Gloomhaven (Board Game)

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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 travelling 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.

Essentially, every turn a player will play two cards out of their hand. Each card has a number at the top, 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.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
21 Feb 2018
Game Mechanic
Year Published
# of Players
1 - 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 - 4 players, Recommended with 1 - 4 players
Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 - 150 minutes
Game Designer
Isaac Childres
Game Artist
  • Alexandr Elichev
  • Josh T. McDowell
  • Alvaro Nebot
Cephalofair Games
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
2017 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee
Expansion Sets
  • Gloomhaven: Solo Scenarios
  • Gloomhaven: The End of the World
Supply Source
South Africa

Customer Reviews

As good as the hype

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I'm from a D&d 2nd Ed background so when I saw the game I thought that's what I was going to get, BUT it is so much more.

The fast game play while working out combos with your friends is lots of fun. The challenge is keeping the right page so you don't run out of cards before the quest is done. This is really a deck building game mixed with role-playing elements. No game master is needed which is great too. Just play. Highly recommended if you have time to spare. The games do take some time, but you don't feel it

A wild fantasy world in a box

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This game is great. It's hard to imagine the sheer size and weight of it until you actually have the box show up at your door, and then you open it to realise it is 10kgs of pure content. The story is dripping with world building and immerses the player in a great fantasy world, the player miniatures are stunning, and the sheer amount of cardboard game pieces is enough to last a life time. That isn't even mentioning the gameplay. The way cards play out and the amount of control players have is great, the clock is always ticking but not so much that it is claustrophobic, and the action never stops. Encounters always feels perfectly balanced and like the right amount of difficult, and the way that the game permanently changes as you play makes it feel like you are playing characters in a larger world which is awesome. Whenever this next gets a printing don't hesitate, just buy it. You won't regret it.


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Backed the 2nd version while it was still on kickstarter for an amazing price of R1300+-

I must say the game is rather daunting when first looking at it, but once its unpacked its not so bad.. the price does look insane, but to be honest, collectors edition PS4 games and some PC games go for this price to.

Its a massive game, with an easy 100+ hour long campaign, this is including the side quests etc. There are many characters to play from, 18 I think but you have 6 "unlocked" in the beginning, the other characters unlock as you progress.
Its also nice that other people can join your campaign at any time by dropping in, so you dont have to start and restart.

The quests are great as well, the game changes depending on the choices you make, say you chop some dudes head off, well now his quest line is lost. This means there is definate replayability with the game in order to see what other avenues you can take. the miniatures are unpainted but easily identifiable, you can also paint them for more immersion should you be so inclined.

Great game, well deserved for its awards and many highly rated reviews.

Size matters!

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When you first lift the lid on the colossal box, you may find yourself a bit daunted by what is literally 9.8kgs of cardboard and plastic. I was a bit taken aback by the amount of content inside the box and found myself worried that a game of this size may just be too much for me. I spent a week trying to sort through all of it. Packing, bagging, tagging and finding ways to get this box closed with everything inside. At this I failed. Gloomhaven is huge in presentation but not as huge as the world itself. There are a finite number of scenarios but an infinite amount of ways they can play out. I don't think there has ever been a game quite like this. I don't think there ever will be. I started the campaign and got confused and made mistakes and had to restart and had to go through things again and made more mistakes and, and, and...
None of these hiccups deterred me from wanted to continue and learn and so I did and by my fourth play, I was ready to take on Gloomhaven for real and I did. Now a couple scenarios in, this game is always on my mind. I want to play it everyday, its like a drug that consumes time so easily
The price may look a bit over the top but believe me when I say that this game was worth every penny. If you don't like spending hours on playing one game, this isn't for you. There are hundreds of hours of content in this game. Each scenario played may take at least an hour if not more and this will increase depending on the number of players.
I tried not to include any spoilers in this. Let me finish by saying that there are no games like Gloomhaven and I don't know if there ever will be.