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Mike Elliott's deckbuilding game of heroic adventure returns, and now features Barricades Mode for Solo & CoOp play!
Mike Elliott's deckbuilding game of heroic adventure returns, and now features Barricades Mode for Solo & CoOp play!
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This was the Kickstarter for Thunderstone Quest: Back to the Dungeon! Our thanks to all the Backers who supported us in this Quest!

Use this link to access the Pledge Manager for Backer Rewards and Late Pledges! 

If you have any questions or comments please email

Thunderstone designed by Mike Elliott is a deckbuilding game of heroic adventure. We successfully Kickstarted Thunderstone Quest in the spring of 2017 and delivered it in the spring of 2018. This Kickstarter features Barricades Mode designed by Bryan Reese - rules and components for Solo & CoOp play, plus Quest 6: What Lies Beneath

You have four options to back this Kickstarter - Champion which consists of the Champion Reward from the 1st Kickstarter (but no new content), To The Barricades! which consists of just the new content in this campaign, Champion + Barricades! which combines both into one Reward, and Your Inventory is Full! which includes the Champion Reward, To the Barricades, 6 packs of Premium Sleeves, the Epic Thunderstone Add-on for Champion, and the Neoprene Mat.

Note for Expedited Backers: You can not drop your Expedited Pledge, switch to Your Inventory Is Full! and still get your Champion Expedited. If you have an Expedited Reward, don't change it. In the Pledge Manager there will be a special Add-on option just for you that will allow you to get all the contents of Your Inventory is Full! at the same price as the Reward listed in this Kickstarter, and keep your Expedited Status. We will ensure that every Expedited Backer who wants this Add-on will be able to get it regardless of the quantity ordered by other backers.

If you drop your Expedited Reward, we can't re-instate it. So don't drop it unless you really, really don't want your Champion Expedited.

Note for All other Backers (including $1 Backers): You will be able to upgrade your Reward in the Pledge Manager to Your Inventory Is Full! at the same price listed in this Kickstarter. QUANTITIES MAY BE LIMITED, so to guarantee that you get this Reward, select it now!

All Quests, including Quest 6: What Lies Beneath, and the Stretch Goals from this campaign, can be played in either Barricades Mode or normal Competitive Mode.

Follow the story of our Stretch Goals through Kickstarter Updates!

The Backers of this campaign successfully unlocked all the contents of Quest 7: Frostbite(*)! Quest 7 will join Quest 6: What Lies Beneath in the To The Barricades! portion of the Rewards for this Kickstarter.

The Premium To the Barricades Box!

(This packaging is for illustration purposes only. Actual box will differ in graphics and dimensions.)

With the completion of this Kickstarter the Thunderstone Quest product line will be quite large. 7 Quests, support for 6 players, and all the components of Barricades Mode, 8 plastic figures, plus Epic Thunderstone support and the Neoprene Mat.

Players who sleeve their cards will have filled the original Champions box. Therefore the To the Barricades box is being engineered to complement the Champion box.

In addition, we’re designing a plastic vac-formed tray that you can use to organize the various tokens and chits as you play. You can store those things in the tray in the box, and when it’s time to play you can remove the tray and put it on the table! The tray will be designed to accommodate all the various tokens & chits included in Champion + Barricades and a little bit of future proofing as well!

Currently we envision a box with the same dimensions as the Champion box. The two boxes will be graphically designed to compliment each other on your shelf.

We believe that when you sleeve all cards including Epic the two boxes together will have room for one or two additional Quests beyond Quest 7, although the storage of the Neoprene Playmat Add-on will affect how many cards can be stored in the boxes.

We expect to provide a suggested setup for managing all the cards and components across the two boxes when To the Barricades is delivered. Some people will prefer to organize their cards alphabetically by type. Others will organize them by Quest. We will have suggested setups for both.

The To the Barricades! Box will be Kickstarter Exclusive!

All unlocked Stretch Goals are included in To the Barricades! and Champion + Barricades! and Your Inventory Is Full!, but are not included in the Champion reward.

The ChampionChampion + Barricades! and Your Inventory is Full! rewards will include all the Kickstarter Exclusive Content from the 1st Kickstarter.

Kickstarter Exclusive content ("KSE") are game components and accessories that are available only to backers of AEG Kickstarters. Kickstarter Exclusive Content may be released in an alternate form more widely in the future (different art, different card titles, etc.).

Thunderstone is one of the most successful games AEG has ever published. The Kickstarter for Thunderstone Quest and delivery of those rewards to our backers has enabled us to continue to develop the game and expand its scope. 

The major innovation for Thunderstone Quest is ... Quests! Each Quest consists of a selection of dungeon tiles and monster cards that create an engaging storyline. Each Quest includes rules for selecting Village and Dungeon cards to create a variety of Adventures. After you've mastered each Quest you use random setups of Quest cards to create new Dungeons and Villages - build your own Quests and Adventures!

The Champion Reward


  • Really Big Box that holds all Champion content (even sleeved!)
  • 5 Quests (each Quest includes approximately 245 cards and 6 Dungeon Tiles [except Ripples in Time which includes 4])
  • Over 130 base game cards (starting cards, quest cards, treasure cards, wound cards, key cards, randomizers & dividers)
  • Wilderness tile
  • Village game board
  • 6 plastic Champion figures
  • 140 wood tokens
  • 5 six-sided dice
  • Rule book
  • Quest book
  • Kickstarter exclusives & extras including The Yellow Knight card & meeple (googly eyes not included)

Barricades Mode

One of the most requested features from the community was the ability to play the game solo or in a co-operative game. Our team has developed an extension to Thunderstone Quest called Barricades Mode to make that possible.


  • 6 Guardian Boards
  • [ In ongoing playtesting, Guardian Key cards were removed ]
  • 20 damage chits
  • 1 Damage chit bag
  • 2 Marketplace overlay boards
  • 8 Prestige Class boards
  • 30 Prestige tokens
  • 20 Guardian Dice (D12)
  • 1 Threat Level wooden token
  • 5 Barricade tokens
  • 2 Additional Player Packs (all components required for adding a 5th and 6th player to both Competitive Mode and Barricades Mode)

Quest 6: What Lies Beneath

We area also presenting Quest 6: What Lies Beneath in this campaign. What Lies Beneath is designed to work with Barricades Mode to create a seamless storytelling experience. What Lies Beneath can be played in normal competitive mode too. All of the other Quests will be compatible with Barricades Mode.


  • Approximately 245 cards
  • 6 Dungeon tiles
  • Rulebook
  • Epic Thunderstone support cards
  • Full color storage box (will also hold components from Barricades Mode)

Thunderstone Quest Back to the Dungeon is on Kickstarter so that we can bring all our current backers the content they've asked for quickly, and to create an opportunity for new backers to join the adventure and get access to all the Kickstarter Exclusive content from the first campaign.

The Stretch Goals in this campaign will be included in the To The Barricades! reward, and the Champion + Barricades!, and the Your Inventory Is Full! reward, but not the Champion reward.

(*) Quest 7: Frostbite is a working title and is subject to change.

The rules for Thunderstone Quest are available for download on the Thunderstone page at

Update 15AUG:  We have produced a special Print & Play package for Barricades Mode that you can download and assemble at home. This is version 2.2 of the Barricades Mode system! If you own Thunderstone Quest, you'll be able to play Barricades Mode with this Print & Play!

Thunderstone Quest is a deckbuilding game where 2-4 players (or 1-6 players in Barricades Mode) compete to see who can score the most victory points when the game ends. In deckbuilding games your objective is to try to assemble the best possible deck to achieve the play strategy you prefer based on the options that are assembled for each game, and the random challenges you'll need to overcome.

Each player's deck represents a party of stalwart adventurers who will face and defeat the challenges of the Dungeon and will return to the Village to recover and re-equip.

On each turn you use your deck to generate a hand of cards, and you take actions based on the cards you drew. Sometimes you'll be in the Village buying new cards and using your resources. Sometimes you'll be in the Dungeon fighting monsters. And sometimes you'll do a little bit of both!

This new version of Thunderstone enhances the Dungeon mechanic introduced in classic Thunderstone. In Thunderstone Quest you'll be playing an Adventure which is comprised of a set of Dungeon tiles and a selection of monsters, treasures, and challenges that are themed to that Dungeon. You'll get the sense of a dramatic campaign as you grow stronger and finally confront the Guardian.

Depending on which cards you buy and which adversaries you defeat you will earn victory points. After the Guardian encounter is over, the player with the most victory points is the winner!

The competitive mode is designed for 2 to 4 people to play and it takes about 90 minutes to complete an Adventure. Barricades mode is designed for 1 to 6 people to play and will also take about 90 minutes to complete an Adventure.

Thunderstone Quest uses a lot of the rules from previous versions of Thunderstone but the cards from previous versions are not compatible.

The heroes must travel through time and into the arctic waste in search of a legendary artifact of great power. Follow along as their story unfolds with each new Stretch Goal!

Epic Thunderstone: 

Our 1st Add-On is a special set of over 200 cards that supports Epic-style play of Thunderstone Quest for the Champion and Champion + Barricades! Reward. If you backed the first Kickstarter and are backing this Kickstarter at the To the Barricades! level you can also order this Add-on.

The purpose of this Add-On is purely convenience. There is no content in the Epic Add-On that isn't already in the Champion Reward.

All new content (including Stretch Goals) in this campaign will be Epic-compatible and will have Epic support automatically included.

There are extensive answers about Epic Thunderstone and this Add-On in the FAQ. Please check to see if your question has already been answered before asking in the Comment thread.

Epic Thunderstone is a popular way to play created by players of Classic Thunderstone. In Epic Thunderstone you build a Village and a Dungeon draw pile using one of each of all your cards instead of playing with a pre-selected tableau. It's a way to see and use more of your card collection. Every game will be different.

Rules for Epic Thunderstone are included in the main rulebook.

This Add-On is a pre-built Epic Thunderstone deck ready for play. You won't have to subtract cards from your main play set to play Epic Thunderstone.

You'll need a full copy of Thunderstone Quest to play the Epic variant since there are cards, boards, tokens and other resources in the main game that are required to play Epic Thunderstone.

Neoprene Playmat

This is one of the most requested upgrades from the community and we're proud to announce that we'll be able to make Neoprene Playmats available as a part of this Kickstarter!

We've also heard the suggestions that the size of the Village board is larger than some groups prefer, and this Playmat also addresses that concern.

The Playmat will be sized so that it can fit within the To the Barricades box for this Kickstarter, rolled up. The length will be between 295 and 300 mm. The width is still undetermined; the graphics team will be redesigning the Village layout to accommodate the new size after the Kickstarter but the total will be smaller than the current Village board.

Premium Sleeves

Our 2nd Add-On are packs of Premium Sleeves. These Sleeves use the same plastic we used in the Mystic Vale sleeves.

The Sleeves are 66x91mm, 0.09mm thick (0.09mm = 90µ (or "microns" = 3.54 "mils")) and will fit Thunderstone Quest cards and cards that are the same size as Magic: The Gathering cards.

We are providing them in packs of 500 Sleeves for $15 per pack. You can order as many packs as you wish.

To sleeve every playable card in the Champion Reward and the Epic Add-On you would need 4 packs (2,000 Sleeves).

You will need 1 more pack to sleeve the new content in To the Barricades! and Champion + Barricades!.

The Champion box holds all the Champion content, plus the Epic Add-on cards sleeved. You will need to store future Quests (including Quest 6: What Lies Beneath and the stretch goals from this campaign) in their own boxes if you wish to sleeve them.

Adventurer Catch-Up Kit

Our third Add-on is a way for people who purchased the Adventurer Reward in the first Kickstarter to get the Quests that they did not purchase in the first campaign. It consists of Quest 3: Risen from the Mire, and Quest 4: At the Foundations of the World. The Quests will be delivered in a plain white tuckbox, not the retail packaging. You must back the campaign at the To The Barricades! pledge level to order this Add-on (all this content is included in the Champion and Champion + Barricades! rewards.)

We have configured our logistics system to provide the lowest average cost for all our Backers while working with trusted partners for delivery of your Rewards.

If you selected the Champion+Barricades (Expedited US Only) reward you will receive your Champion box in an expedited early shipment soon after the campaign ends. We have 1,000 units of Champion in our warehouse in the US so we will be able to send the Champion part of your Reward on an expedited timeline. We believe we can have them delivered 6 to 8 weeks after the close of the campaign. You will need to log in to your order in the Pledge Manager and provide your delivery information immediately after the campaign ends to ensure you get the fastest possible delivery.

Because this inventory is already in the United States the cost, customs issues, and complexity of shipping to non-US addresses prohibit us from delivering the expedited portion of the Reward outside the United States.

The cost to ship the Champion Reward for expedited delivery will be borne by AEG. Backers at this level will pay for shipping & handling for the rest of the Reward normally based on weight, and the rest of the Reward will ship at the same time as fulfillment of all other Reward content for this Kickstarter in 2019.

If you have any questions please email

We will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes based on the actual costs incurred to ship from the closest distribution center to your delivery address. You will pay for shipping & handling in our Pledge Manager. Links to the Pledge Manager will be sent shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends. 

Shipping costs vary widely based on where you will receive your reward.

We will ship your Rewards at our cost to our international distribution centers. Based on your delivery address we will either ship to you from our Depot in the EU, in China, in Australia or from the USA (Canada and the rest of the world).

The following chart are estimates for shipping Champion + Barricades! (including Stretch Goals) without Add-Ons. Orders that include Add-Ons will be more expensive. 

We are currently estimating the weight of Champion + Barricades! at 23lbs/12kg.

  • USA:$23 
  • CANADA: $40 
  • EUROPE: $27 to Germany. $39 to EU + Norway, Switzerland & Lichtenstein 
  • LATIN AMERICA: $80 to most countries. 
  • ASIA: $33 to China and Hong Kong. $62 to most other countries. 
  • OCEANIA: $45 to Australia. $75 to New Zealand. 
  • Rest of World: $80

The following chart are estimates for shipping To The Barricades! (including Stretch Goals) without Add-Ons. Orders that include Add-Ons will be more expensive.

We are currently estimating the weight of To The Barricades! at 10lbs/5kg.

  • USA:$15 
  • CANADA: $25 
  • EUROPE: $17 to Germany. $27 to EU + Norway, Switzerland & Lichtenstein 
  • LATIN AMERICA: $57 to most countries. 
  • ASIA: $20 to China and Hong Kong. $37 to most other countries. 
  • OCEANIA: $29 to Australia. $39 to New Zealand. 
  • Rest of World: $57

Keep in mind these are just estimates, and costs may rise based on weight increases from unlocked stretch goals and Add-Ons.

All cost estimates are in US Dollars.

We expect to use Aetherworks for fulfillment in Australia for this campaign. That is subject to change due to the advance nature of this campaign but Aetherworks is our currently preferred provider and our estimates for shipping to Australia and New Zealand reflect their cost structure.

Unfortunately, different import laws and customs from some specific countries have made it impossible for AEG to ship games to them.

WE DO NOT SHIP TO: Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.

Alderac Entertainment Group is committed to supporting brick & mortar retail game stores. Our Kick It Here program is designed to let stores participate in the fun and excitement of a Kickstarter campaign. 

To participate in the Kick It Here program for Thunderstone Quest Back to the Dungeon please email with the name of your store, the URL of your store's website, and your store's physical address. We will reply with details about the Kick It Here Promotion.

Participating retailers agree not to sell Thunderstone Quest product received through this promotion on the internet.

Kick It Here orders are available to any brick & mortar store anywhere we ship the Kickstarter Rewards to - stores will pay actual Shipping & Handling for delivery just like regular backers.

AEG would like to thank the following experts who helped make this campaign possible: 

  • Mike Elliott, Original Design & Development of Thunderstone
  • Mike Elliott, Bryan Reese & Mark Wootton, Design & Development of Thunderstone Quest
  • Matt Paquette, Kickstarter Campaign Page graphics
  • Benjamin Sheedy, voice work for the main campaign video

Risks and challenges

At the end of the campaign we will cancel and refund any pledge of less than $50. To remain a Backer in good standing, please select a Reward of $50 or more.

All images used in this Kickstarter are subject to change and may represent unfinished or non-final art or design. All card counts are approximate and are subject to change. All card and component names are subject to change. All packaging is subject to change and is not finalized. Rules are subject to change.

Alderac Entertainment Group has been in the publishing business for more than 20 years. We are experienced at producing games in China and distributing them worldwide. Nonetheless there are always risks associated with manufacturing and logistics.

These problems can delay or otherwise impact our ability to meet our commitments to our backers.

These issues include (but are not limited to):

* Production delays
* Shipping delays
* Customs delays

The estimated delivery date is April 2019, but keep in mind this is only an estimate. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.

We've done our best to minimize this as much as possible, and we are always happy to refund pledges if for some totally unforeseen reason the game can't be delivered at all.


Before the Rewards are shipped we offer no questions asked refunds. Once we have shipped your Reward our refund policy will depend on the circumstances and will be at our discretion.

At your request we can give you a full refund within 14 days of the campaign’s end, fees included. After that we will subtract Kickstarter and payment processing fees (which we can’t get back from Kickstarter after 14 days). Those fees usually equal 8% of the total pledge.

Refunds will be processed through Kickstarter and will be applied to whatever payment method you provided to Kickstarter. In the event that is impossible we will work with you to arrange a refund through other channels.

This project is being funded in USD and any refunds processed will be in USD for the exact amount received in USD, excluding any applicable fees depending on the time of the refund being processed. Not responsible for changes in the rate of foreign exchange.


By pledging to this project, you agree to conduct all public interactions via Kickstarter's communications channels with this project and our team and other backers in a positive manner. Harassment, name-calling, or attempts to inject inappropriate content into the public communications channels for the project will result in the cancellation of your pledge (with a full refund) and your ejection from the campaign. We want the communications channels for this campaign to be a friendly, positive place for our community to gather and discuss the campaign, ask questions, and provide input.

AEG reserves the right to cancel any pledge (with a full refund) at any time, for any reason. If your pledge is cancelled while the campaign is ongoing you agree not to re-pledge either under your original account or under any other account you control. Violations of this policy will be reported to Kickstarter.

Minor cosmetic damage to the box or other packaging can occur during shipping. AEG makes reasonable efforts to ensure that the shipping containers it uses are suitable for the safe delivery of the Rewards. If you believe that your Reward has suffered more than minor cosmetic damage please contact us immediately. Keep all packaging including outer cartons for our inspection. AEG will at its sole discretion determine if the damage constitutes other than minor cosmetic damage and/or was the result of insufficient packaging.

If we ship to the address that you provided in our Pledge Manager and the package is returned to us as undeliverable you will pay the full cost to ship the Reward again to a revised address.

If we ship the Reward to the address you provided in our Pledge Manager and the package is delivered to that address but you are unable to receive it, or you have moved and are no longer the occupant of that address and cannot otherwise retrieve the package, or if the package is lost or stolen after delivery, and you wish to have the order fulfilled again you will pay the full cost to ship the order to a revised address plus the amount of the original Reward plus Add-Ons and other upgrades on your order.

In all cases you acknowledge that quantities are limited and AEG may not be able to ship all or part of your order more than once.

If any part of your order cannot be fulfilled for any reason AEG will provide you with a pro-rated refund for that portion of your order.

By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may differ substantially from what is presented while the Kickstarter project was active.

If you do not log in to our Pledge Manager and confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund or ship your Reward if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 8 week window has elapsed.

If you confirm your pledge within 8 weeks of our notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our Pledge Manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. We regret we are unable to ship to PO Boxes.

If you do not accept these terms, please do not pledge on this project but instead wait for the general release.

If you have questions or concerns about these terms & conditions please email for further information.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    To The Barricades!

    The new content for this Kickstarter for backers who already own Thunderstone Quest.

    Requires Thunderstone Quest base game (Champion or Adventurer Reward from the 1st Kickstarter).

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Shipping & Handling (See Shipping section for more details)

    • Barricades Mode: all components required for Solo & CoOp play
    • Quest 6: What Lies Beneath (approx. 245 cards + dungeon tiles)
    • Epic Thunderstone Support for Quest 6 and Stretch Goals
    • Stretch Goals for this Campaign
    Estimated delivery
    3,440 backers
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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100


    This Reward is identical to the Champion Reward from the 1st Thunderstone Quest Kickstarter.

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Barricades Mode or Quest 6: What Lies Beneath.

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Stretch Goals

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Shipping & Handling (See Shipping section for more details)

    • All base game components
    • Quest 1: A Mirror in the Dark
    • Quest 2: Total Eclipse of the Sun (KSE)
    • Quest 3: Risen from the Mire
    • Quest 4: At the Foundations of the World
    • Quest 5: Ripples in Time
    • All Kickstarter Exclusive content Thunderstone Quest 1st KS
    Estimated delivery
    100 backers
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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Champion + Barricades!

    The Champion Reward and To The Barricades! Reward.

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Shipping & Handling (See Shipping section for more details)

    • Champion Reward (identical to Champion Reward from 1st KS)
    • To the Barricades! Reward identical to that reward in this KS
    Estimated delivery
    1,711 backers
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Champion+Barricades Expedited (US ONLY)

    The Champion Reward and To The Barricades! Reward.

    We have 1,000 units of Champion in our US warehouse. US backers can select this option and we will expedite delivery of the Champion portion of their reward before the rest of the content is ready.

    Due to customs, costs, and complexity concerns we can only make this offer available for shipments inside the United States.

    There is no charge for the Champion shipment; backers of this Reward will pay shipping & handling for the rest of the content via the Pledge Manager.

    • Champion Reward (identical to Champion Reward from 1st KS)
    • To the Barricades! Reward identical to that reward in this KS
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 998 backers
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    Pledge US$ 260 or more About US$ 260

    Your Inventory is Full!

    Everything in this Kickstarter for New Backers!

    IF YOU ARE AN EXPEDITED BACKER you will be able to upgrade to this option in the Pledge Manager. DO NOT CANCEL YOUR CURRENT REWARD or you will lose your Expedited status. Please see the campaign page for more information.

    DOES NOT INCLUDE Shipping & Handling (See Shipping section for more details)

    • Champion Reward (identical to Champion Reward from 1st KS)
    • To the Barricades! Reward identical to that reward in this KS
    • 6 Packs of Premium Sleeves (3,000 Sleeves)
    • Epic Thunderstone Add-On for Champion
    • Neoprene Playmat
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 348 backers
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Funding period

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