Shadows of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game for 1-4 heroes

Created by Tristan Hall

RPG-based adventure card game of gothic high fantasy for 1-4 heroes, and sequel to the award winning Gloom of Kilforth by Tristan Hall

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Shadows of Kilforth - February 2020: "Unfinished Tales"
12 months ago – Wed, Feb 05, 2020 at 01:07:50 AM

Hey hey, hope you're having a great day!

Those boats are inching ever closer to our hubs, but in the meantime there's a bunch of other stuff to talk about too...

Most Anticipated Game of 2020??

We are delighted that Shadows of Kilforth has followed in the footsteps of Gloom of Kilforth and has been nominated for Most Anticipated Games of 2020 and we would dearly love your click!

If you click and vote you'll be our best friend!

Shadows of Kilforth Future Small Box Expansion: "Unfinished Tales"

Remember those stretch goals that we did not hit during the campaign? Veil Door, Militiaman, Esteemed Turban, etc. There were another twenty or so cards too that I'd designed but that we didn't get to squeeze into the game, including some new heroes and sagas. We've had the opportunity to finish the art work and complete these cards and bundle them into a small box expansion called Shadows of Kilforth: New Tales (or Unfinished Tales - still deciding). 

The plan is to launch it later this year for what will probably be a week long Kickstarter with no stretch goals so keep your ears to the ground and we'll shout about it in the future - there's also a little more info in the Hall or Nothing January catch-up video at the end of this update.

Art from the unreleased "Injustice" card

UK + Rest of World only: Single Replacement Card for Adventures

If you ordered the Adventures expansion, AND you are from the UK/RoW (i.e. not Asia or US), this is just a heads-up that you will receive a single replacement "Duel Winner" Title card for a slight factory misprint. Simply swap the provided replacement card for the Duel Winner card in the Adventures expansion. If your shipping hub is US or Asia then this does not apply because Panda already caught the error before your games were shipped. 

Let's play Gloom of Kilforth 

Here's a play-through video of Gloom of Kilforth from T Man - Episode 1 "About friends and strangers":

Hall or Nothing 2020 Update

Finally, for those of you interested in what else we're up to this year here is my face talking stuff:

Until next time, be excellent to each other!

Tristan xx

Shadows of Kilforth - January 2020, Printing Complete + Rolling Solo!
about 1 year ago – Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 02:31:22 AM

Happy 2020 everyone!!

I hope your year is going to be utterly brilliant - we're already off to a great start... :)

Printing Complete - On the Boats in a few days!!

Printing is finally complete - huzzah! The games need to ship out from China to the worldwide hubs now, and this usually takes about 4-6 weeks, at which point they will be checked, packed and posted out by our fulfilment teams. Below are the tracking details of the ships so you can all follow along with their journeys whilst we wait...

PLEASE NOTE: the vessel arrival date is NOT the same as the fulfilment commencement date, as outlined below...

UK (+ RoW) Shipment:

  • MOL TRIUMPH / 012W
  • ETD: JAN-12
  • Approx. one week to be unloaded and go through customs.
  • A few days for delivery to be arranged.
  • A couple of days once the stock has arrived to check the stock, etc.
  • Fulfilment will begin within one to three weeks of the arrival date, based on the hub's schedule. 

US/Canada Shipment: 

  • ETD: JAN-13
  • This will work the same way as the UK hub but takes a bit longer for the delivery due to trucking times in the US.

Asia Shipment:

  • VFI will be handling Asia, and the games should arrive with them more quickly by land. 
  • The VFI orders ordinarily take 1-4 weeks to complete fulfilment once the stock, data and approval are confirmed.
  • We are still awaiting timescale confirmation from them but the games should be delivered alongside everyone else's.

All the above means the games will most likely be landing with backers in February/March!

Kilforth Rolling Solo!!

Shadows of Kilforth is a healthy number 12 in the Top Kickstarter campaigns of 2019 as voted for by the awesome Rolling Solo community - so huge thanks to those of you who voted! And if you haven't already joined the community Rolling Solo's Adam Smith is one of the coolest dudes in gaming so you should get involved...

Adam and I spent a lot of time hanging out at my first GenCon and we kinda hit it off from the outset...

I don't know what they drink in Canada but at 6'1" it's not often I'm made to feel like a short arse

Our next game adventure: Veilwraith!!

What happens when the heroes lose and the land of Kilforth falls into gloom??

Our next game delves into that question as you go beyond the Veil to discover what happens after the end of the world! You can subscribe to the game on BGG here:

Where possible I'll do my best to keep you informed of our upcoming games, but the best way to ensure that you don't miss out on any of our upcoming games is to pop your email address into our Subscriber List on our website home page here:

No spam nor filler, just updates on our games.

Have a brilliant 2020 everyone, let's absolutely smash it this year!

Tristan xx

Shadows of Kilforth, December 2019: Top 200 Solo Games, MPC + Printing Pics!!
about 1 year ago – Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 12:58:36 AM

G'day sports,

Hope you're all safe and snug and settling in for loads of top food and drink this Christmas. We pre-ordered our turkey from the local butcher today, which is just about the most organised we've ever been. Anywho...

Glooming up the Top 200 Solo Games!!

Yuss! Gloom of Kilforth is #47 in the 2019 People's Choice Top 200 Solo Games! Right behind one of my own favourites Kingdom Death: Monster, and way above some other monster titles too. That's the third year running that Gloom of Kilforth has been in the Top 50 Games and against incredibly stiff competition, so thanks so much to everyone who rated Gloom of Kilforth (which you can do on BGG if you haven't already). :)

Mass Production Copy is en route!!

As you know, printing is well underway, and the final checking step of this process is about to begin. The Mass Production Copy is on its way to me - and though we can stop the print run if absolutely necessary, this is the version of the game that you guys will be receiving too, so at this point it's about as final as it can be. If the MPC arrives before Christmas and I can approve everything before the holiday break we are on for completion of manufacturing in January, and we can start freight shipping. And to keep you going until then here are some glorious pics of the manufacturing process from Panda...

1565, St. Elmo's Pay off to the Printers too!

In an unprecedentedly fast move (for Hall or Nothing Productions) we've already submitted the files for 1565, St. Elmo's Pay now, so it's a great time to jump on if you'd like to grab yourself a copy of the game, which also includes the 3 Shadows of Kilforth promo cards:

Our most gorgeousest history game yet!

And that's all for now, have a brilliant holiday season peeps – I'm off to watch It's A Wonderful Life!

Tristan xx

Shadows of Kilforth, November 2019 - Playmats just got twice as awesome!!
about 1 year ago – Wed, Nov 20, 2019 at 11:13:40 PM

Well met you gorgeous wanderers!

Following the Shadows of Kilforth PPC I've made my billionteen microscopic adjustments and printing is already full steamers ahead! :)

So whilst we wait for them bloomin' printers to keep on doing their thing and, well, printing...

We Pimped the World (Playmats)!!

I wanted to keep this as a surprise for when you opened your parcels, but then it would only cause confusion and/or questions when it arrives so...

The World playmat (not the hero playmat/s) is now double-sided! A couple of you suspected I'd been toying with the idea, and you were right. It was too gorgeous an opportunity to pass up, and when I saw the reactions on your faces at UK Games Expo to the double-sided prototype of the SoK world playmat I thought what a treat it would be to try to make this happen, and because, well, you know, we love ya!

So anyone who ordered the World Playmat will now receive this castle image on one side, all blown up and sexified:

As well as this stunning landscape image on the reverse side too:

And don't worry if you missed it, or forgot to add it to your pledge, just message me directly (tristan at and I'll add it onto your order for you - we ordered a couple of extras just in case. ;)

Gloom in Rolling Solo's Top 10 Horror  Games!!

Gloom of Kilforth in Rolling Solo's Top 10 Horror Board Games - I love that he's grokked the horror elements of the game! And I cannot wait to unleash Sublime Dark next year... :D

 Before the Shadows, the Gloom!!

Here's another most excellent Deck of Fifty-One solo review of Gloom of Kilforth to whet your appetite for the gameplay of Shadows:

Rules + Variants!!

Following all of your feedback, the latest rules + variants sheet for Shadows of Kilforth is up here for perusal at your leisure:

Gloom of Kilforth Halloween 2019 challenge

The legendary Chris Pearson has put together this brilliant Halloween Challenge scenario for those of you who already have Gloom of Kilforth - so if you've been looking for motivation to get away from work and the telly for a bit and get a game onto your table, then give this a whirl and let us know how you did:

Missed 1565, St. Elmo's Pay??

So you missed the Kickstarter for our epic follow up to the award-winning 1066, Tears to Many Mothers (maybe you even missed 1066 with its Gloom of Kilforth promos too!) - not to worry, we've launched the pledge manager and you can still get all of the stretch goal content and promos, including the Shadows of Kilforth bonus cards included in every copy of 1565, St. Elmo's Pay by jumping on here:

You will be able to order any combination of the following - at Kickstarter discounts - right up until Christmas:

  • 1565, St. Elmo's Pay base game (including all stretch goals)
  • 1565, St. Elmo's Pay playmat
  • 1066, Tears to Many Mothers base game (including all stretch goals)
  • 1066, Tears to Many Mothers playmt

Shadows of Kilforth rule change from Gloom of Kilforth: Cooperative Finales

Veterans of Gloom of Kilforth: we have abandoned the requirement for heroes to all meet up to face their Finales in the Cooperative game. Whilst this rule added a nice touch of teamwork and coordination you are going to find your time running away from you much more quickly in Shadows of Kilforth. Take advantage of this slight reprieve and plan accordingly!

Card Counts!!

Some of you have asked about this for various sleeve-y purposes, so here are the card counts for the game and expansions:

Shadows of Kilforth:

  • 279 regular cards 63x88mm
  • 32 small cards 44x67mm

Shadows of Kilforth Adventures:

  • 54 regular cards 63x88mm

Dark Shadows:

  • 14 regular cards 63x88mm

Pimp My Shadows:

  • 26 tarot-sized cards 70x120mm

I'm off for a game of Marvel Champions with the little one now so have a top one!

Tristan xx

Shadows of Kilforth, October 2019 - the PPC has landed: PHOTOS!! + PROMOS??
about 1 year ago – Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 03:12:26 AM

How do you do, you beauties?!

Experiencing that mid-week slump?? Well I've got just the perfect thing for you - prepare your inboxes, it's piccies time!


Man, I wish I could send this pre-production copy of Shadows of Kilforth out to every single one of you at once so you could be playing the game straight away, like me! After excruciatingly detailed goings-over of every single component, I've submitted all of my final edits to the factory - there are always edits, art is never finished after all, only abandoned - and printing is happening. 

Now blast these pictures into your eye holes...

All this purple will make you feel like you're ruling a Byzantine Empire.
Just a taster of what's inside - those dividers look delicious, I just wanna eat em!
The new tray insert will let you stack and organise all of your cards horizontally with the included dividers, with room for all the tokens too - we expanded the box lid by a few millimetres to make it all fit snugly.
The Adventures expansion pack - there is so much cool shizz in this little box, I am so glad we got to include this expansion, and it is all PURE GAMEPLAY!
The alternative art Ancient in the Dark Shadows pack is wrong in the head. Like, really wrong in the head - it looks like something out of Sublime Dark. Make sure you've eaten before opening this one.
The pre-production copy ready to play (expansions not pictured)
ninjadorg + ninjapup enter the Shadows of Kilforth

The Boy is my harshest critic, but even he loves Shadows - and what a joy to be able to just finally play the finished game with him! He was a Vampire Chevalier, and I was a Veilborn Ninja (naturally) since you asked. We just about scraped a win against the Bishop of Pride and the Reaver of Malice by the skin of our teeth.

I love this job so much. 

Speaking of love...


It's two years since Gloom of Kilforth landed and I'm delighted to see that the love for the game is still blooming - here's a terrific review of Gloom of Kilforth from Paul Kellett and We're Not Wizards:

Fan Pics!!

When we shared the photo of me and The Boy playing Shadows on social mediaaah, it inspired star backer James Henry Thomas to share his own pics playing Gloom with his cool kid too - I just had to share:

There was some minor concern about the appropriateness level of that Dark Gloom expansion though... :P

James Henry Thomas and son!

Feel free to share your Kilforth pics with us on social - we love to see people playing the game!

Do you dig our games?? Want some Shadows of Kilforth promos???

We're so grateful to all of you for supporting us and playing our games. And if you enjoy our stuff, then please head over and check out our latest gorgeous offering 1565, St. Elmo's Pay. It is already fully funded and smashing stretch goals in its final couple of days right now, but with your help we can make it even more beautiful. We can only continue to do what we do with your help of course, so if we do hit that £40K stretch goal in the 1565 campaign there will be THREE BONUS PROMO CARDS FOR SHADOWS OF KILFORTH included in every copy of 1565, St. Elmo's Pay. And who knows, you might even learn a little something about the Great Siege of Malta and that utterly fascinating slice of history whilst playing this stunningly beautiful game:

The three 1565 Shadows of Kilforth promo cards

Want to add some Shadows expansion content to your game?

Don't worry if you're kicking yourself for not Pimping your Shadows, or not adding those extra Adventures cards - there's still a little time if you want to add some playmats or expansions, just email us directly (tristan at and we'll sort you out. Although probably after 1565 has ended and I've had 48 hours of straight sleep...

That's all for now - have an absolutely brillibobs week, keep on grinning, and I'll check in with you all again soon!

Tristan xx