Kind folk, we have firm evidence that wizards have infiltrated us. Those who channel the eldritch forces through their body, mind, and soul – those who slowly lose their grasp on sanity and humanity have taken positions of power in our great country. They constructed towers from which to rule over the surrounding countryside and gathered minions by either creating them with foul enchantments or by corrupting their fellow citizens to guard their tower against intrusion.

Therefore, Be It Resolved

By order of Emperor Francis Joseph I, the country once again calls upon The Stygian Society in this dark time. You brave men and women are hereby charged with the task of keeping our Fair Austria free of these wizards. It is your goal to battle your way up the tower, encounter and defeat the wizard.


Stygian Society contains:



Full-color, fun-to-read rulebook. Find rules here.


Tower Board

Tower board comes with a tower and crypt to assemble.


Status Board

All the tracker tokens will belong on this board.



This includes hero sheets, mid boss sheets, wizard sheets, lower floor sheets, and upper floor sheets.


Wood Hero Cubes

10 white, 10 blue, and 10 green cubes.


Wood Enemy Cubes

10 black, 10 red, and 10 yellow.



60 hero cards – 15 for each hero, 30 chest cards, 20 lower floor treasure cards, 20 upper floor treasure cards, 19 enemy cards, and 16 status cards – 4 for each hero.


Tracking Tokens

4 crypt pieces, 1 max team wounds marker, 1 current team wounds marker, 1 needed xp marker, 1 current xp marker, 1 peril marker, 1 luck marker, 1 tower floor marker, 28 wound tokens, and 18 enemy tokens.


The Stygian Society is a co-operative cube tower, dungeon crawl. Heroes work together to climb the cube tower; eliminating enemies as they work their way to the top and to the tower’s master.

Players take on roles of different heroes, all fighting their way up the wizard’s tower one floor at a time.

Instead of rolling dice to defeat enemies, players drop cubes into the tower. The cubes are dependent on which skills the player has selected for the hero.

Cubes are also dropped into the tower for the enemies they are battling.

Players perform actions for themselves and their enemies as cubes fall out of the tower. Cubes may fall directly down, or become dislodged only to fall out on a future turn. Some cubes may even fall into the crypt, where they will count double.

Beware of the mini-boss and wizard on the tower’s third and sixth floors!

If your heroes take too long to defeat enemies or receive too many wounds, the wizard may take the win. However! If the players defeat the wizard on the top level of the cube tower- you immediately win!

The Cursed Library Expansion

by Scott Almes

Scott Almes (The Great Dinosaur Rush) has created an entirely new Stygian Society experience with The Cursed Library.

The heroes are famous authors trying to fight their way through the Cursed Library in an attempt to defeat the villain who had brought the authors’ vilest characters to life. As they progress through the library and defeat foes, they can recruit good characters using ink. These characters will fight on behalf of the heroes, but are just as susceptible to damage, so the heroes must fight wisely as they climb.

The big change in this module is using ink instead of experience. When an enemy is defeated, the party now controls the book. In the game sense, this means the book is flipped over from the ‘bad’ side to the ‘good’ side, and the players can then take control of the good character by spending ink. These goods characters can help fight, and using them will be critical to bringing the library to order.

You can download the Cursed Library rules here.

Players, Ages  & Time

The Stygian Society can be played by 1-4 players, ages 12+. It can be played in about 30 minutes per player.

  • 1-4 players

  • ages 12+

  • 30 minutes per player

The Stygian Society Kickstarter

The Stygian Society was wildly successful! You can check it out here!

You can still pre-order here, even if you missed the project!

The Tower Laboratory Expansion

by Philip duBarry

The Tower Laboratory takes place in America during the early part of the 20th century. Four new heroes include the psychic, mechanic, electrical engineer, and chemist. Each has a new accompanying set of skills!

This expansion also includes two new mini-bosses, two new bosses (including the mad scientist seen here), a bunch of new enemies, and lots more treasure!

You can download the Tower Laboratory expansion rules here.

Designer and Artists

Kevin Wilson from USA is a game designer and game component developer who is known for designing games for Fantasy Flight Games. He previously worked for Alderac Entertainment Group and has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley. He first got into gaming with a Dungeons & Dragons box set at the age of 8. Bruno Faidutti has been one of his favorite game designers. Kevin’s notable earlier game on dungeon crawl scene is Descent.

Stygian Society Artist Jacqui Davis


Jacqui (the Logic Fairy) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the UK as a kid.

She currently lives and works in Lytham-St-Annes, which is great for walks through the woods or ambles along the estuary.

She has been producing art for children’s books and board games since 2012, after studying Animation at Staffordshire University. She enjoys painting everything from adorable animals to villainous wizards, bringing life to characters is something she has always been passionate about. When she’s not painting she enjoys keeping the creative mojo going by doing a spot of writing.

Philip duBarry
Cursed Library Expansion Designer


Philip duBarry is the designer of Revolution!, Courtier, and several other board games and expansions. Philip has been playing and creating games since childhood and has done so on a professional basis for about the last six years.

Spirits has been in the works since 2010 and is perhaps his most heavily playtested game to date. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and six children.

Scott Almes
Designer of The Stygian Society: The Cursed Library


Hello everybody! My name is Scott Almes, your friendly neighborhood designer of APE Games’ titles, The Great Dinosaur Rush and the Stygian Society: The Cursed Library.

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