Greetings! We’ve come to suck your blood!
This page hosts materials for the Vampire Hunters campaign, a Mordheim / Empire in Flames campaign game set in Ostermark that features cooperative play by warbands to rescue a small town from the grasp of a powerful vampire.
You will need two to five players, terrain for six locations (including a walled town), and a fair number of undead models. An average of one scenario per campaign turn will probably be played, and the campaign will last a maximum of twenty turns. The town involved is far enough away from Mordheim that shopping opportunities for items and additional warriors is limited.
The goal is to rescue the town, Nachtdorf, from the clutches of Baron Von Strangulf and his three mistresses. Players can win by killing Strangulf or by eliminating all five of his coffins containing native soil. There are five game areas near Nachtdorf, each with a coffin to be located and destroyed.
Strangulf can win by driving town morale to zero, gaining control via vampire bites of a certain number of townsfolk, or simply through expiration of campaign turns.
The 1.4 version of the rules and supporting materials follow (if you were playing a previous version, be sure to reprint the Quick Reference Guides and Action Boards to pick up changes. The other materials have not changed since the first version of the rules).
- Vampire Hunters 1.4 Rules
- Day and Night Event Cards. Print these on perforated business card stock, type 8371, and separate to make two decks.
- The Campaign Tracker. Print on card stock. This sheet is used to track overall campaign progress.
- The Action Boards used to keep track of what each model is doing on a given day or night phase of a campaign turn. Print each on card stock. There are three: the Day Town Actions Board, the Night Town Actions Board, and the Away Actions Board.
- Dungeon Layouts to use with Schattenturm Coffin Hunts.
- Map. This is a map I drew of the region, but it is completely unnecessary for play.
I found it pleasing to print the Night Town Actions on grey card stock, the Day Town Actions board on yellowish-cream card stock, and the Away Actions on white, but obviously this is not necessary. We glued the Campaign Tracker and the three action boards down onto black foam-core to make an overall game board for the campaign.
We also have found that Excel-like plot sheets for each warband and for the NPCs are useful to keep a record of which warriors performed what actions on which turns. Those are very easy to put together on your own if you want them.
The following Quick Reference Guides are a condensed form of the rules that you can print on cardstock or paper and should speed up play.
- Campaign Reference
- Vampire Forces Reference
- Town Attack Reference
- Coffin Hunt Reference
- Schattenturm Reference
We are currently in the middle of our first play test with three players in Tennessee. My brother Michael will soon begin another run with five players in Texas. Here are the Tennessee campaign reports on this blog so far:
- First Report, turns 1 through day of 4
- Second Report, night of 4 through turn 6 (features first night attack on the town)
- Third Report, turns 7-8
- Fourth Report, turn 9
- Fifth Report, day of turn 10
I watch a lot of vampire movies. Seriously, a lot, except for twinkly vampire movies. I cannot tolerate twinkly vampires. I’m also a big fan of Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. That’s where most of this comes from. Many thanks to Michael Weaver, Michael Kingsbury, and Michael Stamps for their input and play-testing (er, dying)!
Pics in the campaign reports and rules tread on some property rights without permission, for which I apologize, but hopefully can avoid any take down requests. Most of the miniatures are Games Workshop, with some Freebooter, Ral Partha, Lead Adventures, and assorted other manufacturers mixed in. Terrain is mostly custom made, but buildings are from Miniature Building Authority and Fantascene primarily. There is one Warhammer illustration at the beginning of the rules currently, and I do not know the artist to credit. In the 1.3 rules, I’ll replace this illustration with one of our miniature pics.