The Door Locks Behind You: A Puzzling Dungeon Adventure Game

Created by deldon

The Door Locks Behind You is an upcoming TTRPG by first-time designer deldon, with art by Ben Fox and layout by Cenza Della Donna. The zine is Risograph printed by Risolve Studio in Lancaster, PA. Original Soundtrack by Jesse Myers Music.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Official Release! All zines in the mail!
12 days ago – Fri, Jun 07, 2024 at 07:00:29 AM

Hello Backers!

As of today, all zines have been put in the mail across all regions! A few of you have reached out to me and I can confirm that there were about 17 orders that slipped through the initial sorting of addresses. Basically if you backed on Kickstarter at the Digital Tier, but then added physical items via that BackerKit Pledge Manager, your order went into the mail this past week. Thankfully, tracking those orders down also accounted for the handful of extra copies that each fulfillment partner had received, so everything is now accounted for!

As a reminder, there is no tracking for any orders outside of the US. If you are in the US and have not received an order yet, please send me a message and I can look up your tracking information.

Official Release Day!

Earlier this week I did a soft-launch of the game on itch and sent the keys out to backers. Today the game enters the public search and listings, and is officially released!

All backers should have received an key on their BackerKit page for both The Door Locks Behind You as well as The Original Soundtrack. Please log in and follow the link to redeem your copy. This is the only method that the soundtrack is being distributed by, based on the size of the files and the licensing agreement with Jesse Myers Music.

Loose Ends

If you don't receive your order by June 17th, or if there is an issue with your order, please send me a message here on Kickstarter.

Thank you all so much for your patience and support. In the next update, I'll let you know what my future plans are. Until then, happy gaming!

💚 deldon

Zines Inbound, Check your inbox!
about 2 months ago – Fri, May 03, 2024 at 01:23:07 PM

Hello backers!

I've received updates from all of our fulfillment partners that all zines are sorted and on their way to the post! Some of you in the UK, Australia, and the US have already reported as receiving your copies which is very exciting for us here!

If you are in the US, you might get tracking information from sent to the email associated with your BackerKit Pledge Manager. I say might because Sam at floatingchair has let me know that there was an issue with their email system not generating the tracking number emails automatically, and that it has now been sorted. At least 150 packages were affected, including some of the US orders that are already showing as delivered in their system. Check your inboxes for tracking information. I'll also be receiving the necessary data to upload the tracking numbers to your BackerKit Pledge Manager, which I will be doing hopefully before Monday.

When you get your zine, or if you've already gotten it, let us know! If you have pictures of TDLBY in the wild, share them with me on Bluesky!



Zines have landed! Fulfillment underway.
about 2 months ago – Mon, Apr 29, 2024 at 06:17:48 AM

Hello Backers!

I am happy to report that all physical rewards have reached their intended destinations at our fulfillment partners in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia! Be on the lookout for your zines in the mail. As stated earlier, in order to keep shipping costs down, we did not offer tracked shipping on this project.

UK orders are in the mail and should start arriving within the next day or so. EU orders should begin to hit doorsteps within a week. An important reminder for EU backers, we were not able to offer DDP, so you may owe customs upon delivery. These are categorized as books and they are coming from the UK.

Australian zines are out and should be arriving to backers soon if not already. Please let me know when you receive one!

Canadian and US orders are still being sorted. I will post an update when each of these are put in the mail.

If you have any concerns about your address, please check your BackerKit account first, as the most recent address on file there is the one the games are being sent to. If you have any other questions about your shipment, please send me a message here on Kickstarter.


Zines on the way! Australian backers, check your email!
2 months ago – Mon, Apr 15, 2024 at 01:33:53 PM

Hello backers!

As of today all physical orders are in transit to fulfillment partners around the globe!

For our Australian backers, has already received the zines and is beginning distribution! Backers in this region should check their emails for a an update from Ash of (be sure to check your spam folders if you haven't received it).

For all other regions I'll be updating as the fulfillment partners let me know when they'll be able to begin distribution.

When you receive your copies, feel free to let me know here or on bluesky


April 2024 - Zines sorted, numbered, and packed!
2 months ago – Fri, Apr 05, 2024 at 05:55:13 PM

Hello Backers!

I finished sorting through all of the zines and checking for any misprints as well as numbering all 1000 issues. After that I've sorted out the individual numbers for each shipping region and safely repacked them into new boxes.

On Monday I mailed a parcel of zines to our *new* Australian fulfillment partner, Carboard Monster! They will also have a limited number of zines for sale after backers' copies have been fulfilled. I'm still waiting on a couple of pieces of info for the rest of the world's fulfillment before I send those parcels to, Marx, and Ratti Incantati.

In the meantime I'm working on the page, which will go live after the physical zines begin fulfillment. Once the page is live I'll be sending out keys for all backers via BackerKit. I'm also working with Jesse on setting up a method of distribution for the soundtrack. Likely it will be a download key on his website or bandcamp page, as the files were too large to send via BackerKit digital downloads.

That's all for now, I'll push another update once the rest of the zines go out. Thanks again, we can't wait to see these in the wild!