Vox Republica 103: Spooky Gaming

Episode 103

Length: 55:40

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DESCRIPTION: It’s almost Halloween, and for many, that means spooky game sessions. We dive into the pros and cons of horror in gaming, including some of our own horror-based games of choice.




  • After seeing it discussed a few times, Erin and Ryan navigate through the often-tricky topic of expectations and distractions and how to handle them when planning a game day.


  • Halloween, more than any other holiday, always gets gets a big reception from the gaming community, in no small part because of the level of horror games out there. We explore that relationship, including:
    • What does – and doesn’t – qualify as a horror game
    • Why zombies claim the vast majority of horror game themes
    • Some of our personal favorite games amongst various horror categories
    • The inherent difficulty of making a board game truly scary
    • And more!


  • Our 100th episode celebration is still ongoing! for a chance at a copy of Sushi Go!, Harbour, or Travel Catan, all you have to do is visit one of the gameplay threads on Facebook, BGG, or Google+ or find us on Twitter. Then leave a comment for us telling us either:
    • Something you like about the podcast and / or
    • Something you’d like to see us do (or do more of) on it going forward.
  • If that’s not enough, we’re also running a giveaway for Resistor, our October Indie Spotlight game!
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We’d love to hear from you! You can send questions or feedback via email at podcast@cardboardrepublic.com. You can also reach us social media, including Twitter and BoardGameGeek.


Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.