Fury of Dracula has been on my mind for some time now. With my income tax coming up and some reading up on the game, I have found out it has much more promise than I had imagined. Probably the biggest reason I am considering is nothing has to be written down: the cards lead the trail, unlike many of the other deduction games created by other companies (don't ask, just very particular about maintaining the quality of a game, even if it comes down to a notepad).
However, I have a few concerns.
1) Apparently this was revised or re-released in 2010. What does the latest version have, and is amazon selling only the latest or both 2006 and 2010 versions? How do I tell the difference if they are selling both side-by-side?
2) I have heard many critics say that Dracula is very weak in this game. The Gamers' Table even states they had yet to win with Dracula at the time they had posted. Scott's Stuff has said the game is the "Fury of Buffy" in reality. Are these criticisms unfair and there is a secret way to play Dracula extremely well, or is Dracula too easy to kill off?
If he is easy, I believe my gaming group would like a tougher version. We play Mansions of Madness, Death Angel, and Dungeon Quest, and we very much like the feeling of brutal slaughter by the bad stuff in the glimmering hope that sometimes we do pull off a win.
Is it possible Dracula can have a variant that gives him a slight edge? I know some criticisms of variants have said if you make Dracula too strong, he won't want to run away and instead just kill off his pursuers, so does anyone know how to give Dracula more challenge against the hunters?