Unpacking board games on Halloween, in addition to watching horror films or playing video games, is probably the best method to bring horror into your home. In addition to some Lovecraft classics, there are now top-class miniature titles that at least playfully cause sheer panic among friends of analogue entertainment. We have collected some board game tips that you can safely bring to the table on Halloween night.


Every year fans gather on the day of the horror festival who appreciate the well-groomed horror at the board game table. It goes without saying that Kingdomino, Machi Koro or Cities: Skylines are not being taken off the shelf, but titles that are supposed to teach fear. Although there are now many board games that are loosely assigned to the genre of horror board games, the really creepy mood only arises with at least the works. 

Eldritch horror

The great old are awakening over all of the world. So perfect conditions for an extended board game on Halloween. Eldritch Horror has many years under its belt, but is still one of the particularly atmospheric horror board games today. Players work together as a team of investigators to stop the invasion of the Lovecraft creatures. It's about fulfilling tasks and thus gradually facing the end of the world. However, given the harshness of the game, that's easier said than done: Cards can erase terrible events that pose enormous challenges for players.

A round of Eldritch Horror is always possible - especially on Halloween. Image rights: Asmodee / FFG

A round of Eldritch Horror is always possible - especially on Halloween. Image rights: Asmodee / FFG

The flair and story of Eldritch Horror make this board game an ideal title for the scary evening. However, you should bring some meat with you, because the playing time of the title for one to eight players, ages 14+, is several hours. who Eldritch horror* pulls it off the shelf in the horror month of October, can easily fill entire evenings with it. 

Mansions of madness

The horror board game also takes up the Lovecraft theme Mansions of madness*, which in the newer second edition relies on a game experience with app support. The devil is, of course, in the details: Mansions of Madness is clearly focused on fighting and overall offers a much more crisp challenge.

Here, too, players slip into the roles of investigators, but the gameplay is more similar to board games that work with a dungeon master mechanism. This is exactly what the app does: Instead of a player, the technology takes over this task without further ado. The horror of mansions of madness mainly arises when it comes to fighting against overwhelming bosses. 

Cthulhu: Death May Die

Cthulhu: Death May Die is the dungeon crawler variant with a Lovecraft theme, but without too much reference to myths. Image rights: Asmodee

Cthulhu: Death May Die is the dungeon crawler variant with a Lovecraft theme, but without too much reference to myths. Image rights: Asmodee

The extra portion of Cthulhu comes with the board game Cthulhu: Death May* The one brought to market by Asmodee in a localized version. The title is aimed at a manageable round with one to five players and shortens the playing time to about two hours.

The real highlight of this board game is that the creators break out of the previously known concepts and bring a breath of fresh air to the outdated Lovecraft genre. In this dungeon crawler, the players slip into the roles of investigators again and have to stop the old men again, but this time the scenarios are mainly about fulfilling narrowly defined tasks that follow the pattern F: Into the dungeon, ritual stop, look forward.

The creepy atmosphere is mainly created by the cool miniatures. The equipment of Cthulhu: Death May Die is impressive. Although the Cthulhu myth is sometimes a little short themed, the title is still a convincing horror board game for Halloween.

Nemesis

With Nemesis* again throws Asmodee a horror board game into the pot, but this time a semi-cooperative one. There are also miniatures here, but no Lovecraft figurines, but tough aliens. And what could be scarier than a hungry crowd of aliens who are just one of the threats in this one. The other players, who can become opponents because they pursue their own game goals, act much nastier. 

Nemesis: Good especially because of the impressive miniatures. Image rights: Asmodee

Nemesis: Good especially because of the impressive miniatures. Image rights: Asmodee

The widely acclaimed board game is extremely atmospheric and that's why it's a horror tip. The title particularly shines on the table because of its features. Big aliens, small player characters - you can't panic any more. One to five players are entertained for a little over an hour and a half.

Nyctophobia

To get back to the central question: what could be scarier than a hungry alien crowd chasing gamblers? Exactly, a hungry ax killer on the heels of the players. This is exactly the premise in the board game Nyctophobia, again from Asmodee. The basic idea sounds boring: players run away from a murderer. 

Flying blind: Nyctophobia offers a "special" gaming experience. Image rights: Asmodee

Flying blind: Nyctophobia offers a “special” gaming experience. Image rights: Asmodee

Tension arises because Nyctophobia is a board game that you play blindly, or in the dark, or blind in the dark - preferably even blind in the dark on Halloween. Blind actually means blind: players put on glasses that obscure their view, only one is allowed to look, but that's the ax murderer. The game is a haptic experience and requires communication. Players take turns taking actions, moving across a game board, the limits of which must be felt.

You then pass on all the important information to your teammates. The goal: to escape certain death - that is, the ax murderer. Nyctophobia* is strange and therefore plays very differently from other board games. You have to like that, but if you can get involved, there is hardly a board game for Halloween with more panic moments. However, it should be at least four people, then the mood is really good. Three run away, one chases. 

Zombicide: Black Plague

People versus zombies, that's always a topic. And especially on Halloween. The cooperative gaming experience turns the title into analog zombie horror for the theme evening. Again and again new seasons for Zombicide have been released, Black Plague is probably one of the best.

Visually, Zombicide: Black Plague doesn't look that much, but the playful board game is ideal for the horror evening. Image rights: CMON

Visually, Zombicide: Black Plague doesn't look that much, but the playful board game is ideal for the horror evening. Image rights: CMON

Basically, you could also bring one of the other stand-alone couplings to the table on Halloween or just pass the time with the basic game. However, if you are about to purchase a new one - and are not afraid of the investment - you will notice Zombie: Black Plague* the medieval version of this classic theme in the horror genre. 

Zombicide doesn't necessarily impress with subtle horror, but relies on the bloody club. Attacking the zombie hordes with ancient weapons is fun. The whole thing is supported by various, thoroughly profound missions as well as the character design.  


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Last updated on 30.11.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX / Affiliate Links / Images from the Amazon Product Advertising API. * = Affiliate links. Images from Amazon PA API