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, November 2019 - Playmats just got twice as awesome!!
about 2 years 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 2 years 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

Our 1565, St Elmo's Pay Kickstarter is live!!
over 2 years ago – Fri, Oct 04, 2019 at 03:14:58 AM

Hi guys!

Thank you so much for your continued support and interest in our games! We've just launched our superb new game, and as a loyal Hall or Nothing supporter, we want to share the excitement of our beautiful history card game '1565, St Elmo's Pay' - rediscover the Greatest Siege in History:

  • Experience the immersive, narrative, history game like no other
  • Compatible with 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, featuring the same award-nominated gameplay
  • Complete stand-alone game on its own
  • Sumptuously illustrated chronicles: 100+ beautiful, unique images
  • Exquisite hand management provides deep replayability
  • Deploy powerful units and characters
  • Boost your cards with attachments
  • Play events to disrupt your foe
  • Use myriad special abilities
  • Protect your leader at all costs!
  • Competitive and Solo play
  • Sprawling, epic battles in 30 mins
  • 1-2 Players
  • 140+ high quality, beautifully illustrated cards
  • 100+ wooden and cardboard tokens
  • From award-winning game designer Tristan Hall

Please take a look and come join us for the ride into the Great Siege of Malta!

Thanks in advance, and happy gaming,

Tristan xx

Shadows of Kilforth, September 2019 - Awaiting PPC!
over 2 years ago – Tue, Oct 01, 2019 at 02:41:33 AM

Wotcha, peeps!

Just a short update today as I try to keep these updates monthly for you. I'm dying to share with you guys how gorgeous this game is and I was hoping we'd have more to show you but we're still waiting for the Pre-Production Copy from the factory. Production of Gloom of Kilforth, all of its expansions, and all of the wooden tokens and dice from both games is going ahead next week. There was an issue where the Shadows of Kilforth cards were not colour matching with the previous prints of Gloom. We stopped everything to highlight how important it is that they match so that players can shuffle cards from Shadows of Kilforth into Gloom of Kilforth and vice versa. This slowed us down a little but it has now all been sorted out, and the PPC will be here soon. Once the PPC lands I'll share some wicked pics and maybe a vid too and we'll be that step closer towards full production. Our printers are confident we can finish production of everything in December.

In the meantime our previous game Lifeform has been getting brilliant reviews from There Will Be Games:

And from Who Dares Rolls:

And only from flippin' Tabletop Gaming Magazine - the world's best gaming mag:

We're nearly sold out now but there are a few copies of Lifeform remaining here:

And now we're gearing up for our next project launch: 1565, St Elmo's Pay, which is looking absolutely fantastic and which we are totally giddy about! It will be launching in just a few days' time on 4th October...

1565, St Elmo's Pay

I'll be sharing the Kickstarter preview page soon too. 

And that's all for today, ciao for now you absolute beauties!

Tristan xx

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Shadows of Kilforth, August 2019 - Final Files Submitted!!
over 2 years ago – Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 02:09:11 AM

Hello Wanderers!

I've put off posting this for as long as I could so that I could say...

Final Print Files Submitted!!

The final print files have now been submitted to the manufacturers, so we're waiting for them to carefully assemble our pre-production copy of Shadows of Kilforth and its expansions. Once we receive that copy we'll do a little dance of joy first, and then make any super final tweaks needed, and then we're up and away to printing land. This means we're on track for delivery in Q1 of 2020!


The Shadows of Kilforth rulebook is up here - kudos and cool points for anyone who spots any typos or inconsistencies:

 Summaries for experienced Gloomers!!

For those of you who already know how to play Gloom of Kilforth you shouldn't have to wade through the new rulebook to find all of the new rules. Most of the new gameplay stuff is on the actual cards, but here's a handy summary for you to catch up on the new rules material and jargon so you can just dive right in when your game arrives, basically veteran players can just skim this instead of reading the whole rulebook again - it also includes a load of variant rules and difficulty options and a guide to combining Shadows with Gloom of Kilforth. As always, let me know if you spot any typos! :D

Printable pdfs of this sheet (and the rulebook) are available here:

So that's all for now! Until next time I hope you're all enjoying your copies of Lifeform. What do you mean you missed it?? Quick - grab one of the last few copies here:

1565, St Elmo's Pay

And don't forget to pop this date in your calendars: October 1st. Thus begins 'the Greatest Siege in History'! Ahem, let me try that again but in a bigger font:

1565, St Elmo's Pay

Cheerio peeps,

Tristan xx

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