Gloom: Digital – Kickstarter Pick, 071316

I very fondly recall sitting on the floor at a convention with the inestimable Keith Baker, playing one of the first iterations of this delightfully twisted and highly innovative game. I was utterly charmed by the narrative conceit and blown away by the extremely clever mechanics of selectively-transparent cards overlaid on one another to change character conditions. This is a Kickstarter I am truly behind, and very excited about the digital version of this game being made available.

In Gloom your goal is sad, but simple: Make your freakish family suffer the greatest tragedies possible.

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 PC 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.

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.

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