Unfortunate Expeditions (Gloom)
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Unfortunate Expeditions introduces Expeditions into the game. Set the new Expedition cards to one side. When you play a Modifier or Untimely Death with an Expedition symbol, resolve the immediate effects of the card, then place that Expedition in the center of the table. Only one Expedition can be in play at a time, so it replaces the current Expedition, if there is one. An Expedition's rules affect all players as long as it's in play. Some cards also have special effects that occur if a particular Expedition is already in play when they're played.
Adds 1 player. 55 transparent cards in a tuckbox.
Top Customer Reviews
Both packs have MUCH improved in printing quality; you can barely read the old cards compared to the new ones. I wish I could have my old packs retroactively reprinted! They look absolutely beautiful. My only fault with them is the directions are a little bit less understandable for these new cards. There were several points in the game where we all had to "agree" on how certain cards should be used since there seemed to be no description of how exactly to use them (ie. the white "event" [?] cards).
Overall, though, the new rules really liven things up!
Since this is an expansion deck, you must already have the original game for these cards to be used and, depending on how much time we have, we sometimes take out the "special" cards from this deck and play using the original rules.
This is a great way to expand the number of players and to bring new life (no pun intended) to your Gloom game!
Each card contains its own set of rules that affect game play, so each card contains (often substantial) text.
The game is fairly flexible in terms of the number of players it can accommodate, but somewhere between 3-5 is probably best. If you stick to those numbers, a game will usually take around 30-45 minutes.
Unfortunate Expeditions is not a standalone set but rather an expansion to the main Gloom game. In addition to a new family, it adds a new "Expedition" mechanic that features cards that provide a new set of global rules to the table, depending on which such card is "active" at any given moment. This new feature is a lot of fun, and provides a welcome twist to the existing rules. This set also includes a "residence" card which is compatible with the Unhappy Homes expansion.
Overall, the play is very fun, portable, fast-paced, and often amusing. As you may have surmised by the initial synopsis, the humor is dark and morbid (albeit very tongue-in-cheek). If that isn't your cup of tea, this game won't entertain you. The art is suited perfectly to the theme.
APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE: Hardcore gamers will enjoy this as a "warm-up" between their more complicated gaming sessions. It's a useful tool for introducing newcomers to these kinds of games (although Fluxx or Current Number of the Beast are maybe even better for this purpose).
OVERALL SCORE: B. The new cards add great variation to the existing base set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sorry I gave this one star to begin with. When I finally really set down and played it I enjoyed it. On the scoring though do you just count the top points or all of them?Published 9 months ago by Rosie
I didn't realize this was just an expansion and couldn't be played by itself.Published 13 months ago by Magicjynx
It's really hard to figure out how to play- at least it was for my friends and I. The instructions were pretty vague.Published 14 months ago by Tylee
If you have 5 players you need a new family. This gets the job done with humor, although it may mess with the story you are playing out.Published 15 months ago by servant_sears
POTENTIAL 5 But I give it a 2. This game is one that requires participants to engage them self to create a story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by AmazonPrimeRules!
Fun and hilarious game with the right people. A little dark, a little twisted. Play with people that are witty and brief and it's a great time.Published 18 months ago by Joe Wampole
This is a hilariously fun card game, and this expansion adds a lot of great cards to the deck. Product itself arrived neatly packed in cellophane and in excellent condition. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cary Morton