Thursday, September 28, 2023

Cephalofair Announces Second Edition Of Smash Hit ‘Gloomhaven’

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Cephalofair Games, publisher of Gloomhaven, Jaws of the Lion, and the most recent Frosthaven, has announced the release of Gloomhaven: Second Edition later this month.

As Cephalofair heads into their most extensive crowdfunding campaign yet, launching on BackerKit June 20th with Gloomhaven: The Role Playing Game and Miniatures of Gloomhaven line, the team is pleased to announce the surprise rerelease of the flagship game that started it all… 

Gloomhaven: Second Edition is a revised and elevated version of the award-winning core game of Gloomhaven. This is the culmination of everything Isaac Childres and the growing Cephalofair Games team have learned since Gloomhaven’s initial release, including feedback from the community, playtesters, co-designers, and developers. This new edition is the new best way to experience Gloomhaven.

The world, story, and challenging gameplay are all still the same, but there is a plethora of additional content to explore. Even for those who have played Gloomhaven before, this edition brings new material to the table, with rebalanced and redesigned mercenary classes, items, and scenarios, as well as brand new artwork, newly written narrative and events, updated miniatures, a new faction-based reputation system, and more. 

“While Gloomhaven is well-loved, I’m not sure anyone would call it perfect,” said Issac Childres, founder of Cephalofair and Creator of Gloomhaven, “I am excited to have the opportunity to make this incredible game even better with a lot of polishing and refining of the content, based on what I and the team have learned over the past six years by listening to fans and playing the game a lot ourselves. This new edition is going to be even more fantastic.”

For those that haven’t played Gloomhaven or have only played Jaws of the Lion, this will be a fantastic way to jump into a larger, epic experience. For people who have already played, this is a great way to revisit the legendary game, see all the updates, learn more about the world, and discover new secrets. 

Gloomhaven map

Gloomhaven:Second Edition will be an additional offering during the BackerKit campaign, showcasing the range of abilities that BackerKit has to offer for this expanding crowdfunding project. 

“I am thrilled to be working with a team of incredibly talented artists such as Paola Andreatta, Francesca Baerald, Phan Tuấn Đạt, Sarah Dahlinger, Mates Laurentiu, Chris Lewis, and others to bring the imaginative world of Gloomhaven to life, both in the board game and the RPG,” said BJ Hensley, Art/Creative Director, Cephalofair Games. ” I have fallen in love with the art and people of this world and hope that through our efforts, others will be able to do the same.”

We are glad to be able to finally announce this project which has been in the works for some time with our design and development team. Bringing all that has been learned over the years into the newest experience to play Gloomhaven

In addition to a new journey into the Gloomhaven board game, this updated edition provides a whole new array of components, tiles, encounters, and more as Gloomhaven: The Role Playing Game enters the scene. The game and all it contains will provide hundreds of game assets, which can be used as a tool box for Gloom Masters and roleplayers as they look to expand their journey into the world of Gloomhaven through the roleplaying game. 

Images via Cephalofair Games

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  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.

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