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Best Horror Themed Card Games

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With Halloween just around the corner, board and card game shops will have their hands full. It’s that time of the year again when people buy horror themed card and board games in bulk. The cool thing about it is that the industry has plenty of those on offer. 

From Lovecraftian board games to card games with vampires and werewolves, horror themed card games are a pretty fun way to spend your time. Sure, playing the best online blackjack games for Halloween is fun if you’re good at it, but a horror themed board game with friends beats that.

If you love horror themes as much as us, here are the best horror card games you can find on the market in 2021.

Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror is a Lovecraftian game that is currently on its third iteration. The card game puts you in the center of a mystery at Arkham. You’ll have to use your detective skills to solve the mystery. Unlike similar card games, Arkham Horror provides an ongoing series of campaigns played with a deck of cards that will delight fans of horror. Horrifying scenarios will be piling up one over another, giving you a glimpse of the horrors to unfold.

Mysterium

Mysterium may very well be the most impressive horror card game from a visual perspective. It has some fantastic and surreal artwork inside, and the famous Dixit storytelling gets a pretty cool spooky makeover in Mysterium. As the name hints, it’s a ghost mystery you’ll have to solve with your friends. The spooky ghosts communicate via beautifully designed cards. There’s a pretty rigid ruleset in this board game, so make sure to read the rules thoroughly to learn how to play.

Mansions of Madness

Mansions of Madness is another Lovecraftian game where you fight the old ones in a variety of different scenarios. It has a pretty long set of rules you must check, and plenty of cards and figurines that are masterfully designed. It’s a game with a pretty grim atmosphere as befits one based on the Cthulhu mythos. If you’re a Lovecraft fan, you’re going to love Mansions of Madness.

Oh, by the way, the game comes with regularly-released DLCs that up the ante and the spookiness factor.

Eldritch Horror

In Eldritch Horror, you’ll be travelling around the world trying to stop the Old Ones from invading it and destroying the globe. It’s yet another Lovecraft-themed horror card game you can play with your friends. You’ll be facing a large number of quests in interesting scenarios with the ultimate goal of defeating the Old Ones. It’s one of the most entertaining horror themed board games on sale and a must for Lovecraft fans.

Betrayal Legacy

Betrayal Legacy is a new edition of the fan-favourite Betrayal at House on the Hill. The legacy games are designed in the same way as role-playing games on desktop. The studio has split the games in a series of episodes where players are invited to build their own campaigns. These quests will stay to haunt you long after you’re done playing.

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