Transylvania: Curses & Traitors

“Listen to them… the children of the night…what sweet music they make.”

Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Transylvania: Curses & Traitors creeps into The Wandering Dragon on Tuesday, May 19th!

In the late 19th Century the land of Transylvania fell under a terrible curse allowing Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies to terrorize the citizens. The Governor issued a desperate plea for help. You play one of the best and bravest Adventurers in the world called to Transylvania to break the curse. Your goal is to find the Knowledge to break the curse over Transylvania but beware, the Knowledge you seek may just turn you into one of the terrible Monsters you have come to destroy.

Transylvania: Curses & Traitors is a heavily themed adventure and exploration game utilizing a modular board, variable player powers, hand management, and dice rolling.

Paths to victory include: 1. Solving the curse of Transylvania by finding the right combination of Knowledge cards and returning your pawn to the Church Tile. 2. Becoming a Monster (vampire, werewolf, or zombie) by collecting Transformation cards and then killing half the other players. 3. Killing a Monster as an Adventurer.

Game play: The board consists of sixteen 6″ x 6″ tiles representing places in Transylvania such as the Church, Graveyard, and Castle. Adventurers start on the Church Tile and explore uncovering new tiles. Each tile contains token spaces which are opportunities to perform challenges of strength, mental acuity, and spiritual fortitude. A successful challenge results in the reward of a Quest card. The Quest deck contains the Knowledge cards needed to break the curse. While exploring Adventurers will also encounter Events. Failure of Events leads to injury and/or death while success leads to additional rewards. If Adventurers collect Transformation cards plus a card that activates the Transformation card, they become a Vampire, Werewolf, or Zombie. The goal of the game immediately changes from seeking Knowledge to eliminating the other players by attacking them.

Explore Transylvania! Search for Knowledge! Break the curse – or transform into a monster!

Transylvania has seen better days. Vampires, werewolves, and zombies plague the land, and the local government has called for only the bravest and best adventurers to drive the creatures out. That’s where you come in! Will you find the clues and knowledge to solve the Curse, or will your darker side lead you to a monstrous reign of terror? Many will die trying to find out – but dying is half the fun in this fast-paced board game of adventure and exploration.

Paths to Victory

As you explore the cursed land, you will have the opportunity to earn Quest Cards. You must collect the correct combination of cards to break the curse and return to the Church Tile with them. If you do so, then you complete your quest, earn your reward, and return home victorious (i.e. you win the game).

Once a Monster has been revealed, Adventurers have the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with these dangerous creatures. There are items in the Quest Deck to aid you and if you manage to slay one of these horrible beasts your fame is assured. You travel the globe as a world-class monster killer (and you win the game).

Also within the Quest Deck are cards that will transform you into one of the vicious Monsters that terrorize the land. If you are transformed into the Vampire, the Werewolf, or the Zombie you must kill your former companions.  Once you have met your body count quota, you live in infamy terrorizing the countryside – it is good to be a Monster (and you win the game).