Yesterday (July 16th, 2015) the VEKN released the ninth issue of the VEKN Newsletter with a variety of information regarding VTES, VEKN and related matters.
Of Interest to Scholars and Slanderers:
Design Team News:
We’re currently reviewing the report for Round One of the Anarchs set playtest. We’ve received a lot of great input from our playtesters – many thanks to them! We’ll make changes based on the feedback, with Round Two to begin sometime next week.
Artwork for the new set is progressing, and we’ve received several concept sketches from V:TES player and returning artist Noora Hirvonen of Finland. Thanks, Noora!
The Red Sign Storyline event continues! It started on March 1 and runs through August 31, and represents the battle between vampires and mages for the Red Sign. Information and downloadables here:
Chris Malec put together printable files that include artwork for the Red Sign Storyline cards:
The War For Territory in Brazil rages on! For more information, check out the War For Territory page on Facebook:
Read the complete VEKN Newsletter 19 June 2015 with additional information on the Storyline events and more on VEKN.net.
Today, the VEKN has reported on a new cheat sheet for VTES, which one of the VTES players has graciously created.
Ke Carlton has put together a cheat sheet / new player guide which is clear and doesn’t contain too much noise. It’s not meant to be a replacement for the rules, but it should be enough for a new player to get up to speed with the core mechanics of the game and when to do what.
On July 5th, 2015 the French National VTES Championship 2015 was held in Soissons, France with 29 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and final were as follows:
1. Bram Van Stappen (BEL) — 1 GW 6 VP — 1.5 VP — Malgorzata/Mistress Fanchon Aus/Vic Wall
2. Mehdi Mazni (FRA) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0.5 VP — Legacy of Pander
2. Orian Gissler (FRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Giovanni Khazars Diary
2. Frédéric Pin (FRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0.5 VP — Gangrel Renegade Garou
2. Victor Bosatelli (FRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 0 VP — Kindred Spirits Midcap Bleed
Congratulations to Bram for winning the French National VTES Championship 2015. You can find the tournament winning deck on VEKN.net.
Because currently there’s a heat wave over many parts of Europe and page view numbers for this blog have been declining steadily over the last three weeks, I am taking the next weeks off from blogging (at least from posting new/updated articles). I will keep posting event announcements, tournament results and some such things during that time, and in mid-August (two weeks before the EC) the normal posting frequency will be upheld again.
Here are the results of the VTES Constructed tournament “Grapple in the Art Museum (Vol 2.)” in Bad Nauheim, Germany. The tournament was played on July 4th, 2015 with 10 players participating (the multi-deck format was used). The tournament was part of the Bad Nauheim spielt festival, an annual gaming event hosted by the town of Bad Nauheim, offering to play board and card games. Here are the standings after 3 rounds and the final:
1. Rudolf G. (GER) — 2 GW 7 VP — 4 VP — Anson Cel Gun Infernal Pursuit
2. Ed T. (UK) — 0 GW 3.5 VP — 1 VP — Ambrogino Giovanni & Friends Powerbleed
2. Martin S. (GER) — 2 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Dracon & Friends ANI/AUS/THA Wall
2. Gerold P. (AUT) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Black Hand Assamite Combat
2. Jeremy M. (GER) — 0 GW 1.5 VP — 0 VP — Euro Brujah Grapple Combat
Congratulations to Rudolf for his victory in the tournament. You can find a tournament report (in German) on vekn.de and the tournament winning deck on vekn.net.
Here are two quick statistics I was gathering when looking at VTES crypt cards (this includes crypt cards up and including to the Storyline Rewards 2015 cards).
The first graph/statistics is about the distribution of groupings (group 0 corresponds to the “Any” group). You can see a pattern here, the even groups are the main pillars, and the uneven groups are the fillers/bridges . And there’s yet a little room for vampires in group 5 and plenty in group 6 …
The second graph/statistics is about the distribution of vampire capacities. There’s a nice bell curve for the distribution, but there’s a dent in the graph for vampires of capacity 10. My guess is that some of these should be maybe capacity 11 (Nergal, for example), but the designers choose to restrict assigning cap. 11 for a selected, very, very small group. Also the numbers for vampires of capacity 8 should be slightly lower, say 150.