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Vampire Hunters

A project in Brooklyn, NY by Dark Gate Games
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A dark co-op campaign for 1-4 players. Battle Vampires and other Night Creatures as you hunt the Vampire Lord from Den to Den.
Backers: 3785
Average Pledge Per Backer: $150

Funded: $565,945 of $40,000
Dates: Jul 19th -> Aug 18th (30 days)
Project By: Dark Gate Games
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Latest News

Thank You All

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Welcome to the first update of the next phase of this campaign. Thanks to all the backers that pledged on the first Vampire Hunters Kickstarter. Although we halted that project before it was completed, your clear support and... (Read More)

Pledge Manager Boost

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
There are many $1 backers out there. We understand the pressures on everyone’s wallets, after all, we did start our campaign just after another massive KS project, which we are sure was draining for many of you. So, Pledge $1 now and you can... (Read More)

Relics and Vampire Lords

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! This is our final rules update. I’d like to think we have saved the best for last! We will be talking about the goals of the Hunter’s Campaign: creating a Relic and Defeating the Vampire Lord. Relics are new objects, like Equipment... (Read More)

A New Evil Rises

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters!   We have posted the last Optional Buy. You have unlocked the last Stretch Goal. Kurivan is here! The battle against the Night is never ending. There is evil lurking everywhere, waiting to spread. Kurivan is a second Vampire Lord,... (Read More)

The Last Stretch

August 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We made it together, all the way to the end. If you can ramp the total up to $500K, we will unlock the final goal! Good Hunting!  (Read More)

Lend Me a Hand

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! That was the fastest unlock ever!  Slayer Rewards will include 6 extra minion Vampires. I hope they do your bidding. Next, some new Combination Attack Cards. Not just new combinations, but a new idea. If you unlock the $465K Stretch... (Read More)

Minions

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! Less than 24 hrs to go, we are approaching the end. We will not be posting any more Optional Buys, so you can plan your final pledge now.  You have unlocked Eten and her Book of Blood! Nete was a white witch, healing with herbs and... (Read More)

Castle Dracula

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We can’t keep count. Were there more Dracula films or requests for Dracula in the game? Of course, we have to do the Count our way, so it’s not going to be a handsome Hammer Horror style noble. Dracula has some powerfully allies,... (Read More)

Peter Constant

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Peter Constant has taken his battle against the monstrous creatures of the night outside the Lobotomy asylum!      (Read More)

Something Wicked

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Great going! You have unlocked Najida and she will be included in all Slayer pledges. Najida made her own leather armor, styled after the ancient League of Assassins, and converted her teenage parkour skills into a unique fighting... (Read More)

The Cure

August 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You unlocked Henry! The Order has a cure for recently Turned Hunters. Like so many of the rituals observed around the world, the origins of the cure have been lost and even though the Order will not admit it, they do not know how or... (Read More)

That Hurt

August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! The Serious Injury Deck is unlocked. No guessing games for this one, the Serious Injury Deck makes your life harder by giving you serious injuries with on-going effects. Each time you take 3 or more Wounds, draw a card and apply the... (Read More)

Man Out of Time

August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Recently, the great game developers at Emergent Games had a success with their first time game, Fireteam Zero. It’s a co-op game where a group of heroes battle evil in a Weird War II setting and now that the game is on player’s... (Read More)

Queenie

August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers! We have a new expansion to show you, inspired by your requests. It’s obvious you want more female enemies. Because we created it from your recent feedback, we only have the concept art ready now, not the final art or sculpts of the... (Read More)

You Can Go Your Own Way

August 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You have unlocked Bram. Bram is truly an inspiration to the team. Like Ash, Bram is a leader, well versed in Hunter lore. Here is his ability: Other Hunters that can draw LOS to Bram spend one less Focus to activate all special... (Read More)

Double Post

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Sorry, something weird happened!  (Read More)

What Time Is It?

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You have unlocked the Current Round Marker! No explanation needed here, it's bling for the clock. You could use this as the Current Player Marker, if you prefer.   Up next at $345K, Bram is sporting dashing retro-styled Vampire... (Read More)

My, What a Long Tongue You Have Grandma

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Backers have enthusiastically suggested additions to the game and we really enjoy reading them all. Despite the title of this update, we are not adding werewolves, a popular suggestion. But today’s Optional Buy does hit a few backer... (Read More)

That Looks Infected

August 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You have unlocked a brand new option in the game, the Infection Deck.  For its impact on the game, this might be the simplest deck in the world. There are 20 “It’s Just a Scratch” cards and 5 “That Looks Infected” cards:... (Read More)

It’s Just a Flesh Wound

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You made light work of Ash. You may have noticed we lowered the gap between goals to $10K for him. We really wanted to unlock a stretch goal at $300K because it’s such an impressive number. Many thanks to everyone for bringing us... (Read More)

LOS?

August 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Wow, lots of updates today. You have unlocked the From Blood to Dust tiles Stretch Goal:   We will add one full-sized Map Tile and one small Map Tile to the From Blood to Dust expansion. Both tiles are double-sided, with unique art on... (Read More)

Vampire on a Unicorn!

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! As promised, we are bringing out our Elder Vampire riding a Unicorn. This will be a huge miniature, about 75mm or 3 inches high. I’m sorry, but this is the worst sculpt of a unicorn that I have ever seen. When using this model, you... (Read More)

Need a Map?

August 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHcjjxYbgNM Great news, you unlocked Cain over night: Cain is a melee specialist, with a hidden short range rifle. Instead of diving straight into the new goal, let’s start with our decision about the... (Read More)

Get in the Game: Describe a Den

August 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Do you remember the Get in the Game updates, for Special Abilities and Weapons? If you missed them, they are here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1900818244/vampire-hunters-0/posts/1637765... (Read More)

Pip Pip

August 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Here are the final images of the custom dice for the Optional Buys. The Vampire dice color, black with red, was a big winner and it was also clear that backers did not want plain round pips. We went with the blood drop concept, but our... (Read More)

Blood in the Water!

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Rhaco has been unlocked and added to the Slayer Pledges. The damp underground settings in From Blood to Dust has water pooling everywhere. Rhaco is an Elder Vampire that often hides in the dank pools. When there is blood in the water,... (Read More)

Good News

August 10th - via: kickstarter.com
We have more good news from our financial team. We have shared a lot of information about the game but not about our manufacturing plans. The premier board game manufacturer Ludofact is our first choice for the production of Vampire Hunters. In the... (Read More)

Rats!

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We have passed the lovely round number of $250,000. Wow! This unlocks the 2 Swarm of Rats Miniatures. So now you have unlocked the 3 Swarm minis, the Swarm of Rats, the Swarm of Bats and the Mist. All three enemies share the same new... (Read More)

The More the Merrier

August 9th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Here’s an overview of our 5-6 player expansion, The Night is Darker. The expansion increases the difficulty of the game, so more Hunters can enter the Den for a balanced experience. 2 Hunters 6 Desmodus (1 sculpt) 2 Upyrs (1 sculpt)... (Read More)

Flat World

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We really like our Map Tile and Token art, but if someone said it was a little flat, we would have to agree that this is literally true. Today we are sharing an Optional Buy that makes the board popup! Don’t forget, you are already... (Read More)

Goal!!!!!!!!!!!

August 8th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics at the moment. We have several goals of our own.   At $235K you added 5 more cards to the Kickstarter Exclusive Card Deck. Combined Attack Cards bring real co-op play to a co-op board game.... (Read More)

The Long Haul

August 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! Many games have a campaign system. Different games have different options and we want you to understand how the Vampire Hunters Campaigns add rules and game play to your tabletop. This starts with the Hunts, which increase in... (Read More)

Vampire Hunting

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Today we start to talk about Hunts, what we call our scenarios, quests or missions. There is a lot of information to share, so there will be long updates today and tomorrow and probably more information later in the week. This update... (Read More)

Emma the Vampire Hunter

August 6th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! You have unlocked Emma! Emma is a melee specialist, as you can guess from the axe. For some of the other Hunters, we have shown you their stats, but for Emma we’ll give you her bio: Emma the Junior Prom Queen. Good looks, a great... (Read More)

Creepy Crawlers

August 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! We have a new Optional Buy and a new type of Vampire, the Crawler. Another underground creature of the Night, the Crawlers spawn with Burrowers. When you spawn a Burrower, also place a Crawler in the same area.   The set of Crawlers... (Read More)

Get in the Game: Special Abilities

August 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Remember Get in the Game: Weapons? It was Update #12, you can see it here if you missed it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1900818244/vampire-hunters-0/posts/1637765 We’re doing it again! Get your idea and name in the game... (Read More)

Word

August 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello backers! We have great news about translations. We have already started work on four additional languages for Vampire Hunters. If you look on the community page, you can see that the top four non-English speaking countries for backers are:... (Read More)

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?

August 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Another Hunter has been unlocked. Jean-Louis joins the Order! In last weekend’s update, we spoke about how you had free choice to upgrade your Hunter, with no restrictive levels or fixed skill trees. So what about the base Hunters?... (Read More)

Double the Fun

August 1st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! You worked hard to unlock the Kickstarter Exclusive Item Cards at the weekend while we worked on the rules updates and did not tell you about them. Let’s fix that. We told you these were a little different. You have seen the Item... (Read More)

Complete Rules

July 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers!  We have now posted the full beta rule book on the front page. If you have read the Beta Core Coop rule book, the new book has additional chapters at the end, none of the shared text has changed. Today we will make the last detailed... (Read More)

Game Changer

July 30th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! This weekend we want to share more information about the game. Let’s start with our first game play video, which is now up on the front page. This is a little different from the rules videos. We gloss over the rules and just play one... (Read More)

Swarms of Stretch Goals

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! We have unlocked the Swarm of Bats miniatures, you get two of them. Look at their abs! I need to get to the gym. If you recall, we said the Mist was a “time waster”. You can lose by taking damage of course, but since the Hunts are... (Read More)

Crossing Over

July 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! One thing I really enjoy about this industry is interacting with other insiders. As our competitors, you may think they would be kind of guarded, but nothing could be further from the truth. For example, we have recently been talking... (Read More)

Let’s Review!

July 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! The rule book and our three how to play videos should have given you a good understanding of the game. We will now start posting video reviews! These reviews have a variety of content: rules, game play, personal opinions, etc. They are... (Read More)

Bats out of Hell

July 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Samuel joins the Hunter’s ranks! I think his holy water cannon is the largest weapon in the game. Let’s not joke about him being a tank.   Here’s the Basic Weapon Card. This is an example of how we try to match the special... (Read More)

The Americans are Coming

July 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! Congratulations on passing another stretch goal. You’ve started the Kickstarter Exclusive mini deck, 10 Special Ability Cards at the moment. Did I say started? Oops, I meant created. Special Abilities improve a Hunter. It’s easy to... (Read More)

You’re Special

July 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! You asked for sexy Vampires, we gave you sexy Vampires! Now you have unlocked the $165K stretch goal, we will replace half the male Thralls with female Thralls. So you’ll get 4 male Thralls and 4 female Thralls in the box.  Turned... (Read More)

Vampire Mansions

July 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We have tried to be clear about the game – both the rules and box content – but there is one thing that perhaps we glossed over. We all knew this information in the office, so when we wrote “6 double-sided Map Tiles”, it was... (Read More)

Get in the Game: Weapons

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Have you seen the $500+ pledges to design parts of games? Create a character, name a city, get your face on a card, that sort of thing? We do things differently at Dark Gate Games: you can get in the game for free! Vampire Hunters need... (Read More)

Follow the Rules

July 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Our How to Play video, 2 of 3, has been posted on the front page. We know many of you prefer videos to rulebooks and we are trying to please both camps. This Video covers the real meat of the co-op game. What’s next? The third and... (Read More)

Grelrok in a Box

July 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Grelrok is loose! Here is a more detailed picture of Grelrok, in all his spiky glory. Compared to the hunters, this is a massive creature! The miniature stands 45mm, or almost 2inches, tall. Elders are a little different from the... (Read More)

And in Addition ...

July 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! Here is our first Optional Buy and answers to questions about the Pledge Manager. The Optional Buy is at the bottom to make you read the fine print. For the new Kickstarter users, Optional Buys, or add-ons as some people call them, are... (Read More)

Under the Influence

July 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Backers! You have unlocked another stretch goal and added 10 Elder Influence Cards to the game. Elder Vampires are unique beings that are far more powerful than their Vampire minions. In game terms, think of them as bosses in a Hunt, or... (Read More)

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up

July 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! The plastic Debris Tokens are unlocked! There have been many questions about these (except from backer Logus Vile, who has done a great job reading the rulebook and describing the game). These are plastic versions of the Debris Token... (Read More)

Let’s be Friends

July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! We have some Social Stretch Goals for you to unlock!  If you have never seen them before, Social Stretch Goals are rewards that are related to people, not the pledge total, for example, doing something on social media. We’ll be... (Read More)

We Survived Our First Night!

July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters!Do any of you use Kicktraq? It’s a great tool for seeing what’s hot on Kickstarter. There’s this new game that is at the top of their charts at the moment, I’m not sure if you know it. Vampire Hunters!... (Read More)

With a Rebel Yell, He Cried More, More, More!

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Okay, in my defense, I did see Billy Idol live last week. Yes, he was awesome and yes, he played Rebel Yell. Okay, no more music puns. Billy Bob is a thumping melee specialist. Those stakes are not as aerodynamic as they look. Let’s... (Read More)

Another One Bites the Dust!

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Sorry about that update title. I just could not resist. Have you taken a good look at the minis on the front page? They are all sculpted by our excellent 3D artist, Alexei Popovici. You’ll be seeing more of his work through the... (Read More)

Running Wild

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Mist is unlocked! I’ve really been looking forward to talking about this stretch goal as it an interesting change to game play. Just like other games, you can lose a Hunt if you get killed. You have seen our Vampires. They are ready... (Read More)

Best Start We Could Imagine!

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello Hunters! Well, that was truly phenomenal! For the first game from a new company to get funded in 14 minutes is amazing. Filippo Chirico and the whole Vampire Hunters team send you a heartfelt thank you. Vampire Hunters only exists because we... (Read More)

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