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 the base game. There is no reason that it should not work just as well in combination with the upcoming official expansion.
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:
Artwork for the Vampire of Envy card by Ralf Hartung/Artificial Light & Magic, https://art-light-magic.deviantart.com/, used by kind permission
Artwork for the Wraith of Hatred card by Andreas Adamek, http://paintangel.cgsociety.org/, used by kind permission
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.
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 by 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).
Go to poker-sized cards at printerstudio.com
Reduce the deck size to Up to 36 cards and click the orange Personalize it button
Reduce the number of cards to 32 and click the blue different images button
Click the green upload images button, select the 32 card fronts and upload them
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
Click the orange next step button to get to step 2 “Add Text To Front” and again to get to step 3 “Customize back”
Click on the blue different images button
Click the green upload images button, select the 3 cardback files and upload them
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
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”
Double check that you have 4 Ancient cards, 4 Abilities cards and 24 Plot cards, each paired with their appropriate cardback
Tick the box at the bottom confirming that you have the authorization to use the content and click the orange add to cart button
Complete checkout as instructed
The resulting quality is so close to the original cards that they can hardly be told apart during 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.
Download the 8-page PDF file
The cards belonging to each ancient covers two consecutive pages, so you can start with any of the page pairs 1–2, 3–4, 5–6 or 7–8 if you don’t want to make all cards in one go
Print one-sided without scaling on A4 paper (Letter size paper should work if your printer can print to the edge of the paper) — using self adhesive label paper makes for easier mounting
Fold along the centerline to align the front and back designs, and paste half a sheet of stiff paper or thin cardboard between them (the thickness should be chosen so that the combined “sandwich” becomes sufficiently stiff while at the same time not too thick)
Use a snap-off blade knife and a ruler to cut out the cards according to the black guide lines; it is a good idea not to cut all the way to the edges so that the half-cut cards don’t start moving relatively to each other before you make the final cut
Run a fingernail or a plastic implement over all card edges to smooth the cut
Corners can be cut with a dedicated corner cutter, with ordinary scissors if you have a steady hand or left uncut (if you sleeve the cards, the difference is not that great)