BoingBoing article puts Castle Panic on list of “Best Ever Cooperative Boardgames”

October 16th, 2014

Color us flattered when we saw this article on Boing Boing the other day!

We scrolled down the article to see some familiar friends and fun games on this curated listed and lo and behold, there it was! Castle Panic! On a list of “Best Ever Cooperative Boardgames”!

This article was an excerpt from a new book Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone by Elizabeth Foy Larsen and Joshua Glenn. We take fun seriously, so it is nice to be included in a publication all about serious fun!

The book is full of information and recommendations for awesome games you should be playing. Look for the book at a bookstore near you, and pick up a copy of Castle Panic at your Friendly Local Game Store for a seriously good time!

Munchkin Panic Launch Party!

October 13th, 2014

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.

Steve Jackson and Anne-Marie during one of the games at the launch party.

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Justin’s Jawa Halloween

October 7th, 2014

At Fireside Games we LOVE Halloween! Like, REALLY LOVE Halloween.

For our fearless leaders, Anne-Marie & Justin, it is a time to deck the hallowed halls with an elaborate Halloween display in their yard and throw a big party for their friends with costumes and special themed foods.

For Kris & Maureen it is a time to break out their mad costume and prop skills and the best time to shop for home décor they use year ‘round. Kris’ obsession with black cats is highly rewarded this time of year with all sorts of themed goodies and Maureen is basically made of sugar so the candy options are of particular interest to her in October.

Sweeney Todd Halloween costumes

Justin & Anne-Marie dressed as Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett for Halloween

Today we are going to feature Justin and let him share one of his favorite costumes & memories from a childhood Halloween.  We invite you to share yours with us in the comments below.


“My 1979 Jawa costume was my favorite one as a kid. Obviously, I was nuts for Star Wars and wanted to be a Jawa. My Dad spray-painted a Casper the ghost mask black and then attached two small, red led’s to the mask. They ran off a 9 volt battery that I kept in my pocket all night long. My Mom sewed the entire costume including the sash which had little boxes of stuff attached. The hood was done with Velcro so I could get it on and off easily.
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How to Play Munchkin Panic

October 3rd, 2014

This time next week Munchkin Panic will be on game tables all across the country. Want to get an early bird advantage over your friends? Of course you do!

We’ve put together a couple of brief videos showing you how to play Munchkin Panic so you can get a copy next Wednesday, October 8, when it releases and start playing straight away. We know you want that Treasure!

Anne-Marie, designer of Munchkin Panic, gives a great overview of how the base game works.

But wait, there’s more!

INCLUDED in each box is the More Munchkin Mini Expansion that blends even more Munchkin with your Panic! Learn how the Mini Expansion changes the rules and your objectives in this video:

If that’s still not enough, you can download the rules for Munchkin Panic and give them a read through. After all, the early bird gets the Trophy, right?

8 Days to Munchkin Panic Release!

October 1st, 2014

Munchkin Panic full game with all components visible

Munchkin Panic is only 8 Days away from hitting retail shelves near you! As is tradition here at Fireside Games, we are throwing a party to celebrate.

The official release date for Munchkin Panic is Wednesday, October 8, 2014 and we will be throwing a party on the following Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Austin, TX at Wonko’s Toys & Games at 13776 N Hwy 183 #116, Austin, TX 78750. The party will run from 6–9 pm.

Anne-Marie De Witt, designer of Munchkin Panic, will be on hand to sign your copy of Munchkin Panic. She and Justin will also be playing the game with those in attendance. There will be prizes, swag, and, of course, CAKE!

Can’t wait another week to get your fix? No worries! You can check out the official Munchkin Panic webpage, watch the Unboxing video for the game, or view the other Munchkin Panic videos we made explaining the differences between it and its parent games, and how Anne-Marie blended all-for-one game play of Castle Panic with the all-for-me game play of Munchkin in this awesome new hybrid!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get a Photo-a-Day leading up to the release date.

Munchkin Panic can be purchased through your Friendly Local Game Store starting October 8.

Cooperate! Negotiate! Backstab!