Lifeform

Created by Tristan Hall

Lifeform is a game of survival horror for up to 4 players. One player is an unstoppable, utterly hostile alien. All other players are the crew of the doomed mining starship Valley Forge.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Lifeform - June 2018
over 1 year ago – Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 02:21:14 AM

Hello space-farers!

I hope this day finds you very well indeed. Progress is moving along nicely with the Lifeform files behind the scenes and we're still progressing the expansion rulebooks, which we'll share with you once they're ready. In the meantime we have a fair bit of news for you...

UK Games Expo 2018!!

If you live outside of the UK then UK Games Expo is basically our equivalent of Essen or GenCon and is now the third largest gaming con in the world apparently, with 20,000 visitors this year. We had a fantastic time meeting so many of you at UKGE this year, and we met many crazy individuals, some of whom you might recognise in the photos below...

The Hall or Nothing Team!
The Hall or Nothing Team!
Behind the Box checking out the game (see their impressions video below)
Behind the Box checking out the game (see their impressions video below)
Sit Down and Shut Up tracked us down for a demo
Sit Down and Shut Up tracked us down for a demo
Then they Shut Up and Sat Down
Then they Shut Up and Sat Down
Pitching our lungs out/smiling for photies at UK Games Expo!
Pitching our lungs out/smiling for photies at UK Games Expo!
Everyone wanted to take home the playmat
Everyone wanted to take home the playmat
Mark Chaplin in his element
Mark Chaplin in his element
Perr wee crew members gettin all eated by aliens
Perr wee crew members gettin all eated by aliens
It got busy. Our hearts were glad. Our throats less so.
It got busy. Our hearts were glad. Our throats less so.
A man with a hat
A man with a hat
Krogan Vs Lifeform
Krogan Vs Lifeform

Behind The Box!!  

Behind The Box had a fantastic time playing Lifeform with Mark Chaplin at UKGE and have produced this nifty overview video of their experiences with the game:

The Solo Meeple!!

There's a great overview of 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, Gloom of Kilforth and Lifeform here by The Solo Meeple:  

https://thesolomeeple.com/2018/05/28/preview-1066-tears-to-many-mothers

Both Sides of My Table!!

Both Sides Of My Table put together a summary of their experiences at UKGE too, where Lifeform once again features heavily:

https://bothsidesofmytable.com/ukge-part-one-the-first/

Mrs ND and NinjaDorg effusing about the joy of Lifeform!
Mrs ND and NinjaDorg effusing about the joy of Lifeform!

Cardboard Clash!!  

Cardboard Clash interviewed me about all things gaming and how I got started as a designer, if you're interested you can check it out here:

https://cardboardclash.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/interview-with-tristan-hall/

That's all for now, take good care of yourselves, and remember: 

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

The Hall or Nothing Games Slate
The Hall or Nothing Games Slate

Lifeform Update #18 - Final Day!!
over 1 year ago – Thu, May 17, 2018 at 11:06:15 PM

It's Over Valley Forgers!!

Cheers to YOU!!!
Cheers to YOU!!!

Yes, I'm feeling a little emotional right now, but I'm speaking from the heart right now - you guys are FRICKING AWESOME!!

I've had some awful jobs over the years, but making awesome games is the most rewarding and enjoyable gig I've ever had, and I'll keep doing it as long as you guys keep letting me, and I'll genuinely thank my lucky stars for every single day that I do. It's been brilliant designing and producing my own games, but it's also been an absolute privilege to be involved in bringing the great Mark Chaplin's opus to the market too, and I hope you've all enjoyed the journey as much as we all have.

Let's take a final look at those stats then:

£90,261 pledged 451% funded 1,679 backers and 0 bloomin' hours to go!!

Cor, you don't half like to play it close do ya? Making me update those stretchie images at the very last possible moment, but I was prepared this time and uploaded it just in time. And you unlocked almost everything for the campaign:

So much stuffs!
So much stuffs!

WELCOME AND THANK YOU!!

Welcome to everyone, and super high tens to all of you who charged in at the last minute, whether you were following us from the outset and are up on all the infos, or whether you just saw the big-ass alien space beast on a big-ass mining star ship and thought (like I did the second Mark put the board on the table) 'yep, I'm all over this'. 

You are all legends, and we love you for making this game happen.

Playmats!!

Yep, you smashed that stretch goal wide, though it was touch and go for a while back there. And don't worry if you missed it, we'll add it into the pledge manager so you can pick it up there too. Here's a quick teaser for you:

Chaplin Chit-chat!! 

For those of you who haven't already seen this - Lifeform game designer Mark Chaplin has been pulling all nighters to give you the guys the best of the behind the scenes action and if blasting out a metric tonne of designer diary videos wasn't enough, he's now only gone and fired out his thoughts into this blistering article on the story of Lifeform - so please go and throw a thumb his way and have a read as soon as you get chance:

https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/76404/lifeform-designer-notes-about-survival-horror-game

Rules!!

Now that you're all here, let's just share this out one last time so we can get the eyes of all 1,679 of you on this. The rules are in their final-ish form, but we've had loads of cool feedback from a lot of you and we plan to incorporate any edits that make sense so feel free to talk to us in the comments or by direct email (ninjadorg at gmail dot com) if you have any more observations on the rules:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FMpbCYy10h8Le8nyQBqjZN9IbHfnKUJ8

Why You Backed!!

"I backed for the awesome community and ridiculously fun updates" - bigwoof

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll be sure to read them all!

And that's the end of that.

We'll be back again soon to keep you updated on our progress once we start finalising all of the files for Lifeform and getting everything sent off to the printers, but for the time being we've all earned ourselves a nice little break I think. And if you've been as glued to your laptops as us you might want to get outside and remind yourself what the world looks like. I hear there's this giant ball of fire in the sky that provides this special kind of illumination that doesn't come from screens.

But for now, I'm going for a very long nap, and I hope to wake up around Thursday for Sacred Game Night.

Thank you once again for sharing yet another amazing journey with us.

And remember to tell your friends:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

This is Trispley, last survivor of the Valley Forge, signing off.

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #17 - Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility
over 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 05:26:43 PM

Mayday Valley Forgers!!

We have only a matter of hours left on this vessel and things are about to go boom, so strap yourself in and put on your game face, cos ship's about to get real...

£68,358 pledged 341% funded 1,365 backers 29 hours to go!!

WELCOME!!

Welcome to all of our new Lifeforms - we love all of you the same, but we do enjoy that moment when the cavalry comes storming over the hill to save the day at the last minute. And let's face it, that's what you newbies are doing. Our intrepid badass crew who've been shouting about the game from the outset need a boost now, and you are the guys who can bring it.

ALL the Stretch Goals!!

Okay, we've had enough teasing, mucking about, and back and forthing, let's just show you Everything we have up our sleevies. The SG image on the front page has been updated right up to a ridiculous £100,000 now, so let's see what you guys can come up with. Have at it folks:

How high can you jump???
How high can you jump???

Chaplin Chit-chat!!

Lifeform game designer Mark Chaplin has been pulling all nighters to give you the guys the best of the behind the scenes action and if blasting out a metric tonne of designer diary videos wasn't enough, he's now only gone and fired out his thoughts into this blistering article on the story of Lifeform - so please go and throw a thumb his way and have a read as soon as you get chance:

https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/76404/lifeform-designer-notes-about-survival-horror-game

Mister C to the Haplin is on the right...
Mister C to the Haplin is on the right...

Designer Diaries

Speaking of the videos, let's have a recap of the designer diaries released so far in this handy playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c6lWt8-bFQ&list=PLi8c-xbvjA2RzExDoEhZdqB4KeaE7dV5t

Rules!!

Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the rules so far, we've made a note of all of your notes and will be going through them super thoroughly before we go to print, so keep your comments coming as and when you have them:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FMpbCYy10h8Le8nyQBqjZN9IbHfnKUJ8

Why You Backed!!

"I backed for the udpates ;)" - Chris Nash (no pressure then, eh, Chris??)

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll be sure to read them all!

And we're off. See you again tomorrow peeps, for the final 24 hours. Hands in the vents who's excited?

And remember to tell your friends:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #15 - I can't lie to you about your chances...
over 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 12:29:42 PM

Rules!! 

You asked for em - and here they are, finally! I discovered new hours of day between 1am and 4am to bring these to you in good time before the campaign ends, so please: have at 'em. And let us know if you catch any errors or typos and I'll have the culprits responsible (invariably that'll be me at this point in time) spaced out of the nearest shuttle-bay: 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FMpbCYy10h8Le8nyQBqjZN9IbHfnKUJ8

Lifeform Rules
Lifeform Rules

Huge thanks to Patrick Brennan, Toby Farrands, Robert Fairlie-Cuninghame, and of course Mark Chaplin for compiling these into their current state, and to Chris Clement for giving them the graphical polish.

We're on mighty fine form here at HoN HQ - and here's why:

£57,768 pledged 288% funded 1,157 backers 5 days to go!!

"Lovely stuff. Not my words Michael - the words of Shakin Stevens." Alan Partridge

We're still sitting pretty ahead of the original Kickstarter campaigns for Gloom of Kilforth and 1066, Tears to Many Mothers at this point, but only just, so why not summon your fellow space miners and show us what you're really made of in this final stretch? We only have 5 days to go to blast this thing out of the airlock once and for all, so gather whoever you can, blast it out on social media, and help us tell the world about the coolest sci-fi horror game out there! 

You can tell them this game is literally Out Of This World. 

But then they'd have a solid case of false advertising against you.

Indeed, it would be, to paraphrase Lionel Hutz,"the worst case of false advertising since The NeverEnding Story..."

Review!!

Yet another brilliant review, this time from Judgement Dave who has kindly posted up this excellent piece on his experiences of Lifeform - you can read it all here:

I can't lie to you about your chances - a preview

Demoing Lifeform at Travelling Man, Manchester
Demoing Lifeform at Travelling Man, Manchester

One Link To Rule Them All!! 

If you haven't already followed our company on Facebook please feel free to throw us a Like over here to stay abreast of all things Lifeform and all of the other games we produce:

https://business.facebook.com/hallornothingproductions/?business_id=102311620324952

Guess the Finale!!

Thanks to Jason Brown for running another great social competition for us, this time for Lifeform - I'm re-posting it here:

Is everyone up for a bit of fun? Are you ready to settle the score once and for all? Not with the Alien of course... no one is settling anything with that mo@$!@%$&er. No, settle it with your fellow passengers!  

Only one of us is getting off the Valley Forge, prove you have what it takes to be The Lone Survivor. Head over to the BGG forums and enter your guess for the final pledge total. It's simple, whomever is closest wins. There's no physical prize in it for you, just the eternal basking in your fellow backers' glory. Just ask Nick "Grand Vizier of Kilforth" Hughes!  

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1982028/lone-survivor

Why You Backed

"I heard the word solo variant and Hall or Nothing mentioned in the same sentence...’nuff said" - Both Sides of My Table

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll be sure to read them all!

Catch you next time peeples, take care, and remember:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx

Lifeform Update #16 - Bring back Lifeform, priority one, all other priorities are rescinded
over 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 06:14:20 AM

Howdy space miners!!

Hot diggity that end goal is closing in fast...

Let's pick up our paces (and pieces of crew) as we hurtle towards the escape shuttle before this whole thing goes up...

Stats!!

£60,189 pledged 300% funded 1,190 backers 3 days to go!!

Yuss!!  You did it, after many coy glances and teasing you unlocked the Tracker Matrix - well done guys!! And no, I don't think I'm over-using exclamation marks in this update. a) they're warranted, and b) I'm pretty sure Terry Pratchett had great things to say about people who use too many exclamation marks...

Anyway, let's smash onto the next stretchie and see what else we can unlock by Monday. Yes, Monday, peoples, we only have 3 days left to gather as many friends as we can aboard this happy starship. So sound your klaxxons, grab your flame unit, and blast your social medias - now is your chance to make Lifeform the best game you can make it.

Agreed - ten cards for one stretch goal is insane, but we believe you guys deserve it, so let's destroy that stretch goal.

Thirteenth Passenger Expansion!!

Yes, the Thirteenth Passenger is not supposed to be on board the Valley Forge, but now that it's here, it's very hungry!

Lifeform game designer Mark Chaplin gives us some design insights and his thoughts behind the much anticipated second expansion for Lifeform - Thirteenth Passenger. Grab a beverage of your choice and tune in once again to join Mark for this Designer Diary, and let's see if we can't bump you up to a Creature pledge if you haven't already...

Rules!!

Some of you have joined us very recently indeed - welcome friends, and let us point you in the direction of the rulebook:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FMpbCYy10h8Le8nyQBqjZN9IbHfnKUJ8

Guess the Finale!!

Not long to go on this fun little competition so I'll re-post it here so you might be able to squeak in your vote before the deadline:

Only one of us is getting off the Valley Forge, prove you have what it takes to be The Lone Survivor. Head over to the BGG forums and enter your guess for the final pledge total. It's simple, whomever is closest wins. There's no physical prize in it for you, just the eternal basking in your fellow backers' glory. Just ask Nick "Grand Vizier of Kilforth" Hughes!

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1982028/lone-survivor

Why You Backed!!

"No minis. I'd rather have a solid game then lots of plastic. I know and trust Tristan to be someone that produces solid games and I had been reading the playtest reports for some time, also from people I trust their opinions on." - Paul Kellett

We've been reading the "Why You Backed" stories in the comments section. If you'd like to share too, just post your reason(s) in the comments - it can be as serious, funny, obsequious, insulting or insane as you like - just pop your stream of consciousness ramblings into the comments and we'll be sure to read them all!

T Minus 3 Days!!

Okay, that's it for now. As life typically deals these things out at the most opportune moments I'm away at a (fun) family event in the big ole town of London this weekend, so might not be able to check in with you as much, which will be interesting if you guys hit a stretch goal whilst I'm away. But rest assured I will be back and fighting fit on Sunday to jump back into the trenches with you for the finale. And I absolutely cannot wait - mainly because there's a secret I've been holding onto that I haven't spelled out clearly enough to you yet about this game. And now I'm about to share that secret with you. And I can say this because I didn't design the game and I'm 100% objective about it...

Lifeform is the best sci-fi horror board game EVER!

Bar none.

Tell your friends.

Catch you next time peeples, take care, and remember:

In the vast, forbidden seas of space... Terror stirs...

Tristan xx