Founders of Gloomhaven
- Players: 1-4
- Playing Time: 90-120mins
- Age: 12+
- Mechanisms: Auction/Bidding, Deck/Pool Building, Hand Management, Route/Network Building, Tile Placement, Variable Player Powers, Worker Placement
- Designer: Isaac Childres
- Contents: 1 Double Sided Map Board, 2 Secondary Boards, 9 Player Boards, 75 Building Tiles, 93 Cards, 150 Influence Road and Money Tokens, Nearly 400 Wooden Player Pieces
Founders of Gloomhaven is a competitive tile-placement, hand management, city-building game where each player controls a fantastical race working to build the city of Gloomhaven and gain influence over its residents. This is a stand-alone game set in the same universe as Gloomhaven. The events, however, take place hundreds of years before Gloomhaven and depict the original construction of the city.
In Founders of Gloomhaven, players will use card-driven actions to place resource buildings on the map of the city, use these resources to create more advanced resources, and then deliver them to proposed building sites to earn influence. An individual player, however, cannot do everything on their own, because they can only import a small number of resource types, depending on their race. To create more advanced resources, they will have to work with other players.