The Belgian National VtES Championship 2014 will take place on August 17th, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. Here are the details regarding the tournament:
- Sunday, August 17th, 2014
- First round starting time: 12:00
- Expected finishing time: 21:00
- Type of Event:
- National Championship. Qualifying for this event is not necessary, everyone is welcome to participate.
- Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
- Number of rounds: 3 + final
- Time limit per round: 2 hours
- Entry fee:
The Outpost Gamecenter
- The cards for Danse Macabre will be legal for play at this event. When using Danse Macabre cards they must be color printed on standard paper and inserted into opaque sleeves before another Vampire: The Eternal Struggle or Jyhad card. This requires opaque sleeves for the whole crypt and/or library.
- Note that it is not allowed to bring your own drinks into the shop); bringing your own food is ok, but food is available at moderate prices
More information (e.g. on travel & pre-registration) can be found in the Belgian VtES forum.
On July 20th, 2014 the VtES Dutch EC Qualifier was held in Utrecht, Netherlands with 16 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Bram van Stappen (BEL) — 3 GW 9 VP — 3 VP — Toreador Aus/Cel Gun
2. Jeroen van Oort (NED) — 2 GW 9 VP — 1 VP — Lasombra G4/5 Nocturn Bleed
2. Tom Vanderberghe (BEL) — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Malkavian Weenie Bleed
2. Martin Schumacher (GER) — 3 GW 9 VP — 0 VP — Saulot Aus/For G3/4 Wall
2. Nick Vlietinck (BEL) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Malkavian G3/4 Bleed
Congratulations to Bram for his win of the Dutch ECQ 2014. You can find the final results in the Dutch VtES Forum. The Luiz Suarez Trophy (for the most interesting deck) was won by Rolf.
The VEKN Rules Director has published today an interesting post on the usage of the Excel Sheet used for tracking information on a VTES tournament. The Excel Sheet is commonly known as the Archon. It has some peculiarities which may (or may not) need some explanation. But read the full post for yourself:
Hello fellow Methuselahs,
As you all know, we now have a live Archon upload system (continue reading if you weren’t aware of this), based on the submission of the Archons by the Princes.
Amongst other useful things, the submission of the Archons allows us to generate the Ratings page.
However, I regularly see that some organisers / players face trouble when using the Archon. And some issues are quite recurrent. So here’s a little helping guide for those who use the Archon. For those who don’t (or haven’t yet), I would also recommend reading it, as you will probably have a better understanding of it afterwards.
The VEKN has announced today some changes to its Inner Circle positions:
The Inner Circle has undergone a couple of changes:
Vincent Ripoll (Ankha on the [VEKN] forums) has been appointed Ratings Coordinator: As you may already know, he has been maintaining the Tournament Winning Deck Archive and the Hall of Fame since Jeff Thompson (also known as TheLasombra) ceased to maintain both.
Robyn Tatu, former Ratings Coordinator, has been appointed Counselor, a new position within the Inner Circle.
Huge thanks to Robyn for everything she has done so far for V:TES and the V:EKN!
On June 22nd, 2014 the Spanish National VtES Championship 2014 was held in Madrid, Spain with 40 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Jorge Delgado (ESP) — 1 GW 5.0 VP — 3.0 VP — Nana & Friends Pot/Ani Rush
2. Rubén Alcázar (ESP) — 2 GW 6.0 VP — 1.0 VP — Ishtarri Bleed/Vote
2. Pablo Garrido (ESP) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 1.0 VP –
2. Manuel Fraga (ESP) — 2 GW 9.0 VP — 0.0 VP –
2. Txus Alutiz Lizarraga (ESP) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 0.0 VP — The Unnamed Bleed
Congratulations to Jorge for his win of the Spanish VtES Nationals 2014. You can find the tournament winning deck in the VEKN.net.
This is the 4th installment of the VTES Storyline “The Returned” as published today by the VEKN which includes this month’s mythic vampire, The Cappuchin, as well as a new game variant for VTES:
A popular ‘unofficial’ event format is Create-A-Clan. Originally devised by Ben Peal and nicely summarized by Jussi Hattara here, it is a fun format that lets you come up with your own vampire ideas.
A slight spin on the format is to have a go at bringing to life some of the other ‘canon’ vampire bloodlines from the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. I thought I’d take the time to describe some of them here. (More to follow next month.)
The Noiad are an ancient Gangrel bloodline that have in modern times faded to obscurity. They claim to be the first Cainites to enter Europe thousands of years ago. Legend has it they followed a mortal tribe known as the Samí northwards into the lands now known as Norway, Sweden and Finland. They consider themselves the servants of the pagan gods worshipped by the Samí, and consider it their duty to guide and protect the tribe from their enemies.
The extreme conditions of their native lands mean that every year they must endure several months of constant daylight. During this time most Noiad fall into shallow form of torpor and rely on faithful members of the tribe to periodically wake them and feed them. This arrangement requires a great deal of trust and understanding between the bloodline and the Samí people.
Also called Wanderers, the Noiad are actually fiercely territorial and refuse to travel far from their domains. They practice the Disciplines of Animalism, Auspex and Protean, and they use their supernatural powers of perception to interpret the signs of the northern lights, which they believe to be messages from their pagan gods.
The VEKN Design Team has published a second entry for the upcoming VTES expansion, which is (still) unnamed yet:
Congratulations to Matt Hirsch for winning his second North American Championship, and congratulations as well to all the other tournment winners at Origins and the Week of Nightmares! Many thanks to Kevin Mergen, Bob Joseph, Mark Loughman, Jay Kristoff, and Hugh Angseesing for organizing and running tournaments all week!
I had a very productive meeting with the playtesters at Origins. It was great to be able to get more in-depth insight from the players, and I came out of it with a much clearer picture of the playtest feedback we’ve been getting. There’s a lot of information to sort through, and it’s fun and interesting to get several different answers from several different people for the same questions. However, the decisions we in the Design Team have to make are made a lot easier as a result of the discussions and feedback. Round Three of playtest will be wrapping up in the next week or so.