Since we will be celebrating (at least in the states) All Hallow's Eve, this week I was inspired to a write a themed list.
So lets explore a genre I'm not as familiar - Horror. Help me out with a list of horror games, movies, books and other fun.
Musical interlude: I prefer the ARS version to the Classic 4 version, I guess I'm child of the '70s not the '60s.
in the cool of the evening when everything is gettin kinda groovy i call you up and ask you if you's like to go and see a movie first you said no you got some plans for the night and then you stopped and say alright love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you
This Halloween, I'm not carving a pumpkin or going out. One good thing about being a reenactor is I have a ready made costume for the trick or treaters. This is me from last year
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Horror Games Haven't played too many Horror themed games so I appeal to my fellow GCLers for enlightenment.
I know that Arkham Horror is popular. I've only played once and was lost through most of it.
However, I have played Mall of Horror a few times. Zombies mmmmm - I like the turn mechanic as the characters have to move from one bolthole to another. Early in the turn order you may not have a place open and have to go to a less desirable location. Later and your open spot may not be there. Also I enjoy the survivor style negotiations when you vote to see who gets to be the tasty morsel.
Horror Novels Well I've read more horror books than played games, I'm including a couple of novels I enjoyed. Perhaps you have other candidates for me to read.
First a classic: Dracula, by Bram Stoker So many of the conventions of the horror novel, derive from this work. While vampires seem to be everywhere today, without this book it's likely that none would exist. Dark and brooding, very much a product of its period, but still readable and effective today.
Next popular reading: I've read many Stephen King's novels I think I prefer The Shining to Salem's Lot both of which were my favorites. With later novels his work seems bloated. The Overlook Hotel and the evil it contains still resonate. The Shining had a nice crisp build to its climax. There were many unforgettable moments of suspense, to this day I'm nervous around topiaries.
Horror movie: What is implied and not seen can be more frigtening than any amount of special effects splatter.
I still have fond memories of paying 50 cents (or was it a quarter can't remember now) at the neighborhood theater to see the double feature of the B monster movies. How can one forget Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr.
While I can put out a few I've enjoyed, please point me to some other movies to rent:
The film version of The Shining, shows the craftsmanship of Stanley Kubrick, one of the best directors. I thought it was one of Jack Nicholson's best performances. While different than the book it can stand respectable movie on its own.
Alien was one of the few movies that set my knees a-shaking. While set in space it is not a Science Fiction movie, at its heart it is a Gothic horror movie. Being stalked by an implacable foe "It got big fast", losing the cast one at time, suspicions that one your compatriots are not what he seems....
When it comes to horror, I have to give a special entry to Edgar Allan Poe
Who better captures the theme of madness and the especially loss of sanity than Edgar Allan Poe.
I enjoy his stories especially The Tell-Tale Heart where the narrator is betrayed by imaginings and guilt. Also The Black Cat where violent demons drive the narrator to murder and false bravado is his undoing.
However, his poetry is even more haunting. The Raven is the most famous one. In this the Narrator is hang hanging by a thread, his visions plunge him over the edge into madness, it makes for one of my favorite poems.
In The Bells , you have a narrator who starts pleasant and sane, but through the cadences of poem you follow his decent into a brooding insanity.
With so much brooding, some lighter fare. One of my favorite spoofs of horror movies is Young Frankenstein.
It caught each horror film cliche in loving and intimate detail. Even the sets have the throw back look to the originals from the '30s. So many great one liners and scenes. Wilder and Garr's revolving secret door bit, Cloris Leachman's Frau Blucher (neigh!) 'ovaltine' routine, Boyles and Gene Hackmans - "Blind Hermit" scene is uproarious, Not to mention Madeline Kahn being left in a snit by 'ol zipperneck'. To this day I still break up when hearing "Ah sweet mystery of life at last I found you".
Nothing, thankfully. Time to get cracking on my unplayed list!
These are my face-to-face plays from 10/16 - 10/27:
Hanabi 2 Keltis 2 Love Letter 2 Cards Against Humanity 1 Cards Against Humanity: First Expansion 1 Cards Against Humanity: Second Expansion 1 Cards Against Humanity: Third Expansion 1 Clubs 1 Incan Gold 1 Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele 1 Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 1
These came from a few gaming sessions over the past couple weeks, and I'm glad we had so many opportunities. Having already played and enjoyed most of these, I was glad to see they were all well-received. For an added challenge we tried the expansion board for Keltis and it was tough! Definitely turns the game on its ear - different, but in a good way.
Also I have to give a shout-out to Love Letter. Not only has it continued to be a fun time-killer, but I smiled when I saw Scott reach for it with friends when we were taking a break from a Doctor Who marathon. While I did dishes, the rest of them had a great time and the screams/laughter were music to my ears. What a great little diversion.
Field Commander: Alexander x8 I was surprised the number of playings was this high, but I got sick at my conference and spent one day pretty much just in bed in the hotel. I played through the whole campaign. It was fun, but I'm also pretty much done with this game now.
Ave Caesar x1 This is always fun, and best with 6p. Having to throw a tribute during the race is a great little bit of theme.
Big Boss x1 I enjoy playing this one. I'm not sure if I would enjoy a retheme with difference components as much. I'd love to find a way to get a copy, but not really interested in what it would take to do so. It has some similarities to Acquire, but I actually find Big Boss easier to get on the table.
Can't Stop x1 Always fun. We had our Guys Game Night and were all pretty tired. The night consisted of mostly push-your-luck games.
Combat Commander: Europe x1 I can't remember if this was the first game in my VASSAL tourney. (Presently as I write this, I'm in the semifinal of my group.) It was live play via VASSAL. My first round I played an opponent in Rome. It was a lot of fun.
High Society x1 This is one of my all-time favorite fillers. Such a great and simple little auction, but it inevitably turns into a deadly auction. I've seen so many people self-destruct in this auction.
Liar's Dice x1 This, High Society and Can't Stop were all part of our Guys Game Night. I think we had another headliner game, but I can't remember right now.
Samarkand: Routes to Riches x1 I believe this was played as the first game of Guys Game Night, my first playing. I hope to get more plays in, but its not as easy to get on the table as I'd hoped. Seems promising in terms of a game system.
Skittle-Bowl x1 Kevin introduced this one as we were waiting for players to arrive to game night. Very fun.
Ticket to Ride x1 We played one of the expansion maps (don't recall which one now) with an older couple from our church. It was a fun evening with folks who don't usually boardgame. This game has grown on my a lot since my initial negative reaction.
Trains x1 I love the notion of this game. The AEG production quality is very good. I'd like more maps to add some variety. The game works well enough, but it feels like maybe there is something missing for me. I still like it better than Dominion, though.