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In Gloom your goal is sad, but simple: Make your freakish family suffer the greatest tragedies possible.
In Gloom your goal is sad, but simple: Make your freakish family suffer the greatest tragedies possible.
In Gloom your goal is sad, but simple: Make your freakish family suffer the greatest tragedies possible.
1,480 backers pledged $76,973 to help bring this project to life.

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Gloom: Digital - A delightfully miserable PC card game

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We're on Kickstarter today to help spread the Gloom from your table top to your screen! 

Gloom, the award winning card game designed by Keith Baker and published by Atlas Games, has seen tremendous success as a physical card game, and with your help we intend to continue that success in Gloom: Digital Edition. Exploding with character and style, the denizens of Gloom are simply begging to be brought to life (so you can kill them)!

This campaign is to help fund the digital adaptation of the core set of Gloom: Second Edition along with the Unhappy Homes Expansion Pack. The game will support online multiplayer as well as a single player mode against AI.  If this campaign is successful, tablet editions for Windows, Android, and iOS devices will be developed after the release of the PC version for Windows and Mac.

"I've been telling stories about these families for over a decade, and I'm excited to see them come to life (... before tragically dying, of course)." ~ Keith Baker

 

In Gloom, 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. When one of your family members finally suffers an Untimely Death, that Character and all of the tragic circumstances that led up to his demise are set aside until the end of the game. 

The game ends the instant an entire family is eliminated. Each player then totals the visible Pathos points on each of his own dead Character cards to get their Self-Worth scores, and then adds these scores together to get his total Family Value. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins! 

Misery loves company, and if you love Gloom like we do, you just want to share it with the world. Now with Gloom: Digital Edition, you can! Want to share you misery with your old pen pal in Pennsylvania? Or maybe you prefer sharing your Gloom with complete strangers. 

No matter who you choose to share your sorrows with, Gloom: Digital Edition wants to make your darkest dreams come true!  The game will support online multiplayer and single player against AI.

There's no question about it, Gloom is beautiful! Gloomy... but beautiful! In Gloom: Digital Edition, soak up all that delightful drudgery as you enjoy unique environmental backgrounds for each family. Was that a shadowy figure in that alley or a trick of the light? 

What makes Gloom such fun is the storytelling. Each play-through weaves a unique series of mishaps and merriment that's sure to create some memorable moments. 

So how will we translate this in the videogame? We'll let the characters speak for themselves! Every character in Gloom: Digital Edition will be fully animated. They'll also talk! At least the ones that have mouths... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Kickstarter? We want the fans to be involved from day 1 in recreating this beloved game. We can't think of a better place than Kickstarter to bring new and old fans of the game together to help us spread the Gloom... What's the money for you ask?

Our primary and most important expense will be development support for the game, itself.  In order to make Gloom: Digital Edition into the online experience it deserves to be, we'll need to contract music composers, voice actors, and a number of other specialists onto the project.  A small portion of our funds will go towards marketing, helping to make sure the world will know when Gloom is coming, and finally, a very small amount will go towards operational expenses, helping us keep the lights on.

What's the release plan? We plan on getting the PC release of the game to you in the summer of 2017, although we plan on delivering many of the backer rewards as soon as possible.  We are planning on tablet releases for Apple, Android, and Windows as well, but will be announcing their release date later in development.

With friends like these... Sky Ship Studios was formed with the vision of bringing our favorite table top games into the digital space. We've set out to bring you the same level of quality that you would expect from other titles our members have worked on, such as Bioshock Infinite and Guild Wars 2, to Gloom. We're excited to bring our 111 years of collective game development experience to bear on a project we're deeply...darkly...passionate about! Titles our team members have contributed to: Bioshock Infinite , Guild Wars & Guild Wars 2, Scary Girl, Natural Selection 2, Space Quest 5, Sub Nautica, Singularity, Kick-Ass,  and many, many others!

​In addition, we contribute to various gaming blogs such as Blogcritics,Trugameheadz and Gamepositive and are active members of IGDA and the Madison Games Alliance.

 

 Translations provided by: The Geo Group

 

 

Risks and challenges

Although we will do everything in our power to deliver Gloom: Digital Edition in the Summer of 2017, we reserve the right to adjust that timeline if it becomes apparent that the game needs more testing or refinement before it hits the market. Above all else, we want to ensure that Gloom: Digital Edition is the best game it can be. We don't expect the need for a time extension at present, but if it becomes necessary, we promise you it will be worth the wait!

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    As per $150 tier plus have your likeness transformed into a Gloom character! Our artists will draw your likeness in a Gloom portrait frame and send you a 8x10 fine art print of it. We'll also send along a digital file that you can print and play with the physical card game!

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    As per $500 tier plus our artists will use your likeness to create a member of a brand new secret society Gloom family which will be featured in Gloom: Digital Edition! One of us! One of us!

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