Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
1 – 4 Players, 30 – 120 Minutes playing time, Ages 14 and up. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion scores in the unbelievable 9’s on Board Game Geek and is shooting up the Strategy game ranks. Players really enjoy the standalone game that introduces the Gloomhaven universe in an easier to chew on morsel. While it’s not ‘light’ or ‘easy’ the rules are laid out really well and make an excellent general foray into board games for new players too. Manufacturer: Cephalofair Games. Categories: Adventure, Exploration, Fantasy, and Fighting. Game Mechanics: Action Queue, Campaign / Battle Card Driven, Cooperative Game, Grid Movement, Hand Management, Hexagon Grid, Legacy Game, Scenario / Mission / Campaign Game, Simultaneous Action Selection, and Solo / Solitaire Game.
How to Play:
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone game that takes place before the events of Gloomhaven. The game includes four new characters — Valrath Red Guard (tank, crowd control), Inox Hatchet (ranged damage), Human Voidwarden (support, mind-control), and Quatryl Demolitionist (melee damage, obstacle manipulation) — that can also be used in the original Gloomhaven game.
The game also includes 16 monster types (including seven new standard monsters and three new bosses) and a new campaign with 25 scenarios that invites the heroes to investigate a case of mysterious disappearances within the city. Is it the work of Vermlings, or is something far more sinister going on?
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is aimed at a more casual audience to get people into the gameplay more quickly. All of the hard-to-organize cardboard map tiles have been removed, and instead players will play on the scenario book itself, which features new artwork unique to each scenario. The last barrier to entry — i.e., learning the game — has also been lowered through a simplified rule set and a five-scenario tutorial that will ease new players into the experience.
|Dimensions||11.5 × 9 × 4.5 in|