I’ve always loved board games, excluding anything to do with Monopoly, and Josh has really expanded my scope of them. What was a typical game night before J, became an all out monster hunt, zombie killing, survival trope of time after.
He introduced me to Zombicide and Betrayal at House on the Hill, while his friend Gordon introduced us to an even larger world of horror and geekified board and card games. I haven’t gotten to Dungeons and Dragons or Magic: The Gathering, but it’s safe to say I’m still a nerd when it comes to games.
For Day 8 of Blogoween, I bring you my top 5 board games (in no particular order) that are an absolute treat during Halloween.
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Zombicide is a collaborative game for 1 to 6 players, ages 13 and up. A game can last for 30 minutes (beginner board) to 4 hours (expert board).
Each player controls between one (for 6 players) and four (solo game) survivors, human trapped in a zombie-infested town. In fact, “survivors” quickly change to “hunters” to smash zombies through and through. However, the team must constantly maintain a balance between survival and slaughter, for as the Zombicide continues, the Danger Level increases, and the infected grow in numbers. Any misstep can turn to disaster.
Zombicide is a fun and easy game with cool miniatures in an archetypical, popular and comics-inspired environment. Ambiance is constantly balanced between “beat’em up” and “survival horror” as survivors keep switching from prey to predators. Humor and gloom happily marry in a zombie-fest.
This game is freaking nuts. We’ve played with a different friend groups and various amount of people and every single time is different. There are nights when we escape/win and all is well and other nights that completely tear us up with anxiety as we attempt to GET THE FUCK OUT. But hey, you win some and lose some and Zombicide is hands down my favorite table top game.
There are 6 major expansions, with new characters and tiles, as well as smaller expansion off those expansions and it’s just a freaking Zombicide inception. I think Black Plague is my favorite but I really want to try out Wulfsburg. The game can also take more than 4 hours, depending on who is playing, how the searching is going and just whether you’ve added alcohol or not. But for the sake of Halloween and Zombies, this game is perfection.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, Betrayal at House on the Hill is ideal for parties, family gatherings or casual fun with friends.
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tile game that allows players to build their own haunted house room by room, tile by tile, creating a new thrilling game board every time. The game is designed for three to six people, each of whom plays one of six possible characters.
Secretly, one of the characters betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late! Betrayal at House on the Hill will appeal to any game player who enjoys a fun, suspenseful, and strategic game.
Oh this damn game. Once you learn the rules of this game, it’s easy to get deep into it. I’ve been on both sides of the betrayal spectrum and it’s so much fun. I actually think I’ve been the betrayer (there’s usually one and the rest of the group has to gang up to “defeat” you) more times than I can count.
The story lines are great and the suspense really is killer. This game reminds me a lot of a fantastic horror movie played out on the table top.
In Smash Up players draft two faction decks, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine them into a force to be reckoned with! Each player selects two decks and shuffle them together, combining their distinct abilities into a unique 40-card deck.
A random selection of Base cards are dealt to the table, and players use their decks to attempt to have the most power on a base when it is scored. It may sound simple, but how simple is it when the Zombie-Ninja deck Assassinates your minions then creates an Outbreak, loading the Base with minions from their discard pile?
Or when the Pirate-Dinosaurs Full Sail onto the base with the mighty King Rex, whose massive power dwarfs that of other minions?
Each combination gives a different experience, Pirate-Aliens play very different than Pirate-Zombies, and with 8 factions in the base set there are 64 combinations to try out and every expansion set increases the options exponentially!
I’ve personally played out a Pirate Zombies combo and it was fantastic. This deck-building game allows you to get pretty creative and since it’s fairly quickly paced, you can play several combinations of factions in an evening. Who wouldn’t want to fight monsters and the like against each other to see who would win?
Smash Up also has a few expansions and though I haven’t played them, I hear they’re killer!
It’s all come down to this. Titans have broken through Wall Maria and are heading for the supply depot in Trost. If the depot falls, all the resources needed to continue fighting off these monstrous aberrations will be destroyed and all hope for the last remnants of mankind will be lost. It’s up to you and your team to fend off and fell the Titans before they can succeed! Are you ready for the last stand?
During each round of the game, the Titan player chooses two Attack cards to play: One face up and one face down. The other players then roll their dice and try to avoid these Attacks, but knowing only what one of them is. The other will be a surprise, so players will have to use their wits to figure out what they need to avoid it. Protect your very lives and the castle walls to save the day!
Positioning is key! The Titan and the castle walls create a vertical playing surface. Move your character up and down as you see fit to avoid Attacks, or tactically position yourself to land a devastating blow on the Titan. Tactics Cards can be revealed and utilized or passed on until later. Your goal is to weaken the Titan so that it’s susceptible to a kill shot. But watch out! The Titan has lots of tricks waiting for you…
I’m very partial to Attack on Titan because it’s one of my absolute favorite anime’s! Gordon brought this over one game night last year and though I only got to play it twice, I was hooked. I loved playing the Titan and it was so awesome to play something this cool from the anime. Especially with a vertical board! If you haven’t watched AOT, you should. As well as this game.
Mixtape Massacre is a tabletop board game where up to 6 players play as horror film archetypes and compete in a fictional 1986 killing spree to be remembered. But it doesn’t just stop with the horror. With tons of jokes and references to 1980’s pop-culture and music – Mixtape Massacre will have you laughing while you’re slashing!
This is the only game on the list I haven’t played yet, but I’m dying to! I’ve been told it’s fantastic and I’m always down for humor and horror, especially from the 80’s. And since each character has a set genre of music that goes with their killing style and personality, I would absolutely bring up Spotify to get in the mood.
We’re absolutely having a horror game night this month and I’m so excited for it! I also really, really want more expansions and Mixtape Massacre to round out our game closet.