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Gloom! Card Game 2nd Edition

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Gloom! Card Game 2nd Edition

£22.99

The Game of Inauspicious Incidents and Grave Consequences

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 Mauled by a Manatee 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.

Gloom cards are printed on transparent plastic.

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!

The current, second edition of the Gloom core game contains everything you need to needle away at the lives of your new, doomed relatives.

Gloom 2nd Edition Core Game Card List

Event Cards

  • A Chance to Begin Again
  • A Second Chance
  • A Stormy Night
  • A Tragic Misunderstanding
  • An Unpleasant Surprise
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part
  • Misfortune Favors the Old
  • Imaginary Friend
  • Smoke and Mirrors
  • The Root of All Evil
  • Twist of Fate

Untimely Death Cards

  • Drank too much rye
  • Was baked into a pie
  • Choked on a bone
  • Died old and alone
  • Was overcome by the measles
  • Was devoured by weasels
  • Was consumed from within
  • Was torn limb from limb
  • Was eaten by bears
  • Died without cares
  • Was pushed down the stairs
  • Was slain by an heir
  • Drowned in a bog
  • Was burnt by a mob
  • Never returned
  • Was badly burned
  • Died of despair
  • Ran out of air
  • Disappeared in the fog
  • Fell from on high

Modifier Cards

  • Was chased by children
  • Fell down the well
  • Was marooned on the moors
  • Went mildly mad
  • Found maggots in the meat
  • Was driven to drink
  • Was galled by gangrene
  • Was pursued by poodles
  • Was beaten by beggars
  • Was terrified by topiary
  • Was put into prison
  • Grew old without grace
  • Broke many bones
  • Was trapped on a train
  • Was mauled by a manatee
  • Was swindled by salesmen
  • Was sickened by salmon
  • Was menaced by mice
  • Was wounded by wasps
  • Was disgraced at a dance
  • Was crippled by creditors
  • Was written out of the will
  • Was scarred by scandals
  • Was burdened by boils
  • Stole from a stiff
  • Was widowed at the wedding
  • Was perturbed by the pudding
  • Was pierced by porcupines
  • Was startled by snakes
  • Starved in a storm
  • Was distressed by dysentery
  • Was jinxed by gypsies
  • Was plagued by the pox
  • Was taunted by tigers
  • Was chastised by the church
  • Was greeted by ghosts
  • Was ruined by rum
  • Contracted consumption
  • Suffered from sores
  • Was pestered by poltergeists
  • Was cursed by the queen
  • Had a horrible holiday
  • Was shunned by society
  • Was diverted by drink
  • Was charmed by the circus
  • Was clever at cards
  • Slept without sorrows
  • Landed a legacy
  • Found fame at a feast
  • Was popular in parliament
  • Was the toast of the town
  • Had a picnic in the park
  • Was delighted by ducklings
  • Found love on the lake
  • Was married magnificently
  • Was wondrously well wed
  • Was blessed by the bishop

Family Cards: Blackwater Watch (Green)

  • Angel
  • Balthazar
  • The Old Dam
  • Cousin Mordecai
  • Willem Stark

Family Cards: Dark's Den of Deformity (Yellow)

  • Darius Dark
  • Elissandre DeVille
  • Mister Giggles
  • Samson O'Toole
  • Thumbelisa

Family Cards: Hemlock Hall (Purple)

  • Butterfield
  • Goody Zarr
  • Lola Wellington-Smythe
  • Lord Wellington-Smythe
  • The Twins

Family Cards: Castle Slogar (Red)

  • Elias E. Gorr
  • Grogar
  • Professor Helena Slogar
  • Lord Slogar
  • Melissa Slogar

Other Cards

  • Rules reminder card

Please note that these cards, which appeared in Gloom 1st Edition, were not included in the second edition:

  • Body Thief
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Was Choked by a Tie
  • Was Mocked by Midgets
  • Was Hunted by Horrors

Gloom 2nd Edition Core Game

Number of Players: 2–4 | For Player Ages: 13 and up

Designer: Keith Baker | Artist: Scott Reeves
Stock Number: AG1350 | ISBN:1-58978-144-9 
Format: Two 55-card decks and a rules sheet in a telescoping box


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