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Free RPG Day 2016 – Swords Against the Dead/The Van Helsing Letter flipbook

Released on Free RPG Day 2016 – now available to download here. The Dracula Dossier – The Van Helsing Letter Just before he vanished, Abraham Van Helsing – doctor of medicine, doctor of law, and secret vampire hunter – wrote one last letter hinting at an unsolved case. Now, more than a century later, that letter is in […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Dracula Dossier Motifs

Improvising telling but subtle details on the fly is tricky, especially if the players catch you off-guard. They’ve suddenly flown to Iceland to follow a lead you hadn’t prepared, and now you’re scrambling not only to get back ahead of the Agents, but also get a handle on where the overall campaign is now going. […]

Datavisualising the Dracula Dossier

If you hang around my social media presence (or Ken’s, whose twitterings are to mine as Dracula is to a small fruit bat), you may have seen this funky diagram floating around. It’s a map of every (or nearly every) node in the Dracula Dossier and the connections between them. I ostensibly built it as […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Horror of Dracula (1958)

Horror of Dracula (1958) Director: Terence Fisher Dracula: Christopher Lee Consider this film (just called Dracula in the UK) the anti-Coppola Dracula. Relentlessly modern (it was the first Technicolor vampire film) and breathlessly paced yet luridly Gothic to the core, carving to the heart of Stoker’s novel while discarding its plot almost entirely, it would […]

Dracula landings

We couldn’t wait to see photos of the Dracula Dossier books, and so many kind backers indulged us by posting their photos on their own social media pages, on the  Dracula Dossier Facebook page and on the Dracula Dossier GMs-only Google+ group. They’re so artful and fun, we couldn’t resist sharing them with everyone! Thanks to everyone who agreed […]

31 Days of #Dractober – the collection

In October 2015, Kenneth Hite created the 30 Days of Dractober – taking you on a tour through the cinema de Dracula! Every day he looked at one film version of the legendary story, from the classic NOSFERATU to the, um, less than immortal DRACULA 3000. Hit the Hammer highlights, the Lugosi limelights, and more — with suggestions on […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula Untold (2014)

Dracula Untold (2014) Director: Gary Shore Dracula: Luke Evans Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a shooting star! It’s a FIST OF BATS! This latest effort by Universal to revitalize their once-glorious monster universe franchise casts a cape-bedecked Vlad the Impaler as half combat-god Batman (“sometimes the world doesn’t need a hero […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu (1922) Director: F.W. Murnau Orlok: Max Schreck To sum up: F.W. Murnau illegally adapted Dracula, changing the names (Harker becomes Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim), Mina becomes Ellen (Greta Schroeder), Dracula becomes Orlok) and location (1890s London becomes 1838 Wisborg, Germany) while adding an apocalyptic plague element missing entirely from the novel. This fooled nobody, […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula 3000 (2004)

Dracula 3000 (2004) Director: Darrell James Roodt Dracula: Langley Kirkwood A Warning to the Curious: This is the worst film I have watched for this project. By far. Compared to this movie, Billy the Kid vs. Dracula is Unforgiven. IMDB users have rated it the 37th worst film of all time. It is not “so bad […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) Director: Tod Browning Dracula: Bela Lugosi Is it possible for a film to be simultaneously iconic and bad? Not “iconic for being bad” but plain old iconic — establishing the rules for cinematic Draculas to respond to or rebel against for the next century. In the first act of Dracula, Browning (and cinematographer […]

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