Dark Souls™ - The Board Game

Created by Steamforged Games Ltd

Dark Souls™ - The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Wave 2 - Shipping Containers Arriving!
7 months ago – Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 01:00:19 AM

A short but sweet update today – Wave 2 is progressing well! We’ve had two of six containers arrive at the UK Warehouse, there was so much to unload that we drafted in every single onsite member of staff, including the CEO, to help unload the vehicle. We’ve also had confirmation from our Global Hubs that they too have begun to receive their shipping containers! 

Once we receive the third we will begin to ship Wave 2 to backers. This is still on target to begin shipping in July, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we begin shipping direct to Backers.  

Container the First

Over 4000 Darkroot Expansions to unload...
Over 4000 Darkroot Expansions to unload...
...but the sun was shining, if only we could be so grossly incandescent...
...but the sun was shining, if only we could be so grossly incandescent...
...after two hours we'd emptied the container...
...after two hours we'd emptied the container...
...and the games were palletised for storage in the warehouse.
...and the games were palletised for storage in the warehouse.

 
Container the Second

We were dab hands at this whole passing a box down the line gig...
We were dab hands at this whole passing a box down the line gig...
...and emptied this one after just an hour...
...and emptied this one after just an hour...
...all palletised and ready for storage until container 3 arrives!
...all palletised and ready for storage until container 3 arrives!

Old Iron King Expansion - Production Sample
8 months ago – Thu, May 31, 2018 at 12:20:30 AM

 
Welcome Unkindled!  

Today we’re delving back into the unboxing of the Mega Boss Expansions. So far, we’ve revealed:  

Wave 2 is on track for delivery in July 2018. Containers are currently making their way to SFG HQ!  

This week we’ll be opening Old Iron King Expansion and taking a look at the contents inside. This product is a Kickstarter Exclusive Expansion and will not be available for general sale.  

No one now remembers the true identity of the man who became the Old Iron King, once a minor lord with little to his name. Aided by Sir Alonne, an enigmatic knight from the east, his lust for power created a vast and indomitable empire carved from the old kingdom of Venn. Not even the sure of undeath could stay his vision, as he hunted them down and imprisoned their lifeless corpses…  


SPOILER ALERT: If you want the gameplay experience of the Old Iron King Expansion to be entirely unexpected do not read the text, just look at the pretty pictures.
 

Obligatory Spoiler Alert out of the way…let’s have a look at what you get in the box.  

  • 1x Rules Insert  
  • 1x Old Iron King Miniature  
  • 1x Old Iron King Health Dial  
  • 1x Old Iron King Data Card  
  • 12x Old Iron King Behaviour Cards  
  • 2x Old Iron King Treasure Cards  
  • 6x Fire Beam Cards  
  • 4x Level 4 Encounter Cards  
  • 1x Mega Boss Game Board  


Custom Game Elements  

The Old Iron King presents a new challenge for players in this encounter. The Game Board features three unique ‘Iron King Nodes’ on which Old Iron King may be placed during the encounter. The Old Iron King submerges into and emerges from these three nodes during his Fire Beam attacks, behind these nodes lava spews, players may not enter this area of the board.  

A Fire Beam attack is a devastating blast of energy released from Old Iron King’s palm that devastates the battlefield hitting multiple nudes for a high amount of damage. Players must memorise both the Behaviour Deck and the Fire Beam Deck to gain victory against the Old Iron King.  

Campaign Scenario ‘Go Beyond Death’  

The Old Iron King Campaign draws upon content from the Core Game, the Explorers Expansion and Iron Keep Expansions, and can be played over four game sessions. You will fight through the Tower of Flame, Threshold Bridge, Ironhearth Hall and finally Eygil’s Idol. Along the way you will face Old Dragonslayer (Mini-Boss), Smelter Demon (Main Boss), Pursuer (Main Boss) before steeling yourself against Old Iron King himself.

Wave 2 - Shipping Containers en route to SFG
8 months ago – Tue, May 22, 2018 at 11:36:45 PM

Greetings Unkindled,

We’ve had confirmation from the factory in China that the first of many shipping containers have begun their journey to us at SFG HQ in Manchester, UK. Our warehouse team are prepped and ready for the containers to arrive, so we can begin shipping Wave 2 to Backers in July 2018.

Next week we'll be back to our regular unboxing updates and we'll be delving into the Kickstarter Exclusive Old Iron King Expansion. 

That's a lot of Darkroot Expansions.
That's a lot of Darkroot Expansions.


We’ll keep you updated on the progress of these containers, including when they arrive at SFG HQ and when we begin shipping Wave 2 to Backers.

The Darkroot Expansion & Asylum Demon Expansion will launch at Retail in August. If you didn’t order these during the Kickstarter Campaign, then you can pre-order them today from the Steamforged webstore.

If you can’t wait for the games to arrive then check out these articles and videos below for a breakdown of each Expansion:

Join Jamie, Gaz, and Alex as they fight their way through the Four Kings Expansion. This one is a sprint, not a marathon!


Our adventurers return - this time fighting through the Darkroot Expansion. 

Gaping Dragon Expansion - Production Sample
8 months ago – Tue, May 15, 2018 at 10:07:43 PM

Gaping Dragon Mega Boss Expansion
Gaping Dragon Mega Boss Expansion

Welcome Unkindled!  

Today we’re delving back into the unboxing of the Mega Boss Expansions. So far we’ve revealed:

Wave 2 is on track for delivery in July 2018. Last week on our Twitch Channel we saw Lead Developer, Alex Hall, and Office lacky, Gareth, take on the fearsome Four Kings. You can view that playthrough here.

This week we’ll be opening the Gaping Dragon box and taking a look at the contents inside. If you missed out on ordering this via the Kickstarter then you can pre-order your copy here!

Some are so lost that they are not even worthy of place amongst the shambling and vengeful corpses of the Undead Burg. Their fate instead is to eternally wander the endless corridors of the flooded and labyrinthine Depths, banished forever from the light of the sun. The Gaping Dragon is one such creature, an abomination hideously transformed by its ravenous hunger.  

The Gaping Dragon is terrifying!!
The Gaping Dragon is terrifying!!

SPOILER ALERT: If you want the gameplay experience of the Gaping Dragon Expansion to be entirely unexpected do not read the text, just look at the pretty pictures.

Obligatory Spoiler Alert out of the way…let’s have a look at what you get in the box:

  • 1x Rules Insert  
  • 1x Gaping Dragon Miniature
  • 1x Gaping Dragon Health Dial  
  • 1x Gaping Dragon Data Card  
  • 14x Gaping Dragon Behaviour Cards  
  • 2x Gaping Dragon Treasure Cards  
  • 4x Corrosion Condition Tokens
  • 4x Level 4 Encounter Cards  
  • 1x Mega Boss Game Board  

Custom Game Elements

The Gaping Dragon introduces a new Boss Mechanic that players will have to overcome. The Gaping Dragon has the capability to perform back-to-back attacks via it’s Crawling Charge Mechanic. Whenever the ‘Crawl’ Icon appears on a behaviour card the Gaping Dragon will immediately perform a Charge where it slams its barbed maw forward before rapidly skittering across the ground. Players will need to ensure they’re prepared for a barrage of attacks!  

The second new mechanic is the Corrosion Condition. When a character is suffering from the Corrosion Condition and makes a Block roll, they suffer -1 successes on the roll. If they suffer damage from the attack, then the condition is removed. (A Corrosion Token, much like a Bleed Token, is not removed at the end of a character’s activation.)

Campaign Scenario ‘Into the Depths’ 

The Gaping Dragon Campaign Scenarios are set in Dark Souls™ 1 following on from the Darkroot Expansion and can be played over a series of five sessions. Along the way you’ll have to defeat the Winged Knight, Titanite Demon, Artorias, Ornstein & Smough, and then finally the Gaping Dragon.

We have also included rules to allow this campaign to be followed if you only have the Core Set. You quite simply replace the Artorias Boss Fight with the Dancer, and do not use the Darkroot Expansion Encounters as instructed.

Asylum Demon Expansion - Production Sample
8 months ago – Thu, May 10, 2018 at 12:17:39 AM

Available for Pre-Order Now
Available for Pre-Order Now

Dark Souls™: The Board Game & ALL Expansions have completed their Development Cycle and are now locked. 

Wave 2 is on track for delivery in July 2018. Last week we previewed the Four Kings Expansions and unboxed them on our Twitch Channel. If you missed it you can view it on our YouTube Channel.


Not all demons are storied, with names that leap from the pages of history, Unknown amongst the scholars of men are those damned and contemptible creatures of vitriolic darkness which prefer the company of kindred spirits to that of mortals…

SPOILER ALERT: If you want the gameplay experience of The Asylum Demon Expansion to be entirely unexpected do not read the text, just look at the pretty pictures.

Obligatory Spoiler Alert out of the way…let’s have a look at what you get in the box. 

  • 1x Rules Insert
  • 1x Asylum Demon Miniature
  • 1x Asylum Demon Health Dial
  • 1x Asylum Demon Data Card 
  • 9x Asylum Demon Mini Boss Behaviour Cards 
  • 2x Asylum Demon Treasure Cards 
  • 1x Stray Demon Data Card 
  • 13x Stray Demon Mega Boss Behaviour Cards 
  • 2x Stray Demon Treasure Cards 
  • 4x Pillar Tokens 
  • 4x Level 4 Encounter Cards 
  • 1x Mega Boss Game Board

Custom Game Elements

The Asylum Demon is a Mini-Boss and functions the same as any other Mini-Boss with the exception that the encounter takes place on a Mega-Boss Game Board. This is because of the Custom Game Element Pillar Smasher. This enables the Asylum Demon and Stray Demon to destroy the pillar terrain features on the game board. If you’re within one node of a pillar when it is destroyed, you’ll immediately suffer one damage and the Stagger condition.  

The Asylum Demon and Stray Demon also have a number of sluggish, yet powerful attacks that players can take advantage of. A new ‘wind up’ icon gives players the ability to reposition their character. When the behaviour is resolved you can spend one stamina to move on node in an attempt to move out of the way of the attack.

Campaign Scenario ‘Demon Hunting’

The new campaign from the Asylum Demon starts you in the Undead Asylum and ends with the Anor Londo showdown against Ornstein and Smough. It is directly compatible with the Core Game and requires no additional expansions required.