After an initial canceled Kickstarter launch of a deluxe version of Castle Panic, Fireside Games is back with an update.
The game publisher will launch Castle Panic Deluxe Collection in March 2021.
Unlike the previous project, this project will include a deluxe version of the main game and all of the expansions. The demand for that is why the previous Kickstarter was canceled. The Kickstarter pledge for the basic deluxe game for the previous campaign was $90 so expect this new “deluxe collection” version will be above that to start.
The project’s art is complete, which means all the new art is finished for Castle Panic,The Wizard’s Tower, The Dark Titan, and Engines of War. This version’s minis are well underway, and images will be shared soon.
Fireside Games has announced Castle Panic Deluxeis coming to Kickstarter on 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! It also features all new art and graphic design!
Fireside Games has announced that a new street date has been set for Stringamajig and the Stringamajig Launch Kits.
Stringamajig is a party game that’s part drawing and part charades with a string. Each player is given 60 seconds to draw a shape with a loop of string, move it around, and interact with it, trying to help other players guess that word and as many other words in the time allotted.
Stringamajig can be played remotely in teams, so it’s also great for people restricting their movement right now.
Fireside Games will release Stringamajig this April. Stringamajig is a party game that’s part drawing and part charades with a string. Each player is given 60 seconds to draw a shape with a loop of string, move it around, and interact with it, trying to help other players guess that word and as many other words in the time allotted.
Selecting the words to draw is constrained by the numbers on the back of the next card on the top of the deck. Sometimes the person drawing will be able to choose from among all 4 words on their card, sometimes between just 2 words, and other times the game decides which word must be drawn.
When the drawer is ready, they flip the sand timer, grab the string, and start drawing. They can make any kind of drawing and then start interacting with it, such as strumming a guitar, moving the tentacles on an octopus, and twirling the rotors on a helicopter. The drawer can’t make any noise, and part of the string has to remain touching the table while they animate their drawing. Otherwise, the drawer can get crazy with it. The game really shines with the creative drawings and funny interactions with the string.
The other players call out their ideas and when a player guesses the word correctly, they are given the card, and the drawer quickly moves on to their next drawing.
When time is up, the drawer gets a point for each word that was guessed correctly, and each player scores 1 point for each correct guess they made.
There are also 3 types of Challenge Words in the game that are harder to draw, but worth 2 points if guessed.
2-Player: Make the drawing in the air with another player.
Don’t Look: Draw with your eyes closed.
Forbidden Word: Guessing a certain word costs a card.
After everyone has had 2 turns as the drawer (or 1 turn in a 7+ player game), the game is over and the player with the most points wins.
Stringamajig is a great way to introduce new players to the hobby and provide experienced players with a creative challenge between heavier games. Stringamajig will hit stores in April 2020. The game plays in 20 minutes, seats 4–10 players ages 13 and up, and has an MSRP of $19.95.
Fireside Games has announced their new releases for 2018 today at the GAMA Trade Show. Remnants, a post-apocalyptic survival game, comes outJune 27. The primary mechanic is real-time resource-gathering in which players send out Scavengers to the Badlands to scramble for wood, rope, metal, plastic, and cloth via dice-rolling. Looters may also be sent out to search for scrap, medicine, and tools. Players may then spend those resources on Development cards to improve their compounds and fend off attacks from Raiders and mutant creatures. Remnants supports 2–4 players, ages 13 and up, and takes an hour to play. MSRP is $39.95.
Grackles, a lightly themed abstract strategy game, will be a Gen Con release onAugust 1. The goal of the game is to line up as many of your own colored birds in rows on telephone wires. Each turn, players choose 1 of these 4 actions:
place a tile with 4 colored spots on telephone wire,
connect 2 of their colored spots with their matching birds,
extend a line of birds they laid down,
or rotate an unoccupied tile.
Grackles includes 180 acrylic, debossed bird tokens, supports 2–4 players, ages 10 and up, and takes 30 minutes to play. MSRP is $39.95.
Fireside Games also announced their 3rd annual celebration of International Panic Day, which will occur in independently owned game stores around the world on June 2. To help stores celebrate, Fireside Games is offering Castle Panic Event Kits. Each kit supports 16 players and offers 3 different game formats: casual play, team play, and scenario play. Casual play is noncompetitive and offers new players the opportunity to learn this evergreen, cooperative game. Team play provides a group competitive experience in which teams add up slain monsters to win prizes. Scenario play offers a unique, exclusive way to play Castle Panic. In this format, 2 teams play head-to-head in Nightmare Mode, throwing their slain monsters into the forest of the competing team. The goal is to have the last tower standing.
Each participant receives a new promo card. Team and scenario play winners receive exclusive suede Monster bags (as does the Event Coordinator). Runners up go home with Monster-eye game totes. And the person who most contributes to the spirit of the event is awarded the Defender of the Realm pin.
Kits include the rewards listed above as well as event instructions, an event sign-up sheet, and 2 demo copies of Castle Panic. An Add-On Kit is also available without the demo copies. Retailers may contact distributors for pricing and to place orders.
Fireside Games has announced Here, Kitty, Kitty!, a crazy cat-collecting game, will be available in stores April 1st and that brick-and-mortar hobby retailers can participate in the launch with special Launch Kits.
Players will enjoy the challenge of strategic game play to maximize their kitty count while protecting their precious felines from covetous neighbors. Here, Kitty,Kitty! supports 3 to 6 players, ages 10 and up. It retails for $24.95, includes 40 cat minis, and takes 30 minutes to play.
Here, Kitty, Kitty! is designed by a cat-lover and abounds with cat puns and homages to the personalities and finicky behaviors of our lovably indifferent furry friends.
To promote the release of Here, Kitty, Kitty!, Fireside Games has created a Launch Kit promotion for retailers who would like to hold a game night event in their stores. In addition, the Envoy Program, through Double Exposure, will be providing in-store demo support for stores who sign up to be part of the game launch Splash occurring April 2–3.
The Kits include a demo copy of Here, Kitty, Kitty!, promotional materials, and the special Milkshake promo card. These kits are in limited supply and are only available to hobby retail stores. Retailers can contact their preferred distributor for details.
Fireside Games is excited to announce a third product release for 2016. This summer they will release Dastardly Dirigibles, a Steampunk airship building game! Professor Phineas Edmund Hornswoggle, famed airship builder, is retiring and you are an engineer competing to inherit the Hornswoggle factory!
This game features tarot-sized cards that are played in a constant action format where each time a part is added, ALL players MUST add the SAME part–which may replace an existing one. Build your airship from different parts of 9 beautiful suits, using Special cards to your advantage or to thwart your opponents. The round ends when the first airship is complete. But you score only the suit used most in your airship. The player with the highest score after 3 rounds wins!
Dastardly Dirigibles will be available in July and will retail for $19.95. It can accommodate 2-5 players, ages 8 and up, and plays in approximately one hour.
Dastardly Dirigibles joins Bears! and Here, Kitty, Kitty! as part of their line of fun, friendly competitive games under $25.
Fireside Games has announced the release ofBears! Second Edition which features updating packaging that shows off the 40 custom dice that come in this fast-paced, dice-pairing game.
To assist hobby stores with the launch of this new edition Fireside has created a special Launch Kit that is available only to hobby retail stores. The kit includes demo copies of the new edition of Bears! and the expansion they released last year, Bears! Trail Mix’d, along with promotional materials to get customers excited about the game. These kits are FREE to retailers with the purchase of 6 copies of Bears! The game and launch kits are available to pre-order now through distribution and the kits will begin shipping mid-February to be in stores in time to promote the game before its March 2 release.
Fireside Games has announced that beginning January 2016 they will handle all sales to U.S. distributors for the Domestic Hobby Market in-house. This is no change for retailers, who will continue to purchase product, such as Castle Panic, through standard distribution channels. However, Distributors will now work directly with Fireside Games to procure their games. Fireside Games has been represented by Publisher Services Inc. (PSI) for all markets since 2009, and will continue that strong partnership for Specialty, Mass, and International Hobby Markets.
As part of this change, Fireside Games has also announced that Chris Williams will be joining their staff as Domestic Hobby Sales Representative January 4, 2016.
Williams has been in the board game industry for over 25 years and has experience across all facets of the business. He started off in retail at Games of Berkeley, where he supervised and maintained inventory, and then moved on to Berkeley Game Distributors, where he oversaw sales for 5 years.
His experience includes researching and writing fiction and adventure gaming source material for numerous companies, and he worked as the Continuity Expert for Chaosium’s Dreamlands setting. As Managing Editor of Vortext Publishing, he brought that magazine from an unknown publication to an Origins Award nominee within 2 years.
In the late ‘90s, he managed inbound and outbound shipments and assisted the Business Manager with the solicitation of new releases and the writing of advertising copy for R Talsorian Games. Most recently, Williams worked for 1A Games as the Sales & Marketing Manager and then the Operations Manager, where he expanded distribution, increased trade show presence, and managed Kickstarter campaigns.
Fall under the spell of Fireside Games’s newest board game, The Village Crone. Immerse yourself in the medieval village of Wickersby as you vie with other witches for the venerable title of Village Crone.
Worker placement and resource management are key as you send your familiars to gather silver, soil, fire, and flour from different locations throughout the village. Use those ingredients and the proper incantations to cast spells that turn villagers into frogs, make them fall in love, teleport them to different locations, and more. When these spells meet the conditions of your Witch’s Scheme cards, score them for 1, 2, or 3 points. The first witch to 13 points is declared The Village Crone!
The 6-piece modular game board can be reconfigured each time you play for a new experience every time. The game accommodates up to 6 players, ages 13 and up, and includes a solo play option. It retails for $49.95 and has a 90-minute play time.
As an additional bonus, Fireside Games has created 3D printer files of all the game’s components for players who desire minis for the game. These files can be obtained on the company’s webpage and are free to download for a limited time. Please note that these files are for personal printing only.
To celebrate the release of The Village Crone, Fireside Games is bringing a Something Wicked promotional tour to New England. They are visiting local game stores in six states over the months of September and October 2015, teaching players the game, talking game design, and encouraging new members of the board gaming community.