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A few months ago I played Kingdom Death: Monster and I really enjoyed how creepy the game was but I know that I won't get to play it that often nor will I ever see myself owning it so it is off the table.

I played betrayal and it does have those creepy moments but I hated the game so it is also off the table.

Any suggestions?
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I recommend Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. It's app-driven, and as such, has a nice atmosphere and has ambient music. Highly recommended! thumbsup






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The new Mansions of Madness: Second Edition is supposed to be good. The price tag is putting me off for now, it's probably one I'll ask for at Christmas. You could also check out the new Arkham Horror: The Card Game. It doesn't come out until next month, but it looks like a lot of fun, and definitely has a dark/creepy atmosphere.
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Kingdom Death is the only board game I've played that doesn't revert to a horror-as-comedy trope. So your question is tough to answer. I'd certainly look at Nate Hayden's designs, particularly Psycho Raiders or Cave Evil. There's a new one coming out in the Cave Evil universe.

Zombicide certainly does the best at simulating being mobbed and eaten by Zombies, though the aesthetic is pretty cartoony, so it's tough to be scared or creeped out by the game. Depending on how you feel about the various subject matters, Freedom: The Underground Railroad is a fairly stark take on escaping slaves in 18th century America and Juden Raus is a Holocaust era board game about rounding up Jews. Neither is necessarily creepy in the sense of Kingdom Death or Arkham Horror, but both are disturbing in their own right.

Other than that, I would recommend taking a look at T.I.M.E Stories. Without spoiling anything, the base game's story takes place in an asylum and is pretty darn creepy.
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I guess it depends on how dark/creepy you want the games.

Camp Grizzly is a nice horror game that feels like every 70s & 80s slasher. It can be a bit campy at times, but the art and theme draw me in every time I play. Otis is a hell of a villain in the game!

Emperors of Eternal Evil and Nate Hayden make some amazingly dark games you may want to check out if you're leaning to the darker end of the horror spectrum. He does very small print runs and it's tough to get your hands on his games. However, Cave Evil: Warcults will be out sometime soon and isn't pricey ($39).

Edit: Nathan beat me to it! He has lots of nice suggestions, certainly many to consider if you don't want the campy horror.
 
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Eldritch Horror
Fury of Dracula (third edition) (soon OOP because of the GW/FFG deal that went sour)

not that super creepy but can get suspenseful:

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (also has a traitor/paranoia element)
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
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It's not horror, horror, but its campy 1950's B movie, dice roller, Invasion from Outer Space: The Martian Game.

It gives the Martian player a lot more to do, options, then slow moving, dumb moving, zombies.

You have to get in the right frame of mind, Orson Welles', War of the Worlds, the Martians come up short, landed in a traveling carnival, they think they are in a town, city.

Beer and pretzels help.

You want dark, gloomy, really bad rule book, spaghetti doesn't do it justice, but good game if you like this ilk, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game.

Not my cup of tea, YMMV.
 
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I saw a cool card game that was just dark had a gloominess to the art... It had something to do with crows and spelling out the word murder. I don't remember the name but maybe someone here does. Game play isn't AMAZING.. but you are kind of limiting your self with such a specific genre.



There is also ZOMBIES!!!, Zombicide, anything with zombies really. Also Ghost Stories, Eldritch Horror, Arkham Horror, etc...
 
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I read an idea somewhere, so it is not mine.

The idea was to play any of the Werewolf games around a campfire or in the dark and each player would have their own candle. Extinguishing their candle would be a signal of elimination.
 
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Hard to find at the moment, but I found Carnival Zombie to be pretty creepy.
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Maybe Carnival Zombie might work
 
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Cave Evil would fit the bill but I'm not sure how easy it is to obtain.
 
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Hard to find at the moment, but I found Carnival Zombie to be pretty creepy.


Meh, cubes are not creepy.
 
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darklight: memento mori

comes out next year, but you can preorder/late back it right now.
 
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By far the most horrific, dark, and creepy game you'll ever play:

Psycho Raiders. Unfortunately I think it just went OOP, and I just sold my copy. Version 2 is due (eventually) I believe. Maybe next Halloween.


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Cave Evil would fit the bill but I'm not sure how easy it is to obtain.


I own it, and it's very expensive/hard to get. I paid $200, and believe it's worth much more now. Warcults (Cave Evil expansion but is stand alone) is coming out next month I think. Click "Pre-order" at the top, I believe they're still taking orders. This will be very valuable one day.

http://www.cave-evil.com/


I also own KDM. I guess I like the expensive/creepy games.

If you're into video games check out Bloodborne (PS4).
 
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Thanks for all the recs! I am excited to watch videos of all these games!
 
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Last Night on Earth is super thematic! It feels like you are in a zombie movie AND it comes with a horror soundtrack CD you can play to make it even creepier.
 
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