Lately, there was an inquiry on Facebook (can’t remember if it was VTES Brazil or VTES World) about a comprehensive list of past VTES Clan Newsletter. But apparently there isn’t anymore directly accessible with the demise of The Lasombra’s VTES website (and the Clan Newsletter Archive) at the end of 2015 .. or at least they’re not easy to locate. There a few websites where you can find the newsletters though, namely
- Usenet Newsgroup rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad on Google Groups
- Wayback Machine for The Lasombra website (use the latest snapshot is from Dec/2014)
- Yahoo Group VTES Newsletter (from 2002 onwards)
What are the VTES Clan Newsletter? The Clan Newsletter were posts on in the Usenet Newsgroup rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad (now archived on Google Groups rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad) each dealing with a specific vampire clan and topics relevant for playing that clan. Typical topics included:
- Vampire Fiction
- Deck Designs
- Clan Strategy
- Discipline Overviews
- Card Overviews
The first clan newsletter appeared in 1998, and after a short while quite a number of clan newsletters appeared every month in the newsgroup. As you see in this article on the publication frequency, the heydays of the clan newsletters were the years 2001 to 2004 with an average of 7 or more clan newsletters each month. The last (so far!) Clan Newsletter has been published in April 2010.
To bring back the glory of the old times, I have started the blog VTES Clan Newsletter Archive, which is intended for republishing the VTES Clan Newsletters which were posted in the Usenet Newsgroup in chronological order. This is an ongoing effort, and will not be done in a month or two, also because I’m also reformatting the newsletter a little bit for easier readability. The Lasombra had an astonishing 861 Clan Newsletters archived (if I have counted correctly), and currently I have cleaned up and reformatted about 25 old clan newsletters, which is less than 3% of the overall number. So you can see the enormity of the task.