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Nathan Tamayo
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Since an expansion will never happen, does anyone know of any similar games? I enjoy the game despite it's flaws becausse of it's speed, simplicity, and variability. The entire premise is perfect for what my friends and I look for in a board game.

Specifically:
1. We enjoy the role-playing aspect of a selection of characters and finding items along the way.

2. The speed that the game can be completed (even if it is completely one-sided most of the time).

3. Having a changing objective and cooperative gameplay.

I enjoy Talisman, but don't want to shell out the $400+ for the 2nd Ed and expansions. Also, I think Talisman takes too long.

Arkham Horror looks interesting but it says it takes 2-4 hours, if the whole 2 hours is exciting I wouldn't mind.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
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Christian Ulrich
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You could try Chill: Black Morn Manor. It has a lot in common with Betrayal. You built a mansion and garden with tiles, some players are investgators trying to stop the evil of the mansion, a single player is the henchman of the evil. There are possibilities to change sides during the game. And, of course, there are different evil overlords to defeat. There is also a special event deck, which uses different cards, corresponding to the evil overlord used.
 
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Todd Goff
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I haven't played it yet but When Darkness Comes looks to be a similar game.
 
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You can still get Chill: Black Morn Manor new (though over 20 years old) from the publisher's unsold stock:

http://www.orphyte.com/catalog/chill.html
 
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David Chapman
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Curtis Anderson wrote:
You can still get Chill: Black Morn Manor new (though over 20 years old) from the publisher's unsold stock:

http://www.orphyte.com/catalog/chill.html


I wouldn't be so sure in saying that unless you've actually been in contact with the company. That site hasn't been updated in years - it still links to the old Mayfair site.
 
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Jay T Leone
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I'd go with When Darkness Comes. It's a highly customizable game and has a better RPG element to the game. The only drawback is probably the pieces since the miniatures come unpainted.

I've played Arkham Horror. I really don't like it because it is slow. Sometimes it's way too easy, sometimes way too hard. The only fun thing to do is read the text on the card and resolve it. Collecting weapons can be fun, but the cooperative aspect takes away from individual player goals. You feel more like a pawn than a chessmaster.

If you give up on Betrayal, the next logical step for me would be When Darkness Comes.
 
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Dungeon Quest (sometimes spelt Dungeonquest) is a fun, short, somewhat silly game that I think has a similar feel to betrayal (without the cooperative aspect). You can usually pick it up on eBay for less than $50.
 
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Jedit wrote:

I wouldn't be so sure in saying that unless you've actually been in contact with the company. That site hasn't been updated in years - it still links to the old Mayfair site.


Brand new copies of the game are certainly around. I got one shipped from the US from some retailer, I forget the name, for such a bargain price it made the exhorbitant shipping seem worthwhile. And shamelessly for an old, rare game I managed to scuff the box corners almost the minute I broke the shrinkwrap.

Anyway, the original poster might be interested to know that Chill: Black Morn Manor is actually the inspiration behind BaHotH. The games have very similar themes, but they play quite differently. Whilst it is fairly simple and very variable BMM isn't fast - like many older games it's core system is good fun but it sometimes drags on past its welcome.
 
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There's also "Shadows over Camelot".

It fits the bill regarding:

- role playing - players are different knights of Arthur's Round Table
- cooperative game play
- takes about 90 to 120 mins - so comparitively short
- knights go on various quests
- similar to 'Betrayal', there are changing allegiances, i.e. a traitor that's only discovered at later stages in the game

It's slightly different, in terms of:

- doesn't have the discovery component of "Betrayal"
- different theme, non-Horror

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Trevor Murphy
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Can we all pester Bruce Glassco to offer, say, FFG his new game, 'Hetrayal at Bouse on the Bill'?
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Hélio Andrade
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Definetly get Shadows Over Camelot. A must among my gaming group.
 
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Nathan Tamayo
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Thanks for all the feedback!
 
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William Roop
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Clue Mysteries is a great mix of Betrayal and Clue. The board doesnt change, but it does have 50 mysteries and some neat clue mechanics. It is a bit lighter than Betrayal (both in setting and strategy) so it is a great choice for younger gamers. But I have played a few times and enjoy it alot!
 
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Chris Birch
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my votes on when darkness comes - great co-op game, little more complicated but nothing too much, cheap and lots of expansions with differing themes.

 
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Gabriel Kitterman
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Another game that definitely has a couple of similarities is:
Last night On Earth: the zombie game

It has co-op, senarios and a similar level of complexity / simplicity.

My copy is comming in the mail
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Robert Nolan
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How about Panic Station? It has that "betrayer" aspect to the game.
 
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