Gloom

The world of Gloom is a sad and benighted place. The sky is gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner. Debt, disease, heartache, and packs of rabid flesh-eating mice - just when it seems like things can't get anyworse, they do.
But some say that one's reward in the afterlife is based on the misery endured in life. If so, there may be hope - if not in this world, then in the peace that lies beyond.
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It's a non-collectable cardgame that people should look up, it's pretty fun and amusing for those with a sense of humor. It's not recommended by those who have feelings about causing pain and suffering to others and it is not recommended to those who dislike playing God or comming from a home where playing God is not allowed.

Now that this is aside , on to the blatant misanthropy!
In this game, you can assume the roles of one or two of the families that you have to .. "assist" to their happy afterlife.

Castle Slogar is the name of the Slogar Household which consists of
The Professor, Helena Slogar aka Eccentric Inventor
Lord Slogar ,the Brain in a Box
Grogar, the husband to be.. or not to be
Melissa Slogar, the Cadverous Child
Elias E. Gorr , grave robber

Dark Den of Deformity is the name of the circus run by the rather tasteless ringmaster.
Darius Dark, or should it be Darius Dork?
Mister Giggles, creepy clown. (Really... scary looking skeleton clown thingie guy.)
Elissandre Devile, the shy tattooed lady.
Thumbelisa, the mircosized singer
Samson O'Toole, the rather.. non amazing bearded man

Hemlock Hall. home of the Wellingtons. Not so much is well about them in the end
Lord Wellington-Smythe ( I love his name.) Dumbfounded Duke, typical.. Idiotic rich guy
The Twins, adorable twins.. Who happened to be possessed by evil
Lola Wellington-Smythe, the rather loose daughter of Lord Wellington
Goody Zarr, the not so good Nanny who is training the twins to be evil.
Butterfield, the butler ALWAYS did it...

Lastly,
Blackwater Watch.
The Old Dam, Murderous Matriach
Willem Stark, Disturbing Handyman
Balthazar, the unfaithful hound.
Angel, the starry eyed serial killer.
Cousin Mordecai, the Red-Headed stepchild...

It's a rather fun game since all of the cards are transparent! The actual playing can be a little long and drawn out since the manual suggests you can create a story ala D&D to make it more fun, and they are right.
By playing modifiers on the characters you can reduce their self-worth aka Pathos Points to negative numbers.
The Modifers are the amusing part of the game..
If you play a card named "was mauled by a manatee" which is worth -20 points, you place it over the character and since the cards are transparent that card becomes the characters' stats. . Then you can chain it into another card called" Untimely Death" My favorite being "Died old and Alone"

Almost forgot....-> ( Each character starts with zero points.) Once a character has reached the minimum of -5 points, you can kill them off. The one with the most negative pathos points at the end of the game wins. Simple enough, untill you realize you can also inflict "Good " effects on whoever you are playing against. Make their characters happy while making yours miserable, finally a game that gives Karma a kick in the teeth. .

~19th