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Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Descend at your peril!
Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Descend at your peril!
9,639 backers pledged $313,337 to help bring this project to life.

Darkest Dungeon is FUNDED Thanks to You!

Posted by Tyler Sigman (Creator)


Thanks to you – your pledges, your passion and your incredible support – Darkest Dungeon is over 400% funded and well on it's way to being the game we've always dreamed it could be. Whether you pledged, emailed, tweeted or helped to spread the word in any way, we are grateful. 

Speaking for myself (Chris) this has been the most incredible and rewarding experience of my career. This game started as a scribble in a sketchbook, a loose idea that somehow stuck around. To have worked so hard and be so validated by our peers, gamers, and friends is a truly special feeling. 

Special thanks to the fans who have supported our efforts from the first moment we launched the 'Terror & Madness' trailer last October. The encouragement they gave reassured us that we were on the right path, and encouraged us to push ourselves further. 

We'd also like to thank Sean Megaw and Fathom Interactive for their help and support. They've been wonderful, providing us with an exceptional office environment to work from, sound advice, and candid feedback.

We humbly take your support as both a validation of our direction & a mandate to create a great game. A game worthy of your pledges and excitement. A game that will make you agonize over your choices, think hard about your tactics, and reward you for a job well done. 

Very Sincerely, 

Chris Bourassa, Tyler Sigman, Kelvin McDowell & Keir Miron 

$300k Stretch Goal Unlocked: Color Customization! 

You can now adjust the colors of your heroes! Each hero can be easily customized by selecting one of the several available palettes. Each color scheme will be hand selected to fit the tone of the game. Organize your parties by color, or highlight your favourite heroes by giving them a special look. Also, let's not forget red shirts for the FNGs! 

Arbalest Reveal 

When the going gets tough, the tough bring artillery! 

Heavily armored and nigh immovable, the Arbalest can hold the line in the face of any opposition. Her massive crossbow can suppress and eviscerate oncoming attackers, paving the way for a full scale rush! Bring some serious firepower on your next run – bring the Arbalest.

What's Next? 

We're going to GDC! You can expect a bit of a blackout for the next week as we recover from the campaign, hit GDC, and reorient our production efforts. 

We'll be in touch with another update next week where we cover some of the questions you'll no doubt be wanting to know, like next steps for us, our plan for backer updates (probably monthly), and what information we'll need from you.

Website update and content overhaul: We're also going to update our website soon with the latest wallpapers, forum avatars, FAQ info and more. The Kickstarter page will continue to be the primary point of contact with you, our backers, but you can look forward updated content on the game's site as well. 

Just give us a little time to get sorted and recover! :)

Darkest Dungeon @ PAX East 

We're bringing a playable demo to PAX East in Boston in a few short weeks! (April 11-13)  We certainly hope you can make it down and get your hands on the build, but if not, rest assured we'll be making videos and imagery from the convention available online after the fact.

Once again, a sincere thank you!

--The Darkest Dungeon Team


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    1. Brian Newton on

      Congrats! One of the main reasons I backed near the end was to help reach the 350K goal to get story based cinematics in the game... how close was that goal when Paypal was factored in? Is there an opportunity to still make that happen?

    2. SnakeX on

      @Mark Winnington

      I am aware that repeating crossbows are possible, I was merely pointing out that the arbalest type of crossbow isn't one of them. An arbalest crossbow is essentially a large, somewhat bulky crossbow that is capable of firing a bolt at a MUCH greater force than a regular crossbow can.

      As such, I think we can expect the Arbalest character in Darkest Dungeon to be a ranged heavy hitter rather than a multi-shot expert! With that in mind, perhaps this deadly lady will be great in parties designed for taking out bosses? :)

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      Richard H. on


      Although color customization is fine with me, I think it would have been better if you could slightly modify the appearance of your heroes with aesthetic equipment you find in dungeons or receive upon completion of various feats of strength.

    4. Tyler Sigman Creator on

      Thanks for all the compliments and congrats, everyone!

      @Flump I've always seen scalpers at PaxPrime...I'll bet there will be many at PaxEast, too.

    5. Paweł Szwarc on

      Congrats on successful campaign! I can't wait January 2015.

      And yes, as Lars mentioned, a person using arbalest is an arbalester or arbalestier (maybe even arbalestress, since we got female here ;-) ). Anyway calling a person arbalest sounds terribly awkward.

    6. Connor Delint on

      I love the artwork on the arbalest. Really cool.

    7. Pablo Dapena on

      Will you be using part of the money you get from the paypal preorders in the game's website to get to the next tier? I think all of us wanted that cinematic scenes, and they'd be a great touch to the game.
      BTW, congratulations guys! You deserve it!

    8. Eddy on

      congrats! you deserve it, when I saw this project I had to back it. have a good one

    9. Mark Winnington on

      The particular version presented here seems like a "single shot" version, though, and a rather old-fashioned one at that: it shows no sign of mechanical cocking aids... Maybe worth tweaking the design? ;)

    10. Mark Winnington on

      Congratulations on funding, even minus Megagoal!

      I enjoy the Arbalist design but think she could do without the ponytail thingee - short hair FTW.

      @SnakeX: Repeating crossbow designs are possible and even one of the early mechanical inventions, even if the term arbalest tends to refer to the European designs rather than the Chinese ones.

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      Flump - the flying turtle on

      Well that sucks; pax east is like 1/2 mile from where i live but alas it is sold out.

    12. Juan Navarro on

      As someone who stays away from games (because I'm a comic creator trying to make it and can't be distracted) I was not only attracted to this because of the marvelous game itself, but the art, design, attitude and overall energy behind it. It was Awesome. It had so many of those (ooooh cool) aspects to it, you couldn't resist. MUCH RESPECT.

    13. Erik Evan Shalat on

      The Arbalest looks AWESOME

    14. Matt "Lexaus" S on

      Congrats on the successful campaign, Red Hook! You guys have a great game on your hands and I'm eagerly waiting for what future progress and updates will bring!

      Btw, The Arbalest looks awesome! She's definitely earned a spot on my dungeon crew.

    15. Kyle Schleich

      Very cool, I will be sure to keep an eye out for you guys at PAX!

    16. Hulker69 on

      Grats guys! An excellently run campaign. Now get the game done ...

    17. James on

      This is brilliant news :D Like all others who pledged, I certainly can't wait to see how it all goes and start getting involved on polls :D

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      E.Oerlemans on

      Loving the Arbalest.

    19. Antonio Ortiz on

      Now that´s a update : D! Congratulations everyone! ^^

    20. Robert Kasalý on

      Awesome! So I'm assuming I'll be able to choose the default color palette for my personalized hero?

      And yeah, more people backing through other means, like Paypal, to reach the next goal would be great.

    21. Tommaso Baldovino on

      Amazing success, congratulations! It's never easy to achieve a goal like this on Kickstarter, you've done a really good job.

    22. Lars Mølgård Nielsen on

      Shouldn't the character be named 'Arbalester'?

    23. Timo Honold

      Will you support other platforms like 3DS?
      And dark congrat from me ^-^

    24. Poetic on

      Congrats on an awesome campaign success! Can't wait to descent at my own peril!

    25. Alek P. on

      So what would be the fate of modding support, I wonder?

    26. Tom Helge Hennum on

      The new characters looks awesome! Congrats on getting funded!

    27. Paul Crowley on

      I'm still hoping more people will see this and the $350,000 goal is reached with backers going with Paypal.

    28. Bryy Miller on

      Looks like someone I'd bring to the higher difficulty dungeons, such as the Darkest.

    29. SnakeX on

      Congratulations! Really looking forward to seeing this game continue to grow, can't wait to give it a try for myself! The Arbalest looks super cool as well by the way.

      @Kailan May:

      Arbalests (the actual crossbow, not the character) aren't capable of repeated fire, so I'd imagine this character will utilize single-but-high-powered shots rather than spraying bolts.

    30. Kailan May on

      Will the Arbalest be using a repeating crossbow or just single fires between reloading?

    31. Quentin Westcott on

      Oh sweet! I'm going to be Job Hunting at GDC Wed/Thurs, maybe we can meet and shake hands!