After moving across country, being disabled with an auto-immune disease, setting up a new office/gaming area, missing boxes, and other life stuff, I finally broke out Gloomhaven again!
It had been about 8 months, so I spent the better part of 3 hours just reviewing what my group of worthy adventurers had thus far accomplished. I also needed to refamiliarize myself with all the moving parts! I may eventually use Gloomhaven Helper, but I'm still one of those purists that insists on using what the devs game me.
I decided to play scenario #8 Gloomhaven Warehouse. In all my earlier sessions, I soloed 3 characters at the same time. I decided to try only 2 on my first foray back into the depths and really enjoyed it more. Less fiddly. My group of Brute and Tinkerer handily defeated the baddies. Back to town for some R & R.
Several tough sounding scenarios presented themselves, but we decided to tackle #27 Ruinous Rift. Brute and Mindthief tried it. Having never played the Mindthief before, it was tough. First lost scenario in 10 tries. However, the Brute reached his personal goal by
He then retired when we got back to town. This unlocked the 4 Triangles character, and we regrouped. I didn't want to attempt this tough scenario with another new character, so I chose to retry it with Cragheart and Tinkerer. What a great battle!! Unfortunately, we lost again. This time it was on the next to last move!
Major disappointment. Not sure if I'll replay the scenario a 3rd time with a duo or try with a trio or even a quartet. I may also just simply reduce the level and try again with this duo since they were so close. The first attempt with the Brute and Mindthief ended on only turn 7 of 10.
But all in all, it was a fun weekend. Getting to retire my first character and looking through the new one's cards was exciting. Sleeving all the cards took a long time, but I was happy and considered it part of the enjoyment. I'm not the kind of gamer that needs to rush through everything. I like to stop and smell the cardboard.