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You're a newbie vampire in the most vamp-hostile town on Earth! A fast-paced competitive card & dice game for 3-6 players ages 10 & up.
You're a newbie vampire in the most vamp-hostile town on Earth! A fast-paced competitive card & dice game for 3-6 players ages 10 & up.
You're a newbie vampire in the most vamp-hostile town on Earth! A fast-paced competitive card & dice game for 3-6 players ages 10 & up.
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THE GAME

Vampsylvania is a card and dice game set in a lighthearted world of monsters and mayhem. In Vampsylvania, you’re a newly-risen vampire ready to take the world by the throat. Unfortunately, you’ve risen in the most vampire-savvy place on Earth. Hunting here isn’t gonna be easy. The villagers are tough, and they’re loaded with anti-vamp weapons, skills, and allies. And to make matters worse, your fellow vamps keep trying to sabotage you, too!

Game play is pretty simple. Each round—which we call a Hunt—a new Villager is revealed.

Players compete to capture the Villager by playing bonuses on themselves to raise their Vamp score, which increases their chances of capturing a Villager. But players can also complicate things for other each other. Spoiler cards can be used to lower a player’s Vamp score, or even take a player out completely…for now, anyway. Some spoilers make Villagers tougher, which makes things harder for everyone, but if you think you alone have the cards to pull it off, it might be just the edge you need. 

Once everyone has played their cards, everyone rolls dice and adds the result to their Vamp score; if you get a high enough score, you capture the villager! Capture enough Villagers, and you win the game. Don’t get cocky, though. Villagers will often escape the Hunt without being captured, and end up in the Angry Mob pile. If enough Villagers end up in the Angry Mob, all the players lose and the Villagers win! Like we said, winning here isn’t gonna be easy.

Vampsylvania has been a lot of fun to develop, design, and playtest, and I’m confident you’re going to love it, too. It’s simple enough for kids to learn and play, but rich with opportunities for subtle strategies that will engage players of all ages and skill levels. Plus, these little creatures and characters are kind of adorable. I mean seriously, look at 'em. You know you want to back this game. So read our itemized breakdown of risks and rewards, and if you’re excited about Vampsylvania, spread the word! 

It’s time to seize the day…by the neck!


“It’s got a really fun mechanic that’s appropriate for both adults and kids…it’s gonna find that sweet spot where it works for multiple audiences.” –Super Board Bros., Episode 15

"[Vampsylvania] runs very smoothly. Once the first round is over you know everything you need to know...this one delivers on that quite well." --Kentucky Bored Gamer

"The artwork, mechanics, and style of play are suitable for all ages..." --The Geek Girl Project

THE COSTS

Where is the money going? That's simple. Vampsylvania was developed, written, and drawn by one person--me--so there are no freelancers to pay. The work is done, the game is finished, and that's that. The cost breakdown is thus pretty simple: we're starting small, so it will cost us only $2300 to produce the game's initial run, ship the materials to our storage facility, ship rewards to our backers, and cover our Kickstarter fees. Pretty simple!

REWARDS

Here's a list of the rewards you'll get at each level of support. Rewards are scheduled for (when else?) the Halloween 2016 season! 

Pledge $1 or more : DEVOTED MINION!  

Hey, we'll take all the help we can get! Backers at this level will get an official "thank you" on our website. (Be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site.) Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $7 or more: DARK INITIATE! The Print-N-Play option

Created by popular demand, this reward level gets you access to the PDF version of the game...just print it out and play! This version looks a little different; it's optimized to use less ink, so you won't break the bank printing it. Backers at this level also get the official "thank you" on our website. (Be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site.) Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $20 or more : NIGHT PROWLER!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site) and a bare-bones copy of the game including the rules and the cards in custom packaging! (Dice, tokens, and bag not included) Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $25 or more : EARLY RISER! (W/EXCLUSIVE bonus card!) Limited to 100 (SOLD OUT)

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site) and a DELUXE copy of the game: the rules, cards (in custom packaging), dice, and tokens in a blood-red velveteen bag! In addition, backers at this level receive an EXCLUSIVE CARD created solely for this Kickstarter campaign, never to be reproduced! Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $25 or more : MARAUDING MONSTER!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site) and a DELUXE copy of the game: the rules, cards (in custom packaging), dice, and tokens in a blood-red velveteen bag! Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $50 or more : DREAD MASTER/MISTRESS!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site) and TWO deluxe copies of the game! Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $75 or more : LORD/LADY OF THE UNDEAD!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site) and three deluxe copies of the game! Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $100 or more : HEROIC VILLAGER! Limited to 20

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, the Kickstarter exclusive bonus card, and a card created using YOUR likeness, playable as a Villager in the game! (You'll need to provide a photo when it's time to draw these. A great gift idea for the gamer in your life!) Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $400 or more : UBER-VAMP! Limited to ONE!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, and the original, hand-crafted prototype we used to playtest the game! This thing is literally one-of-a-kind, and will be signed and authenticated by C Michael Hall, creator of the game. Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

Pledge $400 or more : UBER-VAMP II: THE OTHER ONE! Limited to ONE!

Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, and the original, hand-drawn concept art created when the game was born! Since the rest of the art was created digitally, this is literally the ONLY piece of physical art created during the development of the game! This thing is literally one-of-a-kind, and will be signed and authenticated by C Michael Hall, creator of the game. Estimated delivery: Oct 2016

STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: "STRANGE VISITORS" EXPANSION...A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!

At the $3500 mark, we unlocked our stretch goal: an expansion to the game we're calling "Strange Visitors." This expansion adds new Villagers, new Spoilers, and new Bumps, as well as a new "Action" mechanic, and draws on some interesting inspirational material. You'll see cards inspired by Asian vampire mythology, Mexican vampire cinema, and (of course) the same Universal and Hammer influences that inspired the core set. Like the core game itself, the expansion is scheduled to ship by the end of October, 2016. Here's the really exciting part, though: this version of the expansion is exclusive to Kickstarter. That's right...it will never be released in stores. The only place to get it is right here!

This exclusive expansion is an add-on reward. That means it costs a little extra to add it to your existing reward; we're offering the expansion at only a little over cost, though, with no additional shipping cost. To claim the expansion as a reward, here's what you do: 

1. Click the “Manage” button on the project’s page.

2. Increase your pledge amount by $2 for the print-n-play version of the expansion, or by $6 for the physical version. You can order multiples if you'd like; simply multiply the cost by however many copies you want to add to your reward. (Limit of three expansions per backer.)

3. Save your pledge. Do not change your original pledge tier! When the campaign is over, we'll be sending out surveys to verify some information to make sure everyone who has paid the add-on fee gets their expansion.

NEXT STRETCH GOAL: $7000

Our next stretch goal won't be an add-on; it'll be an upgrade at no additional charge to backers! If we hit this funding level, we'll create customized tokens to replace the standard chips we're currently using! These tokens play a key role in the game: they're one of the ways the game counts down towards its conclusion, so there are always going to be chips on the table. It would look pretty cool if instead of plain red poker chips, we could print these...

So what will it take to make this upgrade possible? More backers! Keep spreading the word, sharing the campaign link wherever you can imagine it might do some good! If we can hit the $7,000 mark, it's chip upgrades for every Deluxe Edition set!

MORE STRETCH GOALS?

We're dreaming big here, but another potential stretch goal is the mass production of a fancy boxed set! This won't be feasible until we hit at least the $11,000 mark, though, so if you like this idea, you'd better back big and tell your friends to do the same!

CONNECT WITH US!

While we're definitely going to keep you updated on things via Kickstarter, you should also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/vampsylvania and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Vampsylvania-1166247510067291 for up-to-the-minute information!

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING?

We've got a few international options (Canada, Australia, the EU and the UK). Unfortunately, it's an expensive undertaking, and in some cases, international shipping will actually cost backers more than the game itself! We wish it were otherwise, but international shipping rates have skyrocketed over the years. 

Risks and challenges

The nice thing about VAMPSYLVANIA (apart from its general awesomeness, that is) is that it's already complete. Done. Finished. Ready to roll. Because I generated all the art and design myself and didn't have to finance an art and design team, there's no more art or design needed on the the core game. Now, there will be a little more art to generate if we meet some of the stretch goals I've got in mind, though, so a super-successful campaign will create a little more work for Yours Truly. That said, it's work I know how to do, and fast; I produced all the artwork for the base game during a marathon two-week studio session, and my plans for expansions won't require anywhere near as much art! (I've got a head start on it anyway, as the concept work has already been done.) So there's a potential challenge we're ready to deal with!

Really, the only significant challenge we might run into is the manufacturing timetable. If you've backed games before, you know how it is: One the manufacturing process is underway, there can (and likely will) be delays that simply can't be avoided. We've partnered with some top-flight manufacturers, though, and will alleviate any potential delays by making sure our communication with our account reps is rock-solid. We're not stuck using one supplier for our components, so we've got contingency plans in place in case human civilization suddenly experiences a dire shortage of game components.

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    Created by popular demand, this reward level gets you access to the PDF version of the game...just print it out and play! This version looks a little different; it's optimized to use less ink, so you won't break the bank printing it. Backers at this level also get the official "thank you" on our website. (Be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site.)

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    MARAUDING MONSTER!

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    HEROIC VILLAGER!

    Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, and card created using YOUR likeness, playable as a Villager in the game! (You'll need to provide a photo when it's time to draw these. A great gift idea for the gamer in your life!)

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    UBER-VAMP!

    Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, and the original, hand-crafted prototype we used to playtest the game! This thing is literally one-of-a-kind, and will be signed and authenticated by C Michael Hall, creator of the game.

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    UBER-VAMP II: THE OTHER ONE!

    Backers at this level receive an official "thank you" on our website (be sure you message us with your name exactly as you want it to appear on the site), a copy of the game, and the original, hand-drawn concept art created when the game was born! Since the rest of the art was created digitally, this is literally the ONLY piece of physical art created during the development of the game! This thing is literally one-of-a-kind, and will be signed and authenticated by C Michael Hall, creator of the game.

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