Only one clan newsletter has been posted in the “rec.trading-cards.jyhad” usenet newsgroup this month. Beside using a newgroup reader, you can also access the newsgroup by Google Groups.
We all know that Chuck has counted to infinity, twice! So if Chuck is a VtES player, the following could be said about him. “Marandamir” on the VtES Presence forumcame up with this list of important information:
- Chuck can oust you simply by standing near you!
- Chuck can oust you even when you aren’t playing VtES!
- When Chuck bleeds you for your last pool you don’t get ousted… you get Chuck‘d
- Chuck doesn’t tap cards, he stares at them and the table rotates 90 degrees.
- Chuck doesn’t play reaction cards, Chuck doesn’t react, he knows what you are going to do before you do it (often because he told you to do it the turn before).
- Chuck doesn’t block actions, his minions merely wait for for the actors give themselves up.
- Chuck can ‘oust prey’ as an unblockable action. He just never needs to use it.
- If you have five pool and Chuck has five pool, Chuck has more pool than you.
- Chuck can oust 2 Methuselah’s with one bleed.
- When Chuck is reduced to 0 pool, Chuck is not ousted. The only thing that can oust Chuck is Chuck.
- Chuck doesn’t sweep tables, he just ousts one methuselah and the other four faint.
- Chuck can play Game of Malkav and select 10 pool.
- Chuck has no predator as he is nobody’s prey. Chuck‘s prey is every VtES player present, including judges and their children.
- Chuck’s bleeds cannot be bounced or blocked. They can only be accepted square in the face followed promptly by a “Thank you, Chuck“.
- If, by some incredible space-time paradox, Chuck would ever play against himself, he’d win. Period.
- When playing cards Chuck doesn’t pay attention to Errata. Cards do whatever Chuck says they to do.
- When time runs out in a game with Chuck there is no draw. Chuck gets 5 VPs just for being merciful and allowing you to live that long.
- LSJ doesn’t decide on rulings for VtES. LSJ isn’t even a person. He’s a puppet that Chuck controls.
- When Chuck is out of cards he doesn’t withdraw from the game, he advances the game.
- If you find yourself ousted in a game of VtES, you are obviously not Chuck.
- A brown bear once tried to Revelation’s Chuck’s hand. At the shear horror of what he saw he turned white out of fear. Chuck then ousted him so hard he landed at the north pole. Hence the polar bear came to be.
- Chuck can oust without minion’s or VtES cards. He just taps the VtES game and everyone is ousted.
P.S.: Down in Texas Chuck’s name is really Andy, but read the full story here.
A significant change to the system how players qualify for VtES Continental Championships has been announced today in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup. The changes are:
- The top 25% of given qualifier event are qualified. It does not matter anymore if any already qualified players are in the top quarter of a qualifier tournament.
- If there are ties in the final standings of a tournament, all players that tie for a qualifying spot are now qualified.
While this simplifies matters for tournament organizers, it makes it effectively harder to qualify for a contintental championship. Furthermore in extremecases the consequences could be:
- No additional player qualifies in a tournament, since the top 25% of that tournament completely consists of already qualified players.
- In a 5 player-tournament all five players qualify, since all finalists except the winner are in 2nd places, and are therefore qualified.
“Nothing is safe!
The Anarchs seek to disrupt the resurgence of the Sabbat and Independents. It’s all on the line and the Anarchs have nothing to lose.”
The next VtES expansion is named “Twilight Rebellion” and is a mini-expansion featuring 60 new cards. As usual for the mini-expansions, there are just booster packs, but no starters. On the other hand this means that there are no reprints in this set, only shiny new cards, most likely 20 commons, 20 vampires and 20 rares. The set is scheduled for May 31st, 2008.
The set’s theme is the Anarch movement within the vampiric society, and continues the support for the Anarchs, that started with the expansion with the same name in 2003.
These are the results of the “Death in a Song” VtES Constructed tournament in Bochum, Germany after 3 rounds + finals. The tournament was played on January 27th, 2008 with 13 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round.
- Ralf L.— 2 GW 7 VP — 1 GW 4 VP — Fighting Dom Weenies
- Sascha M. — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Old School DOM/OBF S&B
- Martin S. — 1 GW 4 VP — 0 VP — High Cap DOM/FOR/CEL/PRO Bloat&Vote
- Hardy R. — 1 GW 3,5 VP — 0VP — Giovanni Powerbleed
- Barbara W. — 1 GW 3 VP — 0 VP — Ahrimanes Wall
This was the first tournament in Bochum with the changed tournament rules, where there’s only a winner and four 2nd places in the finals. This change had real impact on the final, since no one was jockeying for the 2nd or 3rd third place. A full account of the standings including the tournament winning deck can be found in the german VtES forum (requires an account/login).
I tried to make some pictures from the tournament, but since I fumbled with the photo flash of the camera, all of the pictures I took turned out to be way too dark. My apologies
- April 2008: “Blood Shadowed Court” — 100 card collector’s set of Camarilla Edition vampires (reprints).
- May 2008: “Twilight Rebellion” — 60(?) card mini-expansion (boosters only) featuring the Anarchs(?).
- Q3/Q4 2004: (Camarilla set) — full expansion with new Camarilla G4/G5 vampires.
Most of this is currently very vague information based on information from White Wolf’s Live Journal, internet card shops, etc. and of course a heavy dose of speculation!
And yes, that’s Ben Peal as a vampire pictured by Lawrence Snelly … my guess: Ben is the first real Anarch vampire!!!
.. if Valerius Maior, Hell’s Fool (ADV) or”Arnulf Jormungandrsson do not need to block successfully an action to prevent, that action modifiers of the named disciplines (in their cardtext) are played, the attempt to block is sufficient?
So, if Valerius Major attempts to block a hunt by Arika, and fails (by not playing any intercept), she’s still not allowed to play Obfuscate modifiers to give her additional stealth after Neighbour John has attempted to block subsequently.