BETRAYAL AT BALDUR'S GATE
Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill took advantage of the two day live-streaming “Stream of Annihilation” event to introduce a mash-up of fan favorite horror board game Betrayal at House on the Hill and Dungeons & Dragons. The new game, called Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, will release on October 6.
Created by Mike Mearls (Wizards of the Coast’s Senior Manager of D&D Design and Development, who also contributed to the Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game), Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate combines the proven mechanics of Betrayal at House on the Hill with the themes, monsters, and magic of Dungeons & Dragons. Like its predecessor, the game begins with a party of adventurers working together to investigate a mystery in the iconic Forgotten Realms city of Baldur’s Gate. During the course of the adventure, one of the “heroes” may betray the rest of the party, turning against them to further the game’s storyline.
Each player assumes the role of a character that has the skills of one of the standard D&D classes, such as rogue or wizard. They explore the buildings, streets, and catacombs of the city using modular tiles while fighting monsters and gathering treasures. Eventually, the game’s storyline or “haunt” will be revealed, prompting the players to read sections of the game’s two adventure books and setting up the victory conditions for both the heroes and the betrayer. The game includes 50 different haunts to maximize replayability.
Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is designed for 1 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 1 hour. The game includes 2 Haunt books (Traitor's Tome and Secrets of Survival), 42 tiles (13 building tiles, 14 street tiles, 15 catacomb tiles)1 Elfsong Tavern/Inner Chamber/Kitchen start tile, 1 Catacomb Landing/Kitchen Basement start tile, 6 pre-painted plastic adventurer figures, 6 two-sided character cards, 30 plastic clips, 8 dice, 1 Turn/Damage track, 80 cards (event, item, omens),149 tokens and a rulebook.