I did it! I played my first scenario in Gloomhaven... And failed. 🤣 BUT, I really enoyed it.
I read through the 50-page rulebook over the past couple days, watched some of the setup and how to play videos and browsed some forum posts regarding basic rules (avoiding any spoilers). I felt confident going into scenario #1: Black Barrow.
Setup took a while. Actually I found a really helpful file on BGG in regards to setting up the game for the first time. So after I chose my two characters out of the starting six available, I followed along that reference. Next time I play things will go much quicker for the setup. I also think that next time I play, now that I have a better idea of space etc, I can organize the table a bit differently.
Our party is called, "Ryker Crew". I chose the Inox Brute as one character, for his strength. I named him, "Magnus". My other character is a Quatryl Tinkerer, who loves gadgets and building tools to help due to the Quatryl's small size. I named her "Beeker" (yes, after the muppets character 😀)
Not really a spoiler here, but the picture below shows you what you end up facing in scenario #1 just to start off. Huh! Ok... The picture to the right shows how setups work in Gloomhaven. You set the scenario up with the map tiles, but you don't "fill the room" with monsters, obstacles, traps and/or loot until you enter that room. Makes sense eh? You can't see behind closed doors, until you open them. 😋
My first thoughts was that I wasn't too intimidated; One elite guard and two regular guards to start off. No big deal! ....
I was wrong. 🤣
The scenario took a couple hours, and I only made it to the second room. Largely in part to the slow setup (not knowing all the in's and out's of that) and also due to consulting the rulebook a fair bit. I never mind doing that; especially playing solo. I really enjoy the figuring out / learning part of games.
Gloomhaven is a game very much about your decisions and strategy. I made it to the second room of the scenario. But before doing so, didn't utilize my cards in the best ways because my cards / abilities were limited and numbered by the time I moved into the second room. Not good!
"Magnus" ended up being killed (poor, poor Magnus...😪) and "Beeker" ended up exhausted a few rounds into the second room.
Quick rule review: When your character is exhausted, they're done for the scenario because, well, they're exhausted).
Ultimately it came down to my choices earlier in the scenario and hand management.
So I failed my first scenario. No biggie. I gained a bit of experience for each of my characters in "Ryker Crew" and I got a "wee-bit of gold" in my travels. I really enjoyed it though. As much as it's about fighting monsters in large part, there's a ton of depth and so much going on!
Can't wait to tackle the Black Barrow again soon!