A love to play Betrayal at House on the Hill, it's my favourite game at the moment and I'm sure it'll stay that way for a long time. Some of my friends have complained that it gets long-winded and complicated (though I don't see that).

How can I make this game less confusing, given that we still have unknown haunts to play through?

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    What's their main problem? Confusing regular rules? Confusing regular-rules-as-changed-for-the-haunt? Confusing haunt-specific rules? All of the above with a side order of fries? Oct 30, 2012 at 18:18
  • @PaulMarshall the fact that those options exist, I think... Oct 30, 2012 at 18:46

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I'm assuming that your biggest problem is the haunt rules, if you've already played the games several times.

The easiest way to make the haunts (and their special rules) simpler is to discuss the special haunt rules with other people - preferably people who know the rules well. The Heroes, of course, get to hash out the special rules with each other and come to some sort of consensus, but the Traitor is alone and needs to muddle through things himself.

There are three things that can help here:

  1. If there's somebody not playing the game, have the Traitor talk it over with them. Even if they're not much of a gamer, simply discussing the rules can make things clearer. If there's nobody handy, then explain the rules to a rubber duck.
  2. Go get the updated Hero and Traitor books from Wizards. While you're there, get the errata for the regular rules.
  3. Just relax and have fun. If there's serious confusion in the rules, make a quick ruling and work it out after the game.
    • If you're really worried, then have the whole group hash out the rules and/or check the errata, even if you reveal a few small things about the Heroes or Traitor while you're at it.

If your problems are with the regular game, then make two cheat-sheets: one for the regular rules, and one for the standard haunt rules (movement past enemies, combat, how the traitor & monsters ignore all bad effects, etc.).


If you're teaching people how to play, explain on a need-to-know basis.

-You're on the same team, but someone will betray you

-On your turn you move the same amount of spaces as your speed.

-You have to stop if there is a symbol.

When I first started teaching people to play, I tried to explain everything at once. It didn't works o well. Other than what I've listed, just explain as you go.

  • Agreed with this, when I started playing boardgames with my casual friends I tried to explain all the rules which is boring and the info won't stick anyway. Look up a quick "how to play" guide in the manual, explain the goal and start playing. Whenever you hit something you don't understand try to find out what it is and/or discuss it with your friends. Jan 14, 2015 at 12:40

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