As you might have noticed the frequency of posts on this very blog has slowed down this and the last week. Currently I am not lacking the will to play (or talk about) VtES, but the motivation to write posts. I am quite sure I am over the hump soon, at least when the European VtES Championship is about to start in a little more than a month.
On September 17th, 2011 the US National VtES Championship 2011 was held in New Orleans, Louisana with 15 players attending the tournament (during the Grand Masquerade 2011). The final standings were as follows:
1. Morgan Tomlinson (USA) — Tremere Weenie/Midcap Toolbox
2. Kym Alishanni (USA) — Nosferatu Protean Princes
2. Jim Foreman (USA) — Saulot
2. Devin Villegas (USA) — Weenie Abombwe Vote
2. Tony Munoz (USA) — Ventrue Obf Vote
Congratulations to Morgan for his win of the US National VtES Championship 2011. You can find the tournament winning deck also in the VEKN forum.
On the occasion of the annual Essen Games Fair, the playgroup in Bochum will hold the traditional Midnight Tournament on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011. The pub the tournament will be played at, is less than 20 km away from the Essen fair area.
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle – Constructed Tournament
If I was your vampire
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Doors open at 19:00 h
Start first round at 19:30 h
Zu den Vier Winden
Hofsteder Str. 94
- Round system: 2 rounds plus final (time limit: 2h each)
- Format: VEKN Constructed
(In case there are less than 12 players, the multi-deck system will be used)
- Entrance fee: 3 EUR
- Please note: The location is a pub, so you may not bring your own food and drinks.
Pre-registration is possible via email to the organizer or a post in the German VEKN web forum in this thread.
- Please note: The location is a pub, so you may not bring your own food and drinks.
Gerhard “Hardy” Range
prinz (/dot/) bochum (/at/) gmx (/dot/) de
German VtES Forum
“When we’re losing, we focus. When we’re winning, we play sloppily.” — Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (MtG Pro-Player)
Reference: How to Lose a Match in 10 Plays.
On January 29th, 2008 White Wolf briefly announced the release of a new mini-expansion named “Twilight Rebellion” which featured mostly cards related to the Vampire Anarch movement. The actual release date for the expansion was May 28th, 2008.
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. This is a booster-only VTES expansion with 60 brand new cards, supporting the Anarchs game mechanic.
VTES Twilight Rebellion Booster Display:
Stock #: WWP02788
Retail Price: $107.64 US
Contents: 36 booster packs.
VTES Twilight Rebellion Booster Pack:
Stock #: WWP02789
Retail Price: $2.99 US
Contents: 11 all-new cards.
Details about the VTES: Twilight Rebellion Launch Kit will be available soon.
Do you wonder where the Sengir Dagger derives its name from?
Back in ’94 when Wizards of the Coast and Richard Garfield were designing the original Jyhad right (after they had published Magic the Gathering (MtG) a year earlier), the word Sengir got somehow transferred from MtG to VtES.
In the first MtG edition (“Alpha“) the card “Sengir Vampire” is a black creature card with 4/4 and flying which gets a +1/+1 counter each time the Sengir Vampire is damaging another creature and moving it into the graveyard. The card has been reprinted multiple times, with M2012 being the last expansion where Sengir Vampire was included.
So what’s all this fuss about Sengir vampires, what are they exactly. Well, they don’t actually fit in the whole World of Darkness of White Wolf. The background story is completly separate.
Sengir is the name of vampire race in the MtG multiverse (allegedly similar to the similar to the Nosferatu breed). Sengir Vampires are said to be descendants of the legendary Baron Sengir on the planes of Dominaria and Ulgrotha.
Apparently the infamous Baron Sengir is the founder of this particular breed of vampires, as described in the book Secrets of Magic. He’s ruling his the Dark Barony on Ulgrotha from Castle Sengir. A whole more information on Baron Sengir can be found in the MtG Salavation Wiki.
Currently there have been nine cards published with the name “Sengir” in its title, namely:
.. if Count Zaroff diablerizes a vampire he first gets the equipment, blood from the diablerized vampire and a Discipline card, and then he goes to the uncontrolled region after that (if the Count’s controller chooses to pays a pool). This follows straight from the order how a Diablerie is conducted in VtES. At first the Diablerie effects are resolved (according to the section 6.5.5 of the rulebook), the diablerist may take the equipment, the victim is burned, etc. And only after that the Blood Hunt is conducted (according the rules in section 6.5.6).
On September 17th, 2011 the VtES Dutch National Championship 2011 was held in Utrecht, Netherlands with 17 players from 5 countries attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Lucien P. (BEL) — 2 GW 8 VP — Weenie/Midcap Dementation Bleed
2. Peter B. (NED) — 2 GW 10 VP — Ventrue G2/3 Obf Vote
2. Sahan A. (NED) — 2 GW 5 VP — Nana Buruki Deep Song/Brutal Influence
2. Koen T. (NED) — 1 GW 4 VP — Lutz ..
2. Thomas K. (NED) — 1 GW 4 VP — Toreador Antitribu Anarch Bleed
Congratulations to Lucien for his win of the Dutch Nationals 2011. And the Belgians got their revenge after a Dutch player won the Belgian Nationals earlier this year.
Some Antediluvians discussing the origins of vampires:
Malkav: Ooo! Ooo! I’ve got an idea!
Malkav: Ooo! Ooo! We’re ALL … aliens! Yeah! From the planet … Yuggoth!
Brujah: Drop dead. (silence)
Malkav: Ain’t it just too bad you don’t have Dominate?
Brujah: Real men don’t need Dominate! (THUD)
Reference: The Real Story
“It’s not over until the last booster gets opened.” — GreenO on the news that VtES is no longer in production.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup.
On July 19th, 2011 the VEKN (the VtES players organization) send out a call of artists, which asked if there any volunteers who will provide artwork (for free) for an upcoming VtES fan expansion. Yesterday (September 15h, 2011) these plans became more substantiated, when the VEKN disclosed more details for the aforementioned fan expansion. The development of expansion is spearheaded by a small design team lead by Ben Peal (three time north-american champion and involved in the development of previous VtES expansions). The release date will (hopefully) not too far into the future, because the VEKN don’t want to let slip VtES into a slumber, it may not awake from eventually.
In addition, the VEKN is both asking for general input and ideas for upcoming VtES expansions as well as asking for play testers (or more specific play testing groups). And finally all players are encouraged to share their card ideas in the respective VEKN subforum. These cards may or may not be used by the design team, but may inspire and help the team members in the design process.
I am not too enthusiastic about reposting/cross-posting, but this one is certainly worth it. The Lasombra (VtES player and archivist extraordinaire) is offering to host websites with VtES content that have disappeared from the internet one time or another. But read his post for yourself:
Old V:TES websites that have disappeared from the web can be rehosted. The second such site is Kindred Whispers from 2004. Do you have an old V:TES website that isn’t being hosted anymore (Geocities victim, etc.) that you have the source code for? Contact me about hosting it for you. There is a new page that will list all of these types of sites that I am hosting, Rise From Your Grave!.
Here I wanted to show you the decks of the Gelsenkirchen VtES League 2011 from the meeting on September 7th, 2011.
- Thomas continued his bad seating luck seamlessly from the last league sessions. He played a Weenie Vicissitude Corrupt Construction deck, and guess who showed up as his predator? Sebastian Goulet with his special ability to steal allies! So Thomas resorted to playing a Weenie Computer Hacking deck with the occasional rush (using Breath of the Dragon), but he was simply slower in ousting his prey than his predator and got ousted rather quickly (in round 8).
- A new deck was played Martin, a Midcap Obf/Cel/Pre(?) deck with equipment (fetched with Baltimore Pier, 13), but since he lacked both the equipment (guns for what I have (not) seen) and a decent defense, he was under pressure during the midgame, and so his pool was reduced significantly by Thomas. So weakened, Martin was an easy (next) prey for Zille (also in round 8).
- Right: Ralf played a Weenie/Midcap Tzimisce Bleed deck and although he had to take some bleed initially, he was never really in danger of being ousted by Martin. So he could build up nicely, while bleeding Zille steadily for 2-3 using Camera Phones/Fiendish Tongue and Changelings, although occasionally his bleeds were redirected to Thomas, which also helped in Thomas’ downfall.
- Right: After a about year Zille finally played his Dom/Pro/Obf deck again. The deck features multiple copies of Sebastian Goulet, which single-handily shutdown the offensive capability of his prey’s deck. Although he was steadily bled by Ralf, his situation was quite stable for most the game, and after he had moved both Sebastian Goulet and Soldat to the ready region, he had little trouble ousting first Thomas, then Martin using the usual Dominate Bleed cards.
The heads-up (as shown in the photos) was really a close match. Ralf was initially hampered by Zille’s Carlton van Wyk and a Shadow Court Satyr, but eventually was able to profit from his higher pool when the heads-up started. Zille was only able to put Ralf on one pool, while Ralf then only needed to bleed for one himself when it was his turn (in round 10).
Result: Zille 2 VP, Ralf 2 VP (after about 65 minutes)
From a VtES perspective, or at least if you’re interested in the whole vampire/werewolf/.. theme, it’s interesting to note, that the next Magic: the Gathering expansion named Innistrad has a very strong horror angle. The expansion is subtitled “Horror Lurks Within” and the product information reads as following:
“Innistrad is a plane of menace and dread where every creature hides a darker aspect. Here, hedonistic vampires stalk the shadows to quench their thirst, and the full moon can transform a simple villager into a savage werewolf. Best to huddle inside, Planeswalker, lest the horrors of this world rend you limb from limb.“
- White — Angels/Clerics
- Blue — Ghosts/Mutants/Zombies
- Black — Vampires/Zombies/Demons
- Red — Vampires/Werewolves
- Green — Werewolves/Shamans
One of the most interesting aspects of the new expansion are the so-called double-faced cards (although the practical handling in the game is a nightmare). These double-faced cards are cards with two faces (two side with card text), but no regular MtG card back. The card is put into play with one specific side up, but this can change depending on certain conditions (if a creature died this turn, the number of spells being played, etc.) I think this gives the whole horror theme a nice twist in terms of the game mechanic.
Reference: Innistrad product page.
Post Scriptum: Yes, I am a little envious of the money WotC is able to spend on the artwork for the Magic cards (in contrast to most VtES cards).
On January 10th, 2008 White Wolf officially announces the expansion Blood Shadowed Court for VtES. Information on the expansion already had been leaked in mid-December 2007, when White Wolf informed retailers about the upcoming releases for VtES.
White Wolf Announces Vampire: Blood Shadowed Court
Now in its 13th year of play, White Wolf celebrates the latest product for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (VTES).
Blood Shadowed Court is a reprint set of the 100 vampires from the Camarilla Edition. The crypt cards will be printed in the newest standard layout with the original art, with one exception. The Marcus Vitel crypt card will have new art. Furthermore, this product will feature new deluxe packaging.
VTES Blood Shadowed Court Display:
Stock #: WWP2786
Retail Price: $59.94 US
Contents: Contents: 6 VTES Blood Shadowed Court Collector Decks.
VTES Blood Shadowed Court Collector Deck:
Stock #: WWP2787
Retail Price: $9.99 US
Contents: Contents: 100-card deck.
Developer: L. Scott Johnson
PRICES MAY VARY FOR INDIVIDUAL RETAILERS. Princes, organizers, or retailers with concerns may contact Oscar Garza, the Organized Play Coordinator at orgplay@…
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle celebrates its thirteenth anniversary this year. Designed by Richard Garfield, designer of Magic: The Gathering®, VTES allows players to pit clans of vampires against one another in a mix of intrigue and action.
During the upcoming European VtES Championship 2011, there’s the possibility that the Swedish national coordinator, Isak Esbjörnsson Bjärmark, will give a lecture about Swedish (and maybe more) deck building. But since the schedule during the EC from Friday to Sunday is so tight, the organizers need to know if someone is interested in such a lecture on Thursday (and when). To see how much interest for such a lecture is, I have initiated a poll on VEKN.net.
So if you plan attending the EC this year, please vote on this poll on VEKN.net. The questions (and the answers look like this: Do you want to participate in a lecture about deck building during Thursday?
- After Lunch.
- Before the Welcome Party.
- During Welcome Party.
- Whatever, I’m not interested.
1. Konstantin Prischepa (RUS) — 1 GW 5 VP — Daughters of Cacophony Choir
2. Alexander Figlin (RUS) — 1 GW 3 VP — Salubri Toolbox
2. Kirill Erohin (RUS) — 1 GW 4 VP — Followers of Set Stealth Bleed
2. Alexander Palkuev (RUS) — 1 GW VP — Malkavian stealth bleed
2. Armen Khachikyan (RUS) — 2 GW 8 VP — Lutz Obf/Pre Vote
Congratulations to Konstantin for his win of the Russian ECQ 2011. A tournament report and the tournament winning deck have been posted on the VEKN.net forum.
On September 3rd, 2011 the VtES Philippine Asian Championship Qualifier 2011 was held in Quenzon City, Philippines with 16 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and final were as follows:
1. Karl Cheng Chua (PHI) — 2 GW 8 VP — Trujah Toolbox
2. Troy Espiritu (PHI) — 2 GW 7 VP — Weenie Assamite Vote
2. Mark Villareal (PHI) — 1 GW 7 VP — Giovanni Bruise & Bleed
2. Johann Ong (PHI) — 1 GW 5 VP – Giovanni Cry Wolf/Khazar’s Diary
2. Frederick Tomas (PHI) — 1 GW 4 VP — Cock Robin Ani/Pot Wall
.. when you play an ammo card like Dragon’s Breath Round and the ammo card is canceled by Direct Intervention, you can play another ammo card? The reason is that while most cards (like Immortal Grapple) say “only one can be played per turn/combat/..”, the ammo cards say “only one ammo card be used (on a gun)“. This implies that the ammo card is successfully played, and the ammo card was played (but never resolved), you can play another one, even one of the same kind.
If Dark Influences is played on an ammo card, you can’t play the same ammo card again this turn, but you can play a different kind of ammo card, of course (with the same reasoning as above).
Reference: VtES Newsgroup.
— attributed to Seneca The Younger
Apparently the madness spreads .. not only rare cards like Enkil Cog .. or Summon History, common cards like Deep Song are affected as well. But at least there’s some sort of explanation for this: Since Deep Songs are needed in higher quantities in deck than Summon History or Enkil Cog, more Deep Songs are sought after. And the smaller print runs of Keepers of Tradition and Heirs to the Blood didn’t help either …
On October 9th, 2011 the Games of Instinct VtES tournament will be held in Bonn, Germany. Bonn is located in the Cologne/Bonn region, about 25 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government of united Germany from 1990 to 1999.
The tournament is hosted by the Bonn/Cologne playgroup. The details for the tournament are as follows:
- Date: Sunday, October 9th 2011
- Format: Constructed Tournament (VEKN Tournament Rules)
- Rounds: 3 rounds + final (2h each)
10:00 – 11:00 Registration
11:00 – 13:00 Round 1
13:00 – 13:45 Lunchbreak
13:45 – 15:45 Round 2
16:00 – 18:00 Round 3
18:15 – 20:15 Finals
- Please be aware that the venue is a bar, so you’re not allowed to bring your own drinks and snacks. However these can be bought at the bar throughout the tournament at reasonable prices.
- Free-of-charge parking space is limited, however there is a car park right in front of the venue. The Bonn main train station is within 5 minutes walking distance.
- For further up-to-date information and a list of already registered players, please check the German VtES forum .