Good afternoon Games on the Drivers.
Last week we got some new games in stock, games that have been out of print for some time, games for more people than you honestly know on your Facebook profile, and a game that threatens to follow you everywhere.
First up, back on the shelves after a long absence created by Wil Wheaton’s show Tabletop, we have Betrayal at House on the Hill.
Betrayal at House on the Hill plays like the first hour or so of the film “Cabin in the Woods”. Three to six of your friends set out, for no good reason in particular, to explore this haunted house. You spend each turn finding companions, items, events, and omens straight from your favourite horror movie tropes, slowly putting together a randomly generated monster B movie. Eventually there is a twist, called the Haunt, where one of your number turns traitor, and begins trying to orchestrate the doom of their former friends. With 12 different playable characters, randomly generated floors, and fifty haunts to stumble into, the game has a lot of replayability, and effortlessly weaves a narrative of typical horror movie foolishness and survival.
Keeping with the horror theme, our next new arrival is Ultimate Werewolf.
No that’s not a typo on the box art. Werewolf, in all of it’s incarnations by different designers and artists, is a game that can support dozens of players. Those of you who have played The Resistance and it’s medieval counterpart Avalon will already have a pretty good idea of how the game plays. At the start, each player is given an identity card that makes him or her a regular townsfolk, a special role like the doctor, or a werewolf. At the beginning everyone closes their eyes, the werewolves open their eyes, identify each other, and then the game is played over a course of rounds called days and nights, lead by a game master. During the nights, the werewolves silently elect a player to rip apart, eliminating them from the game. The next day, the villagers learn to their horror who was murdered, and then proceed to elect someone to hang in a desperate bid to catch the werewolves. It’s a great party game, especially with a good game master who knows how to keep things going, and build tension.
Finally, ending our horror theme for this week, we have Catan Portable Edition.
Catan is a game that many might say catapulted the West in to rediscovering board games from the long dark night of Monopoly, it is everywhere. Not only does it exist in many versions and incarnations (yes we are talking about you, Star Trek Catan) but has dozens of expansions, and it now has a version that will follow you around wherever you are. It is now impossible to escape Catan, a game of resource trading and development. Really this game bears no further explanation. If you have not played Catan, you will, it will find you.