My First Castle Panic Earns Mom’s Choice Award®

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Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal

Fireside Games is honored to announce that My First Castle Panic has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®. Having been rigorously evaluated by a panel of MCA evaluators, My First Castle Panic is deemed to be among the best products for families. 

My First Castle Panic BoxMy First Castle Panic - Whole game

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named My First Castle Panic as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. 

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval. 

“Our aim to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.” 

With the evaluation now complete, the testing samples of My First Castle Panic will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations. 

About the Mom’s Choice Awards® The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. 

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families. 

Learn more about the Mom’s Choice Awards by visiting their website: 

Hot Diggity! We Won!

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Hot Diggity Award Winner Seal

We’re thrilled to announce that My First Castle Panic has been awarded a Hot Diggity Seal of Approval!

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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.

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:
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.

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.

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!

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!

My First Castle Panic Demos Hit Stores!

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My First Castle Panic demos

My First Castle Panic demosKids have been playing Castle Panic with parents for 10 years. Now, there’s a reading-free version that 4-year-olds can play independently! They can even teach each other to play. Game stores across North America will be hosting free demos of My First Castle Panic March 16–17.


Find a participating store near you from the list below and get your little one in on the fun!

UPDATED: 3/1/2019 More stores added!


Game On (Prescott), 928-227-2000

The Hidden Village Games (Yuma), 928-581-2174

Imperial Outpost Games (Glendale), 602-978-0467



Gear Gaming Store (Fayetteville), 479-276-8110



Crazy Squirrel Game Store (Fresno), 559-431-0188

Game Empire (San Diego), 858-576-1525



Crit Castle Games (Aurora), 303-745-4140



Connecticut Gaming Center (Waterbury), 203-527-3918

The Portal (Manchester), 860-432-0711



Tyche’s Games (Athens), 706-354-4500



The Armchair Adventurer (Honolulu), 808-843-1250



Gaming Adventures (New Plymouth), 208-649-4244

Safari Pearl Comics (Moscow), 208-882-9499



AlleyCat Comics (Chicago), 773-907-3404



Good Games (Indianapolis), 317-493-1423

Saltire Games (Indianapolis), 317-823-1645

The Game Annex (Fort Wayne), 260-459-4263

Family Time Games (Indianapolis), 317-429-9817



Mission: Board Games (Mission), 913-242-7970

TableTop Game & Hobby (Overland Park), 913-962-4263



Acropolis Games (Adrian), 517-577-6192

Pandemonium Games and Hobbies (Garden City), 734-427-2451

Nostalgia, Ink (Jackson), 517-784-8955



The Gaming Goat (Saint Paul), 651-690-4628



Cards ‘n Stripes Games (Republic), 417-647-5151

Fountain City Gaming (Kansas City), 816-214-8093



Panda’s Pair O Dice (Gulfport), 228-206-4484



The Game Shoppe (Omaha), 402-991-8699

Sparta Games (Omaha), 402-934-8330


New Mexico

Zia Comics and Games (Las Cruces), 575-405-0461


New York

Alterniverse (Hyde Park), 845-233-4234

Just Games Rochester (Rochester), 585-586-0586


North Carolina

Event Horizon Games (Raleigh), 919-977-4009

Rocket City Games and More (Jacksonville), 910-577-5556


North Dakota

Force of Habit Hobby Shop (Minot), 701-837-0032

Paradox Comics-N-Cards (Fargo), 701-239-9505



Barnes & Noble (Pickerington), 614-751-0927

Beyond the Board (Dublin), 614-553-7677

GameScape (Mount Vernon), 740-392-4263

The Guardtower (Columbus), 614-488-4311



Carolina Comics (Lawton), 580-353-5164



The Games Keep (West Chester ), 484-905-5533


South Carolina

Firefly Toys and Games (Columbia), 803-764-0596



Dragon’s Lair (Houston), 832-761-0072

Flash Candy and Toys (Lockhart), 512-668-5075

Half Price Books (Dallas), 214-379-8000

Outlaw Moon (Austin), 512-454-6648

The Gathering Place (Abilene), 325-672-4263



Game Grid (Lehi), 801-477-7680

Game Haven (St. George), 435-627-0616


Washington D.C.

Labyrinth Game Shop, 202-544-1059



Gnome Games (Appleton), 920-884-7504

Gnome Games (Green Bay East), 920-965-1380

Gnome Games (Green Bay West), 920-499-4263

I’m Board! Games & Family Fun (Madison), 608-831-6631

Menagerie Games (Pleasant Prairie), 262-361-8238

The GameBoard (Sheboygan), 920-453-4263


West Virginia

Four Horsemen Comics and Gaming (Bridgeport), 304-848-9210




GameKnight Games and Cool Stuff (Winnipeg), 204-487-4263



Mana Screw (Costa Azul), 52-1-646-176-4406


Read all about the game here.

Announcing My First Castle Panic!

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My First Castle Panic Box

My First Castle Panic Box

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.

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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.

My First Castle Panic

My First Castle Panic Box
My First Castle Panic Box

In My First Castle Panic, a group of monsters is racing out of the woods and coming right at your Castle! Players need to catch all the monsters before they smash the Castle flat. Send out your brave defenders to match the color and shape of the space where a monster is to catch it. But watch out! The monsters move closer to the Castle every turn, and more monsters keep coming!

  • No reading required.
  • Teaches matching, strategic thinking, taking turns, and more.
  • Cooperative gameplay means no sore losers.
  • Preschoolers can play independently.



Designed by Justin De Witt

Art by Cam Kendell

Number of Players: 1-4, Ages 4+, 20 Min

Learn How to Play

Download a copy of the RULES for My First Castle Panic.

Game Includes

• 1 Game Board
• 1 Castle Piece
• 1 Wall Piece
• 26 Castle Cards
• 16 Monster Tokens
• 4 How-to-Play Cards
• 1 Rulesheet

My First Castle Panic - Whole game


Based on the best-selling cooperative hit Castle Panic, My First Castle Panic now brings the same exciting, edge-of-your-seat, team-based experience to even younger players. Streamlined gameplay teaches strategic thinking, as players work to match colors and shapes, all while planning ahead, taking turns, and cooperating.

Each player’s turn consists of these 4 steps in this order:

1. Draw 1 card
2. Play 1 card from your hand
Ask for help from 1 other player
3. Move the monsters
4. Draw 1 monster token

The players win if they catch all the monsters and the castle is still standing. If the castle gets knocked flat, the players lose.

My First Castle Panic Board

The board features a winding path with the monsters starting on the left side and spaces for the wall and castle on the right. Spaces along the path feature a unique color and shape that the players must match to catch the advancing monsters.

The castle and walls are easy to assemble and look great when towering over the board.

Most of the monsters are goblins, but there are 3 special monsters with unique powers that will keep the players on their toes.



Catching monsters means playing a card that matches the color (red, green, or blue) and the shape (circle, square, or triangle) of the space the monster is in.

Special cards allow players to catch monsters in a space of any color or any shape, to return a monster to the draw pile, or to rebuild the wall.

The bottom of the box features a Dungeon, where captured monsters are kept.