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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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Digitally Preview Expansion 4 At PAX East, Oh And Also There Are More Expansions Coming, Did I Forget To Mention?

Posted by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions (Creator)

Hi all! Wanted to drop you a quick line about stuff our friends from Hidden Achievement are doing at PAX East this week.

So! If you’re headed to #PAXEast2018 this weekend our friends Hidden Achievement will have a special playable demo of the upcoming Dead Ends expansion for the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game. Drop by booth 18084 (part of the Indie Megabooth) to check it out!

Shiny losing! Shiiiiny!
Shiny losing! Shiiiiny!


Hm, yes, what?

You buried the lede.

I guess I could have. (Bonus points for spelling "lede" correctly, by the way. Ku—


So... you're asking about...


Oh, these things?

Yeah, they're pretty cool.


Oh... no. No, not now.



If you... could just... release my... throat...


Thank you. 

If they show up at our warehouse in very late May as expected, they'll be seeing release on or around June 18th, as well as at the Indie Press Revolution booth at this year's Origins game fair. 


What? No! They're already getting made; Kickstarter is more for maybes and we-need-help-to-stretch-our-budget type stuff (we are running a Kickstarter for an RPG right now). 

We're going to be releasing them the "usual" way, through our webstore, convention presences, and specialty gamestores everywhere via distribution.


Wow, that's a good impression. Serkis would be impressed. Wait, is that why they're called impressions? Nah, couldn't be. I wond— okay, look, put that down. I was getting off track. I admit it. 

Expansion 4: Dead Ends covers Changes and Ghost Story and debuts character decks Mortimer Lindquist and Jared Kincaid. I got to personally design 75% of this expansion (the character decks and Ghost Story), so I'm particularly excited to see how you like this one.

Expansion 5: Winter Schemes covers Cold Days and Skin Game, and contains two full deck variants for Harry and Molly. Idea is you'd either play the original version or the Winterized version of these characters, but not both in the same game because we're pretty sure that violates a Law of Magic or something. In terms of function the decks have some similarities to the ones they're variant-ing, with a few twists of the dials so they're both familiar and fresh at the same time.

Eric designed all the decks that I didn't, and... well, yeah. He's a cruel, cruel man. You're in for a real challenge. (Not that I was much nicer, but I think I lean a little more into the merry mayhem side of things... just wait until you see the Obstacles in the Ghost Story deck, you'll see what I mean.) 


Yes. Yes! Of course! Soon as we can actually make them available for sale we'll post here again so you can start planning your purchases.

To bring this full circle: I don't have a firm timeline on the in-app digital releases of these expansions for the DFCO app from Hidden Achievement. More testing and debugging and iterating is underway for the expansion 5 stuff at the least, and they may still be tweaking expansion 4 as well. But again, of course we'll be over here to let you know when those see release as well.

Anyway, that's the scoop. Expansions coming this Summer. They'll be a lot of fun to add to your game. See you then!

And thank you, as always, for your support. 

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

      MSRP on the two new physical expansions will be identical to the MSRP on the prior three physical expansions. ($9.99 as I recall) I have no idea what the pricing in-app would be like for the digital.

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      James Weaver

      Follow up question: Do you know what the MSRP on these will be? I want to b e sure my budget is ready for these.

      And yes, Winter Harry and Regular Harry being in the same place at the same time does violate a law of magic. The one that goes "Something, Something Thou Shalt Not Time Travel, or the Wardens will Kill you" They all got listed in one of the books. IF the winter versions were in play at the same time as the normal versions, clearly some sort of time travel Hijinks took place.

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      James Weaver

      Fair enough, thanks for answering anyway. Like I said, whether I need to pay or not for the digital content, I will be getting it. Just need to squeeze it into my budget if it is not free for backers. Which makes sense, because as you point out, it is content not funded by the campaign.

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

      James, I *think* the digital expansions will be for-pay since the Kickstarter didn't fund the development of expansions 4 & 5 the way it funded the first three, but I am not Hidden Achievement (they're busy at PAX-E right now) so my thoughts there are not necessarily authoritative.

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      James Weaver

      I can't wait to get a hold of these. I badger my friends to play whenever possible. And play on the app when I can't (I have a love/hate relationship with the achievements. Harry, Molly and Thomas are my solo team)

      I can't wait to send my money for the physicals. For the app though, the first few expansions were free for backers. Will these expansions follow suit? I'm good either way, just need to be know for budgeting purposes.

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

      @Jason - That's exactly what I said we'd do, in the update, so, yes! :)

    7. Jason

      I don't know how it was distributed the first time. Can you put up link when they go live?

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

      What Travis said. (Thanks Travis!)

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      Travis Warlow on

      @John Moore, That happened to me as well. The code is still fine, what happened is my account didn't link properly from Steam to the Hidden Achievement site. Just go into settings in the game and log into your account again. Everything will sync back up and work fine

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      John Moore on

      I recently tried playing the digital version of the game on my phone, but the expansions were locked after I previously unlock them by of a code you provided to me. Was the code a temporary thing or do I need to do something to unlock the expansions again?

    11. Ryan (attacker of darkness) on

      Can't wait to get all the new expansions! :-)

    12. Munji Studios on

      Sweet adding to my wish list of things to buy this year :)

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

      @Ace Edmonds - There's an intent, but until we see the books, there's no point in calling it an actual *plan*. :) I have some other thoughts along those lines as well, but it's all drawing-board-at-best.

      @I and I - And I'd rather have Evil Hat stay solvent rather than nearly wrecking the company over international logistics costs (which is one of many reasons why we don't ship direct internationally any more, after this KS).

    14. I and I

      In other words, these expansions are going to be hard to get here in Belgium... I'd rather have them through KS to be honest

    15. Jason Hunt on

      Sweeeeet. I love the Side Jobs concept. I've been meaning to go through and "curate" some Side Jobs decks to correspond directly to some of the short stories...but I never seem to actually get around to it, lol

    16. Ace Edmonds

      Are there any continuing plans to release more expansions as Butcher releases more books?

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

      Yup, same format, content distribution, and pricing as our first three expansions.

    18. Jason Hunt on

      Do these expansions have a handful of new cards for the Side Jobs deck too?

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

      Indie Press Revolution will have its booth at GenCon again this year. I won't personally be attending, but I'm not sure who from the Hat might be going as gamers.

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      Aaron Westerfield on

      They look very cool. Will you all be at Gen Con this year?

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

      Thanks Eric. :) I suspect you have also seen plenty of the merry mayhem bit I was talking about too.

    22. Eric B Vogel on

      I playtested them before of course, but with the app I can do so obsessively.

    23. Eric B Vogel on

      I've been playtesting Fred's contributions in the app, and they turned out very well!