Betrayal Legacy

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Betrayal Legacy
Betrayal Legacy

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Wizards of the Coast

Betrayal Legacy takes the concept of the original betrayal game, exploring a haunted mansion, and adds permanent changes and a multi-game story arc that define the Legacy concept. At Pax Unplugged it was announced that the new game will feature a prologue and a thirteen-chapter story that will take place over multiple decades. Players will represent members of a specific family, with some characters aging within the story arc and possible family descendants making appearances.

Betrayal Legacy is a semi-cooperative campaign board game that tells an overarching story of the House on the Hill incorporating the actions and choices of the players. Over the course of the campaign, the game is permanently altered until players are left with a fully customizable, re-playable board game version of the critically-acclaimed Betrayal at House on the Hill. Betrayal Legacy is a stand-alone experience designed in partnership with Avalon Hill and award-winning legacy designer, Rob Daviau. Fans of the original Betrayal at House on the Hill will enjoy this fresh take on the classic game, however, no previous experience is necessary to play. Even players new to the brand can jump in, explore, and affect the spooky history of the legendary House on the Hill.

Betrayal Legacy marries the concept of Betrayal at House on the Hill — exploring a haunted mansion — with the permanency and multi-game storytelling exhibited by Daviau's Risk Legacy and other legacy games that followed. Betrayal Legacy consists of a prologue and a thirteen-chapter story that takes place over decades. Players represent families, with specific members of a family participating in one story, then perhaps an older version of those characters (assuming they lived) or their descendants showing up in later stories.

Why would people keep exploring a haunted mansion for decade after decade, especially when horrible things happen there? Curiosity, I suppose, or perhaps an ignorant boldness that comes from the belief that we know better than those who have come before. Look at all that we've learned, marvel at the tools we have at hand! Surely we'll all exit safely this time...

As with other Betrayal titles, the game is narratively-driven, with elements that record the history of your specific games. The tools mentioned earlier, for example, become attached to specific families. This isn't just a bucket; it's my bucket, the one my grandpappy used to feed his family's pigs when he was a boy, and while you can certainly use that bucket, I know how to wield it best from the time he spent teaching me how to slop. Yes, it's an heirloom bucket, and when kept in the family, I get a bonus for using it.

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Shellhead's Avatar
Shellhead replied the topic: #271721 25 Apr 2018 23:54
This actually sounds a lot better than playing 13 more games of regular Betrayal at House on the Hill over the next 6 years or so.
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Matt Thrower replied the topic: #271806 26 Apr 2018 04:19
Really don't know what to make of this. Suspect it's either going to be absolutely brilliant or terrible.
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southernman replied the topic: #271875 26 Apr 2018 08:28
I hate that all these Legacy games came out as my AT-orientated gaming group drastically dropped in numbers and most other gamers in my town (that I've found) are predominantly euro gamers - well enough that I would not be able to even get a legacy game going for more than a few plays. I still have Risk Legacy bought 4-5 years ago and (optimistically) got Seafall on sale this year but the most people I am ever going to semi-regularly get to play them is three and I'm not going to waste it on that, I'll probably keep 'em for a few more years in hope then sell on to someone who can play them ... and after saying all that it is probably short odds that I buy this if it hits the UK at a decent price, and I'd like to temper what Matt said with I hope after a few goes at this Rob will have this Gen-3 version humming.
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iguanaDitty replied the topic: #271881 26 Apr 2018 09:21
I cannot wait.
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Egg Shen replied the topic: #271943 26 Apr 2018 14:48

MattDP wrote: Really don't know what to make of this. Suspect it's either going to be absolutely brilliant or terrible.

If it's anything like the current Betrayal games, half of it will be brilliant while half of it is terrible.