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Store:  Card Games, Family Games
Series:  Gloom
Theme:  Horror / Spooky
Format:  Card Games


List Price: $24.95
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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2006

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Keith Baker

Manufacturer(s): Atlas Games

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Product Description

In the Gloom card game, 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. The player with the lowest total Family Value wins.

Printed on transparent plastic cards, Gloom features an innovative design by noted RPG author Keith Baker. Multiple modifier cards can be played on top of the same character card; since the cards are transparent, elements from previously played modifier cards either show through or are obscured by those played above them. You'll immediately and easily know the worth of every character, no matter how many modifiers they have. You've got to see (through) this game to believe it!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2006

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Keith Baker

  • Manufacturer(s): Atlas Games

  • Artist(s): Scott Reeves

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 10-20 minutes

  • Weight: 242 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are printed in English. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. This is a domestic item.


  • 20 character cards
  • 58 modifier cards
  • 12 event cards
  • 20 untimely death cards
  • rules
Gloom has the following expansions available:
Gloom: Unquiet Dead
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Gloom: Unhappy Homes
second edition
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Gloom: Unwelcome Guests
second edition (Restocking)
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Gloom: Unfortunate Expeditions
second edition
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 5 reviews

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Fun Game
July 20, 2008

Very fun game. I played this a few times with 4 players total. The game is fun and the theme is very entertaining. I like the clear cards a lot. It is also fun if you play along with the story.

by Savage
I actually played this before it was released
November 25, 2006

Keith Baker was at a convention in Idaho and had a prototype copy on hand that he was showing off. It was very interesting, Keith was also a pretty cool guy, signed my Eberron book.

Any game with a twisted unusual theme that actually plays well is pretty fun. This game is great for people into "Nightmare Before Christmas" kinda stuff.

by Ralph Ellis
A great new addition to my game stock.
May 10, 2009

On the suggestion of some friends, I looked into this game. I found the whimsy of the concept a great fit for one of my gaming groups, so I purchased it. Also, I do have respect for Atlas Games based on other titles.

This was a great purchase. Getting through the rules was a bit of a slog, because of the extraneous and repetitve information. With that said, once I was through the rules my players and I had very few questions, understood the concepts, and got into the game fairly quickly.

We loved it. We played it a few times right off the bat. We laughed a lot and found ourselves really getting into it.

The mechanic of the clear cards is brilliant and the gameplay, once understood is simple but open to some nice strategic moves. It's not rocket science, but it doesn't matter.

The game does utilize a seemingly arbitrary rule, but when you realize why (and it's not a given that you will) it makes perfect sense from a balance perspective and allows the game to be really interactive and fun.

The one downside is also one of it's greatest strengths and, at least in the basic set is not covered in the rules how to overcome it. When the cards are clear, and it is spelled out how to tell which cards are more rare or desireable than others, drawing a card from an opponents hand or even from the deck randomly is really not going to happen. There are ways around this, and I'm sure you're smart enough to come up with them, but the game doesn't offer any solutions for this problem.

Overall, this is a worthwhile investment. I'm looking forward to playing it again. It will quickly find it's way into my heavy rotation.

Good and original game
January 05, 2006
The first time I played Gloom I became addicted to this kind of stuff. Since then, I own three card games more and I'm now looking for a fourth one. If you want an original game, don't hesitate and buy Gloom. It will allow you to not only make your characters' life more miserable, but also you'll have the chance to defeat your friends in a dark, full of personality, contest.
by A Gamer
Not too shabby
January 24, 2005
I just sat down and played a 2 player game of Gloom. I love the art and the see through cards. It is an integral part of the mechanics, which are pretty staright forward. The theme is fabulously dark and amusing. I think it would play better with 3 or 4 players, rather than 2. It is light enough that it would make a good beer & pretzels game. In fact the less staid individuals will have the most fun with this. I liked it but you need to have other people as excited about tormenting their families to make it fun.

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