Here are some books (soon to be published) which every new VtES player should read:
Here’s an old article by the esteemed Benjamin Peal, originally published on the Rustwurk website in October 2001. He writes about the usefulness of “The Barrens“, but in general the article is about why card flow is so important in VtES. Since the website is out of order for long time I decided to re-post the article …
Much has been made of the effectiveness of The Barrens on the newsgroup lately, so I figured I’d explain why I put it in every deck I build…
- Stealth-bleed decks especially like the Barrens when some smart-ass pulls the “don’t block” trick. With the Barrens, you can clear out the unneeded stealth cards quickly, and get to the happy bleed cards so you can smite the punk.
- Dude, it’s free. Who cares if they contest it? It’s free.
- It allows you to prepare for one more contingency. You’ll typically be exposed to a fair number of different deck types over the course of a tournament. Account for everything that could possibly be thrown at you is impossible, but that extra discard per turn allows you to include another measure or countermeasure against a certain deck type without diluting your deck.
- Even if you’re not a fan of including that extra contingency measure, and prefer to stick to your guns and build the most efficient deck you can (trusting your assumptions of the metagame), there will still be occasions where you’ll still have too much of one type of card and not enough of another type of card. Hand jam can strike anyone at any time. The Barrens can help maintain the proper ratio of card types in your hand.
- It helps me play with more kinds of master cards in my deck. Don’t need one? Cycle it out! It’s not that I need the Barrens because I have so many masters in my deck. I have so many masters in my deck because I have the Barrens.
- For that matter, it helps me play with more of any type of card in my deck. For card cycling to the extreme, check out my winning deck from DragonCon ’99 on The Lasombra’s site (http://www.thelasombra.com). 2 Barrens, 2 Dreams, and 2 Books of Frag let me rapidly switch between bleed, combat defense, bleed defense, and intercept modes. With all three in play, I could have almost a whole new hand in one turn.
I typically use two in a deck so I can draw into it a bit more quickly. If I draw the second one, I use the Barrens to discard it. :) I typically don’t need it in my initial draw. I rely on it more for that second wind in the middle of a game.
- Ben Peal, Prince of Boston and contributing writer for Rustwurk, resides in Somerville, Massachusetts.
1. Iñaki Puigdollers (ESP) — 2 GW 8 VP — 4 VP — Weenie Auspex
2. César Ruiperez (ESP) — 1 GW 6 VP — 1 VP — !Ventrue/Ventrue Power Bleed)
2. Esau Mejias (ESP) — 1 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Stanislava Bleed/Vote
2. Sergio Gracia (ESP) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue Lawfirm Group 4/5
2. Tomás López Jimenez (ESP) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Lasombra Black Hand Descent into Darkness / Corporal Reservoir
Here’s some of the prize support (at least the part I have assembled) for the German ECQ VtES tournament, that takes place on June 13th, 2009 in Bochum, Germany. The pictures are not originals, but prints of art originally created by Heather Kreiter, along with a card that features that same piece.
Right: Unmada, Malkavian in his quest for pain extraordinaire.
Left: Karen Suadela, Brujah; more looking like a frakking Ventrue, but what the hell …
Right: Liquefy the Mortal Coil; still one of my favourite VtES artworks.
.. you can burn Warsaw Station to rescue a Nosferatu from torpor, even after an action to rescue or diablerize the above mentioned Nosferatu has been announced. In either case the action fizzles (no cost is paid for a rescue action), and the Nosferatu is moved to the ready region.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup
1. Mark Loughman — 1 GW 5 VP — 3 VP — Carna Wall /w Smiling Jack
2. Evan Lloyd — 2 GW 8 VP — 2 VP — Assamite swarm bleed w/Alamut & Reckless Agg.
2. Kurt Kopp — 3 GW 12 VP — 0 VP — Gangrel PRO/DOM Bleed
2. Brad Cashdollar — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Toreador G1/2 Block w/ .44s
2. Will Kristoff — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP –Tremere THA/AUS/pre/dom Bleed
Congratulations to Mark for his win of the Great Lakes (Ohio) NACQ 2009. You can find the winner’s decklist and a tournament report in the VtES Usenet newsgroup.
Here are the visuals of the eight new VtES promo cards (including “Rogue” that eluded me in the past few weeks):
Right: Fourth Cycle — Another weenie (and imbued) hoser card, but the use is rather limited due the requirements of two Gehenna cards in play.
Right: Marakech Codex — this is a game winner card. I would consider this an auto-include for any wall deck, since they can defend it and will profit greatly from using it.
Left: Salt of Thoth — interesting card for Tremere decks which want to protect their locations, but do not want to spend too many resources for doing so.
Right: Rubicon — again, like “Rogue” too situational for general purpose use; almost all the time a dead card in your hand.
Right: SchreckNET — another very good card for the Nosferatu, especially for a Nosferatu Royalty deck, where passing votes is one of the cornerstones.