This Kickstarter features 2 brand new, stand-alone Shadows of Brimstone Adventure Sets – Gates of Valhalla and Valley of the Serpent Kings!
Norse Vikings and Spanish Conquistadors are some of history's most ambitious and cunning explorers, setting out with sailing ships on voyages of discovery and conquest into uncharted territory. Each of these sets focuses on a new group of Explorer-themed Hero characters, venturing out on expeditions into lands that have been tainted by Dark Stone, and journeying through fantastic gateways into alien Worlds.
Each of these sets is fully compatible with all previous Shadows of Brimstone material, but can also be played on its own as a stand-alone Adventure Set!
Valley of the Serpent Kings
In the Valley of the Serpent Kings Adventure Set, players take on the role of a group of Spanish Conquistadors, exploring the dark halls and stone ramparts of a Spanish Fort that has fallen into Darkness, overrun by demons and creatures.
As a Team of Conquistador Heroes, you can play as the fearless El Capitan, leading his men with boundless ambition, the classic Explorer, guiding the expedition through the jungle swamps, the armored Soldier, a front line fighter armed with a heavy crossbow to skewer all but the toughest of Enemies, or the agile and deadly Duelist, fencing with twin blades and blurring the line between dance and death.
New Enemies include Drowned Dead, lost explorers that rise up from the watery depths to take their revenge on the living, Serpentmen Archers, keeping their distance to fire a deadly volley of Dark Stone arrows at the Heroes, Temple Guard, a new breed of brutish Serpentmen that defend the temples of the Serpent Kings with savage ferosity, and the mighty Croxin Beast, a massive reptilian creature unleashed by the Serpentmen as a beast of war!
This set also features brand new material for the Swamps of Jargono OtherWorld (first introduced in the Swamps of Death Core Set), a murky jungle swamp filled with giant insects, carnivorous plants, and vicious Serpentmen. The Heroes will explore a new region of Jargono - the Valley of the Serpent Kings, with new Map Tiles, Encounters, Artifacts, World abilities, and Enemies to battle, letting you explore the Swamps for the first time, or expanding your existing collection.
Gates of Valhalla
In Gates of Valhalla, players take on the role of a group of Norse Vikings, exploring the icy crags and snowy forests of the Norse Lands filled with snarling beasts and mythological creatures emboldened by the power of the Dark Stone.
As a Team of Viking Heroes, you can play as the stalwart Jarl Chieftan, leading his clan from the front of the pack, the classic Raider, armed with shield and axe to pillage and plunder, the frenzied Berserker, unleashing his bloodthirsty Rage in a flurry of death, or the Huscarl honor guard, firing her Viking Bow before charging valiantly into the fray.
New Enemies include Trolls, beastly creatures that regenerate even the most grievous of wounds while hurling large stones and tearing at the Heroes with brutal claws, Gremians, a horde of mischievous little goblins that swarm the Heroes to slice and slash and claw and bite, Centurions, robotic soldiers armed with power swords and shields to fight off intruders, and the terrifying Frost Giant, a towering behemoth that smashes the Heroes with his tree trunk club before charging across the field of battle in a frothing frenzy!
This set also features brand new material for the Targa Plateau OtherWorld (first introduced in the City of the Ancients Core Set), an ancient alien city, frozen and abandoned for millennia save for the robotic constructs that awaken to defend the icy halls. The Heroes will explore a new region of Targa - The Library, with new Map Tiles, Encounters, Artifacts, World abilities, and Enemies to battle, letting you explore the frozen city for the first time, or expanding your existing collection.
Each Adventure Set includes the following:
- A Set of beautifully detailed, multi piece hard plastic, 32mm scale game miniatures for the Heroes and Enemies, each designed with dynamic poses and detail perfect for painting. Gates of Valhalla contains 26 miniatures and Valley of the Serpent Kings contains 20 Miniatures, of various sizes.
- Immersive adventures and story driven gameplay, using the expansive and popular Shadows of Brimstone™ Game Engine.
- Fully Cooperative, with all of the players working together against the game itself
- Dynamically generated adventures, 8 different Missions, and 4 unique Heroes with many options for customization, the game is designed for massive replayability.
- Easy to learn with simple but fun gameplay and rewarding thematic story moments as you progress your Heroes.
- Built-in Campaign system for keeping your Hero characters from game to game, finding new items on your adventures and gaining new skills and abilities as you go up in level.
- Heroes can visit their Expedition Camp Site between missions to re-stock and re-supply before the next adventure, having a mini-adventure in camp.
- Double-sided Map Tiles include an Earth-based World on one side (Norse Lands or Spanish Fort) and an OtherWorld on the back side for the Heroes to explore; stepping through a shimmering portal and continuing their adventures in an alien world of crumbling ruins and terrifying monsters.
- Over 170 game cards, a set of beautifully illustrated, double-sided Map Tiles, a host of dice and counters, and all of the large Hero and Enemy record sheets needed to play.
Either of these Shadows of Brimstone Adventures Sets can be played on its own as a stand-alone game, or it can be used in combination with any and all of the other Shadows of Brimstone products already available! It is fully compatible, in every way! For new players, these Adventures Sets will make a great introduction to the world of Shadows of Brimstone, and for veteran players, they add a ton of new content, including brand new Worlds to explore - the Norse Lands and Targa Plateau - The Library in Gates of Valhalla, and the Spanish Fort and Swamps of Jargono - Valley of the Serpent Kings in Valley of the Serpent Kings. They also include brand new sets of Heroes and Enemies to add to your games.With all of the Shadows of Brimstone material available, the possibilities are endless!
What is Shadows of Brimstone?
Shadows of Brimstone™ is a fully cooperative, dungeon crawl, adventure game, where a group of courageous Heroes explore a world overrun with unspeakable horrors. First appearing as a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013, the original Shadows of Brimstone™ Core boxes were set in the Old West. In 2016, the Forbidden Fortress™ Core box appeared as a second Kickstarter campaign, introducing elements of Feudal Japan to the Shadows of Brimstone game series.
The game supports 1-4 players (or up to 5-6 players with additional Heroes), has a standard game time of 2-3 hours, and includes a campaign system for keeping your Hero characters from game to game, finding new items on your adventures and gaining new skills and abilities as you go up in level. You can also visit a settlement between adventures to re-stock and re-supply before setting out on your next mission, and during the game, you can find the swirling portals that the terrifying enemies are coming from, and you can step through those gateways to continue your adventures on the other side, in another dimension or alien world. The map tiles are all double-sided, with the Earth-based environment on one side and an alien world on the other side.
One of the main features of Shadows of Brimstone™ is that all of the players work together against the game itself, and that everything is card-based and dynamically generated as you play (the encounters, enemies, board layout, etc.), meaning that the game never plays the same way twice.
With the new Team Hero Classes introduced in these Brimstone Adventure Sets, all of the Heroes of the same Hero Class (Conquistador or Viking) share the same basic set of abilities, but each player chooses which of the 4 starting Upgrades for that Hero Class to use, giving them a Sub-Class - A Conquistador may be an Explorer, Duelist, El Capitan, or Soldier; while a Viking may be a Jarl chieftan, Raider, Berserker, or Huscarl. This defines your basic character stats - how much Health and Sanity you have, how good you are at hitting enemies with your weapons, how good you are at solving puzzles or dodging fiendish traps, etc. It also gives you a unique starting ability and defines your basic starting Gear - do you start with a War Axe, a shield and sword, Dueling Blades? Each Hero also starts with a Random Personal Item that gives them a bit more ‘character’.
One other exciting element to the new Team Heroes is the Team Hero Abilities deck. At the start of each Adventure, the players draw one card from the Viking Team Abilities deck for each Viking Hero in the party, and adds it to a shared pool of cards. Each of these cards is a special ability that can be used once during the Adventure, and generally gives all Heroes of that type a bonus. You must choose as a team when best to use them. In this way, the more Vikings you have on a team, the more Team Ability cards you get to draw at the start of each Adventure to help all Viking Heroes! This works the same way for the Conquistadors, and allows for thematic and heroic teamwork between all the characters in the Hero Party that are of the same Hero Class.
There are two Kickstarter Exclusive Hero Classes created for this campaign, as well as a Kickstarter Exclusive Team Hero Expansion.
As part of the Wolf Pledge Level, a backer will get the KS Exclusive Valkyrie Hero Class.
As part of the Lion Pledge Level, a backer will get the KS Exclusive Cursed Eternal Hero Class.
The Explorer Pledge Level includes BOTH the KS Exclusive Cursed Eternaland Valkyrie Hero Classes.
As part of the Warlord Pledge Level, a backer will get BOTH the Valkyrie and Cursed Eternal KS Exclusive Hero Classes, AS WELL AS the KS Exclusive Trederran Strike Team Expansion.
Valkyrie – Riding down from the sky on a winged steed, the death dealing Valkyrie is a warrior maiden in the service of Odin himself, the god of war! Though their numbers are few next to the hordes of beasts and demons that have overrun the land now tainted by the void energies of the Dark Stone, the Valkyries have come to help defend the lands of mortal men from the encroaching Darkness.
Cursed Eternal – One of the twelve crew of Ponce De Leon that explored the wilds to discover the Fountain of Youth, the Cursed Eternals succeeded in their quest for immortality, but at a grim cost. By drinking the Fountain's water, they were granted eternal life, but live out their days in a constant state of withering away, gaunt and pale. Only by cutting down Enemies with his tainted Ghost Blade, and stealing the life essence from his foes, can the Cursed Eternal hold his deterioration at bay.
Trederran Strike Team Expansion – The Trederran Strike Team is an elite fighting squad of alien special forces soldiers, deployed on dangerous missions by the High Command of their Trederran Nation. This Expansion includes the new Trederran Team Heroes, with 4 unique types of Trederrans to play as - the Sergeant, leading the team with grim determination, the Legionnaire, an elite soldier pulled from the front lines, the Specialist, a master in using the various Weapons of War, and the Engineer, a demolitions and tech expert. This allows players to take on the role of a team of alien Anti-Heroes for the first time.
This Expansion includes all of the Heroes, Miniatures, and cards needed to play as a Trederran Strike Team, including Trederran Personal Items, Starting Gear, Upgrades and Skill Tree, Trederran Faction cards that let you choose the Nation your team is fighting for (or if you want to have a combined Strike Team from different Nations, coming together for a unified goal), Team Ability cards (with unqiue Team Abilities for each of the 6 major Trederran Nations), Encounters unique to playing as Trederrans, and 6 new Missions, allowing your Strike Team to venture into other worlds on raids for Dark Stone or resources, to set up toxic gas generators, assassinate a target, or even deploy a dreaded Doomsday Device!
There are 3 types of Stretch Goals that can be unlocked during the course of this Kickstarter campaign: Wolf Level Stretch Goals (marked with the Wolf Icon), Lion Level Stretch Goals (marked with the Lion Icon), and Warlord Level Stretch Goals (marked with the Warlord Icon).
Wolf and Lion Level Pledges will each receive only the Stretch Goals marked with their unique Icon (Wolf Icon or Lion Icon), while Warlord Level Pledges will receive all of the Stretch Goals marked with the Wolf, Lion, and Warlord Icons.
The Miniatures included in Shadows of Brimstone: Gates of Valhalla and Shadows of Brimstone: Valley of the Serpent Kings are multi-part HIPS hard plastic. They come on frames and do require some assembly. We have taken great care to make the assembly in as few pieces per model as possible, while still getting a high level of detail and fantastic, dynamic poses. This also brings an aspect of Hobby to the game as many players find it fun to customize and paint their figures.
How Does the Game Play?
Shadows of Brimstone is a fully-cooperative, Dungeon Crawl adventure game! That means that all of the players form a Hero team (or you can play solo) and are working together against the game itself. You set out on your expeditions exploring a torch-lit Spanish Fort that has been overrun with creatures and demons, or the snowy forests of the Norse Lands, filled with mythological beasts! The team can take on different missions from the Adventure Book, each with unique set up and victory conditions. You may be searching for a sacred artifact, stolen from a nearby settlement by demons and carried off into the darkness, or you might be tasked with sealing off portals that unspeakable creatures are pouring out of!
1-4 Players (or up to 5-6 Players if Adventure Sets are combined together or with additional Hero Expansions) create their Heroes by selecting a Hero Class and Starting Upgrade to play, such as the Conquistador Explorer or Viking Raider.
Once your team is ready to go, the players roll (or decide) what Mission they have taken on and the game begins! Each Hero is represented by a figure on the game board and all of the figures are placed on the Fortress Entrance Map Tile to start the game. All of the Card Decks are shuffled, each Hero gets 1 Grit Token, and the Depth Track is setup with the Hero Party’s marker on the entrance and the Darkness marker deep in the shadows (at the opposite end of the track). Players then draw their Team Ability cards to add to their shared pool for the Hero Party.
At the start of each turn, the Hero with the Light Source (Lantern or Torch) rolls 2 dice to Hold Back the Darkness! This roll needs to be equal to or greater than the number listed on the current stage of the Depth Track. If the roll is passed, the Heroes carry on without delay. If the roll is failed, the Darkness moves one step up the track toward escaping from the shadows! But beware, if the Darkness marker ever reaches the entrance space on the Depth Track, it has escaped, and the mission is failed. As an added element of danger, if the Hold Back the Darkness roll is ever doubles (1-1, 3-3, etc), this instead triggers a random event from the Depth Event Chart equal to that number!
Heroes now Activate in order of Initiative, with the highest going first. During a Hero’s Activation, they roll a die and may move up to the amount rolled. If a 1 is rolled, the Hero also recovers an extra Grit Token. Grit Tokens are used for a number of things in game. A Grit Token may be discarded to Re-roll any number of your dice just rolled (though a die may generally not be Re-rolled more than once), or a Grit Token may be discarded to move an extra die roll worth of spaces during your Movement. A Grit Token may also be used to activate certain powerful character abilities.
After moving, a Hero may attack if there are any Enemies on the board, or if not in a Fight, they may Explore by either Scavenging the area for anything of value (rolling 3 dice and drawing a card from the Scavenge deck for each 6 rolled), or Looking Through a Doorway, if standing on an open exit of a Map Tile. To Look Though a Doorway, you must be in one of the puzzle-cut half spaces of an open exit from the map tile you are on. You may look down the hall and draw a random Map Card to place the next Map Tile, connecting it to the doorway you are looking through. Each time a new Map Tile is placed, you must also move the Hero Party’s marker one step forward on the Depth Track, as the Hero Team delves deeper into the unknown. This is important because as the Heroes go deeper into the shadows, it becomes harder and harder to Hold Back the Darkness (the number required to roll gets higher, the deeper the Hero Party has gone).
Newly placed Map Tiles are always either a Room or a Passage. Passage Tiles have open doorways on all ends and can often split the path in front of the Heroes. They do not, however, contain Encounters for the Heroes to deal with. Room Tiles, on the other hand, always come into play with an Exploration Token on them. As long as there is an unrevealed Exploration Token on a Map Tile, Heroes may not Scavenge or Look Through a Doorway on that Map Tile (you can’t explore further than that room with the unrevealed token). At the end of a full Turn (after all Heroes have been Activated), if there are one or more Heroes in a Room with an Exploration Token, that token is revealed!
While exploring, Heroes can find large, swirling portals that the Enemies are coming through to attack, and they can step through those gateways into a crazy alien World, continuing their adventures on the other side! All of the Map Tiles are double-sided, with the Earth-based world on one side and an alien OtherWorld on the back side. In Gates of Valhalla, the alien World included is the Targa Plateau - Library! In Valley of the Serpent Kings, the OtherWorld is the Swamps of Jargono - Valley of the Serpent Kings. Stepping through the portal, the Heroes find themselves in the halls of a dark archive deep within a frozen ancient alien city, or the sprawling tribal temples and crumbling stone ruins covered in vines and sunken into the water of the murky swamps.
Once the Heroes have reached their objective for the mission being played, they will often have one final Epic battle with an Enemy boss to complete the Adventure!
Between Adventures, the Heroes can travel back to their Expedition Camp to re-stock and re-supply, having a mini-Adventure in Camp before setting out on the next Mission.
Shadows of Brimstone has a built in campaign system allowing the players to keep their Heroes from game to game, finding cool new Gear and Artifacts that they can use in their continuing Adventures, while gaining experience and going up in level to unlock new skills chosen from their Class-Specific Skill Tree.
This project is US, EU, Canada, UK, and Australia Friendly Shipping!
Our intent is to ship all Pledge Rewards and Stretch Goals for this KS project as a single shipping Wave.
However, all extra Add-On items (added individually beyond your Pledge Level/Stretch Goals) will be shipped separately from the main Pledge Rewards/Stretch Goals, and will likely ship AFTER the main Pledge Rewards/Stretch Goals.
Extra Add-on items are US, EU, UK, Canada, and Australia Friendly. They will be packed and delivered to our distribution centers in the EU, UK, Canada, and Australia (at our expense) and then shipped to individual Backer addresses from within the EU, UK, Canada, and Australia for Backers in those regions.
Shipping and handling charges are not included in the pledge levels. We will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter ends, based on the actual shipping and handling costs. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign ends. We will ship your rewards (at our cost) to our distribution centers in the US (in Washington State), Australia, UK, Canada, and the EU. Backers will then be responsible for shipping charges from the most appropriate distribution center to your address.
The following is a list of rough estimates for shipping a standard game package for the Wolf, Lion, Explorer, and Warlord Pledge Levels. Keep in mind these are just estimates, and costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals, or fluctuating carrier rates.
WOLF or LION Level
- USA: $15-$20 to most states.
- Australia: $20-$30
- New Zealand: $30-$40
- UK: $15-$20
- EU: $15-$20 to most countries
- Other European Countries outside the EU: $25-$30
- Canada: $15-$25
- Latin America: $65-$75 (Mexico $70, Brazil $75.)
- Asia: $25-$55
- Africa: $85-95 to most countries.
- USA: $20-$30 to most states
- Australia: $25-$35
- New Zealand: $35-$40
- UK: $20-$25
- EU: $20-$25 to most countries
- Other European Countries outside the EU: $35-$40
- Canada: $20-$35
- Latin America: $90-$100 (Mexico $90, Brazil $110.)
- Asia: $35-$80
- Africa: $130-145 to most countries
- USA: $30-$40 to most states
- Australia: $40-$45
- New Zealand: $45-$50
- UK: $30-$35
- EU: $30-$35 to most countries
- Other European Countries outside the EU: $45-$50
- Canada: $30-$45
- Latin America: $105-$115 (Mexico $100, Brazil $130.)
- Asia: $75-$100
- Africa: $160-175 to most countries
For our international backers, we plan on shipping from our international hubs in the UK/EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. (USA backers and ROW will ship from Washington State, USA.)
We will do our best to get you your rewards by the estimated shipping date, but any number of things (manufacturing delays, shipping delays, customs, etc.) can get in the way of that. We cannot promise that you will receive all pledge rewards before some or all of it is available at conventions, online promotions, or retail. We hope that you will take into consideration that you are getting a better price and exclusives for backing this KS Campaign, but if that is not something you’re okay with, please do not back this project. Thank you for understanding.
Pledges of $25 or more will get access to the Pledge Manager and will be able to upgrade their pledge and add Add-Ons. Upgrading pledges in the Pledge Manager will be more expensive than it is to back at a pledge level during the campaign.
We can fully refund your pledge within 14 days of the campaign’s end, including fees. After that, you may receive a reduced refund, minus Kickstarter fees and other payment processing fees, which may include Pledge Manager fees once the Pledge Manager closes. Once your package has begun being packed, a refund is no longer possible.
All PayPal refunds 14 days or more after the campaign’s end will also have any PayPal fees deducted.
Flying Frog Productions
Flying Frog Productions, LLC is a premier traditional game company that focuses on fun, theme-heavy, story driven board games. Their first game, Last Night on Earth™, made a big splash when it launched in 2007, and since then they have released many more games such as A Touch of Evil™, Fortune and Glory™, and Shadows of Brimstone™, as well as dozens of expansions to provide continued support for all of their game lines. You can find more information about Flying Frog Productions at www.flyingfrog.net, flyingfrogwiki.com, as well as their pages on Facebook, Twitter, and www.BoardGameGeek.com
Risks and challenges
As an established game company, Flying Frog Productions has been making high quality, thematic, fun games for over ten years! We launched our first Kickstarter Campaign in October of 2013 for the original Shadows of Brimstone, and another for Forbidden Fortress in November of 2016. We have been through the process, working out the pipeline and navigating the hurdles. Those projects were enormous, with many moving parts, and logistical challenges. We have learned many lessons from those experiences that will go into making this new Kickstarter project even better! The success of the first Kickstarter campaign allowed us to hire additional staff in our studio and find new manufacturing contacts who can produce higher quality miniatures and components. With the Forbidden Fortress campaign, we streamlined the process and the project went much smoother.
Miniatures – We have been producing HIPS hard plastic, multi-part figures for over 6 years now, working with several factories to refine the pipeline and process. The results are figures that keep getting better and better detail and quality, both in the tooling of the molds and the sculpting of the figures. The miniatures in these Brimstone Adventures Sets are some of our absolute best to date, and we are very excited for backers to see the level of detail on these figures.
Delivery Timeline – The original Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter production and shipping ran very long, but we learned a lot. The Forbidden Fortress Kickstarter production ran a little bit long, but processing and shipping had a very fast turnaround time (we shipped pre-packed boxes directly from China to distribution hubs around the world). We expect the production and shipping of this campaign to go even smoother as we have refined the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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