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Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
Hi, I'm Dracula.

I'm a known spreader of disease, decay, and destruction. This Halloween, I'd like to invite you to enter my house freely and of your own will in order to destroy me and protect 2020 from Dracula-related shenanigans.

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE!?

In the spirit of @Octopus Prime 's MEGAMAS, this year's CASTLEWEEN (previously hosted by the scholarly and talented vampire hunter @Lokii ) may be played by inserting any Game Pak into your game console of choice, finding a Dracula, and destroying him.

When you destroy a Dracula, post in the thread. I, Dracula, will keep a running count of the number of Draculas whipped and present our final count when the month crumbles to dust and we welcome the withering embrace of winter.

If we can destroy at least 100 DRACULAS, before November 1, we can save Talking Time and/or the world from me! At least until 2021.

BUT DRACULA, WHAT COUNTS AS A DRACULA?

A fantastic question! Any encounter with a character named Dracula in which you can fight him and win or lose counts as a Dracula battle. Generally, you will find Dracula (me) in Castlevania games! But sometimes I am also in other games! Will you defeat me in those games as well!? A Dracula who is not a Dracula does not count as a Dracula.

EXAMPLE DRACULAS:
  • Dracula (Castlevania)
  • Dracula (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Dracula (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Opening battle))
  • Dracula (Bram Stoker's Dracula, SNES)
EXAMPLE NOT-DRACULAS:
  • Vampire Bat (Castlevania)
  • Darth Vader (Super Empire Strikes Back, SNES)
  • Your bowl of Count Chocula cereal (part of a balanced breakfast)
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL: LET'S DEFEAT BONUS DRACULAS!

Now I know that in the world of video games, you'll sometimes encounter a Dracula who isn't quite a Dracula, but definitely feels like a Dracula. This doesn't count as a Dracula. But it might count as a BONUS DRACULA! A Bonus Dracula is worth 0.5 DRACULAS. Hallmarks of a Bonus Dracula include black cloaks, swept-back hair, pointy teeth, bat wings, tall collars, and not being named Dracula. If in doubt, as a Dracula myself, I will be the final arbiter of what counts as a bonus Dracula.

EXAMPLE BONUS DRACULAS:
  • Shade Man (Mega Man 7)
  • Alucard (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Nightmare (Kirby's Adventure)

NOW GET WHIPPING!!!
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
What about Gebel from Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night? I assume he counts as a Bracula.

edit: On further reflection IGA is probably the better candidate here
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Does Curse of the Moon have a Dracula in it? It feels like it should. I'm guessing it doesn't count if you kill off Gebel in your own party.

What about Alucard in Castlevania III? There's definitely a Dracula in that game, but Alucard is very Dracula-like, and you do fight him.
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
Now I know that in the world of video games, you'll sometimes encounter a Dracula who isn't quite a Dracula, but definitely feels like a Dracula. This doesn't count as a Dracula. But it might count as a BONUS DRACULA! A Bonus Dracula is worth 0.5 DRACULAS. Hallmarks of a Bonus Dracula include black cloaks, swept-back hair, pointy teeth, bat wings, tall collars, and not being named Dracula. If in doubt, as a Dracula myself, I will be the final arbiter of what counts as a bonus Dracula.

EXAMPLE BONUS DRACULAS:
  • Shade Man (Mega Man 7)
  • Alucard (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Nightmare (Kirby's Adventure)
 

JBear

Internet's foremost Bertolli cosplayer
(He/Him)
Not reading the opening post counts as defeating a Dracula.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
Wuh-oh, then.

Anyhoo, I'll be playing the game tonight and I look forward to defeating




Jumpy Dracula

Friendboys Dracula

Chilly Farmer Dracula

And... necklace man?
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
Dominique from Bloodstained fights like a Dracula but contains none of the traditional Dracula accoutrements
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
Simon woke me up in the middle of my rest and I didn't have a chance to put on makeup. Also that's my favorite necklace.

Also, Dominique from Bloodstained does not count as a Dracula nor a Bonus Dracula.
 

WildcatJF

I will not be stopping
(he / his / him)
Can I just let myself run out of HP with Soma Cruz over and over and have that count
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
You must fight Dracula and win to receive a point. If you play a game in which you, the player, is a Dracula, and you lose, then only you, the player, has lost.

Arguably this would reduce the Dracula point counter. But we're not ready to switch to hard mode yet.
 

Bulgakov

Yes, that Russian author.
(He/Him)
BRB designing an indie game where you play Dracula and the object is to destroy yourself in order to atone for the sins eating you alive on the inside.
 

Aeonus

Still not amused
(he/him)
Kill Draculas smarter, not harder, that's what I always say (I have never said that before). What's the fastest way to accumulate Dracula kills? Is it just replaying the opening to SoTN repeatedly, allowing you to kill a Dracula every few minutes? We could knock this out in an afternoon and be safe from Draculas for the rest of the month because that's what everyone wants, right? Screw having fun with games.
There are a lot of boss Draculas, but how many games have regular-enemy Draculas? Surely at least one overworked employee out there needed to pad out a bestiary with palette swaps of regular vampires and decided to name the top tier Dracula. Is there an RPG out there where Draculas appear in random encounters? Or a game where a Dracula respawns when you re-enter the room?
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
I know of a game that has regular-enemy Draculas. A couple, even. But I ain't tellin'
 

Mogri

Round and round I go
(he)
Staff member
Final Fantasy sees you killing bonus Draculas by the screenful.
 
Still too small of a scale. Here ya go:



That's 1000 Vampire Lords there in the defender casualties. Don't think you can get more "bonus Dracula" than that, so we're safe until 2025. Now what's for lunch?
 

Lokii

It's always time for burgers
(He/Him)
Staff member
Moderator
A win like that is like the kid who has a plan for trickertreating at only the houses that give out the most candy: technically efficient but missing the spirit of the holiday altogether.
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
It's more like the kid who loots his own house for candy, then brags about it.

Don't worry, everyone! I'm still extremely powerful and the count sits at Zero Draculas Defeated.
 

Dracula

Posts: 52,928
(He/His)
Wait, why doesn't Dracula from Castlevania 2 count?
Dracula from Castlevania II: Simon's quest and Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge is a Dracula and therefore counts as a Dracula. I'm not sure who fed you this spurious information.
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
I did not notice that the first post had a list of example Draculas. I had assumed it was a definitive list of all Draculas that counted.*

*In my defense I am really tired.

EXAMPLE BONUS DRACULAS:
  • Alucard (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
His name should really be Draculaa instead.
 
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