In this game, you’ll explore Shadowgate, the Living Castle, its keep, towers and mines below, to find relics, spells, and most importantly, the legendary Staff of Ages to bring an end to the Warlock Lord, Talimar, his plans to release the Behemoth, and to subject the world to his reign of darkness! Do you have what it takes to stop him and become the fabled Highlord of Westland?
Game Setup Video
Player Setup Video
As HUGE Shadowgate fans, ourselves, we take making a great adventure game that reflects and respects the source material, very seriously, and we have been play testing the prototype, making sure we stay true to our promise. Working closely with Zojoi, they seem to be very confident in our ability to bring a quality product to gamers everywhere.
We are looking to get the Shadowgate the Living Castle game up on a crowdfunding site (more than likely Kickstarter) right around the time of GenCon 2021. We will be in the First Exposure Play Hall all weekend, so if you're in Indianapolis, during that time, come find us and play test this amazing game!
As we show off more, start advertising more and travel to show the game off, we'll update the website to let you know! Stay tuned!
Each Player has their own mat that hold their Inventory, Tokens, Equipment, Completed Quests and Death Cards
What's Included in the Box?
***NOTE: All artwork and functionality is subject to change***
Game Instructions: (Download)
Kemco Signs On!!
As of early October 2020, 317Games has entered into a contract with Kemco to use the NES Shadowgate 8-Bit artwork on 2 Add-Ons for the Shadowgate: The Living Castle! One Add-On will be replacement cards for the base set of the game, which includes:
Tired of Playing a Hero??
Now you don't have to! Another First Edition, Kickstarter Exclusive character has been added to the game: Lieutenant Kahu, Talimar's Lycanthrope General!
Adding an additional mechanic to the game, Lt. Kahu's ability is one that allows her character card to flip over to become the werewolf character and back again whenever an Event is played.
The ability allows for her stats to change from:
0 Physical, 2 General, and 2 Mental traits (Human) to 2 Physical, 2 General and 0 Mental (Werewolf) whenever her card flips over. This can give you a significant advantage, should the need arise to change your traits quickly!
Lt. Kahu's Full Equip ability shows off her ruthless demeanor by forcing all other players to discard a card of YOUR choosing from their Inventory or Equipped Items!
One word...EVIL, and yours ONLY if you back the project on Kickstarter. Don't miss out!
Talimar Rising Expansion
Complete the Living Castle experience by adding the Talimar Rising expansion to your SG TLC Base edition! This adds an additional 12 Quests (4 per stack), 5 Arcane Items (plus 2 Heroic Banner Items), 3 Puzzle Cards, two Djinn Riddles and, most excitingly, 2 BRAND NEW Characters!! Grab these while you can!
Artist Chris Cold Returns!
Shadowgate 2014 artist Chris Cold RETURNS to add 2 more characters to the game, only offered in the Kickstarter program!
Above, is preliminary artwork for the two additional characters:
- Raven, the sorceress that was a character for the unreleased Nintendo 64 game "Shadowgate Rising"
- Shan-Ra, a Tyen ranger character based on the half-lion warriors from the book "Before Shadowgate."
Both will make for great additions to the Shadowgate: the Living Castle adventure board game! These are the first stretch goal we are attempting to hit! Help us make that happen!
Exclusive Shadowgate Board Game Music
Track from SG Composer Rich Douglas
If you have the Shadowgate 2014 soundtrack, it makes for great atmospheric music while playing Shadowgate: the Living Castle. The composer of that music has made an exclusive track for the board game called "Beyond the Gate" you can download below.
Board Game Play and Reviews
About the Creator
My name is Chris Gaizat and I'm the Project Lead for the game Shadowgate: The Living Castle. This game came about because we wanted to pitch the "Quests of Shadowgate" card game to a game publisher, but backed out at the last second because we felt it was a good game, but was lacking the 'Adventure Game' aesthetic that made the IP so much fun. With permission from Dave Marsh, and the assets from the 2014 version of Shadowgate in our possession, we recreated the adventure game from scratch, and the above is what we've come up with.
It has been an honor, and pleasure, to be able to help build on the legacy that ICOM / Zojoi / Kemco has brought us to thus far, and we hope you'll consider backing us on Kickstarter for a great 2-4 player experience.