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 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.
Each turn, a player chooses two cards to play out of their hand. The number on the top card determines their initiative for the round. 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 has been one of the Top games on Boardgame Geek for over a year. Here at Bowman Boardgames we have a regular session to advance the campaign. You don't have to mark the map but it is encouraged as they supply location stickers and a City prosperity track which you need to update. While not an easy game it is one we enjoy playing even when it all goes wrong, the game only says that didn't work. You can then try again or perhaps try a few random encounters to earn gold to get/upgrade equipment.
You get all the mini's for each playable class. Each encounter usually takes 60-120 minutes, there are around 100 encounters plus many random encounters. This will give a lot of playing time with you and your freinds.
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