Fury of Dracula

Fury of Dracula

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Fury of Dracula

This week’s comic barely got made on time, and as this is becoming an ongoing problem for us, we had to look at making some changes. We are still committed to making the comic, and to delivering it weekly. Tiny Wooden Pieces means too much to both of us, and we love the creative outlet it allows us. Sticking with the same comic and the same schedule just leaves the format.

Starting next week, we will be dropping the panel count down to four. Four panels is really the archetype for a humour strip, and the unequalled Peanuts was the template for that. There is a long tradition since then of four panel strips (three is popular as well, we might dip into that), so there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to produce the same quality of content with this new format. Besides which, I am actually quite excited to get to play in the same sandbox as so many great comics, and see what I can do with it.

And also Aileen is excited to have more than 35 minutes total spare time in a given week. We hope you all stick with us, and can appreciate our reasons for the change.

 

We played our very first game of ‘Fury of Dracula’ last week. Although I was disappointed to learn that it does not actually play as depicted this week’s comic, one playthrough was enough to make me very glad that we managed to get a copy while it was still available.

‘Fury’ was a co-production of Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight, and so became a casualty when the two companies ended their relationship late last year. I don’t know what this means for future printings of the game, or even if that is still possible, but as of now the game can only be found for ever-rising prices through online resellers. If you are interested in getting the game, it might actually be best to bite the bullet and get a copy now before the price gets really spooky.

 

As for the game itself, it is up to four hunters playing together to trap and defeat Dracula, who is played by a fifth player. The board is a gorgeous, historic map of Europe, through which the hunters will take carriages and trains trying to find a lead on the Count, who lays all manner of fiendish traps and surprises for the hunters.

Dracula’s movement each turn is hidden, so the game begins as a tense game of cat and mouse, played against a ticking clock, as Dracula becomes more powerful, and spreads more influence across Europe. But once the hunters happen upon his trail, the tension explodes into a few climactic rounds as the hunters come together to try and defeat Dracula before he slips through their fingers again.

This is a finely-tuned, tense and engaging game that I have no hesitation recommending. It drew us under its spell from the start, and straight away left me wanting to play again.

19 Comments on Fury of Dracula
  • Snarkastic Android

    Feel free to play about with panel count – I’ve been reading Zombie Roomie and they’ve had a few where it has been a single panel (though alas, I can’t find the examples!), so freeing yourself of a restraint can actually be helpful

    This is an early strip:
    http://www.zombieroomie.com/2009/11/16/south-of-the-border/

    I’m completely ignoring Fury of Dracula – it looks amazing on the TableTop episodes, but it’s already too expensive! I think I’ll just settle on a different Hidden Movement game like Spectre Ops or Letters From Whitechapel

    • Never heard of Zombie Roomie, but I’m following your link now! And yeah, there are actually a lot of hidden movement games, and a lot of them look great, as well. Letters from Whitechapel in particular, I have always wanted to play. ‘Fury’ has definitely given me a taste for how much fun the genre can be.

      • Snarkastic Android

        This video has somewhat of a marmite effect – some people love the reviewers humour, others somewhat less so – but apart from Scotland Yard, all the games sound like great fun from the (very solid) review elements:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDMhrux6wt8

        ZR follows an interesting evolution – it starts with a lot of short quick gags (some incredibly twisted), but it develops in to a more developed world and narrative with some interesting things going on.

        • Never came across these reviewers before, always happy to give someone new a try.
          I had a look through some of the ZR archive and then jumped to the most recent comics, and the evolution was evident – that same process seems to be quite common in a lot of webcomics.

          • Snarkastic Android

            I found ZR then jumped back to the beginning and read it all the way through, which I’m glad about because the cast is huge these days (and some of the characters have changed massively in how they look)! I must admit, I was slightly disappointed when Upto4Players switched their format to something more RPG based and more continuous – I can see why they wanted to, they had always used a recurring cast and the RPG format makes more sense for that, but I’m not in to RPGs any more.

            Now I’m wondering which webcomic would make the best boardgame… Stand Still, Stay Silent? ( http://sssscomic.com/ a continuous story about exploring a world devasted by a disease with supernatural elements, with a beautiful water-colour art style)

  • wr00t

    I was thinking myself (highly theoretically) about 3 panels in the top row and 1 wide on the second row (big reveal, conclusion, etc.). Maybe that’s the classic. Don’t know, never did comics 😊

    • That would be a solid option, but that final wide panel means the comic might end up being about the same size as it is now, which means no break for poor Aileen 🙂
      My ideal would just be four panels in one row, but for a website, that format is not ideal. More likely it will be two on top, then two on the bottom, which is more friendly for reading on a screen (you won’t have to scroll across or zoom in.
      It might take us a while of experimenting to find the right way to do it, though.

      • wr00t

        Yes 2×2 is more reading friendly (and mobile friendly in portrait mode).

  • Robert Fiorentino

    A few years back I called Fantasy Flight to find out if they were going to reprint FOD any time soon to see if it was worth me spending $100 on the second edition. They said NO so I pulled the trigger, then of course they announce 3rd edition a month later.

    Now that it might be gone for good I wonder if my 2nd edition might end up being a good purchase…

    • I think right now being able to say you have any copy of the game at all is a big deal. Who knows when or if the game will be available again in any form at all.

  • Ben Thorp

    I wish I’d had the money to get FoD when it was reprinted. £50 is probably the top end of my theoretical budget (barring some ill-advised Kickstarter excitement), but you’re looking at the wrong end of £75 now and rising 🙁

    • Snarkastic Android

      Where have you seen it for £75? The numbers I’ve been saying have been £130 + shipping (and higher…)

      • Ben Thorp

        Well – https://boardgameprices.co.uk/item/show/1192/fury-of-dracula has a Swedish site with them in stock…. Good luck 😉

        • Snarkastic Android

          If you’re ever in London, I might owe you a drink! I’ve managed to use the site with the help from a Swedish colleague… Now to wait for the delivery confirmation

          • Ben Thorp

            So glad you managed to get a copy. If I’m ever in London, I might take you up on the offer – or a game of FoD 🙂

  • Dexter Ó Thuithear

    It’s a great game, and when the FFG announcement came through, I knew the price would jump through the roof. I even mentioned it to the local store to get in a few copies while they still could, which promptly sold within days of coming into stock. It’s a shame, too, since GW pulled out to retake full control of IP for it’s Warhammer stuff primarily. FoD is essentially just collateral damage.

    • I think you are right about it being just collateral damage, GW are obviously heavily invested in their primary IPs, and Fury is very obviously not one of those.

  • I think that you might just find that limitation (in this case, space) can do the artist a lot of good. 🙂
    When I was writing songs for my band, I often found that with a little I could “compress” the lyrics, keeping the gist of it, but hacking away prolix, wordy parts, and make it that much stronger, effective, to-the-point. So don’t worry, I’m sure your strips stay just as good in 4 panels. 🙂

    • Thanks! And it is often said that limitations help creativity, so here’s hoping …