The great thing about Basic-era D&D (OD&D, B/X, BECMI) is how flexible it is.
That flexibility and something I always had regarded as a negative, race as a class, is now something I wish to exploit more.
For that I give you the updated and slightly revised Basic Vampire class.
The Blood is the Life - Basic Vampires
This is actually part of an experiment for me. Well two really.
The first is to see if the Vampire as a class would be something that others would want or play.
If so, there is a whole game I have been playing around with for a while that I think will do nicely.
The second is an experiment on publishing a "Pay What You Want" title.
I have had conversations with other publishers about PWYW and they are unwilling to do it. Claiming that they will never get the money they need to make it worthwhile. I disagree, I think the gaming community at large and the OSR community in particular would rather pay for the materials they want.
If this is successful, and success is a relative term, then expect to see more from me like this.
The Race-as-Class works so well for the Vampire. Afterall if an elf can fight and cast spells, then a vampire can fight and do all the things that make a vampire cool.
Mind you I am not trying to do a Basic knock off of Vampire: The Masquerade here. This is still the same basic-era vampire we have been fighting for 40 years. He just now can start at 1st level and work his way up.
Let me know what you all think.