I was first introduced to Gruff in 2016 when Studio Woe was Kickstarting their second set, Clash of the Battle Goats. Since then I’ve met Brent, the game’s designer, at various conventions, played the base set, and even previewed the last set, Rage of the Trolls, here on A Pawn’s Perspective. If you’ve read any of my coverage you know that I think Gruff is one of the best card battling games around.
Now Studio Woe is launching their 4th set, and first in the second Block of Gruff, Stuff of Nightmares. Around the size of the original Gruff, Stuff of Nightmares introduces a new faction of mutant goats to bring into battle, The Stuffkins! With 15 Gruffs, 7 Shepherds, 3 Trolls, and all the supporting cards needed, this set includes everything you need to play the game with 1-4 players. Not only that, but it’s the most accessible set for new players thanks to a new Branding system. Combine cards with the same Brand to create a balanced “preconstructed” deck.
I’m a big fan of the new set. While I’ve always loved Gruff’s artwork, Stuff of Nightmares takes things to the next level with its adorably twisted stuffed goats. The addition of Branding is also brilliant, allowing players to jump right into the game without having to worry about how balanced their deck is against another player’s. This, combined with the fact that Stuff of Nightmares contains all the latest and greatest rules and features of Gruff makes it the perfect jumping-off point for the game.
It’s worth noting that this Gruff set is the first to be a Kickstarter exclusive, a model that the game will follow from now on. For more information about this news check out my interview with Brent from a little while ago.
If you haven’t yet gotten into Gruff, now is the time to do it. If you’re already a fan, well you’re probably already planning on back this.
A prototype copy of Gruff: Stuff of Nightmares was provided free for this preview by Studio Woe
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.