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The League of Gamemakers invites you to play a little game over the next couple days. In the spirit of Halloween, the tradition of trick or treat and the mission of spreading more tabletop:

Trick or Treat Tabletop from the League of Gamemakers!

you can WIN a game!

It MAY be a good game. It MAY have a good BGG rating. It MAY be a game that has been opened and played. It MAY be horror themed. Who knows! It’s trick or treat time! And thanks to the influence that is Kickstarter, we’ll have stretch goals on the prize pool, depending on how many people ring our bell. (see below).


It’s easy – A few ways to enter on rafflecopter! TWITTER, FACEBOOK and BLOG COMMENTS/TOPICS:

Comment on our trick-or-treat post with one of three options: a mechanism you find wonderfully evil, a design idea you have for a haunted or dark game, or name one of your favorite horror or monster themed tabletop games!


The prize has ended with these results:

Trick or Treat Contest Progress

Each player earned multiple entries per day!

Every day with 200 or more entries will unleash 1 more spooky prize for another unlucky? winner!
Every 13 entries adds $1 to the prize pool. Be sure to share this for monstrous prize growth!

We’ll cap the total prize value possible at $666. Theme wins over mechanics, but that’s still a lot of victory points possible! Thanks for playing, and thanks for reading all about games and the people who make them at The League of Gamemakers!

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  1. GadgetDon on October 23, 2015

    Looks like a fun contest! Here’s hoping for some luck!

  2. Peter Vaughan on October 23, 2015

    As for favorite horror themed games – I think this may be Betrayal: House on the Hill for me. I had a game night the other day and we brought out Nevermore, Ghooost and Dead of Winter. All good choices as well. But a dinner party with creepy music and a haunted house discovered as we go and someone turns evil and tries to kill us all??? That’s the perfect spooky game night!

  3. Eden Hansen on October 23, 2015

    Sweet Halloween contest! Thanks!

    • Peter Vaughan on October 27, 2015

      You are most welcome! What game would you love to get in the prize pool? Doesn’t have to be horror related

  4. Eden Hansen on October 23, 2015

    I actually only have 1 Horror game: Arkham Horror. I love that game! Cthulhu doesn’t mess around! Hes out for blood and destruction!

    • Peter Vaughan on October 29, 2015

      Arkham Horror is a great afternoon of gaming for sure. Sometimes, it drives me mad (see what I did there?) because the balance is off – good intentions then the whole game goes nowhere. But I love the player agency and choices overall.

  5. Jason Lees on October 23, 2015

    One of my first game ideas was for a Lords of Waterdeep clone, but the theme was an evil circus that was trying to “recruit” children from their families while they visited.

    • Craig Corlis on October 27, 2015

      So.. Something Wicked This Way Comes? Great movie.

  6. Susan on October 23, 2015

    Trick or Treat!

  7. Michael Boone on October 23, 2015

    My favorite horror themed board game would have to be Mansions of Madness.

    • Peter Vaughan on October 27, 2015

      I love Mansions of Madness. Maybe that was because I was always the DM. But some of my fondest memories of gaming came from the cemetery map which I set on fire. πŸ™‚

  8. Maggie Saavedra on October 23, 2015

    I think Betrayal: House on the Hill for me

  9. Eric Francis on October 23, 2015

    My idea is for a quick party game called Thing With Sharp Teeth. In classic horror movie tradition, something is chasing all of you. Players are represented by numbered tokens that start face-down in a random-order line on the table, with the Thing’s token is at one end of that line.

    Everyone has a Nice Card and a Mean Card; Nice Cards move a token away from the Thing, Mean Cards move them toward it. The game has just two rounds. In the first you pick a token, turn it over, play one of your cards and move that token. In the second, you pick a token and play your other card. The goal is not to be last in line after all cards are played and the Thng is revealed and eats one (or more!) of the people closest to it.

    Of course, in classic horror movie tradition, the Thing might turn out to have been in front of you the whole time, and it eats the first person. So maybe it’s safest to be in the middle….

  10. Eric Francis on October 23, 2015

    (Obviously, repeat until just one player is left.)

  11. blaine malcolm on October 24, 2015

    I just played dead of winter last night and also have played betrayal at house on haunted hill and loved both.

  12. Matt on October 24, 2015

    Thanks for the contest! Happy (spooky) Halloween everyone!

  13. Mark Ion on October 24, 2015

    Great idea for a contest!

  14. Frank on October 24, 2015

    a mechanism you find wonderfully evil,

    a funhouse mirror in a women clothing store changing room

  15. Maggie B on October 24, 2015

    Oh! Thanks for the chance!

  16. Maggie B on October 24, 2015

    I think Eldritch Horror would be my favorite.

    Thanks for the chance!

    • Peter Vaughan on October 27, 2015

      Thanks Maggie B! I generally play Arkham Horror but I dig Eldritch Horror too – especially on a phone. Kills a lot of time! πŸ˜‰

  17. Chris M on October 24, 2015

    Nice. Thanks!

  18. John on October 24, 2015

    Betrayal House on the Hill has that perfect spooky element of the unknown of who’s going to turn on you

  19. Michael Kentris on October 24, 2015

    As far as evil mechanics I think the traitor mechanic is the worst, and that Dead of Winter uses it to ratchet up some of that post-apocalyptic survivor suspicion.

    • Peter Vaughan on October 29, 2015

      Dead of Winter excels at this to be sure. I like to play it with chance of traitor high – mix in 1 betrayer card to just 1 card per player of the good ones. πŸ™‚

  20. mattadlard on October 24, 2015

    betrayal at house on the hill a very cool game, lots of choices and a lot of fun.

  21. Afterword on October 24, 2015

    Mechanics in deckbuilding games that destroy or steal cards from your own deck.

  22. Kelly on October 24, 2015

    Favorite horror themed game is Zombie Dice or Elder sign. Neither are too scary, but just enough to get into the halloween mood!

  23. Dave Racette on October 24, 2015

    Thanks for the contest!

  24. Eric Shearer on October 24, 2015

    Midnight Party! It isn’t my favorite, but Betrayal is going to be on here a lot already. ( Boo )

  25. James on October 24, 2015

    Betrayal at house on the hill would be my favorite!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Bryancb on October 24, 2015

    I think a game themed after Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” could be quite excellent. Not sure what the best mechanics would be.

  27. Sam Potasznik on October 24, 2015

    Blind bidding can be very devilish. Bidding high and losing out by one dollar… that’s evil.

    • Peter Vaughan on October 27, 2015

      Ha! Thanks Sam – yep, I’ve had some games come down to the dollar. That is a fun way to think of an evil mechanism, especially if it’s ‘lose the money win or lose’. too evil…

  28. Eric @ Devious Devices on October 25, 2015

    Dead of Winter is definitely my favorite (survival) horror game. Being tired of typically themed zombie games, it adds extra dimensions (and an evil-scary mechanic) by adding in secret objecting with the possibility of betrayal. Sign me up for another play!

  29. Timo Burnham on October 25, 2015

    A design idea I have for a horror game is a coop game where each player is controling a unique character with specially abilities/atributes but each character also has a hidden weakness which isnt reaviled until something bad happens which triggers it and reveals it to the other players.

  30. Oscar Gonzalez on October 25, 2015

    Woooooow, who comes with these ideas? I really like Mansion of Madness and Betrayal at the house on the hill

  31. Cory Krajnovich on October 26, 2015

    Betrayal at the House on the Hill has been my favorite horror story-telling game to play this time of year (or any for that matter) Thanks for the awesome contest!

  32. Mike Perna on October 26, 2015

    Dread is a tabletop horror game of choice. All the elements of a great ghost story with the tension of puling pieces on a Jenga tower. Genius.

  33. Mike Thomas on October 26, 2015

    Two of my favorite “evil” mechanics are the Outbreaks in Pandemic and the Traitor from Betrayal at House on the Hill. The Outbreaks can quickly turn your your winning strategy into a desperate fight for survival, especially if they chain. The Traitor allows you to turn on your fellow players, and suddenly turns a co-op game into a vs. game. It also keeps the players from beefing up one player early on, for fear that they will suddenly become the enemy.

  34. Chris on October 26, 2015

    Love the contest but my mechanic is when over time in deck building your deck starts to fill with wounds limiting your ability to take actions & forcing one to deal with wounds.

  35. Alexandra on October 26, 2015

    I’ve only played Betrayal House on the Hill once but it was so fun!

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  37. Cornelius Damey on October 26, 2015

    My favorite horror themed game is Betrayal at House on the Hill! A close second is Elder Sign.

  38. Andy Matthews on October 26, 2015

    Sounds like a fun contest. I asked for them to talk about dice placement as a mechanism!

  39. Blane Mather on October 26, 2015

    My favorite horror themed game is Atmosfear: The Harbingers. Ever since they got the Gatekeeper on a DVD so you could never predict when he was going to pop up, the game creeps me out just as much every time!


  40. Eddie on October 26, 2015

    For horror game I like Betrayal, but the haunt can be unbalanced. The horror type game that I like quite a bit, but have yet to beat, is Ghost Stories. Nothing like pretending to be a kung-fu monks and trying to cleanse a town of evil.

    • Peter Vaughan on October 27, 2015

      Thanks for mentioning Ghost Stories! Out of all the games mentioned here – this is one I have not yet played. But I’m thinking it’s time to correct that!

  41. Megan on October 26, 2015

    Happy Halloween!

  42. Adam Blinkinsop on October 26, 2015

    A mechanism you find wonderfully evil: Civilization (Avalon Hill’s old game) had a semi-blind trading mechanism where you could pass your “partner” disasters along with the goods they were expecting. Traitorous!

    A design idea you have for a haunted or dark game: War over the resources of a frontier planet. Units are double-sided cardboard tokens, with one side for attack and the other for defense. In combat, you pick up all the tokens in the region and toss them — for each attack not countered by an opponent’s defense, kill one of their units. The trick is that dead soldiers could rise again to join battle: each killed unit is replaced with a corpse token. These are also thrown in battle, attack last, and are controlled by the person with the fewest remaining units in the region.

    Name one of your favorite horror or monster themed tabletop games: Dread (Epidiah Ravachol), for sure. It’s a role-playing game that uses a Jenga tower to emphasize the feeling of inevitable demise, and does an amazing job of it.

  43. Zolgar on October 26, 2015

    Zolgar demands tribute of board games! In the interest of fairness though he shall play by your puny mortal rules!

    Zolgar’s favorite horror themed board game is Shadows of Brimstone, a weird-west horror RPG.

  44. Caoc Ocampo on October 26, 2015

    A game where a group of people wake up in a laboratory room without any idea of where they are or how they got there. The goal of the game is to escape the laboratory, but as the group travels all the levels they find that one of the members is infected with a deathly virus that can cause an epidemic. The group doesn’t know what member is infected. As the game progresses they find clues and before exit of the lab, them must choose kill the infected or escape as a group. If they choose wrong, only the infected member wins the game and the epidemic erupts.

  45. George Jaros on October 27, 2015

    I’ve been working on a haunted house exploration game called Polter-Heist!

  46. Brian R on October 27, 2015

    My favorite horror game: Betrayal: House on the Hill. Just plain creepy, but I can’t get enough of it!

  47. Craig Corlis on October 27, 2015

    Betrayal at House on the Hill is still one of my favorite horror games, but Dead of Winter is giving it a run for its money this year!

  48. AWilson on October 27, 2015

    demonic possession game idea: 2 player card game where one player is the demon and the other plays the exorcist. You’re battling for the soul of a little girl…

  49. Nuno Santos on October 27, 2015

    About the mechanic, I will go with the DONT card in Exploding Kittens. The face on someones face when that DONT card just wins the game, specially if played one after the other. Really like the traitor/betrayal mechanic in Dead of Winter, makes the game so tense…

  50. Louise Willis on October 28, 2015

    Dead of Winter would be my favorite Monster themed game, and I do consider zombies to be monsters πŸ™‚

  51. Jon D on October 28, 2015

    For an introverted player like me, social deduction mechanics where you’re forced to lie about your role is the worst, most evil possible mechanic. Never have I been more uncomfortable playing boardgames. Why would you want that, why?!?

  52. Boardgamelinks on October 28, 2015

    Awesome contest!!

  53. MamaGames on October 28, 2015

    I’m a mom to two kids, 8 and 13, so some of my favorite Halloween/horror-themed games are aimed at kids. I’ve always had a soft spot for the physical action in 13 Dead End Drive…

  54. Brett on October 29, 2015

    Thanks for this fun contest. πŸ™‚
    Nor really horror, but appropriate for this time of year, my 8.5 yr old daughter and I have been getting into the holiday board gaming spirit by playing our PnP copy of Ghosts Love Candy. I hope someone else picks up this game b/c it is a lot of fun.

  55. Sarah on October 29, 2015

    I’m not big on the horror genre as I’m easily scared, but King of Tokyo is a big hit with family and friends as who doesn’t love to be big movie monsters?

  56. Ann on October 29, 2015

    Hoping for a win! I own Betrayal at House on the Hill and am looking at the expansion for King of Tokyo.

  57. Captain Slinky on October 29, 2015

    Yaaaaay contest! My favorite, most evil game mechanic is the good old :Let somebobody draw three cards, then they have to discard two of them” Nothing worse than having been given three game-changing cards and having to choose *one*! EEEEEVIL!!!

  58. Gary Boyd on October 29, 2015

    The most deliciously evil game mechanic ever is the Event mechanic in the COIN system. It brings hand management to a whole new level.

  59. Dan Kluge on October 29, 2015

    Betrayal at the House on the Hill would be my favorite horror themed board game.

  60. Dominic on October 29, 2015

    My favorite horror themed game is of course Arkham Horror.

  61. Michael Vannoy on October 29, 2015

    Betrayal for me. Love the narrative that changes every game

  62. Bella on October 29, 2015

    We like playing Eldritch Horror — not a usual type of game for us as we like Euros but the story is just so much fun to go through!

  63. Brad R on October 29, 2015

    I appreciate anything Cthulu for the Halloween season. Have Elder Signs and Eldritch at the ready for this weekend!

  64. Tanya on October 29, 2015

    Great idea good luck to all

  65. Tyler on October 29, 2015

    Horror themed games that I love would be Betrayal on House on Haunted Hill.

    In terms of RPGs, Vampire: The Requiem 2E has been a great read and I highly recommend it.

  66. Dane Trimble on October 29, 2015

    Thanks for the giveaway guys. Love what you do here!

  67. Scott on October 29, 2015

    Great contest! Love to get a free game!

  68. Hollie on October 29, 2015

    Betrayal at house on Haunted Hill would be my first, it’s my favorite, and followed by Eldritch Horror.

  69. Stephen on October 29, 2015

    Awesome contest!

  70. Mikel on October 29, 2015

    We just got DEAD OF WINTER and are playing it a lot, but I still think my fave horror game is Betrayal at House on the Hill.

  71. Ryan on October 29, 2015

    Most evil element has to be the potential for a secret traitor. Its done well in Battlestar Galactica, but personally I think its even better in Dead of Winter for one evvviiiiil reason. In DoW, there might NOT be a traitor- so it has all of the tension but none of the certainty. Nothing like exiling an innocent man to the zombies afterall.

  72. Frank on October 29, 2015

    My favorite Horror themed games have to be betrayal at house on the hill, Dead of winter and Eldritch Horror.

  73. Phil on October 29, 2015

    Hope it’s Eldritch Horror

  74. Scott on October 29, 2015

    Most evil element has to be the potential for a traitor. When there is definitely a traitor, it’s just a deduction game, but when there’s the POSSIBILITY of a traitor, it makes things so much more complicated / difficult / maddening / EVIL.

  75. Michael T on October 29, 2015

    hoping its either Dead of Winter or Eldritch Horror. Thanks for the opportunity!

  76. Sy Silva on October 29, 2015

    Arkham Horror for me πŸ™‚

  77. Montgomery on October 29, 2015

    Trick or treat!!

    And yeah, Betrayal at the House on the Hill is my best horror themed game.

  78. Nil on October 30, 2015

    As a decent human being with absolutely no evil intent while walking this Earth, gaming with Evil Intent seems like a good way to experience that sort of existence without, uhm, messing with my karma too much!

  79. CJ on October 30, 2015

    I absolutely love Betrayal at house on the Hill. It was my first non-commercial tabletop game and it really opened my eyes to what board games can be.

  80. Brandon Kempf on October 30, 2015

    I’m not sure about a good horror themed game, we normally stay away from them since a lot of my gaming is with younger children, but we do love Dead of Winter and I’ve always had an inkling to try Betrayal at House on the Hill.

  81. Rick Young on October 30, 2015

    Amoeba Wars was,a creepy game but fun!

  82. Christina on October 30, 2015

    My favorite horror themed boardgame currently is Dead of Winter. We recently acquired a 2nd edition copy of Fury of Dracula and we’re looking forward to trying it out.

  83. ruesifus on October 30, 2015

    Our play group has really been enjoying Dead of Winter as a horror themed board game, but I want to play Fearsome Floors.

  84. Carl Frodge on October 31, 2015

    I find the traitor mechanic in cooperative games to be wonderfully evil. Co-op games should be everyone working together, but that possibility of a traitor means you can’t really trust everyone to help you all the time. It breaks up the co-op feel and it’s just wonderful.

  85. andy myers on October 31, 2015

    Thank you so much for this great contest. Betrayal at the house on the hill is definitely a go to this time of year.

  86. Olivia Dunlap on October 31, 2015

    The only horror game I have really played is Dead of Winter; where chances of survival are dismal.

    I’ve also designed a small card game called Oubliette: Lurid Ascent for two players that has one player as a human trying to escape a dungeon, and the other as the monster trying to drive them to insanity.

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  88. Jon on October 31, 2015

    Eldritch Horror for me. With some good background music and the right people playing it can be a great and unsettling experience.

  89. Sean Geraghty on October 31, 2015

    The best Horror genre game is Eldritch Horror. The best game for Halloween is Betrayal at House on the Hill.

  90. Matthew Bivens on October 31, 2015

    What The Food?! Zombie Rules!

  91. Anthony Baldassar on October 31, 2015

    Has always been my Favorite game

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