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!

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!

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.

Gearing Up for Gen Con

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Bundles

  • 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!)

 

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Earrings and Necklaces

  • 1 for $15
  • 2 for $25
  • 3 for $30

 

Discount Bin

  • 1 for $15
  • 2+ for $10 each

 

Promos

  • 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
  • Bears!
  • Dead Panic
  • Munchkin Panic
  • The Village Crone

 

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

Origins Fun Planned

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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

Wizard World Comic Con Austin!

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Last weekend was Wizard World Comic Con Austin, and it was a great show!

We arrived on Thursday to set up our booth and were immediately put in a good mood. The Austin Convention Center is what’s known as a “Drive-On” show, which means they allow vendors to drive their vehicles right onto the show floor to load and unload. Since we usually have to transport all of our booth materials into a show from parking lots that are far away, we really appreciate this. Boy does being able to park the van right next to the booth make setup easy!

Setup at Wizard World Comic Con

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The show started on Friday afternoon, and we immediately got to work showing people all the fun to be had with cats, airships, and spaceships. Comic Cons are known for lots of amazing costumes, cosplay, and crazy creatures, and Austin was no exception. The aisles were filled with bow-tied Doctors, Harley Quinns, Stormtroopers, and more. We managed to grab a few photos of some of our favorites, including this amazing rendition of Khan.

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We also fell in love with/were terrified by this father and son Predator duo.

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Did you notice what he’s holding?

Of course, another big draw to a Comic Con is the chance to meet all sorts of celebrities from movies, TV, books, and all corners of the geek universe. This show featured Sebastian Shaw (The Winter Solider), Bruce Campbell, and tons of other famous faces. We’ll admit you don’t get into the board game hobby without being a bit of a geek yourself, and we weren’t going to miss the opportunity to meet some of our favorites. Since we just happened to have Star Trek Panic with us, and William Shatner was at the show (coincidence?), we had to get a photo taken of all of us.

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He was super nice, and it was great to meet the man behind the Captain in person after all these years!

He even autographed a copy of the game.

Signed Star Trek Panic

There were two more guests that I was especially excited to see. If you saw the TableTop episode featuring Castle Panic, you might remember Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt being pretty darn entertaining. Well, they were at the show this weekend, and I can confirm that they are also pretty darn nice people! Not only did they happily sign my copy of Castle Panic, but we chatted for a few minutes. I learned they still play the game at home, and I even got to hug Yuri. It was pretty awesome!

Wizard World Signed Castle Panic

I now have signatures from 3 of the 4 players on the Castle Panic TableTop episode on 1 cover. All I need is Andre the Black Nerd, and I’ll have the complete set!

I took a side trip to get my album cover to the original Flash Gordon soundtrack signed by Flash Gordon himself, Sam Jones! Hey, it can’t ALL be about work, right?

Flash! A-aaaaah!

It turns out that we even made a (very) short appearance on the local morning news show when they did a feature on the convention. How cool is that?!

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We met tons of great people at the show and had a blast introducing people to our hobby. If it sounds like something you’d like to experience for yourself, there is probably a Comic Con coming to a city near you. Check out their complete schedule here, and let your geek flag fly. Trust us, it’s worth it!

Gen Con Goodness

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Final preparations are underway for Gen Con 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’ll have free demos, promos, events, and all kinds of fun!

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Free Demos in Booth #743: Want to check out the latest games from Fireside? This is the best way to make sure you’re taught the rules correctly with friendly people who want to make sure your experience is great. We’ll be demoing Star Trek Panic, Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Dastardly Dirigibles, and Bears! in booth #743.

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Promos for Demos: We’ll also be giving demoers these hard- to-find promos for checking out the games.
Star Trek Panic: Vulcan Mind-Meld
Here, Kitty, Kitty!: Milkshake
Dastardly Dirigibles: Smoke Bomb
Bears!: Alarm Clock

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Heir-On-Stick-Blog-PostExtras: Dastardly Dirigibles winners can pose with the dapper Heir-on-a-Stick to show their win to the world. And purchasers of Star Trek Panic receive a spare U.S.S. Enterprise! It’ll look great on your desk. That is, until you need to replace the one in your game after all of that damage!

Events: This year, Fireside Games is hosting events for the first time! We sold out of our original events within 3 days and opened up more. Just 4 seats remain open. One for Dead Panic, and three for The Village CroneClick here to sign up. After you click on the link, select the Board Game category to find our events. Hope to see you there!

June Events – Where to Play Our Games

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June is a great month to get out and play some games! Our games will be available for demos and Play-to-Wins at several conventions around the country this month, as well as being in many game libraries.

You can also check out your Friendly Local Game Store to see what events they have planned and make some new friends over an evening of Dead Panic®.

PrairieCon Manitoba, Canada June 3–5
DieCon Colinsville, IL June 10–12
Origins Columbus, OH June 15–19
International Panic Day Various (click for list) June 18–19
RageCon Reno, NV June 24–26

 

May Events – Where to Play Our Games

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Our games will be available for demos and Play-to-Wins at several conventions around the country this month, as well as being in many game libraries.

Of course, you can also always check out your Friendly Local Game Store to see what events they have planned and make some new friends over an evening of Castle Panic®.

PDXAGE Portland, OR May 13–15
ChupacabraCon Round Rock, TX May 13–15
Geekway to the West* St. Louis, MO May 19–22
MomoCon Atlanta, GA May 26–29
Evergreen TableTop Expo Tacoma, WA May 27–29
Nexus Game Fair** Milwaukee, WI May 27–30

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** Library

April Events — Where to Play Our Games

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Our games will be featured at the following events this month in Game Libraries, Demos, and Play-to-Win Events thanks to our partners with the Envoy Program from Double Exposure.

The games available to play at each event may vary, please consult the individual conventions for details.

Who’s Yer Con* Bloomington, IN 4/1–4/3
Tric-Con Spring* Sioux City, IA 4/1/–4/3
MEGA Spring Meltdown Derby Line, VT 4/2
Emerald City Comic Con* Seattle, WA 4/7–4/10
GameFest* Denver, CO 4/11–4/13
Greenhill Ultimate Brain Race** Addison, TX 4/17
LexiCon* Lexington, KY 4/22–4/24
MEPACON* Scranton, PA 4/22–4/24
BABSCon** Burlingame, CA 4/22–4/24
PretzCon* Omaha, NE 4/29–5/1
CharCon Bonus Round* Flatwoods, WV 4/30–5/1

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Texas Frightmare Weekend, or How We Learned To Feel A Convention Attendees Pain.

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Last weekend Anne-Marie and I got the chance to attend the Texas Frightmare Weekend (TXFW) up in Dallas. It’s an annual convention dedicated to horror and sci-fi and really lets fans dig into their favorite monster movies by meeting the actors, directors, and special effects stars that make the stuff they love. Continue reading Texas Frightmare Weekend, or How We Learned To Feel A Convention Attendees Pain.

T.A.B.L.E. Was a Blast!

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Last weekend had us up in Dallas for the first ever Tabletop and Boardgame Learning Expo. The expo was created as a way to expose non-gamers to all the fun that our hobby has to offer. We saw lots of new faces and a few old friends as we played demos with hundreds of other gamers. Continue reading T.A.B.L.E. Was a Blast!

Fireside Games at BoardGameGeek Con!

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BoardGameGeek.Con starts this week, and we’re excited to be a part of it again! This annual convention in Dallas, Texas, has become one of the most fun events we do all year and a great way to close out the convention season. This year Justin will be running demos and selling games at booth #313 in the exhibitor hall. If you haven’t had a chance to play Bears! or pick up your copy of The Wizard’s Tower yet, this will be a great opportunity.

As for Dead Panic, it’s scheduled to arrive at our warehouse the week after BGG.Con. That means while we won’t have copies there in-hand to sell, we can take payment at the show for direct delivery to you starting the following week. The cost will be $45.00 ($40.00 for the game, plus $5.00 shipping and handling). If you’d just like to see the game in person, there will be a copy in the BGG library, in addition to the demos being run at our booth. We’re excited to see everyone at the show and can’t wait to get our Geek on!

DragonCon 2013!

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It’s been a week since DragonCon in Atlanta, and we’re still looking back and grinning. This was our first time at the show, and we really weren’t sure what to expect. Oh sure, we’ve heard about the great costumes and how big the show is, but it’s always different to experience something like this in person. What is DragonCon? That’s a good question. I had a hard time explaining it to the woman behind the counter at our hotel because it isn’t one thing. It’s a convention for fans of TV and movies, fantasy and sci-fi, pop culture, and general weirdness. There is gaming, cosplay, shopping, autograph signings, and everything geeky under the sun. As Anne-Marie said to another vendor, “It’s like ComicCon before there was a ComicCon.”

The preparations started for us on Thursday, when we drove into downtown Atlanta and began the less-than-glamorous task of waiting for our load-in time so we could start setting up. Many hours later, we were finally carrying all our boxes and cases into our booth. Then we began the real work of turning an empty 10 foot by 10 foot booth into a cool space to show off cool games.

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We finished our setup and headed out to meet with our fulfillment partners for dinner. Our games are warehoused and shipped out of Atlanta, and it’s always great to see the gang and talk a little business while we’re in town.

Friday was the first day of the show, and it got busy quick! Right away we noticed a big difference between DragonCon and Gen Con in the way attendees view games. At Gen Con, players are there for games, and they want to sit down and play a game to really experience it. At DragonCon, attendees have a lot of interests, and there is so much to see they don’t have time for full games. They wanted a quick overview and made up their minds right then. It was a lot of fun getting to show our games to non-gamers, but we quickly realized we hadn’t brought nearly enough Castle Panic! To make matters worse, our reprint arrived later than expected, and we weren’t be able to get any more from our warehouse. Curses!

That night after grabbing some dinner, we hit the costume contest. A huge auditorium filled with eager onlookers as competitors took to the stage to show off their creations. The award categories are based on how experienced the creators are, and they are judged by a panel of professional costumers. While they were all pretty cool, my favorite had to be the full-body Skeksis Chamberlain, and since it won Best In Show, I wasn’t alone.

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Saturday, we drove past the streets where the famous parade takes place. It was completely packed! We’re talking 4 or 5 people deep! Sadly, the parade starts at the same time that the vendor hall opens, so we couldn’t make it out there. Maybe next year. Once the crowd came in, we were surrounded by people asking about Bears!, Bloodsuckers, and Dead Panic. We had flown a few copies of Dead Panic out for Gen Con, but we sold through those in a day. All we had left at this point was our demo copy, which was great to give people a taste of the game, but it left a lot of folks sad that they couldn’t go home with their own copy right there. We were sad too.

We thought the crowds would start to die down on Sunday or Monday, but we were wrong. It stayed packed all weekend. We were always busy at our booth, explaining games, giving quick overviews, and handing out catalogs and swag to fans. The convention is actually spread out over 5 hotels with the vendor area taking over 4 sections of the AmericasMart building, so it’s pretty big. We barely even had the chance to leave our booth. The farthest we made it was to the bathrooms, but that just proves how great the show was.

Sunday night, we had a fun dinner with our friends from Adventure Retail, Steve Jackson Games, and Ken Hite. Monday was another blur of demos and crazy, cool costumes, and then the show was over. We packed up our booth, loaded the van, and said goodbye to DragonCon. We’ve already purchased a booth for next year, so we’ll be back! You can check out some of the cool costumes and get a taste of the convention in our photos and video below.

We left Atlanta to meet some friends in the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, for a short, but much needed mini-vacation. Our next stop will be the Portland, Oregon, area this Thursday, so stay tuned as we get back into the West by Southwest tour!


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