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

This page describes a 32-card unofficial expansion to Gloom of Kilforth, containing four additional Ancients and their accompanying Abilities and Plot cards. While the Ancients in the base game are all Demons, these new ones are Undead. Their difficulty level is similar, perhaps slightly higher.

The expansion does not add any new rules or increase playing time, but only provides more variability by increasing the available number of Ancients from four to eight. It is playtested, and found to be balanced, clear and fully compatible with both the base game and the official expansion.


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).

Two of the cards use web-published artwork (also repeated in faded form on a further 14 cards). The artists behind these have both generously allowed this use of their art:

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 my own set from them and am very pleased with the result). When I ordered, 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 32 front and 3 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 32 and click the blue different images button

  5. Click the green upload images button, select the 32 card fronts and upload them

  6. When the uploading is finished; click [Help me autofill images!] and take note of where the four Ancient cards and the four Abilities 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 3 cardback files and upload them

  10. Drag the Ancient and Abilities cardbacks to the positions where the corresponding fronts ended in step 6, and the Plot cardback to the remaining 24 positions

  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 you have 4 Ancient cards, 4 Abilities cards and 24 Plot cards, each 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.