I played Betrayal at House on the Hill for the first time with my boyfriend and another couple. It’s a fun spooky story game, which seems to be a Thing right now.
The four of us entered a spooky house, which we progressively built by laying room tiles. We explored the house, gathering items and hopefully getting stronger, but often ended up encountering baddies and getting weaker. After a few rounds, we inevitably discovered what the game is ultimately about: the Haunt.
There are many Haunts you can discover, and you wouldn’t want to play the same one twice, as they’re spoiler sensitive. The Haunt is basically a story with its own unique goals and win conditions. Our Haunt, and perhaps all of them, established one player as a traitor. It was me! I won’t go into the details in case you play it, but I can safely tell you that I had my own win condition, and so did my now opponents. I could fairly safely assume that they were somehow trying to stop me from accomplishing my new mission.
It was fun, but like many games, I think it’d be stronger a second time – as long as I don’t play the second round so far in the future that I forget all the rules I learned. So many rules! When I became the traitor, I was a little overwhelmed with all the things I had to do, and I couldn’t consult anyone about it, since I had to keep it all secret. I almost got something really important wrong. Fortunately I figured it out, but it delayed the game slightly.
I should really watch the two TableTop episodes about the game! It probably would have made it a little easier.
Have any of you played Betrayal at House on the Hill?
What are you playing lately?