As the clock ticks down towards midnight the fate of the Royal Order of the Edenic Groundskeepers and their deadly trove remains uncertain. Which faction will prevail and what do they want? The victories of four Methuselahs have been recorded but their motivation remains shrouded in mystery (Bologna, Brisbane, Cambell, Rome). Motivated Methuselah that launch their attacks in the year’s final moments could sway the outcome.
Tonight is the final night for Eden’s Legacy.
Tomorrow is the last day for submitting reports for the final tally.
— Ben Swainbank
VTES Storyline Coordinator
VtES Storyline Website
For our bi-weekly VtES league games (and league) in Bochum, Germanywe use the following rules :
- League games take place during the regular VtES meetings in Bochum.
Only the first game(s) of a meeting count towards the VtES League.
The last league game played during a season is played during the last meeting before Christmas — at this day also prizes are distributed.
- League games are conducted following the the official VEKN tournament rules, unless stated otherwise.
All rulebooks, rulings and cardtexts are in effect as soon as their published.
New cards are allowed for play in the league games the day they are published.
We reserve the possibility to use special rules/formats for league games when announced so before the regular VtES meetings.
- The timelimit for the games are two hours.
Are the number of players attending the meeting 6, 7 or 11, then tables with 6 or 7 playersare allowed, but with the following special rules:
- For a 6 player table the time is extended to 2.5 hours.
- For a 7 player table the time is extended to 3 hours.
- If there are more than 5 players at a table, all cards that refer to the number of players at the table (e.g. Conservative Agitation, Parity Shift, Slave Auction) are regarded as if there are 5 players at the table.
- During the year we collect a number of prizes for the league. At the end of the year’s last league meeting the prizes are distributed in the following way:
- All players present at this meeting, can choose one of the prizes in the order of the league’s final ranking.
- Is somebody missing during this meeting, and he hasn’t told anybody about his favourite prize, no prize is reserved for him, but he can reclaim a prize later that haven’t been chosen yet.
“For me the question is not if I use Pentex, but how many of them.” — Martin (hungarian VtES Player)
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup.
This is the VtES-style version of Dead Parrot Sketch by Monty Python, first seen on the telly some thirty years ago.
- MR. CORDOVERA
- John Cleese
- STORE OWNER
- Michael Palin
- A customer enters a game store.
- Mr. Cordovera: ‘ello, I wish to register a complaint.
- (The owner does not respond.)
- Mr. Cordovera: ‘ello, Miss?
- Owner: What do you mean “miss”?
- Mr. Cordovera: I’m sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!
- Owner: We’re closin’ for good.
- Mr. Cordovera: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this booster box what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
- Owner: Oh yes, uh, Nights of Reckoning…What’s, uh…What’s wrong with it?
- Mr. Cordovera: I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it, my lad. It’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with it!
- Owner: No, no, it’s uh,…it’s evolin’.
- Mr. Cordovera: Look, matey, I know a dead expansion when I see one, and I’m looking at one right now.
- Owner: No no it’s not dead, it’s, it’s evolvin’! Remarkable expansion, the Imbued, isn’it, ay? Beautiful mechanics!
- Mr. Cordovera: The mechanics don’t enter into it. It’s stone dead.
- Owner: Nononono, no, no! It’s evolvin’!
- Mr. Cordovera: All right then, if it’s evolvin’, I’ll wake it up! (shaking the box) ‘ello, Mister Hunter Imbued! I’ve got a lovely fresh monster to block for you if you show…
- (Owner hits the box)
- Owner: There, it moved!
- Mr. Cordovera: No, it didn’t, that was you hitting the box!
- Owner: I never!!
- Mr. Cordovera: Yes, you did!
- Owner: I never, never did anything…
- Mr. Cordovera: (yelling and hitting the box repeatedly) ‘ello Imbued!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your eight o’clock game start!
- (Takes booster out of the box and rips it open. Throws the cards up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor. The other customers in the store ignore the cards on the floor.)
- Mr. Cordovera: Now that’s what I call a dead expansion.
- Owner: No, no…..No, it’s out-of-print!
- Mr. Cordovera: Out-of-print?!?
- Owner: Yeah! You bought it, just as it was startin’ through! Nights of Reckoning sold out pretty fast, major. So people don’t recognize the cards anymore.
- Mr. Cordovera: Um…now look…now look, mate, I’ve definitely ‘ad enough of this. That expansion is definitely dead, and when I purchased it not ‘alf an ‘our ago, you assured me that its total lack of playability was due to it bein’ intellectual and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.
- Owner: Well, it’s…it’s, ah…probably pining for the very best players.
- Mr. Cordovera: Pinin’ for the Very best players?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that? Look, why did all cards fall flat on their faces the moment I ripped open the boosters?
- Owner: The Imbued Hunter Mortal cards prefer lyin’ on their faces! Remarkable minions, aren’t they, champ? Lovely print quality!
- Mr. Cordovera: Look, I took the liberty of examining these booster foils when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason the cards didn’t fall out, was that there closed back again with adhesive tape.
- Owner: Well, o’course they were glued together! If I hadn’t glued them together again, fanatic players would have ripped them open without buying the booster box first, Wham, bam! No business for me, guv.
- Mr. Cordovera: “Wham“?!? Mate, these boosters wouldn’t “wham” if you put four million volts through them! The expansion’s bleedin’ demised!
- Owner: No no! It’s pinin’ for the best!
- Mr. Cordovera: It’s not pinin’! It’s passed on! This expansion is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, It rests in peace! If you hadn’t glued the boosters back together they’d be pushing up the daisies! Its tournament appearances are now ‘istory! It’s off the twig! It’s kicked the bucket, it’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! This is an Ex-Expansion!!
- Owner: Well, I’d better replace it, then. (he takes a quick peek behind the counter) Sorry squire, I’ve had a look ’round the back of the shop, and uh, we’re right out of vampire expansions.
- Mr. Cordovera: I see. I see, I get the picture.
- Owner: I got Rage.
- Mr. Cordovera: Pray, is it popular?
- Owner: Nnnnot really.
- Mr. Cordovera: Well it’s hardly a bloody replacement, is it?!!???!!?
- Owner: N-no, I guess not. (gets ashamed, looks at his feet)
- Mr. Cordovera: Well.
- Owner: (quietly) D’you…. d’you want to come back to my place?
- Mr. Cordovera: (looks around) Yeah, all right, sure.
Also refer to Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Sketch and it’s cultural significance on Wikipedia.
Preliminary VtES cards for the Gelsenkirchen Build-Your-Own-Storyline:
Left: Science Park
Right: Music Theatre
Left: Town Hall
Right: Urban Forest
Definition of “Week of Nightmares“:
1: master card in VtES requiring Ravnos (see picture on the right).
2: a traditional week long event leading up to a Continental VtES Championship. Usual events include:
- constant pickup games,
- Duffin drafts,
- regular drafts,
- create-a-clan tournaments,
- constructed tournaments.
(And now go and change your vote on the poll for a “Week of Nightmares” event for the EC2010!)
.. you can play “Brick Laying” against the “Secure Haven” on an opposing vampire, but only at inferior Potence. When you’re playing “Brick Laying” at superior Potence, you’re targeting also the vampire with the “Secure Haven“, which is not allowed to “Secure Haven’s” card text.
Another “Secure Haven” shenanigan is, that you can play “Edged Illusion” at superior Chimerstry against another player, even if one of his vampires has a “Secure Haven“. The action is allowed (and doesn’t fizzle) the vampire with the “Secure Haven” is just not affected.
The new VEKN Tournament Rules for the year 2010 have been published on the White Wolf website. The actual changes (compared to the rules of 2009), which are effective for each official VtEStournament from January 1st, 2010, look like this:
- 7.2.6 Late arrivals to a draft can be added, but will construct decks by the sealed deck rules.
The complete tournament rules for 2010 can be found on the White Wolf website.
Here are the results of the latest poll what readers of this blog think about the future of bleed bounce cards in VtES? 178 votes have been cast in the poll:
- Add more AUS/DOM-bounce. — 7 (3%)
- Add non-AUS/DOM-bounce. — 51 (28%)
- Add more discipline-less bounce. — 8 (4%)
- Add more anti-bounce cards. — 60 (33%)
- Don’t add bounce cards anymore. — 27 (15%)
- Ban bounce cards. — 6 (3%)
- I don’t care. — 19 (10%)
As you can see there are two major antipodes, 33% of the readers want to add more anti-bounce cards, whereas 28% want more bounce cards, but for non-Auspex/-Dominate disciplines. A sizable miniority of 15% don’t want any bounce cards added.
Here are the final standings of the VtES League 2009 in Bochum, Germany. This year’s winner after 19 league games is Ralf. Congratulations to him. The final standings were:
1. Ralf — 8.13 RtP/game — 15 games — 5 GW 20.5 VP
2. Didi — 5.06 RtP/game — 17 games — 3 GW 15.5 VP
3. Sascha — 4.63 RtP/game — 16 games — 2 GW 14.5 VP
4. Hardy — 3.87 RtP/game — 15 games — 2 GW 10.5 VP
5. Michael — 2.71 RtP/game — 14 games — 1 GW 7.5 VP
Participants without sufficient number of games (8):
1. Martin S. — 8.57 RtP/game — 7 games — 2 GW 11.0 VP
2. Frank — 2.00 RtP/game — 1 games — 0 GW 0.5 VP
2. Thomas — 2.00 RtP/game — 1 games — 0 GW 0.5 VP
4. Markus — 0.67 RtP/game — 3 games — 0 GW 0.5 VP
5. Martin E. — 0.00 RtP/game — 5 games — 0 GW 0.0 VP
5. Oliver — 0.00 RtP/game — 1 games — 0 GW 0.0 VP
The results can also be found in the german VEKN forum (incl. the individual matchday results & decks). Unfortunately the playgroup in Bochum has shrunk a bit (again), and now we’re at a point where league days got canceled due to an insufficient number of players (four is the minimum).
Here are the decks of the Bochum VtES League 2009 from the meeting on December 18th, 2009 (prey is from left to right, from top to bottom):
Left: Didi played an interesting blend of a wall deck featuring Maris Streck and War Ghouls.
Right: Ralf’s deck was Dominate Weenies with targeting WWS & Zip Guns.
Left: Hardy’s Giovanni Khazar’s Diary deck was having a hard time sitting between two decks with intercept.
Right: After having some initial problems with Brujah violence, Martin’s Tzimisce Wall deck stood like a rock.
Left: Sascha’s Brujah Royalty deck lost a minion early on due to being diablerized, but with playing “Ancient Influence” and “Political Strangehold“, he could stabilize.
Right: The Bochum League prize pool player’s could choose from.
“To break deals with someone you’re in a relationship with is like running through a forest full of werewolves only armed with a knife during a full moon.” — Karo (VtES Player)
Reference: My girlfriend is playing VTES
After seeing the distribution of the Bloodlines clans of the next VTES expansion “Heirs to the Blood” on White Wolf’s preview page for the expansion, I was curious if and how it changed along the three different Bloodlines-related expansions “Bloodlines“, “Legacies of Blood” and “Heirs to the Blood“. I was a little bit surprised to see how relatively even the distribution of crypt cards is. There a few hiccups like the Blood Brothers and Gargoyles initial boost, but they got toned a bit in the next expansion. The real change with “Heirs to the Blood” is that the three scarce clans get an extra crypt card in the expansion.
|Daughters of Cacophony
|Harbingers of Skulls
The five Baali vampire attributed to the “Legacies of Blood” expansion, were actually part of the “Kindred Most Wanted” expansion. I also omitted from the tables any vampires that were only available as promo card.
White Wolf has put the preview page for the next VtES expansion “Heirs to the Blood” online. The preview page contains:
- complete crypt card checklist (58 cards)
- complete library card checklist (110 cards)
- preview of 5 crypt and 5 library cards
- explanation of new rule mechanism and new disciplines
The most interesting part are, of course, the new rules and disciplines:
- Research Area: Some cards may move cards to a special staging area called the research area. The cards in your research area are face down and out of play; they can be affected only by cards and effects that say so explicitly.
- Maleficia and Striga: Two new disciplines that are only available to infernal vampires. The same way that Caitiff is not a clan, these are not true disciplines, however (so just like Caitiff cannot be chosen for Consanguineous Boon, Ian Forestal couldn’t use his ability to meet a Striga requirement, for example, nor could Maleficia be chosen as one of the Great Beast’s disciplines).
Another thing to notice is the introduction of Group 6 for (bloodline) vampires, so you cannot combine the new bloodline vampires with their cousins from Group 2 (“Bloodlines“) and Group 4 (“Legacies of Blood“).
Here are the results of the latest poll what readers of this blog you use as (blood) counters in VtESgames? 207 votes have been cast in the poll:
- VtES Glass Beads — 33 (15%)
- Normal Glass Beads — 114 (55%)
- Dice — 10 (4%)
- Coins — 11 (5%)
- Poker Chips — 2 (0%)
- Gaming Tokens — 5 (2%)
- Miniature Skulls/Roses/.. — 5 (2%)
- Gun Cartidges — 5 (2%)
- M&MS — 2 (0%)
- Other — 20 (9%)
As you can see most players use the “classic” glass beads (55%), if you count the glass beads produced by White Wolf, too, the numbers are up to 70%. The other choices are trailing far behind.
One question remains, what type of counters are those players using who vote for “Other“? Please feel free to enter a comment!
Here are the final standings of the VtES League 2009 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. This year’s winner after 48 league games is Dietmar.
- Dietmar — 10,88 — 59,5 VP 15 GW — 41 Games — 1,71
- Martin S. — 9,72 — 46 VP 8 GW — 30 Games — 1,25
- Thomas — 8,95 — 47 VP 7 GW — 34 Games — 1,42
- (Michael) — 6,09 — 3 VP 0 GW — 3 Games — 0,09
- Sebastian Z. — 5.57 — 36 VP 3 GW — 46 Games — 1,92
- Frank — 4,89 — 24 VP 2 GW — 36 Games — 1,42
- Sebastian K. — 4,48 — 145 VP 1 GW — 30 Games — 1,28
- Ralf — 4.20 — 14,5 VP 2 GW — 23 Games — 0,98
- Martin E. — 4,06 — 18,0 VP 3 GW — 43 Games — 1,83
The table shows the rank and name of the player, the following numbers are Total Points, VPs, GWs, Games, Game Attendance Correction. Marked bold are the players that have played the minimum number of games of 12.
The results can also be found in the German VtES forums:
Here are some diagrams on the VtES Storyline “Eden’s Legacy” that is currently still ongoing. The diagram to the right shows all clans with more than one win. The Guruhi are in the lead, but Brujah and Ventrue are not trailing far behind.
An interesting fact to note is that all four Laibon already have won at least one storyline tournament. I am not 100% sure, but I think that’s a first.
In the next picture on the right you can see the distribution of winning clan’s sect. This may not be 100% accurate, since technically you could play a “Harbingers of Skulls” deck with mostly Laibon vampires for example. Most interesting is that the Sabbat is narrowly in the lead, although three non-Sabbat clans are in the lead. Speaking of scatteredness of this sect …
[Statistics from the Eden’s Legacy Storyline standings webpage as of December 11th, 2009]
The UK National VtES Championship 2009 has been played on December 5th, 2009 in Reading, UK with 29 players attending the tournament. The standings of the final round were as follows:
1. Anthony Coleman (UK) — 3 VP – Ventrue Neo Lawfirm
2. Sven Helmer (GER) — 2 VP — Lasombra Nocturn
2. Hugh Angseesing (UK) — 0 VP — Guruhi Wall/Rush Combat feat. Nana Buruku
2. Artur Siupik (POL) — 0 VP — Rachel Brandywine
2. Rafal Matysiak (POL) — 0 VP — Animalism Wall/Rush Combat
Congratulations to Anthony for his win of the UK Nationals 2009. You can find the tournament winning deck in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup.
As the German National VtES Championship 2009are history now, here’s the updated list of present and past title holders in German VtES championships.
- German ECQ 2009 — Izaak Havelaar (NED)
- German NC Constructed 2009 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German NC Limited 2009 — Dietmar Range(GER)
- German ECQ 2008 — Kristian Willenbacher (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2008 — Michael Heyder (GER)
- German NC Limited 2008 — Dietmar Range (GER)
- German ECQ 2007 — Olivier Perez (SUI)
- German NC Constructed 2007 — Ruben Feldmann (SUI)
- German NC Limited 2007 — Benoit Moyen (FRA)
- German ECQ 2006 — Erol Oenguen (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2006 — Robert Fängler (GER)
- German NC Limited 2006 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German ECQ 2005 — Andreas Nusser (GER)
- German NC Constructed 2005 — Johannes Walch (GER)
- German NC Limited 2005 — Thomas Gschwandtner (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2004 — Ruben Van Cauwenberghe (BEL)
- German NC Limited 2004 — Emile Bosman (NED)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2003 — Stéphane Lavrut (FRA)
- German NC Limited 2003 — Erol Oenguen (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2002 — Luk de Ron (BEL)
- German NC Limited 2002 — Tobias Pohl (GER)
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2001 — Jan Van Den Eede (NED)
- German NC Limited 2001 — ???
- German NC/ECQ Constructed 2000 — Fabian Sosna (GER)
- German NC Limited 2000 — ???
Note: prior to 2005 the German European Championship Qualifier (ECQ) and the National Championship (NC) were held during the same tournament event.
“I don’t want to rush you. I just want to survive.” — Joaquim to his predator
“Welcome to the club.” – Kamel (Joaquim’s prey; Kamel’s minions got rushed and all sent to torpor earlier by Joaquim).
Exchange during the VtES EC 2009.
The date and location of the European VtES Championship 2010 have been confirmed by the french organization team. As already revealed earlier this year, the next EC is going to place in Paris, France. To be more precise the main tournaments will be held from October 29th to 31st, 2010 at
Résidence Internationale de Paris (RIP)
44 Rue Louis Lumière
75020 Paris, France
The calendar for the weekend looks like this:
- October 29th: Last Chance Qualifier
- October 30th: EC Day 1
- October 31st: EC Day 2 & First Chance Qualifier
It maybe still a bit too early to book accomodations and transportation, since there’s a discussion in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup if and when there’s a Week of Nightmares-style extension before or after the VtES EC 2010 weekend.
You can find more information in the French VtES forums, where you can also ask questions and have a discussion about all things related to the EC 2010:
Here are a few pictures from the German VtES National Championship 2009, that took place on December 6th, 2009 in Ludwigshafen, Germany with 34 players from 5 countries attending the tournament:
Left: After some resting during the previous day’s draft tournament attending the constructed tournament was not a problem.
Right: The German NC has just started in its first round.
Left: The final table with Orian, Thomas, Marius and Martin. I was sitting at the chair in the front of the table.
Right: The final table in a closeup with all five players still in the game.
Here are some pictures from the German VtES Draft Championship 2009, that took place on December 5th, 2009 in Ludwigshafen, Germany with 16 players from 4 countries attending the tournament:
Left: The playarea with 4 tables and 16 players participating.
Right: Round 1 Table 1.
Left: Round 1 Table 2.
Right: Round 1 Table 3.
Left: Round 1 Table 4.
Right: Round 2 Table 1.
Left: Round 2 Table 2.
Right: Round 2 Table 4.
Left: Final Table with Sebastian, Thomas, Peter, Didi and Johannes.
Right: Didi’s winning deck .. like a constructed deck — only with 40 library and 9 crypt cards.
On December 6th, 2009 the GermanNational VtES Championship was held in Ludwigshafen, Germany with 38 players attending the final tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Thomas Gschwandtner (GER) — 1 GW 6 VP — 1,5 VP — Weenie/MidCap G2/3 Ani/Aus w/ War Ghouls
2. Ralf Lammert (GER) — 1 GW 6 VP — 1,5 VP — Imbued Chainsaw Massacre
2. Martin Weinmayer (AUT) — 1 GW 7 VP — 0,5 VP — G2/3 Midcap Toreador Grandball
2. Marius Iscru (FRA) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 0 VP — Weenie G2/3 Potence Rush Combat
2. Orian Gissler (FRA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue antitribu/Tremere G4/5 feat. Gerald Windham Bleed
Congratulations to Thomas for his win of the German National Championship 2009.