We love it so much we usually play a couple chapters consecutively, the legacy format works so well with this game, we can't get enough. Absolutely love it, highly recommend.
This is the first legacy style game I have played and absolutely loving the concept and how it changes the future games. I also loved the original Betrayal at House on the Hill and believe this has improved on that even more. I can't wait to finish the chapters off and see what type of house and families we have left. My only critisism at this stage is that they would have benefited from adding in a pen that actually writes well on the shiny cards.
AVL Betrayal At House On The Hill Legacy Board Game
I'm a little over halfway through the campaign with a group of friends, and we're having a total blast. Admittedly, we went in as fans of both Betrayal original and Betrayal at Balder's Gate, both of which we have played to death. Like its predecessors, Legacy has some balance issues, which are a feature rather than a bug. Horror movies often feel hugely weighted in favour of the villain, right up until the last moment when the heroes snatch victory, and Legacy has done quite a good job replicating that. During gameplay one side will often feel hopelessly outmanned or underpowered, before realising that the goal they've been given brings things to an abrupt end in their favour. More than once we've been a little stunned at the sudden ending to a session. But, unlike other games, Betrayal has its flavour text to massage away that feeling of abruptness.
As a legacy game, it really shines; it takes the characters on surprising journeys, but it will also throw wrenches at the players. Every now and again the legacy deck will narrate an event that illicits "wtf" reactions from the table - in a good way!
While you might occasionally get frustrated playing this game - and it is much better if played with people you get along with and who can have fun with each other whether they're winning or losing - I found it to be completely addictive.
The fact that, at the end of it all, you have a copy of Betrayal with new scenarios, items, omens, and mechanics, means that unlike some Legacy games, you'll get not just the campaign out of this, but a permanent board game after. I'll be getting my money's worth on this one several times over before we've played it out.
Despite some imbalanced gameplay when it comes to the Haunt portion of the game, this was an absolute treat with our group. Put aside the issues and just focus on having fun and you absolutely will!