Xmas is better when it’s 2 Spooky 4 me
The end of the year is a magical time from October on through December. Of course we have Halloween in October, followed by Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Years. It’s a verifiable smorgasbord of good food and days off work. As cool as all the other holidays are, there’s one in particular that I love more than all the others. That holiday is of course Halloween.
It’s definitely a bummer that Halloween only happens once a year. If it were up to me this place would be Halloween Town 364 days of the year. The last remaining day would be Parade Day Day (Futurama style). Due to the world having some sense though I’m not in charge and it is not Halloween Town all year long. However, that doesn’t mean you and me can’t enjoy some spooky games come Xmas time!
The power of Christ compels you…to play games!
For those of you who haven’t ventured into the deep waters of the gaming world yet might be wondering, “How many horror board games could possibly be out there?” The answer: A lot. Now not all of them are straight up horror games (Ghostbusters Monopoly for instance) and not all of them are top tier board games that will redefine the way you live your life. However, there’s such a wide array to choose from that you can find just about anything for anyone. Unless you hate fun. If that’s the case then out with you!
If you don’t hate fun and have at least an inkling for the macabre then do I have a list for you!
So my biggest problem I had to deal with tonight was do I lead with my favorite horror themed game? The answer was an obvious “Yes!” Dead of Winter is fun, fun, fun, and more fun in a zombies are going to eat your brain sort of way. Dead of Winter isn’t your typical zombie game though, oh no, far from it. This game blends several different themes and mechanics together into a gritty thriller of a board game. Firstly it is cooperative (to a degree), it’s a survival game (in more than one way), it’s a zombie game (but they aren’t the only thing to worry about, far from it), it’s a tale of betrayal and revenge, and oh so much more.
As far as the cooperative aspect is concerned, all the players are working together to keep the colony alive and well by gathering supplies and killing zombies. All of the players have a secret objective though for them to win the game individually. Not only that, but it’s possible that one of the players is a traitor who is intent on sabotaging the colony in order to win the game.
He keeps his identity secret and does his best to place any mishaps on other players. If he gets found out he can get kicked out of the colony which has some definite consequences for the player. It’s entirely possible for the team to banish the wrong person entirely sending the innocent player on a campaign for revenge. It’s also entirely possible that the doesn’t have any players with the traitor card. Keeps you on your toes. As far as cooperative games go I think this is the best way to do it. Make the game partially cooperative but have individual win conditions. Also include zombies and psychological warfare. Yes, this is the best type of cooperative.
I remember when this game first popped up on Kickstarter ages ago. I thought the concept was so damn cool then and I still think that now! Old West meets Ancient Horrors from another plane of existence. What is there not to love about this concept?! Add another cooperative horror game to this list. Normally I’d like to vary these lists up a little more but this game is too brilliant not to mention. Players take on the roles of classic character tropes from the old west like The Law Man, The Saloon Girl, or The Gunslinger and join forces to banish the hell-spawn from whence they came. This is a massive game. You’re getting custom dice, figurines, enemy and hero record sheets, an adventure book, and a fricken CD soundtrack to go along with the game! It’s hard to say no to a game like this! I can’t think of a better way to cheer up your Gam Gam than slaying demons on Xmas day with her favorite Saloon Girl grand daughter!
Gloom is a game that tickles me in so many ways! The first thing to notice about this super sad card game is that the cards themselves are made of a clear plastic. As the game progresses you’ll place the cards on top of each other creating a truly unique play style that is very visually appealing and fun to boot! The very, very, very best thing about this game though, is the concept. The whole purpose of the game is to suffer the most tragedies and be the saddest characters around while simultaneously trying to make your opponents as happy as can be! This is just one of those concepts that hooks me right away with the concept and has me coming back for more and more tragic giggles. Gloom is incredibly easy to play but at the same time has tremendous replay value. If you’re looking to get spooky and laugh with your friends and family this holiday season, Gloom is definitely so hot right now!
So this game is definitely super lite on the spooky sauce and it’s also Monopoly. Some people here at Boardgames.com *cough*Matt*cough* love Monopoly, others (everyone else) are luke warm potatoes towards Monopoly. However, if any and all of us were ever to sit down and play an entire game of Monopoly start to finish it would have to be with them cats who aint scared of no ghost. Now, us luke warm Monopoly nerds here at BoardGames.com aint no fools, we know there are millions of people out there who love Monopoly and that’s totally cool! But if you want to meet us on some spooky middle ground this winter break then you definitely need to bust out the Ghostbusters Monopoly on the winters solstice.
All work and no play…ing board games makes Jack a dull boy.
Goes to show, you don’t have to spend your holidays the same this year as every other year. There are tons of different routes to take your festive cheer. If you’re like us here then there’s only one cool and spooky way to get your gaming on this end of year. You know what to do cause you’re smart and dog gone it, people like you!
Until next time, stay board my friends!