Colby Dauch

Two new clans are set to be added to Crystal Clans from Plaid Hat Games. In Crystal Clans, a 2-player battle card game designed by Colby DauchJ. Arthur Ellis, and Andrea Mezzotero, players take on the roles of clan factions, each with their own unique armies, who fight to control powerful crystals on a battlefield.

The Gem Clan uses the Crystal Force ability which lets them gain +1 attack for each crystal in any score area (including their opponent’s). This army is composed of nomadic artisans who rack up crystals throughout the game.

The Moon Clan has a ghostly, pirate crew, based army from the ship, Risen Anabelle. They make use of the Plunder ability to remove units from their opponents’ hands, and also have access to the Pirate and Reanimated keywords for their aiblities.

More details on how these clans play will be revealed on the Plaid Hat Games website soon.

Plaid Hat Games announces two new clans coming to Crystal Clans: the Fire Clan and Light Clan. The Fire Clan will have a Consume ability that puts a timer on many of your  squads, burning through them to keep the heat on your opponent. The Light Clan uses their unique Prayer ability to turn their units into initiative or even transform them into powerful Avatar heroes.

These two clans are joining the six currently in the base game, as well as the other four that are currently getting previews: Shadow, Fang, Feather, and Leaf Clans. Read more on the Shadow and Fang Clans here. Check here to read more on the upcoming Fire and Light Clans.

Crystal Clans is an expandable two player battle card game. Each player selects a unique clan to battle with and tries to outwit their opponent for control of powerful crystals. The first player to gain four crystals wins. Now, two new clans are joining the original six to add even more variety to the base game: the Shadow Clan and the Fang Clan.

The Shadow Clan excels in surprise attacks and working alone, instead of in large squads, with their signature Shadow Step ability. This ability gives many of the units incredible range to attack the opponent anywhere on the board for a very low cost, but then they’ll only have that single unit to fight with.

“Clan Signature Ability: Shadow Step – As an action, if there are no other units in this squad, you may spend 1 initiative to place this unit in a zone that contains an enemy squad but no friendly squad.”

The Fang Clan is extremely powerful but at a cost. Each of their Alphas have individual abilities that need to be considered when organizing your squads, such as abilities that force you to discard from your draw pile or not be able to take a score action. Players will need to carefully consider their options when using their signature Alpha ability.

“Clan Signature Ability: Alpha – Whenever this squad is reordered, summoned to, or combined, an Alpha unit must become the top unit of the squad. After any action, if this squad’s top card is not an Alpha unit, you must immediately reorder this squad.”

You can read more about the cards in the Shadow Clan and the Fang Clan on Plaid Hat Games website. If you haven’t played the base game, you can check out The Dice Tower reviews.

Crystal Clans is a 2-player expandable card game published by Plaid Hat Games and designed by Andrea Mezzotero, Colby Dauch, and J. Arthur Ellis. Players use their unique clan’s armies, of which there are currently 6 to choose from, to compete to gain powerful crystals which hold the power to dominate the world. The first clan to claim 4 crystals wins the game.

If you’re looking to upgrade your game experience, Plaid Hat Games have announced the release of a 26″ by 26″ natural rubber Crystal Clans Playmat with enough space for both players. It features artwork from Martin Abel who is an illustrator from the base set.

Plaid Hat Games have also announced a new online tool, the Card Browser, which is available to explore card and unit strategies in the game. As of now, all of the cards in the base game are uploaded to the browser. Each unit from the Meteor Clan also has a new unit entry to give players a look into the lore of each unit in the Clan. The other Clans will be updated as time goes on.

The first of the Crystal Clan Scenario games, entitled “Blind to the Present”, has also been released.

“The Meteor Clan seeks out an ancient and powerful crystal known as the Time’s Window. In their overconfidence to capture the crystal, the Water Clan strikes and captures three Meteor Heroes! Check out this dynamic scenario written by Jeffrey Berman, the lead playtester of Crystal Clans!” [source]

Visit the Plaid Hat Games website to download the special setup, game play, and variable win condition rules.

Following their interview with Andrea Mezzetero, the designer of Crystal Clans, Plaid Hat Games have now added an interview with Colby Dauch, founder of Plaid Hat Games and designer of Summoner Wars, to their website. The interview was conducted by Callin Flores, the Plaid Hat Games Communications Specialist.

Crystal Clans is the hotly anticipated, new game from Plaid Hat Games which many see as the spiritual successor to Summoner Wars. Crystal Clans is a 2 player board game in which you battle with unique armies (clans) using multi-use cards. Clans need to win four crystals across the battlefield in order to win the game and fulfil their destiny to dominate the world.

When asked about the many comparisons to Summoner Wars, Colby responded with the following:

“Andrea is an Italian designer and the game came to me through someone at Asmodee Italy who had played the prototype, and was reminded of Summoner Wars. After playing, we though Plaid Hat might be a good fit for the project.  So the comparisons have been there since the beginning for us.  Just as with Summoner Wars you choose a wildly varying faction/clan full of units.  These units are contained within a deck of cards and are played onto a grid board, where they are strategically moved about and sent to do battle with your opponent’s units.  Like Summoner Wars it is quite easy to learn, but there is a lot of depth to the tactical and strategic game play.  However, this is not a Summoner Wars clone.” [source]

Its fascinating to think that had Plaid Hat Games not been a part of Asmodee this game may not have seen the light of day in it’s current incarnation. For even more behind-the-scenes information about Crystal Clans read the full interview.

Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables designed by Jerry Hawthorne,  will have a retail release date of February 1st, 2018. This is a slight delay from the December release date given when the game was announced at GenCon 2017.

For those who pre-ordered the game Plaid Hat noted:

Customers who pre-ordered from the Plaid Hat Games web store will receive their copies at their door on or around February 1st. 

Stuffed Fables is the first in the new StoryBoard line of products by Plaid Hat Games. In the first game in this new line, Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is a unique adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Players roll and assign color-coded dice to perform a wide variety of actions, from daring melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

StoryBoard games will come with a large storybook that, when opened, will have one page acting as a the board for the game while the opposite page will act as a rules reference and story guide. Stories will play out over multiple adventures, with each adventure moving through multiple pages from the immersive Storybook.

Playtime is listed at 60-90 minutes for 2-4 players with a recommended age of 7+. Players eager to find out more about how the game works can already take a look at the rulebook posted on the Plaid Hat Game website.

Eric Summerer has provided a rules overview over on youtube. If Eric’s voice on the video seems familiar it may be because you’ve listened to some of the hundreds of audiobooks and other voiceover projects Mr. Summerer has worked on.

What’s in the Box?

While it’s release is only a few weeks away, for those anxious to begin their stuffed adventures know that you can look forward to a box full of content. Stuffed Fable includes:

  • 23 miniatures
  • 35 multicolored dice
  • 1 dice bag
  • 6 unique character cards
  • 100+ page storybook
  • 1 Sideboard
  • 29 Lost cards
  • 10 Sleep cards
  • 47 Item cards
  • 40 Discovery cards
  • Counters

The Worlds of Jerry Hawthorne

Stuffed Fables will be the second universe that designer Jerry Hawthorne has brought to Plaid Hat Games. Hawthorne is the designer of the popular Mice & Mystics world. Hawthorne is also credited as a designer on multiple Heroscape products.

Kristen Pauline and Regis Demy are the artists bringing the world of Stuffed Fables to life.

Plaid Hat Games

Plaid Hat Games was acquired in 2015 by F2Z Entertainment, and subsequently Asmodee in 2016 when Asmodee absorbed F2Z. Plaid Hat Games now functions as an independent design studio under the Asmodee umbrella.

Plaid Hat Games has announced Stuffed Fables designed by Jerry Hawthorne, the first in the new StoryBoard line of products.

In the first game in this new line, Stuffed Fables, players take on the role of stuffed toys that have been drawn into the Fall, a dark realm ruled by a master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is a unique adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Players roll and assign color-coded dice to perform a wide variety of actions, from daring melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

StoryBoard games will all come with a large storybook that, when opened, will have one page acting as a the board for the game while the opposite page will act as a rules reference and story guide. Stories will play out over multiple adventures, with each adventure moving through multiple pages from the immersive Storybook.

In addition to fighting minions, each page of the storybook offers numerous points of interest, charming characters to interact or trade with, as well as many unusual challenges. And each page is but one chapter that folds into a branching, overarching story with a multitude of items and a special discovery deck full of surprises.

Driven By Dice

On a players turn, they will draw 5 dice from a bag. The colors of the dice will determine what actions a player can take. White dice can re-stuff the stuffed heroes. Red dice and green dice perform melee and ranged attacks respectively. Yellow dice will allow for searching, blue dice will allow for special actions, and finally purple dice act as wild dice. Dice will help move items, use items and contribute to unique group tasks. Dice can even be stored for later to make stronger actions or multiple activations on a single turn.

A truly cooperative game, players can share dice or share stuffing, which acts as health in the game. As black dice are drawn minions emerge and attack, resetting the bag at the same time.

What’s in the Box?

Box contents include:

    • 23 miniatures
    • 35 multicolored dice
    • 1 dice bag
    • 6 unique character cards
    • 100+ page storybook
    • 1 Sideboard
    • 29 Lost cards
    • 10 Sleep cards
    • 47 Item cards
    • 40 Discovery cards
    • Counters

Playtime is listed at 60-90 minutes for 2-4 players with a recommended age of 7+. Players eager to find out more about how the game works can already take a look at the rulebook posted on the Plaid Hat Game website.

Gamers eager to help save their beloved child from a nightmarish land can preview and demo the game at GenCon 2017 in Plaid Hat Games booth #1537.

The Worlds of Jerry Hawthorne

Stuffed Fables will be the second universe that designer Jerry Hawthorne has brought to Plaid Hat Games. Hawthorne is the designer of Mice & Mystics as well as the subsequent expansions and Tail Feathers game. Hawthorne is also credited as a designer on multiple Heroscape products.

Mice & Mystics has proven to be both an evergreen title for Plaid Hat Games as well as being a critical hit. Awards for the game included:

Kristen Pauline and Regis Demy are the artists bringing the world of Stuffed Fables to life.

Plaid Hat Games

Plaid Hat Games was acquired in 2015 by F2Z Entertainment, and subsequently Asmodee in 2016 when Asmodee absorbed F2Z. Plaid Hat Games now functions as an independent design studio under the Asmodee umbrella.

“We’re not the only humans left in this town anymore.” Your Dead of Winter colony is about to get neighbors courtesy of the new Warring Colonies expansion from Plaid Hat Games.

The new expansion features a pile of new content that can expand your existing Dead of Winter or Long Night game including:

  • 15 new survivors
  • 50 new crossroads cards
  • 43 new items
  • 11 new crisis cards

We were suspicious when they arrived across town and set up camp, but we tried to live in peace. No more. They’ve taken too much from us. Too much that we can’t get back. It’s time for revenge. It’s time for war.

Most of the new content will support a new team variant for the game in which two warring colonies will compete for the same limited resources and power. The new variant will combine both the Dead of Winter base set and the Dead of Winter: The Long Night games. As the two colonies battle against each other they will use a new fighting system. Battle might not always be in the best interest of the colonies however, as joint-colony crisis cards force colonies to cooperate and some also force some level of coercion every round.

Not playing with even players? The new odd-man-out Lone Wolf variant adds chaotic balance as the lone wolf pursues their own secret goals in a den by themselves and carrying out missions that will affect both of the other colonies.

The content for the new variants includes:

  • 7 new main objectives
  • 2 combat dice
  • Battle tactics cards
  • Bullet Tokens
  • A combat track

The expansion is designed by Colby Dauch and Timothy Meyer for the game which was originally designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour.

Dead of Winter Warring Colonies can be used to expand either a Dead of Winter base set or Dead of Winter: The Long Night. Both Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and Dead of Winter: The Long Night will be required to play the warring colonies variant and the lone wolf module.

Dead of Winter was produced as the first Crossroads game from Plaid Hat Games. The game made all three lists in the Dice Tower Best of 2014 List, peaking at number 1 for the People’s Choice list while also being included on Tom and Eric’s lists. In the 2014 Dice Tower awards the game earned Best Game of the Year, Best Co-op Game and Best Game Theming. Dead of Winter earned the title awards for both Most Innovative Design and Most Thematic Game in the 2014 Golden Geek Awards. The title earned an As d’Or Game of the Year nomination, an Origins Award for Best Board Game nomination among many other nominations in 2014.

Here we have a trio of new game announcements from some notable names in the industry, Asmodee, CMON, and Plaid Hat Games.  First we have Asmodee and Space Cowboys with a new edition of the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective game, which was last printed by Ystari back in 2015.  This new edition contains the same ten cases as before, however, they have retranslated and revised all the cases so the solutions and clues in some of them will have changed from the Ystari version.  So while it may not be much new content for the owners of the original, this still brings the game back into print for those wanting a mind melting challenge.  Look for this new edition on store shelves in the third quarter of this year, and you can check out the preview on Asmodee’s site.

Next from CMON we have the announcement of the next game in their Zombicide line, Zombicide Green Horde.  They are staying in the middle ages with this one and so will be a sequel to the wildly successful Zombicide Black Plague.  The terrors will be numerous and overpowering for our warriors in this game, but together they just might be able to pull through.  “If Zombicide: Black Plague gave you nightmares, Zombicide: Green Horde will make them come true.”  You can see the announcement for the game on CMON’s page, and look forward to the Kickstarter later this year.

Finally we have a new game being developed by Plaid Hat Games called Crystal Clans.  This is going to be a two player tactical card game in a similar vein to Summoner Wars with different armies, card based units, and included maps to deploy on.  However, in the comments of the announcement they have stated that is where the similarities end, and that Crystal Clans is going to have fresh new mechanics to make it stand out.  The game is being designed by Colby Dauch, Andrea Mezzotero, and J. Arthur Ellis along with illustrations by the talented Martin Abel.  You can check out the announcement on Plaid Hat’s site to see some of the excellent art being put together, and then prepare yourself for it’s planned fall release.

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The following Press Release was issued by F2Z Entertainment:

Rigaud, Québec, Canada (July 29, 2015) – F2Z Entertaiment, Canadian game publisher of the brands Filosofia, Z-Man Games and Pretzel Games, announces today the acquisition of American publisher Plaid Hat Games. The new entity, now operating under the name F2Z USA Corp., will be operating out of Dallas, Texas.

“Plaid Hat Games has always put a strong focus on the design and development process of making board games and the skill set of the team at Plaid Hat Games reflects that focus. As Plaid Hat Games has grown, the other aspects of the board game publishing business have devoured more and more of the team’s time and attention. This acquisition by F2Z Entertainment allows the Plaid Hat Games’ team to turn their attention back to what they do best as they are bolstered by a super-star production, logistics, sales and marketing team that will have a fast impact on game players around the world having reliable access to the games we create,” comments Colby Dauch, Plaid Hat Studio Manager.

Some titles currently in the Plaid Hat Games catalog will also be gradually integrated into the F2Z Digital Media branch.

“This acquisition will give the actual and forthcoming titles a wider and deeper reach into the national and international markets over all media support,” comments Sophie Gravel, President of F2Z Entertainment inc

The bestselling titles Dead of WinterTM and Mice & MysticsTM join the F2Z portfolio of world-wide award-winning games like Carcassonne* , PandemicTM, Catane*, Terra Mystica*, Zooloretto* and Camel Up*.

“Starting next year, every Plaid Hat titles will be simultaneously released by Filosofia. That is wonderful news for our French-speaking fans !,” notes Lyne Bouthillette, marketing and communication manager at F2Z Entertainment. More simultaneous releases in German and Dutch are also in the planning.

*Published under license Filosofia or Z-Man Games.

About F2Z Entertainment Inc.

The F2Z Entertainment Team counts some forty employees located in Canada, the US, German and France. It manages the following brands : Filosofia Éditions, Z-Man Games, Pretzel Games, F2Z Digital Media and now, Plaid Hat Games.