Gloom of Thrones: A Transparent Parody of Miserable Monarchs
Make your noble family miserable and then kill them. The bestselling card game Gloom lays claim to the Umpteen Kingdoms of Eastereg.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, April 30 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.
From the frozen lands of the Snarks to the torrid intrigues of the Bannisters, one truth echoes across the Umpteen Kingdoms: Gloom is coming...
Gloom of Thrones, a standalone card game, spreads the misery and suffering of Gloom to the ill-fated land of dead monarchs, dead knights, dead brothers, dead sisters, dead heirs, dead grandmothers, dead chambermaids, and almost-dead bastards.
Wrest control of a noble family, make their lives miserable in every conceivable way, and deliver them to their ultimate fate. Which is, of course, more death.
Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom of Thrones allows multiple cards to be played on top of the same character, determining their ultimate fate while still allowing you to see straight through their machinations, just like Lil' Finger, advisor to his seventeenth — whoops! eighteenth! — king and/or queen.
As your characters seek a moment of respite on the Porcelain Throne, your goal is to plague them with horrible mishaps like being Seduced by a Sibling or Tumbled from a Tower, while filling the lives of the other noble families with happy events like w̶e̶d̶d̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ and family reunions that will raise their Self-Worth score. The player with the lowest-scoring, most tragedy-afflicted family wins!
When you aim for the Porcelain Throne, you'd best not miss...
“What makes Gloom awesome is the stories we weave to justify everything that happens.” — Wil Wheaton, TableTop
This is Your Family
In Gloom of Thrones, you take control of up to five characters.
You want to make your characters miserable by playing Modifiers on them. Modifiers change your character's score — and you want the lowest score.
Tell a Story
Half the fun is telling stories about what happened. Why was Typsion shamed by a septah? How? And what happens next?
End Their Suffering
When you’ve made a character miserable enough, kill them with an Untimely Death and lock in their score.
You can also play hilariously macabre Event cards to create immediate special effects.
And Only in the Umpteen Kingdoms…
Seize the Porcelain Throne! A character automatically becomes the Monarch whenever a Modifier showing a Crown icon is played on them.
If you aim for the Porcelain Throne, you’d best not miss.
"I honestly haven’t laughed that much playing a card game in a really long time.” — Angel Traub, Games of Berkeley
Twenty contenders for the Porcelain Throne. Who knows whether any of them will actually become the Monarch of the Umpteen Kingdoms, but you can guarantee that all of them will be miserable while they try.
"This was a ton of fun... this is Gloom, wrapped in a skin that I adore, with all kinds of great characters.” — John Stephens, Total Escape Games
Every Gloom of Thrones game includes:
- 20 hilarious Characters you’ll be lured into caring about
- 20 horrifying Untimely Deaths that come just when you start to care
- 56 heartbreaking Modifiers describing the miseries that will befall your family
- 11 unexpected Events to keep you on your toes
- 1 Porcelain Throne to help you remember who’s ruling right now, anyway
- Infinite yet bittersweet satisfaction at finally getting the sense of closure the source material will never give you
So, like, 110 transparent plastic cards and a rules sheet.
Afternoon Watch - Standard Edition
Standard Gloom of Thrones, in a tuckbox. Crushing despair, stretch goals, and free US shipping (or subsidized international shipping) included.
Foot of the Ruler - Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Gloom of Thrones includes the same cards and rules as the base game. Free US shipping (or subsidized international shipping), all the stretch goals, and, of course, crushing despair. Plus these delightful extras, to cheer up your opponents:
- 4 beautiful full-color player mats featuring each family’s residence, crest, and motto, with a clear plastic tray on top to hold each Character’s stack of Modifier cards in place without sliding. Trays designed by GameTrayz.
- A satisfying metal Porcelain Throne token from Campaign Coins. Metal, not porcelain. Cutting-edge technology, without any edges that actually cut you.
- A deluxe box to hold your dragon eggs, or player mats, whichever you prefer. Comes with a horrible surprise. Dragon eggs not included.
Not pictured: metal Porcelain Throne token by Campaign Coins.Stay tuned to backer updates!
Mockup of a clear plastic player mat tray to keep your Modifier stacks in place. Designed by GameTrayz.
Pyrite Company - Retailers
For our esteemed retailer partners, backing this campaign is your chance to stock the deluxe edition, which will not be released via distribution. Your pledge is a credit toward a 50% discount order you’ll place when we fulfill the campaign. Or, if you don’t want to put too much thought into it, you can “fire and forget” and we’ll send you two standard games and two deluxe games. Brick and mortar stores only.
The Umpteen Kingdoms Collection
All the Gloom seen here. One standard edition Gloom of Thrones, one deluxe edition Gloom of Thrones, Gloom Digital, core Gloom, Cthulhu Gloom, Fairytale Gloom, Gloom in Space, Munchkin Gloom, and five expansions. That’s twelve physical games and one digital. Also, both pins, a Gloom of Thrones lanyard, and whatever other gloomy things we have laying around. Includes free shipping to anywhere in the world. Complete misery, no waiting. (May involve waiting.)
The Ironic Bank of Bravoes - Your Very Own Card
If the Umpteen Kingdoms Collection is too common for your rarefied tastes and expansive means, this backer level gives you everything from that level, plus the opportunity to create your very own Gloom of Thrones card.
Create the text and effects of a Modifier, Event, Untimely Death, or Character. Invent any details you want! Ennoble your pet, kill your irritating neighbor, or make your wedding an Event and hand out the cards to everyone who comes. If you choose a Character, you must provide an illustration or photo.
We’ll print 500 copies of your card, on the same transparent stock every other Gloom card is printed on, and give you every single copy.
Backers at this level must provide their card’s creative details, including any image needed, by May 7, 2019. (Necessary to avoid holding up production for every other backer.) We will invent our own miserable details for the custom cards of those who miss the deadline; no refunds will be issued based on backer delays. We reserve the right to approve or deny specific cards or text on any grounds at our sole discretion. We will be in contact soon after you pledge at this level, but the sooner you reply the sooner we can approve your idea.
“It’s a really great game. It was an amazing time. We made a lot of really inappropriate jokes… It made me sad in my heart, and yet, I wanna giggle. Is that wrong?” — Dawn Studebaker, The Game Annex
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Love your FLGS? We have a special stretch goal just for retailers. If we hit 100 retail backers, each of them will get a free demo copy of Gloom of Thrones. Share this campaign with your favorite game store!
If you're the kind of person who learns from words on a page, download a PDF of the rules here.
If you'd like to see people playing Gloom, check out this video from the first season of TableTop.
The White Book is a fan podcast about the A Game of Thrones LCG and other things related to A Song of Ice and Fire. Check out their Gloom of Thrones preview in episode 373.
Gloom of Thrones was created and produced by Kyla McT who produced other Atlas Games titles like Fairytale Gloom, Godsforge, and Cogs and Commissars. She ships Arya and Gendry.
Gloom was created by Keith Baker (Eberron, Illimat, Cthulhu Fluxx), published by Atlas Games in 2004, and won the Origins Award for Traditional Card Game of the Year. Its previous spin-offs include Cthulhu Gloom (Origins nominee), Fairytale Gloom, Munchkin Gloom, and Gloom in Space. In 2012 the game was featured on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop.
Gloom of Thrones is illustrated by Brian Patterson. Brian is an illustrator, cartoonist, cartographer, designer, and Art Director from the United States with decades of experience and a lifelong passion for art and games. He is the creator behind the long-running webcomic d20Monkey, he is the creator of Karthun: Lands of Conflict, and his illustration and cartography work can be found throughout dozens of tabletop games on the market today.
Gloom of Thrones is a group effort of Team Atlas Games including, especially, the graphic contributions of Nicolas Gluesenkamp and hilarious copy of Justin Alexander. We’re grateful to the host of friends, fans, and freelancers who’ve also done so much to make this game a reality.
The only happy thing in all the Umpteen Kingdoms is this: All shipments to backer addresses in the United States will ship at no additional cost.
Outside the US, shipping costs will be collected after the campaign via pledge manager. We’ve modestly subsidized these costs to keep them low and simple.
- Everything ships for free in the US. Even Add-Ons.
- Standard Edition: $8 shipping anywhere in the world (per copy)
- Deluxe Edition: $15 shipping anywhere in the world (per copy)
Munchkin Gloom is a standalone Gloom game, and it is available for $30.
These add-ons as well as other Atlas Games titles will be available in the post-campaign pledge manager. It’s your decision whether to add funds to your pledge now to cover the add-ons you want, or pay later in the pledge manager. Everything ships for free to US destinations; additional shipping charges apply for international orders.
Want it all with free international shipping? The Umpteen Kingdoms collection is for you.
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Risks and challenges
At Atlas Games we have successfully launched, completed, and fulfilled four previous Kickstarter projects: Cogs and Commissars, Feng Shui 2, Unknown Armies 3, and (currently near final fulfillment) Over the Edge 3. While every project comes with its own special risks and demands, we're confident that Gloom of Thrones will be every bit as successful in its production and fulfillment as these other games, and we have nearly thirty years of publishing games to back that up.
We've set what we believe to be a fair, conservative target for our fulfillment date. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong in production, we will update all backers in a timely and transparent fashion letting you know what's going on and what this means for our delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter