Shadow Dark Comes to Kickstarter

Lift your blade, light your torch and embrace the dark!

The Shadowdark Rpg is live on Kickstarter

(Las Vegas, Feb 28, 2023) Kelsey Dionne best known for The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse has launched a brand new non ogl roleplaying game that bridges the gap between the past and present letting gamers of all ages and backgrounds create a back-to-the-future moment for tabletop roleplay. Old-school gamers will enjoy a gritty dark adventure akin to the gaming of their youth while newer gamers will love the retro feel along with modern features that streamline the gaming process. Donate to the campaign today at

“This has been a lifelong dream of mine and now it’s coming true,” Kelsey Dionne remarked. “I wanted to capture that moment that is the magic of when you fall in love with gaming. You are young and falling into a world where you can do anything and being the hero of your own story is just everything. Here it is. Shadowdark is that game.”

About Shadowdark RPG
Title: Shadowdark RPG
Format: Hardcover, 325 pages.
Isbn: 979-8-98-545640-0
Genre: Fantasy, Adventures
Writer: Kelsey Dionne
Artists: Lucas Korte, Yuri Perkowski Domingos, Matt Morrow, Brandish Gilhelm, Jessee Egan, David Wright-Spaner, Abdul Latif, Matt Ray, Mark Lyons

Shadowdark RPG is a fantasy adventure game that is both classic and modern. Your party will delve into buried ruins, lost cities, spider-infested forests, and even fearsome dragon lairs in search of gold and glory.

The Shadowdark is any place where danger and darkness hold sway. It clutches ancient secrets and dusty treasures in its rotting claws, daring fortune seekers to tempt their fates

Fell monsters, mythical spells, and astonishing treasures await adventurers brave enough to seek them. Do you dare seize your destiny from the jaws of death itself?

Lift your blade, light your torch, and plunge into the unknown depths of the Shadowdark!

What others are saying about Shadowdark: 

“Feels just like the ideal version of a game I was playing forty years ago, but forty years better.” – Matt Forbeck, New York Times-bestselling author, and award-winning game designer.

“Everybody has a dungeon-crawling game for the same reason everybody has a chocolate chip cookie recipe: because chocolate chip cookies are fucking delicious. With beautifully creepy old-school art and plenty of wonderful random tables — and those killer darkness rules as the macadamia nuts — SHADOWDARK is one hell of a tasty cookie.” — Kenneth Hite, designer of QELONG & consultant on DUNGEONS & DRAGONS 5e

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About Shadowdark Artists: 

Lucas Korte is an artist and illustrator who works primarily in the underground death metal scene. His international roster of clients includes Blood Incantation, Tomb Mold, the Black Dahlia Murder, and many more. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame after studying biology at Wayne State University and fine art at the College for Creative Studies. After teaching art at the University of Notre Dame, Korte, and his partner moved to Lancaster PA, where they currently reside. Korte is a lifelong lover of early sword and sorcery illustration and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Yuri Perkowski Domingos – A Brazilian artist and member of Ink Potion Studios. He’s passionate about the art of old Warhammer and Fighting Fantasy books. Yuri works with his pointillism technique and has illustrated Old School EssentialsWarlock!, and many other indie TTRPGs.

Matt Morrow has been creating illustrations professionally since 1996. He worked for a computer magazine as an in-house illustrator until 1999, when he crafted hundreds of editorial illustrations. Since then, Matt has been juggling being a stay-at-home dad with three great kids and working on freelance projects in various areas such as newspapers, children’s books, RPGs, and drawing subjects from hedgehogs to zombies.

Brandish Gilhelm – “Strength, honor, and beer.” Brandish is the head of Runehammer Games and has published numerous bestselling industry-shakers including Index Card RPGEZD6 by DM Scotty, and 5E Hardcore Mode

Jessee Egan – Kelsey’s wife and the true force of nature behind Shadowdark RPG, since it wouldn’t exist without her creative direction, marketing skill, art contributions, and encouragement. Also, she makes sure Kelsey remembers to eat during writing benders. 

David Wright-Spaner – The video and audio visionary behind Shadowdark RPG! David is a vastly talented digital multimedia artist and consultant, voice-over actor, and Game Master, as well as one of Shadowdark RPG‘s very first playtesters.

Abdul Latif – A horror and necro-surrealism artist based in Indonesia whose work appears in numerous band logos and album covers in the death metal scene.

Matt Ray – Matt Ray’s iconic pen-and-ink style of classic fantasy illustration has been featured in notable publications across the TTRPG industry, including Back to BasiXDungeon Delve, and Old School Essentials.

Mark Lyons – Mark’s ink illustrations can be found in Old School Essentials and numerous retro adventures from the OSR scene, as well as the comic anthology Strange Stories for Strange People.

About The Arcane Library: 

Kelsey Dionne first opened the rune-inscribed doors to The Arcane Library in 2017. 

Since then, she’s been revolutionizing RPG adventure design with one goal: To make running your games as easy and fun as possible.

Evocative writing and a unique, Game Master-friendly presentation have propelled The Arcane Library’s products to wide critical acclaim, including 400+ five-star reviews and 130,000+ downloads for The Secrets of Skyhorn Lighthouse, the highest-rated adventure ever on DMs Guild.

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