Gloomhaven is an evolving campaign game of dungeon crawling tactical combat and exploration for 1-4 players in a high fantasy setting.
Players will take on the role of a wandering mercenary with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for travelling to this remote 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 fuelled by the decisions they make.
This is a persistent game that is intended to be 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.
Essentially, every turn a player will play two cards out of their hand. Each card has a number in the centre, and the number on the first card played will determine their initiative order. Each card also has a top and bottom power, and when it is a player’s turn in the initiative order, they determine whether to use the top power of one card and the bottom power of the other, or vice-versa. Players must be careful, though, because over time they will permanently lose cards from their hands. If they take too long to clear a dungeon, they may end up exhausted and be forced to retreat.
This is the fifth printing, retail version of this massively popular game that has rocketed up the game rankings all the way to the top.
Please note some of the game boxes have minor creasing to a corner that does not affect the integrity of the box or components. We assume this is because of the size and weight of the game and appears to have occurred prior to packing by the manufacturer. This is a known issue with Gloomhaven boxes received throughout the two Kickstarter campaigns.
Awards & Honours
2018 SXSW Tabletop Game of the Year Winner
2018 Scelto dai Goblin Winner
2018 Origins Awards Origins Awards Game of the Year Winner
2018 Origins Awards Best Board Game Winner
2018 Origins Awards Best Board Game Nominee
2017 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2017 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Winner
2017 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Winner
2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
2017 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
2017 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee
2017 Cardboard Republic Striker Laurel Nominee
2017 Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game Nominee
Far too many to list (seriously).
Check out the unboxing video here:
Card sleeve information if you wish to sleeve the cards in this product:
727 x Standard Card Game – Gray (FFS05, 50/pack) – (2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ – 63.5 x 88mm)
975 x Mini European – Red (FFS02, 50/pack) – (1-11/16” x 2-5/8″ – 44 x 68mm)
If that seems a bit excessive (!) check out the following for some ideas about prioritizing which cards to sleeve: