New Tabletop: Betrayal at House on the Hill

This week, Ashly Burch, Keahu Kahuanui and Michael Swaim join me to play one of my very favorite RPG-in-a-box games: Betrayal at House on the Hill.

I’m a huge fan of Ashly’s work in Borderlands 2, and after I met her at Valve last year, I became a huge fan of her as a human. She’s really awesome and a hell of a lot of fun to play with. If you like things that don’t suck, check out Hey Ash, Watcha Playin’?

Keahu and I have a ton of friends in common, but we’d never met until just before we shot this episode. Since then, we’ve become very good friends, and I even get to be a Bad Idea Bear for him from time to time when giant pizza is involved. Thank you, Tabletop Gaming, for helping me make a new friend. Oh, and Keahu is on some TV show about wolf hunters or something like that. I think it’s animated.

Michael Swaim knows Felicia, and is a lifelong tabletop gamer, just like me. He also writes for Felicia suggested that I invite him to the show, because he’s hilarious and fun to be around, and she was pretty sure we’d like each other. I hate to admit it, but Felicia was right.

This was so much fun to play, and so much incredibly awesome stuff happened, we ended up cutting it into a two-part episode (but fear not! Part two comes out next week, because we love you and don’t want to make you wait two whole weeks for the second part. Did I mention that it was awesome? It’s awesome.)

When I get home from Texas, we’re shooting a Very Special Episode of Not The Flog, where I’m going to share some of my favorite horror-themed tabletop games. I have a pretty big list in my head, but I’m sure there’s something awesome that I’m forgetting, so if you wanted to maybe get onto Not The Flog, tell me the title of the game you love, why you love it, and what your favorite Halloween candy is. I’ll pick some and put them into the show, which is coming out sooooooon.



Anyway, turn down your lights (where applicable) and enjoy the show!

10 thoughts on “New Tabletop: Betrayal at House on the Hill”

  1. I am way too excited for this Tabletop! I may have screamed “OMG DO BETRAYAL” at Wil any time I left a comment here or saw him in a thread on Reddit over the past year (Sorry wil!). But for reals, this is one of my all-time favorite games. I make a point of grabbing random people at PAX East every year and teaching them this game, and it _always_ makes for a new and awesome experience.

    Great idea putting it in mid-October too Wil.

    1. Wil,

      Rob Daviau aka @robdaviaugamer was a co-desinger on the original printing.

      All of the flavor text and about 60% of the game is all his “magic”

      How about a mention of this on part 2 of the game.

  2. Any way you could give TableTop its own Youtube channel, or at least make a playlist to make it easier to filter out of all the Geek & Sundry stuff?

  3. Hey Will, any chance you could tell us how you made the player cards and clips or where you got them from? It is the question that is on the minds of everyone at Boardgamegeek right now!

    1. They were custom made for us by our art department, using (I think) a 3D printer and art files from the publisher. Aren’t they great? I’m super proud of the work our art department does, and so grateful they continue to work with us to make the show.

      1. Been trawling the net looking for something like this, just got the game thanks to the show and the clips are a total let down, rest of the game is amazing.

        Keep em coming!


  4. Just out of curiosity, while in Texas, did you get a chance to try Tephra? If you did, what did you think of it? I know it isn’t completely Tabletop Friendly, but I’d bet you could make an episode of it, especially if you had one of the Broken Monocle Guys run a session for you and guests.

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