Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion board game
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion board game

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone game that takes place before the events of Gloomhaven. The game includes four new characters — Valrath Red Guard (tank, crowd control), Inox Hatchet (ranged damage), Human Voidwarden (support, mind-control), and Quatryl Demolitionist (melee damage, obstacle manipulation) — that can also be used in the original Gloomhaven game.

The game also includes 16 monster types (including seven new standard monsters and three new bosses) and a new campaign with 25 scenarios that invites the heroes to investigate a case of mysterious disappearances within the city. Is it the work of Vermlings, or is something far more sinister going on?

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is aimed at a more casual audience to get people into the gameplay more quickly. All of the hard-to-organize cardboard map tiles have been removed, and instead players will play on the scenario book itself, which features new artwork unique to each scenario. The last barrier to entry — i.e., learning the game — has also been lowered through a simplified rule set and a five-scenario tutorial that will ease new players into the experience.

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  • Of the larger dungeon games I own, JotL doesn't have the long-haul epic feeling of Blackstone Fortress, or Sword & Sorcery's sense of discovery in a living breathing world, but what it does offer is a set of compelling puzzles to solve (not to mention it was a heck of a lot easier to learn than the aforementioned games). JotL feels more Chess-like than your average dungeon game (something which I am sure would turn some people off), and as such it’s hard to get heavily invested in the setting, but once I accepted its euro-ish puzzle-like nature, I went with it and began enjoying it more.The choice to use standees for the enemies really fits the whole 'euro' presentation, and it's nice not to have to add more minis to my backlog of unpainted ones. That choice, together with the 'map book' must have kept the production costs down significantly too, which is a massive plus; so many dungeon games out there are prohibitively expensive, and it's refreshing that there is at least one out there that doesn't require that we all sell our left kidneys for the price of admission.
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  • This is Gloomhaven! It’s the game I know and love but in a more convenient form and with new content.
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That 60$ would get me some sweet Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion | Board Game Atlas, and would still have some left to get me the pocket pillbug for Hive Pocket | Board Game Atlas

I am teaching #Rococo right now to my wife and daughter.  I taught #Anachrony to a friend recently and that might have been the tougher game to teach as far as strategy and how everything connects.  

I try to anticipate how a person will want to know or assimilate information in an organized fashion as they play the game.  In the case of #Rococo I started with the premise that we are tailoring companies seeking prestige with the royals.  I explained the cloth, thread, and lace and where to obtain those items. Then I talked about the staff and the advantages and limitations of various staff.  Then I led into the 6 actions available each turn and went first to demonstrate how a "turn" works.  Took about 10 minutes to teach and we started playing.  I touched on the decorations but didn't go into great detail as the game is more about making dresses than decorations.  I also purposely left out all expansions that did not operate by the base rules.

I am generally the one teaching and generally prefer that to learning but have enjoyed learning experiences as well.  Judging by clues and hints dropped by others it looks like I'll be teaching #The Gallerist, #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, & #Detective Club soon.  


To answer your question about #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, you COULD replay a fun mission, but only if you don't count it towards your overall campaign. Each mission does directly tie into each character's progression. If you want to play one mission with a group who just wants to try it once, you'd pretty much have to try one of the tutorial missions or the first non-tutorial one.

Thanks for the input! I'm surprised that no one has yet to say #Legends of Andor. Maybe that is for good reason. They both sound like challenging puzzles to solve. 

Then my follow up question is, with #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, can you replay a single mission that is really fun, or does that mess with character progression? Or, for example, I want to do a single session with a totally different group of people that won't play the campaign?

I'm late to the party but here's mine. And yes, I actually bothered to look them up but took out some of the ones that would take way too much time to figure out haha:

I'm late to the party but here's mine. And yes, I actually bothered to look them up but took out some of the ones that would take way too much time to figure out haha:

Welp, #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. You know who you are hahaha. 
Still can't believe it really only took me a day to take the plunge. I'm WEAK. To be fair, I was already looking at it for about a week before that though! And there was a sale I was able to take advantage of, so why not? 

I also bought #PARKS. It looks pretty....

Yeah so I've said this before on here but I don't think it was to you. Forgive me if it was lol. My friend got married a couple months ago and he put this on his wedding registry. Me being the nerd I am (and person who got him into board games) caved and bought it for him. He told me punching out everything there was something like 2,600 components. I would never in my life seek to own this game myself for that reason. I know he did get super into storage solutions and found somewhere that plano boxes were the best option. It definitely does not fit into the box at all anymore lol but he's got it organized really well.

All this is to say with it still in shrink, there's still time to cut your losses and get #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion instead. It is MUCH more accessible both from a gameplay standpoint and the number of components.