The popular board game, Gloomhaven, has seen a sequel and a video game, but now they are adding a role playing game to their arsenal. Released on Backerkit in December 2022, Cephalofair announced the crowdfund for the RPG will be released June 2023. No doubt the campaign will be an overwhelming success, especially since the original game won 5 awards upon release.
In the announcement, Isaac Childres, Designer/CEO of Cephalofair, made the following notes on what the RPG entails:
"This is the Gloomhaven Role Playing Game, which takes the Gloomhaven world and puts it in your hands – the hands of a “Gloom Master”. We are giving you the tools and the lore to create your own stories – in Gloomhaven and the surrounding world. And it will be available right alongside the miniatures in April, 2023.
We're creating a robust skill system that makes interacting with this newly expanded world and uncovering its mysteries always engaging. And when you run across a situation that can only be resolved with weapons, well, the Gloomhaven combat system will still be there to make sure that is always interesting as well.
But this isn't just the board game with a GM. First of all, we've opened up the playing field to allow for any class and ancestry combination. You can be an Inox Spellweaver, an Orchid Cragheart, or anything else, and both classes and ancestries have their own set of cards so that you can create a truly unique ability set.
And this newly developed system integrates card management into the role-playing experience. That's right, we've added a third skill check action to these cards, which lets you perform great feats out of combat, but also opens up a new dimension in combat, letting you swing from chandeliers, kick through walls, or even convince the bad guys to stop fighting.” – Isaac Childres, Designer/CEO
With their upcoming fantasy miniatures line and Gloomhaven: RPG, Cephalofair has a busy year ahead of them. To receive updates on the upcoming Kickstarter campaigns, you can sign up on their Backerkit newsletter.