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Burgers & Boardgames – What Do Dining and Gaming Have in Common?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Emerald Tavern Game Cafe Austin TX

Emerald Tavern Game Cafe in Austin, TX

It looks like the world at large is catching on to what we’ve all known for years. Games are fun. And places you can go to play games are fun places.

Aside from our go-to places to play games with friends and strangers, such as libraries, hobby game stores, and our friend’s house for game night, there is a new growing trend with Game Cafes. Take the coffee shop idea and add board and card games to the mix and you get a place you can meet friends for a sandwich or cup of joe AND a game of Castle Panic. And you don’t even have to bring your own copy.

The Atlantic recently shared an article about the spread of Board Game Cafes around the world and spoke to the possible reason for their growing popularity: “the rapid proliferation speaks to something deeper: the need to connect with people in a public/private space, the need to have a meaningful interaction that doesn’t use emoticons, and perhaps the need, in an increasingly complex world, to work with friends and family toward a clear goal.”

Fireside’s CEO, Anne-Marie, was just discussing this same topic (why board games are drawing in new fans) on her podcast interview with The Gaming Careers‘s resident interviewer Steven Ruduski. She cited smartphones as a possible trigger for the recent increase in board game popularity.

“I actually think it’s because of smartphones. People are turned back on to gaming again because games are so easy to find and play on their phones and it has kind of really reminded people of how fun games are to play. I think the nice thing about table top games is they are significantly more social than playing an app on your phone. So I think that has really reminded adults that you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy games.”

Ruduski seconds that sentiment saying, “It’s that social aspect.” He goes on to explain that he is a big RPG fan, but as an adult it is hard to get a group of friends together who have 12 hours for a campaign. “But a board game, you capture a lot of that same social interaction with predefined times, a time packet of 40 minutes, 90 minutes, and then you get to go home.”

The idea that modern tech has spurred a resurgence in good old-fashioned hanging out is echoed by Devon Trevelyan in a recent article by The Daily Free Press. “Online gaming has taken such a turn, [to the point] where you can communicate with people across the world. I like that, but I think there is a real quality about face-to-face interaction and laughing with your friends when they’re in your presence.”

Trevelyan runs Knight Moves, a gaming cafe in Boston, MA, that champions the casual, comfortable feel of European cafes and strives to pair it with the social community that gaming imparts.

What do you think? Is there is a connectedness people have been missing with all the tech in their lives? Do boardgames help fill that need?

We’d love to hear about game cafes in your neighborhood! Tell us your favorite place to hang out and play games in the comments below.

Sources:

How Board Games Conquered Cafes” by Hana Schank for The Atlantic.

“Boston Restaurants Offer Diverse Culinary Experiences” by Heather Goldin & Ayush Kumar for The Daily Free Press.

The Gaming Careers podcast with Anne-Marie over at thecompanybard.com.

The Cardboard Vault Reveals Secrets About The Dark Titan

Monday, December 1st, 2014

At BGG.Con 2014, Anne-Marie & Justin sat down with Phoebe Wild from The Cardboard Vault to discuss Munchkin Panic and the just-announced Castle Panic expansion The Dark Titan.

Phoebe catches Justin in a sharing mood and gets him to reveal some secrets about The Dark Titan.

In the video interview Justin gives more detail on how the new Support Tokens work and what some of the new Monsters bring to the game. He also shares some info on how Agranok’s adjustable levels of difficulty work, giving you control over how hard you have to play.

Attention then turned to Munchkin Panic. Anne-Marie explains how Munchkin Panic upends the expectations of Castle Panic players, adding Treasure and Backstabbing to the familiar cooperative style of play.

She goes over how a turn plays out and some of the variations in how you slay Monsters by using Treasure cards and how you use Curses to boost your advantage over the other players. You’ll want to watch this video if you still aren’t quite clear on how the games differ as it gets to the heart of why Munchkin Panic is such fun and how it offers you a new play experience.

Check out The Cardboard Vault’s YouTube Channel for loads of interesting videos from BGG.Con 2014 about all your favorite games.

Anne-Marie Talks the Business Side of Games on The Gaming Careers Podcast

Friday, November 21st, 2014

ROI and the Business of Gaming on the Gaming Careers Podcast

Steve Ruduski over at The Company Bard recently interviewed Anne-Marie for his Gaming Careers Podcast. They covered origins stories for Fireside Games and how we grew from a part-time, when-we-have-time venture into a thriving and quickly-growing small company.

They also get into the nitty gritty of what it means to be a designer/publisher of boardgames and how the business side of things works. It isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes you have to knuckle down and do the boring (but very necessary) tasks required to run the business. You have to weigh your decisions carefully and balance your goals with your cash flow. And, yes, sometimes you have to take that leap and hope you will sprout wings. (more…)

The Dark Titan Cometh – New Product Announced!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The world of Castle Panic just got a bit bigger and a whole lot tougher! We are pleased to announce the next expansion to Castle PanicCastle Panic: The Dark Titan.Castle Panic: The Dark Titan Box Cover

Our heroes find themselves facing a new threat to the Castle’s survival, The Dark Titan Agranok. He was once banished but has escaped his former exile and is back with a vengeance! He brings with him a supporting cast of stronger, elite Monsters to challenge you in new ways. Thank goodness you’ve found reinforcements and clever new defenses!

Among the new Monsters laying siege to your Castle, you will find the Dark Sorceress, Elite Monsters, and a Boom Troll. You will fight back using Boiling Oil, the Cavalier, and Support Tokens.

Agranok himself will pose your greatest challenge yet as an 8-point Monster! You can choose to adjust his strength to match your abilities and to customize your play experience.

The Dark Titan releases in March 2015 and will retail for $14.95. It can accommodate 1-6 players, ages 12 and up, and play time is approximately 1 hour.

The Dark Titan requires Castle Panic to play and can also be played with The Wizard’s Tower for those among you brave enough to try.

Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter and check The Dark Titan webpage for more information and updates to come!

Bags and Boards Interviews Anne-Marie & Justin About New and Future Games

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Anne-Marie and Justin sat down with Lance McFarlin of Bags and Boards on KXTR Radio 100.7 out of Stephenville, TX to talk about gaming, BGG.Con, and Halloween costumes.

It’s a fun conversation covering topics from design challenges for mixing two hit games into a new game (Munchkin Panic) to how to juggle new game development while keeping up with the demand for current games (Castle Panic) and their expansions.

Want to know what’s coming in 2015 from Fireside Games? Justin and Anne-Marie drop a few hints in this interview, so pay attention for a little advance teaser!

You can also check out Bags and Boards’s Munchkin Panic review that aired a few days prior to this interview.

Get more board game news with the Bags and Boards crew by tuning in to “Listen Live” Wednesdays @ 6 PM CST at www.KXTR.net. or on TuneIn Radio.