Glad to see you're back! I absolutly agree with your feelings toward the new vampires, the added options really help the list. What's your planned list?
Also your Zomble Dragon is now playable. You can make your general practically impossible to hit in close combat with Glittering Scales, Dread Knight, and the Zombie Dragon's Cloud of Flies, and it is really easy to heal with the new lore attribute and invocation.