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First let me mention that I'm a huge horror fan. I mean insanely whack job, slap happy, scratchy tweaker nuts over horror movies. Anything from gory, scary, slasher, suspense, zombies (being my favorite), you name I love it. And over the past year Ive been really enjoying my growing collection of boardgames and the weekly game nights Ive been hosting. So Im looking to combine the 2 and find some good horror/suspense/high tension games.

I own a few already such as Arkham horror, Doom, Ghost Stories, Space Hulk, and Last Night on Earth is on the way, all do a good job at creating a tense atmosphere. But I wanna hear your recommendations and experiences with a game that just made you so scared or tense that you had to check behind the shower curtain before you took a leak.

So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?


.....or am i just nuts and that game doesn't exist or not available?
 
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So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?



Monopoly
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dirtnapper73 wrote:
So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?



Monopoly


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overtheboard wrote:
dirtnapper73 wrote:
So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?



Monopoly


Totally agree .

Okay jokes aside, I find Mall of Horror fitting all that. You'll always doubt whether someone is actually your friend ,and in constant fear that you might be zombie food .
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I've found little to be actually terrified by in boardgames, which is unfortunate, as I'm a horror fan as well. That said, the mechanics in Mall of Horror are the kind of thing that gives you the most amount of -feeling- in a game, and that's what I think you're looking for, if you can't get 'scary'.
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For doubting everyone's motives, take a look at Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game. For high tension, Twilight Struggle, does it for me.

Of course, neither are terrifying or in the horror genre.

Frankly, I think the kind of experience you seek is better suited in another medium, probably a computer/video game. Doom III or Left for Dead would seem promising

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I think you're going to have to jump to role-playing games to find what you're looking for. And horror role-playing is harder to pull off than the classic fantasy campaign that starts in a tavern. I'm not big into horror, so this is largely theory, but you might look at:
De Profundis- only requires two people, and low time commitment
Puppetland
Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition)- a classic with long history backing it up
Chronicles of Darkness- capable of power gaming, but also capable of horror. Easier to find a group, but might be harder to find a good group.
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Every game that has a price 100$. shake

I don't mind spending money on games...but this seems to be a new tendency.

With FFG expansions becoming every more expensive, that is what scares me. soblue

I live in Europe and we pay 100 Euro for those games.gulp

Let's be honnest here: if Italeri and Svezda can offer 50 plastic figures at 6$ and make good money on this...

oh yes...and games that are over-hyped scare me (type Summoner Wars...)
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Yah Doom 3 was creepy as hell with headphones on, and I have Left 4 Dead 1&2 which are my current favorite shooters. Ive thought about Mall of Horrors but its out of print and hard to find. Hopefully there is something out there that will scratch that itch either in print or a future release.
 
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Indeed, RPGs might be better at doing what you're trying to do. I've pulled off some creepy stuff in D&D before, but a horror-themed RPG would likely be easier to make it happen.
 
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The HellGame has the creepiest art I have ever seen in a board game.

Serial Killer: The Board Game scares me, I don't think anyone owns it though.

Pain Doctors: The Game of Recreational Surgery might scratch your gore itch.

Frankenstein's Children looks interesting though I've never played.


Unfortunately there isn't a big market for these games so they don't stay in print very long.
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Being terrified requires suspension of disbelieve, it's hard enough to achieve that in movies and video games (It has been many, many moons since either got much of a scare out of me), how would you pull it off in a board game which is by its very nature more abstracted and distanced from the action?
Corollary: If you're so good at getting yourself worked up that you manage to be terrified by a board game, you might as well cut out the middle man and just scare yourself without any outside aid, which would probably work even better than when your mind is engaged otherwise (Say, by playing a board game).
Heh, scare-masturbation, that's a new one...
 
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So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?


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Pandemic scares me a little if I stop and think about it.
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I am a huge horror fan too, but have sadly found no real "horror" in board games so far.

However, thinking about learning the rules of Advanced Squad Leader does shiver my timbers, so to speak.
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I know this isn't VGG, but Shalebridge Cradle in Thief: Deadly Shadows is the most perfectly terrifying game experience I've ever had. I've never played a boardgame that scared me, but playing poker for real money probably comes the closest, in terms of getting the adrenaline pumping.
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My opened though un-punched game Die Macher terrifies me. Dunno why... must be the sheer weight of the box and all those drab colored chits played on a most intimidating looking board. A game about German politics might also have something to do with it.

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Nothing inviting about the game, but I'm not willing to trade it either. Again, dunno why.
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Monkey Auto Races scares me.



That being said, the coconut-like sound of kids' heads knocking together secretly reminds me of Gary Larson.
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dirtnapper73 wrote:
So Im looking to combine the 2 and find some good horror/suspense/high tension games.

But I wanna hear your recommendations and experiences with a game that just made you so scared or tense that you had to check behind the shower curtain before you took a leak.

So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time?


Unfortunately, I'm not aware of a game that perfectly fits your needs. I can, however, think of a game that fits some of them exceptionally well.

Space Alert does not have a horror theme, but in terms of atmosphere and tension it's up at the top of my list. If you're looking to create a themed "night" of games and movies etc, I think this would be a great one to work around. The use of the soundtrack really helps bridge that gap between playing a board game and experiencing something.

Beyond that, I'd say Last Night on Earth has replicated the zombie experience the best for me. There's always that feeling as the human players that you're outnumbered and going to die.
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Advanced Squad Leader
The rules, the expansions, the horror stories... it haunts my nightmares.
 
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Bwian wrote:
I think you're going to have to jump to role-playing games to find what you're looking for. And horror role-playing is harder to pull off than the classic fantasy campaign that starts in a tavern. I'm not big into horror, so this is largely theory, but you might look at:
De Profundis- only requires two people, and low time commitment
Puppetland
Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition)- a classic with long history backing it up
Chronicles of Darkness- capable of power gaming, but also capable of horror. Easier to find a group, but might be harder to find a good group.


I'd put Sorcerer at the top of this list - it demands the most out of any RPG but I've walked away from sessions shocked. And I was GMing.
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dirtnapper73 wrote:
So tell me, what game has you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time? What game has you doubting everyone's motives? What game creeps you out to the point your relieved when the game ends? What game terrifies you?

Inkognito is a game that has a lot of growing tension. There isn't a lot of talk. Players are trying to keep secret that they even know who their partner is and that they are close to achieving their goal. This makes the ending very exciting, and when someone says, "We just won!", there is a huge exhale, and then a lot of discussion about what was going on that could not be discussed during the game.

On top of all that, there is the freaky Phantom of Prophesy is enough to scare anybody:

 
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The only time I was ever terrified by a board game was when I for the first time read the "Jonah's Turn" card of Betrayal At House On The Hill.
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Advanced Squad Leader, I tried and failed. Learning it is like trying to climb a cliff with an armful of fruit.

Any live action roleplay scares the hell out of me. Freaks.

I made a conscious effort not to talk about or even look at Pandemic while the swine flu thing was kicking off.

Space Hulk (third edition) can be pretty tense as can Twilight Struggle but I am convinced Monopoly is the work of the Devil (who is an ardent capitalist).

I still have nightmares about the small hexes in John Prados' Third Reich. gulp

The stacks of counters in Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front make me sweat and my hands go all floppy when I try to gently pick up the the top couple of counters...

Some bad memories right there. I am now going to drink some whisky in the shower while my girlfriend scrubs me with a scouring pad.
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I have never played Fatal Frame: The Card Game nor the video game it is based on, but from what I understand, it was quite a scary video game.

It is so hard to create tension in a boardgame, so it is usually made up for in theme. However, someone suggested Space Alert as a game that amps up the tension, and I have to agree - even though it is not horror themed. Hey maybe someone could develop a horror game with similar mechanics to Space Alert.
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