Vampyre Microgame

Microgames were a phenomenon of especially the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Vampyre was released by TSR in 1981, who was later bought out by Wizards of the Coast.

An overland hunt for the vampyre coffins ends in a tactical battle in Castle Dracula.

The Vampyre game is faithful to Stoker’s original novel. It may be played by up to 6 people, each playing the role of one of Stoker’s characters. Many of the game elements are also derived from the book. In Stoker’s novel, Dracula did indeed hide coffins in various secret locations so that he would always have a place to hide during the day, should his principle (sic?) lair be discovered. Dracula did have vampire brides and could command wolves, rats, bears and other supernatural beings. Effective against these un-dead creatures were The Host, holy water, crucifixes and silver bullets; not to mention the hammer and stake – tools required for dispatching vampires.

The Vampyre basic game takes place on the map of Transylvania. The game is a race between the vampire hunters to see who will be the first to find and destroy three of Count Dracula’s hidden coffins.

The extended game is played on the reverse side of the map, Dracula’s Castle, after the players have finished the basic game. Here, the players have already destroyed Dracula’s hidden coffins. Now they must track down and destroy the Count himself in his heavily guarded lair.

  • 2–6 Players, Best: 4–6
  • 45 Min Playing Time
  • Age: 12+

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