Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
An infamous band of mercenaries, mercenary-ing for the first time.
Explore, fight, and learn new skills. Like nunchuck skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.
"I love the new characters is Jaws of the Lion. They are so diverse, and it is very easy to pick up on their style. I would highly suggest playing this before playing Gloomhaven, because it introduces all of the game mechanics, while also telling an awesome story."
"Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, you are special. You were on our table when we brought home our new puppy. You were there for us on election night. We gave you over 50 hours over the last four months, and you repaid it with steadfast loyalty. We don't have an official PAHO stamp of approval, but if we did, we would slam it down in the dead center of your box. Consider yourself endorsed."
"If you have heard all the buzz about Gloomhaven, but don’t think you’ve got the chutzpah to pull it off, go for this instead and see if you get hooked. If not, you can give it to us, because I like it enough to have one copy in the dining room and another copy under my pillow."
"Gloomhaven is complicated. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is also complicated, but instead of having to learn all the complexities of the game at once, they spoon feed you a few rules at a time over the course of the five 1-2 hour sessions. In the first game, you walk in a straight line and punch rats. By the fifth game you are doing the dungeon-crawling equivalent of parkour."
"The game is less expensive than Gloomhaven, and has fewer pieces. Jaws takes a long time to set up, while Gloomhaven takes a really really really long time to set up. One of the great joys of the original Gloomhaven is earning the opportunity to crack open one of the many sealed boxes, unlocking a new character that makes the game an entirely new experience. JOTL has a few small sealed boxes, but the contents are somewhat uninspired. (Spoiler alert: That was a spoiler.)"
"The bottom line/main thing/last word is that this game is a double threat. It’s a great way to get casual gamers into Gloomhaven, and an exquisite digestif for seasoned veterans whose appetites were not quite sated by the original 100+ scenarios."