Anarchs

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Anarchs (AN) is the fifth expansion of White Wolf’s trading card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle released on May 19, 2003. The expansion’s theme is the Anarch movement within the vampire society. Anarchs can use special three-way cards, i.e. cards can be played for one of three effects that each require a different discipline. The expansion also features the Gangrel clan, which suits the expansion’s theme, since at that time in the fictional world of Vampire: The Masquerade the Gangrel clan left the Camarilla sect and joined the Independent sect.

Contents

Part of the expansion are 3 different pre-constructed decks with 89 cards each as well as boosters with 11 cards each (7 common, 3 uncommon, and 1 rare). There is a total of 132 cards, of which 122 are new cards. The pre-constructed decks are:

  • Barons — a political deck based on the Anarchs.
  • Gangs — a combat deck based on the Anarchs.
  • Gangrel — featuring the now Independent Gangrel clan.

The vampire Xaviar (also included in this set) was given as a promo card in a number of magazines.

Mechanics

  • Advanced — advanced vampires are alternate versions of a vampire with the same name. They can be merged with the base versions, creating a more powerful vampire than the individual persons before.
  • Trifles — trifle master cards can be played in advance to a regular (i.e. non-trifle) master card.
  • Anarch — a trait of a vampire, allowing him to use special cards. Any non-titled vampire can acquire the Anarch status as cardless action. She then is automatically a member of the Independent sect.
  • Baron — a new title exclusive to Anarchs; the title has similar authority than a Prince or an Archbishop. A number of Fee Stake cards allow an Anarch to claim the Baron title for a particular city.
  • Political cards — when used as vote in a referendum can now be redrawn immediately.

Notable Cards

  • Bleeding the Vine — a master cards that allows a player to cancel other player’s master cards once each turn.
  • Brinkmanship — a political action which makes the player lose if he depletes his library.
  • Michael Luther — a young vampire of clan Toreador able to change the votes of any Camarilla vampire.

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