Fury of Dracula

2010-05-27T23:29:20.73-07:00

I have been thinking about doing board game articles for awhile, but I didn't know if there would be much interest in them. I was informed by a good friend that there are pretty much no good boardgame reviews other than those on Boardgamegeek.com which are a bit lacking in the pretty picture department. That is where I come in. Because.. you know.. I like to take pictures of stuff.

Anyway I thought I would kick it off with a pretty interesting and somewhat under-appreciated board game, "Fury of Dracula".

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Sweet box right? It gets better. This is surprisingly a pretty old game with the original edition debuting in 1987 and the re-vamp (HA!) in 2006.

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Here is the back of the box and I will tell you right now that this shit is misleading. You better have a big mother fucking table because your average "game night" table is not going to cut it; or you know.. you could sit on the floor but that only works until a certain age (20ish) after that it's not so fun. You're going to have to get out your heirloom tables leaves for this one, the ones you use during the holidays, because this board game is like an unholy feast. (Double HA!)


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Here we are, nice and unpacked. The first think you will notice is that I have, in fact, played this game as the pieces are put away in the "Fuck it I am going to bed" fashion. Second, there are a lot of separate elements. Make sure you take time to plan for setup before starting the game, and if it is the first time.. play with dedicated game nerds (you know the kind that play Monopoly without the house shortened rules) as it takes a little time to fully grasp everything that is going on.


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Here we have the naked game board. As you can see there are lots of places, for cards, counters, figures, etc.. all of them are needed and important to the game.


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That being said.. just look at the detail on the board!!


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I said look at it!! Don't just scroll past! Look at that god damned boat! Do you have any idea how small that is? This game should come with a Fury of Dracula board game appreciation light and magnifying glass, because I am telling you right now.. all of this amazing detail is hard as hell to see in a dimly lit game room.


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Another thing you will notice is how well put together this thing is. Most board games are pretty horribly put together. Glossy light weight paper printed out and glued hastily to a cardboard backing then forced to fold in halves or quarters by burly turn of the century Germans, fresh from the kettle bell gym. They bubble, they flake, they start to fall apart with heavy play. Not "Fury of Dracula", this thing is made to last, and if you are skeptical about paying $40+ for a board game, you should go look in your game closet and see how many editions of Monopoly you have strapped together to make one playable set.


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This is the rulebook. I don't know why they made it in this format perhaps so it was only 26 pages long, but it is a terrible inconvenience as it flops all over the place. You will be spending a fair amount of time using this thing so try and take care of it.


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Simple right.


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Its like a story problem, with wolfpires!


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It is best to have whatever player is most familiar with the game, and being a game master, be Dracula as the back of the rulebook is a reference for the Dracula character. You will also be using this.. a lot.


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Next we have the character cards. The game requires all hunters to be active, so if you have less friends than there are hunters then someone is going to have to play an additional hunter. There are 4 hunters 1 Dracula and 1 Dracula map. The Dracula map is very important as it helps the Dracula player plan his moves without being seen looking at the board.


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Here is the Dracula card, scary right? I know, that forehead alone could level a village.. terrifying. It is basically a fancy life counter with some spots to keep your Dracula weapons.


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Here is the Mina Harker hunter card. As you can see, hunters have their own special abilities that give them various advantages and disadvantages. Mina for instance has been bitten which means she is bite resistant, but if she does happen to get bitten it means she is dead, however she does get to wear some pretty bitchen scarves.


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Van Helsing is pretty much bad ass, probably because he is also Wolverine.. but that is a secret. It also take more bites to kill him because of the extra bite slot, which I can only assume he gains from that giant collar and mutton chops. You must first chew through his neck-beard before you can truly kill Van Helsing, its in the book! Look it up! (please don't)


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Then of course you have all your other pieces.


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You have your figures here.. which are pretty nice.. Personally I think if I had a regular group of players I would probably replace these with some nice metal figures that you can paint. Because after awhile its hard to tell who is who since they are all grey and steampunk...vampunk? Vamptorian?


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He is either here to suck your blood.. or urgently looking for a bathroom....


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The best way to kill vampires is to do the "lean back".


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She should probably put that scarf over her face. Mina's figure has some major ghoul eye going on.


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There are tokens which represent Dracula's life.


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These are sliders which keep track of where a hunters life is at. Dracula gets tokens for every life point, hunters get a sliding scale....


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I don't remember what these are for... but they are important.. I am sure..


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More markers


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Bite Markers!


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Whats that? More markers you say? How about these? Holy wafers and a rabbi stuck to some wood. These are things Dracula is allergic too... they are his deadly peanut allergy.


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You thought it was over (shakes head), but boy were you wrong.. just look at those markers! Day/night cycle marker, railroad block marker, and who could forget morbid hour glass marker?


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Oh, and some dice.


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Dracula "encounter" tokens... these are like trap cards from Yu-gi-oh, Dracula drops these in his wake to spice things up a bit.


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Spicy


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These tokens have heaping mounds of amazing art. They are simply the breast kind of game tokens I have seen yet. They are titillating to say the least..... Booooobs.

It is a little known fact that while vampiric influence causes men to loose their minds and destroy things with their newly gained unholy strength, it gives women giant vampiro-boobs which they use to get free tickets, and later backstage passes; also true to the book. Really you don't need to look it up, trust me on this one, its all in chapter 23 "Van Helsing broods in the tavern while Mina totally Gets to meet the band." It is the seminal (HA!) chapter in this fine, classic tale.


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There are also lots and lots of cards. These cards help hunters do stuff.


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These cards help hunters kill stuff.


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These cards help Dracula mess with the hunters.


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These cards help Dracula either kill or run away from the hunters depending on how things go down.


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These cards don't care what goes down and who wins, they are here to party and they don't care who started it.


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There are cards for the sea.


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There are cards for the land.


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There are cards (double sided) with even more shit you can do in case all the other cards are boring you.


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Now I poke fun, but these are some pretty nice cards, they feel pretty sturdy and I can attest that they are drink resistant. Not Cheeto resistant (glare), but they can hold up fairly well to your usual gaming snacks.


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They also have some fairly decent art.


Ok so now I have shown you all the parts of the game. So how do you play it? I don't have time to explain that here... but the basic concept is that 1 player is Dracula, everyone else is a hunter, and you run all over Europe having a grand old time. Dracula leaves traps and vampire women behind. The hunters disable the traps and kill the vampire women. Dracula gets pissed and starts some riots. The hunters totally mess up Dracula's summer house. The whole thing plays until either the hunters are dead, there are so many vampire women that Paris has to open a Hot Topic, or Dracula gets himself killed.

Despite the confusing rules and plethora of markers and cards, this is a really fun game. It is a little bit like D&D with Dracula as the Game Master and the hunters are PC's. It invokes that similar relationship, the hunters hate Dracula for being unfair and making things to hard, and Dracula hates the players for being whiny bitches that always fuck up his carefully crafted story by falling in love if one of the side characters GOD DAMN IT GIRLS ITS A FUCKING D&D CAMPAIN NOT "MATT READS PLOT POINTS WHILE YOU SWOON FOR A MINOR CHARACTER". 1...(breathe)...2...(breathe)...3...(breathe)...4....(breathe)..... Ok I am back.


All kidding aside this is a great game that would be really fun to play in a scary atmosphere so you should definitely check it out.

I give it a solid “Go fucking buy it” out of 11.



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