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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.
We love this game! It's a lot of fun making up stories about these characters, expanding on the lore as you get further and further into the game. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Becky
I love this game! I wish the card text was printed a little larger but we play this all the time it's a fun and funny game.Published 7 days ago by PinkMelody
The only thing I don't like about this game is that the cards show up strangely on airport x-ray machines.Published 9 days ago by Link
This game is so fun and the cards are beautiful. Very Edward Gorey. I like that you can control the length of the game by how you play. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Pam
Fun game, delightfully morbid, and my friends and i have really enjoyed expanding on the text on the bottom of the cards as we play!Published 11 days ago by Hannah Richardson
Funny story telling game!! Saw this on Will Wheaton's TableTop (Youtube it!) and was hooked!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is such a fun game! We play it with our ten-year-old son, who enjoys making up the storyline as the game progresses. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Curtis Allred