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
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.
What's Included in the Box?
***NOTE: All artwork and functionality is subject to change***
Instructions and Components Manuals: (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:
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! Make sure you back the kickstarter when it comes out to get these 2 additions to the board game!
Tired of Playing a Hero??
Now you don't have to! Another 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 (red star) 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!
Stretch Goal #1
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, once we hit the mark of finally funding the game, we want to go further with it to really make the game stand out from being just another game. For our first stretch goal, we want to be able to change the Staff Item cards from a standard card to a holofoil face card. We have some in our prototype, just to see what it looks like, and believe me, this is AMAZING! Tell your friends, and let's make this happen!!
Other Stretch Goals??
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.
As far as staying true to the atmosphere and source material as possible, much thought and care went into the project to create a very satisfying experience, that plays differently every game. The nostalgia of Shadowgate runs greatly with me as I probably have the most extensive Shadowgate collection on the planet. I created a video of me showing it off below.
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?
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.