Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion board game
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion board game

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone game that takes place before the events of Gloomhaven. The game includes four new characters — Valrath Red Guard (tank, crowd control), Inox Hatchet (ranged damage), Human Voidwarden (support, mind-control), and Quatryl Demolitionist (melee damage, obstacle manipulation) — that can also be used in the original Gloomhaven game.

The game also includes 16 monster types (including seven new standard monsters and three new bosses) and a new campaign with 25 scenarios that invites the heroes to investigate a case of mysterious disappearances within the city. Is it the work of Vermlings, or is something far more sinister going on?

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is aimed at a more casual audience to get people into the gameplay more quickly. All of the hard-to-organize cardboard map tiles have been removed, and instead players will play on the scenario book itself, which features new artwork unique to each scenario. The last barrier to entry — i.e., learning the game — has also been lowered through a simplified rule set and a five-scenario tutorial that will ease new players into the experience.

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  • Of the larger dungeon games I own, JotL doesn't have the long-haul epic feeling of Blackstone Fortress, or Sword & Sorcery's sense of discovery in a living breathing world, but what it does offer is a set of compelling puzzles to solve (not to mention it was a heck of a lot easier to learn than the aforementioned games). JotL feels more Chess-like than your average dungeon game (something which I am sure would turn some people off), and as such it’s hard to get heavily invested in the setting, but once I accepted its euro-ish puzzle-like nature, I went with it and began enjoying it more.The choice to use standees for the enemies really fits the whole 'euro' presentation, and it's nice not to have to add more minis to my backlog of unpainted ones. That choice, together with the 'map book' must have kept the production costs down significantly too, which is a massive plus; so many dungeon games out there are prohibitively expensive, and it's refreshing that there is at least one out there that doesn't require that we all sell our left kidneys for the price of admission.
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  • This is Gloomhaven! It’s the game I know and love but in a more convenient form and with new content.
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I went out with a shortlist and a long list. I got my #1 #Western Legends , which was unexpected as well as an entirely unexpected pick up of #Kemet for free!

Also added #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion , #Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King , #Irish Gauge , and #Photosynthesis: Under the Moonlight

Also my preorder of #Aquatica showed up on Saturday so it felt like that should be in this group, even though it wasn't bought this weekend. 

The only disappointment was that #2 on my list #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated was not to be found. 

Really nice week this week!

  • #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion @ 3 players - First 3 Scenarios. A Friend of mine recently purchased the game and wanted to spend more time together so we made it happen. I am really enjoying a lot. Super emersive and it pushes all the right buttons! I think I will be getting this personally for Christmas too so my wife and I can play together, it might be a little much for her but she is a trooper :) 
  • #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) Solo Play - This was a doozy. Wakhan had something like 9 cards in her court. She should have won but I made a mistake late game and did not count her influence correctly. So I gave myself the win but have since added an asterisk.
  • #Too Many Bones Solo Play - Picket V. Drellen - Picket is a beast if you build him correctly. He take so much damage and he can deal alot. It is great! I want to play with Tantrum more but I wanted to feel powerful this time around. 
  • #Patchwork @ 2 players - played with the wife last night after a lazy sunday and got two games in. I crushed her both games unfortunately...she gets caught up on making the quilt pretty...not efficient lol.
  • #Kingdomino @ 2-players - played the 7x7 variant with the wife and I crushed her here too...She was not focused lol but what are you gonna do. She always crushes me at this so I gotta take a win here and there!

1. I came across The Elements of Gods kickstarter and saw that you guys were part of a giveaway with them. Followed the cookie crumbs and ended up here.

2. Have had board games for 3 years now, but started seriously following the past 5 months.

3. Top 3 at the moment are in no particular order;

  1. #Dune
  2. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
  3. #Agricola (Revised Edition)

I bought #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion this past week.  Haven't played it yet, but I figured it was the best way to see if I would even enjoy Gloomhaven at all.  Glad you enjoyed it!

What about the game was the most enjoyable aspect for you?

2. #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion : very fun solo gameplay, and even my girlfriend like it!
When the "x 2" modifier shows up at the right time...sooo good! :D

I don't know. I definitely am sastified with my collection for now, as I don't really have much on my wish list. But just this month alone I bought second hand copy of #Warhammer: Diskwars and #Mage Wars Arena Core Set which I never even heard about but was of really good value and fit my taste. Also I really my game stuffed, so for now I would prioritize buying expansion for games. 

Currrent wish list: #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion #Cryptid #Ticket To Ride: Japan & Italy Map Collection 7 #Tigris & Euphrates . All are low priority, I will wait until Jaws of the Lion to go down to 30$ to pull the trigger lol

That 60$ would get me some sweet Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion | Board Game Atlas, and would still have some left to get me the pocket pillbug for Hive Pocket | Board Game Atlas

I am teaching #Rococo right now to my wife and daughter.  I taught #Anachrony to a friend recently and that might have been the tougher game to teach as far as strategy and how everything connects.  

I try to anticipate how a person will want to know or assimilate information in an organized fashion as they play the game.  In the case of #Rococo I started with the premise that we are tailoring companies seeking prestige with the royals.  I explained the cloth, thread, and lace and where to obtain those items. Then I talked about the staff and the advantages and limitations of various staff.  Then I led into the 6 actions available each turn and went first to demonstrate how a "turn" works.  Took about 10 minutes to teach and we started playing.  I touched on the decorations but didn't go into great detail as the game is more about making dresses than decorations.  I also purposely left out all expansions that did not operate by the base rules.

I am generally the one teaching and generally prefer that to learning but have enjoyed learning experiences as well.  Judging by clues and hints dropped by others it looks like I'll be teaching #The Gallerist, #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, & #Detective Club soon.  


To answer your question about #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, you COULD replay a fun mission, but only if you don't count it towards your overall campaign. Each mission does directly tie into each character's progression. If you want to play one mission with a group who just wants to try it once, you'd pretty much have to try one of the tutorial missions or the first non-tutorial one.