Monday night we headed to Dragon’s Keep in Lehi, Utah. This was the second to last stop in Utah on The Dark Titan Cometh Tour.
The first game played was Castle Panic with The Dark Titan and our team of heroes trounced Agranok quite nicely, without having to Banish a single card and only losing 3 Towers on the way!
The next game included both expansions and definitely kept our players on their toes. Early in the game, a lucky boulder destroyed the Wizard’s Tower, leaving our players to face down the horde of Monsters with no magical aid. At one point, the Basilisk and Warlock were on the table together causing no shortage of chaos. Towers were lost and MANY Walls were rebuilt, but at the end of the battle 2 lonely Towers still stood and victory was claimed!
Overall, it was a quiet night, which gave us plenty of time to visit with our fans as well as with John, the store manager. We talked about the making of The Dark Titan as well as what makes Dead Panic and Munchkin Panic so different from Castle Panic before packing up and heading home for the night.
Our final stop in Utah will be at the Game Haven in Tooele this Thursday the 12th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you haven’t made it out to play The Dark Titan and grab a promo card, this will be your last chance in Utah, so we hope to see you there!
Take a look inside Dragon’s Keep in Lehi in Anne-Marie’s video of this visit:
A warm and sunny Saturday afternoon saw us headed to Provo, Utah. This time we brought The Dark Titan to Dragon’s Keep, not far from Brigham Young University.
With a great selection of games, comics, and all sorts of goodies, it’s no surprise that the place was hopping. We had gamers lined up and waiting for us, and it didn’t take long to get our first game of The Wizard’s Tower and The Dark Titan fired up.
Our friend Matt who led his team to victory at Blakfyre Games came by to get his games signed by Justin and to take another stab at The Dark Titan. Sure enough, with some great teamwork, they were able to keep most of their Towers standing, even if it meant losing the Barbarian and Wizard’s Quake in the process of defeating Agranok.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie got another group started on the base game with The Dark Titan. Here she is explaining how there are 5 levels of Agranok in the game.
Before long we had another pair of players show up and we added them to the game, giving our heroes some reinforcements.
They fought bravely, slaying Agranok and most of his minions, with only a few Towers out. But a devastating combination of the Healer and the Troll Mage late in the game proved to be too much to overcome, and the last 2 Towers fell as the Castle was destroyed from inside and out.
Not to be deterred, our players switched tables to see how The Dark Titan expansion changes Castle Panic when you include The Wizard’s Tower. Many Towers were destroyed in both games, but we actually had our first player victory over the promotional Level 6 Agranok! So the day ended on a high note!
Our next stop will be at the Dragon’s Keep in Lehi, Utah, Monday, March 9th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’ll be your second to last chance to catch us before we head off to the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas!
Want to see what the inside of the Dragon’s Keep looks like? Check out Anne-Marie’s video of our store visit:
The skies finally cleared over Salt Lake City as we made our way to Game Night Games for an evening of monstrous fun. Game Night Games not only features a great selection of games but they have a really nice gaming area in the back, which we promptly filled with players anxious to get a look at the newest addition to Castle Panic!
Faster than you could say “8-point Monster” We had our first game up and running. Our first group of fans wanted to try the base game with the new expansion, and they got off to a great start, clearing the board early and keeping the Monsters well under control.
While the first group fought on, Anne-Marie was busy giving overviews of the game to some interested gamers and a third game of just Castle Panic got underway to help some new players get a feel for the game before jumping into the expansion.
Before long, we had another game going and our teams fought on. The Cavalier was definitely the MVP of the night, and more than 1 player agreed that he may be their new favorite addition to Castle Panic.
And it’s a good thing our first group was using him a lot too. Take a look at this.
The Dark Titan expansion introduces a new mechanic called Banishing that removes cards from the game. Slay cards that are used against Agranok only cause 4 points of damage to him and are Banished. There are other ways you can have cards Banished, and the first group ended up losing all the cards shown here during the game.
Imagine having to fight off the Monsters without using any of these cards!
Thanks to some REALLY lucky draws and carefully planned moves, our team did more than fight off the Monsters. They stomped them flat, losing only 1 Tower when the dust settled.
After the second group survived their game, we started up a combined game with The Wizard’s Tower and The Dark Titan. This time our heroes would lose all but their last 2 Towers (including a rebuilt Wizard’s Tower), but still claim victory.
We signed some games while we chatted with our players, and then spent some time talking with Mike, the store manager. It’s always great to talk some business as we get to know all the great stores that help spread the love of our hobby.
Our next stop on The Dark Titan Cometh Tour will be an afternoon event this Saturday, March 7th, at Dragon’s Keep in Provo from noon to 4 p.m.
Check out how nicely laid out this store is! It is well-arranged for customers to easily find exactly the right game to take home.
Our store visit to the Game Haven in Bountiful, Utah, just happened to coincide with one of the bigger Winter Storm Warnings we’ve seen on this trip. The rules for The Dark Titan don’t say that Agranok has any weather-control abilities, but we’re starting to have our doubts. We loaded our gear into the store as the snow began to fall and dried off before getting set up.
It turned out to be a quiet evening because of the storm with only 1 full demo played, but we got to meet several fans and even make a few new ones while we were at the store. The Game Haven in Bountiful is a pretty cool shop with tons of tables for playing, a demo game library that is literally overflowing with games to try, and even a full coffee bar that sells food. The coffee shop is named Battle Grounds, which we found quite amusing. Check out the video Anne-Marie shot for a cool tour of the place.
When players did arrive we were able to get a full game of 6 players started, and they jumped right in to The Wizard’s Tower–The Dark Titan combo game. Things started out good with a few quick slays and lots of wounding, but before too long a lucky boulder took out the Wizard’s Tower itself. Our heroes were left with just a few Wizard cards in hand and no chance of rebuilding the Tower. Still, our group was unphased.
They made great use of the Cavalier and even managed to use the Phoenix to light a ton of other Monsters on fire. Arrows flew and swords clashed, but when a Level 4 Agranok, the Dark Sorceress, and the Necromancer all appeared at once, it was too much for our heroes. The last Tower fell under the thundering assault.
We stuck around and talked with several other customers after the game wrapped up. Justin even signed a few copies of Castle Panic for fans both new and old. It made for a fun evening before braving the snow and heading home. Special thanks to Charity for making us feel so welcome during our visit!
Your next chance to catch The Dark Titan Cometh Tour will be Wednesday, March 4th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Game Night Games in Salt Lake City!
It was a cold, snowy Saturday evening when we arrived at Game Haven in West Jordan. We wondered if the dark weather would be an omen for what was to come during our demo games that night. As soon as we were set up for our event, we jumped into a game of both The Wizard’s Tower and The Dark Titan with 2 excited fans.
We put up a good fight, dropping several big threats early on, but then a combination of Mega Boss Monsters, a wave of Imps, and an early showing of Agranok had us on the ropes.
This is one of the more impressive uses of the Wall of Force Wizard card we’ve seen in a while. It definitely bought some time, but even that wasn’t enough to save the Castle. In a few turns, it was all over.
Luckily, that meant we had lots of time left for new games! We reset The Wizard’s Tower–Dark Titan combo for a new group and started a game of Castle Panic with one of Anne-Marie’s friends from college and her family. They had never played before, and it wasn’t long before they were engrossed in trying to keep their Towers standing.
Sadly, the Monsters proved too much for our friends, but that just made them excited for their next chance to try again. We reset the game to include The Dark Titan for a new group that was made up of both experienced fans and first-time players.
Some expert coaching and a few lucky rolls kept them in the fight as the new players got familiar with the game and before long they were a monster-fighting machine!
Meanwhile, the group that had been battling with The Wizard’s Tower–Dark Titan combo weathered wave after wave and despite losing the Wizard’s Tower, they eventually slayed the last Monster with 1 Tower still standing. Luckily, that’s all it takes and that gave Game Haven its first victory of the night!
Our last game of the night would see the team fresh off their win in Castle Panic with The Dark Titan jumping in to the dual-expansion combo. They were confident as the first Monsters came out of the forest, but once the Chimera and a Flaming Boulder showed up, things began to look bad.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, after the fires were extinguished, Agranok showed up at Level 5 and proceeded to cause even more chaos as he drove other Monsters forward. The Cavalier was bravely sacrificed to finish off Agranok, and Wizard’s Quake had to be used to give our heroes some room to breathe. In the end, the Wizard’s Tower would even be destroyed and rebuilt in order to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, but their efforts paid off in a nail-biting win!
We stayed around for a while after the event, talking about game design, playtesting, and all sorts of fun things before we packed up and said goodnight. It was another great time, and we’re already looking forward to our next one on Monday, March 2nd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Game Haven in Bountiful. As always, don’t forget that you can check out our calendar to see where we’re headed next!
Blakfyre Games in Pleasant Grove was our first stop in Utah during The Dark Titan Cometh Tour, and it was a great one! The store owner, Gary Taylor, let us take over the prime tables right up front, and after chatting with Gary and some customers, we set up the games and dived right in.
Our first group was a mix of first-timers and veterans, and with some quick instruction from Justin, they eagerly began a game of Castle Panic with The Dark Titan expansion. With some excellent use of the Cavalier and some very lucky rolls, they fought off wave after wave of attacking Monsters. When Agranok was finally revealed to be only a mere Level 1, the team banded together to quickly dispatch the Dark Titan and fight their way through the remainder of his army.
In the end, they not only survived the assault without losing a single tower but were able to rebuild almost every wall for one of the best victories against Agranok we’ve seen on the tour! “If we could have had one more turn, we would have rebuilt every wall!” said veteran player Mike.
During this time we had the chance to meet some local fans who had come out to the event to see the new expansion and meet the designer, not to mention grab a promo card while they were here!
As the night continued, we introduced some fans to a combined game featuring both The Wizard’s Tower and The Dark Titan. At the same time, Mike’s group decided to try the base game and expansion again, this time choosing to face off against Agranok at Level 5!
The strongest version of the Dark Titan proved to be a bigger challenge, and the castle took more of a beating this time. When Agranok appeared, the team threw everything they had at him and even though it took rebuilding the Wall in arc 2 more than 4 times and sacrificing the Cavalier every time he was in play, they managed to survive with 2 Towers still standing! It was a great end to an epic battle.
In the game with The Wizard’s Tower, things were going smoothly until a rush of imps and a simultaneous attack by 2 Mega Boss Monsters forced the players to use Wizard’s Quake and destroy one of their own Towers to ensure the safety of the Castle. When a Level 2 Agranok attacked, things got a bit tense. This time, the Dark Titan wasn’t defeated without losing a few more Towers. In the end, some well-played Wizard cards and quick Wall-building kept the Monsters at bay long enough to survive with 2 Towers left, including the all-important Wizard’s Tower!
It was another great night and a really fun chance to show off the expansion and meet fans of our games. We want to thank Gary for inviting us out to Blakfyre Games and all the folks that came out to make it such a fun event.
Our next appearance in Salt Lake City will be at Game Haven in West Jordan from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday, February 28. See you there!
Want to see the intensity in action? Check out this video we took during gameplay.
Our last store visit in Colorado was to Adventurer’s Quarter in Arvada, a fun town with a variety of shops and “small town” feel to it. After stopping at the Grandview Tavern and Grill for some pre-game fuel, we headed down the street to Adventurer’s Quarter to get setup for the big demo.
Within minutes we had our first game up and running. Veterans of the base game were eager to dive in and see what all the fuss was about!
Surviving the initial wave of Monsters is always key and though they lost a few walls, they held fast and hunkered down for the next wave. Agranok made an early appearance and quickly made his way to the Castle, smashing Towers to dust as he advanced.
Things were getting tense, when a well-played “Drive Him Back” saved the last few towers and gave the players a chance to finish the Dark Titan off with a slew of Archers, Knights, and Swordsmen. Battered, but not beaten, our heroes fought on finally bringing down the last Monster with 2 Towers still standing, for a rousing victory!
The next group was waiting in the wings and gathered at the table for what would be the most nail-biting game of the night. This time, in addition to new players, we even had a few familiar faces from our demo at the Haunted Game Cafe join in to help! Despite a strong start, things soon went bad as Agranok arrived with a rush of Monsters and pushed to crush the Castle.
Agranok was wounded and then hit with a Nice Shot card, and finally finished off by a suicidal charge from the brave Cavalier, but not before he had smashed our player’s defenses to splinters. A lone Monster worked his way into the broken Castle and was 1 space away from the final tower.
The last player drew up to his full hand, desperate for a card that would work in the Castle ring . . . no luck, he discarded a useless card and drew . . . the Barbarian! The entire store rang with the cheers from our table as we lived to fight another day! There were several more close calls before the game was over, but in the end the final Monster fell and the lone surviving Tower stood as a symbol of victory!
We had one more game that night with a fan who arrived late and that ended in a close, well fought victory as well. In the end, the gamers of Adventurer’s Quarter were all victorious and sent the Dark Titan crawling back to where he came!
Our thanks to the crew at AQ for helping us put on a great event! The next appearance is an unscheduled stop at Genghis Con XXXVI! Thanks to our friends at The Wizard’s Chest, Justin will be at a table outside the vendor hall this Saturday from 10 to 6! Come by the Radisson in Aurora to check out all the great events, vendors, and maybe try your hand at taking on the Dark Titan yourself!
It may have looked like a bright, sunny day in Fort Collins, Colorado, but inside the Haunted Game Cafe shadows fell as huge monsters wreaked havoc on brave defenders!
We arrived at the second stop on The Dark Titan Cometh Tour, The Haunted Game Cafe, late in the afternoon. This awesome coffee shop and game store combo is dripping with ghostly ambiance, from the ghosts and spiders hanging on the walls to the appropriately named drinks like the Zombie Elvis and Vampire’s Kiss. We met with the owner, Gary Sproul, and started setting up on a few of the many gaming tables available.
Before we unleashed Agranok upon the masses, Justin took a few minutes to talk with Mark and Randy of The Boardgame Corner. We talked about The Dark Titan Cometh Tour and some of the awesome new elements in the expansion. Look for that interview to be posted on The Boardgame Corner’s website soon.
Once we unpacked our gear, it was time to slay some Monsters! We had quite a crowd that was eager to make their stand, and we quickly had 3 games up and running. The first game was Castle Panic with The Dark Titan expansion, and our team started strong, with the defenders keeping the Monsters at bay early.
That changed when a series of Elite Monsters all arrived in the same arc and a rush of Heralds brought a level 4 Agranok onto the field. There are 5 levels of Agranok in the game, with level 1 being the least powerful and level 5 being the most dangerous, so once the level 4 was revealed, the team knew what they were in for. They made short work of the Elites, but Agranok stomped his way into the Castle, and before our heroes could drive him back, he was able to destroy their final tower.
Another table saw both expansions combined for a Wizard’s Tower–Dark Titan extravaganza. This was an experienced team that used their Wizard cards wisely to keep the monsters under control. There were several moments of panic when walls were falling faster than they could rebuild them, but some clever cardplay and tough choices meant that when a level 3 Agranok finally arrived, they were ready. Agranok charged the Castle but was defeated by a flurry of magic spells and steel weapons. Huzzah!
Over on another table, the gang from The Boardgame Corner was getting their chance to try out the expansion added to the base game. A rush of Elite Monsters proved to be no problem for this crew as they knocked down wave after wave of attackers. Some bad rolls and even worse draws saw the Castle damaged, but not defeated. When the Heralds finally summoned Agranok, our heroes whittled him down to his last few points. They were poised to finish him off with a brave charge from the Cavalier, but a Monsters Move token took the Dark Titan out of their reach and their last Tower crumbled under his claws. “We were SO close!” Mark laughed, with a huge grin.
We played more games and then had an informal Q&A session, where Justin talked about his design process and even teased some ideas for future Castle Panic expansions. The Boardgame Corner filmed a short segment that gives a closer look at some of the components in The Dark Titan, so be sure to check that out once it airs.
We wrapped up a great evening with a short interview with Gary, and filmed a look at his amazing hangout. Watch our video, and we’ll see you at the next stop on The Dark Titan Cometh Tour, at Adventurer’s Quarter in Arvada, CO, on Tuesday, February 10th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.!
The preview event for The Dark Titan, the next expansion to Castle Panic, has begun! We arrived in Denver late Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon we headed over to Shep’s Games in Aurora to start the tour.
After talking with Shep, we set up our new banners and dove right into the first demo of The Dark Titan. The crowd was small but enthusiastic about seeing the new game! First up was the basic version of Castle Panic combined with The Dark Titan.
Things were going well until the Elite monsters arrived all at once, in the same arc. Shortly after that, Agranok himself appeared and our brave crew of Castle defenders began to wonder if they would be able to survive the onslaught.
Giant Boulders rained down on the Castle and many brave Swordsmen and Knights were used to defend the walls from the incoming tide of Monsters. Thanks to some clever cardplay, Agranok met his end and the battle raged on. Our heroes rallied for a final turn, bringing out the Cavalier to charge into battle, but the Dark Sorceress appeared and her ability to reduce everyone’s hand size proved too much and the last Tower fell to the monstrous horde.
Clamoring for revenge, our heroes started up a second game. This time, we tried it using the Alternate Rule “A Man’s Home Is His Castle,” in which each player chooses a Tower to represent him/her in the game. Despite our heroes best efforts, the tension to protect their own Tower proved too much and once again the Monsters trampled the Castle to dust.
A third game saw Anne-Marie jumping in to help provide backup for the team and new players taking on the challenge.
Many Monsters were destroyed, and the players rebuilt damaged Walls as fast as they were knocked down. The Dark Sorceress fell to some powerful card combinations and at one point in the game, the Cavalier helped to clear all the Monsters from the board.
Sadly, it would turn out to be too little help as a rush of new Monsters, including Agranok, brought serious damage upon the Castle, ending with the Dark Titan himself breaching the Walls and destroying the last Tower.
The last game of the afternoon was a full combination of Castle Panic, The Wizard’s Tower, and The Dark Titan. Magic spells were furiously cast, and the Monster horde advanced tirelessly. The Dragon, Basilisk, and Necromancer did their best to destroy the Castle, but thanks to a last-minute casting of Wizard Quake the game ended with 2 Towers still standing. VICTORY!
It was a great ending to a great day, and the perfect beginning to our demo tour! Thanks to everyone who came out to Shep’s Games to get their promo card and help us fight off The Dark Titan.
For all our Colorado fans, be sure to come see us at our next store event at The Haunted Game Café in Fort Collins on Saturday, February 7th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.! Check out the full tour schedule to see where else we’ll be in the coming weeks.
Munchkin Panic officially hit store shelves October 8th, but parties are more fun on the weekend, so we threw our official launch party on Saturday!
We invaded Wonko’s and took over the tables in their main store with swag, demo games, and of course, CAKE!
The first 3 demo games were filled instantly, so we added another game. And then another game. We ended up with 6 games of Munchkin Panic in play with every seat filled. This was our highest attended launch event with over 50 people coming by during the night!
The night also featured some very special guests, with Steve Jackson himself, and Andrew Hackard, the Munchkin Tzar, joining our event.
Jarred outdid himself again with a main cake featuring Spyke, the Munchkin mascot, as well as sugar cookie versions of our Monster tokens and a special side cake of the Duck of Doom! As always, the treats were completely edible. Continue reading Munchkin Panic Launch Party!
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.
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.
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!
If you’re in Austin this Sunday, July 27th, come on out to Emerald Tavern for Fireside Games Day! We’ll be showing off demos of all our games and giving away some cool swag. Anne-Marie and Justin will both be there, so you can learn how to play Castle Panic, Dead Panic, and Bears! straight from the designers themselves.
Ask them your burning Castle Panic questions and even get a special preview of our upcoming release Munchkin Panic! It’s all free and the fun runs from 1:00 to 6:00 pm!