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Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum

A project in New Castle, DE by Dark Gate Games

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1-4 Heroes battle the Witch Master in this miniatures based board game set in a magic infused Middle Ages realm.
Backers: 4656
Average Pledge Per Backer: $156

Funded: $727,648 of $50,000
Dates: Jan 15th -> Feb 12th (29 days)
Project By: Dark Gate Games
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Latest News

Thank You All

February 12th - via:
Welcome Heroes!  Welcome Witch Masters! Poor Skeetor! Don’t worry, if the total goes up in the Pledge Manager, we will unlock Skeetor! He’s too cute to leave out of the game. For once, we did not prepare this update in advance. You are getting... (Read More)

666! A Demon Appears!

February 12th - via:
Welcome Heroes!   This single KS Exclusive card does not get shuffled into a deck. If you agree to use it in your Campaign, place it face down within reach of everyone, where its Demonic powers can taunt the players. This card can be played once per... (Read More)

Our Briefest Update

February 11th - via:
Hello Heroes!   We have had more comments today than any of the first three days, but I have time to give you a brief description of the latest SGs that have been unlocked.  And stay until the end of the update! The best part is always after the... (Read More)

Dark Rituals Road Map

February 10th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters!   The 48 hour reminder has been sent out! This is an aid for potential new backers and will help you find the information you are looking for. Please ask questions in the comments. Our backers are helpful and friendly. Front... (Read More)

The Witches’ Sabbath!

February 10th - via:
Hello Heroes!  The Witches’ Sabbath is a great milestone, our last Add-On, our second large expansion and our first retail expansion. We have to admit that some of the material we’re presenting here is work in progress, but we are still very... (Read More)

Grab Some Popcorn

February 9th - via:
Welcome Heroes! Here’s a multiple turn play-through video from Lance Hinkel at Learn to Play Games .  Pull up a chair, grab some popcorn and watch him play. Mature Content Advisory: Lance rolls his dice right next to his resin minis. It’s... (Read More)

Witch Master’s Bling

February 8th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! Here’s a Stretch Goal round up and a small Add-On requested by backers. With the Solo Mode updates flooding the airwaves, we have not had much bandwidth to talk about Stretch Goals. We don’t expect all the backers to check... (Read More)

Solo Mode – Part 2

February 7th - via:
Hello Heroes! In the second Solo Mode update, we’ll show some worked examples of the Hero AI Cards. First a disclaimer. The art on these cards is clearly WIP. The text on the cards is from current decks, but it is expected the wording will become... (Read More)

Solo Mode – Part 1

February 6th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! This will be a combination designer’s diary and information update, describing our goals for solo mode and the rules. There is a lot of information here, so we split our description into two parts. The second part will have... (Read More)

Welcome to the Nightmare

February 6th - via:
Hello Heroes! Mara was alert and excited. Night was falling and it was time to feed. She lay back in her bed, closed her eyes, and slipped into a deep trance-like state that was as close as she got to sleeping. Her mind drifted across the dreamscape,... (Read More)

Mini Update

February 5th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! No, this is a not a small update, it’s an update about our miniatures. We have had many questions about the size, material and quality, here are some details.  Finally this update closes with information about our resin... (Read More)

Black Rose War Collaboration

February 4th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters!  Earlier in the campaign, we saw some backers asking for a male Witch and other backers asking for a Black Rose Wars cross over. It was so hard to keep quiet! Now all can be revealed. We have worked with the guys at Ludus... (Read More)

Too Many Stretch Goals!

February 2nd - via:
Hello Heroes! We are trying to limit ourselves to one update per day and that has put us behind with unlocked Stretch Goal announcements. Let’s fix that now. At $432K, we upgraded the insert material. This is a simple upgrade and there is not much... (Read More)

Witch Escapes

February 1st - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! Girtiya paced the length of her cell, at least as far as she could go before her chains stopped her dead. Turning, she paced again in the opposite direction. She could see the deep grooves she had worn in the cracked flagstone... (Read More)

Welcome to the Cursed Fjord

January 31st - via:
Hello Heroes!  The last rules update, Demons Revealed, completed our information on the core One vs Many game and we would like to move on to The Cursed Fjord Expansion in our sweet spot pledge. Many of you have selected this pledge and we are... (Read More)

Catching Up

January 30th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! UndeadViking has posted his review. We were wondering why it we did not see it sooner, but once it arrived, we knew immediately. It’s really long! He put an enormous amount of effort into this and we really appreciate his... (Read More)

Demons Revealed

January 29th - via:
Hello Heroes! Demons keep their true names secret to preserve their power. But the Heroes have discovered the name of the Demon Lord in the core box, Haborym.  Today we are going to reveal some lore and game play for the Demons, the largest and most... (Read More)

Village Attacks

January 29th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! You have seen the Heroes defending their village, now it is time for the village to attack! No, this is not a new game mode, it’s our crossover with Grimlord Games’ great tower defense board game, Village Attacks. Their... (Read More)

Round Play Through

January 27th - via:
Hello Heroes! This is just a short update, because even the wicked have to rest. We have posted our final rules video. It is a play through of a full Round, taken from the middle of a game. As usual, it’s on the front page near the bottom. If there... (Read More)

Customization and Encounters

January 26th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! You have unlocked the Digital Customization Kit and we are using that to introduce another rules update. There is a long description of this Stretch Goal below. We also have a surprise free gift. Don’t get too excited, it’s... (Read More)

Roll with it!

January 25th - via:
Hello Heroes! This update continues our rules summaries and announces our Marbled Dice Set Add-On. Yesterday, we showed the Heroes’ Weapon Cards without talking about Combat, dice rolls, or the little colored symbols.  Combat is covered in the... (Read More)

We Need a Hero!

January 24th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! Stretch Goals are falling like trees! Here are some notes on what you have and a little related game information. Welcome Deep Madness backers! Our reimagining of Hysteria was unlocked as soon as Diemension Games announced our... (Read More)

The Third Dimension

January 23rd - via:
Hello Heroes! We have a short update this evening, with a quick stretch goal review, as well as new Add-Ons and a fancy competition on Board Game Revolution!  Yesterday we had a surge in pledges and unlocked two regular stretch goals. Player aids... (Read More)

The Depths of Madness!

January 23rd - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! We are pleased to announce our Deep Madness collaboration! Deep Madness is a truly immersive horror experience, highly intense with fast paced combat and deeply strategic challenges. It’s a tough game but we beat the first... (Read More)

Art Upgrade!

January 22nd - via:
Hello Heroes! You are still unlocking stretch goals! The Iron Maiden really packs a punch. Now we have 4 female Heroes in the game. We have added the SSGs to the “What’s in the Box” graphic. Combined you have half the cards already! The BGG... (Read More)

Retail, SGs, Videos

January 21st - via:
Welcome Witch Hunters!  The long updates this weekend did not leave room for our smaller announcements. Here’s a short round up. The Linen Finish upgrade to the Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum and Dark Rituals: The Cursed Fjord boxes has been... (Read More)

Translation Update

January 20th - via:
Hello Hunters! When we started planning this project, we knew backers would want translations. We gained great experience and forged good relationships with translators during our previous project, so we knew that translations would be viable, given... (Read More)

Adding Witches

January 20th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! Karakurt sat in the corner of her lair, enjoying a moment of contentment, gnawing on a leg bone. Yes, sometimes life could be really good. Her lair was nice and damp. Her mates’ leg bone was still juicy. Her babies skittered... (Read More)

Play by the Rules

January 19th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! Welcome to our first in-depth rules update. It is important to us that you gain a good grasp of the game during this Kickstarter. We really want you to be happy when you receive your rewards and providing information is the key... (Read More)

Black to the Core

January 18th - via:
Hello Heroes! You are continuing to upgrade the game. This really is a premium edition! This morning you unlocked the Black Core upgrade to give our cards a top of the line feel. They will be nice and stiff, with a real snap. Social stretch goals are... (Read More)

Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum Now On Kickstarter

January 18th - via:
As the many planes of existence turn and churn, occasionally worlds come into alignment. For brief moments in the multiverse (Read More)

Social Stretch Goals and Translations

January 17th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters! We continue to steamroll past our stretch goals, but there is a lot more to cover down below. In the dim and distant past (not the Middle Ages, I mean when the total was only 265K!), you unlocked The White Witch, a priestess... (Read More)

Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum - Witches Invade!

January 17th - via:
Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum is a new board game from team that created The Order of Vampire Hunters back in 2016. This time we (Read More)

One vs Many and Co-op

January 16th - via:
Hello Heroes!   A common question has been about our co-op plans. We wanted to give this a better answer than we could in the rather small comments, so read on. We will include more details of the regular game to help explain why this is hard. We... (Read More)


January 16th - via:
Hello Heroes!   This is beyond our expectations! Thank you all for showing your faith in us. Earlier, you unlocked a couple of Botanicals that cause an interesting dilemma. The Talking Mandrake is a single Ingredient that can be used to cast any... (Read More)

An Overnight Success!

January 16th - via:
Hello Heroes!   You continued to break new ground over night and unlocked 4 stretch goals while I was sleeping. Perhaps I should spend more time in bed! Leiurus, our second Demon, was the first to unlock. Demons are top of the food chain on Neemoss... (Read More)

Catching Up!

January 15th - via:
Welcome Witch Masters!   This has been a great first afternoon. It has really made this work worthwhile. So where are we? We have made a great start unlocking a variety of stretch goals. There have been some component upgrades, carefully chosen for... (Read More)

Let’s Summon More Stretch Goals!

January 15th - via:
Hello Heroes!   This is really unbelievable. We knew we liked Dark Rituals, but it is so hard to know what to expect when you show it to other people. This really is an overwhelming response. Thank you. The stamina upgrade is unlocked. This is a... (Read More)

Dark Rituals has Funded!

January 15th - via:
Hello Heroes!  Welcome Witch Masters! First, let us say how pleased we are to be here. We really want to make games! We’ve had loads of fun playing Dark Rituals: Malleus Maleficarum and we are eager, excited, and a little nervous, to share our... (Read More)

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