Gloomhaven is Cephalofair Games new casual gaming experience and is the Kickstarter brainchild of Isaac Childres.
It's a calming, simple romp based out of the titular town of Gloomhaven. Contrary to certain love-it-or-hate-it games such as Cosmic Encounter or Monopoly, it is universally beloved and balanced such that everybody from the total beginner to Garry Kasparov can enjoy it equally.
Once you purchase this game, you will notice how easily it fits onto your shelf alongside other, larger games:
But it's when you open the box that you wonder how there could be so much game in such a small component package:
After a measly 10-minute rulebook reading, you'll be ready to play, but not before you spend a paltry $80 and 6 hours gluing time on a box organizer so the elegance of your tiny collection of game pieces looks even more chic:
In all seriousness, here there be spoilers. Please refer to character classes (other than the starting 6) by their tuck box symbol. Put anything that isn't in the rulebook behind labeled
spoiler tags! This includes but is not limited to: in-depth character class discussion (other than the starting 6), city/road events, campaign scenarios, the contents of the sealed envelopes and town records booklet, pictures of locked minis, boss enemies, etc.
Naming conventions when marking spoilers: Use these descriptions:
01 - Brute
02 - Tinkerer
03 - Spellweaver
04 - Scoundrel
05 - Cragheart
06 - Mindthief
07 - Sun
08 - Three Spears
09 - Concentric Circles
10 - Moon/Eclipse
11 - Cthulhu
12 - Lightning Bolt
13 - Music Note
14 - Spiky/Angry Face
15 - Saw
16 - Triforce
17 - Two-Mini Class
A list of Some Class guides, and action card reviews. These are just the opinion of the player who wrote them, but for someone new to a new class, it can help give you some insight into what the class is good at, and what kinds of builds that might be the way you want to go with.
Also, be aware that they do sell a 'gloomhaven refresh set' that includes all the stickers for you to reapply so you can start from scratch if you want.