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Get Your Hands on Gloomhaven This Summer Thanks To This Kickstarter

Get Your Hands on Gloomhaven This Summer Thanks To This Kickstarter

The hardest part of tabletop RPG can be finding someone to do the work of being the Dungeon Master. It’s a rewarding job, to be sure, but rewarding in a different way than being a player. The rise of board games that shift the Dungeon Master part off onto the game, all the players or even, in a few cases, an app has turned out some interesting game designs. Last year, Gloomhaven came to Kickstarter, promising a massive board game campaign featuring storylines, miniatures, and everything gamers love about RPGs. Nearly 5,000 people backed the original Kickstarter and the game has been hard to find ever since.

When the time came for a reprint, designer Issac Childres returned to Kickstarter with a second bite at the apple for his hungry fans. Despite a slightly higher cost than the original Kickstarter (still very low compared to the prices for a box on the secondary market), the Kickstarter for the second print run of Gloomhaven launched on April 4th and as of this writing, over 15,000 fans have decided to get in on the game.

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We’ve talked extensively about how much we love the game. Gloomhaven offers an AI-driven battle game where the players choose characters that duke it out in a variety of different styles on the grid. The game handles the bad guys, leaving all the players to discover the joys and pains of how to best play their characters in a fight. The game also changes things up by retiring characters as the games plays on once the character has hit their personal goal in the campaign. Gloomhaven also offers a legacy game element, made popular in games like Pandemic: Legacy and Seafall. The map surrounding the city changes as the game plays based on player choices, successes, and failures. Even the titular city becomes more prosperous, which unlocks new items, classes and options as the players return to the city.

The Kickstarter for the second printing of Gloomhaven runs until May 1st. Check out the articles we’ve done below for a more in-depth look at the game before you decide to back it. It’s a great choice for a tabletop group that wants to try something closer to RPGs or an RPG group where the DM needs some time off to relax and recharge.

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Rob Wieland is an author, game designer and professional nerd. He writes about kaiju, Jedi, gangsters, elves, Vulcans and sometimes all of them at the same time. His blog is here, his Twitter is here and his meat body can be found in scenic Milwaukee, WI.

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