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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We also fell in love with/were terrified by this father and son Predator duo.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?!
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!
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!
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.
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
Extras: 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 Crone. Click 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Don’t worry. San Francisco is just fine, but last week was the end of the San Francisco leg of our WXSW tour. In fact, as I write up this review, we are counting down the final days before we head off to GenCon in Indianapolis!
Let’s look back on a crazy few days shall we?
This last set of store visits started off on Wednesday at Endgame in Oakland. It’s another very approachable store with a well-organized selection of games. Unfortunately, it’s not located in the best part of town, as we were about to find out. We’d only been playing games for about an hour when I received a phone call from a good Samaritan who had found my backpack. Wait, what? You mean my backpack that’s supposed to be inside the van?!
Sadly, Oakland had lived up to its bad reputation and sure enough, our van had been broken into and my backpack and computer case had been stolen. We had to shut our Endgame event down early to deal with the break-in, but we were able to get the backpack back and the only real damage was a broken window. The good news is that thanks to Kru over at American Auto Glass Solutions in Alameda, we had a new window installed later the next afternoon! They even came out to our hotel to fix it, which was great because we had to head out that night for our store event at D20 Games in Alameda!
We’ve known Ben, the owner of D20 Games, for a few years now, and when we met up with him earlier this year at GAMA in Las Vegas, he asked if we could include his store in our promotional tour. We were happy to oblige and Thursday night it all came together. Ben had made sure to tell all his regulars that we were coming, and it wasn’t long before we were swamped with excited fans asking for signatures and picking our brains about how we came up with our ideas. Between questions, we played as many games as we could, including a nail-biting ending for The Wizard’s Tower with the Chimera destroying the final tower in a fiery breath. We stayed late, playing Bears! and talking about games until it was time to head out for some sleep.
Friday, we rested up for a bit and then headed over to San Francisco, where we set up our table in the vendor room at GaymerX. This was the first year for the convention, which got its start as a Kickstarter project, and there was no shortage of activity as everyone prepared for the opening. When Saturday morning arrived and the doors opened, we were flooded! We haven’t heard final attendance figures, but the rumor was that around 3,000 gamers were registered, and at times it felt like they were all in the hall at once! The first day was great, with a huge amount of interest in all our games and some good sales to match. We sold out of Castle Panic on our first day, which would lead to an interesting opportunity the next day.
Sunday we arrived in S.F. early to grab the limited parking and had a brief chance to play tourist as we headed out to breakfast. We decided on Sweet Maple, which is known for their Millionaire’s Bacon (thick cut bacon glazed with brown sugar and sprinkled with red and black pepper) as seen on “The United States of Bacon” on the Discovery Channel. It was a good decision. The bacon is fantastic, and when paired with deep fried French toast, it made a lot of other meals on this trip jealous.
Later in the morning, GaymerX continued with more demos, great people, and a good time had by all. Being sold out of Castle Panic was a bit of a disappointment, but it turns out relief was on the way. Our friends from Gamescape had brought their inventory of Castle Panic with them on Sunday, and we worked out a deal that allowed gamers who bought The Wizard’s Tower from us to pick up the base game from Gamescape for just $20! Both games for $45 is a deal like we’ve never seen before, and it was no surprise when several attendees took us up on the offer. We took advantage of a lull in the crowd to hop the aisle and say hi to some fellow game publishers. We chatted with Christopher Badell, one of the designers of Sentinels of the Multiverse and co-owner of Greater Than Games. We also talked with Phil Kilcrease, owner of 5th Street Games, and got a look at their new game, Farmageddon from the designer Grant Rodiek himself. We also got our copies of those games signed while we were at it. Hey, we’re gamers too!
We manned the booth until the hall closed and then packed up and headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest. It was definitely a good chance for us to expose our games to new fans and meet existing fans. For a first-year convention, it went pretty darn smoothly. We wish the organizers nothing but the best for future events! It was a wonderful testament to equality that a convention specifically focused on queer geek culture felt a lot like any gaming convention—we met people who love video games, board games, anime, science fiction, fantasy, and having fun with people who are as excited about the same things as they are. You know, a game convention!
Monday would be our last store event in the Bay Area, and it almost didn’t happen. We had some chores to do in San Francisco before our event at Black Diamond Games, so we headed out to the Bay Bridge like we had several times before. Sadly, we didn’t know about the big-rig fire on I-80 that would ruin our afternoon. We made it to the toll booth, where it was too late to turn around and came to a complete stop. Imagine driving over a big bridge. It takes 30 seconds? Maybe a minute or two? We were stuck on that bridge for over 3 hours. That’s not a typo. It’s an agonizing way to spend your day. We finally made it across the bay, finished our errands, and sped off to Concord to Black Diamond Games. We made it more-or-less on time, and it turned out to be the perfect cure for our less-than-perfect day. We had excited gamers asking about our games the minute we entered the store, and we had a blast running demos as fast as we could put them on the table! In a nice change of pace, we had two games of The Wizard’s Tower that ended in victory after a week of mostly defeats. We didn’t have time for a Bears! tournament, but at the end of the night we held a raffle in which the first winner got a copy of The Wizard’s Tower, donated by Black Diamond Games, and the next winner took home a copy of Bears! Overall, it was the perfect end to this part of the tour. The next few days will see us catching up on emails, changing the oil on the van, and finishing our preparations for GenCon. We’ll be in Indy next week, can you believe it?
We’re resting today since we’re between demos. And by resting I mean, responding to emails, dealing with printers and accountants, handling inventory issues, and scheduling interviews and events for GenCon. So yeah, it’s not quite bonbons on the couch for us.
However, we’re back into it starting tomorrow, and I wanted to post the last bit of our San Francisco schedule for everyone to see:
Wednesday, July 31st, we will be at Endgame in Oakland to join in on their boardgame night.
On Thursday, August 1st, we hit D20 Games in Alameda. Our friend Ben runs the place, and it should be a good time for our last store visit in the Bay area.
On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be at the first-ever GaymerX convention in downtown San Francisco. GaymerX is an LGBT gaming convention that focuses on the queer geek culture with an emphasis on video and tabletop gaming.
The next stop on our West by Southwest Tour will be GenCon in Indianapolis! How does a Midwestern convention fit into a tour about the West and Southwest? Don’t ask questions like that. It’s GenCon, it just does!