The diagram above shows number of posts in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup (since 2000) and the dramatic decline of posts after LSJ had announced leaving the newsgroup and the appearance of the VEKN forum (both at the end of 2010). Especially the last two month show an unprecedented low in posts to the Newsgroup.
- Mustafa Rahman, Ohanna, Samson — Weenie Dominate, what’s not to love ..
- Zoe, Martin Frankel, Isabel de Leon — Weenie Auspex, what’s not to love .. ok, it’s a different kind of love than for those guys above!
- Uncle George, Eddie Gaines, Midget — the only question is: Mono-Dementation or Dementation Stealth Bleed?
- Matthias, Carna, Anneke, Maris Streck — wall, Wall, WALL!
- Anson, Nana Buruki, Cybele — because you know, there’s some master card shenanigan coming up.
- Antonio d’Erlette, Horatio, Isabel Giovanni — we all love allies!
- Beast, Enkidu, Tariq — serious beatings are ensured ..
- Lutz, Arika — the Inner Circles with a big, fat cross-hair on their forehead.
Any more vampires you hate, when they show up?
Here are the results of the “Zoning Board” VtES constructed tournament in Arnhem, Netherlands after 3 rounds and final. The tournament was played on March 26th, 2011 with 18 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Izaak H. — 2 GW 8.5 VP — 1.5 VP — Assamite Black Hand Bleed
2. Jelmer W. — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Giovanni feat. Anu Bleed & Bounce
2. Sebastian — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue antitribu Grinder
2. Pieter H. — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Tupdog/Nephandus Rush
2. Koen T. 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Akunanse with Tunnel Runners
Congratulations to Izaak for his victory in the tournament. You can also find the tournament winning deck in the Dutch VtES forum.
“Well, you really can’t expect gratitude when you punch them into torpor, even if you rescue them later!” — The dying thoughts of Erinyi (Master of Rock Cats).
Here are the results of “Baron’s Birthday Battle: Frankfurt” VtES Constructed tournament in Karben, Germany (near Frankfurt a.M.) after 3 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on March 27th, 2010 with 16 players participating. Here are the standings after 3 rounds and the final round:
1. Gerold P. — 1 GW 6 VP — 1.5 VP — Toreador/Toreador antitribu Aus/Cel/Pro Wall
2. Rudolf G. — 1 GW 5 VP — 1.5 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed w/ Nocturns
2. Ralf L. — 2 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Rockcats & Friends Rush Combat
2. Erol H. — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Inner Circle G2 feat. Maris Streck/Huitzi (Council of Doom)
2. Joscha D. — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed w/ Nocturns
When JHattara (as author & administrator of the Secret Library website) was asked in the VEKN forum, if the author/deck builder should be named in the VtES tournament winning deck reports as well as the player who won the tournament, he said:
“Of course the original designer should be credited, but in TWDA the player goes before (and the designer should be mentioned in the Description field). No matter how good deck you play, the player himself plays a significant part in VTES.“
I totally agree with the above statement. Most players (or maybe even some non-VtES players) can build a decent VtES decks that is capable of winning a tournament (large or small). But playing a deck is an entirely different matter, since it’s not just about the mechanics or the theoretically best play in a given situation, but other things like the overall situation at the table and table talk between players have to be considered, too.
I even daresay, that the truly good players are able to win with really not overly good decks (to say the least). Examples for this are (in my opinion) some decks played by the American players Matt Morgan and Jay Kristoff, e.g. the Fuzzface deck by Matt or the Nosferatu Toolbox w/ Trophies by Jay.
So, while the original creator of the deck surely deserves some credits, the more significant part of making a deck a tournament winning one is done by the actual player.
“I bleed you for one. With +1 strength!” — Oortje (dutch VtES player) using the other kind of stealth.
White Wolf Acquires Vampire CCG From Wizards Of The Coast
ATLANTA, Ga. — White Wolf, best known for its roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade, has acquired the license for production of its collectible card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle from former licensee Wizards of the Coast.
Designed by Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle adapts White Wolf’s popular roleplaying game to the CCG format with over 1,000 cards depicting various aspects of the World of Darkness. The advanced strategy and social elements of Vampire: The Eternal Struggle earned it a 1999 selection as one of the ten best CCGs by InQuest Magazine.
“Vampire: The Eternal Struggle has always been regarded as one of the best, if not the best, strategy CCG. Expert CCG players who are looking for a card game with more play strategy inevitably get hooked on Vampire: The Eternal Struggle once they play.” said Steve Wieck, White Wolf President.
White Wolf’s first Vampire CCG release will be a heavily revised edition of the sold-out Sabbat set. The new edition Sabbat will be redesigned to include plenty of new cards plus some older cards that are in high demand. The set will include Booster Packs plus Pre-Constructed Starter Decks so new players can get an easy introduction to the complex, strategic game play of Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.
New and old Vampire: The Eternal Struggle players will continue to be able to take part in over a hundred worldwide tournaments each year. White Wolf has recognized the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network (V: EKN) as its official player-community support organization. V:EKN is active in organizing player communities in major cities around the world, hosting tournaments and maintaining player rankings for the V:TES player community.
On March 19th, 2011 the VtES Las Vegas Regional Qualifier was held in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) with 23 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. David Tatu (USA) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 3 VP — Toreador Aus/Cel Gun
2. Matt Wedge (USA) — 2 GW 5 VP — 2 VP — Toreador/Ventrue Deflectors/Vote
2. David Litwin (USA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Kiasyd G4/5 Stealth Bleed w/ tricks
2. Dennis Lien (USA) — 1 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Theo Bell/Beast Rush Combat
2. Matt Strehlow (USA) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Brujah/Ventrue G4/5 Vote
Congratulations to David for his win of the Las Vegas Qualifier 2011. The final standings as well as the tournament winning deck were posted in the VEKN forum; some pictures of the Las Vegas Qualifier have been posted by Pagan.
For those who haven’t seen this, this is the full version of the classic German horror movie “Nosferatu” (1922) directed by F.W. Murnau. Please take look at the YouTube channel Lucky Strike 502 which hosts more public domain films like “Night of the Living Dead” (1969) or “M – Eine Stadt sucht seinen Mörder” (1932).
.. if a minion uses a Zip Gun to maneuver (so he’s committed to use the gun as a strike), he does not take the damage inflicted to himself, if the opposing minion prevents the vampire from actually striking with the gun, for example if the opposing minion plays Immortal Grapple.
The same applies to the situation where the vampire with the Zip Gun has been committed to the strike (by maneuvering), but the gun is stolen or destroyed with First Strike.
The reason is the actual card text of Zip Gun, which states that the “bearer takes 1 damage during strike resolution when striking with this gun“. So, if the minion with the Zip Gun cannot strike with the gun anymore (even if was committed to use the gun before), he does not take the damage.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup.
As reported by the webzine Flames Rising White Wolf is putting together a Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition. The release of the book is scheduled for the Grand Masquerade convention later this year, but there’s no revive of the Vampire: the Masquerade game line. Also, this anniversary book is based on the first 20 years of the now-classic VtM role playing game, sort of a “best of” compendium, but it’s not directly related or a preview to the upcoming multiplayer-online RPG which is currently in development.
Is this a sign of hope for a revive or reprint of Vampire: the Eternal Struggle? Not really, I think, but hey, the 20th anniversary of VtES is only due to 2014!
Here are the decks of the Gelsenkirchen VtES League 2011 from the meeting on March 16th, 2011 (prey is from left to right, from top to bottom):
Left: The Midcap Anarchs, designated for greatness as Anarchs, played Kinner were squashed brutally by mindless zombies.
Right: Ralf had a slow start with his Daughters playing Shattering Crescendo, and couldn’t prevent Frank from taking two VPs.
Left: Frank played a G4/5 Obf/Pre non-nonsense Bleed deck, which faced little opposition early on.
Right: Martin’s problem were his bleeding Malkavians being back-rushed by the Shambling Hordes, and of course predator bleeding harder than he did himself.
Left: Thomas played a Shambling Hordes deck (with Sudario Refraction). He first got himself some breathing room when back-rushing the Malkavians, then dealt swiftly with the Anarchs before him, which secured him the first VP at the table. Then Thomas turned back again, but run into several Strike: Combat Ends by Frank (who had ousted Martin before), which sealed his fate.
In the heads-up it was a fight in the open. Neither had enough intercept to block anything meaningful, so it was up to card drawing, if Frank won the table, or it was split between Frank and Ralf. In the end, Ralf drew the pair of Shattering Crescendos to put the last two Frank’s vampire into torpor.
Results: Frank 2 VP, Ralf 2 VP,
On the mailing list VTES-L, Ryan S. Dancey (then brand manager for VtES) wrote around February 2nd, 1998:
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H) Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
Ah, letter H. For VtES fans, “H” might as well stand for “Hold” which is where VtES is in terms of future expansions. There is no chance for a VtES product in 1998, and virtually no chance for new VtES in 1999. We are, however, planning to get some better support for Vampire players in terms of Organized Play at cons this summer, and a better and more responsive internal team for answering rules questions.
As one of the most successful TCGs ever, Vampire has a special place in the hearts of many people here at WotC. While it is not a part of our current design plans, we do respect deeply the people who have invested in the game and continue to find it an enjoyable diversion. After three expansions and a reprint of the basic set (and the conversion of the backs of the cards, a conversion more painful than any other in TCG history…) the game has probably reached the end of its lifecycle here at WotC. However, we continue to monitor the market and to talk about the brand, and if the company makes the decision at some point to reawaken the beast, we’ll ensure that you’re the first people to know.
—– End Quote —–
“Temporis. The most fundamentally stupid discipline ever. ‘Let’s go back and kill Caine!‘” — jrsc when asked about his dislike of the True Brujah before the release of the Bloodlines expansion.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup
Here are the decks of the Gelsenkirchen VtES League 2011 from the meeting on March 9th Actually the pictures are not taken from the league meeting, but from the casual game afterwards. The league game was over in about an hour, with Michael taking 3 VPs with his Guruhi Vote & Bruise deck, with Thomas taking the last VP using a Toreador G1/2 Grandball deck. The casual game lasted somewhat longer, and saw the more interesting decks (prey is from left to right, from top to bottom).
Left: Martin tried his DOM/NEC/pot bleed deck, but still lacks some Call of the Hungry Dead for more ousting power.
Right: For the 1st time Thomas played Daughters Choir deck (I think), but the lack of defense was his downfall after his first VP.
Left: Michael was the poor victim of Thomas, since his Blood Brothers Bleed & Bloat deck didn’t draw the necessary intercept or enough bloat to survive.
Right: Ralf played a Al-Muntahir & Assamite Friends Rush Combat deck, missing a weapon for Al-Muntahir for the whole game.
So the game was basically the following: Thomas kills Michael’s Blood Brothers in 5 or 6 turns, with playing repeatedly two to three Choirs each turn with his Daughters. Ralf then rushes backwards with Janni (and her mighty Kpist) to kill some Daughters, which enables Martin an easy oust with his Dominate minions. The heads-up then was pretty close, since although Ralf was able to torporize the famous Stefano Giovanni, he was low on pool in the mean time. In the final round Ralf was then tapped out, meanwhile on 7 pool again, but luckily Martin didn’t draw enough bleed modifiers (or a Call of the Hungry Dead against the blocking Janni) to remove the 7 pool.
Result: Ralf 1 GW 2 VP, Thomas 1 VP, Martin 1 VP
On March 13th, 2011 the VtES Belgian National Championship 2011 was held in Brussels, Belgium with 30 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Peter Bouwman (NED) — 2 GW 6 VP — 1.5 VP — Ventrue G1/2 Lawfirm
2. Paul Wiggers (NED) — 2 GW 6 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue antitribu Grinder
2. Bram van Stappen (BEL) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue G4/5 Lawfirm
2. Ralf Lammert (GER) — 1 GW 7 VP — 0.5 VP — Pander & Malkavian Antitribu Vote
2. Vincent Ripoll (FRA) — 2 GW 9 VP — 0 VP — Vignes & Daughters Shattering Crescendo
Congratulations to Peter for his win of the Belgian Nationals 2011. Players from eight nations, namely from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Greece and the UK participated in the tournament. Pictures have been taken by the tournament organizer, and can be found on Flickr.
Here are the results of VtES Constructed tournament “Dork Side of the Boon II” in Mayence, Germany after 2 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on March 12th, 2011 with 10 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Ralf L. — 1 GW 4 VP — 1.5 VP — Weenie Potence Horseshoe Touch of Pain
2. Ralf W. — 1 GW 3.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Akunanse don’t need Animalism Toolbox
2. Rudolf G. — 0 GW 1.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Brujah Debate w/o Disciplines
2. Manuel D. — 0 GW 1.5 VP — 0.5 VP — Ventrue G4/5 Lawfirm
2. Jörg W. — 1 GW 3.5 VP — 0 VP — Serenna & Demented Friends Spirit Marionette
Congratulations to Ralf for his victory in the tournament.
Or is there any additional trait/title/sect I can add without losing something in return?
By the way, the woodcut on the right side was crafted by Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883), a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Check out many of his awesome works on the Wikimedia or Art Passions (for example).
The title of this post already spelled it out, the Vampire Elder Kindered Network (VEKN) website now hosts both the Player Registry, and the Event Calendar. This is the next (and important) step of reestablishing the ranking/rating systems for VtES constructed and draft tournament events.
Now go forth, and make good use of both of them.
The Sabbat — Back from the Grave this Fall
Standalone Expansion for the Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Trading Card Game Scheduled for Re-release on Halloween
October 9, 1997 (Renton, Wash.) — Savage, ruthless and diabolical, Sabbat vampires have rejected the ancient laws of the undead for centuries. This Halloween, their immortal conflict with the Camarilla(TM) will be resurrected when Wizards of the Coast Inc. re-releases The Sabbat(TM) standalone expansion card set for its Vampire: The Eternal Struggle(TM) (V:TES) trading card game.
“Players waited two years for this expansion after V:TES was originally released in 1994,” said Ryan Dancey, brand manager for the V:TES trading card game. “Our first print run of The Sabbat has sold out and there continues to be a high demand for this expansion.”
Originally released last fall, The Sabbat expansion features two new vampire clans, the Lasombra(TM) and Tzimisce(TM), as well as new rules for voting and combat between the Camarilla and Sabbat vampires. This expansion can be played alone or with cards from the V:TES game, giving players the opportunity to create new Sabbat decks or enhance their existing V:TES decks.
The Sabbat are a malicious sect of vampires who have flouted the laws governing the undead by waging a war of blood and shadows against their enemies, the Kindred of the Camarilla. They revel in savagery and hold great contempt for humanity, believing mortals to be nothing more than cattle. Whereas the Camarilla govern their own with a genteel facade, the Sabbat rule with an iron fist, relying upon intimidation and violence to maintain control.
The Sabbat expansion consists of more than 400 cards, and is illustrated by such leading artists as John Bolton, Tim Bradstreet and Mike Dringenberg. It is sold in 28-card booster packs that retail for $3.95.
Wizards of the Coast is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment products, including the world’s bestselling Magic: The Gathering. trading card game. Wizards of the Coast. subsidiaries include TSR Inc., creators of the popular Dungeons & Dragons. adventure game, and Five Rings Publishing Group Inc., best known for the Legend of the Five Rings. trading card game. Headquartered just outside of Seattle, Washington, Wizards of the Coast has international offices in Antwerp, Paris and London.
Here’s an update on the German VtES European Championship Qualifier event (especially regarding the time schedule), which will take place on April 30th to May 1st, 2011 in Darmstadt, Germany. The German ECQ is a 2-day event with the ECQ tournament on the first day (Saturday) and a draft tournament on the second day (Sunday).
- German ECQ 2011 — Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Registration: 10:00 – 10:45
Round 1: 11:00 – 13:00
Round 2: 14:00 – 16:00
Round 3: 16:15 – 18:15
Final Round 18:30 – 20:30
- Booster Draft Tournament — Sunday, May 1st, 2011
Registration: 10:00 – 10:45
Draft (& Decklists) 11:00 – 12:00
Round 1: 12:15 – 14:15
Round 2: 15:15 – 17:15
Final Round 17:30 – 19:30
- German ECQ 2011 — Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Schirner Verlag (a publishing company)
64283 Darmstadt, Germany
The seminar rooms at the Schirner Verlag offer enough room for about 50 players (in one room). Drinks will be available on location, but there are also a lot of shops (and restaurants) nearby.
- German ECQ 2011: 3 Rounds + Final. Standard Constructed.
- Booster Draft: 2 Rounds + Final. Draft from 7 boosters (3rd Ed., Black Hand, Sword of Caine), to allow 1 recursion.
- Detailed tournament rules can be found on the VEKN tournament rules webpage.
- 5 Euro admission fee for one day, 8 Euro for both days; plus cost of the boosters for the draft (about 15 Euro)
- Prizes & Notes:
Also refer to the announcement thread in the German VEKN forum.
Here are the decks of the Bochum VtES League 2011 from the meeting on March 4th, 2011 (prey is from left to right, from top to bottom):
Left: A new improved version of the Guruhi Vote/Rush deck was played by Michael. Having modest pressure in the beginning, he was able to oust Sascha quite soon.
Right: Sascha played his Malkavian G4/5 big cap deck, was having trouble keeping his minions in the ready region.
Left: The Toreador antitribu Wall employed by Ralf wasn’t able to gather the necessary equipment to be truly efficient, and was ousted by Michael, too.
Right: Didi’s Kiasyd Wall only had two minions out during most of the game, but still maintained a solid position which allowed him to oust Michael in the heads-up.
Left: In the heads-up Michael managed to bring up additional minions, but couldn’t pass any more political actions.
Right: Didi, on the other hand, only had to fear the Ani/Pot combat capabilities of the Guruhi, but since none of these cards showed up, it was an easy win for him.
Result: Michael 2 VP, Didi 2 VP
The second game of the evening was a lot more interesting than the first one, present were Torrance Circle Bloodbrothers Bloat&Bleed (Michael), Malkavian G1/2 2nd Tradition/Obedience (Didi), Assamite Contract (Sascha) and Weenie Potence Horseshoe (Ralf),