In Gloomhaven, the players work together as a team of adventurers in a darkly-themed medieval fantasy world. Their characters move around the modular game board, fighting monsters using a card-based combat system. The monsters, in turn, are controlled through the game system. The environment of the game changes between adventures, based on the actions and decisions of the players. This “legacy” style mechanic creates an evolving setting over a series of games, as the players explore the branching storyline, adding components as the story evolves.
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Production of Gloomhaven was funded through a Kickstarter campaign in October 2015, which attracted $386,104 from 4,904 backers (an average of $78.74 per backer). Kickstarter fulfillment is occurring this month, with release into the trade to follow.