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I’m intrigued yet intimidated by this game. Also I don’t know who I would actually play it with. 
 

Seeing it in stock and on sale makes me really want to buy it though.

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18 hours ago, TheLeon said:

I’m intrigued yet intimidated by this game. Also I don’t know who I would actually play it with. 

 

You should be intimidated.  It's a behemoth.  There's a lot to track.  But so satisfying if you can get your arms around it.  You can also play it as a single player RPG so yay. :)

 

FWIW I recommend watching one of the dev "how to play" videos on youtube before you play.  Also there's a couple real good android/ios apps that help you track everything while playing which makes everything sooo much easier.

 

But scope and fiddly-ness aside, if you get a handle on it, it really is a terrific game.  It's like playing a good difficult D&D dungeon crawl. 

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1 hour ago, Slug said:

 

You should be intimidated.  It's a behemoth.  There's a lot to track.  But so satisfying if you can get your arms around it.  You can also play it as a single player RPG so yay. :)

 

FWIW I recommend watching one of the dev "how to play" videos on youtube before you play.  Also there's a couple real good android/ios apps that help you track everything while playing which makes everything sooo much easier.

 

But scope and fiddly-ness aside, if you get a handle on it, it really is a terrific game.  It's like playing a good difficult D&D dungeon crawl. 

 

100% this. If you don’t like bookkeeping, there’s a significant amount of drag you’re going to find in the game. The apps really help there. The digital version is quite good, too, and the full campaign is coming there sometime next year. The bookkeeping is basically an analog version of a game anyway, with achievements to track, classes to unlock, etc.

 

I can recommend some iOS apps if people want them, just lemme know.

 

Also invest heavily in baggies or prepare to spend a bunch of dough on a box inset to assemble. I cannot imagine playing the game without the insert from The Broken Token but that’s another near $100 right there.

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53 minutes ago, Slug said:

I love Broken Token stuff so much. 

 

I’m a huge mark for box inserts in general. I like Go7Gaming a lot, along with Meeple Realty. I’ll usually get theirs if they have one for a specific game. Broken Token’s one for Gloomhaven is, IMHO, the best of the lot. The little monster cassette tape box things are so good.

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Mine got delivered today. When I picked up the box, I couldn't stop laughing. Holy shit, that's a lotta game! 

 

I mean, you hear "it's a really big and complex game", but to me that never translated to "20 pound box the size of your torso" :lol:

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7 hours ago, TheLeon said:

Mine got delivered today. When I picked up the box, I couldn't stop laughing. Holy shit, that's a lotta game! 

 

I mean, you hear "it's a really big and complex game", but to me that never translated to "20 pound box the size of your torso" :lol:

 

Haha, yup.  I remember one year at GenCon a buddy of mine made the mistake of buying it on the vendor floor like first thing in the morning because he was so excited to pick it up.  He didn't considering having to lug that damn box around the convention all day.  He only lasted a couple hours before he took a Lyft back to the hotel to drop it off in the room then come back. :P

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9 hours ago, TheLeon said:

Mine got delivered today. When I picked up the box, I couldn't stop laughing. Holy shit, that's a lotta game! 

 

I mean, you hear "it's a really big and complex game", but to me that never translated to "20 pound box the size of your torso" :lol:

 

Gloomhaven is a beefy boy, it’s true. I dunno how many TT games you play, but there are a ton of great resources for Gloomhaven on boardgamegeek. I’d especially recommend getting PDF versions of the character and party sheets, the ones in the box are kinda tiny a bit hard to write on mission after mission. If you use a campaign tracker app, that’s less necessary. I also find the campaign workflow diagram super useful, as one of the hardest things to track is what you’ve done, what you’ve unlocked, and what you’ve locked out.

 

Lemme know if you have any questions about what missions you can do when, there’s a LOT that’s not super intuitive, like finishing a mission that’s linked to the next one but being able to walk away to do other missions, while that big event that seemed inevitable is content to just wait for you to come back to it, unlocking an area you can’t access without specific achievements, etc.

 

Also, if memory serves, expect to get fucking waxed on your first attempt of the first mission... unless the mechanics are super obvious to you right from jump, it’s really easy to stretch yourself right from the beginning and get dunked on pretty savagely. First time on one of my campaigns, two players died in the first room. :p It’s not HARD, but it’s not obvious how aggressive is too aggressive, how conservative is too conservative, etc., until you actually play.

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