It’s official: the Gloomhaven board game is getting a sequel. Frosthaven has finally been announced after three years of teasing, and although we’ll get more info this Saturday at PAX Unplugged, we know for sure that it’s a fully-fledged follow-up to one of the best board games of the last few years. Except hella chilly, as you may have guessed from the title. That’s because it’s set in the frozen north and has players contending with snow yetis, the elements, and eerie machines that walk the wastes with a will of their own. In the developer’s own words, it’s “Gloomhaven 2.0… [tells] another epic story on the scale of the original game, with the same complexity and grandeur”. Sweet. If you’re new to the board game, Gloomhaven and its follow-up are ‘Legacy’ RPGs where the consequences of each adventure carry over into the next one. This results in a story that’s entirely unique to you.
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Frosthaven broke cover in newsletter-form yesterday, and its contents were swiftly posted on Reddit by user CompassionFountain (we’ve tried to access the same newsletter, but no dice as of yet). As the game’s designer explains, this Gloomhaven sequel will feature “16 new characters, over 25 new enemies, over 100 new items, somewhere around 100 new scenarios, and so much more”. The action takes place far to the north of the original game’s White Oak city, and it revolves around “a group of mercenaries at the end of their rope” who are trying to save a settlement from destruction. It’ll hit Kickstarter in March 2020, and we’ll be able to find out more via livestream this Saturday at 10am EST.
That announcement was followed by a further tease from Isaac Childres, the game’s creator, on Twitter. It features artwork of what may be new characters for the board game, including a knight with a pet bird of prey and what would appear to be a double-headed mage that can transform into a cloud of insects. Considering the crowds at conventions like PAX, I imagine that last one would probably come in handy.
Oh my, what is this? #PAXU #Frosthaven pic.twitter.com/ltZbfMWNWHDecember 4, 2019
You’ll certainly need abilities like that to survive; as the newsletter points out, there are far darker forces at work. “There are Algox, the bigger, more yeti-like cousins of the Inox, attacking from the mountains, Lurkers flooding in from the northern sea, and there are even rumors of machines that wander the frozen wastes of their own free will. The party of mercenaries must face all of these perils, and perhaps in doing so, make peace with these new races so they can work together against even more sinister forces”. Color us intrigued.
This isn’t the only Gloomhaven-related release coming our way in 2020, though. As revealed in November, we’re also getting a more accessible version of the game sometime late next year dubbed ‘Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion’ that revolves around a mercenary group of four adventurers. You can see the cover below.
It’s intended to act as a bite-size introduction to the franchise, and Childres describes it as a “real game-changer, bringing a lot more people into the world Gloomhaven who may have been turned off by the commitment required by the original game”. However, there will be plenty of new content for existing fans to enjoy as well.
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