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Plaid Hat Games has announced a contest to promote their new release, Tail Feathers. The contest asks entrants to design a pilot for use in the game, including name and ability text. You’re welcome to submit more information, such as statistics or backstory, but the name and basic concept are sufficient for entry. You need only submit a reply to the contest page on the Plaid Hat blog, by following the link above.

As previously reported by this site, the new design by Plaid Hat’s Jerry Hawthorne is a skirmish-level miniatures game of avian combat, featuring some unique and highly detailed miniature sculpts and an innovative turning mechanic based on tilting flight bases.

Two contestants will win a $55 Plaid Hat gift certificate (sufficient to pre-order the game), and the Grand Prize winner will get a free copy of the game (shipped anywhere) and also see his pilot published as a web promo for the game! The entry deadline is 10/22/15, so act fast.

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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.

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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!


I had the pleasure of discussing Tail Feathers, at Gen Con, with designer Jerry Hawthorne. Now it’s no hidden secret that my family and I are very thrilled about the Mice & Mystics line as it’s definitely my #1 rated game. Mice & Mystics is a wonderful dungeon crawl that is story-driven and appeals to children and adults alike. You can learn more about Mice & Mystics here. Tail Feathers is best described by the publisher, Plaid Hat Games, as:

Tail Feathers is a head-to-head skirmish/battle game that takes place in the Mice and Mystics universe. Players battle against other players, and since the mechanisms of the two games cross over to some degree, you can play the characters/figures from Mice and Mystics in Tail Feathers. That said, the games plays completely differently.

I shot some video that demonstrates a very unique mechanism used in the game. Each miniature stand utilizes a tract ball of sorts to pivot the bird in various directions. The direction that the bird will be set at will indicate such things as direction of flight as well as altitude (ie climbing, descending). Each bird allows for a character mini to be placed upon it to add skills and benefits. I spoke to Jerry and the game is currently being produced with a hopeful release date at Essen 2015.



So the Dice Tower kicked Day 1 off with a bang. For those not familiar with the early mornings of the convention, the doors open to exhibitors at 8am followed, on day 1, to the VIPs at 9am. 10 o’clock welcomes the masses. Mysterium, from Asmodee, seemed to be the big hit- having sold out before 9:20.

IMAG0776One of the big hits was the display of upcoming Mice & Mystics product line games – Tail Feathers. Jerry Hawthorne, designer, was demoing the unique tilt mechanism used for the flying birds. In this sky and land battle game the birds will actually have removable “flyer” minis. Tail Feathers will hopefully be released sometime around, if not at, Essen.


One of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet the folks over at NSKN. I got to meet with Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac (Designer and Artist along with founders of NSKN) to get a look at the HUGE BOX expansion to Exodus entitled Edge of Extinction. It’s a GORGEOUS expansion to an already wonderful game. You can watch Tom’s review of the revised edition of the base game here. And if that wasn’t already exciting enough, I got a sneak peak at only 1 of 2 copies of Mistfall – a cooperative adventure game hopefully due out at Essen. It’s got some top-notch components and features some beautiful artwork – tons of cards!!


Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing

Portal Games Ignacy Trzewiczek & DTN Editor-in-Chief Rob Searing


Portal Games had quite a few releases this year including Rattle, Battle, & Loot – a fun, light-hearted pirate-themed game. Also available was the drafting game Tides of Time and the Imperial Settlers expansion Atlanteans.

IMAG0788Sure to be a hit, from Pretzel Games, is Flick ’em Up. In this scenario-driven game, you use dexterity to flick (shoot) opponents and move around the board. An expansion has already been announced that will add ramps and horses. You can watch Tom Vasel’s review here.



Another fun stop was to the Chip Theory Games booth where they had, on display, their Hoplomachus line of products. I got to tell you, the chips are of a VERY high quality and the game play is quite fun. They had their, recently successful Kickstarter project, Origins on display.


If you’re at the convention, don’t forget to visit the Dice Tower booth. Although located at the very back of the hall, it’s definitely been flooded with traffic. You can meet and greet the entire gang first thing in the morning(s). Stop by and pick up any of the various promos on display along with dice towers, t-shirts, play-mats, and tons of other memorabilia.






Plaid Hat Games (publisher of Summoner Wars, Dead of Winter, Mice and Mystics, and many others) has been hinting around at a new game in the world of Mice and Mystics for awhile, and we are starting to see new information. @JayAhre tweeted a photo of what appears to be the box cover art revealing Tail Feathers as the title, Jerry Hawthorne (Mice and Mystics) as the designer, and the setting in the world of Mice and Mystics.

Although not much else is known at this time, Chad Hoverter (@DMGMiniFactory) tweeted several photos of some of the minis that will be found in the new release. You can check them out in the media section of his twitter page by clicking here.

If you are looking for more information about the world of Mice and Mystics, watch the review of the base game from The Dice Tower founder Tom Vasel and his daughter Melody.