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Year Published
2005
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Gloom
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晦暗世界
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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!

Each of the three expansions for Gloom adds one more player, thus with all three expansions, this should be playable with seven players.

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French first edition
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
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English second edition
Publisher: Atlas Games
Artist: Michelle Nephew, J. Scott Reeves
Year: 2014
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Release Date: Aug 2014
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Spanish first edition
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
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Year: 2013
Product Code: EDGAG50
Size: 5.50 x 3.50 x 0.75 inches
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English third printing
Publisher: Atlas Games
Artist: Michelle Nephew, J. Scott Reeves
Year: 2009
Product Code: AG1250
Size: 5.38 x 3.56 x 0.62 inches
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Publisher: Atlas Games
Artist: Michelle Nephew, J. Scott Reeves
Year: 2007
Product Code: AG1240
Size: 5.50 x 3.50 x 0.75 inches
1.50 pounds
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2 Gloom 2nd Edition Basic Game Card and Text list
List and text of the cards in the basic Gloom 2nd Edition game
English
2015-06-28
3 Rules and Cards Gloom + 3 exp in Dutch
Translation of the rules and cards from Gloom, Unhappy Homes, Unwelcome Guests and Unfortunate Expeditions. Version 1.
Dutch
2014-01-14
4 Gloom card translations - Finnish
A bit improved version. Contains back stories for the four houses as well as some typo corrections.
Finnish
2013-06-11
2 Gloom Effect Tokens (as Headstones)
Headstones used to keep track of effects during gameplay (version 1; full set, including all regular Gloom Expansions)
English
2013-05-18
5 Gloom Card List & FAQ PocketMod
Gloom Card List & FAQ PocketMod (version 1). Full card list (including expansions) and the official FAQ in a useful PocketMod format
English
2013-05-16
7 Gloom PocketMod Rules
Gloom Pocket Rules (version 1). The Gloom (+ Expansions) rules distilled and provided as a PocketMod page. A brief game summary is provided on the back page. The rules are a mix of the Universal Head GLOOM Rules Summary (http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/54415/universal-head-gloom-rules-summary-card-inventory) and the rules provided with the game itself.
English
2013-05-16
6 Gloom quick ref.
I like to make quick reference sheets for my games. I laminate it and put it with the game. Gives basic info on starting the game and explaining to new player. Just lists key points I don't want to forget to tell a new player.
English
2013-04-21
1 Family stories
I made this sheet to print and laminate so I could hand players the information on their family. It helps in the story telling if you know your families back story. They are the size to fit in the original box with the game. It is the stories straight from the rules, I didn't edit.
English
2013-03-07
2 Gloom Variant Rules Adding Special Abilities to Each House + 2 Player Fixes
Gloom Variant Rules Adding Special Abilities to Each House + 2 Player Fixes v1.0. This upload contains three files: 1) residence cards that give all seven houses in Gloom and its three expansions a special ability based off of optional rules originally developed by game creator Keith Baker, 2) optional backs for these cards, and 3) labels with these same abilities that can be printed onto adhesive paper for those who wish to stick them on their actual residence cards. This third labels file also includes additional labels to fix "The Loathsome Uncle" card from the Unwelcome Guests expansion and the "And The Horrid Hospital" card from the Unhappy Homes expansions so that they are not broken in two player games. The label for "And The Horrid Hospital" comes in both a black & white and...
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2013-02-28
2 Cth Gloom status Tags
More tags for the new expansion. Enjoy!
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2012-12-12
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