Edge Hill University and Crooked Dice Game Design studio are set to adapt Bram Stoker’s Dracula into a new narrative-driven skirmish game of gothic horror.

Edge Hill and Crooked Dice will be working directly with Dacre Stoker, Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew, and Dr Chris McAuley of Stoker-McAuley Productions, to bring an authentic adaptation of Dracula to the tabletop. 7TV: Dracula will be part of the ever-expanding StokerVerse, a transmedia storyworld growing out of the original vampire tale.

7TV: Dracula will be a faithful adaptation of Stoker’s famous story. Based on the novel’s characters, events, themes and chilling atmosphere, it will transform the battle against the Count into a fun and challenging gaming experience.

Like earlier Edge Hill University-Crooked Dice collaborations, 7TV: Dracula will be developed by a design team of undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of English, History and Creative Writing. Led Dr Peter Wright and Crooked Dice’s Managing Director, Karl Perrotton, the team will be involved in all aspects of the game’s research and development.

Dr Peter Wright said: “This is an excellent partnership for Edge Hill and Crooked Dice. Dracula is probably the most well-known gothic horror novel in the world, and for our students to have the opportunity to work on the first skirmish game adaption of the original story, with the author’s descendant, is really exciting.”

Creative work will begin in October 2021 with the prototype game being playtested and demonstrated throughout 2022, the 125th anniversary of Dracula’s first publication.

Previous games designed by Edge Hill Students. Picture by Paul Heyes.

This exciting project heralds a year of Dracula-related events at Edge Hill University developed with EHU Nineteen, the university’s interdisciplinary research centre focussing on the long-nineteenth century. 

Students taking part in this programme are supported by the Student Opportunity Fund which contributes financial support that helps undergraduates and postgraduates to take part in activities that enhance employability and develop transferable skills.

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