We’re excited to offer all new art, wooden tokens, Monster minis with rotatable bases for tracking damage, and plastic walls and towers for the base game and all of the expansions. They will be available in a variety of configurations to suit every fan. In addition, we’ll be rolling out a brand new expansion that will include a royal court and missions! Sign up now to follow the campaign.
Looking for something a little spooky? Make this Halloween frightfully fun with 25% off horror titles from Fireside Games. In Dead Panic, you’ll search your cabin for items and weapons to hold off the zombies and sprint to the van to escape. Take too many bites, though, and you’ll join the undead against your fellow teammates.
Or vie to become The Village Crone by sending out familiars to gather resources for spells you’ll cast on unsuspecting villagers and complete your Witch’s Schemes. Either way, you’ll have a hauntingly good time!
We’re thrilled to announce that My First Castle Panic has been awarded a Hot Diggity Seal of Approval!
The Hot Diggity Seal of Approval is awarded to the best products for families and pets. Their seal “signifies innovation, quality, entertainment and/or educational value, and a commitment to excellence.” Thank you to the team at Hot Diggity. We are honored to be chosen!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing your preschoolers play My First Castle Panic independently for hours, you’ve got to check it out.
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming feedback from our fans we have chosen to cancel this campaign and begin work on a campaign that will include deluxe versions of all the expansions in addition to the base game. Stay tuned for more updates!
At long last we are super excited to announce that Castle Panic Deluxe is live on Kickstarter!
The core game contains:
- 31 Monster minis
- 1 Giant Boulder mini
- 6 Towers
- 6 Walls
- 2 Fortification tokens
- 1 Tar token
- 20″ x 20″ Game board
- Custom d6
- 55 Castle Cards
- 49 Wooden Monster tokens
- Monster draw bag
Featuring all new art, this is the ultimate version of the beloved, cooperative, tower-defense game Castle Panic!
This will NOT be sold into distribution, so join us on Kickstarter and help us unlock fun, new stretch goals, and bring this limited edition to life!
We are pleased to announce that Castle Panic Deluxe launches on Kickstarter June 9! The beloved, best-selling, cooperative, tower defense game hits the table like never before! Featuring all new art, deluxe components, monster minis, and plastic castle pieces, this limited edition is the ultimate version of Castle Panic!
The game includes 31 Monster minis with spinning bases to track damage as well as a full Castle!
All new art and graphic design!
Click the link below to be taken to the pre-launch page and sign up to get notified when the project goes live!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
To learn how to play before you pick up your copy, check out this video.
If you’re not familiar with “Rhado Runs Through” it’s a video series created by Rhado that takes a look at a board game from the player’s point of view and tries to really capture the feel of what it’s like to play the game. He talks through what choices he’s making and why, so it goes a bit beyond just a rules overview.
Recently, he sat down and played a rousing game of Hotshots, and you can watch that playthrough right here:
He then made a second video where he gives his final thoughts, and not to spoil anything, but he starts his video by calling it a “fun, very solid, cooperative, push your luck game.”
We’re thrilled that Rhado enjoyed the game, and we hope this gives you a fun peek at what it’s like to try to fight the fire!
Wow, it feels like we were just at Origins, and it’s time for Gen Con! Our plans are coming together smoothly, and we can’t wait to see you all there.
Drop by and hang out with us in booth 1349. We’ll have fun showing you our new games, giving out promos for those games, and offering you some special convention deals. We’ll even have limited quantities of both Hotshots and Kaiju Crush available for sale.
Demos: If you are looking to try out our new games, Hotshots and Kaiju Crush, we can set you up. We’ll also have demos of Here, Kitty, Kitty! and Dastardly Dirigibles, quick games that will keep you going.
Promos: With a demo or purchase of our new games, you can pick up the special River Tile promo for Hotshots and the Oblique-Checkerboard promo card for Kaiju Crush.
Deals: In addition to all of the games in our catalog, we will have bundles, jewelry for Here, Kitty, Kitty!, a special discount bin, and promo specials.
- Panic expansion bundle: $45 (includes The Wizard’s Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War)
- Small box bundle: $50 (Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Dastardly Dirigibles, and Bears!)
Here, Kitty, Kitty!
Earrings and Necklaces
- 1 for $15
- 2 for $25
- 3 for $30
- 1 for $15
- 2+ for $10 each
- 1 for $5
- 2+ for $3 each
Events: And if that’s not enough, we’ll have ticketed events with all of the following games in Hall D through Double Exposure. (Thank you, guys!) Players will be given a coupon worth $5 on a purchase of $25 or more.
- Castle Panic
- Here, Kitty, Kitty!
- Dastardly Dirigibles
- Dead Panic
- Munchkin Panic
- The Village Crone
We’re so excited to see you there! Safe travels!
For a variety of reasons, we had decided not to celebrate International Panic Day this year, but after a groundswell of requests, we thought a small-scale event would be nice. One thing led to another, and now we are thrilled to report that between June 29 and July 2, we will have 137 stores spanning 44 states and 3 countries opening their doors and teaching people how to play Castle Panic and Munchkin Panic.
For the event, we’ve created a new Castle Panic promo, called Fickle Fortune. And for Munchkin Panic, we have the original Bookmark of Free Masonry.
To see if there is a participating store near you, check out the list below. Have a great time playing Castle Panic and Munchkin Panic. Enjoy the day and the promos!
Quality Collectibles (Jasper)
Gamers N Geeks (Mobile)
Game Time Hobbies (Opelika)
Gateway Games (Ketchikan)
Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room (Fayetteville)
Mena Game Lounge (Mena)
Imagine! Hobbies & Games (Sherwood)
Imperial Outpost Games (Glendale)
WesterCon 70 (Tempe)
Paladin’s Game Castle (Bakersfield)
Games of Berkeley (Berkeley)
Crazy Squirrel Gaming Store (Fresno)
The Dice House (Fullerton)
Comic Quest (Lake Forest)
At Ease Games (San Diego)
Empire Collectables (San Diego)
Crazy Fred’s (San Diego)
Pair A Dice Games (Vista)
Shep’s Games (Aurora)
Your Friendly Neighborhood Tabletop Shop (Newington)
Gods & Monsters (Orlando)
Kitchen Table Games (St. Petersburg)
Tyche’s Games (Athens)
Quest Comic Shop (Carrollton)
Other Realms Ltd (Honolulu)
The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu)
Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow)
Infinite Heroes Games (Nampa)
Castle Perilous Games & Books (Carbondale)
Da Sorce (Chicago)
Fair Game (Downers Grove)
Reader Copies (Anderson)
Better World Books (Goshen)
Castle Comics and Cards (Lafayette)
The Hobby Corner (Iowa City)
Boom Comic Shop (Lawrence)
Collector’s Cache by Feral Events (Olathe)
Hobby Town (Bowling Green)
Comics 2 Games (Florence)
Plus 1 Gaming (Metairie)
Mechacon 2017 (New Orleans)
Xpanding Universe (Aberdeen)
Canton Games (Baltimore)
Play More Games (Gaithersburg)
Dream Wizards (Rockville)
Round Table Games (Carver)
Greenfield Games (Greenfield)
Acropolis Games (Adrian)
Dreams of Conquest (Bay City)
TC Paintball (Traverse City)
TC War Room (Traverse City)
Imperium Games (Wixom)
maCnarB Gaming (Gautier)
Tupelo Sportscards and Games (Tupelo)
Capital City’s Game Emporium (Jefferson City)
CCYDNE Hobbies (Lebanon)
Lionheart Games (Waite Park)
Orion’s Keep Games (Hamilton)
The Game Shoppe (Bellevue)
Game On – Grand Island (Grand Island)
Game On – Kearney (Kearney)
Hobbytown USA (Lincoln)
Gauntlet Games (Lincoln)
Game On – McCook (McCook)
Game On – North Platte (North Platte)
The Game Shoppe (Omaha)
Little Shop of Magic (Las Vegas)
Games Galore (Reno)
Double Midnight Comics (Concord)
The Relentless Dragon (Nashua)
The Bearded Dragon Games (Bernardsville)
Arcana Toys, Games, and Hobbies (Washington)
Zia Comics and Games (Las Cruces)
Alterniverse (Hyde Park)
The Game Gamut (Pittsford)
The Arena (West Babylon)
Freakopolis Geekery Inc. (Whitehall)
Hillside Games (Asheville)
The Spot (Newton)
Red Door Games (Richlands)
The Comic Monstore (Salisbury)
DreamDaze Comics, Fun, & Games, Inc. (Wilson)
3 Blind Dice (Winston-Salem)
Force of Habit Hobby Shop (Minot)
Sci-Fi City (Cincinnati)
The Rook OTR (Cincinnati)
Flying Monkey Comics and Games (Delaware)
Beyond the Board (Dublin)
Fun Factory (Mt. Gilead)
Barnes & Noble (Pickerington)
Funagain Games (Eugene)
Guardian Games (Portland)
Mister J’s Asylum (Muncy)
Six Feet Under Games (New Holland)
The Games Keep (West Chester)
Firefly Toys & Games (Columbia)
Boardwalk Games (Greenville)
Pair A Dice Games (Athena)
The Game Cave (Hermitage)
Wonko’s Toys and Games (Austin)
Clockwork Games & Events (College Station)
Cards and Comics Connection (Conroe)
Dragon’s Lair (Houston)
Ettin Games (Houston)
Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart)
Three Suns Unlimited (Longview)
Sockmonkey Junction (Mansfield)
Fleur Fine Books (Port Neches)
The Gaming Goat (Spring)
Gerard’s Gaming and LAN Center (Webster)
Gunjah The Bead Forest (Cedar City)
Game Grid (Layton)
Blackfyre Games (Pleasant Grove)
High Gear Games & Hobbies (Salt Lake City)
Gameland World (Spanish Fork)
The Island Games (Centreville)
Mox Boarding House (Bellevue)
Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—CrossRoads Mall (Bellevue)
Diversified Games (Chehalis)
Fantasium Comics & Games (Federal Way)
Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Redmond Town Center (Redmond)
Shane’s Big League (Renton)
The Comic Book Shop (Spokane)
Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Downtown Spokane (Spokane)
Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Spokane Valley Mall (Spokane Valley)
Uncle’s Games, Puzzles, & More—Tacoma Mall (Tacoma)
Lake Geneva Games (Lake Geneva)
Let’s Play (at the Gnome Games booth) (Appleton)
Pegasus Games (Madison)
Nerd Rage – Morgantown (Morgantown)
J and M’s Used Bookstore (Parkersburg)
Games of Chance (Riverton)
Games of Chance – Flying Eagle Location (Riverton)
Dragon’s Den Games (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
King of Cards (Auckland)
We can’t believe Origins is next week! We’re so excited to see everyone there. Come by booth 106 for free demos of Hotshots and Kaiju Crush (our new games this year), free promos and coupons for $5 off each game purchased, and special discount and sale items. We’ll also have play events every night in the Gaming Hall.
Demos: Be among the first to play our new games Hotshots and Kaiju Crush! Although they won’t be for sale until later this year, you can check them out at Origins. We’ll also have easy, step-by-step, self-guided demos of Bears! and Here, Kitty, Kitty! if you haven’t played those games.
Promos: Stop by to pick up the special River Tile promo for Hotshots and the Siphon Portal promo tile for Kaiju Crush. We’ll also give away the following promos with the purchase of the games they support.
- Here, Kitty, Kitty!: Milkshake
- Dastardly Dirigibles: Smoke Bomb
- The Village Crone: Silver coaster
- Castle Panic: 2017 ITTD Tower
- The Wizard’s Tower: Crossbow coaster
- The Dark Titan: Agranok Level 6
- Engines of War: Jury Rig
- Dead Panic: Laser Sight
- Munchkin Panic: Potion of Mwahahaha!
- Bloodsuckers: Midnight Sun
- Bears! and Trail Mix’d: Alarm Clock and scoring sheets
Deals: In addition to receiving $5 off coupons for every game purchased at our booth, we will have discounted games and special items for sale.
- Dead Panic: $30 (reg. $40)
- Munchkin Panic: $25 (reg. $40)
- The Village Crone: $30 (reg. $50)
- Bloodsuckers: $20 (reg. $40)
- 2017 International TableTop Day Tower: $5
- Fireside Games Mug: $5
- Fireside Games Tumbler: $5
Events: We’re also hosting play events for the first time at Origins! We’ll be in the Gaming Hall from 6:00 to midnight, and here are the games you can get in on each night.
- Wednesday: Here, Kitty, Kitty!
- Thursday: Dastardly Dirigibles
- Friday: The Village Crone
- Saturday: Castle Panic with all 3 expansions
Hotshots, our cooperative, press-your-luck, firefighting game is back on track! We took some time to revise some components, making them even better, and now we are super excited to announce that Hotshots will be available September 20!
The flame minis came out great, and they really need to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Here’s a photo to tide you over for now.
We’ll be running demos at Origins this year, so come check us out at booth #106 to try the game for yourself. In addition we’ll be posting a video close-up, and How-to-Play video soon.
If you can’t wait until then, you can download the rules here and start your firefighter training now!
We are so excited to announce that Kaiju Crush is coming to a store near you this November! Tim Armstrong came to us last summer with an intriguing limited grid movement system with public objectives, and our own Justin De Witt thought it would be a blast to see giant monsters using those movements to stomp around a city. And of course, if you have giant monsters stomping around a city, you’ve got to have them fighting. After months of playtesting and iterative design work, we are proud and relieved that the files are off to the printer!
The premise of Kaiju Crush is that giant monsters have descended on the same city to fight for supremacy. On your turn, you’ll choose to use either your own Movement Card or a Shared Movement Card that’s accessible to everyone. Those are the only movement choices you’ll have on your turn. However, the Shared Movement Card will be changing throughout the game. When a player uses their own Movement Card, they swap their card with the shared one.
Using a Movement Card will land your Monster on a new City Tile (crushing it). You’ll pick up that City Tile and put one of your Territory Markers in its place. Both the City Tile and the Territory Marker help you gain points based on the Objective Cards. Some objectives give you points for the number of Territory Markers connected or unconnected, some give points based on how many or few City Tile Groups you claim, some give points for shapes you create on the city grid, and still others give in-game bonuses for the leader in City Tile Groups. So, although your movement is limited, your options are guided by the objectives you’re focusing on.
Then, there’s the fighting. I know, I made you wait 3 paragraphs before talking about the fighting! There are 2 ways to fight: 1) when you crush a building adjacent to another Monster and 2) when you land on a Territory Marker with another Monster. To fight, you’ll draw 5 Territory Markers and look at the underside. There, you will find 5 symbols that represent the way that you are fighting: firebreath, claw, tail, kick, and spikes. These symbols are part of an intransitive combat system, like so.
Each Monster has their own unique combat ability (as well as Special Abilities that change each game). The winner of the best of 5 rounds gets to choose a Combat Victory Token at random, whose value ranges from 1 to 3. If the challenger who landed on a Territory Marker with a Monster wins the battle, that challenger gets to replace the loser’s Territory Marker with their own. Very useful for meeting those objectives and/or preventing an opponent from meeting theirs!
When no Monster can move, the game is over, and the Monster with the most victory points is supreme! We’ve had a blast playtesting this game, and we can’t wait to be able to get out there and play it with you. In the meantime, we’ll be getting up our webpage for the game, posting rules, showing a how-to-play video, and all that good stuff!
Engines of War, the 3rd expansion to Castle Panic, hits stores in just a few weeks! Here’s your chance to check out the rules and prepare yourself for the next siege of your Castle. Learn how to build and fire Catapults, Ballistas, and deploy Spring Traps. You’ll want to learn about your enemy as well so you can better face the Breathtaker and Shaman. Don’t forget to ready your defenses against the Battering Ram, Siege Tower and War Wagon.
It’s all here, so download a copy now and prepare for battle!
Lt. Uhura: Captain, we are receiving multiple transmissions. They appear to be Star Trek Panic reviews.
Mr. Spock: My sensors confirm they are positively charged.
We are super excited to have launched Star Trek Panic out into the universe and even Mr. Spock agrees it’s a hit. If you aren’t convinced by his cold, Vulcan logic, then maybe these great reviews coming in from around the web will sway you!
Let’s start with this hilarious unboxing video from GameWire, where Pep and Bebo crack open the box and look inside. With both of them being huge Star Trek fans, there is more than a little squee-ing in this one, and it’s really hard not watch this with a huge grin.
From there, Vincent Paone at Dad’s Gaming Addiction gives Star Trek Panic an amazing 9 out of 10, adding, “Star Trek Panic fires its phasers in true Trek fashion and then some.” You can read the short review at dadsgamingaddiction.com or watch the whole video with a detailed breakdown of components and rules right here.
Over at Bower’s Game Corner, Forrest Bower’s glee is palpable as he exclaims, “A home run, no-brainer. If you’re a Star Trek fan, absolutely check this one out.” He goes on to add, “This might be one of my favorite games of 2016.”
Joel Eddy from Drive Thru Reviews has a hard time containing his enthusiasm as well, stating, “It’s really, really fun. It just puts you right into that fun aspect of Star Trek.” He also says, “If you’re a fan of any of the other Panic games I would 100% pick this up.” We couldn’t agree more!
Trent Howell of The Board Game Family proudly declares that “Star Trek Panic is a blast!” As a long-time fan of Castle Panic, Trent has to admit “Star Trek Panic now tops the list as my favorite of the “Panic” board games.”
If you want to boldly go where no Panic has gone before, you can pick up a copy of the game in our store right now. If you’re still not convinced, make sure to visit us at Gen Con this year in booth #743 to play a demo, pick up the exclusive promo card, and get an extra U.S.S. Enterprise with purchase!
Live long and prosper!