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$14,969
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 13 2019
$14,969
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
244
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 13 2019

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Darkness falls upon the world of Urth, the Demon Lord’s shadow spreading chaos, war, and madness. The darker the shadow becomes, the world gets until the Destroyer of all Things finally emerges from the Void to swallow the world and everything in it. Are these the end times as foretold?

Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Across the lands of Rûl, great patrons have come forth to answer the threat posed by the Eternal Shadow by throwing back the darkness and sealing the rifts to the Demon Lord’s realm. The Great Druid rouses the forests fight against demon and cultist alike, while the Queen of Faeries rallies the last of her children to make a final stand loosed by the growing unrest. These and others join forces to find the light they need to safeguard Urth for the rest of time.

Against the Shadow is a cooperative board game designed by Adam Doochin and Dan Heinrich, where the patrons of Rûl must come together to fight against the Demon Lord before this dreadful entity breaks through the cracks in reality and destroys the world. The patrons recruit heroes to undertake quests in the hopes of gaining treasures crucial for driving back the darkness. The Demon Lord, however, has many agents at its beck and call and sends cultists and demons to thwart these heroes’ efforts. It’s a race against time and the patrons must work together if Urth can be saved. Based on the popular horror-fantasy roleplaying game, Shadow of the Demon Lord, the board game gives you an all-new way to fight against the apocalypse. 

Against the Shadow is a cooperative race game for two to five players, with optional rules for one player or six. A typical game takes about an hour to play.

We need your help to make this game a reality. Even though the game has been designed and thoroughly tested, We still need to edit the rulebook and cards, finalize the layout, acquire a few more art assets, and, of course, pay for the printing and assembly. Given the expenses involved in these steps, We're asking for your help to bring this game to tables all over the world.

The best way to help is to choose a pledge level and back the campaign. The level you choose determines the rewards you get in return for your support. Provided the project funds, your dollars go toward covering the expenses incurred as we finishing this game. Now, if the unthinkable happens and the project doesn’t fund, you pay nothing and the project doesn’t happen. I do understand that not everyone can help, but if you believe in this project, I’d appreciate it if you could help spread the word.   

Want to see how the game works? Sure you do! Grab a prototype rule book here. Note, this is not the final rule book.
Want to see how the game works? Sure you do! Grab a prototype rule book here. Note, this is not the final rule book.
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In Against the Shadow, you become one of the mighty patrons of Rûl, an individual who ranks among the most powerful in the land. You might become the High Jarl of the Jotun or the Faerie Queen. Each patron has special abilities that give you advantages in play.  

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To fight the Demon Lord, you need heroes. You recruit heroes from the land, finding dwarfs and clockworks, humans and goblins, and many other characters drawn from the pages of Shadow of the Demon Lord. Heroes, though, are meant to serve and fighting the Shadow means few will survive!

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As a patron, you issue commands that direct your heroes and change the circumstances in your favor, either to give you a much-needed edge against the Demon Lord or to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! 

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Adventure awaits the heroes under your control. You send them into deadly situations to wrest treasures from terrifying locations and to find the light the world so desperately needs. Beware, though, for the Demon Lord has many tricks to thwart your efforts!

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When your heroes complete quests, slay enemies, and explore the land, they find potent treasures to help you throw back the encroaching darkness.  

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The Demon Lord, however, will not give up without a fight. As you play the game, the Dark Lord of the Void places curses on the world, making the game harder to defeat. 

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Against the Shadow introduces a number of powerful patrons, each one the great movers and shakers in the lands of Rûl. Patrons of the Demon Lord reveals their stories, histories, motivations, and servants. Packed with new lore, this 32-page PDF supplement is the perfect expansion for creating epic adventure for the Shadow of the Demon Lord roleplaying game.

Stay tuned for details!

We will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the table below. We will collect this via our pledge manager after the campaign ends. This is so we can be fair to all backer because shipping rates vary widely.  

Will ship your rewards at our cost to Black Box hubs. Depending on where in the world you are, we will either ship to you from their hub in the UK, Canada, Australia, or the US.

  • USA: $11 to most states. $30 to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands 
  • Canada: $15
  • Australia: $14
  • UK: $10
  • Mexico: $32 (from US)
  • Europe (zone 1): $29 (from UK) Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, and the Netherlands
  • Europe (zone 2): $29 (from UK) Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
  • Central & South America: $40 (from US) Most Countries
  • Caribbean, Asia, & Middle East: $40 (from UK) Most Countries
  • Rest of the World*: $45 (from various hubs)

Unfortunately, different laws and customs from some specific countries have made it impossible for Black Box to ship games to them. If you live in one of the countries below and back the project, let us know and we will research the shipping rate for you from the US and if possible make it happen. 

*BLACK BOX DOES NOT SHIP TO: Afghanistan, Brazil, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, and the Ukraine.


Legal

We would like to thank the great people at www.Game-icons.net for all the awesome icons we used during play-testing and mock-up creation. Please note that we have modified some of the icons provided. The awesomeness that is Berserk Games Virtual Table Top that I used to make the How To Play video, and the folks that make OBS and OpenShot Video available to novices like me. 

Shadow of the Demon Lord © 2015–2019 Schwalb Entertainment, LLC

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth Kickstarter campaign and by now I am thoroughly experienced in how all this works. Since the game is done, there are only a few challenges ahead. Art, editing, and production can all incur delays, but we have built in plenty of time to absorb setbacks. Also, I might die. But if that happens, Dan and Adam, the game's designers will see the project still gets into your hands. Rest assured, your trust is important to me and I will do everything in my power to ensure that I do not violate your trust.

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