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The world of Gloom is a sad and benighted place. The sky is gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner. Debt, disease, heartache, and packs of rabid flesh-eating mice -- just when it seems like things can't get any worse, they do. But some say that one's reward in the afterlife is based on the misery endured in life. If so, there may yet be hope -- if not in this world, then in the peace that lies beyond.
In the Gloom card game, you assume control of the fate of an eccentric family of misfits and misanthropes. The goal of the game is sad, but simple: you want your characters to suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death. You'll play horrible mishaps like Pursued by Poodles or Mocked by Midgets on your own characters to lower their Self-Worth scores, while trying to cheer your opponents' characters with marriages and other happy occasions that pile on positive points. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins.
Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom features an innovative design by noted RPG author Keith Baker. Multiple modifier cards can be played on top of the same character card; since the cards are transparent, elements from previously played modifier cards either show through or are obscured by those played above them. You'll immediately and easily know the worth of every character, no matter how many modifiers they have. You've got to see (through) this game to believe it!
For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.
Fun card game that you can play with your family. The flavor text is what makes the game.Published 1 day ago by Sean
Reading some of the reviews, we thought we were going to LOVE this game. The first time we played it, we kept having to refer to the rules and kind of played it together, not... Read morePublished 1 day ago by LK
I was looking for a game to inch into role playing tabletop games with my spouse. It totally worked, and we've had a lot of fun the rounds we've played. Read morePublished 2 days ago by S. Stiles
This is my favorite game of all time. The thematic elements are hilarious. You try explaining how the brain in a box managed to get himself mauled by manatee. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jessica
Got this as a birthday present for my younger sister and we had a riot with it. One of our biggest jokes when we were losing was "i'm gonna make your people have the best... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ashley
I picked up Gloom expecting an engrossing and replayable experience. My husband and enjoy gaming together (board, card and video games) However, we're both coming short on time at... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Pushpin
This game is pure silliness. The premise is that you need to make your characters lives as hard as possible, while improving the lives of your opponent's characters. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Thomas
If you have a good imagination and like to tell stories this is a really fun game. Kind of sad but my sister and I are the only game loving people so we have to stick to 2+ player... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Stephanie