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Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk Expansion (Avon Hill)
Age – 12+
Time – 60
Players – 3 – 6

The house on the hill has a wicked reputation. Those who dare to darken its door often leave steeped in madness and despair — if they leave at all.

Now the horror reaches new heights with Widow’s Walk, the first-ever expansion for the critically acclaimed board game Betrayal at House on the Hill. The house is expanded with the addition of twenty new rooms, including the roof, a previously unexplored floor. Also in its halls you will find new monsters, items, omens, events, and fifty brand-new haunts, penned by lead developer Mike Selinker’s all-star cast of contributors from the world of gaming and entertainment. In Widow’s Walk, terror and panic are taken to a whole new level.

Enter if you dare. Exit if you can…

Components
2 haunt books (Traitor’s Tome and Secrets of Survival)
20 room tiles
8 omen cards
11 item cards
11 event cards
76 tokens:
4 large circular monster tokens
36 small circular explorer tokens
36 square event and room tokens
1 rulebook

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TMNT Shadows of the Past (IDW)
Age – 12+
Time – 60 – 90
Players – 2 -5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the IDW TMNT comic. Taking the role of their favorite Turtle or the ultimate villain Shredder, players battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions in which they develop their characters’ strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex appear throughout the missions as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.

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Pandemic Reign of Cthulhu (Z-Man Games)
Age – 14+
Time – 40 min
Players – 2 -4

Beings of ancient evil, known as Old Ones, are threatening to break out of their cosmic prison and awake into the world. Everything you know and love could be destroyed by chaos and madness. Can you and your fellow investigators manage to find and seal every portal in time? Hurry before you lose yourself to insanity.

In Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, you’ll experience the classic Pandemic gameplay with an horrific twist that’ll have you face ten Old Ones, each threatening the world with their unique powers. As players take on the roles of investigators attempting to seal a series of portals before monsters of unspeakable horror pour into our world there is, of course, a high risk of the investigators losing their own minds.

Instead of curing diseases like in the original Pandemic, players seal portals and shut down cults in the classic New England fictional towns of Arkham, Dunwich, Innsmouth, and Kingsport. Can you and your fellow investigators manage to find and seal every portal in time? Hurry before you lose yourself to insanity and the evil that lurks beneath your feet…

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Components
1 Game board
7 Investigator figures
26 Cultist figures
3 Shoggoth figures
4 Seal tokens
44 Clue cards
12 Relic cards
24 Summoning cards
7 Investigator cards
4 Player Aid cards
12 Old One cards
16 Sanity tokens
1 Sanity die
Rulebook

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Skyliners (Z-Man Games)

Age – 8+
Time – 30 – 40 min
Players – 2 – 4

In Skyliners, players collectively build buildings and skyscrapers in a shared building plot, with each player trying to satisfy bets they’ve made as to which buildings they’ll be able to see in the five rows of buildings on their side of the playing area.

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Chris Duffield
Chris has been working in the comic and gaming industry for more than ten years and is an owner of Heroes' Beacon. He enjoys reading comics, playing board games, painting and playing miniature war games.