The Old Hellfire Club

Created by Old Hellfire Games

A Victorian Storytelling Card Game of Drink, Danger... and Rubber Ducks! Includes GENUINE 100 Year Old Victorian Pennies!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Old Hellfire Update: Rate Us on Board Game Geek & Free Christmas Expansion!
11 months ago – Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 12:50:14 PM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!


As the end of the year draws nigh and Scrooge weeps tears of rejoicing into his paper thin bed-curtains - we come to you all asking one last BIG FAVOUR...


Please take just a moment to rate The Old Hellfire Club on Board Game Geek!


If you've have managed to break out The Old Hellfire Club this year or had a chance to squeeze in a cheeky game or two over the festive season - it really would mean the world to us as we're only a handful of votes away from getting an official Board Game Geek ranking! 


It really does only take seconds! If you already have an account - you just click on the stars next to 'My Rating'. If you don't, it takes less than a minute to get one and it's free!


PLUS - You'll then be able to download our FREE Christmas Expansion featuring terrifying art from REAL Victorian Christmas Cards - Take a sneaky advance peek at the bottom of this update!


Of course, this favour also comes with another seasonal massive THANK YOU to you all who have been with me since the start of this massive endeavour. And in spite of everything - with so many people having gone through so much in an unimaginable year - we did it!


The Old Hellfire Club is now not only on your shelves, but on friendly local game stores shelves across two continents. The final drafts of the Visually Accessible Edition, which having been massively delayed by the pandemic, are on their way from China as we speak for a final proof read. The Backerkit pledge manager will close in the coming days - this really is it! 


I can't really describe how much I appreciate your help in achieving all of this... 


... And more! Because this is not the end of our adventures! Already the wheels are turning in preparation for our next release - I can't wait to share it with you!


Until then - make sure to join in with our festive Choose Our Own Adventure - The zombie George Washington and the resurrected Benjamin Disraeli are readying their disguises to infiltrate a hoard of yuletide goose drovers, but how they will disguise themselves is up to you!


As always - all my best to you and yours - stay safe,

Jamie


Old Hellfire Update: Final Slithers of Light!
about 1 year ago – Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 12:22:01 PM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!

I feel a bit like I'm standing on the crest of a mighty hill just as the first cracks of dawn are showing on the horizon...

We're so nearly there! So very, very nearly there!

After what I can only describe as one of the longest and most trying challenges of my not-especially long, but nor entirely short life The Old Hellfire Club could not be much closer to being in each and every one of your hands! Backers across Europe, Australia, Asia and the US all have their shiny new boxes and have breathed in deep of that new game smell!

My hearts go out to the most stalwart of all - our Canadian sisters and brothers. But your copies ARE on their way thanks to the phenomenal MISSION: FUN & GAMES! I'm not going to try and describe the frustration that getting freight from the US to Canada in the uniquely awful confluence of circumstances in which we find ourselves, but please accept my sincere apologies that they have impacted on you the most. You didn't deserve that - Canada deserves better!

And so, as we head with what I can only hope is alarming speed, towards a very final update - may I make a plea of you all... 

Please, Please, Please - Rate The Old Hellfire Club on Board Game Geek!

There's almost nothing that could help us more to spread the word about the game and it would mean the world to me!

To all of you who have been in touch over the past few weeks to tell me how much you've enjoyed your game - thank you so much! I will be in touch with each of you as soon as I can - I'm afraid the last few months have been a bit of a struggle here in Hellfire HQ. Nothing tragic, and certainly nothing anywhere near as awful as so many have been through, just an awful lot of life suddenly happening at once. Fortunately, I get to be in contact with so many of you as a reward for having made it through a very, very busy summer! Huzzah!

In my next - and I'm damn well hoping for your sake's - final delivery update I cannot wait to share with you what's coming next. The plans we have are REALLY something special! 

Until – let's throw ourselves back into our latest Choose Our Own Adventure!

We Begin... Greganezzer D’Arcy was dead to begin with.  But, as   Eastertide approaches he was haunted by the some ghostly cress who   warned him to change my  evil ways and of the coming haunting by three   spirits... The first, a disembodied chimney sweep, had shown him the   mistakes of his past - working a teacher to death in my school days and   falling out of love with a sewer maintenance operative... The second,  who happened to be a disheartened David Livingston, who has revealed to him the true depths of Tiny Tim's depravity! Can Greganezzar survive his third visitation and save the day? Yes - we're at the finale already! But you can still decide how he celebrates!

WHERE SHOULD OUR ADVENTURE TAKE US NEXT – YOU DECIDE… VOTE NOW!

All my best to you all as always! Please look after yourselves and stay safe! Jamie

Old Hellfire Update: Seconds to Midnight!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 11:22:23 PM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!

Yes! It's true! It's finally, finally true!

All across the British Isles, throughout Europe and even in the Antipodes (that's Australia to the likes of you and me) fabulous, wonderful Hellfire-ites are all ready embarking on their adventures with their shiny, brand-spanking new copies of... The Old Hellfire Club!

So many of you have already been in touch to let me know that they've arrived safely, to appraise me of the delightful rush of new game smell (woody and with a pinch of cinnamon in one case) and to share your first forays into the madness and the majesty, the drunkenness and the desperation of your very first adventures in the world that you... Yes, You... were absolutely integral in bringing to life!

As always (but never, ever lessening) ... THANK YOU!

This news, however, comes with a maddening and deeply disappointing note. 

After an utterly unforecastable length of time some components for North American backers are still held up in customs in spite of having been assured that they would arrive over a month ago. I had desperately wanted this to be my final message of thanks knowing that everything was safely on its way in hope for which is why I've delayed sending this message, but this isn't yet the case. Yet. I'm working with my logistics partners and couriers to do whatever can be done to push us over the line. 

To that end - All US pledges that can be entirely fulfilled currently will be dispatched tomorrow. I'm in negotiations to get the Canadian shipment to similarly be heading over the border tomorrow. If I can't get a good answer very soon on when the remaining components currently stuck in customs will be released I will start make arrangements for the remaining pledge items we do already have (which will include the complete games) to be dispatched immediately to backers to be followed by the held-up elements at no extra cost.

In the meantime, if you can wait no longer please do take a look at the FREE online edition on Tabletopia (with HUGE thanks to an extraordinary generous member among our ranks  who created the WHOLE thing) meaning you can start playing it with  friends online RIGHT NOW - AND FULLY  COMPLIANT WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING!  OR take a look at the FREE PNP Edition on BGG.

If you have tried either or have been lucky enough (for these purposes!) to reside outside of the Americas - I would love, absolutely LOVE, it if you could rate THE OLD HELLFIRE CLUB on Board Game Geek. We currently have a truly staggering rating of 8.1 out of 10 right now drawn only from completely independent gamers and we would ADORE to have more people tell us what they think! Just a couple of clicks of your mouse (or from anyone you play with) would make a HUGE difference to Old Hellfire Games' future as we need a mere thirty ratings to get an official BGG ranking and by the looks of things we could be looking to do very well indeed. If for nothing else, we'd appreciate it colossally!

And so with that festivities and the frustration out of the way – let's throw ourselves back into our latest Choose Our Own Adventure!

We Begin... Greganezzer D’Arcy was dead to begin with.  But, as   Eastertide approaches he was haunted by the some ghostly cress who   warned him to change my  evil ways and of the coming haunting by three   spirits... The first, a disembodied chimney sweep, had shown him the   mistakes of his past - working a teacher to death in my school days and   falling out of love with a sewer maintenance operative... The second,  who happened to be a disheartened David Livingston, has taken him on a  drunken pick-pocketing spree only to discover that my chief clerk is not  all that he seemed to be?!

WHERE SHOULD OUR ADVENTURE TAKE US NEXT – YOU DECIDE… VOTE NOW!

All my best to you all as always! Please look after yourselves and stay safe! Jamie

Old Hellfire Update: The Final Countdown!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jun 09, 2020 at 11:02:52 PM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!

Right - let's start with the incredible news!

This might just be the last time you hear from me before your long awaited copy of The Old Hellfire Club lands on your doorstep!

Yes - You read that right! After withdrawal, hospitalisation, the miracle of life, hospitalisation again, trade war, pestilence and so many other things... we're finally there!

The European (and one VERY welcome Australian!) copies of The Old Hellfire Club and all their add-ons and extras sit mere meters away from me ready to be packed up and sent out starting tomorrow!

The North American copies are safely tucked away in the Gamerati shipping depot awaiting one final delivery and that will be winging its way to them express delivery tomorrow!

In short - this really, really could very well be... it.

I'm going to save the big thank you for after the final package is posted, but please imagine that I'm saying it now anyway because I'm thinking it because you ALL deserve it!

In the meantime, if you can't wait the mere days that are left please do take a look at the FREE online edition on Tabletopia (with HUGE thanks to an extraordinary generous member among our ranks who created the WHOLE thing) meaning you can start playing it with friends online RIGHT NOW - AND FULLY  COMPLIANT WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING! OR take a look at the FREE PNP Edition on BGG.

FINALLY - For those of you who kindly bought the BARGAIN EDITION or who just want to be extra ready for the arrival of their copy - the official rule book is soon to be uploaded onto BGG! And beautiful it does look too (even if I do say so myself!).

And so with that massively exciting news out of the way – let's throw ourselves back into our latest Choose Our Own Adventure!

We Begin... Greganezzer D’Arcy was dead to begin with.  But, as  Eastertide approaches he was haunted by the some ghostly cress who  warned him to change my  evil ways and of the coming haunting by three  spirits... The first, a disembodied chimney sweep, had shown him the  mistakes of his past - working a teacher to death in my school days and  falling out of love with a sewer maintenance operative... The second, who happened to be a disheartened David Livingston, has taken him on a drunken pick-pocketing spree only to discover that my chief clerk is not all that he seemed to be?!

WHERE SHOULD OUR ADVENTURE TAKE US NEXT – YOU DECIDE… VOTE NOW!

All my best to you all as always! Please look after yourselves and stay safe! Jamie