My friends and I watched the Tabletop episode(s) of Betrayal at House on the Hill and were super excited to add it to our rotation for game night. However, when we looked online, the only thing we could find was a first edition game on EBay for several hundred dollars. We were disappointed, but we kept the faith.
A month later, my friend was wandering through our local game store and what could possibly be sitting on the shelf? Could it be a box of fun and adventure? Well, no, this is Betrayal we’re talking about. It’s a box of fun and angst and death. Which we were still totally psyched about.
On our first run-through, the traitor became the Rat King. It was three on one (and his toothy minions), and when the Haunt began, two of us were already almost dead from lack of sanity, standing right in front of the Pentagram Chamber (where the traitor was trying to get to) in a dark and impossible corner of the basement, while our healthy tank was three full turns away from getting to us. The only good thing was that we were in the Wine Cellar, so we decided our characters would shotgun a few ancient bottles of merlot to calm their nerves, and then die face-down in the wine puddles on the floor. Needless to say, the two of us went down in an unholy battle of blood and rat bits, with our hero arriving approximately ten seconds after we died to kill the traitor - the sole survivor of a horrifying massacre that will haunt him for the rest of his days! So basically, exactly like every horror movie you’ve ever seen.
I utterly loved this game, mainly because everyone is always losing. You never feel like someone is kicking ass or doing well, it’s just a question of who’s the least screwed at any moment. Gameplay is really straightforward and easy, and the game itself is incredibly entertaining. Not to mention the advantage of being able to replay it ten times and never get the same story twice.
Thanks so much to Wil Wheaton and the rest of the Tabletop crew for introducing us to this amazing game. The next picture we submit will be of one of us weeping on a pile of minion counters.