Top 5 Scary Cursed Board Games You Should Never Play
It’s a tale as old as time.
Or, at least as old as fantasy stories. Folks getting pulled into whatever media they’re
currently consuming, left to fend for themselves against the dangers of a magical world with
their real-world knowledge. Isekai anime are the latest to employ this
self-insert friendly storytelling tactic, with choose-your-own adventure novels and
player-centric video games laying the groundwork before.
I can even remember when I was little, making movies with my friends with plots concerning
being sucked into the gamecube and having to duke it out to escape.
It’s a classic fantasy! Who wouldn’t want to actually participate in the far-out scenarios
outlined in endless make-believe media? The most famous instance of this might be
the Jumanji series of movies based on the Jumanji and Zathura children’s books.
In these flicks, we see characters transported into the very board games they were playing.
But this is a horror channel, so we’re gonna to talk about the scariest of board games
instead of the safari space adventures people have come to expect.
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a blast, sure, but also not truly terrifying.
What we need are some cursed board games! Demons, ghosts, ghouls, the works!
Real danger! Hello horror heads, and welcome back to the
scariest channel on YouTube: Top5ScaryVideos! I’m your horror host, Keegan Hughes, and
today we’re counting down the Top 5 Scary Cursed Board Games You Should Never Play!
Grab your lucky D20, and maybe write a quick last will and testament, because things are
about to get way too real. Before we get started, make sure to give this
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Perfect, let’s get to it. NUMBER FIVE: JOC DE MOARTE
Starting us off as fantastical as possible, this is a board game commissioned by a vampire.
It is said to exist somewhere, but hasn’t been rumoured to be around since the 70’s.
Although, if that’s true it is an extraordinarily sturdy board game, being created at some point
in the 1700’s. Joc de Moarte means Game of Death, of course,
and was created to ease the boredom of one Prince Dracula of Wallachia.
Our second-generation vampire was bored of the ins and outs of daily murder and bloodbath.
He wanted a real challenge, one that couldn’t be provided by his cushy vampire heir lifestyle.
So he reached out to the sorcerer Dimitri Diablo, who took up the challenge to create
the ultimate supernatural board game of death. He slaved over the coals of hell for over
a year before coming up with the definitive death-dealing dice-rolling Dracula-pleasing
experience. The first playthrough was attended by Dracula,
Dimitri, another vampire, a witch, a Lycan, and a human.
The playing board takes you through a damned castle, and the surrounding cursed forest.
There are dice, riddle cards, and a magic crystal ball move the game along.
Sounds pretty boilerplate for a board game, but just you wait.
Magical beings will materialize during play, and attack the participants.
Demons, poltergeists, vampires, werewolves, zombies, and more will show up as active astral
projections. While warding off these aggressors, players
will quest for the Devil’s unholy grail, said to give a pure evil soul the ultimate
power, while damning the rest straight to hell.
High stakes to say the least. On this initial playthrough, only Dracula
and Dimitri survived, to the prince’s great delight.
After a while, as all princes do, Dracula got bored of his new toy, and sent it off
into the human world for a laugh. Humans, without the powers associated with
being a vampire prince, are easily haunted and possessed by the beings that inhabit the
game, causing all sorts of trouble. Coming back to the last sighting in the 70’s,
it killed 43 people, despite only 6 actively playing.
It did happen in Iowa, though, which at least added some excitement to their dry, boring
lives. Sorry Iowans, it’s not you, it’s me.
NUMBER FOUR: BOARDS AND BEANS Okay, this one isn’t any one specific board
game, but it is an entire, haunted board game cafe.
You should probably avoid playing for too long here, unless you want to adopt a little
ghost to take home with you. Back in 2016, the owners of a Regina-based
board game cafe started noticing some strange happenings around their store.
They saw a little girl looking out the window. Doesn’t seem too spooky right? In fact,
at first she thought it was her granddaughter. But then her granddaughter walked in from
the other side of the room, scaring her absolute PANTS off.
After this, many other sightings took place in the board game cafe.
Customers would complain about strange noises, and that they had been touched by an unseen
presence during their time at the coffee shop. Multiple sightings of a new employee behind
the counter were reported as well, and there was no new employee to speak of.
Ghosts would cause mischief as well, opening their industrial dishwasher, and sending baked
goods flying across the room. There’s supposed video of a spectre moving
through the store as well, causing footage of the owner to distort in an odd way, that
has yet to be fully explained. Eventually the Paranormal and Supernatural
Team was called in, leading to the debunking of some of the claims.
However, the investigators did still find some unexplainable things, and went away not
being 100% sure what to think of it. So if you want to play some normal board games
in a haunted environment, Boards and Beans is the place for you.
NUMBER THREE: OUIJA What would a cursed board game list be without
the classic spirit talking board? You take a board with the alphabet, numbers
1 through 10, and yes or no printed on it. You put a planchette on the board.
You put your fingers on the planchette. BAM. Paranormal experience.
Interestingly enough, ouija boards were regarded as simple parlor games when they first came
out, until American spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized their use as a divining tool during
World War One. Since then, the spooky ouijas have grown in
popularity as spirit mediums. Churches have publicly warned against their
use, claiming that demonic possession is a very real risk.
Occultists tend to be more divided. On one hand, there are plenty of positive aspects
to contacting the spirit realm. You can learn a lot, or get closure from a
loved one. However, they also know that inexperienced
or reckless users do have a higher chance of being attacked or possessed by otherworldly
entities. The scientific community remains unconvinced.
They believe Ouija to be a form of pseudo science, with unconscious movements controlling
the pointer through something they call the ideomotor effect.
Whoever you believe, there’s no denying the popularity and notoriety of a ouija board.
Demons and malevolent spirits have been reported to show up, especially in the last decade
or so. One of the more popular tales is that of Demon
Zozo, who we’ve done a video on in the past. A man claims that his daughter was almost
drowned thanks to Zozo’s influence, and that she got very sick with an undiagnosable
illness as well. There have also been stories of folks not
respecting, or even outright laughing at demons they’ve conjured, and paying the price big
time. Don’t mess with the ouija.
NUMBER TWO: BEYOND THE GATES Remember VCR board games?
You would set up a board with all the pieces, and then fire a tape into the VCR and it would
instruct you on how to proceed? You could pause it at certain times to make
sure that the timing was right, and they almost always had ridiculous mascots/hosts?
Yeah, those were the days. Beyond the Gates is one of these, found in
a family’s old video shop. A pair of brothers discovered it while going
through their estranged, deceased, alcoholic father’s video shop.
When they play it, the host, Evelyn, asks if they are willing to risk their souls.
She also asks about their father, and has a creepily specific knowledge about the players.
Of course, they turn off the tape, but soon they find themselves waking up at 3:13am,
and drawn to the cathode-ray-tube TV. To win the game, they must collect four keys,
each of which is hidden somewhere nasty. After pulling keys out of drifter midriff
and police heads, they face off against some narsty ghouls in a secret gated dimension
in their basement. At this point, it’s play or die.
When they asked the proprietor of a game shop about the game, it is revealed that nobody
has ever beaten in in the past, and whenever the game is returned to the shop, it’s not
the players doing the exchange. Gotta love a cursed game return policy. Just
in case. If you didn’t know, this hypothetical board
game originated in a 2016 movie of the same name: Beyond the Gates.
If Barbara Crampton is gonna steal my soul, so be it.
NUMBER ONE: RAP RAT He’s rap rat, and he’s the boss.
Better listen up, kids! Another VHS board game, this one was meant
for kids, done in a similar style to Mouse Trap.
An anonymous storyteller posted his experience with the game online, detailing all of the
sick, twisted details. The first time he and his siblings played,
his little brother left the room crying immediately after seeing Rap Rat.
This hideous mascot barely resembled a rat, with ears too big, a swollen mouth, and two
rotten teeth. The thing that scared them most, though, were
his glassy fish eyes. He screamed WAIT YOUR TURN in a demonic, low-pitched
voice, before flashing terrifying images on the screen.
A tarantula, a hornet stinging someone’s eye, a pit of writing cobras, a bloodied syringe,
you name it. Naturally, they got rid of the tape right
away, but not before seeing enough nightmare fuel to last a lifetime.
Years later, the same guy found it in his childhood bedroom.
He and his girlfriend decided to watch it for laughs, but did not end up laughing.
There were even more terrifying images than before, and when they tried to take the tape
out of the player, it burned their hands. A neighbour even called the police because
a strange person was scratching at their front door.
Needless to say, they wanted to know what the hell was happening.
After doing some cursory research, they found out that a child had died in the sweatshop
where the rat puppet was made. The child’s mother laid a curse upon the
production, and claimed to summon a fear demon. Her last words to the folks at the company
were APARAT WILL CURSE YOU. So of course, the big shots over there had
a chuckle and named their mascot after a loose anagram of the demon.
Smart move. Now anyone who sees rap rat will be unable
to escape him. Even if you see a NORMAL version of the rat,
he could still be lurking in the shadows, waiting to reveal his true, horrible self. Sheesh, and I thought board games were just
for fun! What do you think?
What’s the creepiest board game you’ve ever played?
Are there any good ones I missed? Make sure to let me know down in the comments.
Speaking of comments, let’s take a quick look at some of your more spicy ones from
TOP 5 SCARIEST SCP MONSTERS FROM SERIES 1 PART 2:
Adam Jenks says “The Plague Doctor has a great look”
Something about him just screams iconic eh? No wonder he’s so popular among SCP fans!
John Shannon says “Cardio is hard? More like Cardio is hardio!”
I’m ashamed that I didn’t come up with that first. Let’s see, running is not funning?
Sweat makes me regret? Oh man, I gotta get back to the gym…
Blue8Angel6 says “I didn’t know I had an Aunt Tate”
Well now you do! Expect extra birthday gifts from now on. I wouldn’t keep them for too
long though, who knows what anomalies might manifest…
Random Street Theater says “Show the doctor to the flesh that hates”
That’s… actually a very interesting idea. Would he see pestilence? Would it even die
from his touch? Hmmmm… Homegrowntwinkie says “Meat disease, eh?
I think I’ll use that the next time I get into it with somebody.”
Uh, well… I guess I can’t tell you how to live your life… Good luck with that…
And that’s all the time we have for today! Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next