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  • This is an expansion and requires the base game to play
  • New persistent effect icons adds an extra level of strategy
  • Adds morbid new Modifiers, Events, and Untimely Deaths
  • Ages 13 +
  • 2-5 Players
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Technical Details
Item Weight113 g
Product Dimensions9.7 x 6.4 x 2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model numberAG1253
Main Language(s)English, English manual, English translation
Number of Game Players2-5
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
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Best Sellers Rank 154,438 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight136 g
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Date First Available27 Jan. 2008

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

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In the Gloom card game, you make your eccentric family of misfits suffer the greatest tragedies possible before helping them pass on to the well-deserved respite of death. Just mix the 55 transparent cards in this set together with your copy of Gloom to add morbid new Modifiers, Events, and Untimely Deaths, and a new family - the malodorous Malone mob - including The Broken Arms Hotel as a Residence card to use with the Unhappy Homes expansion. When Boils Malone brought his family overseas to "get away from the heat," he wasn't expecting quite so much rain! Adding an extra level of strategy, new persistent effect icons on cards allow their special effects to continue to be active even if covered by another card. A persistent effect ends only when the attached character is killed. Also inside are five new Character cards called Unwelcome Guests. Deal one or more face up to the table's center at the the start of the game, and set aside the rest. Guests "follow" the card types noted on them; no matter where it currently is, a living Guest immediately moves to join the family of the character on which one of its "trigger" cards is played. All its Modifiers are moved with it, and it's considered a member of that family until it moves again. This may delay the game's end if a final play draws a Guest to the near-winner's family!

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55 x cards

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steampunk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2013
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This is the second Gloom expansion. If you're thinking of buying it without buying the first, be aware that you'll get a 'residence' card that will make no sense to you - it's really best to get these sets in order.

This is overall my favourite expansion, because it adds the frequently hilarious feature of... (you guessed!) Unwelcome Guests!
These are various freeloaders like the Poor Relations, the Woeful Widow, Whiskers (a stray cat), a Loathsome Uncle, and a Meddling Kid.

As various conditions are met, the guests attach themselves to a family. For example, the Poor Relations will follow the money symbol from family to family.

In addition to another generous helping of events, modifiers, and deaths, this set also includes a new family - a bunch of Gangsters.

A new feature is also added - Persistent effects, which allow a modifier card's effects to continue affecting the player, even when they're covered by subsequent modifiers. I can't say I loved this feature, because in practice it's too easy to forget about an effect once it's been covered up.

But overall, I think this is my favourite expansion. Definitely recommended!

Oh, and an important PS:
There is nothing on the cards to indicate that this is an expansion set. If you mix them in with your basic cards, you'll never be able to tell which are which if you later want to separate them.
My personal solution to this was to use an indelible marker to put a small dot on each card of the first expansions set, two dots for this one, and so on for future sets.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Don't care much for this expansion 10 Jun. 2012
By Kyrianya - Published on Amazon.com
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First let me say that I love Gloom and some of the other expansions. However, this expansion makes the game fairly complicated and pretty unbalanced if you have less than 6 players playing (requires other expansions as well). Most of the other expansions work great even if you only have 3-4 players, so I'd suggest getting one of the others first.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Favorite Gloom Expansion 12 Aug. 2012
By SchmidtN - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first expansion I'll add to my Gloom game when additional families are needed. I enjoy the guests that bounce from family to family and the mobster family that comes with this expansion is my personal favorite to play as. I only mix in expansions when I need more than the original four families, but if you're mixing in Unwelcome Guests and have less than 4 families playing, I'd recommend playing without the uncle guest (he makes it too easy to always take cards from the same person every turn... like your sister who always has her hand neatly organized so you know where to take cards from). I do have one negative, and this goes for all the Gloom expansions, I wish there was an easy way to identify cards belonging to the expansions so they're easier to filter out when you play with four or less families. Other than that, UG adds a ton of fun to an already fun game.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Expansion to a Unique Card Game 24 Jan. 2013
By Ben Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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Gloom is a wonderful card game with the unique (and clever) mechanic of using transparent plastic cards that "stack" upon each other as the game progresses. Game play is relatively straightforward: (1) play cards that subtract points on your own "family" members or that add points to other "families", (2) "kill" family members (yours or others), (3) attempt to accumulate the lowest score.

Each card contains its own set of rules that affect game play, so each card contains (often substantial) text.

The game is fairly flexible in terms of the number of players it can accommodate, but somewhere between 3-5 is probably best. If you stick to those numbers, a game will usually take around 30-45 minutes.

Unwelcome Guests is not a standalone set but rather an expansion to the main Gloom game. In addition to a new family, it adds a new "guest" mechanic that features a card that moves between players throughout the game. This new feature is a lot of fun, and provides a welcome twist to the existing rules.

Overall, the play is very fun, portable, fast-paced, and often amusing. As you may have surmised by the initial synopsis, the humor is dark and morbid (albeit very tongue-in-cheek). If that isn't your cup of tea, this game won't entertain you. The art is suited perfectly to the theme.

APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE: Hardcore gamers will enjoy this as a "warm-up" between their more complicated gaming sessions. It's a useful tool for introducing newcomers to these kinds of games (although Fluxx or Current Number of the Beast are maybe even better for this purpose).

OVERALL SCORE: B. The new cards add great variation to the existing base set.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A good expansion to Gloom 6 Feb. 2009
By Fazle Khan - Published on Amazon.com
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The expansion adds another layer of complexity to the Gloom card game. Some of the guests are overpowered but overall the expansion is a good addition to a great game.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very good expansion 9 July 2013
By Daniel Martins - Published on Amazon.com
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Unwelcome guest is a very nice expansion for the Gloom game and it is really worth the price. The card quality is awesome. The only thing I think it could improve would be the expanded rules, that are printed in the box. I think they should come in a small paper inside the game, so you would have the choice to keep the card and throw the box away. But, anyway, it doesn't make the game less awesome!
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