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You heard stories the ship was dredged from the sea floor and they had to clear out buckets of drowned fish before building staterooms.  Stories about the Captain who’s never seen before midnight. About the unsettling shape of the boxes that were loaded into the darkness of the lower decks.

The crowd waiting to embark doesn't seem worried though.  And before you know it you're relaxing by the pool, ocean sparkling all around, and you're not worried either.

Until breakfast, when you share a table with the woman who told you all the rumors. Now she’s wearing a white silk robe and handing out pamphlets that say ’ Is Death Real?’ on the cover. And then you can't find your aunt, and you wake up woozy in your cabin clutching a note you don't remember writing that says “deck 13 at noon. bring something sharp”

On the other hand there's a ping pong tournament.

Vampire Cruise – a supposedly fun thing you’ll have to do for eternity.

Vampire Cruise is a 40 page ttrpg adventure zine, ready to play with any rules-light osr style system. It includes maps, lots of vampires, a mummy cult, and room service.

Written & illustrated by Amanda Lee Franck

Layout by https://micah-anderson.itch.io/

Print edition available at Ratti Incantati Here!

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(47 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
TagsTabletop role-playing game, Vampire, zine


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vampire_cruise.pdf 23 MB

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My group just played the first day of this adventure using the Sapio system. We had a blast! The adventure is just evocative. Thanks for creating this.

Can you share your Spare and Spiral lists?


  • Captain Vilgrip bumps into you during a drunken, one-man pity party. He offers to trade you his captains stripes for a bottle of vodka.
  • Christian Gill strums on his Spanish guitar in front of a gaggle of groupies. With the flip of his hair, he looks up and asks if you need anything.
  • A wall panel falls off revealing a shortcut through the decrepit bones of the Zenobia.
  • The vampire shark takes a bite out of something (or someone) in front of you.


  • A ceiling panel falls on the floor revealing the Zenobia's rotting skeleton and blocking your way.
  • A pair of bellhops run screaming down the hallway and knock you over. They gibber about a hippopotamus with the head of a crocodile.
  • Sheffy Pompadour practices the biathlon and is looking for more interesting targets than a case of vintage wine bottles.
  • The vampire shark circles you...

My group finished playing this tonight. Took us 2 sessions. We used a system called Dark Streets and Darker Secrets, which worked very well. We had a lot of fun and I'd totally recommend this adventure!

The adventure can go a number of different directions, depending on what choices the players make. I think it will have great replay value.

I would recommend playing it as a one-shot (as we did). It may be quite difficult to get all the PCs out alive from this scenario (3/4 of our PCs died in the end). 

How many sessions do you think this might last the average group? Is this a one-shot deal, a lengthy campaign, somewhere in between?


I think 2-3 sessions! Depends on how much socializing your players are into- last time I ran it there was a lot of dinner & drinks with vampires & party planning so it took us a little longer.

That sounds like a blast. 

Thanks for answering! I'm definitely going to buy this at some point. Just a matter of when.