On October 25th, 2015 the Spanish National VTES Championship 2015 was held in Madrid, Spain with 54 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Jorge Delgado (ESP) — 2 GW 7 VP — 3 VP — Girls will find .. Inner Circles
2. Álex Parcero (ESP) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 1 VP — Malkavian Obf/Dem S&B
2. Tomàs López Jiménez (ESP) — 1 GW 7 VP — 1 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Javier Vidal Ortiz (ESP) — 2 GW 6 VP — 0 VP — Tremere
2. Frank Gallurt (ESP) — 1 GW 7 VP — 0 VP — Weenie Auspex
Congratulations to Jorge for his win of the Spanish VTES Nationals 2015. You can find the tournament winning deck in the VEKN.net ,and a short report in the Spanish VTES forum (in Spanish, of course).
.. you can target a vampire that is immune to Frenzy cards with Deep Song (using superior Animalism), but the targeted vampire is not tapped and there’s no resulting combat? The reason is that the (Immunity to) Frenzy isn’t part of the targeting requirements, and therefore the vampire can be targeted. On the other hand, during the resolution of the Deep Song action, the immunity to Frenzy advantage is checked, and therefore the actual consequences of the action are non-existing. Unless, of course, the targeted vampire (or any other minion) chooses to block the action, in which the normal blocking/combat resolution takes place.
In the World of Darkness, the White Nights Massacre, was a battle between Baba Yaga’s Army of the Night and a group of Garou taking place in St. Petersburg. Viktor, the general of the Army of the Night, was on a mission for Baba Yaga during the White Nights in St. Petersburg. The city is situated at latitudes near the Arctic Circle, so during late June each year, there are a couple of days where the sun goes down, but the nights never get completely dark.
In order to avoid the sun during these days, Viktor ordered the vampires of the Army of the Night to hide in the land using Earth Meld. Even if the Garou would discover the Army of Night, he was sure, they would — out of mutual respect — leave the vampires alone. A group of Garous (about a dozen or so), eventually discovered the hiding place of the Army of the Night during the White Nights in St. Petersburg, didn’t really care about mutual respect towards undead creatures, and began to unearth the sleeping vampires. The vampires being completely surprised, and no match for the assaulting Garous in daylight, couldn’t really fight back, and with their general got slaughtered by the lupines.
.. you cannot play Form of Mist at superior Protean (to continue the action) when the extra stealth provided by Form of Mist is not needed (as compared to the intercept of the currently blocking minion). As a general rule, you cannot play stealth cards when the stealth is not (yet) needed, and Form of Mist has no exception clause in its card text. Therefore the general rules apply, and you cannot play Form of Mist when you don’t need the stealth.
Granted this is a cornercase, because the blocking minion needs to lose some of the intercept during the resulting combat, but it can happen. For example, the retainers (Raven Spy, Mr. Wintrop) providing the intercept get killed during combat (e.g. by Weather Control) or the acting minion nullifies the intercept during combat (Stanislava negates the retainers intercept during combat).
This information is from a post by LSJ, answering the question how rare, uncommon, common and vampire cards are distributed in the Jyhad series. It dates from May 26th, 1998. It also explains how/why there a two different grades rare (R1/R2) and uncommon (U1/U2) rarities. R1/U1 are those cards that only appear once on a rare/uncommon print sheet, whereas R2/U2 appear twice on the same sheets.
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* There may not be 4/16 actual vampires: some of the spaces on the vampire sheet are taken up with vote cards.
This is the overall number of different rares, uncommons, commons, and vampires (related to given print sheet 11×11).
- Rares: 92 on a 121 sheet (29 are duplicated)
- Uncommon: 103 on a 121 sheet (18 are duplicated)
- Common: 121 on a 121 sheet
- Vampire: 111 vamps + 10 votes on a 121 sheet
From an outside view, the Fortschritt Library is a private library and college in Vienna, Austria. It houses a large collection of books, ancient and new. In fact, the Forschritt Library situated at the Ringstraße in Vienna, is the head chantry of the Tremere, the heart of House Tremere if you will. Initially there were plans to build a church at the site, but after the funding didn’t came through, the half-finished building was completed with the help of secret patron as lavish, but secular baroque structure in the late 1850s.
In the eyes of mortals, the House of Hapsburg was sponsoring the library, leading to large collection of books, which soon became the focal points of visits by scholars from all over Europe. While this may be true for some parts of the library, the Tremre have gathered knowledge for a far longer time than the House of Hapsburg exists. A considerable part of the library houses rather heretical and blasphemous writings collected by the Tremere for centuries, which are of course kept from the mortal academics.
- The Wounded King (Victorian Age triology Part III)
- Vienna Chantry (Camarilla Wiki)
Remarks: For reference, the picture shown on the Fortschritt Library cards seems to depict the St. Maria della Rotonda church in Rome (as shown above).
The Deck of the Month for July/August 2015 is the tournament winning deck “Anu Gets A Blood” by Bram van Stappen (BEL), who won the Last Chance Qualifier to the French National Championship 2015 with this deck. The deck is a rather untypical ally bleed deck build around Anu Diptinatpa and the Procurer ally. The Procurers together with Anu’s special ability to spent a blood to give a minion(!) an extra +1 bleed, serve two purposes. The first is to bleed for one with Anu’s help, and the second one is to provide Anu with an extra blood (hence the deck’s name) for future bleed modification. If you dare to block, the third angle of the deck is kicking in: with Concealed Weapon & Flash Grenade the minions are able end combat and to tap down an opposing vampire easily for the next untap phase. The deck list lists very inconspicuous, but it’s fast, and puts a lot of pressure on its prey with a horde of minions.
As usual a couple of other decks were quite interesting in these two months.
- The Malk Trollbox deck by Samir Sardinha (BRA) shows nicely that a Malkavian antitribu deck can be something different than just a Dementation Bleed deck (with or without Obfuscate). The deck is toolboxish wall using Auspex/Dementation for blocking, including a total 20(!) combo cards which gives the deck a lot of flexibility.
- The Gangrel antitribu small/midcap bleed decks have become quite popular since the release of The Unaligned. But that’s actually not that surprisingly because the expansion had a plethora of useful library and crypt cards for the Gangrel antitribu in general (and the City Gangrel in particular). The on the latest example is the deck Loving you was like loving the dead as played by Desso Alastor (BRA).
- The last deck on the list is Brandon Haas’ (USA) deck “Laying the Foundation“. At first, glancing over the crypt, I was thinking that this might be a variation of a typical Weenie/Midcap Animalism deck. But there’s more to this deck, it’s actually a decent bleed deck. In the first place, it conserves a lot of pool with Founders of the Ebony Kingdom and has some multi-act (and other) capabilities with Guruhi Are the Land to tool up, before it starts bleeding in earnest.
On October 31st, 2015 the Belorussian VTES National Championship 2015 was held in Minsk, Belarus with 9 players attending the championship tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Andrew Kashpar (BLR) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 4 VP — Malkavian Politics feat. Lutz
2. Michael Derevenets (BLR) — 0 GW 1.0 VP — 1 VP — Nakhtorheb bleed w/Dream World
2. Alexander Roman (BLR) — 2 GW 6.5 VP — 0 VP — Gangrels w/ AUS Wall
2. Nikolay Krylov (BLR) — 0 GW 2.5 VP — 0 VP — Ventrue feat. Cailean Vote
2. Ivan Kalinich (BLR) — 0 GW 2.0 VP — 0 VP — Lasombra Bleed/Politics feat. Melinda Galbraith
Congratulations to Michael for winning the Belorussian Nationals 2015. You find more information on VEKN.net. And (again) a nice trophy was handed to the winner:
Today the VEKN has released a really interesting post about the current state of VTES, that steps in the past 1-2 years have been undertaken to bring back VTES into print. Sadly, despite considerable efforts of the VEKN and OneBookShelf, VTES remains out-of-print … but you can read the full post on VEKN.net as well.
THE CURRENT STATE OF V:TES
Onebookshelf V:TES project stopped
As many of you already know, OneBookShelf was in negotiations with Wizards of the Coast for the Wizards license and with CCP Games for the World of Darkness license, in order to bring V:TES back in print.
WIZARDS OF THE COAST FRONT
On the one hand, the cost of the Wizards license, which was not disclosed, was never mentioned as an issue by Onebookshelf, so negotiations continued.
Managing the project would involve a review and approval process for artwork and content before the Wizards imprint could be added to a product. Unfortunately there was nobody at Wizards who had ever worked on Jyhad/V:TES, which, added to the lack of interest by anyone internally at Wizards to manage the project, led Wizards to inform Onbookshelf that they were definitely not interested in pursuing a V:TES project.
Ben Peal sent a message to personal contacts in Wizards’ Research and Development department inquiring about the possibility of anyone they knew of in the company who would be interested in managing the project. But no response was received.
CCP GAMES FRONT
On the other hand, CCP Games suspended the negotiations after they cancelled the World of Darkness Online, saying that they were re-evaluating their properties to determine what to do with them going forward, which led to a sale of the White Wolf properties to Paradox.