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Betrayal At Baldur’s Gate: A New Spin on a Classic Board Game

If you’re a board game veteran, you’re probably familiar with the award-winning Betrayal at House on the Hill. You and a group of friends explored a haunted house that was created turn by turn, and the house was never the same each time you played it.

Well, the folks over at Dungeons & Dragons have taken the concept of that game and brought it to the Forgotten Realms universe with their new title Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate.

Betrayal at Baldur's Gate Game Box

Coming in October, this game has players creating the grimy, sleazy city of Baldur’s Gate tile by tile, trying to survive. Tension mounts since, over the course of the game, one of the players will inevitably turn against the others. Events, monsters, and the unknown wear down the party, culminating in a grand battle against one of your own. Are you going to come out victorious, or will the twisted streets of Baldur’s Gate claim yet another prize?

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Echoes of Chronicles of Mystara, am I right?

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate sounds amazing, and the miniatures they’re releasing are nicely detailed. But part of me knows our community can create more… interesting things to add to the experience.

As you can see in the picture above, the game is heavily reliant on card play and cardboard tokens. The heavy cardstock map tiles that create the geography of Baldur’s Gate are played whenever a character moves from one “room” to another. Monsters are cardboard tokens of various sizes. Events, Omens, and Items in the game are all represented by cards, so adding even a little bit of custom 3D printed stuff would be awesome.

Since a lot of the “haunts” (read: quests) in the game involve combat with aforementioned D&D monsters, having every single monster in the Monster Manual (shoutout to The DM Workshop) would create a much more impressive effect than little cardboard circles. Berian has made little weapons that would serve for great counters for the some of the various items you can obtain throughout your adventures.

Who knows? If some enterprising creator finds themselves inspired, we could see custom 3D printed map tiles, but it might be a challenge keeping what kind they are a secret.

So what do you think about this original take on a classic game? Are you going to print up off some old D&D characters and let them explore Baldur’s Gate for themselves? Let us know your plans in the comments below!

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