Birthday Party Extravaganza!

September 15th, 2014

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.

Now that’s a cake!

Check out the shimmering water and wood texture on the door!

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.

The Troll pinata did not come with a bat, but Justin ate him later anyway.

One of the great hidden details on the back of the cake.

The party gets started!

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!


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September 11th, 2014

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Update to the Kickstarter Situation

September 10th, 2014

After a review with our intellectual property attorney, we have determined that despite the graphical similarities, the game promoted on Kickstarter by Queen Games is a “reasonable adaptation” of both Castle Panic and Dead Panic. Although Queen Games has known about Fireside Games for some time (at one point briefly discussing the possibility of licensing Castle Panic for foreign distribution), no formal connection exists between our companies. It is our hope that any subsequent printings of their game will include changes to help differentiate their product from ours in the marketplace and that consumers will understand that their game is not part of the Panic line we have worked so hard to create. We thank you all for your support and look forward to gaming with you at the next opportunity.

The Kickstarter Situation

September 9th, 2014

The situation on Kickstarter has come to our attention, and we are taking it under consideration. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate the support from the gaming community and will continue to be focused on bringing you great games that you can be proud to share with your friends and family.

How to Join the Castle Panic Birthday Google Hangout

September 5th, 2014

Our 5 year celebration of Castle Panic is fast approaching! Next Saturday, September 13, we will be hosting a Live Google Hangout with Justin De Witt, the designer and creative force behind Castle Panic. The Hangout will be from 1-3 pm Central Time.

It is easy to participate in this Hangout, and it promises to be a fun, interactive way to learn more about our best-selling cooperative game and the people who make it. Justin will be sharing early artwork and design concepts for Castle Panic, as well as talking about his future plans for expansions to the game. You won’t want to miss it! Read the rest of this entry »