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A board game of cooperative card-driven tactical combat in a persistent, ever-changing campaign world. 1-4 players, 30 min. per player.
A board game of cooperative card-driven tactical combat in a persistent, ever-changing campaign world. 1-4 players, 30 min. per player.
4,904 backers pledged $386,104 to help bring this project to life.

Unleash the new character class

Posted by Isaac Childres (Creator)

Hello residents of Gloomhaven!

We have a new resident joining us today. He's a little secretive. If you want to see him, you'll have to go to the spoilers page. As I said in the last update, this character class will come with two separate minis, and the picture should give you a good idea of what that is all about. To answer a question I anticipate will come, but in a spoiler-free way: the minis will be separate and won't connect in any way - Alexandr just drew the image that way for thematic reasons.

Also soon we should have some images of the minis on the spoilers page as well. So look forward to that, too!

I'm so happy we made it into the 200,000s! There's lots more cool stuff coming, so let's charge on to Sadler scenarios, monster ability additions and more!

Money tokens

As the Kickstarter project attains new levels of ridiculously high funding, I thought it might be appropriate to take a minute to talk to you about money tokens. Among all the other awesome stuff going on with the project, you may have overlooked them, but I absolutely love them and I think they're just a small detail that speaks to all our dedication to making this project the best it can be.

It was an obvious choice to go really thematic with the money pieces and I wanted to sort of tell the story of the two phases of the modern civilization of Gloomhaven. You'll notice that the two denominations of money are very different from each other.

The silver "1 coin" piece is a hold-over from older human existence, when everything was governed by the military. Life was stark and utilitarian. The coins are a simple piece of round silver with a shield emblem roughly stamped into them - a reminder to the people that the military is what shields them from the dangers of the world.

As the human civilization expanded and tamed a vast majority of the wilds, however, a wealthy merchant class rose to prominence and began printing their own money to subvert the power of the military. These are the gold "5 coin" pieces, pristine and orderly, prominently displaying the crest of the merchants' guild.

I love these coins to death, but what really puts it over the top for me is when I went to Josh and said, "You know, the irregular shape of the silver pieces is important to the theme, but it always bothered me that games with irregularly shaped money had all the money irregularly shaped in the same way. Could you do a couple different versions of the silver coin to include evenly in the box?" And he was, like, "Done."

So now there are 3 different versions of the silver coin to emphasize it's utilitarian nature, which I think is awesome.

All right, I've made you wait for this update long enough. Time to stop talking and send it out!

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    1. Michael

      So awesome

    2. Andrew on

      This is great. Every time I think I'm thinking too highly of this kickstarter, you say something else that I've been thinking exactly - the regularly irregular coins of other games bothers me too! (Looking at you, 7 Wonders!)

    3. Gearsoul Dragon

      I agree with/love everything you said about the money tokens :3 And I find myself both admiring the aesthetic of but also despising the gold tokens for what they represent 'xD

      I really love how the 1 coins have three versions~ n__n

    4. Rogue Process

      The coins are brilliant, fantastic design and backstory. It's this level of thought and design that has me extremely excited to delve deeper into the Gloomhaven world.

      The new character class sounds awesome and has me fighting temptation to peek at the spoiler page.

    5. aron aka jello on

      Metal coins would be phenomenal, but I wouldn't bet on it. Setup is horribly expensive as is production. Making it an add-on would only increase the per-unit costs since numbers would certainly be lower than total backers. Maybe, maybe if we got to a million or something it might be doable.

    6. ionas on

      @Fergus, now that would be a good addon. I am really against "payed options" but this is really cosmetic,

      Same shape, but metal. I don't think it adds too much value to the game, even miniatures would add a lot more value and both is expensive, so I'd go with miniatures. Also for the coins you can find ton of KS that sell metal fantasy coins.

    7. Fergus Conolly

      metal coins as an option (or stretch goal?) pleeeasssseeee

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      Great design!! Now go and make them metal!!! =)

    9. Leonce on

      Woohoo!!! Love the new character class! You know how to make a gamer happy :D

      And I love the coins too! Damn... I was browsing metal coins all day yesterday in plan to pimp Gloomhaven, but now I see that those coins look so good and have such a nice background... decisions... ;)

    10. Josh McDowell on

      I'm glad everyone likes the coins! I'm really happy with how they turned out as well.

    11. chang on

      love the coins.. great update :)

    12. Bobby Allen

      I like your coins, I will probably use the Rare Elements coins instead. Since this only has 1 to 5 denomination the Rare Elements coins are actually affordable.
      They currently have 2 series: elemental and alignment. (@Isaac, they have whole sale pricing if you want to add these as a stretch goal)

    13. Duncan A. Doherty

      Love the new class :). Without getting too spoiler-y, I'm hoping there's another unlockable human class somewhere further down the line in those stretch goals, just to even the races out a little bit. Maybe a tank-y Knight/Soldier, since we keep hearing about how there's so many of those in and around the town?

    14. eclipse on

      Totally Love the coins and the new character !!! Loving how this ks is progressing !! Upward and onwards to the next sg

    15. Blodhemn on

      They are not metal? Hmm they sure need to be :-)

    16. Shyvax on

      Nice token, really like the look of them. this KS is getting more interesting everyday... more mini?

    17. Brian C on

      Sweet looking coins ^.^

    18. @marcss

      I want these to be metal so badly. How about a $500k stretch goal?

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      Jan Schröder on

      i love it, when there is story in the details! great work!

    20. dajebriza

      Awesome coins, love them!

    21. BlackReign12(@Wal2WalCarnage) on

      Again, the attention to detail and reasoning behind the design and mechanics is outstanding. Thank you Isaac for another small glimpse into your world of Gloomhaven.

    22. Ravendas on

      Now make one in ten of those gold coins have some teeth marks on them to test for authenticity :)