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 - It's all over!!!
over 2 years ago – Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 01:49:30 AM

Hey everyone, so how was the pace for you at the end there?  Too fast?  Not fast enough?

£207,859 pledged 769% funded 3,034 backers and 0 hours to go because it's ALL OVER!!!


Woop - what a way to bring in Halloween!!!  In fact, Halloween has kicked butt this year for so many reasons...

No spoilers please - we're only on the fourth episode!!
No spoilers please - we're only on the fourth episode!!

Thanks to autoduellist for the pic.  :)

Just checking in again now that the dust is settling and I just have to say WOW!  That was a crazy campaign, and we didn't dare dream that we would pass the £200K mark.  Thank you so much to everybody for making this yet another record-breaking super-special Hall or Nothing Kickstarter.  These campaigns can be intense and frightening affairs but you guys always make them so enjoyable and exciting and funny that we really do have a great time bringing you cool new stuff - so thank you again.

Did your credit card or Kickstarter payment fail??

Don't worry.  It will be a couple of weeks now whilst Kickstarter tries to charge all of your credit cards.  Some will fail, so if you're having trouble, as per the FAQ - speak to your credit card provider and advise them that there will be a single unusual transaction on your account within the next two weeks.  If you're still having trouble for any reason don't panic.  We can sort it out with you directly once the pledge manager opens.  Email me at ninjadorg at gmail dot com at the end of November and we'll set this up for you.

You forgot to up your pledge, or you missed the Kickstarter altogether!!

Don't worry, you will still be able to access the pledge manager for late pledges if you pledged £1.  You won't be able to select or change your pledge level (e.g. you won't be able to name a card), but you will be able to add any items you might have missed.  If you missed the whole campaign altogether because you were asleep throughout the whole of October don't worry, we'll still give access to late backers too.

Super Deluxe Doom Shield Dice Trays!!

Okay, so here we have a totally optional add-on.  It's something we've been working on behind the scenes for some time and I'm super excited that we managed to get it all together.  I wanted to post about it earlier but I didn't want to over-complicate things or start asking you for more money on top of Touch of Death in the frenetic excitement of the campaign ending, and I'm not asking you for more money now.  This is exactly the kind of thing I'd love to see in a campaign that I'm backing, but I must stress that it is a super luxury item - so please as always, pledge responsibly.  But you will be able to add the Doom Shield Rolling Tray in the pledge manager after we launch it and if you so choose....

So with those caveats out of the way, remember the Doom Shield item reward card?

Well, we have the dice tray to end all dice trays right here - Dog Might Games have only gone and made it in real life...!!



"Crafted by the Viking Lumberjacks at Dog Might Games, this fully sculpted rolling tray is based on the incredible Doom Shield illustration in the game and has 4 wells for rolling and holding dice. The Doom Shield Rolling Tray is crafted from premium Fiery Birch wood and features the Dog Might exclusive hand applied Moss finish. Each Tray is protected with 3 coats of varnish and exhibits a superb lustre. Just like every one of their products, the Doom Shield Rolling Tray comes with the Dog Might Lifetime Guarantee. The Doom Shield Tray measures approximately 10" in diameter and is 1" deep."   

The Doom Shield Rolling Tray is £112 ($149) and is shipped directly to you from Dog Might Games - their shipping costs are:   

US: £6 ($8)  

Canada: £11 ($15)

International: £15 ($20)

Dog Might Games have tons of experience with Kickstarter, fulfilling orders, and developing games, and they also offer a 100% Lifetime guarantee on everything they make.

How do I add funds to my pledge for add-ons?

You will be able to do all of this in the pledge manager when we launch it, which will take some time whilst we iron everything out, but as always I'll keep you updated as we go.

Okay, that's it for now - I'll still be hanging around the comments section as usual, and feel free to PM me if you have any burning questions.  But for now you've all earned yourself a mighty mug of Glook, or cup of tea, or whatever your beverage of choice happens to be, so sit back, relax and enjoy yourselves in the happy notion that before too long, the Gloom will be once again seeping into your home and spreading itself inexorably across your gaming table.

Catch you on the flip side, y'all,

Tristan xx


Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 32 - Penultimate Day!!!
over 2 years ago – Wed, Nov 01, 2017 at 01:34:04 AM

Hey everyone, how are you doing??

I'm back from Essen, and after slipping into a mild coma last night I'm back and refreshed, and swimming in comments, messages, posts and updates, and you know what?  It's awesome!

£169,563 pledged 628% funded 2,659 backers ONLY 33 hours to go!!!

So there it is - you know what to do, we have less than 48 hours now to bring this thing smashing down like a thunderous tarrasque romping through the city.  Get out there and scream about the game as much as you can and I promise you can all have a rest on Wednesday!

Stretch Goals!!

Okay, well you've blown through everything for the Encounters expansion, even the Halloween special, Mister Sam Hain, who barely popped his head over the parapets before you knocked it off his shoulders and barged on towards to the next stretch goal.  

The original Encounters expansion had 54 cards in it - you have already unlocked the extra 31 cards from the Stretch Goals for a total of 85 blooming cards!!!  This is everything we had planned, everything from even before Gloom of Kilforth was submitted to publishers all those years ago.  With Encounters you will have the full game as it was originally designed and then some!

With that in mind, we're turning our attentions towards Touch of Death.  So all future Stretch Goals will move towards making Touch of Death the equally sexy sister of Gloom of Kilforth.  We want to blow the market away with yet another sumptuous Hall or Nothing game and we want you to help us.  So what is Touch of Death?  Well, we've updated the main page with the full low-down, but let's share it again here for your convenience...

Wave 3 - "Touch of Death: A Fantasy Quest Game" Add On - the stand-alone expansion to Gloom of Kilforth...  

What is Touch of Death: A Fantasy Quest Game?  

Touch of Death is a totally optional add-on and stand-alone expansion to Gloom of Kilforth. In every respect it is the same game as Gloom of Kilforth, but with totally new content: new heroes, new sagas, new ancients, new locations, new encounters, new rewards, etc. You can either play Gloom of Kilforth, or you can play Touch of Death, OR you can combine both games together to double the amount of content and variety you will have in your games!  

Why should I back Touch of Death now? Won't there be another Kickstarter for it anyway?  

Touch of Death is an optional add-on, so please pledge responsibly - this add-on is for the backers who want to make this expansion game happen. The original backers of Gloom of Kilforth from the first campaign waited nearly 2 years for delivery, so we are doing everything we can to bring that development time right down this time, by taking pre-orders for Touch of Death now. If you pledge for it now, you will be contributing to the art and development of the game and bringing the delivery date closer.  

You are also receiving the deep discount price of £48 against the RRP of £57. If we do a future Kickstarter for Touch of Death there is no guarantee we will be able to offer Touch of Death for £48 again.  

What do I get with Touch of Death?  

Touch of Death contains the same amount of content as Gloom of Kilforth did (before the Stretch Goals from the first campaign were added), and is summarised below.  

Since we have unlocked everything for the Encounters Expansion, all future stretch goals will go into improving Touch of Death.  

234 (poker sized 2.5'' x 3.5'' 63.5 mm x 89 mm) cards:  

  • 25 Location cards  
  • 4 Ancient cards  
  • 4 Race cards  
  • 4 Class cards  
  • 25 Night cards 
  •  24 Plot cards 
  • 12 Saga cards (3 for each saga) 
  • 72 Encounter cards (18 in each of 4 types) 
  • 64 Reward cards (16 in each of 4 types) 

You will also receive the following components: 

  • 32 mini-sized 1.75'' x 2.5'' (44.45 mm x 63.5 mm) Skill cards 
  • 1 rule book 
  • 16 Enemy tokens 
  • 6 dice 
  • 4 hero standees 
  • 1 first hero marker 
  • 48 loot tokens 
  • 168 wooden tokens (health, gold, actions, etc.)
  • And a partridge in a pear tree.  

I'm just kidding about the partridge.


So you might have heard that I've been to Essen this weekend.  It was awesome getting to meet so many cool European backers of the game in person, and I was bowled over by the reception Gloom of Kilforth has had, and the ridiculously kind and generous things so many of you had to say about the game.  I'll be honest, I don't think I'll ever tire of people saying it is their most played game.  It was brilliant too, listening to all the various weird and wonderful stories of how people got into the original Kickstarter or the crazy things that sold them on the game - one lovely chap decided to jump in because of an obscure Galadriel reference in the comments section!  

I still cannot get my head around signing copies and having my photo taken with people, but I am extremely proud and grateful to be in this position, and to have had the opportunity to demo the game to so many new people who had never played or in some cases even heard of the game.

I also had an epic fanbois moment when I finally met Vlaada Chvatil who has designed two of my favourite 10/10 games (Through The Ages and Mage Knight):

OMG it's Vlaada!!
OMG it's Vlaada!!

And if you wanna see more pics of me geeking out with other designers at the show you can check out the album here:

Essen pics are up!

We're approaching the end of the marathon now - it's time for the sprint finish!!!

Tristan xx

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 28- If He Hangs in Long Enough...
over 2 years ago – Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 12:35:02 AM

Hi-de-hi Kilforthians!  

It's Mrs Ninjadorg here.  

Stats first :-

£145,672 pledged 539% funded 2,375 backers 5 days to go!!!

Some of you may remember (unless the hypnotherapy was successful) that way back in the first campaign Mr ND (aka Tristan) tasked me with writing one of the updates. Aptly I think it was on day 13 of that campaign- unlucky for you guys! Well so sorry, but here I am again. Whilst he has a mini break in Essen I'm on caretaker duties back here in the UK at Ninjadorg HQ with Ninjapup.  

Luckily for me I attended the UK Games Expo earlier this year so any paranoia that might otherwise have surfaced imagining him partying away all weekend in Germany with a bevvy of scantily clad showgirls, squandering away our livelihood on high stakes poker games in a tux like James Bond in Casino Royale, all whilst sipping Cristal, have been firmly replaced with the very real vision of him spending hours in his sweaty t shirt demoing his games until he loses his voice, followed by a crawl to the nearest Burger King, or German equivalent, for some sustenance and perhaps a quick beer before flopping into his camp bed in the local pension for 20 minutes of sleep until he has to get up to do it all over again. 

I hope they have Aire-Con!!!
I hope they have Aire-Con!!!

 Anyhoo! I like to leave all the boring technical update stuff to the Boss. He has 30 days to bore you with everything you already knew and some things you probably didn't want to know about Gloom of Kilforth. The way I see it, my responsibility is to provide you with some light relief from it all. I mean 30 days is a long slog. You need to mix it up a bit. So kick back, relax and feel free to log off and do something less boring instead or if you are one of those sadistic types that likes to be bored to tears read on intrepid adventurer, read on whilst I regale you with tales of Hall or Nothing Productions...

The last time I wrote an update I retold the story of  how I met Mr ND. It was when he mocked me mercilessly and very publicly in the school playground for my love of all things Phil Collins. It was the start of a love hate relationship. He obviously loved me (that's why he mocked me), I hated him for Phil bashing me. Anyway to cut a long story short one of those love stories is firmly consigned to the history books in the Hall or Nothing archives. A friend of mine recently tagged me in a Facebook post letting me know that Phil is touring this year and playing in our hometown for one date only and it's only on my actual flipping birthday!! 

Not anymore Christian Bale. That Phil's a right rip off merchant...
Not anymore Christian Bale. That Phil's a right rip off merchant...

You know that feeling where suddenly for a split second you get an insight into the meaning of life? Where you can see through all space and time, where you have an out of body experience, hover over yourself and experience true tranquillity. That's how I felt as I headed straight over to the ticket website! This was it- this was THE MOMENT I had been waiting for. All the years of bullying would be worth it when I got to see...oh hang on, it's £200 per ticket for a decent seat, unless I want to sit behind a pillar obscuring my view. Also as I wasn't planning on going alone to a Phil Collins gig- I do have some street cred you know- that would mean shelling out the best part of £400 for 2 tickets*. Then I saw the name of the tour "Not Dead Yet." He's only in his 60's for goodness sake. What kind of emotional blackmail is this? Is he trying to suggest that this might be the last opportunity I get to ever see him because he's more than likely to cark it in the next year? Also if he is on the brink of death would it be really worth £400 to hear him gasping out the lyrics to "Take Me (to the Care) Home?" Well Phil Collins I have to say I am extremely disappointed. This is not the kind of behaviour I expected from you. We're officially over! And I'm keeping the record collection.

 *Do however feel free to visit my crowdfunding page for the "Help Get Me to the Phil Collins 'Not Dead Yet' concert on my birthday and before Phil is Definitely Dead" campaign. My target is £441.50. That's for 2 'not dead yet' tickets, 2 'still not dead yet' drinks, a 'definitely not dead yet' programme, an 'absolutely not dead yet' t shirt, a 'in case i get buried alive' luminous glow stick and the 'I wish I was dead' bus fare there and back. In return I guarantee to take some very blurred photos of a tiny indistinguishable undead blue blob some 50 miles in the distance and a 30 second distorted recording on my Iphone of "Easy Lover" whilst insisting the whole time that I was so near the front I could touch him. 

Back to part two of the story of Mr and Mrs ND:  It was one of the coldest Januarys on record. Snow piled high into impossible mountainous drifts and the foolish few who ventured out in their automobiles in a misguided attempt to suck up to the boss and make it into work against all odds (ooh that's one of Phil's songs..) found themselves stranded in that no man's land between 'way too far to walk back home in my converse' and 'still nowhere near blooming work'. Mrs ND shivered as she gazed at the blizzard from the window. There was no denying it, she and Mr ND were definitely snowed in and only a snow plough could rescue them now. 'If only she hadn't picked this precise moment to be 9 months and 11 days up the duff' grumbled Mr ND. 'I could have had a whole day playing Shadows of Brimstone and instead I have to go out into the freezing cold and shovel snow..'. 

 Alas it was a long time before Mr ND could pick up that longed for game of SoB. He was obviously desperate to play it because in the first few weeks after the birth of Ninjapup he used to utter that phrase a lot. The birth of Ninjapup was a time of rejoicing, festivities and extreme hysteria due to lack of sleep in the Ninjadorg household. Once the adored Ninjapup prince was but a mere 2 days old and fresh out of hospital, well wishing visitors adorned with gifts and cards descended upon the house to coo at the new arrival and bombard the parents with queries about when they were going to have another one. 

 The years raced by but it was a nervous wait for Mr ND until that fateful day some 4 years later when to his utter tear inducing pride Ninjapup announced; 'Daddy I don't like football anymore- can we play Avengers the card game?' No toothless, wayward, backwards, inbred contestant waiting for DNA test results on the Jeremy Kyle/Jerry Springer show has ever been more relieved than Mr ND was to hear those words, and no more convincing, complete, final, incontestable proof that a child was his could there be. (Editor's note: reference is purely for theatrical flourish and no implication is made that Mr ND ever requested a DNA test or that paternity was in question...) 

Sometimes when father and son were engaged in a day long games fest and the kitchen was out of bounds to Mrs ND due to the festering odours emitting from 2 boys locked in a confined space for 9 hours whilst eating cheese puffs, she wondered whether or not she would have liked to have had a girl. A real, girly girl. They could have braided each other's hair and shared fashion and beauty tips and been best friends and scoffed at those stupid boys. She'd be a real beauty Mrs. ND thought, blonde curls and blue eyes and rosebud lips... Suddenly in order to prevent a hole ripping in the very fabric of the universe and in order to safeguard the order of nature and the future of humanity, the power[s] that be were forced to intervene and gave Mrs ND an unprecedented glimpse into the future. 'Behold!' boomed a voice of unknown origin (Editor's note: complete fabrication) 'I present you with a glimpse of your daughter. Take heed, she will inherit your personality but her father's looks'... 

Gypsy Rosa Tristianina Freddie Hall
Gypsy Rosa Tristianina Freddie Hall

 After an extremely long convalescence and any thoughts of a daughter firmly consigned to tales around a campfire at Halloween Mr and Mrs ND are very content with their little family of 3. 

So the moral of the story is this...Don't spend £400 to see Phil Collins for one night when £400 could buy you a pair of diamond earrings* that last for eternity... (*feel free to replace diamond earrings with board games) 

 Good night you lovely Kilforthians,

Mrs ND xxx         

Gloom of Kilforth: Encounters, Day 27 - Less than 1 week left!
over 2 years 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 2 years 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