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A creaking hunter among dust and cobwebs, you prowl the night places, seeking the souls on which you feed. You have done this since time immemorial, or so you believe; you have no memories of  living as a man-thing like those you catch and eat. But human traces linger; your fingers trace clever arabesques in the dirt of your grave-place and with the flourishes come whispered songs in a language you've forgotten. Far away, in a museum, hangs your portrait in oil by a master five hundred years dead--you might have been lovers but the diary you kept then is long lost.  

188 fancy pages

play in a couple of hours or a couple of weeks

solo play, optional group play

Just got a super nice bit on Shut Up and Sit Down. 

Chimerical Realm does a great play through!

Thousand Year Old Vampire Arises on Kickstarter

Game State gives the game a go on youtube.

Tabletop Anarchy does a video review of the game.

Big Gay Nerds played it for Halloween.

Roll for Crit gives it a holler.

Note:  A non-graphic version of the rules text will be added as a download option, but probably not until summer.  A single-page-per-page  (not spreads) PDF will be available soon.

An EU-printed POD version should be ready for summer.

Twitter = @timhutchingsftw

Updated 7 days ago
Published 27 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
GenreRole Playing
Tagsemotional, journal, memory, solo, Vampire


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TYOV_Ver1_04.pdf 114 MB

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Print Copy of TYOV

Hardback, 188 color pages, multiple types of foil and cover treatments, disgusting and decadent.  

Free shipping in the US, international purchasers see below. 

Covid-19 Concerns:  Copies ordered through itch.io are usually packed by me in my home.  We are currently self-isolating and apparently healthy, as of the time I'm writing this.  If the box comes from blackbox it means that it was packed at their facility in Indiana.  If you are concerned about the virus, and you should be, consider waiting ten days before opening the package, or taking other steps as appropriate.

Every print copy sold will add five community copies to the pile.

NOTE:  This price has been temporarily increased to offset the discount of the PDF sale.

International Backers:  Pay $67 total for EU/AU/NZ shipping, $52 for Canada.  I'm sorry for the outrageous shipping costs.  Contact me at dearleadergame@gmail.com for other countries.  Also, there will be a POD version originating out of the UK pretty soon, if money is an issue you can hold off for that.


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Interested in a hard copy to Australia. Cam you let me know postage? If high, I'm also interested in the pdf that will be printable so I can make  it into a book.

Many thanks

Shipping to Australia is so unfairly expensive!  Tell you what, if you are social isolating I'll send you one at the EU rate (70USD) and take any small loss on the shipping.  

And again:  I'm mortified that shipping is so expensive, I'm sorry.

I bought this game and it looks quite interesting.
However, in order to play it, I would like to print it double-sided, which is impossible with the current spread format.
Would it be possible to also get a copy that is single-page? Mind you, I do not want any changes to the content/pictures etc, just the ability to print single pages rather than having two glued together.
Thank you.

Oh!  Do you mean that you want to print out the Prompt section as a booklet and write on that?  

That never actually occurred to me.  

Actually, I want to print the entire book. I prefer to have my books at a handy size (A6), so I print them myself and put them in post card binders. I do not really like reading things on a screen, so printing things is kind of mandatory for me.


I'm about to travel all over but I'll put this on a list.  Check in come April and we'll see if I've gotten it done yet.

I love this game!!! i 've already played so many vampires and other monsters with it ^^ Fanx for having write it :)

Other monsters!  Sacrilege!  

How did playing not-vampires work out?

I played monsters who need to eat humans or drink blood too ^^ différents sorts of parasites. i've also played a sort of vampire from the french RPG Steamshadows. this vampire is a little bit different , more… reptilian ^^ in Steamshadows, there are lots of horrors who feed themselves with blood, flesh, feelings etc. i like it :)
TYOV is realy cool for creating a NPC and his diary that my others PCs will meet and read :)

Fanx again for your games and see you soon for the next ;)



I would like to know how much I need to add for a trip to France for a physicAL copy 

I am in France too, we should buy it together to get a discount on the shipping (if it's possible, and then send the other to you or to me)

Ça me va 

J'ai adressé également ma demande par courriel 

Je te tiens au courant 


Cool!!! Merci (je n'ai pas encore envoyé de demande, mais ça ne saurait tarder)

Shipping to France is $34 for a single book!  That's awful and I apologize.  That $34 will cover BOTH books if you awesomely combine your order!

I'm interested in ordering a print copy to be shipped to Canada, but can't seem to find a way to contact you through itch. Am I missing something obvious?

I'm bad at itch, I thought there was a way you could PM me.  My apologies.  If you can overpay by $10 that'll cover most of the shipping and I'll be good with that.  Overpay by $15 if you are feeling generous and want to cover all the shipping.  


Watch your email for shipment tracking.  I dropped in a little extra gimmick, too.  Email me at dearleadergame@gmail.com to get the PDF for the extra bit.