Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game Expansions

Created by Tristan Hall

Gloom of Kilforth is a game of high fantasy with a gothic edge, where 1-4 players, working individually or together, assume the roles of heroes on a journey through a dark world of magic and peril. Each player follows their hero’s tale, an epic saga from modest beginnings through to a climactic battle that will decide the fate of the world...

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Gloom of Kilforth, August 2018
9 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 01:39:29 AM

Howdy-doody??

What a month it's been!

Progress!!

We have sent the final graphics files to Panda and we're just waiting for the translation teams to come through with the final German and French translations so we can all go to print together and manufacturing will begin. Manufacturing should take a couple of months, then shipping will begin. So if we can get all the final foreign language files submitted in the next couple of weeks, manufacturing will take a month or so after that, and then we're looking at October/November before the games and all expansions are on the boat.

Reference Sheet!!

These are the actual reference sheets that we'll be printing for inclusion in the Pimp My Gloom expansion box (four copies, one for each player) - they wouldn't fit on a playing card so we pimped them out to A4 on nice thick card. We're also including a free one in each copy of the reprint now too. :) Keep your eyes peeled for any errors or anything that's unclear - let us know in the comments - and special thanks to Tor Gjerde for his original design, which has only been tweaked slightly.

Reference Sheet Page 1
Reference Sheet Page 1
Reference Sheet Page 2
Reference Sheet Page 2

Pimp My Gloom Box Mock-up

Pimp My Gloom components mock up for Gloom of Kilforth (actual components vary, and will be far more numerous)...

More GoK Gaming Tastiness...
More GoK Gaming Tastiness...

TV!!

Here's my local TV interview about the first print run of Gloom of Kilforth in case you missed it:  

GenCon 2018!!  

I experienced my first GenCon this year, and wowsers, it was absolutely fantastic. Thanks to all of you who stopped me to say hello, Americans are so welcoming - you made me feel very much at home away from home whilst I was missing my family. I had lots of cool meetings and of course ran after and stalked some of my gaming heroes:

The legendary Adam Poots
The legendary Adam Poots
Rolling Duo with Rolling Solo
Rolling Duo with Rolling Solo
The heroic Angus Abranson, the lovely guys from Fanboy3, and of course, Martin Wallace
The heroic Angus Abranson, the lovely guys from Fanboy3, and of course, Martin Wallace
Isaac t'other Gloom Childres
Isaac t'other Gloom Childres

FYI, there are tons more photos of my trip here: https://bit.ly/2wiojzh

I even crow-barred some of these legends into joining me for a #BoardChitless podcast GenCon special, featuring Adam and Brady Sadler (Street Masters, Heroes of Terranoth) Adam Smith (Rolling Solo) Frank West and Sara Jorge (City of Kings) Rich Loxam (Steamforged Games) Jason Hill (Flying Frog Productions):

https://soundcloud.com/boardchitless/episode-45-gencon-special

#BoardChitless GenCon 2018 special
#BoardChitless GenCon 2018 special

#BoardChitless meets Jamey Stegmaier  

Yep, that's right - for those of you who don't already know, we run a weekly gaming podcast about the games we've been playing, but we often interview stars of the industry too. Of our recent episodes one of our highlights was being delighted to have the lucid, legendary, and lovely Scythe designer Jamey Stegmaier on the show giving us industry insights and top bants! You can tune in here:  

https://soundcloud.com/boardchitless/episode-39-interview-with-jamey-stegmaier-of-stonemaier-games

Chitless Chit Chat
Chitless Chit Chat

And that's all folks!

Tristan xx

The Hall or Nothing Games Slate
The Hall or Nothing Games Slate

https://hallornothingproductions.co.uk/

Gloom of Kilforth, July 2018
10 months ago – Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 08:25:14 PM

Howdy stranger!

Let's get straight down to it...

Progress!!

We are in the final stages of prepping the files to send to the printers. This is another achingly slow part of the process unfortunately, but at least it's our responsibility! We hope to have all the files submitted this month, though GenCon is fast approaching too...

GenCon!!

I will be attending GenCon in a couple of weeks for the first time ever and I'm dead excited! I'm going alone and I won't have a stand because there will be no time to man it between meetings, but if you're going along too it would be great to meet you and thank you in person for backing.

I've organised a short Gloom of Kilforth demo event for the Sunday at 1pm - it's by invitation only so if you're interested let me know in the comments below and we'll just say first-come, first-served. And if there happens to be more demand maybe you guys can let me know where might be a good place to meet up afterwards and at least high five and say hello. :)

Rulebook!!

Our rulebook has gone on a diet! It lost 4 pages (and gained an index). This updated version will be included in every new copy of Gloom of Kilforth but it is also available to existing owners in digital form below - let us know if you spot any typos!!

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B9eLDYUtUrycUUNfUTJBenFqNlk

Rules v2.0
Rules v2.0

This second official print version of the rules is mostly just wording changes for clarity but there are a couple of updates too:   

* Heroes can now still join a Team after they have made camp.  

* Traps are clarified to trigger before the Skirmish step.  

* Plots are set up in separate decks for each Ancient.  

* Heroes cannot escape or leave Ancient battles by any means.  

* Skill Types are no longer considered keywords for Sagas.  

* Automatically passing evade checks with higher Sneak is now a variant.  

* Heroes can trade Loot tokens.

FYI, if you have pre-ordered or are going to order Touch of Death: A Fantasy Quest Game, this updated version of the Gloom of Kilforth rulebook will comprise the rules for Touch of Death.

Tabletopia!!

Some of you may not know that the digital version of Gloom of Kilforth is already available to play, and for the time being it's still free too! You can check out the components or indeed play through a full game on Tabletopia here:

https://tabletopia.com/games/gloom-of-kilforth-a-fantasy-quest-game

Gloom in a box
Gloom in a box

UKGE 2018 Expo Video

We had lots of lovely responses from you about the photos from UKGE so thank you for that! And now here's a quick one minute snapshot video of our adventures at the Expo too to round things off:

Unofficial Fansite!!

There's a fantastic unofficial fan page for Gloom of Kilforth with a tonne of fanmade content for the game which you should totally check out when you get chance here:

https://old.no/glook/

It features lots of interesting variant stuff for the game including this nasty Ancient:

Green-eyed monster
Green-eyed monster

 Touch of Death vs Shadows of Kilforth!!

Once the Kickstarter begins Touch of Death will be changing its name to Shadows of Kilforth. This is for a number of reasons, primarily: 

  • Touch of Death is an old (great), black and white movie, 
  • Shadows of Kilforth was a working title for GoK at one stage, before a slew of "Shadows of" games came out; but given how strongly Gloom of Kilforth stands out against the other 'Gloom' games, we feel our next game can stand out strong from the 'Shadows' crowd too,
  • 'Kilforth' has cemented itself as a recognisable brand name for this series now, and we're proud to support it,
  • It's a cool name!

We'll continue referring to it as Touch of Death and we'll launch the Kickstarter under that name too so no one feels like they're missing out - not everyone reads the updates like you guys - but we wanted you to know in advance.

And that's all for this episode, tune in next time when we'll have even more Kilforthian goodness for you!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters - June 2018
11 months ago – Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 09:47:32 PM

Good eventide (or morntide, or even afternoontide if you're so inclined) to you all, I hope today finds you as well and beautiful as can be.

It's a biggie this month, so let's kick things off with Gandalf and a machine gun:

Just because.
Just because.

Progress Update!!

All of the final art work is in! And it looks goygeous!! It's now on me and our graphic designers to pull together the final files for print readiness and get them off to the printers. Once we do that there's usually then a little back and forth as they idiot-check our work and make sure that all of the bleeds and measurements are correct. Then once we're all happy Panda will fire up the Dwarven Forges and commence production. 

UK Games Expo 2018!!   

If you live outside of the UK then UK Games Expo is basically our equivalent of Essen or GenCon and is now the third largest gaming con in the world apparently, with 20,000 visitors this year. We had a fantastic time meeting so many of you at UKGE this year, and we met many crazy individuals, some of whom you might recognise in the photos below...

Mr and Mrs ND at the stand before the avalanche hits
Mr and Mrs ND at the stand before the avalanche hits
It was fantastic meeting so many cool gamers! Shut Up and Sit Down playing Lifeform in the background...
It was fantastic meeting so many cool gamers! Shut Up and Sit Down playing Lifeform in the background...
Pitching our lungs out/smiling for photies at UK Games Expo!
Pitching our lungs out/smiling for photies at UK Games Expo!
With the 1 Player Guildies
With the 1 Player Guildies
Queuing up for demos and chitchat!
Queuing up for demos and chitchat!
Going post-apocalyptic with the Wreck And Ruin Crew
Going post-apocalyptic with the Wreck And Ruin Crew
20,000 visitors apparently
20,000 visitors apparently
The Trinity of Power
The Trinity of Power
This guy
This guy
I'll never get used to this - it feels fantastic!
I'll never get used to this - it feels fantastic!

Reviews!!

Fantastic overview of Gloom of Kilforth from The Dungeon Dive:  

Overviews!!

A great overview of 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, Gloom of Kilforth and Lifeform here by The Solo Meeple:  

https://thesolomeeple.com/2018/05/28/preview-1066-tears-to-many-mothers

Both Sides of My Table put together this overview of the original Gloom of Kilforth, which actually also serves as a fantastic resource for all things Gloom, and is well worth a read if you haven't already:

https://bothsidesofmytable.com/1-of-doom-and-gloom/ 

Interviews!!

Cardboard Clash interviewed me about all things gaming and how I got started as a designer, if you're interested you can check it out here:

https://cardboardclash.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/interview-with-tristan-hall/

Gloom of Kilforth Fanmade Expansions!!

Two of our heroic backers Tor Gjerde and Chris Sundli have put together this particularly lovely fan expansion for Gloom of Kilforth, featuring pretty much more of everything, using copyright-free art. The work and dedication that has gone into these is very impressive and we're delighted that our game has inspired such creativity - hats off to you guys:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1991848/fan-expansions-ready-order

Warning: Pre-Order Prices Expiring!!

Just a heads-up: at the end of June all of our pre-order prices through BackerKit and our various channels will be updating from Kickstarter pre-order prices up to their respective RRPs. 

So if there are any expansions or anything that you were thinking of adding to your pledge, now is your last chance to get them at their current redonculous discounts. 

And whilst that's all for now, like a certain bodybuilder-turned-governator: I'll be back.

Cheers!

Tristan xx

The Hall or Nothing Games Slate
The Hall or Nothing Games Slate

PS. Here's a little glimpse of the future - we shared this on the Facebook group and noticed an immediate increase in late pledges for Touch of Death:

The Dark Fortress (from Touch of Death)
The Dark Fortress (from Touch of Death)

Gloom of Kilforth, May 2018
about 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 01:45:34 AM

Howdy and hello!

How the heck is you?  Just a quick one today with some cool news, some art previews, and an ulterior motive at the end. :P

We've just submitted the feedback on the proofs to our second game 1066, Tears to Many Mothers to the printers, and now we have only a few images remaining to finish for the Gloom of Kilforth expansions too, which means we're gonna have an epic summer! We hope to complete the art before the end of May, at which point we can start sending off the files to print. Speaking of art...

Art!!  

To view a couple of sneaky peeks at some of the new art to tide you over click on the link below:-

http://ratdorg.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/gloom-of-kilforth-expansions-art.html

Gloom of Kilforth in the Finals!!

We made it through to the final rounds of voting for Best Solitaire Game of 2017! :D So if you'd like to see Gloom of Kilforth win some awards please click and lend us your thumb - but you now only have until tomorrow to vote:

Let's win something!!
Let's win something!!

Let's Win Something Together!!

And you can even vote me into the Hall of Fame for Game Designers too if you're so inclined:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238833/item/6085485#item6085485

We're love your help with this if you get chance.

Review!!

Another brilliant review for Gloom of Kilforth - An Epic Narrative Adventure, by the Preston Gamers Guild:

https://www.prestonsgamersguild.com/blog/gloom-of-kilforth

Interview!!

I was recently interviewed by the lovely @Tompetgames about Lifeform, 1066 and GoK - you can check it out here: 

https://tompetgames.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/kickstarter-tactics-with-the-creators-of-lifeform/

Lifeform and GoK crossover!!

Our LIFEFORM board game is now at:

£68,358 pledged 341% funded 1,365 backers 29 hours to go!!!

 on Kickstarter, with 10 Stretch Goals already unlocked and tons of extra content - now including the chance to bring the Starbeast back to Kilforth too!! Check out the crossover card in the stretch goals and have a peek at our campaign. Don't miss out- it ends tomorrow!  

http://kck.st/2GgQo1T

Check out the next stretch coupla goals!
Check out the next stretch coupla goals!

That's all for now - take care everyone,

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters - (pre-)May 2018
about 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 01:58:07 AM

Hey y'all,

Well we have some exciting news - the final art for the expansions is due in this month or so, which means we can be submitting the final files to the printers for the reprint and all three expansions very soon indeed. More info as we have it!

What’s so great about this game anyway? - Another great GoK Review!!

With one of the most wonderfully click-bait titles ever, Tor Gjerde (gjerde on BGG) has put together this very thoughtful piece about Gloom of Kilforth:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1966595/whats-so-great-about-game-anyway

1 Player Guild Gaming Awards!!

I'm honoured to be nominated for two awards from the very welcoming 1 Player Guild which now has over 9,000 members on boardgamegeek - the 1PG guild is here if you'd like to join:       

https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/1303  

Best Solitaire Game of 2017  

Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game has been nominated for Best Solitaire Game of 2017. It would be great if you could show us the awesome support that you showed us during the epic Kickstarter campaign, please remember every thumb counts, so if you'd like to show your support please feel free to go along and click your thumb here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238826/item/6085591#item6085591  

Hall of Fame (Game Designers)  

I've also been nominated for the Hall of Fame of Game Designers - so again, if you'd like to show your support, please bob over and pop your thumb here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/238833/item/6085485#item6085485  

There are lots of other cool games and designers too so even if you don't vote for us be sure to check out the other games and designers on the lists!

Fantasy Round Table!!

Want to hear me being interviewed with Isaac Childres and Frank West about all things fantasy gaming on ENGN with Jason Perez? Here's Part One:

http://boardgamersanonymous.com/engn-83-fantasy-adventure-designer-roundtable-isaac-childres-frank-west-tristan-hall-part-one/

Shooting the breeze with Isaac Childres and Frank West about all things fantasy gaming on ENGN with Jason Perez - Part Two:

http://boardgamersanonymous.com/engn-84-fantasy-adventure-designer-roundtable-isaac-childres-frank-west-tristan-hall-part-two/

That's all for now, stay cool folks!

Tristan xx