Here are the results of the latest poll what cards are seen most contested in VtES. 148 readers of this blog have voted in this poll:
- Dreams of the Sphinx — 61 (41%)
- Pentex Subversion — 44 (29%)
- Fame — 13 (8%)
- Information Highway — 12 (8%)
- Ivory Bow — 4 (2%)
- Bowl of Convergence — 3 (2%)
- Heart of Nizchetus — 3 (2%)
- Ossian — 2 (1%)
- The Barrens — 2 (1%)
- Carlton van Wyk — 2 (1%)
- Mylan Horseseed — 1 (0%)
- The Rack — 1 (0%)
- Jake Washington — 0 (0%)
The poll could been also named “Name the most popular unique card in VtES“. But on the other hand, Dreams of the Sphinx might contested more often than the others, since the card is only in play for a limited amount of time, and players are more willing to let it go, if, for example, there are already one or two counters on it. The second and third place in the poll are also quite obvious. Contesting Pentex is also something I see a lot, usually this is contesting to free up a vampire you control. And to be able to act (or block) again is usually worth a pool per round. Contesting Fame might save you some pool, especially if your predator (or prey) is threatening to torporize your fame’d vampire anytime soon ..
Bad beat stories .. these are not only being told in Poker, but in VtES as well. And the excuses why we lost a game of VtES … I think we heard them all. Here’s a categorized list of the most popular ones …
- The strange excuses:
- My dog ate my deck list, so I couldn’t play the deck based on my brilliant idea.
- I forgot what deck I was playing.
- I played a Nagaraja deck.
- I didn’t bring my lucky pool counters/edge/..
- I had the sun in front and was dazzled by card sleeves’ reflections.
- The technical excuses:
- I didn’t draw the right cards (my key cards) at the right time.
- The table seating was not optimal.
- My star vampire wasn’t in the start crypt.
- My star vampire was Pentex’ed.
- My key card was DIed.
- The social excuses:
- I was backousted.
- My crosstable “buddies” were against me.
- They split the table.
- I was too tired to play well.
- I didn’t want to win ..
- I wanted to try some new deck idea.
- .. and finally, the honest excuses:
- I had no pool left.
- The other played better than I did.
- I suck at this game.
Anything more to add by you, dear readers? Feel free to comment and add yours!
After Augustus Giovanni founded and established the Giovanni as a clan by diablerizing Cappadocius in 1444, he had his right hand, Claudius Giovanni, started negotiations with the Camarilla. While the Camarilla wanted to prevent another fire to flare up after the Anarch Revolt and the rise of the Sabbat, and keep the Kindred society from becoming even more factious, the Giovanni sought to establish a solid standing within the Kindred society and wanted essentially to be left alone.
In 1528, a treaty was signed in Venice by Rafael de Corazon (from clan Toreador) and Claudius Giovanni, which addressed two main issues. The Giovanni refrained from taking part in in all Kindred affairs (and especially Camarilla politics). At the same time, the Camarilla stopped taking any actions against the Giovanni, but required the Giovanni to be subject to a periodic audit by the Camarilla’s leadership (to be undertaken every 13 years at Venice).
This treaty is now known as The Promise of 1528.
The Dutch National VtES Championship 2012 will take place on May 26th, 2012 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Here are the details regarding the tournament named Funeral Fog:
- Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2012
- Time Table:
- Registration: 10:00 AM
- Start first round: 11:00 AM
- Expected end: 08:00 PM
- Fee: TBD
- Format: Constructed (VEKN Tournament Rules)
- Pre-Registration: Please register in advance by sending me a PM to the organizer (“aschere”) on VEKN.net or by replying in the relevant post in the Dutch VtES forum. Any questions you might have concerning the tournament can be asked in the same way.
- Since the location is a restaurant it is not allowed to bring your own food or drinks.
- Parking space is available and day tickets for that can be bought at the bar for €6,00 EUR.
More information on the tournament can be found on vekn.net.
The second episode (of the third season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (April 22nd, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about some general strategy topics, that is dealing for victory point, back-ousting players and choosing seating in the final round of a VtEStournament.
A photo gallery has been added to VEKN.net. The photo gallery is intended for VtES players to uploaded VtES-related pictures. Currently there are three categories which can be used:
- Fan-made products
The photo gallery is public, so anyone visiting the vekn.net website can view the pictures uploaded to the gallery. More information can be found in the official announcement on vekn.net.
On April 22nd, 2012 the VtES Belgian National Championship 2012 was held in Brussels, Belgium with 26 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Emiliano Imeroni (ITA) — 2 GW 8.5 VP — 4 VP — Maris Streck War Ghouls
2. Pierre Tran-Van (FRA) — 2 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — Tremere G2/3 Wall
2. Jerome van de Plasse (FRA) — 1 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Euro Brujah
2. Ralf Lammert (GER) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Brujah Debate w/ Events
2. Dennis Devriendt (BEL) — 1 GW 3 VP — 0 VP — Lutz & Friends Anarch Revolt
Congratulations to Emilano for his win of the Belgian Nationals 2012. Players from six nations, namely from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy and Spain participated in the tournament.
As a side note, despite having 4 four-player tables each turn, there were very gamewins; only 7 out of 18 games. The final was very short, only 48 minutes thanks to three early Anarch Revolts and a Smiling Jack in turn 2, which got removed only after it got 5 counters. (The game was over before the parallel 8 player LotN-Duffin Draft was finished).