Thousand Year Old Vampire: A Roleplaying Game

Created by tim hutchings

A pre-order store for Thousand Year Old Vampire's second printing. Please notice Weird Horror and the Operator's Manual for the Handheld Bronson Articulated De-Flensing Unit. These are both items that might only ever be sold here and now.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Thousand Year Old Vampire companion book, ZineQuest 3 Kickstarter is up now
6 months ago – Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at 02:46:07 AM

Hi folks,

Apologies if you've already gotten this information another way, but:

I've launched another Kickstarter!

It's a zine game you play with three people using a clever gimmick.  It has no vampires.  I'm pretty jazzed about it.  

There's also a secret Thousand Year Old Vampire companion being released in March/April.  You can preorder it through the zine kickstarter or watch

High fives,

tim h

Updated PDF available, some 1st printing copies available
12 months ago – Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 01:52:42 AM

Hi folks!

Some housekeeping and general updates:


There's a new PDF available for Thousand Year Old Vampire.  Changes are minor--typo corrections, a few points of clarification, graphic tweaks, a couple bits of new art.  This PDF matches the second printing which will be released in October.  There are two versions of the PDF--spreads and single pages.  

The Spread version and the Single Page versions can be downloaded at those two links.  I also updated the Backerkit files, those are your 'forever' PDF links.  


Next:  I am almost sold out of first printing books.  You can buy a first printing at while they last.  If you pre-ordered the second printing through backerkit and are impatient know that you can cancel that backerkit order and order the first printing through  While supplies last, anyways.

If you want to pre-order the second printing, you can do that here:

And I think that's it!  


tim h

12 months ago – Wed, Aug 05, 2020 at 08:49:07 PM

Hi folks!

So Thousand Year Old Vampire won the three ENnies!  Gold awards for Best Rules, Best Production Values, and a silver for Product of the Year.  It's ridiculous and unlikely and thank you all!  The awards were based on a popular vote and that means that YOU made this happens and that's amazing.

If you want to watch the awards ceremony you can go to  My acceptance videos are at 1:13:17, then 1:39:50, then 1:47:45.  The first two are maybe worth watching, the third is not.

In other news, tell your buddies they can pre-order the next printing of TYOV at  I'll have a few copies of the first printing to sell after the warehouse unsnarls itself from a big warehouse-to-warehouse move.  

I'm going to upload a slightly improved PDF of the game to Backerkit soon, too.

Finally, you can get a prerelease version of Tales from the Gods here.  It's a TYOV hack by Axo Stories.  

Thank you all so much!

tim h

I'd Appreciate Your Help! Thousand Year Old Vampire
about 1 year ago – Thu, Jul 09, 2020 at 09:10:51 PM

Dear Thousand Year Old Vampire Supporter,

You’ve helped me make a book that is a hundred times better than I ever thought I would be able to manage.  Thank you so much!  Now, ingrate that I am, I've come to beg a favor!

I’m excited to say that Thousand Year Old Vampire has been nominated for three Ennie awards.  The Ennies are the biggest award in role-playing games, for better or worse, and I would like to win one.  Or three.  You can help me going to the Ennies site and voting for Thousand Year Old Vampire!

Voting is easy, there’s no registration or anything.  Just go to each of these links:

Product of the Year

Best Game Rules

Best Production Values

Find Thousand Year Old Vampire on the list, click the “No Vote” bar underneath it and change the selection to “1”.  Hit the black “vote” button at the bottom of the screen and you’re done!

There are other good games nominated for Ennies and I encourage you to look ‘em up!  I am especially excited about BFF!, MÖRK BORG (such good layout!), A Cool and Lonely Courage, and The Excellents.  Too many to list, really!

And here’s the straight talk:  I’ve never won a popularity contest in my life and I really don’t expect to win this one.  The competition is really good and many of the games are put out by savvy business folks with social media presences and fan bases and all that.  I don’t know how to do that stuff but I am giving you, the people who’ve bought and maybe played my game, a chance to weigh in on this.

Winning an Ennie will help me make more games, and that would be awesome.


Tim H

PS―Pre-orders are available for the second printing (identical but for error fixes and things) at

PPS––I’m going to give another nudge about this this week and I’m hoping to run a live stream game this Wednesday night.  I’ll send something else about that.

Lookit that face.  Who could say no to that little face?

Three ENNIE Nominations for Thousand Year Old Vampire!
about 1 year ago – Wed, Jul 01, 2020 at 01:20:30 AM

Thousand Year Old Vampire was nominated for Best Rules, Best Production Values, and Product of the Year!  I am completely astonished.

Thank you all so much for supporting this game and letting this happen!  

Thank you so much!