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Cactus god
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Hey everyone,

I'm relatively new to the board game scene. My friends and I started last December thanks to a whim I had one day to pick up Shadows over Camelot, Last Night on Earth, Settlers of Catan, and Arkham Horror. I've noticed that my family and friends enjoy playing a game like Camelot because of the traitor aspect, you are always sort of suspecting one another and that fear looming over everybody makes it fun.

I've been looking around, and I haven't really seen any games of that sort. I actually just picked up Fury of Dracula because of the interesting hiding and deduction aspect of the game. I feel this mechanic is somewhat similar and may indeed capture their attention.

So, basically, my question is: What kind of games are out there that cast the same sort of ambience over the party you're playing with? (Just so you guys know, I generally have 5 or 6 people around at any given time who are interested in jumping in, so games that allow large numbers of people are preferred)

I really appreciate any ideas!

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Tom O'K
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You may want to try Saboteur. It's a light, fun card game that accommodates many players, and some players are secretly sabotaging the others (like the traitor in Shadows over Camelot).
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"Werewolf" is probably the game you're looking for. Though many would say that even 6 or 7 people isn't a large enough group.

You might also like "Bang!". Maybe "Intrige" or "Conspiracy".


"Betrayal at House on the Hill" just might be up your alley, though the identity of the betrayer is public knowledge, so you don't have that sort of "Who's the traitor" suspense...

As a two-player game, "Mr. Jack" could be ideal.
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There's also E.T.I.: Estimated Time to Invasion in which all people are working together the entire game to stop an alien invasion. The fun part, as you've guessed, is that one of them is actually the alien player incognito.


And Fury of Dracula is a great game, but don't believe anyone who tells you it plays in 2 hours! I don't know where I read that, but it's not always true.
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I somewhat get what you are looking for... and these may have some of that "tense" feel to them although they go about achieving that in different ways of course:


2 player "tension games":

Mr. Jack
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

Co-operative "angst" games:

Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Fury of Dracula
Lord of the Rings
Pandemic
Saboteur

A backstabbing "can I trust my enemy this time around" game:

Game of Thrones, A

Fun and highly thematic games:

Galaxy Trucker
Bang!
Fearsome Floors
Ca$h 'n Gun$
Werewolf or Werewolves of Miller's Hollow


Hopefully that's helpful.
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Diplomacy?
 
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