Fireside Games Day at Emerald Tavern!

July 23rd, 2014

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!

Castle Panic Celebrates 5 Years in September!

July 21st, 2014

Castle Panic Birthday PosterWe are very excited to be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Castle Panic’s release this year (2014). In fact, we are so excited that we are throwing a big party and inviting EVERYONE! Yep, even the Trolls and Goblins.

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, we will be hosting a day-long celebration of all the Master Slayers and Monster Overlords who have played this game to within inches of its life and made this such a fun, wild ride for Fireside Games.

To help you get involved, we’ve put together a handy guide on a special webpage designed to hold all the awesome Castle Panic Birthday Party information. We are inviting local game stores and toy retailers to join in the fun and throw a party in your town!

We will be hosting a Google Hangout in the early afternoon with Justin De Witt (designer of Castle Panic and Chief Creative Officer of Fireside Games). Justin will show off some concept art, talk about the joys and sorrows of game design, and answer questions. A video of the Hangout will be available for watching later in the day on our YouTube channel.

In the late afternoon, Justin and Anne-Marie  (CEO of Fireside Games and fellow game designer of Bears! and the upcoming Munchkin Panic ) will be at Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy game store in Austin, TX (2438 W Anderson Ln B1, Austin, TX 78757), for a live event full of games, prizes, and cake, of course!

Contact your local game store to see if they are hosting an in-store event on the day. Check our Retailer Locator Map for a store near you. Encourage them to host an event, because gaming is much more fun when you can make new friends and share in the spoils of battle!

Don’t live near a store hosting an event? No problem!  You can join us for our Google Hangout and throw a party at your house for your family and friends. See How to Host an At-Home Castle Panic Party for more details.

(Retailers: If you would like to throw a party in your store, Contact Us for more details on the Retailer Exclusive Castle Panic Birthday Kits and inventory specials!)

Castle Panic Birthday Free downloads thumbnails

Visit the Castle Panic Birthday Page for the following FREE downloads:

  • Castle Panic Paper Oracle
  • Castle Panic Character Coloring Pages
  • Castle Panic Birthday Invitations

How to Host an At-Home Castle Panic Party

July 21st, 2014

We wish everyone could be in Texas with us for the big Castle Panic Anniversary event in September, but we understand geography can get in the way sometimes.  That’s why we’ve put together this little guide for How to Host a Castle Panic Party at home.

Step 1: Get a copy of Castle Panic.

What? You don’t already have one?! For reals? Well, that’s okay. It’s never too late to start. We encourage you to find a local game store near you and pick up a copy. You might even make some new friends in the process. Maybe even friends who like to play Castle Panic and want to be invited to a party.

Can’t find a store near you? You can order games directly from us. (New friends not included.) Oh, and The Wizard’s Tower expansion to Castle Panic really goes nicely with your party theme, so you might want to pick one of those up as well.


Step 2: Invite friends.

We’ve made that really simple by creating some fun, themed party invitations for you to download (For FREE!), print off, fill out, and hand out to your friends and fellow Master Slayers. You can get the party invitations as downloadable PDFs on the Castle Panic Birthday webpage.

Step 3: Decorate for the party.

Want to add some festive flair to your Castle Panic party? We’ve got Monster balloons! You can get a set of 5 Monster balloons or a multi-color set that includes one Monster balloon and one of each of the Arc colors from the game.

Multicolor crepe paper streamers also work well. You can use colored silverware, drink cups, and plates to carry the color theme even further.


Step 4: Get party favors.

Who doesn’t love getting a little gift when they attend a party? We’ve got you covered there as well! Check out the Castle Panic Birthday webpage for FREE downloadable coloring pages of Castle Panic art and the exclusive Castle Panic Paper Oracle. They make great favors!

We recently got in some sweet Embroidered Monster Patches and reusable Monster totes to go with our Monster Icon T-shirts.  We also put together special Castle Panic Anniversary Swag Packs that include all the past Castle Panic promo items to help you slay the Monsters each time you play. Get one for each guest, or get an assortment to share. After all, Castle Panic is all about cooperation!

Step 5: Don’t forget the cake!

Or cupcakes, or cookies, or gluten-free organic fruit slices. Whichever treat you prefer, be sure to have some on hand to share. Just watch out for the Monsters, because they like to pillage the snack table! Our Monster Draw Bags make great treat bags.


Step 6: Play Castle Panic and HAVE FUN!

That’s the real heart of the party, isn’t it? Fun! Whether you have one guest, or a horde of Monsters beating down your door for the hottest ticket in town, be sure to relax and enjoy the game. That’s what matters most.


We’d love to see how you are celebrating. If you tweet about it, use #HappyBdayCastlePanic so we can see too. You can also record a video message to Castle Panic and send it to our Marketing Team for inclusion in our event coverage. Or color a Monster or a Hero and send us a picture. However you choose to celebrate, we know you’ll do it in style.

Gearing up for Gen Con 2014!

July 12th, 2014

We are eagerly anticipating Gen Con 2014, and with just over a month left to prepare we wanted to give you a peek at what we have planned for you in Booth #443 this year!

If you are one of the many gamers eagerly awaiting the release of Munchkin Panic, be sure to stop by our booth for a chance to demo the game before it is released, and pick up the exclusive debut of the first official promo piece for the game. It’s form and function are a secret so you know it’s going to be good!

We will be accepting pre-orders for Munchkin Panic, and there will be a little surprise bonus for anyone who orders through us directly. Another surprise? Why, yes, yet another surprise!

We will also have the Dead Panic Bullet bookmarks we revealed on Facebook in May. Who couldn’t use extra ammunition when fighting off the zombie horde?

Fireside Games Promo Swag and New Brand Merchandise

If you are a Castle Panic fan, you won’t be disappointed as we will also be showing the perennial favorite Castle Panic with The Wizard’s Tower expansion. So, if you haven’t graduated to the next level of Castle Panic mania, let us ease you in with a helpful demo. We will also have those nifty Monster Icon bags and new Embroidered Patches we’ve been sharing photos of lately. As well as the special Castle Panic Anniversary Promo Packs to celebrate Castle Panic‘s 5th Birthday!

Only have a few minutes for a quick demo? No problem! We’ll have Bears! front and center for your quick enjoyment.

Check out our official Gen Con 2014 webpage for more in-depth details. We’ll be releasing more information as the big show approaches. Including advance notice of our planned Show Specials!

Games to Demo at Fireside Games booth #443

Can’t attend Gen Con this year? We’ll miss you! But you can still get in on the show specials by shopping our online shop for deals during the show.

If you would like to request an interview with Anne-Marie and/or Justin, please contact us in advance as their schedules tend to fill up fast!

Friday Fun Fact!

July 11th, 2014

When playing Castle Panic, have you ever had to think for a moment about what to do when you draw either the Monsters Move Clockwise or Monsters Move Counter-Clockwise token? (It’s okay. It happens to all of us.) Did you know that we designed a helpful hint into the game for just that purpose? The next time this happens, take a look at the illustration on the token and you’ll notice that when the token is positioned facing the Castle, the arrows show you which way to move the Monsters.

See, it couldn’t be easier! We’re always looking out for our players. Unless of course that just cost you a Tower, in which case it wasn’t our fault, the Monsters did it.