• Now Available! The Vampire Combat Manual

    Today is the official release for The Vampire Combat Manual!  I hope those of you who pick up the book enjoy it as much as I enjoyed analyzing, researching and writing about combat against this unique and deadly adversary. As always I would love to hear your thoughts on the book.  As you can see,… [Continue Reading]

    Now Available!  The Vampire Combat Manual
  • Teeth/Fangs

    Perhaps the most well-known and universally recognizable attributes of a vampire are the creature’s modified upper maxillary canines, otherwise known as its fangs.  This physical asset is the primary tool used by the undead to feed upon its prey. Although a vampire’s fangs are renowned even among individuals with limited vampire knowledge, they are still… [Continue Reading]

    Teeth/Fangs
  • Garlic

    Garlic is one of the few naturally grown substances that produces an extreme adverse reaction in the undead species. Inexpensive and readily available, garlic can be incorporated into your vampire arsenal in a variety of ways and can be a powerful ally in your battle against a bloodthirsty ghoul. While it is unlikely that the… [Continue Reading]

    Garlic
  • Close Combat Weapons

    Close-quarters combat is the most treacherous range to engage any opponent, be they living or undead. Unfortunately,  it is also the most common range at which vampire combat occurs. A vampire’s ultimate objective in any human engagement is to position itself as close as possible to the target, open a blood line, and commence its… [Continue Reading]

    Close Combat Weapons

Weapons

Shotgun

Shotgun

 Range: 5–15 feet Fire Rate: Medium Skill Level: Medium Description: Although most firearms are ineffective when confronting a vampiric attacker due to its accelerated healing factor, … [Read More...]

Melee Weapons

Blades

At melee range, you are severely hampered in your ability to terminate your opponent due to its limited vulnerabilities. At this distance, one of the most effective weapons at your disposal is a … [Read More...]

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic is one of the few naturally grown substances that produces an extreme adverse reaction in the undead species. Inexpensive and readily available, garlic can be incorporated into your vampire … [Read More...]

Close Combat Weapons

Stakes

Close-quarters combat is the most treacherous range to engage any opponent, be they living or undead. Unfortunately,  it is also the most common range at which vampire combat occurs. A vampire’s … [Read More...]

Combat Tactics

The Crossguard

Crossguard

When engaged with a member of the undead, one of three primary regions targeted on your torso is the neck area, specifically one of your carotid arteries that run the length of either side of your … [Read More...]

Offensive Tactics

Snakebite

An intelligent warrior once said, “The best defense is a good offense.” In vampire combat, it is critical that you take these words to heart, as you will need to have an effective attack strategy … [Read More...]

Multiple Attackers

Multiple Attackers

Facing off with a single member of the undead is demanding enough, imagine the difficulty in confronting multiple vampires simultaneously. Due to the physical superiority of the creature, battling a … [Read More...]

Team-based Combat

Team Combat

  It's important to emphasize that the information provided throughout this site should not be construed as a “vampire hunter’s guide.” Beyond the reasoning previously made for this … [Read More...]

Psychological Preparation

While your primary focus should be to prepare physically for an impending vampire attack, your opponent may also wage an intense psychological battle during your engagement. This is particularly true if the creature is a member of the Seducer vampire sect, feels at risk of being defeated, or simply looks to entertain itself by manipulating […]

Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet (UV) Light

Of all the creature’s weaknesses, a vampire’s incapacity to withstand exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is the most noteworthy. All members of the vampire species suffer from an extreme form of xeroderma pigmentosum – the inability to repair cellular damage caused by exposure to UV radiation.  Any protracted exposure to UV light will set off […]

Crossguard

The Crossguard

When engaged with a member of the undead, one of three primary regions targeted on your torso is the neck area, specifically one of your carotid arteries that run the length of either side of your throat.  By utilizing a blocking maneuver known as the Crossguard, you can shield this region from your opponent’s snapping […]

Shotgun

Shotgun

 Range: 5–15 feet Fire Rate: Medium Skill Level: Medium Description: Although most firearms are ineffective when confronting a vampiric attacker due to its accelerated healing factor, there is one exception to this guideline: the shotgun. A weapon that is common in sporting, hunting, and the personal safety arena, shotguns fire shells that contain either round […]