The second edition of the Hungarian VTES Grand Prix is held from March 11th to 13th of 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. The schedule for this multi-day VTES tournament looks like this:
- Day 1: Draft/Sealed
- Day 2: Hungarian EC Qualifier 2016 (constructed)
- Day 3: VTES Hungarian Grand Prix 2016 (constructed)
The location is the Hotel Medosz in Budapest, where rooms for the weekend can also be booked. Currently already 18 players from four different countries have registered for the event.
For more details on the tournament, the schedule, the location, etc. check the VTES Hungarian Grand Prix 2016 website.
Yesterday I finished uploading and editing (most of) the VTES Clan Newsletters that have been published on rec.games.trading-card.jyhad in the first half of 2001. Usually I only do these update posts for a whole year, but 2001 was the year with the largest amount of clan newsletters. From January to June there were 61 clan newsletters in total, although I haven’t edited & uploaded them all (yet). The reason is that some of the newsletter are very time consuming to update, some because they contain tables, some because their formatting is really skewed.
- January 2001 — 11 issues
- February 2001 — 11 issues
- March 2001 — 12 issues
- April 2001 — 6 issues
- May 2001 — 6 issues
- June 2001 — 15 issues
Here are some highlights of the year 2001 with regards to VTES and the Clan Newsletters:
This is the link to the complete list of newsletters for the 2001
In the World of Darkness, there are three operatives with the US National Security Agency (NSA), namely Bruce Higgins, Maurice Edwards, and Felicity Price, which seems to have a significant deal of information the undead and vampires in particular. This NSA Trio form the core of the NSA’s domestic intelligence bureau, their task is to fight internal threats to the US. After their initial collaboration in the 70s, they put together information about vampires and the vampiric society. In the beginning, they used some of this information, to manipulate vampires into battling each other. After some initial successes, these efforts against the vampiric society have become less effective. There are rumors that the NSA Trio has been fallen under the influence of some outside force, but it is still not clear to the outsider, whether these rumors have a solid foundation or not.
- Reference: Hunter Hunted (p40)
On December 12th, 2015, the Tenebrea Noctis convention was taking place in the Kommandeursburg Blatzheim near Cologne on December 12th, 2015. The event was the World of Darkness convention Europe, with a significant number of guests of honors, ranging from Mark Rein-Hagen and Justin Achilli to Tobias Sjögren and Martin Ericsson. The later talked extensively about the future of the World of Darkness, changes to come and show a peek at what is coming. You can watch the whole talk on YouTube, where VTES is briefly mentioned around 19:30 min, a short trailer of the World of Darkness is shown at 47:30.
Addendum: The video “One World of Darkness” in much better quality (as shown at the end of the presentation:
The Special Affairs Department (abbr. SAD) is a division within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Relatively independent within the FBI, the Special Affairs Division is dedicated to investigating crimes and criminal activity involving supernatural creatures or occult phenomena. Founded in the early 1950’s, the Department is well aware of the threat posed by and has documented evidence verifying the existence of vampires, werewolves, and mages. The Department has also investigated cases involving ghosts and even UFOs in the past. Even though in recent years the size of the Department has been reduced, the bulk of the division’s resources and manpower has almost solely been devoted to criminal cases implicating the activities of either vampires or werewolves.
One of the more frequented VTES online game platforms is VTES on LackeyCCG. Currently the players are trying to (informally) organize an online VTES tournament. This would be the first VTES tournament on the LackeyCCG platform, although there have been tournaments/leagues on online platforms in the past, particularly on JOL. If you want to participate in the tournament, please check the VTES LackeyCCG facebook group.
Since the invention of the clan-based starter deck in VTES, the basic parameters with 12 crypt and 65 library cards have been fixed. What actually differs is the number of different crypt and library cards in each starter. Here’s the updated statistics how these number changed over time/expansions:
So the general trend is, that the average number of library cards has been reduced. While this gives a new player less different cards, it generally improves the playability of these decks greatly. The uptick in the HttB can be attributed to the first dual clan starters which needs a wider coverage than you average one-clan starter deck.