Again this year, twelve fright fans showed up to work their
way through the Haunting House. Unfortunately, last year's champion,
Al Schwartz was unable to defend his title. On the plus side,
everyone was enthusiastic to add the Haunting House 2 expansion
to the game. Twelve players also meant we could have a first
round with three games of four players. The Final round would
involve the top finishers from the three previous games. After
briefly explaining the game, answering questions and telling
everyone what elements are added by the expansion, the players
were ready to go. The play proceeded with little problem and
the players seemed to be enjoying themselves tremendously.
Game1 of the preliminary round involved a giant leap directly
to the first floor for Jim Carvin. During the random portion
of the first round, the first player turned over a Trap Door
card. Jim, having also turned over a Trap Door card was able
to jump directly to the first floor due to the random nature
of the board setup. Unfortunately, Jim was not able to maintain
his lead. The other players in Game1 worked hard (and somewhat
together) to prevent Jim from using his early lead to win. In
the end, three players had positioned themselves to win the game.
Ultimately Mike Garton pulled the right combination of cards
in the random round to work his way out of the house.
Game 2 of the preliminary round was also an exciting affair,
although some players started off slowly. As if everyone was
working against her, Mary Ellen Powers found herself stuck in
the opening corner of the second story for quite a while. The
other players were able to move around more easily. Fortunately,
Mary Ellen was able to work her way out of the corner by Turn
3 and found herself in the thick of the race by the end of the
game. Ultimately, two players found themselves in a position
to win at the end of the game. Chester Lanham won in the chosen
round by working himself into an unstoppable arrangement on the
Game 3 was played by several players who had never played
before that day. This game also featured Chris Bauch, a player
who went above the call of duty to help the new players and showed
the ultimate in good sportsmanship. Chris even offered advice
to the new players even though it may have hurt his own position
and plans. For his efforts, Chris was rewarded by winning the
game during the chosen round against opponents that, while new,
proved themselves worthy in the end.
With the three preliminary winners in place, the race for
the exit was set. All three played the game like pros and quickly
worked themselves into positions on the first floor. Michael,
figuring the exit would move during the random round, moved his
way to the corner opposite the exit tile's current position.
Unfortunately, Chris had moved to a tile close to the exit and
the exit did not move. Chris won on the chosen round after Michael
and Chester were unable to stop him.