Gloomhaven board game
Gloomhaven board game

Gloomhaven

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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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  • Includes:- Forgotten Circles- Solo Scenarios- Folded Space Insert
  • Almost the best game ever. Second only to Twilight Imperium (4th ed.), but how could anything hope to compare to that.Gloomhaven is pretty much everything I dreamed it would be!
  • Mostly annoying, but I think about it a lot and want to play more.
  • I can't say that I've played a lot board games, much less TTRPG (this is the first I've) but I'm just in love with it! Even playing alone it's extremely challenging, and with friends it's so much fun!
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Slow week for me. As usual, all games at 2 players with my fiancée unless otherwise noted.

#Codenames: Pictures - Picked this up from the FLGS we went to in Philly last weekend. We played twice, winning once. Have to try this one out with our parents.

#Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - Got this on Prime Day for a killer deal when factoring in some gift cards - paid around $10 of my own money. I had created a forum post with some quick thoughts on my play but when I went to submit it, I got an error message so I decided to save them for here. I've played #Gloomhaven at 3 players with a friend of mine and his wife a couple of times (would be more if not for covid) so I was largely familiar with the mechanics going in. We got through 2 scenarios before we called it a night. While I appreciate the tutorial aspect of everything especially for newer players like my fiancée, it was a real slow build for me. I mean seriously is a long rest really that difficult of a concept to not cover until scenario 3? LOL. She found it a bit tedious too after I started explaining the additional rules for scenario 2. This may be more a reflection of how boring I sound..might need to look into a narrator app lol. At any rate, we won both scenarios without much trouble and we're looking forward to playing this more.

#Super-Skill Pinball: 4-Cade - Back in August, my group had an in person "anniversary" to celebrate a year of the group's existence. It actually had started as a Meetup Group at a local bar. Anyways, one of the guys had given everyone a laminated PnP of this game with the intention of playing it over Zoom together. For some reason, I had interpreted this as "hey check out this game I made" and I never gave it any second thought until recently when I realized it was an actual game lol. Last night I watched a how to play and gave it a try solo. It's interesting for sure but I can see there being a whole lot of upkeep for a pretty simple roll and write. Not sure if I'll give it another go, but I'm glad I at least attempted it!

#Bosk or #Photosynthesis are the first that come to mind.  Maybe #Arboretum.  I think dumping a bag of leaves on a #Gloomhaven scenario could work as well.

You already have #Spirit Island which is a great one.  I'd suggest #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island and #Marvel Champions: The Card Game as good co-op options.  Though it lacks the dice I think you find #Gloomhaven very much up your alley.  

A few other's you might like include #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris which would require the base game as well. #Maracaibo has a legacy play option with "chapters" and might be intriguing as well.

Fairly slow weekend but managed to play #PARKS, #Jaipur, #Founders of Gloomhaven solo, & two scenarios of #Gloomhaven via the multiplayer mode on Steam.  I played Founders 2-3 times and will post a video soon.  

First of all, welcome! Of the ones you want to play already, I'd recommend #Wingspan and #Spirit Island just because they're among my personal favorites. Other than that, the first thing that came to mind was #Gloomhaven. It's pretty expensive and has somewhere around 2,600 components with it so that might not be appealing to you lol (it definitely isn't for me to own at least) but I think it checks most of your boxes.

I'd agree with not calling #Gloomhaven heavy. It's more so a lot of set up overhead. But Founders has a BGG weight rating of 4.11/5?! Sheesh. My heaviest by far is #The Gallerist (just picked it up from with my giveaway wins). Felt like such a draining experience haha

Great suggestions! I was thinking of #Pandemic vs. #Atlantis Rising (second edition) but Horrified would've been a good one to do if we had owned it. It's definitely the more common comparison.

And based on your suggestion, I'm thinking of doing #Gloomhaven vs. #Star Wars Imperial Assault! I'll have an excuse to get a copy of Imperial Assault when I see a good price for a used copy lol. I believe IA is often referred to as a retheme of Descent too

Hmm, #Founders of Gloomhaven is in competition for heaviest. #Anachrony is fairly heavy as well.  It's probably a tossup between those two.  I've played through #Gloomhaven and some might say that's heavy but I don't tend to think of it as heavy.

The usefulness of a game is good to know too. Take #Gloomhaven for example, you use it as a paper weight, a door stop, or to start a fire with.  You can't do that with something like #Love Letter, but you would never know that without a usefulness rating.

In the end, I think my main question is: What's the most popular game of 2020? A game that had everyone talking about it all throughout the year?

2017 had #Gloomhaven, 2018 had #Root, and 2019 had #Wingspan. Which game matches that level of popularity for 2020? At least according to our google analytics, all three of those games hit absolutely huge spikes in traffic that outclassed all others within their respective years. And for this year, I remember seeing #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion having a decent peak during the Target release, but it's still far behind the level of popularity of all those other games in my opinion since in the end, it's a "sequel". And while #Fort is doing well staying within the top 10 most visited game pages and sometimes top 5, it doesn't have that same level of excitement for me.

On another note, I'd really like to try out #The One Hundred Torii and