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:

Darkroot Expansion - Production Samples!
10 months ago – Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 11:32:19 PM

Greetings Unkindled,

The SFG Community Team have taken over the Kickstarter Updates! We’re the guys who answer your questions on Facebook/Twitter, and we’ll keep you up to date on everything going on with Dark Souls™: The Board Game (and let the Project Team focus on making sure we stay on track). If you’ve not seen the timeline for the project, you can view it here.

SFG have already been sent through the ‘Print Proof’ boxes for Black Dragon Kalameet, and the Guardian Dragon Expansions for Dark Souls™: The Board Game. These are the copies that get sent to the Project Team from the factory in China, so they can check everything is how it should be.  

We’ve been given the Darkroot Expansion today and oh boy will this ramp the difficulty up! Before we begin...

SHIPPING UPDATE  

We are still awaiting the Production Samples on the following Expansions:  

  • The Four Kings Expansion 
  • Asylum Demon Expansion 
  • Gaping Dragon Expansion 
  • Darkroot Basin & Iron Keep Tile Set 
  • Old Iron King Expansion 
  • Vordt of the Boreal Valley Expansion

Once these have been received and we are happy with the quality then shipping to hubs will commence.
WE ARE STILL ON TRACK FOR A DELIVERY IN JULY AS STATED HERE.

As soon as we get the Production Samples at SFG HQ we will be updating you in a similar fashion to this for each one that arrives. 


DARKROOT EXPANSION  

Once the heart of the kingdom of Oolacile, the Darkroot retains several landmarks of that realm of ancient sorceries and myth. Undoubtedly the most poignant amongst them is the final resting place of Sir Artorias the Abysswalker, guarded eternally by his companion, the Great Grey Wolf Sif.  

SPOILER ALERT: If you want the gameplay experience of the Darkroot 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
  • 18x Encounter Cards 
  • 15x Treasure Cards 
  • 14x Enemy Miniatures 
  • 7x Enemy Data Cards 
  • 1x Great Grey Wolf Sif Miniature 
  • 1x Great Grey Wolf Sif Health Dial 
  • 1x Great Grey Wolf Sif Data Card
  • 14x Great Grey Wolf Sif Behaviour Cards 
  • 3x Great Grey Wolf Sif Treasure Cards 
  • 1x Artorias Miniature 
  • 1x Artorias Health Dial 
  • 1x Artorias Data Card 
  • 13x Artorias Behaviour Cards 
  • 3x Artorias Treasure Cards 

GREAT GREY WOLF SIF 

Sif is the first boss in Dark Souls™: The Board Game to feature a Cool Down mechanic, which occurs when Sif is edging close to death, and shows the creature in it’s weakened state. Make no mistake: this does not mean that Sif makes for an easy encounter. Reaching Sif’s Limping Strike is not a task to be taken lightly. 

SIR ARTORIAS THE ABYSSWALKER 

Artorias, too, does not heat up in the same fashion as other bosses. Rather than adding one Heat Up card to his existing behaviour deck, you remove two random behaviour cards then add all three Heat Up cards. Be wary as you approach his Heat Up threshold; the terrifying combination leap attacks that await you can spell your demise if you underestimate them. 

Tiles not included - Core Game Tiles in use
Tiles not included - Core Game Tiles in use


NEXT WEEK ON SFG LIVE 

We’ll be joined by Lead Developer Alex Hall as we playthrough the Darkroot Expansion and take on one of the new Main Bosses. We thought we’d let you decide who you want to see on stream via a straw poll: https://www.strawpoll.me/15330359

Join us at 16:00GMT via twitch.tv/steamforged where the Lead Developer, Alex, will be available to answer your questions & we'll be fighting against your chosen Main Boss.

MISSED OUT DURING THE CAMPAIGN?

If you missed out on the Darkroot Expansion during the campaign it is available to pre-order now via the Steamforged webstore or your Local Gaming Store.
Tiles not included - Core Game Tiles in use
Tiles not included - Core Game Tiles in use

Chinese New Year Ending - Photos Imminent!
10 months ago – Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 12:16:57 AM

Hi unkindled,

Chinese New Year is now fully over and our manufacturing partners are now starting to pick up where they left off.

We have requested photographs of the progress and we expect a whole slew of photos to land next week after our contacts do their visits. We have been told that progress is going well and currently on track for the July delivery of Wave 2 to backers.

We are still waiting for final production samples (i.e. the complete product, not parts/whitebox) of the following:

  • Dark Root Expansion
  • Gaping Dragon Expansion
  • Asylum Demon Expansion
  • Vordt Expansion
  • The Four Kings Expansion
  • Old Iron King Expansion

We are expecting these to be shipped to us next week. 

The tile set is still going through final approvals but due to where they are printed this should at this time be hitting with the Wave 2 expansions. The main issue with the tiles was they weren't 'dark' enough so we have worked in a more 'Dark Souls' feel to them to ensure consistency with the brand.

Distributors/Retailers that have not been part of the Kickstarter will soon receive their information to start pre-orders for these products (obviously not the KS exclusive ones!). The release dates will be staggered through August/Sept/Oct for normal retail - however this does not effect Kickstarter backers! All your products are still estimated to arrive together in July. 

If you are a Retail Kickstarter backer, you will also receive ALL of your Wave 2 product together, meaning you will have over 4 weeks (longer on some products) on all lines compared to any retailer who was not part of the Kickstarter.

On-top of all this, you will note the price is considerably higher on all expansions in general compared to what backers have paid.

So, hold tight until the next update which is due next week/when we receive photo's of all the Wave 2 progress!

Praise the Sun! \[T]/

Dark Souls™: The Card Game - Shipping Update
11 months ago – Wed, Feb 07, 2018 at 12:17:31 AM


Hi Survivors,  

Big news for those of you who added Dark Souls™: The Card Game to your BackerKit earlier in the campaign. This morning ALL copies of the game arrived at SFG HQ! Our warehouse team began unloading them immediately and its full steam ahead to get them shipped to you as soon as possible!  

 


Dark Souls™: The Card Game hits Retail on March 16th and we’re very confident that if you ordered a copy via the BackerKit then you will have your game before then! In fact, some of you will see yours within the next few days!  


If you pre-ordered the game via our webstore then you can expect to receive it for March 16th. Can’t wait for the game to arrive? Check out these reviews & testimonials:

PolyGon: “Dark Souls™ - The Card Game is the series’ best tabletop version” 

TechRaptor: “Dark Souls™ - The Card Game is my favourite release in a long time”

WhatCulture: “Inspired, Challenging, Worthy of Sun Praising”

 
Playthrough?

We recently hosted a Staff Playthrough of the Game via out Twitch/YouTube Channels. You can see Part 1 & Part 2 here:

 

 

Last Night's Livestream with Alex
12 months ago – Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 06:34:59 PM

Hi Unkindled,

If you weren't able to join in the Livestream on Twitch.tv/steamforged last night then don't worry, we've trimmed the stream down to it's component parts and uploaded them to our YouTube Channel. 

We were joined by Alex, one of the Lead Developers on Dark Souls™ - The Board Game, who answered your questions and talked us through the finer points of the Guardian Dragon and Black Dragon Kalameet. 

We also discuss some of the processes involved in the production of the game boards, and how these Print Proofs highlight where something can be overlooked initially but allow us to catch them before they go to mass print. 

Dark Souls™ - The Card Game

We'll have an update coming next week regarding the delivery status of Dark Souls™ - The Card Game for those who added it to their BackerKit (it's good news!!)

Until the next time!

Praise the Sun \[T]/

Black Dragon Kalameet - Print Proof Copy
12 months ago – Thu, Feb 01, 2018 at 11:43:36 PM

Hi Unkindled,  

We’re back again with the ‘Print Proof’ for Black Dragon Kalameet. If you’ve not seen the Guardian Dragon update check it out here, where we explain what a Level 4 Encounter is.  

The ‘Print Proof’ boxes for Black Dragon Kalameet, and the Guardian Dragon are the copies that get sent to the Project Team from the factory in China, so they can check everything is how it should be. We got in early today and have taken the Black Dragon Kalameet box away from the Project Team to show to you!  

Legend tells that long ago before the forgotten kingdom of Oolacile was swallowed by the Abyss, the last of the ancient Everlasting Dragons made its home in that land. Known to the unwise as the one-eyed dragon, Black Dragon Kalameet was as dark in colour and nature as its true name suggests, the only spark of light the glowing chaos gem between it’s eyes…  

SPOILER ALERT: If you want the gameplay experience of the Black Dragon Kalameet 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 Kalameet Miniature  
  • 1x Kalameet Health Dial  
  • 1x Kalameet Data Card  
  • 13x Kalameet Behaviour Cards  
  • 8x Strafe Cards  
  • 2x Kalameet Treasure Cards  
  • 4x Calamity Condition Tokens  
  • 4x Level 4 Encounter Cards  
  • 1x Mega Boss Game Board (Double Sided)  


Level 4 Encounters  

We revealed how difficult a Level 4 Encounter could be yesterday, here is another such encounter. Prepare to Die really is a fitting slogan… The encounters we have shown are one of the ones that use only the Core Game miniatures, there are also Level 4 encounters that combine other expansion sets. The encounter we see here ‘Great Stone Bridge’ utilises:  

  • 2x Sentinel  
  • 3x Crossbow Hollows  
  • 2x Silver Knight Swordsmen  
  • 1x Gravestones  
  • 1x Treasure  


Black Dragon Kalameet Mega Boss  

Again, we don’t want to spoil too much of this encounter but the Custom Game Elements introduced by Black Dragon Kalameet are the Calamity Condition and Strafe Attacks. As the name suggests the Calamity Condition will make your block, resist & dodge rolls harder to accomplish. Whilst Strafe Attacks represent Kalameet taking flight and scorching the ground doing massive AoE Damage. This is a tough fight, and Strafe Attacks make your positioning all important.   


Campaign Scenario ‘Bathed in Flame’  

If you played through ‘The First Journey’ Campaign on pages 34 and 35 of Dark Souls™: The Board Game rulebook then you can immediately continue your adventure with ‘Bathed in Flame’ which will pit you against two Level 3 encounters, a Level 4 encounter and finally Black Dragon Kalameet.  

The Guardian Dragon also comes with Campaign Scenarios, but we’ll leave that for you to discover.  

Before we sign off, we will be doing a live unboxing of both the Guardian Dragon, and Black Dragon Kalameet on Thursday 1st February (today) at 4PM GMT after we finish our playthrough of Dark Souls™ - The Card Game on twitch.tv/Steamforged  

Praise the Sun \[T]/