In case you missed it, we’re going to be having an awesome Halloween board game celebration later this month at Beermiscuous because Halloween is the best! What better way to spend some time with friends than by enjoying some spooky board games?
5. Arkham Horror (Fantasy Flight Games)
Arkham Horror takes place in 1926 and something is about to go horribly wrong. Strange events which nobody can explain have been happening throughout the city and it is up to your small band of investigators to prevent the Elder Gods from unleashing armageddon.
Arkham Horror is a co-op game which can take up the larger portion of an afternoon and it also occupies quite a bit of table space especially once the expansions are added. That said if you do play it and win, it is an incredibly rewarding play experience. If you’ve got a group of friends that are looking to gather and watch your heroes slip into madness then this game really takes the cake.
4. Smash Up: Monster Smash (Alderac Entertainment Group)
The Monster Smash expansion adds four new decks to the Smash Up game: Vampires, Giant Ants, Werewolves and the Dr. Frankenstein-esque Mad Scientists. It also brings with it a bevy of new locations which all loosely tie in with the new factions. Particularly fun are the ant cards which are mostly named after Queen songs.
One big thing that we should note is that although the base game contains a larger number of factions in the box, you can still play Monster Smash on its own. It is effectively a stand-alone expansion containing everything you need for just two players to have fun.
3. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition (Bezier Games)
Whether you know it as Mafia or Werewolf, the core idea of this game has been around for quite some time, and is great for large groups of players. Most of the players are villagers, but within the group there are a number of werewolves lurking. The game takes place in a series of day and night cycles; during the night the villagers all have their eyes closed and the werewolves collectively decide who they will kill off. When the daytime arrives the entire group (including the sneaky lycanthrope) all bicker on who they think the werewolves might be, they must agree to kill off one player within the group by the end of the day.
Ultimate Werewolf comes in and adds a whole lot of chaos into the mix! In brings a huge number of new roles into the game including: The Seer (who gets to learn the identity of a player during each night phase), The Minion (a villager that is secretly working on the side of the werewolves) and Bloody Mary (upon being slain she gets to take out her revenge on those that killed her).
2. Shadows of Brimstone: City of Ancients (Flying Frog Productions)
The game takes place in a wild west mining town where perhaps the miners have dug a little too deep. A deadly unknown evil lurks in the mine but your hero is more concerned with the rumored treasure than they are with the accompanying danger.
The game is an incredibly well put together dungeon crawl that just oozes with theme. Not only do you spend time exploring the mine but you also need to return to the town to restock on supplies and sell off your treasure, and neither location is ever particularly safe. The game really captures the sense that your heroes are up against overwhelming odds and it is often better to turn tail and flee like a coward than it is to press on.
1. Betrayal at House on the Hill (Wizards of the Coast)
Betrayal is an AMAZING game!… wait we can’t just leave it at that?
I grew up on horror movies and remain a huge fan of them. John Carpenter’s The Thing and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre are, among many others, classic films as far as I am concerned. Betrayal at House in the Hill puts you in the shoes of a person that has been invited to dinner at a mysterious house. It captures those early moments of a horror movie as the characters have know idea what is about to unfold. The game starts off with the players slowly exploring the nooks and crannies of the house flipping over tiles to build it as they each take their turns.
Eventually after flipping specific tiles over the “Haunt” phase of the game begins. At this point the players all consult the rulebook to determine what scenario they are playing. One scenario involves a player becoming a mad scientist that shrinks the explorers down so that he can feed them to his cat; meanwhile, the players need to find a radio controlled plane so that they can escape out the window. Another scenario mimics the great serpent Ouroboros slowing crushing and consuming the house.
Depending on which edition of the game you have there are upwards of 50 different scenarios all of which are incredibly fun. There are very few games out there that capture a theme so well and truly you can never play the same game twice with this, even the same scenario will play out wildly different.
By popular demand we will be bringing Betrayal to our Halloween event later this month at Beermiscous. Tell us what some of your favorite horror themed board games are and maybe we’ll bring them to the tables on the 30th as well!