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: Encounters - June 2018
over 1 year 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!


Fantastic overview of Gloom of Kilforth from The Dungeon Dive:  


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

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: 


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:

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:

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.


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
almost 2 years 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...


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

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:

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


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


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

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!

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
almost 2 years 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:

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:  

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:  

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:  

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:

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

That's all for now, stay cool folks!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters - April 2018
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 01:40:07 AM

Hey you - how are you??

Just a quick one to let you know we're still here and we're still thinking of you!  The art is still rolling in, and for thoe of you who backed us the first time around you'll know that we love spoilering it - so I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum this time. With that in mind here's a quick sneak peek at one of the epic landscapes coming to the world of Kilforth in the near future - this one's from Touch of Death:

I. Want. To. Go. There.
I. Want. To. Go. There.

GoK in another Top Ten!!

Gloom of Kilforth in another top ten list! :D This time it's one of our favourite board game personalities, One Stop Co-op Shop:  


Big shout out for us from Unlucky Frog Gaming on their gaming podcast (from around the 20 minute mark):

We're Not Wizards were kind enough to invite Mark Chaplin and myself onto their gaming podcast to talk about Lifeform:

The Slate!!

Here's the latest on where we're at with our upcoming games:

The Hall or Nothing Slate
The Hall or Nothing Slate

Lifeform is Live!!

And here's the bit where we ask for your help!

This will be the first of two updates we'll send about this to keep your inbox as clear as possible - one for launch, and one for the final reminder, so feel free to skip on if sci-fi horror is not your bag!

++++Incoming Transmission++++

++++ Received: 24/09/2195+++

Mayday, Mayday! Systems failing, crew missing! Alien lifeform seen! Request urgent assistance! Oh God! Two dead, two still missing. Self destruct activated. It mustn’t get back... Save our souls!! +++++

 Alone in the darkness...

From the award-winning team behind Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game and 1066, Tears To Many Mothers, and from the maverick minds of Toby Farrands and legendary designer Mark Chaplin - creator of Revolver and Invaders - Lifeform is the ultimate experience of gruelling terror in the darkest, most forbidden reaches of deep space!

Lifeform is a game of survival horror for up to 4 players. One player is an unstoppable, utterly hostile alien. All other players are the crew of the doomed mining starship Valley Forge. Lifeform can also be played alone with the solo expansion Dragon's Domain where the player fights to survive against the game itself.

Racing against the self-destruct timer, the crew must search their labyrinthine ship for weapons and supplies to load onboard the escape shuttle, whilst the alien lifeform ruthlessly tears the crew apart one by one...

No marines. No power armour. Just terror...

You can follow along with us on the Official Facebook Group here:

And here's the link if you want to join us for this intergalactic journey into horror:

That's all for now, take care everyone!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters - March 2018
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 05:48:47 PM

Hey y'all!

Just checking in - how are you?

Incomplete Orders!!

There are still 39 of you who haven't filled in your BackerKit details - please don't miss out guys!!  We've sent many reminders to you peeps with incomplete orders, but if you're not sure what's going on you can contact me directly here: ninjadorg at gmail dot com.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at


As with the original Gloom of Kilforth, there is a tonne of art going into this expansion content so it's a slow but steady process.  For those of you who added Touch of Death to your pledge we're also developing the redonculous amount of art needed for that epic project too.  I'd love to have a significant portion of it complete before we launch the Touch of Death Kickstarter so we're that much closer to manufacturing next time around.

This is kind of a strange one for me because all of the design development for Gloom of Kilforth and its expansions is complete from my point of view, so apart from briefing and guiding the artists there's very little I can do to speed things up apart from chasing them regularly (which I do!) - so I'm kind of in the same boat as you guys in that respect, waiting for it all to coalesce.

In any case here's another sneaky art teaser for you - please welcome the beautiful elf maiden Silvara whose friendly nature will see her join your party and aid you in your quest*...

Ain't she just gorgeous??
Ain't she just gorgeous??

* parts or all of this sentence may not be true.


Bloomin' Tabletop Gaming Magazine only went and gave us a flippin' two page Hall or Nothing bonanza spread by Empire magazine's expert gaming and movie guru Dan Jolin - you can pick up the latest issue including our feature article, which is out now:

And here's a light-hearted interview I did with the chaps at Game Mountain:

The Slate!!

Here's where we're up to with our current Slate of projects at Hall or Nothing Productions:

The Hall or Nothing Slate
The Hall or Nothing Slate

So, technically this is the end of the Gloom of Kilforth update, but if you're interested in our other projects too, please continue reading...

Recently we've been interviewing some powerhouse fantasy game designers for our #BoardChitless podcast.

#BoardChitless Episode 22 - Isaac Childres' Gloomhaven Interview

Isaac Childres gave me some tips and friendly advice to improve the page layout for the original GoK Kickstarter when we went head to head with Gloomhaven back in 2015, and he's such a nice bloke I knew we had to get him on the show:

#BoardChitless Episode 21 - Frank West's The City of Kings Interview   

We recently chatted to our friend and fellow game designer Frank West about his blazing success on Kickstarter with the fantasy epic City of Kings - you can listen to the full interview on our BoardChitless podcast here:

Intellectual Property Coup!!

We also have a number of other projects in development including an IP that I'm really excited for, which I'd love to tell you more about but am currently under NDA.  I'll be sharing the info with our play-testers soon though, and there's still time to join our play-testing crew by contacting me directly via ninjadorg at gmail dot com if you'd like to help out.


Finally, once all of the files for our last game '1066, Tears to Many Mothers' are finalised, we're going to launch our next Kickstarter for the alien terror epic from Mark Chaplin and Toby Farrands 'Lifeform'.  We've uploaded a complete play-through video if you'd like to see if it's something you'd be interested in:

Ciao for now!  

Tristan xx