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Play Harry Dresden & his friends in this tense, strategic co-op card game from Evil Hat, based on Jim Butcher's NYT bestselling novels!
Play Harry Dresden & his friends in this tense, strategic co-op card game from Evil Hat, based on Jim Butcher's NYT bestselling novels!
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July Update! Backerkit Timeline, Art Progress, Audio Tracks, and DC-area Demo This Weekend

Posted by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions (Creator)

Hey, Fred

Hey! Hey, you. Hey. There. There you are.

How's it going?

Oh, you know. Busy. 


I'm forgetting something...? OHHH, right, the UPDATE. I should post one.



... now? Now. Okay! Let's get into it.

BackerKit Target: October

I'm setting October as my target for getting the BackerKit set up and ready for y'all to start making your selections, changing your address information, all that jazzmatazz. (Not a real word. Should be a real word. Sounds snazzier than razzmatazz. Snazzmatazzier, even. ... I'll show myself out.)

As we've noted on an earlier update, there's no need to change your address info that you gave in your preliminary survey response, since that survey wasn't about delivery, it was about getting an overall sense of where folks are so we can do logistical planning. If your address has changed since then, no worries, just wait until October. You'll get a chance to change it then.

Art Update Continues

Tyler Walpole continues working on the update for the Book decks' art. It's looking real good, y'all. Real good.

In more auditory new—


Uh... you okay? You seem to be—


... vibrating, I guess? Oh, you want to see some of the updated art? How about Storm Front? Here's a look at how that scenario is getting a facelift, a little before/after action:

The snazzmatazziest!
The snazzmatazziest!

I love love love Tyler's rendition of Kalshazzak in particular. This is all going to look really great on the board. Thank you all for making it happen! 

At any rate, in less visual news...

Ambient Audio Tracks!

We've got em! As you may recall, our final round of stretches pushed for some thematic ambient audio tracks to play in the background while you're playing through the scenarios of the card game. 

And you funded six tracks, enough to cover Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, and Side Jobs — all the options in the core game.

So, since that was the goal you set for us, we figured we should over-deliver instead, and asked Wes Otis from Plate Mail Games for twice as many. 

That's right, you'll be getting twelve audio tracks today instead of six, with additional tracks covering the three expansions y'all funded as well. Sorry! You'll just have to enjoy them twice as much. It's a heavy burden to bear. We're sure you'll soldier on despite it all.

These are 10-minute tracks each of background sounds inspired by the events and cards of each novel & scenario deck. So with 12 tracks, you've got two hours of gameplay audio here. Enjoy!

You can find the files now (or soon, after they sync up) in the folder linked from Update #1:

Demoing, Playtesting, Etc in the MD/DC/VA Area

I live just north of Washington, DC. This Sunday afternoon (July 29th, 1pm-6pm, ish) I'm going to be at Comics & Gaming in Fairfax, VA to demo the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game! I'll do my best to have at least two or three sets to run games with, assuming available table-space. 

If you haven't gotten a chance to play yet, or if you'd like to come watch me blather about the rules and run around like a wild beast, come on by on Sunday between lunch and dinner time. Location: Comics & Gaming Fairfax 10385 Main Street / Fairfax, VA 22030, USA / ph. 703.865.8110

Relatedly, I'm interested in building up a list of folks who might be interested in playing and/or playtesting future expansions for DFCO who live locally to the DC area. 

So if you live near DC, whether in DC itself, or nearby in Maryland or Virginia, and you're interested in guinea-pigging for me occasionally, please sign up for the Hat-Fans-DC mailing list. Whenever I'm ready to play or test something, I'll post a message there. I'm splitting the design duties with Eric Vogel for possible-future-expansions #4 and #5 for DFCO, so that means you may get a chance to test-drive my designs of decks for Kincaid, Mortimer, and Ghost Story, as well as other stuff that Eric sends me to give a whirl. And this may expand beyond DFCO at some point — we'll see!

You can sign up for Hat-Fans-DC here:!forum/hat-fans-dc (I've only just now set it up, so if anything's hinky, please let me know.)

That's it for today's update — thank you as always for your support, and I look forward to giving you 

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    1. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Well, I live in Maryland, and the designer lives in California, so unless something presents us with a well-funded reason to visit Iowa, that might be a bit tough. :)

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      Michael Weil on

      Fred, any chance of a DesMoines/West DesMoines Iowa visit for a demo?

    3. Heath_Bar on

      With the store about a hour away, I will try to make it to the demo (this Sunday).

    4. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      (Copy and paste error from a prior erroneous message)

    5. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Yes, Sunday, July 31st.

    6. Ben on

      Gotta say, loving the expanded art, and FAR more impressed with the ambient tracks than I expected. They got some good detail in there, nice allusions to the books, and more variety than I was expecting. Just when I think it is starting to get repetitive, I get broadsided by ritual chanting, a scream, or something else equally as impressive and new.

    7. Troy Lenze on

      If it is Sunday and not today, and the weather is as rainy as some are predicting, then this might be a good alternative to the pool for the wife and me. Hmm...

    8. Linda Alcorn-Burg on

      But today is the 29th, and I didn't see this til 3:30. So disappointed as the store is close to my house.

    9. Isaac Carr

      You mean Sun July 31st? Right? It's not a short drive from Williamsburg Va. but I am a big fan. Just wanna make sure my dates are correct!

    10. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      I have no current *plans* for Philly, but we'll see. There's a lot of time between now & game release. :)

    11. Liran on

      Hey Fred, The art and the tracks look and sound awesome! Is there any chance you'll make it as far north as Philly at any point? I'd love to play/help test if you are!

    12. Scott Rex Minkoff

      Contemplating the two hour drive (each way) from Richmond to check this out...

    13. Mike Christiansen on

      I am soooooo happy with the new artwork. What a difference the case specific artwork makes in telling the story. I can see this driving even more interest in Jim's amazing books.

      If you are looking for anyone to demo this game in the Portland, Oregon area please let me know. We have a huge gaming scene in the area.

    14. Shane Allen

      I'm actually in a Dresden Larp from 6pm on but I'll definitely keep an eye on the twitter.

    15. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      Thursday after the State of the Hat seminar (which is 5pm-6pm), Sean Nittner and Chris Hanrahan should be doing some ad hoc demoing of DFCO at GenCon. Pay attention to our Twitter account if you miss the panel. :)

    16. Shane Allen

      Gonna be able to maybe demo at Gencon? *fingers crossed*

    17. Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions 13-time creator

      GenCon 2016, a couple people will be there; GenCon 2017, we'll be there in force.

      Def. going to be at Washingcon this year — we're a major sponsor.

    18. Shane Allen

      What about Gencon?

    19. Aaron and Rebecca Hoop on

      Are you going to be at Washingcon this year? I'm not able to attend the demo this weekend but it would be cool to demo at the con.

    20. John Skotnik on

      Looks great! Thanks for sharing.