Pocket Paragons Design Blog: Zowie Preview

Zowie the Abandoned  We are really excited to bring your Pocket Paragons character previews! In this Pocket Paragons design blog, we wanted to talk about how each of these characters is truly different. Let’s start with one of the Print and Play characters, Zowie! – Chris Solis Zowie is one of the main characters of…

Pocket Paragons Design Blog: The Fifty Fifty

There’s a fairly common situation that comes up in games of Pocket Paragons, especially with newer players. You’re down to your last ability, plus your Rest, and your opponent is holding their weapon, ready to pounce. I’ve heard playtesters refer to this as “the coinflip” or “the 50-50”. A lot of them believe they died…

Paragons Design Blog: Cast of Characters

The characters in Pocket Paragons have changed a lot over the years, but I’m very happy with where they ended up. In this Pocket Paragons design blog, I wanted to go over a little of their history, the flavor behind their abilities, and some backstory about how they’re named. As a quick note, I’ve named…

Pocket Paragons Design Blog: Over the Years Pt. 2

In our last Pocket Paragons design blog, Rise of the Paragons was having some serious troubles with its endgame. The only mechanical solution that was testing well was having a combined health pool, but that didn’t work for its fantasy theme. We ended up going in a very different direction! Mech Paragons (2017) Early Mech…

Pocket Paragons Design Blog: Over the Years Pt. 1

Hey everyone! My name is Brian McKay, and I’m the designer of Pocket Paragons. I’ve been working on this game since 2012, and it’s gone through a huge number of overhauls and redesigns in the last 9 years. In this Pocket Paragons design blog, I wanted to show you the evolution of the game over…

Foxy Strategies in Frenemy Pastry Party

This edition of Frenemy Pastry Party adds the Fox as an animal friend. The Fox has a big impact on the game in a clever way. Fox’s effect is “If you have the least amount of cakes scored (ties do not count) you gain +3 points.” Since the Fox wants the least amount of cakes,…

Temporal Odyssey Story

I was hanging out with a friend at a fast food place playing Yu-Gi-Oh! once when I was in college. One of our cards got removed from play and something possessed us to concoct an insane story about where this character on the card went. It must have gone to a distant world and lived…

Pastry Party Free on Tabletop Simulator

Hello, I heard you are an ally of animals and a fan of cake. You’ve come to the right place, my friend. Frenemy Pastry Party is a great way to celebrate both with your friends and family. Want to try out the game right now? It’s available on Tabletop Simulator for free! Check out the TTS…

Beginning Solis Game Studio with Frenemy Pastry Party

In 2019, I was at the Essen Game Faire, one of the few chances we have to meet boardgame publishers from all over the world. While wandering the halls, I ran into John Brieger, who was extremely excited to show me a tiny game he’d found called Frenemy Pastry Party. He loves to pick out…