Jerry Hawthorne

Fans of heroic rodent campaign games, rejoice! Plaid Hat Games has announced that ‘Aftermath,’ the latest entry in the Adventure Book Game series, is now available for pre-order.

Designed by Stuffed Fables and Mice and Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne, Aftermath is set in a world where humans have mysteriously vanished, leaving common animals like mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other small creatures to inherit the Earth. Across 27 story-driven mission, Players will take on the role of one of these animals and must explore suburban ruins in order to scavenge for food and other resources to provide for their colony while also being on guard against predators.

The game promises dynamic card play that will allow players to complete a wide variety of actions and also will include a mechanic for players to choose whether to use combat or diplomacy to resolve various threats. Finally, similar to Dead of Winter, each player will have a personal goal to accomplish in addition to the main objective.

The list of contents, pre-order and other information about this upcoming release can be found here.

Plaid Hat Games has announced Battlelands, a fast and furious card game for 3-5 players designed by Jerry Hawthorne (Mice & Mystics) and Andrea Mezzotero (Crystal Clans).  In Battlelands, players send fighters to seize key locations, collect resources, or recruit more fighters.  There are five factions to play – Junkers, Scaled Ones, Bighted, Hoodies, and the Nocturne – each with their own special abilities.  The player who secures enough resources is the winner.  Like Mice and Mystics, Battlelands features factions made up of mice, rats, lizards and moles, but the game is set in a modern world in which the human beings have vanished. This will be the same world used in another game by Jerry Hawthorn coming out later this year, Aftermath.   Little is known about Aftermath at this time other than it will be an Adventure Book game like Mice and Mystics but set in a modern post-human world.

Look for Battlelands at your friendly local game store in July, 2019.

Variety.com just announced the news that Mice & Mystics, a cooperative board game by published by Plaid Hat Games and designed by Jerry Hawthorne, is in negotiations with Dreamworks Annimation to become a full-length movie!!

“Alexandre Aja attached to direct and co-write the script with “Aquaman” scribe David Leslie Johnson. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg are producing.”

Mice & Mystics is a beautiful dungeon-crawl game for both adults and families and sports several expansions. You can find out much more about the game over at the Dice Tower here (including reviews and features)

Plaid Hat Games continue their streak of new game announcements with the introduction of Comanauts. Its an Adventure Book game of exploration and danger designed by Jerry Hawthorne (known for designing Mice and Mystics and Stuffed Fables). Comanauts builds upon the mechanics of the Adventure Book system first introduced in Stuffed Fables with a theme for more mature players. Its a cooperative adventure game which supports 2-4 players which is set in the twisted, slumbering mind of Dr. Strobel.

“Dr. Martin Strobal, the greatest mind of our generation, lies in a coma. His Mobius Ring invention promised to change the world, but has instead given us our greatest disaster. Meant to provide the world with unlimited clean energy, the Mobius Ring malfunctioned, bathing Dr. Strobal in radiation, and creating a singularity that threatens to consume the world. We need him back, and the only way to revive him from his coma is to enter his subconscious and free him from the demons found within.” [source]

Players need to work together to discover secrets of the doctor’s subconscious mind by exploring it in a race against time. They will follow his inner child across 11 different Comazones to locate and defeat the Prime Inner Demon (I.D.) holding him hostage. There are 22 unique avatars for players to assume who perform differently in various Comazones and have varied abilities, starting items, and die bonuses. Comanauts can be played as an individual game session or as a campaign game in a multipart narrative. Each session focuses on a single I.D. plaguing Dr. Strobal. Over multiple sessions players are able to unlock the full story to win the campaign.

Pre-orders are currently available on the Plaid Hat Games website which is incentivised with an exclusive promo avatar, and the game is set to release in 2-5 months.

Eric Summerer (with Noah and Evan) Teaches us some Tips

If you are wondering how Stuffed Fables plays with young children, Plaid Hat Games has enlisted Eric Summerer and his sons to provide an answer in a new video.

In 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.  This storyboard adventure game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 7 and up, to be played in 60-90 minutes.

In the video, Eric provides some tips on playing Stuffed Fables with children as young as five.  His sons Evan and Noah share their experiences and reactions to the game, and Eric demonstrates his tips during gameplay.  Eric’s tips will help ensure you and young children have an enjoyable game of Stuffed Fables.

Eric Summerer previously 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.

Stuffed Fables, designed by Jerry Hawthorne, will be available February 1st.

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 are sharing previews of Stuffed Fables every Wednesday until the game’s release. This week Jerry Hawthorne, the game’s designer, shared his experiences bringing the game from concept to completion.

The idea originates from a few years ago. After seeing the Pixar movie, Inside Out, he became obsessed with gamifying it’s premise. He later realized that he didn’t really want to make a game inspired by the movie but rather to create an original story experience. His idea to create a game to evoke an emotional response lead him to think about kids and their stuffed animals which acted as surrogate parents. He then thought of weaving his tale around a little girl and stuffed animals which represented different parts of her personality as she grew up. The players learn who the girl is through the stuffed animals. In order to create this story he needed to break boardgame convention by relaying the experience in the form of a book instead of on a board.

Mr Hawthorne realized this would not be easy:

“Writing a story is tough in its own right, especially one that branches in different directions, but what Colby was proposing was to make each scene in the story fit on a ten by ten inch page. This meant that each story needed to be split into evenly sized chunks, and each chunk needed to fit on the given page. And each page had to not only offer a game experience, but also advance the narrative! Writing like this is incredibly hard, but it’s also a good way to focus your approach.”

The story’s antagonists needed to evoke an emotional response so he based them on anxiety and the things which cause us to lose sleep. This prevented the tale from being too dark and scary. For a detailed account of his experiences you can read the full article on the Plaid Hat Games website.

Expected retail release date for Stuffed Fables is December 2017.

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.

tail feathers banner

Plaid Hat Games is expanding their highly popular – and always adorable – Mice and Mystics universe with the upcoming tactical miniatures game Tail Feathers. Tail Feathers is a game for 2-4 players who must battle for aerial superiority over Downwood Forest. Defend your nest, outfly your enemies and always spend your cheese wisely.

Check out part 1 of Plaid Hat’s special Tail Feathers preview here, to learn about the basic setup of the game and see a brief overview of the four phases of each game round: choosing missions, changing tilt, taking actions and resolving effects.

Here is part 2, which will introduce you briefly to the Story of Tail Feathers, as you accompany Taphi the elf in accomplishing a task of the utmost importance.

tail feathers path

Finally, part 3 of the Tail Feathers preview will tell you all you need to know about that most important aspect of the game: flight! Check out the simple yet versatile flight templates, learn about the game’s unique tilt mechanism that determines the direction your bird will fly and find out how to build your flight path through the forest.

Be sure to check Plaid Hat Games regularly for more previews in the coming weeks. And if you can’t wait that long, you can download a pdf file of the Tail Feathers rulebook from either of the gameplay preview pages linked above!