Shadow Animals

Downloadable Board Game, 2020


1-4 Players

About this Game

Shadow Animals is both a board game and a personal narrative that explores love and loss through the perspective of queer (gay and bisexual) men in the aftermath of the HIV & AIDS crisis. The game is played across two boards, one that leads the player towards “Love”, the other towards “Death”.



How to make Shadow Animals


  1. Download the PDF pack using the link below and print the following pages, ideally at size A3, either at home or at your local print shop.

  2. Print the player pieces, boards and cards on heavy printable card in full colour.

  3. Cut out the player pieces, the two boards and the Change Cards.

  4. Shuffle the deck of Change Cards and place 8 on each board.

  5.  Play the game. 

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Photographers: Roxane Grant, Danny Baldwin, Jayden Tang & Josh Jones

Make Up: Lana Chikhireva, Erin Kristensen, Di Green

Models:  Kamila Nowak, Chris Machari, Kevin Mcaulay & Sinclair Bransby Williams