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There was an earlier thread or geeklist about the first game we remembered. Mine was around the age of four (so this was circa 1976) and I have no idea what it was called.

There was a large-ish paper map that unfolded to reveal a castle or dungeon 2d-tile-style overhead-view (not-isomorphic) with squares for movement. Possible two or more sheets worth. It seemed huge, but I was small.

There was a haunted dungeon theme to it. Possibly with vampires or ghosts. Seems like there were gates or portcullis and chains for prisoners in the artwork. Aimed at kids probably a few years older than me.

I have no idea about the mechanics. I don't even really remember the figures if there were any. I probably just moved the pieces around and admired the gameboard artwork. (I guess I still find myself doing that.)

The game literally gave me nightmares of little vampires running around on the floor and under my bed. It quite possibly scarred me for life. In a good way of course.

It occurs to me that many games I enjoy now (looking at you Castle Ravenloft) are pretty much that game. I'd love to figure out what it was.
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Could be Dungeon!?
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I later did acquire Dungeon (of course!) but that's not the one. An excellent guess however.

It's also not the Haunted Mansion game, which I also later acquired and loved. Without getting overly self-analytical, this first game started a trend.
 
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HeroQuest perhaps?
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I don't think so ... Was there a 70s version of HeroQuest?

I think the paper fold-out map is key -- how many games had that? Color scheme was dark blue and gray and black. Stone walls. Some battlements maybe.

It reminds me of those maps you get with D&D Minis (which I also own, eyeroll).

I want to say there we was a deck of cards too? But I'm probably projecting. And it's probably going to end up being less cool than I remember.


 
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Windopaene wrote:
HeroQuest perhaps?


Not Heroquest, not in 1976. HQ was 1990.
 
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Perhaps the maps were from some really early D&D module?
 
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What were the figures you moved like?
 
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Adventures in the Dungeon?



(edit: never mind, 1979 publication, unless it fell through a time warp to 1976...)
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Ah, this one has vampires...

Dark Shadows

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Adventures in the Dungeon is from 1979, but Dark Shadows is from 1968 and also has cards, sounds promising... (and the map is folded paper...)
 
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OMG Adventures in the Dungeon. Not it, but I totally had that one too.

It's a coloring book. I think every dungeon I ever made as a teenager had to have a carrion crawler and an octopus in a pool guarding a treasure. And the xorn was fun to color -- gray!

I had completely forgotten that existed -- thank you.
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I'd never heard of a Dark Shadows game. My mom certainly watched the show.

That one hits every single criteria down to the folding paper map.

By rights, this should have been it. But sadly, no. You gotta get a prize for that or something.

(I've not gone near the new movie. Out of respect.)
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I've been on this site for at least two years now I have no idea how geek gold works. I tipped you -- hope it wasn't an insulting amount.

EDIT: FIVE YEARS. Sheesh.
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In response to earlier questions:

- Definitely not a D&D module: it was color and very spooky/kid-oriented.

- The figures I'm having a hard time with. I want to say that they were cardboard foldovers on a plastic base of skeletons and frankensteins. (Yes, Frankenstein's *monster*, I know.) But I could well be inventing that memory.

I do clearly remember them running around under my bed at night, so I think they were monsters.
 
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Well, just to check, Dark Shadows was reimplemented in 1975 as Creature Castle. Does this look more familiar?

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Circa 1976? So it couldn't have been Vampyre
 
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UNBELIEVABLE. Creature Castle. That is it.

I am floored. Now I have to find a way to acquire this one.

Thanks so much!!
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I had Vampyre too. Or was it Undead? I had the one with the barely dressed lady on the front and took it to school in 4th grade and was quite popular with the lads that day. My first (and only) Steve Jackson game.

Still can't get over the Creature Castle find. Well done.
 
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Ha Ha, I recent reacquired a copy of Vampyre and there is all you need on here to make a PnP if you want to go that route. Glad you figured out your game!
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That game really has a creepy board. I can see why it would give you nightmares when you where little.
 
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mpowers wrote:
UNBELIEVABLE. Creature Castle. That is it.

I am floored. Now I have to find a way to acquire this one.

Thanks so much!!



I had the original, Dark Shadows as a kid. Did the new version have glow in the dark skeletons like the old version? We had more fun with that then the actual game.
 
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LOL, "new version".

I don't recall any glowing pieces, no. I'm so gratified Creature Castle (and it's predecessor) is well reviewed on BGG. Beats Candy Land I suppose.
 
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Great detective work, Jeff Wood! I remember that game, too!
 
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