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Escape the Dark Castle

Created by Themeborne

Escape the Dark Castle
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2,119 backers pledged £87,814.00 on Kickstarter

A simple, co-operative tabletop game for 1-4 players, with a stylish design inspired by 80s fantasy nostalgia. Funded on Kickstarter in June 2017, now available for pre-order!

Raised in Kickstarter
£87,814.00 / 2,119 backers
Raised in BackerKit
£9,813.63 / 2,099 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Our New Kickstarter Campaign is Live!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Jun 01, 2018 at 11:48:20 PM

THE LEGEND GROWS...


Our new Kickstarter Campaign is now live!

Click here to explore the next chapter....

2 new Adventure Packs, The Collector's Box, playmats, sleeves, The Death Book and more are waiting to be discovered. 

EARLY BIRD PLEDGE AVAILABLE UNTIL JUNE 3rd

Please join us on the new campaign page and show your support as we expand the Escape the Dark Castle range. 

We hope to see you there!

-The Themeborne team

The Collector's Box
about 2 months ago – Wed, May 23, 2018 at 02:16:24 AM


On 1st June 2018, Themeborne will be back on Kickstarter.  


The new campaign will add three new expansions to the Escape the Dark Castle range, along with various add-ons based on the feedback we've received over the past year from our amazing community of players. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal all...  

Today we are very excited to unveil the third of the new Kickstarter expansions:   

The Collector’s Box  

An expansion in its own right, the Collector’s Box contains a wealth of new, fan-driven game content for Escape the Dark Castle while also providing stylish and practical storage for your entire collection.

 (Not final design. Some of the items shown are sold separately)       

Contains:  

6 New Boss Cards  
An array of powerful new foes, each with a unique and devious mechanic 

12 Special Ability Cards
Unlock the prisoner's hidden talents as they reach new heights of heroism 

4 Special Ability Dice
Used to carry out character special abilities 

2 New Start Cards
Now you’ll never know exactly how your adventure will begin 

2 Epilogue Cards
Whether you escape or not, get complete narrative closure to every quest 

4 Health Trackers with Cubes
An optional alternative to the scorepad & pencil system 

1 Dice Bag
Store all the game’s beautiful dice in one satisfying pouch 

1 “First Player” Card
Used to help keep track of which prisoner is taking the lead each chapter 

1 Icon Chart

A handy reference to help new players remember what everything means 

 (Not final design. Some of the items shown are sold separately)   


Storage for your entire collection, now and in the future  

With it’s sturdy, matt black box and minimal spot UV detailing, the imposing exterior of the Collector’s Box hides an elegant storage system within. Now you can store every item in your Escape the Dark Castle collection in one box with ease.  

The custom insert lets you organise your cards by set, type, or however you see fit, simply slipping them into the rows of perfectly-sized card slots – sleeved or unsleeved. Not only is this immensely satisfying, it also cuts down on card handling time during setup - just slide out the desired modules and your tailored game can be set up in moments.  

We’ve even included space for several more expansions, so future releases will fit right in. The larger cavity is molded to securely hold all your rulebooks, scorepads, pencils & cubes, with extra space set aside to store all the great add-ons you’ll be able to pick up during the Kickstarter – more of which will be announced soon!  

Let us know what you think of the Collectors Box below, or on social media: @themeborne #escapethedarkcastle  

Please note, a copy of Escape the Dark Castle is required to use this set and the exact content and design is subject to change during the Kickstarter campaign.

The legend grows...
2 months ago – Wed, May 16, 2018 at 11:30:45 AM

On 1st June 2018, Themeborne will be back on Kickstarter.  

The new campaign will add three expansions to the Escape the Dark Castle range, along with various add-ons driven by the feedback we've received over the past year from our amazing community of players. 

So far we have unveiled the first two new expansions but we still have one to reveal along with full details of the campaign, pledge levels and add-ons, so stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal all!

Adventure Pack 2: Scourge of the Undead Queen 

Gorging on the castle’s unending supply of tortured souls, the Undead Queen calls to her service the corpses, skeletons, and spirits of the depths. If a prisoner should fall at the hands of her inexhaustible armies, all that awaits is an eternity of agonising undeath…

Contains:  

1 New Boss  
The Undead Queen, a foul necromancer bent on enslaving your soul 

15 New Chapters
The Undead Queen’s terrifying forces, and new locations within the Dark Castle 

3 Companion Characters
Vital allies to accompany the prisoners and assist in their escape 

3 Companion Trigger Cards
Event cards which signify the arrival of a Companion 

3 Companion Dice
Used to carry out Companion actions and special abilities 

2 New Items
Each a powerful relic for the prisoners to discover 

1 New Item Dice
Used to apply the powers of a relic 

New Mechanic - Companions

This Adventure Pack introduces a new mechanic to the system - Companions. These characters can appear during a quest and join-up with the prisoners to assist in their escape. Fans of roleplaying games will know them by the term NPCs (non-player characters). Players will now encounter event cards in the item deck which trigger the arrival of one of the Companions. Each Companion has a unique mixture of traits and a special ability. They are powerful allies but their presence may be fleeting, so prisoners must choose carefully how and when to call on them. 

 A copy of Escape the Dark Castle is required to use this set. However, as with all our Adventure Packs, this new content can be played as a standalone, themed adventure or mixed into the base set to increase variety and replay value.

 

Adventure Pack 3: Blight of the Plague Lord

In the most confined, twisting passageways; in the vaulted eaves of the highest towers; in the fetid air drawn sharply into your panicked lungs – there will you find his creation. For he is the Plague Lord, emanator of an all-encompassing evil. A monstrous mass of weeping pustules, it would be his most perverse pleasure to watch as you slowly succumb to the agonising torment of the Black Death...  

Contains:  

1 New Boss
The Plague Lord, only growing stronger the more infected he becomes  

15 New Chapters
The Plague Lord’s deranged followers, and new locations within the Dark Castle  

3 New Characters
Versatile new prisoners ready to join the quest  

3 Character Dice
Representing the new prisoner’s endowment of skills  

5 New Items
Vital new weapons and equipment for prisoners to discover in the depths  

1 Plague Dice
Used to control the contraction and spread of this vile disease  

New Mechanic – the Plague
This Adventure Pack introduces a new mechanic to the system – the Plague. As if the horrors, traps, and challenges of the Dark Castle were not already enough to haunt the prisoner’s every waking thought, there is now a new kind of threat to contend with. As they explore the labyrinthine castle passages, players can now encounter Carriers, plague-infected lunatics bent on spreading the disease. Certain interactions with Carriers can cause prisoners to contract, spread, and even succumb entirely to this rampant atrocity, adding a new dimension and weight to the game’s risk-reward decisions.  

A copy of Escape the Dark Castle is required to use this set. However, as with all our Adventure Packs, this new content can be played as a standalone, themed adventure or mixed into the base set to increase variety and replay value. 

Please note that the exact content of these packs is subject to change during the Kickstarter campaign.

Let us know what you think of these new packs, and please help us share this exciting news. 

 More will be revealed soon!

We want to stay in touch!
3 months ago – Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 01:14:52 AM


As we move away from this Kickstarter campaign and stride boldly towards the next, we're asking everyone to sign up to our mailing list. 

You can do this from the bottom of any page of our website, just scroll down and enter your details. It's the best way to make sure nothing slips through the cracks between campaigns. 

We have some really cool plans to unveil over the next few weeks, and this will be one of the last updates we post here, so please sign up now to stay in the loop. 

Thank you!

It's a sell-out!
3 months ago – Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 01:06:15 AM

Escape the Dark Castle is now SOLD OUT at our online shop. We still have a few copies of Adventure Pack 1: Cult of the Death Knight in stock, but they won't last long so order soon to avoid disappointment. 

Thanks to everyone who supported the game, whether during the KS or at retail.