Currently I am (back) on a weekly schedule to update the VTES Clan Newsletter Archive , that is each weekend I am uploading the clan newsletters for a particular month (e.g. January 2005 during this weekend). Two weeks ago, I finished uploading and editing (most of) the VTES Clan Newsletters that have been published on rec.games.trading-card.jyhad in the 2004. From January to December 2004 there were 100 clan newsletters published in total.
- January 2004 — 9 issues
- February 2004 — 9 issues
- March 2004 — 9 issues
- April 2004 — 11 issues
- May 2004 — 10 issues
- June 2004 — 9 issues
- July 2004 — 10 issues
- August 2004 — 6 issues
- September 2004 — 9 issues
- October 2004 — 4 issues
- November 2004 — 7 issues
- December 2004 — 7 issues
The were a couple of exciting events in 2004 with regards to VTES, both the Gehenna expansion (May 17th) and the Tenth Anniversary (Dec. 13th) were published. In addition in 2004, the Prophecies V:TES League (a series of VTES games with varying rules) was played around the globe.
Here are some highlights of 2004 with regards to VTES and the Clan Newsletters:
- Official V:EKN Caitiff Newsletter February 2004 — the Caitiffs are always somewhat fun to read .. this is one example ..
- Official VEKN Followers of Set Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 11, February 2004 — Strategy — Dealing with incompetent players
- Assamite Clan Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 3, March 2004 — Sorcerers Of Alamut — Thaumaturgy and Assamites
- V:EKN Official Tremere Newsletter, April 2004 — Strategy Discussion — CEL/THA combat
- Official V:EKN Tzimisce Newsletter May 2004 — Strategy — Lean Pink Killing-machine — shows how to build a proper war ghoul deck.
- Followers of Set Newsletter Vol. 5 Issue 1, May 2004 — Strategy: Effect vs. Text — details that certain cards have greater effects on the game than just their card text.
- Assamite Clan Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 5, May 2004 — Short Chain Combat — shows the application of this concept for the Assamites
- VEKN Brujah Newsletter July 2004 — Card of the Month: Brujah Debate — discusses not only the card effects, but how to build an entire deck around the card.
- V:EKN Official Tremere Newsletter, July 2004 — Strategy Discussion — Rush Combat — gives advice on building a Tremere Rush Combat deck.
- The Stone Circle Vol 6, September 2004 — Gargoyle Recipe — apart from a Gargoyle haiku this newsletter also contains an actual cooking recipe.
- Assamite Clan Newsletter Vol. 4 Issue 10, October 2004 — Pretending, And Preys Who Sit — details what you can when you’re playing a rush combat deck and your prey isn’t influencing minions out.
This is the link to the complete list of newsletters for the year 2004
Bonus Question: What newsletter contains the following quote (the rest of said newsletter is of similar quality!):
“This newsletter is best read whilst listening to the volatile ravings of Margaret Thatcher, George Bush and Idi Amin. If these luminaries are your heroes, then you’re reading the right newsletter.“
This year the German National VTES Championship tournament will take place in Bochum, Germany on April 14th, 2018. Here are the details of the tournament:
- Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Zu den Vier Winden
Hofsteder Str. 94
- Format: Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules web page. Please note that you do not have to qualify for this event.
- Time Table
- Registration — 12:00
- Start 1st Round — 13:00
- Round System: 3 rounds, plus final (Time limit: 2h each)
- Entry Fee: 3 EUR
- Prizes: tba
- More Details and Registration
- Please register in the thread in the (German) VEKN.de forum or via email “prinz (dot) bochum /at/ gmx (dot) de”.
- The location is a pub, so you may not bring your own food and drinks.
- Please take note that the rules changes addressed in RTR 03/03/2018 are in effect for this tournament.
On February 25th, 2018 the VTES Belgian Grand Prix 2018 was held in Bruxelles, Belgium with 37 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Danilo Torrisi (ITA) — 2 GW 9 VP — 3 VP — Luna Giovanni Might of the Camarilla & Possession Vote
2. Martin Schumacher (GER) — 3 GW 9 VP — 1 VP — Cybele, Aksinya & Nakhthorheb MMPA Bloat S&B
2. Peter Velaerts (BEL) — 2 GW 8 VP — 1 VP — Dem Weenie S&B
2. Ivan Chebunin (BLR) — 1 GW 8 VP — 0 VP — Setite Waters of Duat & Eternal Mask S&B
2. Martin Weinmayer (AUT) — 2 GW 5.5 VP — 0 VP — Tremere antitribu Create Gargoyle Rush
Congratulations to Danilo for his win of the Belgian Grand Prix 2018. Players from twelve(!) different countries, namely from Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia and Sweden participated in the tournament.
Also take note, that the Grand Prix tour continues on the weekend of 28-29th April, 2018 with a double Grand Prix weekend in Madrid, Spain and Budapest, Hungary.
On March 2nd, 2018, the VEKN has published its newsletter for February 2018. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely the revelation of the name of the next VTES set (“Lost Kindred“), the changes to the VTES rules which become official in April 2018, and a report on the Grand Prix Belgium tournament including a full transcript of the final round.
Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for February 2018 on VEKN.net.
On January 31st, 2018, the VEKN has published its newsletter for January 2018. The newsletter covers a number of topics, namely a look back in time in the form of the very first VEKN Newsletter back from 1999 from as well as the start of the new series on classic VTES decks, in this case the Ventrue Lawfirm which is discussed in the form of an interview of very experienced VTES players.
Read the complete newsletter here: VEKN Newsletter for January 2018 on VEKN.net.
Two weeks ago the Rules Director of the VEKN (Ankha) as posted the latest Rules Team Rulings which contains some updates to the VTES rules. In fact the RTR 03/03/18 contains of three parts, that is
- Rule change #1: Timing during the Influence phase
- Rule change #2: Recruiting allies
- Rule change #3: Caitiff as a clan
You can read the full text down below as well as in the VEKN.net forum (with the accompanying discussion).