Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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Product Overview

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone game that takes place before the events of Gloomhaven. The game includes four new characters — Valrath Red Guard (tank, crowd control), Inox Hatchet (ranged damage), Human Voidwarden (support, mind-control), and Quatryl Demolitionist (melee damage, obstacle manipulation) — that can also be used in the original Gloomhaven game.

The game also includes 16 monster types (including seven new standard monsters and three new bosses) and a new campaign with 25 scenarios that invites the heroes to investigate a case of mysterious disappearances within the city. Is it the work of Vermlings, or is something far more sinister going on?

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is aimed at a more casual audience to get people into the gameplay more quickly. All of the hard-to-organize cardboard map tiles have been removed, and instead players will play on the scenario book itself, which features new artwork unique to each scenario. The last barrier to entry — i.e., learning the game — has also been lowered through a simplified rule set and a five-scenario tutorial that will ease new players into the experience.


Check out the amazing Rodney Smith of Watch it Played as he takes you through the tutorial for session 1 of your new campaign!


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    Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion

    Posted by Glenn McDonald on 6th Aug 2021

    This is an absolutely fantastic game!! I wish I had a third hand just so I could give it three thumbs up!
    Last Christmas, I bought this game as a present for the family. At the time, I had never heard of the Gloomhaven franchise, but when I saw this on the shelf, it caught my interest, so I did some research and then bought it.
    Me, my wife, and two sons loved it! It’s an exciting dungeon-crawler campaign game where all of the players cooperate to beat the game. Throughout the game, as characters gain experience points, they can level up, unlocking new abilities and items. My kids LOVED this feature.
    This game is great value for the money. There is a ton of content in the box. The artwork is fantastic!
    Note that Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (JOTL) is a scaled-down introduction to its big brother Gloomhaven. It was designed to ease people into the Gloomhaven game system, which is quite complicated. The first five scenarios are greatly simplified from a rules perspective and introduce the players gradually to the full set of rules.
    We recently finished JOTL. The family loved it so much that I purchased the significantly more expensive Gloomhaven. But, thanks to our experience with JOTL, I knew it would be worth the investment. While the rules in Gloomhaven are a tiny bit more complicated than the full rules of JOTL, it’s very easy to get started after playing JOTL. JOTL allows you to experience the world of Gloomhaven for a lot less money, and has the bonus of a very user-friendly introduction to the rules. I am so glad that I bought this game! It is one of the few indoor activities that the entire family can agree on!
    If you are even thinking about getting this game, it is definitely worth taking the time to watch some review and how-to-play videos online. See if it’s right for you!