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:

Our 1565, St Elmo's Pay Kickstarter is live!!
over 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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Shadows of Kilforth, July 2019 - GenCon!!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 01:47:50 AM

Hey everyone, how's it going?

It's a particularly crazy month here at HoN HQ (otherwise I'd have updated you earlier): our latest gorgeous game Lifeform ( ) is currently landing with backers, we're finalising all of the files for Shadows of Kilforth, plus preparing to launch the Kickstarter for 1565, St Elmo’s Pay - there is simply not enough chaos in our lives right now; so we moved house a few days ago, and I’m flying to GenCon in a few hours too...  :D

SoK Progress Report

All of the delicious final art is in, including the extra commissions for the stretch goal stuff. Once again, like Gloom of Kilforth before it, Shadows of Kilforth is going to look utterly outstanding on your gaming tables.

All of the final cards have been sent to our crack team of special forces play-testers for a last round of scrutinising, breaking, spell-checking, and sanity-proofing and the feedback has been brilliant. Even when someone spots a typo it feels like a minor victory because we're tightening that web ever closer to bring the best possible quality we can.

We're sending the approved files (box art, etc.) to the printers and we're over 90% through the check-list of stuff that we need to do before we can begin production in earnest. Ultimately the actual start of manufacturing will depend on the factory's timelines of availability, but we are in regular contact with them so fingers crossed everything should progress smoothly.

GenCon Events!!

I've managed to book two GenCon events, details below, each of which is an excuse for me to say hello and thank you to US backers, sign games, and chat about geek stuff. I requested that there be no charge for either event as it's just a meet and greet but GenCon has slapped a $2 fee on for tickets anyway for use of their table space. It would be great to see some of you at the show if you're going and this just gives us an organised way to do it, but if you do see me at the show anyway be sure to say hello as I will be an English fish out of water in any case!

1066, Tears to Many Mothers GenCon Event 1 of 2

Start Date & Time: Thursday at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

Location: Stadium: Field : Blue : 13--14

Gloom of Kilforth GenCon Event 2 of 2

Start Date & Time: Friday at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM

Location: Stadium : Field : Blue : 29--30

Outcast + Shopkeeper added to SoK!!

Two reprinted cards for the misprinted Shopkeeper from Gloom of Kilforth (2nd print run) and the confusingly worded Outcast from the Encounters expansion have been added into Shadows of Kilforth. We'll add a note explaining their existence for any newbies too but wanted to let you know here as well.

Extra Polymorph Spell added to the Adventures expansion

One bonus spell 'Polymorph' has been added to the Spell deck for Shadows of Kilforth because of, well hey, we just love ya. Consider it a secret bonus stretch goal!


Here are some more great Gloom of Kilforth reviews to whet your appetite whilst we wait for the Shadows to consume us...

Gloom Of Kilforth — Dark N’ Stormy

ENGN 144 – Kickstarter Roundup: Fantasy Throwdown

With GenCon and other life stuff happening for the next couple of weeks I won't be around as much on social but if you have anything urgent you can still email me directly (ninjadorg at and pop URGENT in the message title. If you’re waiting on Lifeform, do not panic, it will be with you within the next couple of weeks. And if you have any rules questions and stuff about any of our games the experts are all on hand here to deal with your queries. I’ll be back!

Ciao for now,

Tristan xx

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BackerKit PM Open Another 48 Hours!!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 01:50:43 AM

Hi guys, 

Following your feedback this is just a very quick note to say that I've now reopened all of your pledges in BackerKit for another 48 hours from now to give you some extra time to finalise your orders. 

If you want to add anything else to your order after 48 hours you will have to message me directly - but I cannot promise that I will be able to accommodate you because we need to lock in these numbers so that we can get everything set up and ready for you guys to get your game loot as soon as possible! :)

Cheers peeps,

Tristan xx