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Well I played my first couple games in Perdition's Mouth. I've been having really good first impressions since opening up the box. Really nice components, good rule book, not a bad read at all, interesting, fluid rules.

Easy setup (I am just coming off of Gloomhaven). Initially there were a couple issues sorting out some of the cards as the two existing expansions came in the same box, but it was made clear prettily quick with a bit of research. Like I said, the components were nice, good quality, and fun to get into.

My first two games played well. Still had to check the rules on this and that as per normal for me starting out, but I don't see that happening for much longer. The first level is designed to get familiar with the game. I was really looking for a smooth, fluid game, and it delivered. And it still offers a lot of strategy and dynamic play. The rondels used work so well, adding so much to the mechanics, while eating up a lot of otherwise fiddly components.

The thematic side of things is good too. It's a dark theme, but it really fits well with the mechanics. Every character has their own decks. The ability's and texts, how the cards play really add to the feel of it all. And the punishing aspect, the wounds which get added to your deck and you play through the campaign work so well. Feels like a desperate struggle, a daring adventure.

I'd say a really good effort by the team who hand crafted this game. I'm really happy with what I've seen so far.


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Coming off the LEGENDARY Gloomhaven, another dungeon crawler. What are your thoughts on comparing the 2 games.
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Grove123 wrote:
Coming off the LEGENDARY Gloomhaven, another dungeon crawler. What are your thoughts on comparing the 2 games.


I think the depth of strategy is comparable, but Perdition's Mouth does it much smoother. So much less physical things to handle during play. It's really refreshing actually.

Gloomhaven has a much longer campaign, maybe 4x as long. This is a bit of a trade off though, do you want to invest this amount of time to reap the benefit of playing through the story? I liked that about Gloomhaven, the time investment, the progression. Perdition's Mouth also has a rich story, perhaps more rich in that it's more focused on the characters and their struggle through this situation their undertaking.

If I had to choose one or the other, it would really come down to the mechanics. Perdition's Mouth does it better.



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