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Plaid Hat Announces Specter Ops: Broken Covenant


Oct 1, 2017

From prolific designer Emerson Matsuuchi comes the next thrilling installment in the Specter Ops universe. Return to the innovative and engaging hidden movement game play of the original Specter Ops: Shadow of Babel with Specter Ops: Broken Covenant!

In Specter Ops: Broken Covenant, a lone A.R.K. agent must attempt to infiltrate a  scientific facility hidden away deep within the jungles of South America and long abandoned by Raxxon.  With the help of advanced equipment supplied by A.R.K., as well as their own unique ability, they must retrieve three mission targets and escape. Each turn, the agent player will secretly mark their position on the game board as they work their way closer to the mission targets scattered throughout the facility . In addition to equipment cards and unique ability, the agent can use a series of supply caches on-site to complete their objective.


Plaid Hat Games Announces Stuffed Fables, Cooperative Story and Game System


August 19, 2017

Plaid Hat Games is proud to announce their latest epic experience – Stuffed Fables –a cooperative story and game system lovingly crafted by Jerry Hawthorne, designer of Mice and Mystics.

Stuffed Fables is a StoryBoard Game – an exciting new product line from Plaid Hat Games.

In a StoryBoard Game all of the action takes place in the unique storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board, all in one!

Sworn to protect the little girl that loves them, a group of stuffed toys has been drawn into the Fall, an otherworldly, fantastic realm ruled by a brooding master of nightmares.

Stuffed Fables is an unusual adventure game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffies seeking to save the child they love from a scheming, evil mastermind. Make daring melee attacks, leap across conveyor belts, or even steer a racing wagon down a peril-filled hill.

Stuffed Fables delivers a thrilling narrative driven by player choices. Players explore a world of wonder and danger, unlocking curious discoveries. The chapters of Stuffed Fablesexplore the many milestones of a child’s life, creating a memorable tale ideal for families, as well as groups of adults who haven’t forgotten their childlike sense of wonder.


Each adventure in Stuffed Fables takes place over several pages of the immersive Storybook. The book opens flat onto the table to reveal a colorful map or other illustration central to playing the game, with choices, story, and special rules on the opposite page.

On her turn, a player draws 5 dice from the bag. The colors of the dice drawn determine the types of actions and options available to the player. As turns go by, black dice are also drawn, and after enough appear, minions emerge or attack, and the dice bag is reset!

White dice can re-stuff stuffies injured in battle. Red dice perform melee attacks while green dice perform ranged attacks. Yellow dice search while blue dice are used for special actions and purple dice can be used as any color. Most dice can always find a strategic use, including moving, using items, or contributing to group tasks. Store dice for later, combine dice for stronger actions or use them one-at-a-time for multiple activations.

Players can encourage each other by sharing dice or their precious stuffing. 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.

Raxxon Evacuation Kits Appearing in the Wild – New Dead of Winter Game On The Horizon?

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July 13, 2017

The Dead of Winter Universe keeps growing and growing! A new Dead of Winter game is being teased using mysterious packages and a website for Raxxon Pharmaceuticals.

An unannounced new game linked to Jonathan Gilmour and Isaac Vega’s zombie survival hit has begun to pop up on Twitter and Facebook, with a number of people that are in some way linked to the franchise posting images of a ‘Raxxon survival/evacuation kit’.

The image of these kits clearly shows a black box that describes “A game by J. Arthur Ellis” (who manages the play testing for publisher Plaid Hat Games) and features the words “Set in the world of Dead of Winter”.

The boxes come complete with a letter from Raxxon Pharmaceuticals, stating “Raxxon invites you to partner with us and save the human race”.

website for Raxxon has also appeared, teasing team members and making reference to a zombie outbreak. A link at the bottom of the site links to a fake command line interface, which requests a password and displays Bloody Munchies, the cereal from the Dead of Winter when left to idle. Using the link and the password, bloodymunchies, then accesses a directory of files, none of which grant more details on the new game. There are, however, further easter eggs if you dig into the files or leave the unlocked command line to idle again.

Surely we will hear more about this mysterious new game sooner, rather than later, with GenCon right around the corner.

Plaid Hat Games Previews The Lone Wolf for Warring Colonies


June 5th, 2017

Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies provides new ways to play and expand upon Dead of Winter and Dead of Winter: The Long Night.

Last week they looked at the latest characters and items, and before that they examined the gameplay features and accompanying objectives of the Warring Colonies variant for 4-11 players.

Today they are previewing one final exciting aspect of Warring Colonies: the Lone Wolf.

The Road Less Traveled

The Lone Wolf is added when playing the Warring Colonies variant with an odd number of players.  The Lone Wolf player belongs to neither colony and is equipped with her own unique objectives and set of mission cards, as well as a home: the Lone Wolf Den.  The Lone Wolf Den acts as a simplified version of a colony where the Lone Wolf must store her food, manage the waste pile, and keep morale in check.

The Lone Wolf player’s turn takes place first each round, before other players take their simultaneous turns, and follows most normal rules for player actions.  While the Lone Wolf player is not directly tied to the immediate conflicts and concerns of the two colonies, she is allowed to contribute towards the joint crisis and participate in combats as best suits her interests.  When a Lone Wolf player controls a survivor at a location where a combat is about to take place, she has a choice.  She can run away or participate in the combat, choosing a side to support.

Though working in solitude, the Lone Wolf does not play a game of solitaire. The choices and actions made by the Lone Wolf will impact each game of Warring Colonies in exciting and unexpected ways.  Whether fighting for colony or an isolated den you call home, Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies brings new threats and challenges to chilling world of Dead of Winter.

Dead of Winter Warring Colonies requires a Dead of Winter base set to play, and requires both Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and Dead of Winter: The Long Night to play the warring colonies variant and the lone wolf module.

Plaid Hat Games Announces Crystal Clans 2 Player Battle Game


May 28th, 2017

Choose your clan, maneuver your forces, and fight for the powerful crystals of the Crystal Clans!

Crystal Clans is a new 2-player expandable battle game from Plaid Hat Games by designer Andrea Mezzotero with additional design by Colby Dauch and J. Arthur Ellis. Featuring stunning art by Martin Abel, Crystal Clans is a breath of fresh air, engaging players with a captivating world and fascinating new gameplay mechanics.

Go to battle with 1 of 6 powerful and unique armies and lead your squads across the battlefield, competing to gain powerful crystals which hold the power to dominate their world.


Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies Expansion Coming Soon!


May 3rd, 2017

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.

Coming soon from Plaid Hat Games, team up and battle your friends in the new expansion, Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies!

This expansion, designed by Colby Dauch and Timothy Meyer, is the ultimate experience for Dead of Winter, the quintessential post-apocalyptic game by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour.

Warring Colonies comes with a mountain of content, much of which supports the new team variant for 4-11 players, in which two colonies compete over the same locations for limited resources and power.

Dead of Winter Warring Colonies requires a Dead of Winter base set to play, and requires both Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and Dead of Winter: The Long Night to play the warring colonies variant and the lone wolf module.



Plaid Hat Games Introduces Crossfire, Available this Summer


March 21, 2017

Deception and Negotiation are your greatest tools. Complete your mission, no matter the costs.

Plaid Hat Games introduces Crossfire, a game in the world of Specter Ops, coming to your FLGS this summer.

Emerson Matsuuchi has partnered with Plaid Hat Games again to take players back into the dystopian struggle between Raxxon and A.R.K. This time, players will be competitng in two teams to either protect or assassinate a Raxxon VIP, while trying to determine if other players at the table are really who they claim to be, all while the clock is ticking.

In Crossfire, players will use deduction, negotiation, and the limited information at their disposal to determine who the VIP is. The agents have been tasked with defending the VIP from hostile attacks, while the Assassins try to ensure that the VIP doesn’t make it to their destination. To complicate things further, Bystanders are also present near the VIP, making it even harder for Agents and Assassins to know who the real threats are.

After 3 minutes, each player must make a call and aim their weapon. After all the shots are fired, if the VIP is still standing, the Agents win. If the VIP has been eliminated, the Assassins claim victory. Be careful, though. Any player who shot a Bystander by accident automatically loses the game. Additionally, other roles might have their own unique victory conditions, meaning you can never be sure of who’s really on your side.

There are many roles that can be added to each game for a more varied experience, as well as other game modes which we’ll explore in future articles. Crossfire will be available for purchase from retailers and our own web store this summer. Be sure to check back soon for more information! The clock is ticking, and Intel is limited. Complete your mission.

Two New Deluxe Expansions for Ashes from Plaid Hat


March 9th, 2017

Plaid Hat Games have been very busy lately developing new, deluxe expansions for Ashes, their fantasy card game.

They have announced that there will be two new sets coming out soon. They also give some info about a new organized play kit and a bit of the future of the game.

Well hello, everyone!

I know, I know, I KNOW it has been forever! Sorry to everyone that has been upset about the silence. Believe me, we didn’t want to keep quiet this long, but in order to get things figured out we had to keep details internal for a while.

We have been working with our new parent company – Asmodee – to bring you some new amazing stuff in the Ashes line. The transition has been going great! They have been so awesome and helpful throughout this shift. Everything that we have been doing is really helping to make Plaid Hat Games better, and we couldn’t be happier!

Fan: Enough of the Plaid Hat Asmodee romance… where are my cards!?

Ok, ok! Without further ado, here is what we can announce at this time:

These two Deluxe Expansion Sets are slated for release in late spring / early summer. They’ve also given a look at the new Dice and awesome Storage Boxes for your Ashes sets!

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The next OP kit will release alongside “The Law of Lions” and “The Song of Soaksend”. This OP kit will contain enough prize support for four tournaments and this kit will include the alt-art Enchanted Violinist they have promised!