[Gloom] Card Readability

A group of my friends enjoy Gloom a lot, but we mostly meet in a sometimes poorly-lighted bar to game, and under the best of lighting conditions, the cards are somewhat hard to read.

I'm sure this issue has come up before. We've actually tried a bunch of different background colors to place the cards on, but to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions on increasing the readability of the cards?

Thank you in advance.

First, buy the newest printing of the games--the text is ever so much more clear and the paint does not seem to crack and peel as much. You still have the problem of white or red text on a black background which makes it difficult to read. Even in a fully lit room, we often have to pick up the cards to read the text. I doubt there is any background you can place the cards on that will make the text easier to read. A white background may brighten up the playing area a little, but I would suggest bringing a small flashlight.