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“I’m not dead yet!” Fleshing out Vampirism in the Fantasy Trip


“We enjoy the night, the darkness, where we can do things that aren’t acceptable in the light. Night is when we slake our thirst.”

— William Hill

It might be a little late for Halloween, but lately we’ve been thinking about vampires in the Fantasy Trip. Unlike most legends and pop culture references, vampires in TFT are not members of the undead (or Unliving in game parlance) but victims of a microscopic pathogen. They are diseased yet living entities, now flying about, drinking blood, and rising from any murder blow other than the proverbial stake.

Unfortunately, we get very little more than that in the written rules. And since Mr. Van Helsing isn’t returning our calls, we have to speculate ourselves to fill in the details on this exsanguinating enigma.


Catching cold

The infection that causes vampirism is known by the Physickers as Sanguinosis Vampiri and is passed by a bite from an infected. The microorganisms are supernatural in nature and can be detected as magic, but they cannot live outside the host, and to date, no Alchemist has been able to successfully extract them.



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