Jun 13

2010

Coming Soon: Choice of the Vampire

Posted by: Jason Stevan Hill | Comments (26)

Hello world! My name is Jason Hill, and my old friend Dan recruited me to join the Choice of Games team earlier this Spring. Being between jobs as I am, I’ve had plenty of time (some might say too much!) to devote to our next release, Choice of the Vampire.

While our audience hasn’t expressed overwhelming desire for a vampire game, my personal interest in the genre lead me to write this. So, I know that you’re all looking forward to Dragon II and God and some of the other games we’re thinking about, but I hope you’ll deign to enjoy this one in the meantime. Right now, we’re almost finished testing the first portion of the game, and we estimate that we’ll release it by the end of the month.

CotV has some radical differences from the other Choice of Games to date. First, it has a very different relationship to history and our world. This is not set in Albion and Gaul, nor a world of dragons, but rather in the Antebellum South. Thus, while you can certainly play a woman or an African American, the rest of the game-world does not change for you. Instead, the character will have to confront the very real forces of tribalism and discrimination that have defined so much of America’s history. (I will discuss the philosophical and aesthetic choices behind this in a later blog post.)

Another immediate difference is that, put simply, being a vampire sucks. (Sorry, it had to be said.) Being a vampire is something tragic… perhaps Romantically so (specifically big-R “Romantic”, not little-r “romantic”)… but still tragic. The way I’ve drawn vampires, they’re miserable, back-biting monsters who squander their immortality by making the lives of their fellows miserable. Some of our early testers have criticized the game for setting up a “heads I win, tails you lose” situation, but hopefully, if you trust in the narrative, the longer arc of the game will justify any early feelings of frustration.

But that brings us to one of the great things about the game: its scope and breadth. Vampires don’t die of natural causes, and that leaves me with two hundred years of rich history to play with. Of course, that’s also meant that I’ve had to do my research. (Uncovering the antebellum street names of the French Quarter was no easy task, let me tell you!) Really, that’s a large part of what made creating this game so enjoyable: the history of these times and places is rich with moments ready to be mined for drama.

I’ve designed this game with expansions in mind. The first portion spans 1815-1863; later installments will feature Chicago in the 1920s and Boston in the present day. I’ve already sketched out parts of these future installments, and we’ll try to release them on a regular schedule over the next few months. In theory, the game can tolerate any number of expansions, and I hope that I will have an opportunity to continue adding to the game for some time into the future.

26 Comments

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  2. Awesome! Just finished watching season 7 of buffy, now I can has more vampires. ^^

  3. Joseph says:

    Hey Jason, nice to meet you.

    I have to say, the way you pitch the general gist of the Vampire game has actually got me interested. I wasn’t really that enthralled by the idea when I first saw it, but now I’m looking forward to it.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  4. Olaf says:

    Great, looking forward to it!

  5. Cydne says:

    God, if I’m honest, the moment I saw the word ‘vampire’, I started thinking Twilight, and I inwardly groaned. But you’ve actually made the vampire thing seem interesting, and I will play with an open mind.

  6. Spider says:

    This sounds absolutely interesting! I’m really looking forward to playing Choice of the Vampire–and heads I win, tails you lose scenarios can be fun in their own right. Sometimes, there really ISN’T a good choice. Can’t wait to play!

  7. asdf says:

    Cant wait! I hope it comes soon

  8. Sam says:

    At first I was like, ugh, vampires, great, but I’m excited for this to be released! Jason’s description of his idea of vampires and the concept of experiencing multiple historical eras sound like they could make for a fun ride.

  9. Sævar says:

    Yes a new game, finally!! I´m so excited for the new game.

  10. […] have two games that are fairly far along.  Choice of the Vampire by Jason Hill is in beta testing currently.  We hope that it will be ready to release […]

  11. Communist Sam says:

    I hope we’re not going to be sparkling vampires in the game…

  12. Scottiwolf says:

    I’m glad this isnt going to be like twilight 🙂 id like to see choice of werewolf or something like that vampires are awsome but werewolves have so many more possibilities i like this so far though and am looking foreward to its release

  13. Bob the great says:

    Im dieing for this game! Junes ended and the game still isnt out! Gosh whens it coming out? Cant wait!!

  14. Derk says:

    Im pretty pumped for cotV. I love you guy’s work so far cant wait to keep enjoying your games 🙂 I wish i was talented enough to do stuff like this! When is it coming out? The suspense, it kills.

  15. William says:

    Agh, I really can’t wait for this game! I know most of the stuff I know about it’s actually been conjured up by my own imagination, but I don’t even care, man. I hope it’s out soon.

  16. The AMAzing turtle says:

    OMG, it’s still not out yet! I’m bored like heck right nowand I’m really looking forward to these games…

  17. game testers says:

    Thank you so much for the information about Choice of the Vampire.

  18. I have been a huge vampire fan ever since I read my first Anne Rice novel years ago. I love that you are taking a historical route. Much success on your completion!

  19. Jonathan says:

    I’m glad your making vampires scary psychopaths rather than soppy emos. Heads you win, Tails you loose is good in a game like that as life is also sometimes up to chance.

  20. William says:

    I TEAR OFF MY FLESH EACH DAY THIS IS NOT OUT. I TEAR MY FLESH

  21. Communist Sam says:

    I feel your pain William, but let’s not turn into whiney emo vampires now, okay?

  22. Kamer says:

    I’ve been away from Internet connection for like a month now, and I expected it to be out by now, so I’m sort of a little … Well… U know

  23. Kamer says:

    @ Scottiwolf: I think the same thing. It could be like being a lowly pack (maybe Omega position) wolf to being a alpha later on. There could even be like a lone wolf part of the game. And I’m not talking about the “Twilight style” wolves, I’m talking the traditional half-man/half-wolf wolves

  24. IsI says:

    ich suche ein Vampier zum nachzeichnen

  25. Agh, I really can’t wait for this game! I know most of the stuff I know about it’s actually been conjured up by my own imagination, but I don’t even care, man. I hope it’s out soon.

  26. Roman says:

    Hello Jason, i have just finshed the first installment of the game. I was hopeing if u could speed the second one up. I LOVE THE GAME!!!! because it has history to it different parts different ways to go by. You sould will creat more like fairy tale one or something or a today one( present day) with more decison to make. Thank you

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