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
£9,643.68 / 2,085 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Sneak Peak!
7 days ago – Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 01:27:59 AM

I am delighted to say that power has now been restored to our factory in China, and the sampling process is up and running again!

We've lost quite a bit of time, but we're working as fast as we can to get everything finished off. 

At the moment we are working on tray designs. It's already looking very nice as you can see, but there are a still a few improvements we want to make...

We have also now settled on the engraving process for our dice. Here is a sneak peak at some early tests for those. This is of course before any paint is added, but they are still rather lovely! 

We hope you're enjoying these updates, we are finding the manufacturing process fun and fascinating in equal measure! 

Become a Prisoner - Urgent Reminder
14 days ago – Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 10:02:28 PM

Dear Boss-level backers, 

Did you purchase the Become a Prisoner add-on? 

If so, don't forget the deadline for your photo submission is fast approaching - September 11th 2017.

Submitting is quick and easy, and you can find the submission guidelines in update #23.

We cannot guarantee when your portrait card will be delivered if your photo is received after the deadline. 

Thanks for understanding, and we can't wait to see the finished portraits! 

Visual Design Update
21 days ago – Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 09:59:54 PM

While we wait for news from China, feast your eyes on our latest pack shot:

Notice all cards now have the rounded corners you asked for. We've also updated the shape of the scorepads to perfectly tessellate with your character and item cards. And check out the amazing new design for the back of the item cards. Here's a close up: 

(the card-backs for chapter cards remain flat black - there is nothing but darkness ahead...) 

Thank you all for helping us to make such a thing of beauty!

Typhoon Haikui
22 days ago – Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 04:43:38 PM

Bit of bad news to report. 

A typhoon has recently slammed into the eastern coast of China causing flooding, power outages, and the evacuation of 1.8m people. 

This has affected our factory in Shanghai. Everyone there is ok, but power is down and it will obviously mean a delay in our production. 

Hopefully it will only mean a delay of week or so, but if this results in us missing a production slot or shipping window, we can't say for certain what the knock-on effects will be. 

For now we're just sending our best wishes to everyone affected, but we'll keep you posted as soon as things are back on track. 

The Proof is in the Pudding
23 days ago – Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 12:05:48 AM

Wow, what a month. Where did August go? 

We've just emerged from a very intense time, putting the finishing touches to Escape the Dark Castle and getting the files ready to send to the factory. This game has a lot of artwork, but even more text, and it was no small task to proof the core game, Adventure Pack 1, and all the Kickstarter-exclusive content in one go. 

Harking back to classic text-adventures and vintage gamebooks as we have, the wording of every card in Escape the Dark Castle is of paramount importance. The narrative text has to work in harmony with the artwork to generate the desired atmosphere for you, the players, not to mention convey the actual details and rules of each challenge - all without being overlong or confusing. 

Here's a snap from the studio, where we sat surrounded by printouts day after day until we were ready to swear our next game would be completely text-free! 

But no, our love affair with fantasy writing continues, and in the end we got the job done.

With pleasure we can now report the files have been sent to the printer, and we're moving on to the next stage of manufacture - production samples. The factory will now use our final files to create samples using the materials and methods we have chosen. This is the first time we will really see it all come together. These samples will be sent to us for a final, detailed inspection and approval in the next couple of weeks, before we 'push the button' and authorise the first print run - very exciting! 

It's a fascinating process and we'd like to share it with you all, so we'll keep you posted and share photos as things progress. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as some of the smaller updates will go up there. 

For now, we wait...