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Experience a place of hauntings and High Society, where good manners are veils for murderous intentions. Welcome to Highdark Hall! Horrors beyond belief, and romances beyond reason, have played out within its walls. Designed as a backdrop that would support the creative visions of individual Game Masters, Highdark Hall is intended as a setting where shocking stories of love, death, and the supernatural can emerge spontaneously from interacting with its colorful inhabitants and strange locations. What further catastrophes befall its occupants and their guests, are for you to decide.

This PDF collects the Highdark Hall material you may already know, and also reveals many previously hidden secrets. It includes:

  • Detailed, historically plausible floor-plans for an 18th century Stately Home on five floors.
  • An overview of the enigmatic Altumber family and their (in)famous residence.
  • Over 100 interior locations, from the opulent Lunar Ballroom, to the secret Hellfire Chapel.
  • A fully mapped parkland filled with dramatic (and potentially dangerous) locations.
  • Over 50 unique NPCs, from the vile to the virtuous, in a tangle of conflicting desires set to explode.
  • Extensive rumors and legends, ripe for investigation by the brave (and foolish).
  • Schedules of the entertainments and activities enjoyed by visitors, with descriptions of typical meals.
  • An in-depth description of the legendary (and possibly haunted) Hedge Maze of Highdark Hall.
  • A description of the annual Autumnal Masque, with tables to generate the costumes of attendees.

Plus, printable versions of all maps.

Highdark Hall was created especially for use with Ghastly Affair, the Gothic Game of Romantic Horror, but it has potential for any game set in Georgian, Napoleonic, Regency, or early Victorian times. It could even be explored by modern paranormal investigators, come to uncover its disturbing past. How will its spirits speak to you?

Note: Highdark Hall contains some mature subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.

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James W June 08, 2020 9:12 pm UTC
I am an amateur writer. I find myself trying to write about a ex-civil war spy that emigrates to Scotland and is knighted by the King for services rendered. This abstract of Highdark Hall is the perfect encyclopedia of mysterious castles that I've been looking for. May I use parts of it for my book? Although, I will change the names. Please advise the use of Highmark Hall as part of my Plot. Thank You. Jim
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Daniel H June 09, 2020 5:24 pm UTC
James, send me a Message through the Ghastly Affair Facebook group: .
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David D October 20, 2019 12:58 am UTC
I've been looking for quite some time for a well done mansion or manor house to be the setting of a spooky adventure. I've found some that seem OK, but they tend to be quite small. This one seems to be a very nice size. Five floors, and the floors are not tiny. So I was really hoping this might be just what I'm looking for. But, as I looked at the preview, I noticed a key issue that for me is a real setback, and so I am curious...why are the maps grid-free? It would be so much more handy if the maps had a grid (ideally 5' squares). Any chance this could be an update?
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Daniel H October 30, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
I'll definitely keep your suggestion in mind for a potential second edition. Highdark Hall was originally designed without reference to a grid, because I wanted it to be as historically plausible and architecturally valid as possible. I find that when I design with a grid, it tends to unduly influence the final shape of a location. Areas tend to turn out "boxier" than real-world locations actually are. Of course, I recognize that the grid has definite advantages for tracking movement and running combats.
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Simon N October 06, 2018 4:52 am UTC
Excellent! It was great as a blog series, compiled and greatly extended it looks fantastic now!
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This title was added to our catalog on October 05, 2018.