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A pulp horror dice game for 2-4 players. Join a doomed expedition in their ascent up a jungle river, and their descent into madness.

Ancient Terrible Things is a pulp horror press-your-luck and risk management dice and board game for 2 to 4 players, age 14 and up, and takes 60 minutes to play. 

In Ancient Terrible Things, you play the role of an intrepid adventurer, exploring a dark jungle river.

Each turn you must travel to a Fateful Location, face an Ominous Encounter and attempt to unlock its Ancient Secrets. 

If you succeed (using a combination of dice, tokens and cards), you add the Ancient Secrets to your score. 

If you fail, you unleash a Terrible Thing, which counts against your Secrets at the end of the game.

The object of the game is to be the player with the most Ancient Secrets when the game ends at the Unspeakable Event.

Click here to read the rules online (text-only)

Click here to download the full-colour rulebook(PDF 15mB)

Video Previews

A video preview of the game featuring Ryan Metzler from The Dice Tower:

A video preview of the game featuring Undead Viking:

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Base Game Components in detail:

5 x green (Focus) dice
1 x yellow(Luck) die
1 x red (Panic) die

28 x Treasure tokens (yellow)
28 x Focus tokens (green)
28 x Courage tokens (purple)
28 x Feat tokens (blue)
14 x Terrible Thing tokens
36 x Ominous Encounter cards
32 x Feat cards
24 x Swag cards
1 x Map card
4 x Scenario cards
4 x Quick Reference / Character cards

1 x Gameboard
1 x Rulebook
4 x Wooden character pawns with character stickers

Kickstarter unlocked additional components :

1 x Luck die

1 x Panic die

2 x blue (Feat) die

1 x Swag card ( Feat die )

1 x Feat card ( Feat die )

1x Map token

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About the Creators

Simon McGregor, Game Designer (UK)

Simon McGregor has a Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence and a Masters in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. Ancient Terrible Things is the first game to use his DiceQuest game system

Rob van Zyl, Artist and Graphic Designer (RSA)

Rob van Zyl is the Creative Director of Pleasant Company Studios, the publisher and developer of Ancient Terrible Things. Ancient Terrible Things is a culmination of several years of artwork and design, inspired by travels through ancient places in the South East Asia.

Fulfillment and Shipping

Our fulfillment will be handled by Game Salute in the US, who have fulfilled over 40 campaigns, and who now have expanded facilities for drop-shipping from within Canada and the EU, in addition to their warehouses in the US.

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Pleasant Company Games is an independent game development studio. Ancient Terrible Things is our first tabletop game, and the support of early adopters and fans (you) will help us realize this vision. The game will be manufactured by experienced printers with to the highest standards, and we aim to have the final product in your hands by December 2013 / January 2014.

FAQ

  • French translation of the rules, and quick reference sheets of all the cards (Swag and Feat) will be available as simple text and downloadable PDF's, from http://BoardGameGeek.com, before the close of the KS campaign.

    Though the 1st Edition cards have English text, all cards have game mechanic graphic icon/symbols, and are thus language independent, when played with the quick reference sheet.

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