Meeplevania Beta now available – care to playtest a tiny little game about vampiric meeples?


The Game

Meeplevania is a game about vampires and meeples. Taking place in the land of Meeplevania, several vampire hunters have joined forces in an attempt to track down Count Meepula, the infamous meeple vampire! Played over a series of rounds, where each player takes a turn at being Count Meepula, Meeplevania is a deduction and bluffing game that can be played with 2-4 players, ages 8+ in under 30 minutes.

You can grab the 7 page PDF to print and play right here or by clicking on the map above.

What you’ll need to play:

  • The PDF so you can print out the 10 cards and the 4″ x 4″ map of Meeplevania.
  • 10 Red cubes (or 10 pennies or 10 things of the same color). These represent potential Count Meepulas in your game.
  • 3 different colored Meeples – the hunters!
  • 5 white Victory cubes (again, anything may serve, as long as they are identical).

Please feel free to let me know what you think by emailing me at bgerber at gmail (dot) com. I’m looking for thoughts on what works, what doesn’t, what you can break and if you had a decent time of it or not!


A long time ago, going on nearly 1.5 years now, I was sitting at my kitchen table with my buddy Dan looking at that map you see at the top of the post. I had a fistfull of meeples, some dice and a few other odds and ends and we were both trying to figure out how to make a viable game out of so few components. I had the name – Meeplevania, and not much else. I had thought perhaps it would be about competing vampires, herding us humans (in the form of meeples of course) for food stock. I had toyed with the idea of a medieval territory control game featuring vampires.

I had set myself a challenge a few weeks prior to this meeting where I wanted to make a game board that could fit inside the box cover of a 4″ x 4″ box printed at The Game Crafter. Of course, to do this, I needed a viable game to go along with it! Try as we might, we couldn’t get all the things to click. We kept coming up with ideas for puzzles – but those are solvable things, unlike games in which there should always be a bit of a challenge and change from one game to the next. I just kept remaking Tic Tac Toe though.

This project sat. And sat, and sat for quite some time, collecting electronic dust in my Gdrive as I worked on other things, dealt with life and the day job and what have you.

Then about three months ago it hit me all in a rush while I was trying to take a nap on the train. Of course! A game where the players hunt for the vampire! And each player should get a chance at playing both the hunter and the vampire.

From there, I abandoned my map and started furiously misspelling things on my phone. Meeplevania was born!

I showed this around to a few folks on the G+ scene and and game developer friend online as well. Toyed with it some more and got sidetracked by the holidays. Now I’m back, and so is the worlds tiniest, most wooden vampire ever!

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