Betrayal at House on the Hill board game
Betrayal at House on the Hill board game

Betrayal at House on the Hill

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Overall Rank: #75 | Trending Rank: #177

The creak of footsteps on the stairs, the smell of something foul and dead, the feel of something crawling down your back - this and more can be found in Betrayal at House on the Hill. This fun and suspenseful game is a new experience almost every time you play - you and your friends explore ''that creepy old place on the hill'' until enough mystic misadventures happen that one of the players turns on all of the others!

Features multiple scenarios, a different lay-out with every game, and enough chills to freeze the heart of any horror fan.

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  • cool game, just did not have a group that was ok with the amount of reading it required and play length
  • Was a lot of fun early on but the finicky randomness can ruin the game. If the haunt is triggered too early it can be a bummer and if you happen to get a haunt that you've already played before generally my group will just skip that haunt and keep going.The quality of the components are pretty bad as well. The character sheets come in a card stock that is too thin for the plastic arrow markers, so it can be easy to lose track of your characters' progress.
  • Great game, it's really fun to play with friends and more casual gamers
  • Received: October 201010 - 13, W2My Review: A Year With Betrayal at House on the Hill
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Honestly any game that is a party game (#Telestrations, #Just One) or one that requires high/excessive energy #King of Tokyo, #Betrayal). Without the perfect mix of energy and personalities these games really fall flat to me. games with depth and strategy can for sure fall flat if you have rude and impatient people playing, but for the most part people remain somewhat quiet turn to turn so energy is not a huge concern.

I've mentioned this a couple times already in different threads, but #Betrayal at House on the Hill is definitely one of those games. The theme alone is enough to turn away a lot of potential players, and I understand that. It tends to get pretty evil and dark in some scenarios. I've had both extremes - I have a group that LOVES it and makes each round a blast. We dim the lights, play music, and build the story as we go. Then I tried it with another group who was hesitant to begin with, and once we reached a haunt that was exceptionally gruesome, they were out. I can't say I blame them, but it all depends on the group!

Oooh I got a new one.  I sometimes curate as an excuse to collect.  Like I have quite a few games that if it were up to me and my imaginary ideal group of gamers (and time to play, while I'm imagining things) I wouldn't play.  (That's not to say I don't like them, I just don't prefer them, mostly.  #Splendor and #Betrayal at House on the Hill may be exceptions.)  They may hardly ever hut the table, but I keep them around to introduce new people to games or play with my kids when they get older.  So the games are around to fulfill a certain purpose, not necessarily (only) because I like them. 

Hi! Haven't heard of the first two but #Betrayal at House on the Hill is one I have definitely played! Are the other ones similar in gameplay?

I don't own #Betrayal at House on the Hill, but my friends do and it has a special place in my heart. It was my gateway game into the hobby. My friends that had it the first time they invited me over to play, I only kind of knew them from church, but that day when I was introduced the board game world, that was the start of my favorite hobby and the friendship of my best friends. I don't really have any specific memories from that time, but it is a very special day for me.

I have a cherished memory from #Scythe too. It was my 14th or 15th birthday, and my parents got me Scythe, my first hobby board game. I remember opening it up next to my brother who also knew about the hobby(before I knew of it, and the bastard never told me about it!). The miniatures and overall quality blew me away. I've played it a lot with my friends, especially my one friend who almost always beats me at strategy games because I hated that he kept on beating me at my own game and I kept on declaring a rematch until I realized he was burnt out on Scythe lol.

For me it would have to be #Betrayal at House on the Hill. I've played this one for the longest amount of time without getting tired of it. I know a lot of the scenarios are flawed and everything but I love it. It's not too heavy for most people, and each game plays out so differently. The groups I've played it with make it way more fun too because we all form a new narative around each game as we're playing, even in a repeat scenario.

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I always enjoyed board games, but was only aware of part/family-type games until a friend introduced me to #Catan 15 years or so ago.  I got the variant called #The Settlers of Zarahemla Board Game which became a favorite, then obtained #Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers which was fun.  I still really wasn't connected to the hobby yet.  Fast forward another 10 years and a guy at our office started bringing in a bunch of hobby games for us to play during lunch or once a week that intrigued #Tsuro and #Diamant.  Around that time I found the Tabletop YouTube channel and really enjoyed watching them play a variety of games.  I picked up #Betrayal at House on the Hill (sold) which led to fun and aggrevating times with the family. #Near and Far (still own) was my first "big" purchase and while we didn't complete the campaign, we've played different maps many times and my eyes were opened to look for other games.  Since then I learned that I can sell games that I enjoyed but didn't play very often and use the money towards new games.  I've enjoyed exploring different themes and mechanics.  My only limiting factor is I don't have a steady game group...I can get my older children to play heavier games at times, and can play online with a friend and other in person every few weeks.  But certainly not as much as I would like.  When I run across a game that my entire family enjoys (like #Chinatown and #Las Vegas Royale) I typically keep them, so over time I have built up a nice little collection.  And sometimes I just buy a game for me (like #Empires of the Void II) that I just want to play but know I won't very often.

#Betrayal at House on the Hill that my friend owns. It was my gateway game into the hobby, so it will always have a place in my heart. It's a really gun game for a laid-back game night, too.