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xnera ([personal profile] xnera) wrote2015-10-30 01:29 pm

Game of the Week: Gloom

Gloom at Board Game Geek

Gloom is a card game for 2-4 players. Each player takes control of a family of characters. The goal of the game is to make your family as miserable as possible while making your rivals' families as happy as you can. You do this by playing three different types of cards on a turn: modifier cards, event cards, and untimely death cards.

Each player gets two plays per turn, and at the end of her turn must draw cards up to replenish her hand up to five cards, unless altered by other cards. The game encourages storytelling to justify playing modifier cards. You can play negative modifier cards on your own family, or positive modifiers on your opponents' families. If you play an untimely death card on a character, that character is removed from the game. Points are then scored based on the modifiers at time of death. The person with the lowest score at the end of the game is the winner.

Gloom was featured on Tabletop. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0artLwe87I4