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...

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Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 27 - Less than 1 week left!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 01:41:53 AM

How art thou upon this perilous eventide, brave warrior??

Who, us?  We are fine and dandy, thank you very much.  And why wouldn't we be?  Check this out:

£142,578 pledged 528% funded 2,330 backers 6 days to go!!!

Just.  Awesome.

You did that.

Thank you.

And that's the penultimate stretch goal blasted to bits - so now if you're pledge includes Encounters you'll be getting the entire game of Gloom of Kilforth as it was originally designed.

I can't STAND the Essen-citement!!

Ahem - yeah, sorry about that - remember I was raised in a world awash with British tabloids sporting awful pun headlines.  In any case we are commandeering a stand for Essen after all...

From 11am-3pm on Friday and Saturday I will be demoing Gloom of Kilforth at:

Hall 3 P-124

Thanks to Carsten and the very kind people at Schwerkraft-Verlag.  So make sure you come on over and push all the cards off the table then shout "WILMA!!!" at the top of your voice so I know that it's you.

Actually don't do that, or you'll be playing a solo game of 300+ Card Pick-Up.  But seriously, I'm looking forward to it with a cement-mixer tummy of excitement and trepidation.  Kinda like the feeling I get running a Kickstarter to be honest.  But we will have a great ole time nevertheless!  I'll hopefully be packing some postcard GoK art prints and flyers for our games if you want some freebies.

It strikes me that some of you might not know who the heck I am or what I look like, so here's a pic of me with an example of the type of face I might be pulling when you see me:

Beaming like an idiot
Beaming like an idiot

Tabletopia Gloomofopia!!

And don't forget that Gloom of Kilforth is available for FREE on Tabletopia for 12 months, so if you haven't tried it yet, give it a digital whirl:


This week we chatted to the Getting Geeky with Gamer Leaf podcast crew about Gloom of Kilforth, favourite comics, apps, and all that sort of geeky stuff:  

Win a copy of GoK!!

Just click the link to enter the Board Game Revolution competition - deadline is 29th October:

...of Gloom and Doom

GoK Veteran and man of all-round practical genius Giles Pound has eloquently composed his thoughts and feelings about Gloom of Kilforth in this excellent and amusing post on his blog Both Sides of My Table:

Okay, that's about it for now, I'm flying early tomorrow, so if you're going I'll hopefully see you at Essen.  Safe travels to all of you, wherever you might be travelling to, and safe gaming too - don't forget to sleeve up.

Take care you beautiful peeples!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 25 - S.N.
over 1 year ago – Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 01:04:46 AM

Good evening you!

Is that a new hat?  Or have you done your hair all special like?  Because once again, you are looking mighty fine indeedy...

£138,345 pledged 512% funded 2,268 backers 8 days to go!!!

I was starting to think you guys were over Stretch Goals now, like they've gone out of fashion or something.  Maybe because you killed so many already.  But now there's another one looming on the horizon.  Not even the horizon, it's snuck up on us like a Chapter 4 Rogue!

Well, we're also climbing up to that steady ridge that promises the fool's dream, Touch of Death too.  Although we still have a long way to go yet.  Think we can make it in 8 days?  Anything could happen I suppose...

In other news, the Legend that is Nick Hughes has put together something of a semi-spoilerific but excellent strategy guide for newcomers to the land of Kilforth.  If you've been on the receiving end of one too many spankings from the Ancients, or if you want to jump ahead to veteran status before you enter the deadly Gloom, this invaluable aid is definitely worth a look:


We're getting a bunch of new members joining the group so feel free to bob on over and join in the Gloom-y conversation:


So at the time when I need you the most (and when you probably need me the most), at the zenith of our adventure together, as our campaign charges towards the finish line, I'm taking a sudden disappearing act: a veritable leave of absence that would make the  Cloud Strife look like a needy ex who just won't leave you alone.

But don't worry, I'm not suffering from Chuck Cunningham syndrome, I'm simply off to Essen.  And though I'll be hammering the wi-fi as often as possible, if I'm unavailable you'll know why.  And Mrs ND will also be onboard to tackle any urgent questions in the comments section too.

So don't, ahem, Lament, my absence.  Okay, poor segue aside, this track is one of my favourites as Francesca was coerced into using her lovely singing voice to accompany her haunting piano skills, so I'm hugely proud of her for stepping up and having the confidence to pull this off with absolute aplomb:

G'night y'all!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 23 - All the Colours of the Rainbow!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 01:56:11 AM

Hey there you Kilforthian you rock stars!

How you feeling?  Because you look Flippin' Fantastic!!!

£131,972 pledged 488% funded 2,175 backers 10 days to go!!

Good grief, mama!!!  I'm not sure how you guys are doing it but this is of course continuing your excellent tradition of just being utterly spectacular individuals who have all come together for a beautiful common cause and held aloft our epic fantasy adventure game for all to see - and for that we salute you eternally...  We'll be putting our hands down so we can crack on with the work that needs to be done, but that salute is staying right up there in spirit, okay?  Okay.  But just know that to us, you guys are absolute Legends.

Timeless Legends...

One Stop Co-op Shop's Top 15 Solo Games!!

We're starting to appear on people's top games lists, which is superb.  Spoiler alert, we landed at number 5, and against some bloody stiff competition I might add.  

Pimp My Gloom Tarot Cards - Muted Colour or B&W Gloom Sides?

So a big question knocking around the forums since we announced the Pimp My Gloom set with the new tarot-sized location cards is whether or not the reverse (Gloom) sides of the location cards should be black and white or stay as they are (i.e. drained colour 'Gloom' look).  Note that this only applies to the images on the cards, not the graphic design too.  Examples:

Black and white Gloom?

Black and White Gloom
Black and White Gloom

Or Regular Gloom?

Muted Colour Gloom
Muted Colour Gloom

The decision to go black and white was in response to the number of people shouting out for black and white, but now lots of people are shouting to keep the current/regular Gloom look instead.  So, we ask you, the backers, which would you prefer, people?  Let's have a vote in the comments with a simple yes or no:

Should images for the tarot sized location cards from Pimp My Gloom be black and white on their Gloom sides?

  • Yes (they should be black and white)
  • No (they should retain their original Gloom look)

I know someone will ask for it, but no, there is no third option for rainbows and sparkles, or fourth option for 11-sided 20 metre cards, or any other variation for that matter (those will all be in the forthcoming Pimp My Pimp My Gloom Kickstarter).

Who's coming to Essen??!!

It will be my first time at Essen next week so I'm incredibly excited and nervous about it.  Unlike the UK Games Expo at Airecon I won't have a dedicated stand (I wanted to go and experience it as a punter first, plus the logistics didn't pan out).  But I might be able to work something out with one of our partners about demoing at their stand, or at least hanging out and chatting so I'll let you know in the next update.  I'll also be giving away the original pre-production copy of the game to one lucky individual at Essen - more deets to follow.

In any case, if you're there and you happen to see an English chap in a GoK t-shirt looking confused and over-awed please feel free to come and say hello - it'd be great to see you in person.  (And if for some reason it turns out to not be me, tell him I want my t-shirt back...)

G'night yous lot,

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 21 - Board To Death Review
over 1 year ago – Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 01:14:11 AM

Hey everyone, how's tricks?

Looks like we've weathered the storm of one particularly mahoosive Kickstarter finally shuffling off of Kickstarter and into production (and seriously, good luck to em - I'm a 7th Continent backer too!), and we've even picked up a bit of pace again with these stats.  Let's have a quick goosey gander:

£128,096 pledged 474% funded 2,118 backers 12 days to go!!!

'Lovely stuff!' Not my words Michael, the words of Shakin' Stevens.

Well, if that alone wasn't enough to be happy about, we have even more huge helpings of awesome cake coming up too - read/chew on...

Board To Death GoK Review!!

The lovely folks at Board To Death, sponsored by The Game Steward, have put together this excellent video review of our game:

Just look at the size of that box in the thumbnail!  :O

Gloom of Kilforth on Dice Tower!!

Thanks to Claire for the next link - and on this subject please feel free to share and post any valuable links you see in the comments section as we try to catch everything we can but we do miss stuff.  In any case, the man Tom Vasel himself gives us a nice lil shout-out in his round-up:


Epic Session Report!!

Thanks to Toc Stanton for putting together this cool narrative play-through of the game on BGG - these are the kinds of posts that help relay the emergent story game experience to those who haven't played, and it helps to get people talking about the game and liking and sharing because that's the kind of thing that keeps us floating out there in the zeitgeist:

Currently #2 on Kicktraq (at time of writing) too!!

In case you're wondering what you can do to help us reach that next Stretch Goal which is suddenly pulling us in like a super-massive black hole - get clicking on the following link.  If you bookmark it as your link to the Kickstarter page you're adding one extra click to your day when you're checking in, but giving us that little boost of exposure too, and it's these kinds of things that really make the difference to us:

Top 100 Solo Board Games!!

One of our favourite yearly online gaming events is coming back around!  Kevin Erskine of the 1 Player Guild is running the yearly compilation of People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games over on boardgamegeek so, you know, if you happen to know of any excellent board games, you know, that can be played solo, feel free to submit your top 20 to Kevin in the following thread - it's a lot of fun to follow along until the countdown begins too:

Win a copy of GoK??

Board Game Revolution are running a Gleam competition to win a copy of the base game, so go check it out and share on your socials here:

Okay, that's it for now folks - until next time, here's a lullaby to soothe you and remind you that sometimes good things can happen when Night Falls - take it (and us) away, Francesca L Hall...

G'night you gorgeous peeples!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 19 - Is it really 19 days already??
over 1 year ago – Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:13:21 PM

Whassup, ma peeples???

Where are we at with those figures today?

£124,781 pledged 462% funded 2,070 backers 14 days to go!!!

Woo hah, woo hah, got ya all in check! - is probably what I'd say if I was a massif gangsta rapper.  Alas, my aspirational rapper dreams of simultaneously spitting venomous swear words and scratching vinyl were already fully realised in their limited capacity long ago back when I dropped my record collection down the stairs as we were moving house...


Is this thing on?


On the subject of music, let's pop something sumptuous on the jukebox.  Whilst I know many of you as friends and family, many of you were also strangers in a manner of speaking.  Before you arrived here that is, now we're all friends together of course!  And whilst that meeting of minds - with you proudly displaying your banners of support - went very well indeed, in the land of Kilforth you never know how those meetings with strangers are gonna turn out...

Lovely stuff.

Okay, so what have we been up to recently??  Well, let's just have a quick run through as there's a whole bunch of content here...

We're Not Wizards!!

We had a great, and very professional chat - where we totally didn't giggle like girls all the way through - with Richard from We're Not Wizards.  Have a listen...

One thing they are not, is wizards.
One thing they are not, is wizards.

French GoK Videos!!

Then we had the lovely play-through videos from Arcaril for our French-fluent audience... (Mrs Ninjadorg was very excited to hear her music in French..)

S13E01 - Gloom of Kilforth - Présentation du jeu  

S13E02 - Gloom of Kilforth - Une partie solo  

Are you #BoardChitless?

Our podcast storms along, as in the latest episode we play one of our Thursday night favourites, the Weird War Two miniatures-mash Fireteam Zero:

Okay, and I think that's about it for now - but there's something we all need to keep in mind for now too.  This month we are up against some titanic titles in the industry.  Yes, we've funded, and then some, and that is absolutely fantastic.  But in the wake of the gigantic game storms hitting (and leaving) Kickstarter within the next couple of weeks we must stay the course if we are to pilot this game to its beautiful destination.  So we are now officially entering the darkest part of our journey, where the winds threaten to make our plain sailing sails less useful.  Which means you guys are going to have to row like crazy to stay our course.  

I've avoided asking you this too much on our journey so far on account of the absolutely epic work you've already done to get us to where we are now.  But now I'm going to ask you plainly because we need all the help we can get right now in this, our darkest hour.  As multi-million dollar big name titles froth to their frenetic conclusions, or splosh into their baying start lines, to stay afloat we need you to call up your friends to arms, gather all of your mystical resources together, and rage and shout from the rooftops about Gloom of Kilforth!  Whether it's on your gaming forums, your social medias, in your weekly game nights, at your Friendly Local Game Stores, during your family meal times, at your quiet local libraries, in the park as you walk past strangers, or in your bedroom as you stare at the ceiling thinking about the horrors and rewards about to rise from your GoK encounter decks - get out there and spread the word about our Kickstarter as loudly and beautifully as only you know how.

You have thousands of options and choices out there in the world right now, and it makes our chests swell with pride at the thought that you've chosen to join us on our epic quest together, a quest that was once mere fantasy, but now because of you is in actual reality...  a fantasy... quest... 

This is our chance to make this project truly amazing, so crank up your flags, roll out your banners, display your GoK avatars with pride, and show the interwebs what we can do in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Get out there and share that link:

Go out and make us proud, and take care you beautiful people!

Tristan xx