Grave Encounters – a fan-expansion for Tristan Hall’s Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game

This page describes a 22-card unofficial expansion to Gloom of Kilforth, containing five new encounters of each type plus two events. It increases the proportion of keywords that are rare in the base game, but not by so much that the combination of this and the official expansion will become unbalanced in the other direction.

The expansion does not add any new rules or increase playing time, but only provides more variability by increasing the available number of Encounters. This greatly reduces the risk of having to reshuffle encounter decks; a weakness in the base game occasionally encountered in four-player games. It is playtested, and found to be balanced, clear and fully compatible with the base game. There is no reason that it should not work just as well in combination with the upcoming official expansion.

Copyrights

The reuse of design elements and cardback art scanned from the base game cards for this noncommercial fan-expansion is approved by the game’s designer Tristan Hall (ninjadorg on boardgamegeek.com).

Original content is made by me, Tor Gjerde (gjerde on BGG), in cooperation with Chris Sundli (Koyaro on BGG). Owners of the game are allowed to make their own copies of the cards free of charge. Please do not republish the content without explicit permission.

Professional printing

The best way to make the cards is to have them printed by printerstudio.com (I have no affiliation with them, but have ordered cards of this type from them and am very pleased by the result). When I last checked, the price was USD 11.05 plus postage and minus any discount (various “coupon codes” are available at different times, but not all apply to cards).

  1. Download all 22 front and 4 back designs to separate folders

  2. Go to poker-sized cards at printerstudio.com

  3. Reduce the deck size to Up to 36 cards and click the orange Personalize it button

  4. Reduce the number of cards to 22 and click the blue different images button

  5. Click the green upload images button, select the 22 card fronts and upload them

  6. When the uploading is finished; click [Help me autofill images!] and take note of where the different location types (6 Plains cards, 6 Forest cards, 5 Badlands cards and 5 Mountain cards) end up in the grid.

  7. Click the orange next step button to get to step 2 “Add Text To Front” and again to get to step 3 “Customize back”

  8. Click on the blue different images button

  9. Click the green upload images button, select the 4 cardback files and upload them

  10. Drag the cardbacks to the positions where the corresponding location types ended in step 6

  11. Click the orange next step button to get to step 4 “Add Text To Back” and again to get to step 5 “Preview & Add to Cart”

  12. Double check that all cards are paired with their appropriate cardback

  13. Tick the box at the bottom confirming that you have the authorization to use the content and click the orange add to cart button

  14. Complete checkout as instructed

The resulting quality is so close to the original cards that they can hardly be told apart during play.

Print and play

A faster and cheaper alternative is to print and mount the cards yourself. Though it takes a bit more work, and you will not be able to match the quality of professionally printed cards, the result is quite serviceable, especially if the cards are sleeved.