Vampires! Once the mere mention of this word would evoke fear and loathing and send shivers down a normal person’s spine. But now, due to their recent sexy makeover in Hollywood’s Twilight series of films, there’s been a massive resurgence of interest in all things ghoulish and supernatural.
Fantasy stories and games have always been popular. They have a timeless, escapist appeal. The nineties TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer normalised vampire killing as a past-time, but these poor vampires were always cast as the bad guys. Now that the Twilight effect has taken off – zombies, ghosts, werewolves and even your run-of-the-mill ghoul – are suddenly so much more appealing! But whether cast as good guys or bad, these creatures play an important part in our shared cultural mythology.
And don’t you just love being scared out of your wits? Isn’t it exciting to believe that there’s another more mysterious and dangerous shadow reality, just waiting to be discovered and explored? The problem with the movie or TV experience is that it only lasts a couple of hours at most, leaving us unsatisfied and hungry for more. This is where a great game trumps a movie or TV show every time. Playing fantasy games can satisfy our ghoulish cravings for weeks, months and even years!
There are many games to choose from that fulfil our yearnings for blood, human flesh and unlimited power! From Dark Heresy to Dungeons and Dragons – fantasy games earn a respectable slice of gaming revenue each year. A great macabre RPG is Vampire: Prince of the City, which uses blood as one of the currencies used on an ultimate quest to become the new Prince of all the Kindred.
The Zombie Game is coming – hold on to your brain!
And if you love zombies as much as I do, then you’ll love playing either a hero or zombie in the hugely successful Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game, which sold out on release and is into its second printing. Hold onto your brain while you can because this is a must-play game for all zombie horror fans. Let’s face it. Zombie lovers are truly spoilt for choice. There’s the whole Zombie!!! series of games to choose from, and the recently released All Things Zombie: The Board Game, which is an intense strategy RPG well worth getting your hands on.
There are so many supernaturally themed games to choose from, there’s no end to exploring this genre. Just be warned ! All vampires do not look like Twilight’s Robert Pattinson.