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Gloomhaven (First Playthrough)

Updated: Jan 12

It's a true dungeon crawl! DnD, but everyone's a player.


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I'll start this off by saying Gloomhaven was intimidating when my brothers-in-law opened the box. Fortunately, you don't need all the pieces every time you play. I've only played this game once and did the tutorial campaign, but it is phenomenally done. I've played DnD a few times (loved it) and this game is the closest you'll get. It also removes the necessary planning and prepping by a Dungeon Master, it's all automated for you.


This cooperative game takes its heroes through numerous situations where you'll get to make decisions and do battle with different types of enemies and monsters. Each player (we randomized) takes on a character who gets to play with a set number of cards from their respective deck. As the character grows, the number and power of their character increases, enabling new abilities and the use of elements. The best part is, you can keep track of your character and continue to improve him/her through multiple sessions during your campaign.


Gameplay, compared to other RPGs is actually pretty quick (~2 hours), and if you need help getting through rules and how to play enemies, I highly recommend downloading the Gloomhaven App, not sure the players handbook was really necessary, but it was only my first time playing. This game is a definitely a challenge, but once the rules are understood (controlling enemies are the hardest part) the game is quite exceptional. I am excited to get my own copy soon, once I make my way through some of my recent purchases. There is a lot of playability with Gloomhaven, which makes the price more palatable.


Once I play it again, I'll do a follow-up to this post!


Complexity: Medium-Hard

Players: 1-4 (yes, you can play by yourself)

Age: 14+ (but I think 12+ is definitely possible)

Setup: ~20 minutes (this was our first time)

Duration: 30 Minutes/player


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