Ancient Terrible Things

A project in Cape Town, South Africa by Pleasant Company Games

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A pulp horror dice game for 2-4 players. Join a doomed expedition in their ascent up a jungle river, and their descent into madness.
Backers: 578
Average Pledge Per Backer: $48

Funded: $27,675 of $10,000
Dates: Jun 18th -> Jul 18th (30 days)
Project By: Pleasant Company Games
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Latest News

Ancient Terrible Things: AwakeTen on Kickstarter

October 10th - via:
Ancient Terrible Things makes a return to Kickstarter running as a 10 day campaign in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Ancient Terrible Things is designed by Simon McGregor with art by Rob van Zyl who are part of the Pleasant Company Games design studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. Ancient Terrible Things is a pulp, horror, adventure game for 2-4 players who are intrepid adventurers exploring a dark jungle. Each turn players travel to a Fateful Location, then face an Ominous Encounter, and attempt to unlock its Ancient Secrets through a combination of dice, tokens, and cards. For more information on how the game plays you can check Tom (Read More)

The Guide to Creating a Great Kickstarter Video

June 19th - via:
If you’re planning to crowdfund a project (through Kickstarter, for example), few things will give you a leg up like creating a solid video to explain and pitch your idea. According to Kickstarter, projects with videos succeed at a much higher rate than those without (50% vs. 30%). (Read More)

The Map.

July 17th - via:
"Though barely visible, the insignia of the Institut Géographique was unmistakable. The delicate vellum was the authentic document. The spider web of meticulously rendered lines, though faded and ravaged by time, clearly outlined the path to the... (Read More)

Strange Talisman.

July 15th - via:
"Recovery was slow. The days, a shifting mirage of tropical delirium. The cool colours of the jungle melting into warm saffron and gold and back again. The monks observed silent vigil. And then the fever broke. Rising onto one arm, her free hand... (Read More)

ATT Rules of Play French Translation

July 15th - via:
Following on from our Spanish translation announcement yesterday, we are excited to release the first draft of the Rules of Play for Ancient Terrible Things in French. Immense thanks to one of our earliest backers, Stéphane Athimon, for the work... (Read More)

ATT Rules of Play Spanish Translation

July 13th - via:
A quick update for our Spanish backers! One of our early First Explorer Campaign backers and Spanish nationals, Ed Gorende, has been hard at work translating the rules of ATT. This translation is now availalbe for viewing at:... (Read More)

Pitfalls vs Artefacts vs Villains

July 12th - via:
It's the final weekend of the First Explorer Campaign on Kickstarter, and final pre-production for Ancient Terrible Things steams ahead!  Wondering what the KS Promo Card will be? How about we let you the backers choose the card.  Pitfall vs... (Read More)


July 10th - via:
Whatever was lurking nearby in the undergrowth, was impatient and hungry. And that sound. Almost animal, but just not animal enough.Only one round in the shooter. Stop the shaking. Listen...wait...make it count…. We are so excited to see the... (Read More)

Monstrous Idol.

July 7th - via:
The hidden shaft opened into a vast cavity. Broken masonry from some forgotten edifice dimly visible on the chaotic floor. But all attention was quickly consumed by the limestone sculpture resonating from the center of the chamber.  From the twisted... (Read More)

Jungle Fever.

July 5th - via:
The doctor had been found near a remote missionary station.  Suffering from advanced exposure to the noxious fever vapours so prevalent in those unforgiving climes, his belongings consisted of a few hideous objects. Attempts to fathom his... (Read More)

First Explorers Campaign Success.

June 27th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Heart of Weirdness

June 27th - via:
"Each bend of the Mekong as added to my map seemed an important geographical discovery. Nothing could distract me from this abiding concern. It came to possess me like a monomania. I was mad about the Mekong…" Francis Garnier, Mekong Exploration... (Read More)

Lost in Translation.

June 23rd - via:
We have broken past the halfway mark in our KS funding. Thank you all for the support thus far! With that we can also bring some good new updates on the progress of the campaign and comments from backers: Firstly, we are excited to tell you that a... (Read More)

Snake Eyes.

June 20th - via:
Custom Dice vs Classic Dice. There have been several comments and suggestions around the use of classic dice in Ancient Terrible Things,  and whether we would consider custom dice as an add-on or stretch reward. This update will cover some of my... (Read More)

Something has awoken, too.

June 19th - via:
To all our First Explorers, Most of you would have received this information yesterday. We inadvertently set our first update to be viewable by backers only, and this caused a minor backlash with the general public. Therefore, we are releasing the... (Read More)

Something has awoken.

June 18th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

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