Gloomhaven

2017 ยท 1-4 Players ยท 60-150 Minutes
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Gloomhaven board game
Gloomhaven board game

Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of the world.

Players must work together out of necessity to clear out menacing dungeons and forgotten ruins. In the process they will enhance their abilities with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story fueled by the decisions they make.

This is a legacy game with a persistent and changing world that is ideally played over many game sessions. After a scenario, players will make decisions on what to do, which will determine how the story continues, kind of like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. Playing through a scenario is a cooperative affair where players will fight against automated monsters using an innovative card system to determine the order of play and what a player does on their turn.

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After the 1st Kickstarter raised $386,104 from 4,904 backers, this 22 lb monster of a box opened to critical acclaim and went onto raise another $4M from over 40,000 backers for its second print run.

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Year Published2017
Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 60-150 Minutes
Minimum Age 12
Mechanics Campaign, Cooperative Play, Grid Movement, Hand Management, Legacy, Modular Board, Role Playing, Simultaneous action selection, Storytelling, Variable Player Powers
Categories Adventure, Fantasy
Learning Complexity 3.90 / 5[Vote]
Strategy Complexity 3.60 / 5[Vote]
Official Site Official Website
Rule URL Official Rules
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How do you play this game?

Here's a how-to-play video by Shea of RTFM:

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