About Us

Plaid Hat Games

Plaid Hat Games is the board game studio behind Dead of Winter, Mice and Mystics, Summoner Wars, and other beloved tabletop franchises. Led by founder Colby Dauch, we are committed to producing games that captivate players' imaginations and deliver over-the-top fun.

Plaid Hat Games' designers build award-winning stories and game systems that pull you in and drive you to play your best. Our designers are supported by an incredible team of artistic talent, making our games look and feel like true adventures. Our hope is that whenever you sit down to play our games, you'll have a brand new experience of drama and excitement that you'll remember for years to come.

At Plaid Hat Games, we believe tabletop games are a powerful tool for cultivating community, and we seek to unite our own fan community through conventions around the world, the Plaid Hat Podcast, PlaidHatGames.com, and more. Play with us and join us in our quest for the ultimate tabletop experience!

Plaid Hat Games is part of the Asmodee Group.

A Great Game

As a company we have a vision for what we think makes a great game.

  1. A great game is fun.
  2. A great game creates an opportunity for you to make interesting, engaging, and challenging decisions that affect the outcome of the game in your favor.
  3. A great game allows you to directly engage the other players at the table.
  4. A great game is thematic (It is our belief that games should tell stories. They should draw players into their exciting worlds and put them in adventurous roles).
  5. A great game is unique. (We realize that unique might be in the eye of the beholder, but we like to believe that we are bringing something fresh to the table with each of our games.)
  6. A great game is pretty. (And by pretty, we mean it should look like something that excites you and makes you want to play it.)

Who We Are

Colby DauchColby Dauch is a one-hit-wonder with an inferiority complex. He designed Summoner Wars in 2009 and, after being rejected by reputable publishing companies, started Plaid Hat Games to publish his design. Colby reinvested the money made from Summoner Wars into the games and contributions of people he believed in and year by year Plaid Hat Games has grown. Colby now finds himself in the newly formed position of Plaid Hat Games Studio Manager. ARE YOU PROUD OF ME NOW DAD?!

Jerry HawthorneJerry Hawthorne simply refuses to grow up or, more accurately stated, refuses to believe he's already grown up. Regardless, he spends his ridiculously limited free time begging his family to play games he's created from various household items, chewing gum, and choice bits fiendishly liberated from from his kid's toy-boxes. Jerry loves dice, and embraces luck even if it doesn't always embrace him back. Jerry is the designer Mice & Mystics and Tail Feathers for Plaid Hat Games and has done design work on games such as Heroscape and Battleship Galaxies.

Dave RichardsDavid Richards finds soul satiating comfort through the pushing of pixels. When he isn't having philosophical discussions with his collection of Funko POP! figures, you'll find him weeping beneath his desk whenever Plaid Hat Games' fans give credit to game illustrators for his graphic design prowess. A fan of all things geek ever since his father took him to see the original release of ‘Star Wars’, his love for table top gaming stems from being introduced to a myriad of RPGs in junior high and high school, and the friendships forged alongside the roll of the 20-sided die. He has been doing work for Plaid Hat Games since the very beginning as graphic designer for Summoner Wars. David is also responsible for the graphic design of the Mice and Mystics series, Dead of Winter, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, and Tail Feathers, among others. He even designed the Plaid Hat Games company logo. Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

Issac VegaIsaac Vega ([email protected]) is a strong, proud, independent woman that don't need no man. He has an unhealthy addiction to Anime and has been black listed by Square-Enix due to his obsessive fascination with Final Fantasy. After being introduced to Plaid Hat Games, by his overly intrusive mother back in 2010, Colby has taken this budding designer under his wing and propelled Isaac into the wonderful world of board games. As the designer of Dead of Winter, Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, and other hits, Isaac Vega is true force of gaming.

Sam Vega (It is suggested by Sam Vega that you read the following description with Sir Patrick Steward’s voice in mind.) Sam Vega is a person or a robot. (He’s a person.) But who can truly say what he is anymore? (Everyone knows he’s a normal, rather boring, human.) Like it or not, he wields power beyond any mere mortal. (He thinks he’s cooler than he is.) Some call him a creator and destroyer of worlds, a force to be feared and adored. (He writes geeky things about geeky heroes in geeky worlds.) And as geeky things go, Sam is hard to please, but that doesn’t stop him from being fully immersed in the brilliant world of swords, magic, and space travel. (Did I mention he’s a geek?) His true love is for anime, manga, comics, and books. (Sweet, merciful Poseidon, we get it, you’re a full-fledged nerd.) But don’t worry nerd ladies of planet Earth, (Dear Cthulhu, take me now!) his precious heart is still available for the taking. (Please stop.) He is fierce like a lion, (I will kill you.) but soft like a teddy bear. (What—no.) Majestic like a h—sad;glkdg;asd; agaa;klj;hhhxc;ledeelpd (Those are the typed letters of man being choked.) adg;asfdg;hadfgkjsd (I know because I’m choking him.) llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll (He’s dead.) ... (I thought he’d never shut up.) ... (I guess Plaid Hat Games will have to find a new Assistant Director of Art and Development.) ... (Totally worth it.)

Callin Flores If you took the time and effort Callin Flores put into sleeving, organizing, shelving and preserving his board games, you would find yourself with very little time left to actually, well, play them, and there lies the great tragedy of his life. A competitive card game enthusiast, Callin first showed up on the Plaid Hat radar after starting a podcast about Ashes called "The Main Action." After several Cease and Desist letters and a long, protracted legal battle, the podcast was allowed to continue and Callin was tapped to head up communications for PHG officially. His hobbies include convincing his friends to buy into new hobby games with him, leaving said game several weeks later, and generally being an untrustworthy sort in any sort of game with bluffing, hidden roles or a traitor mechanic.

Kendall Wilkerson Kendall Wilkerson is a small town graphic design graduate with a passion for design and a challenge. This is what led her to inadvertently make the life-altering decision to design a board game for her senior thesis (one of the best decisions she’s ever made). She was introduced to Plaid Hat Games by a noble squire and Plaid Hat fanboy named Tim (thanks, Tim!) and now she’s living her dream design job, learning from the master pixel pusher himself, and embracing a new love for hobby gaming. This "real world" thing isn’t half bad. When not nose to nose with a computer monitor, you can find her humming showtunes, binging sci-fi shows on Netflix, and pampering her beloved betta fish, Nugget.

Mr Bistro Mr. Bistro is the heart of Plaid Hat Games, meaning he's red, full of blood, and makes a mess if you squeeze him. As a small child, Bistro's mother refused to let him play those demonic video game machines, so he turned to board games as means of compensation. He's been tragically uncool ever since. Mr. Bistro has playtested countless game products over the years, and has a few game credits to his name. His career really didn't take off until he met notoriously bad businessman Colby Dauch, thus allowing his worst ideas to be unleashed upon the world. In addition to Dungeon Run, be on the lookout for such future hits as Hot Dog City: Battle for the Chili Wieners, Cripes! Look at the Pipes, and of course his magnum opus, Poopin' Joey.

Niki Shults Niki Shults rose from the caverns of the show-me-state to become a horse bowl champion in her youth, and a decent board gamer in her old age. Discovered by Plaid Hat Games six years ago while starring in the hit web-series Board with Life, they've been trying to acquire her talents ever since. Waiting for the right time to join the team, she focused on creating the most annoying RPG characters ever and raising her mortal child. Finally, the twelve moons aligned, and she is here.

Contact Information


Plaid Hat Games
16801 Addison Rd, Suite 255
Addison, TX 75001
United States of America


[email protected]



Office Hours

M-F 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST

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