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October 2023 Staff Picks!

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  • By Wes | he/him

Every month BHG staff pick out 1-2 of their favorite games to share! We strive to highlight a diverse range of tabletop games!

What would be your top pick this month?

Josh's Pick
Phantom Ink Cover Artwork
Phantom Ink - Team-Based, Deduction, Communication Limited, Puzzle, Word, Party Game

Renowned Mediums race to figure out a secret object that their teammate--a Spirit--is trying to communicate. Mediums take turns asking their Spirits questions about the secret object. But there's a catch--Spirits work in mysterious ways, and only write the first few letters of each answer on the Spirit Pad. Figure out the answers to the questions, and guess the secret object before the other team to win!

--description from publisher

Kyndra's Pick

Mega Mint Games SATANIMALS

Satanimals - Hand Management, Secret Unit Deployment, Set Collection, Kickstarter, Horror, Humor, Card Game

Build a petting zoo, sacrifice your visitors, and obliterate your rivals!

The goal of Satanimals is to build and maintain the ULTIMATE demonic petting zoo! Draw visitors, zoo keepers, and SATANIMALS from the queue of cards to help you expand your zoo. Visitors may be kept for points or tossed into the sacrificial pit to stop rival petting zoos from progressing. There are 5 different SATANIMALS to collect for your petting zoo in order to attract visitors: Karma the Dog, Ouija the Alpaca, Lucifer the Goat, Envy the Peacock, and of course, Sloth the Sloth! Place your SATANIMALS down in stacks, the more SATANIMALS in a stack, the more points it's worth. But be wary, a zoo doesn't run itself... You will need to hire zoo keepers to protect your animals from any nasty sacrifices conducted by your opponents. How will you build your zoo? Quickly, to catch your opponents off guard, or slowly, to amass a grand amount of points?

—description from the publisher

Jeff's Pick

Ravensburger Horrified: American Monsters

Horrified: American Monsters - Cooperative, Dice Rolling, Pick-up and Deliver, Point to Point Movement, Miniatures, Horror, Strategy Game

Monsters from American folklore terrorize the nation. Can your team stop them? 

Horrified: American Monsters is a standalone game that features gameplay similar to 2019's Horrified, which challenges players to overcome the "Universal Monsters" from classic films.

In this cooperative game, you face off against classic American nightmarish beasts: Bigfoot, Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra, the Banshee of the Badlands, and the Ozark Howler. The more creatures in the game, the harder the challenge, with players needing to use their unique powers to figure out how to defeat each monster.


Soby's Pick

BOOoop. Cover Artwork

BOOoop - Grid Movement, Pattern Building, Square Grid, Animals/Halloween-Themed, Abstract, Family Game

A deceptively cute, deceivingly challenging & SPOOPY abstract strategy game for two players.

Every time you place a kitten on the bed, it goes “boop.” Which is to say that it pushes every other kitten next to it one space away. Line up 3 kittens in a row to graduate them into cats… and then, get 3 cats in a row to win. But that isn’t easy with both you AND your opponent constantly “booping” kittens around. It’s like… herding cats!

And now, things just got boopier and spoopier - with NEW Ghost Cats that float between the spaces. And so scary, cats will leap right over each other to get away!

—description from the publisher

Aidan's Pick

Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game Cover Artwork

Hocus Pocus - Deduction, Horror-Themed, Murder Mystery, Hand Management, Pattern Recognition, Party Game

The Black Flame Candle has been lit.
Now the Sanderson witches you must outwit;
Or with a wretched evil potion,
A foul spell they’ll set in motion.
Stun the witches and ruin the brew
Before the sun can rise anew!

Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game, based on the 1993 movie "Hocus Pocus", players must work together to ruin the Sanderson Witches’ potion three times before the sun rises. Players hold a hand of ingredients of different types and colors and attempt to match all ingredient types or colors in the cauldron.

Wes' Pick

Gloom Cover Artwork

Gloom - Hand Management, Layering, Lose a Turn, Storytelling, Take That, Horror, Humor, Thematic, Card Game

The Sky is gray, the tea is cold, and a new tragedy lies around every corner.

In Gloom your goal is sad, but simple: Make your freakish family suffer the greatest tragedies possible before passing on to the well-deserved respite of death, and tell the tale of their miserable demise. Play cards with horrible mishaps on your own Characters to lower their Self-Worth scores, while cheering your opponents with happy occasions that pile on positive points. Clear transparent cards reveal or cover up the effects of cards below. The totals showing through give your score. May the most miserable soul win!

Sophi's Pick

Asmodee Quacks of Quedlinburg

Quacks of Quedlinburg - Medieval, Deck/Pool Building, Dice Rolling, Catch the Leader, Delayed Purchase, Family Game

Welcome to Quedlinburg, where the best quack doctors gather to brew potions to cure smelly feet, homesickness, and hiccups. You're one of them. Your challenge is to make a special brew that will make you the best miracle doctor in the land.

The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a fun, quick push-your-luck game where you draw from your stock of ingredients, adding them to your cauldron, until your brew seems just right. But be careful: add the wrong ingredient and the potion could spoil. Do you stop early to raise your chance of making a better potion later, or risk a setback to reach for more money and fame now? Finding the right balance between risk and reward is key.

Brendan's Pick

Brotherwise Games Boss Monster: 10th Anniversary Edition

Boss Monster - Hand Management, Take That, Player Elimination, Fantasy, Video Game Themed, Card Game

Boss Monster is the best-selling card game that challenges players to become the ultimate villain by creating the deadliest dungeon! With over a million copies sold, this game’s nostalgic appeal and fast-paced gameplay have made it an evergreen hit. Do you have what it takes to be the baddest Boss in town, or will these puny heroes take your treasures? Find out in this fresh take on a modern classic! 

--description by distributor

Jordan's Pick

Bezier Games One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf - Deduction, Horror, Bluffing, Role Playing, Traitor, Card Game

An app-driven Werewolf that lasts but a single night. Wolves and villagers beware!

No moderator, no elimination, ten-minute games.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a fast game for 3-10 players in which everyone gets a role: One of the dastardly Werewolves, the tricky Troublemaker, the helpful Seer, or one of a dozen different characters, each with a special ability. In the course of a single morning, your village will decide who is a werewolf...because all it takes is lynching one werewolf to win!

Matthew's Pick

Hasbro Betrayal at House on the Hill 3rd Ed

Betrayal at House on the Hill (3rd Edition) - Dice Rolling, Map Addition, Player Elimination, Role Playing, Adventure, Horror, Miniatures, Strategy Game

The House on the Hill still sits abandoned, and fearless group of explorers has been drawn to the house to discover its dark secrets. Immerse yourself in the narrative gameplay as you take on the role of one of those explorers.

The co-operative board game Betrayal at House on the Hill: 3rd Edition includes fifty haunts and dozens of danger-filled rooms that will terrify even the strongest among you. At first you'll work together, but explorer will betray the others and then the haunt begins.

--description from publisher