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Blue Steel wrote:
1. Each of us get a notecard. It eliminates the memory aspect, as we can be accountants and record what we find in different houses.
I understand many people dislike the memory aspect, but many also have a greater dislike for "accounting". I think your variant turns a little of the fun into work. My suggestion is to leave revealed encounter cards that belong to your opponent face-up until he/she replaces them (or pretends to). It doesn't eliminate the memory aspect completely, but reduces it by a signifcant degree.
2. She is actually Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not Van Helsing.
Well, I wouldn't call it a "major" change. In fact, it is not a change at all (to the mechanics).
Anyone know where I can get a Buffy the Vampire Slayer meeple that's roughly the same size and color as the Van Helsing meeple?
I don't think you will find a Buffy "meeple", but due to the "magic" of the wooden pieces, it doesn't really need to be Buffy, does it? Any female piece will probably do. Witch of Salem is another Horror-themed game with two (identical) female figures of proper size (a bit smaller than Dracula). Times Square is another game in the Kosmos two-player series that also has two (different) female figures, but I don't know their size.