Dark Venture: An Adventure Card Game

Created by Rob Lemon

Explore a dark-fantasy future with your hero, completing their quests to win in this retro, competitive, cooperative and solo adventure game!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

May Production Update and Print & Play V1!
4 days ago – Wed, May 22, 2019 at 12:30:08 AM

This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read.

Locking BackerKit April 16th & UPDATE!
about 1 month ago – Sat, Apr 13, 2019 at 02:12:57 AM

Hello Backers!

I wanted to send out a short note to remind everyone that BackerKit orders will lock and credit cards will be charged (for any add-ons) APRIL 16th 2019. That’s next Tuesday.

If you are a backer who'd like to add additional copies of the game, the expansion, or extra custom game dice to your order, you have until Tuesday (April 16th) to update your BackerKit survey. NOTE: We will leave addresses open to edit until we are ready to ship the game. 

Follow this link to review or complete your survey: 


If you know anyone who missed the Kickstarter, here is a link to Pre-Order (the pre-orders that are made on or before April 16th will ship close to when the Kickstarter orders ship):


Over the past month, production has been running smoothly. We have been finalizing all game elements. The tokens have been revised (so you can see their character type at a glance). We've updated the Hero and Follower Dashboards, adding die-cut tracks for the wood cubes to slide along instead of the old "grid of holes". The tracks keep the cubes secure while allowing them to be moved easily as your character changes throughout the game. 

Also, we've completed editing and proofreading the (A) versions of the Location and Action books. I'll be releasing a "final" Print & Play (with additional guides, boards, tokens and cards), but in the meantime, you can download the Core Rules and the first set of books here:


WARNING: If you'd like to have a spoiler-free first game, you may want to hold off on reading the Location and Action guides, at least until we release the rest of the Print & Play!

That's it for now! Thanks for backing and (again!) remember that we're locking BackerKit orders on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 so make sure that you've completed your survey and included any add-ons that you'd like to order before then.


New METAL DICE and a Progress Report!
about 2 months ago – Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 02:16:08 AM

Hello friends!

We are excited to share a quick production update, but first...a new Dark Venture product! Feast your eyes upon the DARK VENTURE HEAVY METAL DICE, available now! 

These hand-made, laser-etched, custom dice are officially licensed by Javelin Dice Works. They come in two colors: BLOOD RED and JET BLACK. The four 16mm, six-sided dice in anodized aluminum weigh over 1.5oz! We are offering them at an introductory price of $15 for a set of four dice (USA: $5 shipping for the first set, $3 for each additional set). 

Get them here: https://javelindiceworks.bigcartel.com/product/gilded-skull-dice-set

Due to recent increases in shipping from the USA to international destinations,  ALL INTERNATIONAL BACKERS who would like to purchase the HEAVY METAL DICE should email Javelin Dice Works directly ( javelin@javelingames.com ) with requests. Shipping will be calculated for each order. 

Now for the production update. Last week we sent out our first shipment of hex dice trays to a small "test group" of backers in the USA. The rest of the trays are in production and we plan to send them out to everyone else who ordered them in mid-April.

Our development is progressing at a speedy clip. The big news today is that the CORE RULES, LOCATION GUIDE A and ACTIONS BOOK A are complete and edited. The "B" versions of the Location and Action books are on their final round of edits. Once they are complete, soon, we will post the PRINT & PLAY.  

Here is a link to the PDF of the final CORE RULES: http://www.gildedskull.com/darkventure/rules/DV_CORE_FINAL.pdf

Testing is ongoing (until we send the game files to print). The cards (characters, items, quests) are virtually complete, pending another round of review. We have finished layouts for the BIGGER BOX and it looks great. It's taller and much deeper, allowing for a lot more art on the sides of the box.

One more important piece of information: We are locking all the BackerKit orders on April 16th. You will still be able to edit your address, but you will be unable to order additional add-ons and your payment will be charged on April 16th.

That's it for now! Thanks again for backing and helping to make Dark Venture a reality!

- Rob   

Dice Tray Orders!
3 months ago – Mon, Mar 04, 2019 at 11:08:56 PM


We wanted to give you a heads up that we plan to charge all BackerKit orders with DICE TRAY add-ons on MARCH 8th, this FRIDAY, so that we can begin dice tray production! If you haven't ordered a Dice Tray and you'd like to, include it as an add-on in your BackerKit survey by MARCK 8th. That's when we will lock down all dice tray orders. 

Make sure that you have the correct information on file. If you need to review payment information or your address, you can return to your survey by clicking your emailed survey link or by following this link: https://dark-venture.backerkit.com .

We're excited to be taking this first step. Thanks to you!


Production Update and More!
4 months ago – Sat, Jan 19, 2019 at 01:31:58 AM

Hello everyone! 

I wanted to give you a quick production update to let you know what we've been working on recently. There's a lot!


Lately, we have been focusing on making final rule edits and play-testing these revised rules. Good news! The CORE RULE and ACTION books have EXPANDED. We've added a lot, including a clarified and more informative section on FOLLOWERS and a SOLO mode involving a list of 'character titles' that are granted based on the number of Quest Points earned while playing. In the ACTIONS book, we have filled out the choices in several locations while adding The Waterfall Pit and Gaping Maw choice trees.


The additional ‘B’ versions of the LOCATION and ACTION books are complete and, let me tell you, they are awesome! Considering the ‘procedural generation’ of the game, the ‘B’ books add SO MUCH CONTENT. Each existing game location has been completely transformed. I was able to do a lot of things that I have been thinking about for a long time, pushing the rules in various directions in an attempt to keep players on their toes! I’m very excited to share some of the new encounters. There are ghost stories, time travel, character mutations and a plethora of other surprises. If I have time, I will try to run a location or two on the Dark Venture boardgamegeek forum (Here: https://boardgamegeek.com/forums/thing/228412/dark-venture ).


I’m putting finishing touches on the art for the Vile Invaders expansion. The ‘story’ of the expansion has turned out great. Here is a look at the only ‘dual-location’ in the game, the CRASHED STARSHIP. Explore the ship? Gather resources from it? Fight off alien creatures and/or mutated wildlife? Try to fire up the engines? Use technology to try to enhance your weapon? The choice will be yours.


We’ve been working out final details with Whatz Games, our manufacturer. Working with them, so far, has been nothing but great. For more information on them and to see some of the projects they’ve manufactured check out their website: http://www.whatzgames.com/Home/PastProjects


For those who haven't completed their BackerKit survey, please try to finish it up as soon as you can. Here’s a link: https://dark-venture.backerkit.com FYI: To track your pledge, BackerKit uses the same email address that you use to log into Kickstarter.

We’d like to close the the pledge manager by the end of February (or early March, depending on people’s needs) so that all our production details can be locked in. Don’t worry, we will make sure to notify you before we do!


PLEASE! Tell your friends and any people who you think might enjoy playing Dark Venture that it can be PRE-ORDERED! Here is a link to the PRE-ORDER STORE: https://dark-venture.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 

The pre-order is only a couple bucks more than the Kickstarter price (as is only fair!) but pre-orders will include everything that is in the Kickstarter version. We plan on shipping them soon after we have fulfilled all backer orders. We have been quiet about the pre-orders, but it's time to let people know! 

That’s it for now. Thanks again for backing. I am thrilled to be able to follow this vision, to bring you this unique game!

Thank you,