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Brian Lelas
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Hey guys, hoping to get some guidance here.

I'm overwhelmed by what's in this box and have no idea where to start. I've punched all the pieces and somehow managed to bag everything and I'm now trying to decide how to tackle the learning and playing of this game.

I am thinking of playing solo, purely because it is the only way I see ever getting through campaign play... But even there, how should I start? With one character? 2? 4?

And how do you recommend learning the game? Should I learn some aspects and start playing or try to learn everything before diving in? I'm excited about getting started, but also more than a little daunted by it too.

Some guidance would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Matt Hindmarch
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start with watching Paul Grogans' videos at the URL listed on the rule book cover.
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Laerfan wrote:
With one character? 2? 4?

Matt's suggestion is a good place to start. But just to point out that you always have to use 2-4 characters, even when playing solo.
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It's really a simple game to play. Exceptions and such make it a bit more challenging, but it is a simple game to learn for as deep as it is.

I can only tell you that it works well for me to play with two during a solo game. I've never played with more or less.
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I agree that Paul Grogan’s videos (there’s one about how combat works and one about the campaign mechanics) are the place to start. I’d also recommend JonGetsGames’ video play through of Gloomhaven to get a pretty good feel for how the game goes in action. He actually gets a bunch of things wrong in his video, but usually calls it out in text when he makes a mistake. But you’ll have a pretty good feel for the game if you watch all of the above.
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My advice is definitely to watch the video. Then just know that the rule book is a dense read. You will encounter something, think "this is not in the rules" then re-read that section and it will be there. Also, feel free to ask questions here. Many of us love to help.

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This is a commonly overthought situation. Just play the game.
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While I was waiting for the game to arrive I watched several videos like the guys above suggested. Definitely do that if you have not already.

Take your time for a thorough read of the rulebook.

What helped me get started was the First Game Setup Guide file that you can find at the Files section. It is a perfect guidance when you feel ready to finally glue things together.

Then i played the game. Started with the Black Barrow scenario and played it solo several times with different classes to get the actual feel of them and the game itself. My personal suggestion is to start with two classes and modify it according to your needs.
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Thanks everyone!

Paul's videos were excellent and I intend to play a solo two-character run later today.
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