Betrayal at House on the Hill (Wizards of the Coast) was a board game that originally came out in 2010. But it wasn’t until a little show called “TableTop,” hosted by Wil Wheaton, which featured the game caused it and other existing editions to sell out everywhere and rise on the secondary market. That was in 2014. Now 2016, and things have finally calmed down. At least it will be until the release of the beloved game’s first expansion coming this October.
Titled, “Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk,” the expansion will require you to own the original game in order to play. But if you’re one of the many who already does, then you’re all set. Widow’s Walk introduces many new elements to the game. At PAX East this past weekend, Boston Games Examiner was on hand for a press only demo of the game and see first hand what was in store for players and how it interacted with veterans alike.
First of all, the game introduces a new floor – the roof. While there isn’t much special happening on the roof, it’s refreshing to know that your character will be heading in a new direction. Interestingly enough, the interaction between the base game and expansion doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to a new floor. Players will have the choice of using “roof” tiles as well as “upper” floor tiles to connect to roof tiles. All together there will be 20 new room tiles. One of these new rooms will be a room that many surely missed out on in the base game – the Bathroom.
Players can also expect 30 new cards which include 11 new items, 11 new events, and 8 new omens. There will also be 78 new tokens to make your playing experience a little bit easier.
Finally, there will be 50 brand new haunts. And these aren’t just your regular haunts. These haunts have been penned by an “all-star cast of contributors” who are also huge fans of the game. Some of these contributors include:
- Max Temkin and Eli Halpern, co-creators of Cards Against
- Pendleton Ward, Emmy Award-winning cartoonist
- Mikey Neumann, chief creative champion for Borderlands
- Jerry Holkins, co-creator of the Penny Arcade webcomic
- Angela Webber, one half of the nerd pop duo The Doubleclicks
- Justin Gary, co-designer of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
During the press press demo, the haunt written by Justin Gary was triggered. Although, thanks to the randomness of the game, the demo team did have all of the other haunts available, but unless triggered, no one else got to see what they were. Trying not to give away too many spoilers, Justin Gary’s haunt included a killer clown and some exploding gags.
Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk is scheduled for release on October 14. For more information about the game as well as the full list of contributors, then click here.