UPDATE: An enhanced version of this erotic game for couples called Suck! Me is now available for iPad. The foreplay game design was updated and reimplemented using Swift. For more details, see the Sexy Vampire Game Overview. Download it today and give yourselves even more reason to lick and suck on each other.
Well, it’s been a while since my last post discussing the adult board game design called Suck! I’ve been letting various ideas percolate in my brain for a bit of time while doing other things. Although I still feel a little pressure to get it done quickly, taking a bit of time off from a project is actually a good thing sometimes. By letting your subconscious mull the ideas over, you tend to come up with much more creative results. Of course, there is also the school of thought that suggests you should “strike while the iron is hot” and keep a concentrated focus on your project. Keeping the momentum up is important too – if you rest too long, ramping back up to speed can take a lot of effort. So let’s get back into developing this vampire themed adult board game design.
To start, here is a brief overview of this erotic horror themed foreplay game. Players take on the roles of both vampire and hunter/victim as they chase each other around a board. Along the way, they encounter various situations and foreplay activities that enable them to increase their skill as a vampire or hunter. They may also have the opportunity to reduce their opponent’s skill level. The first player to reach the top of their skill level as either a vampire or hunter wins. Depending upon whether they win as a vampire or hunter, the winner receives a corresponding sexual reward.
Suck! Board Game Design
The game is intended to be fairly simple in design and easy to play. Most of the interesting elements of the game will come from the activity cards. These cards will provide various foreplay ideas combined with flavour text to integrate the erotic horror theme. But the board does provide the context and setting for the game play. Let’s take a look at it in more detail.
Originally I wanted to have foreplay and game activities written on the squares. To reduce the visual clutter and increase the potential variety of erotic activities, I opted to leave most of the squares blank. The four labelled corners are special in that they are theme related reference points that can be used in a number of ways. The fang and heart symbols are symmetrically spaced around the board and indicate that a corresponding activity card should be selected for play. The blank squares will be rest locations – I figured you don’t need to be performing foreplay activities after every single move.
You’ll notice there are no obvious start or end locations. Essentially, the game is designed as a chase between vampires and the hunters/victims. The board is designed so that the male and female players sit opposite each other with the iPad between them. Since they are trying to catch each other (there is a reason), they also start on opposite sides of the board. The female player starts on the Dungeon and the male starts in the Castle. If you’re captured, you’re sent back to your start location.
Movement will be determined by rolling dice and is normally clockwise unless indicated otherwise by the dice or cards. Since we are not using regular real dice, the number and variety of sides are unlimited. If you are just going for the number of spaces to move, a single die would be sufficient. However, for this game, we can add a bit more variety by including foreplay activities with the numbers. It’s sort of like having sex dice but with numbers too. As in the Strip Tease game, the dice can have an action and a target (lick nipple, kiss neck, etc.) but we can also include movement numbers on each. A simple rule of play would be that if you roll any number, you move that number. If you roll a foreplay activity you do not move but rather perform the pleasuring task. In the event you roll two numbers, you get to choose which of the two to use. This can be very important in a chase scenario. Tweaking the probabilities of obtaining the various possibilities will need to be done as part of play testing to see if this game mechanic works or not.
The chase or hunt for each other is intended to be an important part of the game dynamics. Some kind of reward for catching your opponent is required (level increase and/or opponent level decrease for instance) to encourage this behaviour and stimulate excitement based on it. Also, there needs to be various game play elements designed to support it. For instance, the cards could send players to one of the four corner locations or to the nearest heart/fang symbol as a way to leap ahead or behind the other player. Landing on either of the corner locations could also provide some related benefit or disadvantage. For example, if your opponent is on a corner location, a rule could be that you cannot pass and must stop at the location in front of them. By being blocked, you are in a position to capture them once they move again. But as a benefit for blocking you, you could be required to strip, kiss, take a drink or perform some other activity. These situations would not occur very often so the activity should be appropriate to the frequency – stripping, kissing and drinking combined might work.
Foreplay & Game Activity Cards
The game is designed with two decks of cards each designated by the heart or fang symbol corresponding to the hunter and vampire respectively. These cards are intended to integrate the erotic horror theme and foreplay instructions. They are also intended to add various game play activities such as transporting players to different locations or altering movement in some other way. For instance, a card might send you to the Dungeon combined with a foreplay activity that involves spanking your lover. The cards will also be the primary way for players to increase their vampire/hunter levels or decrease the level of their opponent.
Each game card should have a theme related title and some game play instruction. The instruction could be a foreplay activity, a game play activity, a reward/penalty challenge or a combination of these. Various cards could be designed to give players a choice of two actions. Interesting decisions can make the game more interesting. Creatively combining sex with these choices can definitely make the game interesting. Making choices later in the game that effect either player’s level markers could be crucial to victory even if they have to get nasty, kinky or dirty to win. This can make the game more intense near the climax.
Normally I prefer to include separate male and female foreplay/sexplay activities so that you can be more specific regarding the body parts involved. However, for this game, a gender neutral set of foreplay activities will need to suffice for a few reasons. I want to keep the board layout fairly simple so only two decks of cards will be used and they are allocated to vampire and hunter activities. Also, I am anticipating the need for more text on each card to accommodate the erotic horror flavour content combined with the foreplay and/or game play activities. Granted, the cards could be made larger and still fit in the board design. With larger cards, they could be split with separate male and female activities. I’ll leave that as an upgrade option.
One of the challenges with foreplay games is that you usually want to progress slowly from tame sensual activities to kinkier or more intense sex play. For instance, when pleasuring a woman, you might start with kissing and fondling then sucking her nipples etc. before diving into oral sex. With a random set of foreplay cards, it is just as likely that you could draw a “lick her clitoris” card before getting her stripped down first. The cards could be written in a way that forfeits the activity and points if the activity cannot be performed yet. Also, there should be an easy way to gracefully decline certain activities until both players are ready for them (maybe forfeit a level). However, in a sex game, you do want to challenge players to experiment with different types of sex play even if they are initially a little reluctant.
Foreplay Activity Ideas
The foreplay activities on the vampire/hunter cards are intended to be consistent with the erotic horror theme. This is one of the most challenging aspects of this adult board game design. Normally sane people don’t associated romantic and pleasurable sex with horror. Here are a few ideas to give you a sense of how this might be done:
- Werewolves doing it doggie style
- Air sex in front of a mirror pretending to be having sex with a vampire
- Wicked hand job with a finger exploring taboo territory
- Growling while passionately kissing/ravishing your lover’s body
- Caressing your lover’s body with frozen holy water (ice cube)
- Licking, stroking or brushing pentagrams, crosses or other symbols on various erogenous zones
- Zombie sex involving lots of moaning and groaning as you eat each other
- Pretend to play dead as your lover attempts to make you move with only their tongue
- Cherry lube or red wine licked from your lover’s navel or nipples
- Glass dildos, vibrators and butt plugs used as vampire “killing” devices
- Oral sex as a vampire seduction technique
- Laying of Hands or fondling
- Haunting whispers of seduction and hot breaths to send shivers down your victim’s spine
Once you start, there are lots of possibilities but it’s still a daunting task to create a good variety of cards that balances variety of foreplay with game play. This is my next challenge. If you have any ideas you would like to see in the cards, leave a comment.
The next items on the to do list for this adult board game design includes creating the player and level meter token images, the card template images, the dice images, the rules document and the EveryGame XML config files. I’ll also be scanning through my sex and relationship enhancement books for inspiration to generate more card ideas. Maybe I’ll read a few stories from the Hot Bloodseries of short stories too. I really wish they would come out with the next version of this series – amazing stories.