Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is like Diet Gloomhaven: all of the flavor, half the calories. If the idea of picking up the 20+ pound box of regular Gloomhaven seems a bit intimidating because of its size and/or its price, then Jaws of the Lion may be the amuse-bouche you should pick up instead. Jaws of the Lion is a strategic RPG co-op board game that is a direct prequel the events of regular Gloomhaven. There are four new characters, new monsters, and simplified game play to make the introduction to the game much more palatable to beginners and newcomers. One of the great things about this though is that the characters introduced Jaws of the Lion is 100% compatible with the original Gloomhaven. Jaws of the Lion can be played in solo mode but it’s most fun with three other friends to join in on the campaign.
I really like Gloomhaven and haven’t been able to play in over a year due to pandemic reasons. I hosted a session last Saturday in my garage (with full safety precautions, of course) and despite forgetting a few nuanced rules, had a blast. We lost the scenario by 1 hit point which was utterly frustrating but despite that, we all had a great time. I haven’t played Jaws of the Lion yet, but my board game buddies have and they swear by it. You don’t have to believe me when it comes to the quality of the game though. Just check out the rankings on BoardGameGeek.com. Gloomhaven is #1 overall. And Jaws of the Lion? #6 overall.
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is normally $49.99, but can be picked up from Amazon for $36.99 right now, a 26% savings, an absolute bargain considering how many hours of game play you get out of this. If you can’t wait for shipping and would rather pick this up in person, Target carries the game on their shelves and will price match at the register. If you feel like picking up regular Gloomhaven, it’s currently sitting at $112.76 at Amazon, a near 20% discount.
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