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: Final Slithers of Light!
11 days 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!
2 months 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!
4 months 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

Old Hellfire Update: One Year On...
4 months ago – Thu, May 14, 2020 at 12:11:57 AM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!

And a HUGE HELLO from what is the first day of the mind-numbing ninth week of lock down in Hellfire HQ!

As you may have spotted from the title of this update - this week marks the end of a full year since The Old Hellfire Club funded on Kickstarter and, what with there only being so much else to do at the moment, I've been in a somewhat reflective mood...

First, I'm grateful... profoundly grateful... for the trust, generosity and patience you've all placed in me by backing this leviathan project I appear to have set myself! It's been an inspiration all in itself and I can't wait to repay your enormous kindness! 

Second, I'd be lying if I didn't say that there was a gloss of disappointment in myself that you didn't have your copy of The Old Hellfire Club in your hands already as had long been the plan - I'm very sorry about that. However, I console myself a little that the time has been spent pulling together an experience that I hope you will truly love for years to come (... and surviving an absurd number of life events / international incidents - those were something of an obstacles too!). By way of a stop-gap you might like to know that a demonstration version of The Old Hellfire Club is now available for FREE on Tabletopia (with HUGE thanks to an extraordinary generous member among our ranks) so you can start playing it with friends online RIGHT NOW - AND FULLY COMPLIANT WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING!

Third, WE ARE SO, SO CLOSE!

Seriously - the final delivery of all of your games is within touching difference now! I'm just awaiting confirmation of the arrival of the US consignment of core games and bonus expansions at our logistics partner (Gamerati) in the US. My home is slowly filling up with a huge array of coins, gloves, boxes, cards and busts of Prince Albert - all to send out to your good selves and more is arriving every day!

However, there have been some logistics / production obstacles thrown up by the current pandemic situation which will throw off our delivery schedules very slightly for North American backers. At this stage it's hard to gauge exactly how great the impact will be, but I do not expect any delay to be significant for anyone. However, the groups impacted are - 

CANADIAN BACKERS - No impact except for Exclusive Level Backers. Your pledges will arrive in two deliveries rather than one - 1) The core game and expansion pack, and 2) The Secret History and Art Cards.

US BACKERS - Impact only for Exclusive Level Backers and Buyers of the 100-Year Old Coin Add-On. Logistics / Production delays for some of the additional components have meant we have needed to push back the delivery of components for US distribution. I am doing all I can to resolve the situation, expect to have a solution in the next few days and will keep you posted of developments. 

And so with that frustrating update 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 ghost of some 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... What now of his present?!

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: Week 49 and Time Has No Meaning Anymore
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 01:35:20 AM

What-Ho Hellfire-ites!

And a HUGE HELLO from what is the first day of the interminable sixth week of lock down in Hellfire HQ!

I hope all is well with you all and that the same is true of those you love, like and have a begrudging respect for... because you're going to need it!

THE GAMES ARE COMING!

Yes - I can hardly comprehend that I'm saying this - but the games are now fully manufactured, boxed up and are wending their merry ways over the ocean! Don't believe me? There's a photo of a crate of them at the bottom of this update!

What can I say? They look AMAZING! No effort has been spared - the level of detail that has gone in it astounding (seriously - my account manager and I spent I have no idea how long examining individual pixels!). You're getting a game that I am genuinely proud to have made - a weighty, glossy, GORGEOUS game packed to the brim with cards, counters and a full colour rulebook. As promised so many months ago, we've included no space fillers - the box is as small as it can be (4 x 5 x 1.5 inches) to minimize the shipping costs and environmental impact. I think you're going to love it!

SO WHAT OF THE FLOOR SHOW... 

And by that I mean all of the elements that aren't a core part of the game itself (but ten points to anyone who got the reference!)...

Well this is where things get a little more frustrating - as all of you in the UK will know (and everyone else will be able to guess) - many businesses have had to slow down or go into hibernation to protect their staff and survive the current crisis. The upshot of this has been that some of the items I need in order to be able to fulfill some orders have been difficult to source. 

My absolutely commitment to all of you is that you will all receive everything you have paid for as quickly as I am able to provide it at no extra cost to you. However, that may mean that some pledges will either need to be delayed for a short while while I wait for deliveries (maybe a week or two longer) or I will need to fulfill those pledges over multiple deliveries. At the moment the two items that are causing me the most concern are the Secret History source books and the wooden cases for Imperial level backers, but I am not worried at all that I will not be able to provide these items given enough time.

And so with that frustrating update out of the way – let's throw ourselves right into our latest Choose Our Own Adventure!

We Begin... Greganezzer D’Arcy was dead to begin with. There is no  doubt about that.  Or so the insurance company thought!   As Eastertide  approached, all were convinced by my apparently fatal incident with ISABELLA BEETON... I had sent my book keepers HUGE QUANTITIES OF OPIUM which had left me free to muse over my greatest regret... WHIMSY! Just then I was haunted by the ghost of some CRESS who warned me to change my evil ways and warned me of three spirits who would visit me...

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