This verbatim from the VEKN forum by Ben Peal (design team leader) regarding information on some specific cards in the new VtES expansion “Danse Macabre“. I found it noteworthy, so that more players will read/know this:
Some notes on the cards previewed thus far:
- Dark Selina is first (and most extensively) mentioned in the book Dark Colony, which covers the struggle for power amongst kindred in New England in the late 1800’s. She’s a Cardinal working behind the scenes from Zurich, using her pawn Roman Pendragon in her attempt to gain control of New England. She also has a brief mention in Los Angeles by Night, where she has sent her agent Christopher to Los Angeles to use it as a staging point for an incursion into Asia.
She has no stats or physical description apart from being the sire of Roman Pendragon, so we used his stats for the basis of her disciplines and generation. There was also a need for a Brujah antitribu Cardinal in Group 5, so she was a nice find. Her special was derived from her political maneuvering from behind the scenes.
- Under Siege comes from Ben Swainbank’s old notes from his time as Storyline Coordinator. He had plans for a Sabbat vs. Camarilla clash for his next storyline event, but that was not meant to be. However, we were looking for help for the Sabbat as a sect in Danse Macabre. After some modification and after being forged in the savage fires of the playtesters, we have the final version.
- Synner-G‘s only canon reference is in the flavor text of the Sabbat version of Computer Hacking, where he’s mentioned as a Gangrel antitribu hacker. There was a need for a 5-cap City Gangrel in Group 5, as well as a desire to have a deeper selection of mid-caps with core City Gangrel disciplines. He has the standard 5 levels of disciplines for a 5-cap, but given that the disciplines are Celerity, Obfuscate, and Protean, we figured he could use a minor special. Going with the hacker idea and wanting to improve the toolbox potential for the Gangrel antitribu, we went with a special about electronic equipment.
- Instantaneous Transformation comes from the book Archons & Templars. It’s described as being a rapid version of Shape of the Beast or Mist Form (and there’s also a Celerity + Obtenebration version for Tenebrous Form). Rather than make yet another “combat ends” card for Protean, we opted for a multi-function card.
The checklist for the new VtES expansion “Danse Macabre” is out plus (even more importantly) the whole PDF files can be found on VEKN.net! The set will be tournament legal on November 4th, 2013.
Karif al Numair — Assamite
Dark Selina — Brujah antitribu
Gold Pan Dan — Brujah abtitribu
Alex Camille — Gangrel antitribu
Mimir — Gangrel antitribu
Synner-G — Gangrel antitribu
Badr, Shadow of Granada — Lasombra
Carolina Valez — Lasombra
Claudia — Lasombra
Drozodny — Malkavian antitribu
Pearl — Malkavian antitribu
Skulk — Nosferatu antitribu
Strohmann — Nosferatu antitribu
Amber — Toreador antitribu
Mélusine d’Anjou — Toreador antitribu
Gerald FitzGerald — Tremere antitribu
Johannes Worringen — Tremere antitribu
Ludmijla Rakoczy — Tzimisce
Righteous Endeavor — Tzimisce
Xipe Totec — Tzimisce
Aimery Methuin — Ventrue antitribu
De Sade — Ventrue antitribu
Dark Steel — Combat
Esprit de Corps — Action
Inside Dirt — Action
Instantaneous Transformation — Action Modifier
Marked Territory — Action
Public Vilification — Political Action
Recruitment Exercise — Action
Shadow Boxing — Action Modifier/Combat
Shakar: the Hunt — Master
Show of Force — Action
Spoils of War — Action Modifier
Under Siege — Action
The third preview of the upcoming VtES expansion “Danse Macabre“. The plot thickens ..
Clan: Nosferatu antitribu
Discipline: ani OBF
Name: Shadow Boxing
Cardtype: Action Modifier/Combat
[obf][pot]: Maneuver, only usable to go to close range, or press, only usable to continue combat.
[OBF][POT]: Only usable after a combat resulting from a block. Not usable if the blocking minion is ready. This vampire burns 1 blood to continue the action as if unblocked.
Almost like the old times, here’s the second preview for the upcoming VtES expansion “Danse Macabre“:
Clan: Gangrel antitribu
Discipline: pro CEL OBF
Sabbat: Synner-G can untap after successfully equipping with an electronic equipment from your hand.
Name: Instantaneous Transformation
Cardtype: Action Modifier
[pro][cel]: +1 stealth
[PRO][CEL]: Only usable at the end of the successful action (after the action resolution). This vampire untaps. A vampire can only play one Instantaneous Transformation at superior each turn.
All of the previews can be found on vekn.net.
As announced earlier today, the VEKN has published the first two official previews of the upcoming PDF expansion “Danse Macabre” for VtES:
Name: Dark Selina
Clan: Brujah antitribu
Discipline: dom for CEL POT PRE
Sabbat cardinal: Selina gets +1 stealth on political actions.
Name: Under Siege
Cost: 1 pool
+1 stealth action. Unique. Requires a titled Sabbat vampire.
Put this card in play with three counters. Once each action a Sabbat vampire you control can burn 1 counter from this card to untap and attempt to block with +1 intercept even if the intercept is not yet needed. Burn this card when it has no counters.
You find the actual card previews on vekn.net.
According to the VEKN, the previews for upcoming (for quite some time now) next expansion “Danse Macabre” will start this week (maybe even today!).
Stay tuned ..
On September 21st, 2013, the VEKN published the following regarding the fate of the Print-on-Demand program and the next VtES expansion named “Danse Macabre”. But read for yourself:
Fellow V:TES Enthusiasts,
the V:EKN has now been working together with onebookshelf inc. for about a year to bring you a print-on-demand program for V:TES. Despite our best effort and a positive outlook for many months we were finally not able to seal a deal with all involved parties. So for the time being there will be no print-on-demand program. I am very sad about this development, but rest assured all humanly possible has been done to make this work. There might be a different situation in the future, but I am sure there will be no update before middle of 2014.
With this perspective we need to do something to inject this game with fresh material and keep it alive and kicking as much as possible so the V:EKN Inner Circle has decided to release Danse Macabre as a fan-created, free set in PDF format, which will be legal for constructed tournament play. The set is actually complete and we are doing the last steps of post-production so it should be ready for the EC. Pascal will make a more detailed announcement on when the cards will be legal. The Design Team will start previewing the cards early next week.
I also would like to personally ask the community to not show any outrage towards any involved party you might think is responsible for this. It will not help our cause. Feel free to express your polite disappointment, but keep it in line. You will be doing me and the game a huge favor.
Thanks and see you at the EC in Stockholm,