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Grand Master Grader
Movie Lover
Book Lover
I play blue
54 of 55 gamers found this helpful
“Save the Barbarian for Emergencies...”

The Barbarian is probably the most powerful card in the base game. It kills any monster anywhere on the board (including the castle ring). Avoid using it for monsters with one or two hit points unless they are about to topple your last tower. By playing the barbarian card on monsters with three hit points, it is like getting two free hits.

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I play black
Guardian Angel
Platinum Supporter
Marquis / Marchioness
156 of 161 gamers found this helpful
“In a Jam, Use Your Walls as Offense”

Several times a game you will be faced with multiple monsters in the same color arc pressing on the castle and not enough resources to handle them all. If you have a 2-HP monster and a 1-HP monster in the blue swordsman ring with 1 blue swordsman in your hand and walls in front of both of them it’s tempting to knock out the 1-HP monster to claim the trophy… but if you instead hit the 2-HP monster the walls will kill both of them. You don’t get the trophy, but neither do your teammates, and you’ve helped your chances of overall team success.

Further, when hit cards are scarce but several people have brick or mortar and several monsters are hitting the swordsman ring, your tactic should be to get as many matching sets of brick and mortar to the players that can keep them out of the castle so that they can throw them up just in time to damage the monsters. You’ll feel a little naked using all of your walls as ammo and leaving castle pieces exposed, but you’ll get your monster problem under control quickly.

If you’re playing the fully cooperative version of the game (ie, nobody keeps their monster tokens and nobody is declared “Master Slayer”) these should be common tactics. But when you’re keeping tokens and aiming to claim the Master Slayer title it may be a little tricky. I find a little altruism goes a long way – you can use your personal sacrifice as leverage to get your teammates to do the same later in the game.

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US Army Service
37 of 38 gamers found this helpful
“The Dominator”

When playing Castle Panic I usually play co-op with my family insted of the competitive version. We find that I end up telling people how to move and how to plan our strategy. To prevent this we at times will house rule no table talk other than trades of cards. That allows the kids to make decisions for themselves without input from others all the time. It actually throws a bit more randomness into the game and can make it more enjoyable for adults as well.

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Went to Gen Con 2012
Pet Lover
76 of 79 gamers found this helpful
“Reuse non- monster tiles”

For more of a challenge with just the base set (and a bit more unpredictability), put the non-monster tiles back in the bag after they have been drawn. You can still keep track of how many monsters you have left to go by counting the killed monsters, but multiple plagues, the threat of a boulder, or the surprise of having all the monsters rotate will always be present and keep you on you toes.

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Miniature Painter
Rosetta Stone
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
72 of 75 gamers found this helpful
“10 & up!? Forget it! Castle Panic for the wee ones!”

My daughter is now 4 1/2, and I have found that this is a game that is perfectly playable for her. There isn’t even a great deal of rule changing necessary.

The big thing is to sit down with your child and explain the game mechanics. I start with the colors, and point out that there are three different colors.

Next, I pull out an Archer, Knight and Swordsman, and a couple of monster tokens. My daughter is just starting to learn to read, so these words are too big for her to sound out just yet, but she does recognize all her letters. I tell her to spell each of the words, and then to match the cards to the rings on the board. I then explain to her that those cards only work on monsters on that ring by placing monsters on rings and demonstrating.

Then I point out the colors on the cards, and explain how a monster has to be in that color as well as that ring. I next explain the Hero card. At this point I give a little quiz. Should she pass the who can attack what quiz, I move on to monsters.

I first have her spell the names on the monsters and tell her how to pronounce them, then explain that each number on the monsters indicate how many times they have to be hit to defeat them.

At this point we are ready to play. I have to help her with the special cards, and she pretty much takes my word on when to trade. However, I let her choose who to attack, just correcting her if she attacks an invalid target (which was not happening by halfway through the game)

I found this to be a great opportunity to teach some simple addition and subtraction, mostly through the use of her hand. How many cards do you have? How many should you have after you draw? How many do you need to draw to get to six? That sort of thing.

I found she learned a bit watching how I dealt with the monsters and began to understand that letting a monster get close to the wall was a bad thing. I have no doubt that repeated playthroughs will cause her to recognize many of the special cards and tokens and how to utilize them with less of my intervention.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that winning is beside the point here. Spending time with your child/children is the order of the game, and in a couple of playthroughs, I have found this game does a great job of finding a balance, allowing her to actually play much of the game rather than me playing it for her.

And it isn’t Candy Land…

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USA
I play blue
Paladin
Master Grader
45 of 47 gamers found this helpful
“Bag those tiles!”

OK, I know a lot of you probably don’t need to be told this but I did so I’m trying to help others like me. A small change but boy is it a pleasant/fun one is instead of laying out all of the monster tiles out on the table, just put them in a dice bag and draw them out instead. I may be dense, but I didn’t think of doing this until I heard a monster bag was provided in the Castle Panic expansion. I don’t have the expansion yet, but I did have a dice bag available and using it makes more of a difference than I would have imagined.

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Gamer - Level 3
Rated 25 Games
75 of 79 gamers found this helpful
“For a deeper, tougher experience get "The Wizards Tower"”

The Wizards Tower expansion is a must-have for Castle Panic. It adds the following:

1) Tougher Monsters. Mega Bosses with more HP and abilities, flying monsters, fire breathing, etc.

2) Wizard Tower – Replaces one original tower on the board.

3) Wizard Deck – Option to discard and draw a Wizard spell card on your turn, if the Wizard tower still stands

4) New castle cards – for varied “standard deck” cards, adding more options/combos

Last but not least, you even get a fairly decent monster token bag, with eyes on the side. Much better than using a box lid!

All of these additions make for a tougher, more varied game. Walls can be set on fire (as can enemies), cards can combo better, etc. This is a prime example of the perfect expansion, improving the game in just about every way, while not completely re-inventing the wheel.

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USA
Old Bones
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
73 of 77 gamers found this helpful
“Try the tower assignment version for added difficulty”

Our family plays this game often enough that it has become somewhat simple. We were reading the instructions for variants and saw the assign each player a tower version. Why not? It is really fun and takes cooperative to a higher level.

Basically, you assign a number tower to each of you and if that tower gets taken out so does the player. Instead of using the walls and a few towers to take out players we found we were using tar, barbarian, push back cards much more strategically to keep us from getting knocked out of the game.

One note: if our young daughter was eliminated early in the game somehow we would usually start over as she doesn’t want to sit and watch us finish the game (the elimination factor isn’t much fun when you’re the one who is out). But it does up the ante and we play this way from time to time.

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Plaid Hat Games fan
Reviewed My First Game
54 of 59 gamers found this helpful
“first game for young ones”

I reccomend this as a first game to teach your kids. The co-op factor allows you to monitor and assist young ones in rules, concepts and game stratigies. I introduced this to my 5 year old and she was able to figure it out and has expanded her ability to play harder games. While this game is simple, I still find it very enjoyable to play.

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Professional Reviewer
Canada
I play black
Silver Supporter
53 of 58 gamers found this helpful
“Hardcore mode”

Game too easy for you? Feeling cocky teasing the Orc Warlord from the security of your fortitfications?

Start the game with no walls. Your wins will become significantly more sparse, but will feel much more rewarding.

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Professional Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
Silver Supporter
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
42 of 46 gamers found this helpful
“Don't forget the discard a card and draw option”

It’s important to remember that you have the option to discard one card to draw another card a single time per turn. This is done before you trade and play and can save you from a hand that has too many of the wrong color.

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Gamer - Level 8
Expert Recruiter
Count / Countess
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
40 of 44 gamers found this helpful
“Use every card in your hand, every turn if you can!”

Use every card in your hand, every turn if you can! Seriously, maximize your possible effectiveness. Your cards get replenished. It may seem worthwhile to squirrel one away, but burning through them is best.

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Observer
42 of 48 gamers found this helpful
“Co-op With Kids”

Cooperative games like Castle Panic are excellent to bring kids in to gaming. The Co-op nature allows you to support, encourage and play alongside kids in a way that competitive games can’t do. As a bonus, it’s building teamwork.

Castle Panic is even better in the regard as it’s easy to remove some of the boss tokens and play a streamlined version. Sure, the gameplay isn’t quite as fun, but it creates a fantastic intro for little gamers.

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My First Heart
37 of 44 gamers found this helpful
“Knocking monsters back house rule”

We play with a house rule that allows you to actually knock the monster back instead of hitting it for one point of damage.

The advantage being that your partner may have the cards to kill the monster on their next go (even after swapping one card).

This is also advantageous for any monsters in the ‘swordsman’ ring, buying you more time !

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
51 of 63 gamers found this helpful
“Don't show your hand! ~ A CP House Rule”

Due to the standard mode of this game being a “Competitive Co-op,” it really makes no sense to have your hand face up for all to see. All this does is cause other players to request cards from you, and can cause bad feelings if you accept or deny the request. I’m not sure what the designer was thinking here. Players can still request a card, but saying “no” is easier if they cannot see what you have, and provides a tactical advantage. You can always offer cards as well. NOTE: This is also an important component in our traitor variant, as the traitor is not present in every game.

House Rule: Hide your hand!

NOTE: if you are playing with your kids and want to help… that’s fine (of course). I do this all the time with games where you are supposed to hide your hand.

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I'm a Real Person
I'm Completely Obsessed
46 of 58 gamers found this helpful
“Color Coordination”

Depending on how many players you have certain people can focus on one color area. When it comes to trading cards make sure each person has a hand of cards that match their color wedge. For brick and mortar cards, one person can be in charge of keeping these cards together in their hand and can trade them when the ned arises. Of course the overall strategy of this game calls for you to look ahead to what ring monsterz will be in during other players turns, so color coordinationmay need to be tweak based on the threats on the table.

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Guardian Angel
Baron / Baroness
USA
Miniature Painter
7 of 8 gamers found this helpful
“Castle Panic: Nightmare Mode”

This is actually a style of play which the good folks at Fireside have developed to use when on tour at various game stores or conventions around the country.

It requires two complete sets of Castle Panic, and can be played with the Wizard’s Tower expansion as well; although both sets must be identical before play starts. OK, mostly identical; I recommend if using the Wizard’s Tower expansion that only one set of the Mega-Boss Monsters be used with three going into each of the two draw bags (that’ll make more sense in a minute).

Each team of players will be working not only to defend their own towers from attacking monsters, but will be working to destroy the towers of the other team’s castle.

“How,” you ask. Like this: once you kill a monster token, instead of placing it to one side—never to be dealt with again—you place it into the opposing team’s draw bag.

The pace of play on the two teams need not match, so The faster you kill monsters, the faster they go into the other team’s bag and the more the will have to deal with. But it is best played with the same number of players on each team.

Play proceeds until one team loses all six of it’s towers.

I’m still wrapping my head around how this style of play would work in conjunction with the Dark Titan expansion, but once I get it right in my head, I’ll post it under the expansion.

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Arrowhead
Knight-errant
Time Well Spent - Games
25 of 33 gamers found this helpful
“Harder Game: Up the hit points!”

If you want a harder game, just increase the hit points of all the monsters. So, Goblins have 2 hits, Orcs 3, Trolls 4, and so on. The game is much, much more threatening this way, and I’ve lost quickly like this. Its a simple thing to try.
If you find you lose every time, try just increasing the hits of Goblins and Orcs. That way, no one can make it all the way around the circle without dying…

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Professional Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
Silver Supporter
Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
29 of 42 gamers found this helpful
“Struggling to win? Let the Hero hit inside the castle walls!”

Sometimes this game can just punish you! If you feel like making the game a little easier, make a house rule that the Hero can hit monsters inside the castle, so long as they are in the same color zone as the Hero’s color. That gives you a another option besides waiting for those special cards that can only affect monsters inside the castle walls.

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Watcher
Novice Advisor
Count / Countess
Advanced Reviewer
38 of 61 gamers found this helpful
“Smaller Difficulty for a Smaller Play Group”

When I say “smaller” I mean a “younger” play group. When playing with kids, they will often want to keep playing even when you’re ready to retire for the day. However, they will often have difficulty beating the game on their own and may get discouraged. To help with thus, simply remove the bosses and a couple of the “draw so many more from the cup” tokens, and they should be able to handle it.

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