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Dauch also teased the next release for Plaid Hat’s hit Dead of Winter board game. “We’re doing an expansion for Dead of Winter. It’s going to be as big as the first Dead of Winter. It’ll be playable by itself; it’ll be cross compatible,” he said. “You can play the scenarios in either, you can mix characters from either, items from either. There will be a couple of new mechanics for that expansion.”
Plaid Hat also plans an additional Dead of Winter survivor that will appear around the holiday as a promo pack, similar to the highly popular Dead of Winter Felicia Day Survivor Promo Pack from Tabletop Day (see “International Tabletop Day Promo Kits Revealed”). “Forest Plum’s wife,” Dauch confirmed. “Forest Plum is the shopping mall Santa and he was in the base game. Everybody loves to hate him. If you can kick him out of the colony, you gain a morale. The morale goes up, he’s gone. His wife is showing up to the colony this Christmas, Roberta Plum, Ms. Claus, so that will be released via a promo pack.” The figure will be released as a Plaid Hat website exclusive.‘Ashes, Rise of the Phoenixborn’”) at Gen Con. “It was a big hit at the show,” Dauch said, with over 700 copies sold out by early Saturday.
Dauch also answered the question everyone had been asking in the wake of the company’s acquisition by F2Z: would it go exclusive with Alliance as Z-Man did (see “Plaid Hat Games Answers ‘Exclusive’ Question”).