| 2-4 player | 60 minutes | Ages 13+ |
The world of Gloom is a sad place. The skies are gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner. Debt, disease, a packs of rabid flesh-eating mice—just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, they do. But some say that the rewards of the afterlife are 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, 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 this game to believe it!
Gloom is a hilarious game, for people with a particular sense of humor. I love playing this game, the clear cards are so cool to play with, and who doesn’t enjoy alliteration. It’s kind of fun to inflict terrible fates on to your characters then kill them, while making good things happen to your opponents.
I love this game; I have always had so much fun playing this with my friends. We never really fall into a “take that” kind of play so much as what’s the funniest way to make the story happen. I really do enjoy this game, but i do have friends who loathe it. Alliteration is not for everyone and those who do not like story telling or word games may be turned off by this game.