A faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula will bring the world's most famous blood-sucking count to tabletop skirmish gaming next year, as part of the ever-expanding StokerVerse, a transmedia storyworld growing out of the original vampire tale.
Crooked Dice Game Design Studio and Edge Hill University are working with Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew, and Dr Chris McAuley of Stoker-McAuley Productions, to bring 7TV: Dracula to unlife.
According to the hugely popular British miniatures games company, 7TV: Dracula will be:
"...[b]ased on the novel’s characters, events, themes and chilling atmosphere, [and] will transform the battle against the Count into a fun and challenging gaming experience.On the university's website, Dr Wright added:
"Like earlier Edge Hill University-Crooked Dice collaborations, 7TV: Dracula will be developed by a design team of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of English, History and Creative Writing.
"Led Dr Peter Wright and Crooked Dice’s Managing Director, Karl Perrotton, the team will be involved in all aspects of the game’s research and development.
"Creative work will begin in October 2021 with the prototype game being playtested and demonstrated throughout 2022, the 125th anniversary of Dracula’s first publication."
“This is an excellent partnership for Edge Hill and Crooked Dice. Dracula is probably the most well-known gothic horror novel in the world, and for our students to have the opportunity to work on the first skirmish game adaption of the original story, with the author’s descendant, is really exciting.”