-selling cooperative game and the people who make it. Justin will be sharing early artwork and design concepts for Castle Panic, as well as talking about his future plans for expansions to the game. You won’t want to miss it! Continue reading How to Join the Castle Panic Birthday Google Hangout

How to Host an At-Home Castle Panic Party

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We wish everyone could be in Texas with us for the big Castle Panic Anniversary event in September, but we understand geography can get in the way sometimes.  That’s why we’ve put together this little guide for How to Host a Castle Panic Party at home.

Step 1: Get a copy of Castle Panic.

What? You don’t already have one?! For reals? Well, that’s okay. It’s never too late to start. We encourage you to find a local game store near you and pick up a copy. You might even make some new friends in the process. Maybe even friends who like to play Castle Panic and want to be invited to a party.

Can’t find a store near you? You can order games directly from us. (New friends not included.) Oh, and The Wizard’s Tower expansion to Castle Panic really goes nicely with your party theme, so you might want to pick one of those up as well.


Step 2: Invite friends.

We’ve made that really simple by creating some fun, themed party invitations for you to download (For FREE!), print off, fill out, and hand out to your friends and fellow Master Slayers. You can get the party invitations as downloadable PDFs on the Castle Panic Birthday webpage.

Step 3: Decorate for the party.

Want to add some festive flair to your Castle Panic party? We’ve got Monster balloons! You can get a set of 5 Monster balloons or a multi-color set that includes one Monster balloon and one of each of the Arc colors from the game.

Multicolor crepe paper streamers also work well. You can use colored silverware, drink cups, and plates to carry the color theme even further.


Step 4: Get party favors.

Who doesn’t love getting a little gift when they attend a party? We’ve got you covered there as well! Check out the Castle Panic Birthday webpage for FREE downloadable coloring pages of Castle Panic art and the exclusive Castle Panic Paper Oracle. They make great favors!

We recently got in some sweet Embroidered Monster Patches and reusable Monster totes to go with our Monster Icon T-shirts.  We also put together special Castle Panic Anniversary Swag Packs that include all the past Castle Panic promo items to help you slay the Monsters each time you play. Get one for each guest, or get an assortment to share. After all, Castle Panic is all about cooperation!

Step 5: Don’t forget the cake!

Or cupcakes, or cookies, or gluten-free organic fruit slices. Whichever treat you prefer, be sure to have some on hand to share. Just watch out for the Monsters, because they like to pillage the snack table! Our Monster Draw Bags make great treat bags.


Step 6: Play Castle Panic and HAVE FUN!

That’s the real heart of the party, isn’t it? Fun! Whether you have one guest, or a horde of Monsters beating down your door for the hottest ticket in town, be sure to relax and enjoy the game. That’s what matters most.


We’d love to see how you are celebrating. If you tweet about it, use #HappyBdayCastlePanic so we can see too. You can also record a video message to Castle Panic and send it to our Marketing Team for inclusion in our event coverage. Or color a Monster or a Hero and send us a picture. However you choose to celebrate, we know you’ll do it in style.