Miniatures Are Coming To The World Of Gloomhaven
Reporting from PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, Cephalofair Games founder and Gloomhaven creator Isaac Childress just announced a new line of Gloomhaven miniatures based on enemies from the gaming franchise. Traditionally, in Gloomhaven, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, and the upcoming sequel, Frosthaven, enemy miniatures are represented by cardboard punchouts on standees. Now, as just announced by Isaac Childress in a panel with Miklos & Starla Fitch of Our Family Plays Games, a new line of miniatures will be released at an undisclosed upcoming date to fill out those enemy minions with plastic minis.
How Many Gloomhaven Miniatures Will Be Released?
While we don't know the exact count of the number of miniatures that will be released, we do know that there will likely be three different collections of miniatures for fans of the Gloomhaven franchise. Childress says that these miniatures will span all of the games in the franchise, including Gloomhaven, the expansion Forgotten Circles, the more beginner-friendly mass-market Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, and the upcoming Frosthaven. Rather than break these miniatures up between the different games, they're going to be grouped by central themes, including "Occult" and "Humanoid," though the details have yet to be fully fleshed out.
In the panel, Childress expressed hesitation toward releasing miniatures, saying that the games are "already too big, standees for monsters is the way to go," and stating, in what seemed a mixture of jest and seriousness, "I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about [releasing miniatures]." But this has been a main question and sticking point with the Gloomhaven community, and now Cephalofair Games is going to deliver. Childress mentioned that these miniatures sets will likely be expensive, stating "don't feel like you have to get them." The miniatures will be coming to an as-of-yet unannounced crowdfunding platform soon.
All that being said, the announcement was met with a wave of excitement from the crowd, and all who attended the event received one early-release miniature. Here's the one we received:
Beyond Gloomhaven Miniatures, What Else Was Announced?
Childress also gave a few tidbits about the impending release of Frosthaven, the sequel to Gloomhaven. Production has officially started on Frosthaven, with an initial production run of 100,000 copies of the game. The game will also be much bigger than (the already huge) Gloomhaven, standing about two inches taller than the original game's box. Barring any shipping delays, the game should be ready for release in four months (mid-April from the time of this reporting). Frosthaven will also sport a full graphical upgrade, an EXIT-style Puzzle Book mini-game within its core components, all-new characters, enemies, tokens, and will sport a more balanced approach to character scaling.
What do you think of the news of these Gloomhaven Miniatures? Will you be shelling out to upgrade your games from enemy standees to enemy miniatures? Let us know in the comments below!