Friday, December 31, 2010

cel·er·i·ty

Cel·er·i·ty [sɪˈlɛrɪtɪ] -- Noun
  1. Rapidity

  2. Swiftness

  3. Speed
Celerity from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritas, that is from 'celer' meaning 'swift'.

Results "Fee Stake: Frankfurt" Tournament in Frankfurt a. M., Germany

Here are the results of "Fee Stake: Frankfurt" VtES Draft tournament in Frankfurt a.M., Germany after 2 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on December 30th, 2010 with 10 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Joscha D. -- 1 GW 4 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Jack Drake & Friends Open War
2. Robert F. -- 1 GW 3 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Ventrue antitribu something ..
2. Rudolf G. -- 1 GW 2,5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Lasombra & Friends Steely Tenacity
2. Alexander T. -- 0 GW 2,5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Tremere Steely Tenacity
2. Ralf L. -- 0 GW 2 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Gangrel feat. Dimitra Monkey Wrench
Congratulations to Joscha for his victory in the tournament. Draft basis were 3x Twilight Rebellion, 2x 3rd Edition and 1x Keepers of Tradition boosters. In addition, there were some special rules in effect (making the event a non-rated one):
  1. Due to time constraints, the time limit for each round was limited to 90 minutes only. Despite this in 5 games there were 3 game wins.

  2. There were six (local) Fee Stakes available (see below), each with its own card text. Before each round from these six two Fee Stakes were given to each of the tables and placed in the middle of the table. Every Anarch (with capacity above 4) could take an action to acquire one of the Fee Stake in the middle of the table. If the Fee Stake is voted down, or the current Baron of a particular Fee Stake is burned or removed from game, the Fee Stake card is moved back to middle of the table.
Left: Fee Stake Darmstadt
















Left: Fee Stake Frankfurt a.M.

Left: Fee Stake Kassel

















Right: Fee Stake Mainz

Left: Fee Stake Marburg
















Right
: Fee Stake Wiesbaden

The specific cities for the Fee Stakes were selected because there are (or were) VtES playgroups in these cities of the German state of Hesse.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

VtES Internet Presences .. Old and New

Some smaller and bigger changes to a number of internet presences for VtES have happened this week.
  • First of all LSJ (the current/former VtES game designer) has announced that he's moving away from the VtES Usenet Newsgroup and will use the Board Game Geek (BGG) website for answering rules questions (and similar stuff).



  • Johannes Walch (VEKN Chairman) has announced that the new VEKN website is (almost) finished now. Currently only the event calendar and the rating system application is missing from the website, but the VEKN team is working on it, hoping to make it publicly available soon. The site currently offers:
    • a forum for VtES related discussions
    • the rulebook, a rule reference , the card rulings, etc.
    • a comprehensive list of expansion card lists
    • a web interface for the VtES IRC Channel (#vtes)

  • Sadly also two UK websites (Anarch Freepress and Powerbase Bath) are down for the moment, but it seems Team UK is working on bringing those two back

In summary check out two of the currently most important VtES internet presences:
UPDATE:
  • Also one of the two French VtES websites, namely Sabbat in France will be removed by the end of the year and (hopefully) replaced soon after.
  • Anarch Freepress is back again (after being moved to another domain).

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NAC 2011 Early-Bird Registration Now Online

As you know, the V:TES North American Championship 2011 will be held
at the Origins gaming convention. The least expensive way to purchase a convention badge is with early bird registration. Origins 'Early Bird Registration' is now available online and has been extended until January 15th, 2011. If you are coming to Origins and/or the North American Championship, you really need to save yourself the $20 and do this before January 15th, 2011.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Pictures from the "Fang' dir den Nikograus" VtES tournament in Mainz

Here are a few pictures of the VtES Constructed Tournament take place on December 18th, 2010 in Mainz, Germany with 8 players participating.

Left: Ralf and Joscha in the heads-up at this table.






Right: Alexander, Jörg and Bob.

Left: The final table with Josha (the winner of this game), Alexander, Ralf, Bob and Rudolf.




Right: The close-up of the final table.

Friday, December 24, 2010

for·ti·tude

For·ti·tude [ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd] -- noun
  1. Strength and firmness of mind

  2. Resolute endurance
Fortitude derives from Latin fortitūdō, meaning courage.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Memorable Quotes (Part 96)

"Remember that the goal of the game is to win by taking the most VPs, not by making the player to your left the most miserable." -- The Lasombra
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup

Monday, December 20, 2010

Results "Fang dir den Nikograus" Tournament in Mainz, Germany

Here are the results of "Fang dir den Nikograus" VtES Constructed tournament in Mainz, Germany after 2 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on Decembeer 18th, 2010 with 8 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Joscha D. -- 1 GW 3 VP -- 3 VP -- Weenie Animialism feat. Nana Buruki Deep Song
2. Ralf W. -- 1 GW 4 VP -- 2 VP -- Serenna & Tremere antitribu Spirit Marionette Bleed
2. Alexander T. -- 1 GW 3 VP -- 0 VP -- Salubri antitribu Wall
2. Rudolf G. -- 1 GW 3 VP -- 0 VP -- Weenie Potence w/ Anarch Revolts
2. Bernhard "Bob" B. -- 0 GW 2 VP -- 0 VP -- Brujah antitribu feat Jacques Molay Rush Combat
Congratulations to Joscha for his victory in the tournament. The TWD can be found in the German VtES forum.

Friday, December 17, 2010

de·men·ta·tion

De·men·ta·tion [krey-zee] -- Noun
  1. The act of depriving of reason

  2. Madness
Dementation derives from Late Latin dementare, to drive mad, from Latin de- + mens mind.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

VEKN Announces Participation in the Grand Masquerade 2011

V:TES Players To Join Other World of Darkness Fan Communities in New Orleans Celebration

New Orleans, Louisiana - December 16th, 2010 – As a follow-up to the incredible success of the inaugural event, White Wolf, in cooperation with World of Darkness fan organizations, will host The Grand Masquerade 2011 at The Hotel Monteleone, in the very heart of the New Orleans French Quarter on September 15-18, 2011.

Vampire: Elder Kindred Network is excited to once again be represented among the other fan communities. The V:EKN, The Camarilla, One World By Night, The Garou Nation, and The Wrecking Crew and inviting you all to celebrate the historic 20th Anniversary of Vampire: The Masquerade. Multiple Vampire: The Eternal Struggle events will again be hosted at the Masquerade and will offer the special experience of playing in this historic venue.

More details for the V:TES events will be released as the event draws nearer. The Grand Masquerade website can be reached at www.thegrandmasquerade.com.

About Vampire: Elder Kindred Network
Founded in 1997, the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network is the official Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Players' Organization dedicated to the continued health of V:TES. The V:EKN endeavors to help the game grow in popularity through the embracing of new players as well as through the support of the existing fans.

About Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is a Deckmaster™ trading card game set in White Wolf’s popular World of Darkness. Created in 1994 by Richard Garfield as the follow-up to his groundbreaking Magic: The Gathering trading card game, V:TES is one of the most enduring games in the genre with fans and organized play events in countries across the globe.

© Vampire: Elder Kindred Network 2010. All rights reserved.

Contact:
Robert Goudie
Director of Marketing
Vampire: Elder Kindred Network
Marketing (/at/) VampireTheEternalStruggle (/dot/) com

Memorable Quotes (Part 95)

Question: What decks are you sick of seeing in games (as opposed to posted on the NG)?
Answer: Mine!

Question: Follow-up question: What have/will you do about it?
Answer: Make new decks?

-- Wedge answering Lasombra's question regarding most deck most liked/hated in the VtES newsgroup.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

EC 2010 Rules Question

The head judge of the EC 2010 (Pascal) compiled a list of (rules) question he was asked during the various events of the EC.

This list is exhaustive. No questions were erased because its answer were too trivial (or merely "cardtext"). The answers he gives here are more complete than the answers he gave in the event. Mainly, he tried to answer "Yes" or "No" with, when necessary, some details, but without the part where "it would be better to" or "you can also" gets added.

The questions that were asked more than once were about Antediluvian Awakening's cardtext (When exactly can I burn a vampire? What's the minimum capacity?) and Madness Network / Enkil Cog etiquette (about 4-5 times each).
  • Question: Can Demonstration cancel a Priscus' vote in the Priscii subreferendum ?
  • Answer: Yes. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I play Special Report on an untapped vampire?
  • Answer: Yes. It doesn't require a tapped vampire.

  • Question: I control Orlando Oriundus and Stavros. There is no other Priscus. How many votes can I cast in a vote?
  • Answer: 1 for Orlando Oriundus and 1 for Stavros, tallying up to 5 votes without any other Priscus.

  • Question: My library is empty. I play Visit from the Capuchin. Do I burn counters when my library is empty?
  • Answer: Yes. You would replace a card when you don't have handsize cards in your hand. (I got this one wrong)

  • Question: I play Govern the Unaligned, replace Seduction. Can I play Seduction?
  • Answer: Yes. The "as announced" window happens after the replacement of the action card.

  • Question: I play Entrancement, replace Strange Day. Can I play Strange Day?
  • Answer: Yes. The "as announced" window happens after the replacement of the action card.

  • Question: Can I play Daring the Dawn after resolving the action?
  • Answer: No. Action modifiers can't be played after resolution (as usual, unless cardtext says they can, per the Golden Rule of cardtext)

  • Question: What's the change with the new Madness Network cardtext?
  • Answer: Using the sequencing rules makes the acting player get the impulse after another player performs an action.

  • Question: Can I tap the Coven during my untap phase, untap it with all my cards, and tap it again?
  • Answer: No. Untapping your cards is the first thing you do during your untap phase.

  • Question: Can I play Enrage inferior or superior on a vampire with a Sire's Index Finger?
  • Answer: Yes. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Does the Soul Gem of Etrius trigger if I diablerize its bearer?
  • Answer: Yes. Cardtext has been changed since VTES. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can Nephandus prevent one from Catatonic Fear?
  • Answer: Yes. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I Amaranth a vampire with 1 blood when my strike is 3 agg?
  • Answer: No. He isn't sent to torpor and burns right away.

  • Question: If I steal 1 blood from a vampire with 1 blood striking with a Zip Gun, and I have no blood, do I go to torpor? Do I gain 1 blood and lose it? Does he go to torpor?
  • Answer: You gain 1 blood (stolen) and burn 1 blood to heal 1 damage. He loses 1 blood (stolen) and gets wounded (sent to torpor).

  • Question: Does Telepathic Vote Counting untap the acting vampire?
  • Answer: No. It doesn't say it does.

  • Question: Are "retainers" mortal retainers?
  • Answer: No. Retainers with no type have no type.

  • Question: Can I play Deep Song superior on a tapped vampire?
  • Answer: Yes. "Tap X and enter combat with X" doesn't require X to be untapped.

  • Question: Does the vote to burn the Fee Stake reduce a Priscus' votes?
  • Answer: No. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I press in round N with the Aid From Bats played in round N-1 ?
  • Answer: No. Maneuvers and presses from a combat card are only usable in the round in which the combat card is played.

  • Question: Can I tap Vagabond Mystic during an action?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I tap Vagabond Mystic during combat?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: What is the timing to discard cards to cancel Target Vitals?
  • Answer: It can be canceled as it is played, which is before it is replaced. You need 2 combat cards in your hand (you can't discard one, replace, and discard the second).

  • Question: Deflection is canceled by Two Wrongs. With a Wake with Evening's Freshness + Deflection on the same action, is deflection canceled? Can I attempt to block?
  • Answer: The second Deflection is canceled by Two Wrongs. Block attempts have been declined, so there can't be a new block attempt (unless the target of the bleed changes).

  • Question: Can I boost a bleed with Virginie's special ability after playing Foreshadowing Destruction?
  • Answer: Yes. Using Virginie's special ability isn't playing an action modifier.

  • Question: Can I play Hostile Takeover if my Ventrue is in torpor?
  • Answer: No. Master cards with a clan requirement require a ready vampire of that clan.

  • Question: Does Charnas burn an empty minion in torpor?
  • ^
  • Answer: No. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I play Deflection before I get tapped by inferior Spirit Marionnette?
  • Answer: Yes. The tapping from inferior Spirit Marionnette is part of the resolution of the action, which happens after players declined to play Deflection.

  • Question: Can I play Touch of Clarity with an untapped minion I control when I control the acting minion?
  • Answer: Yes, even if that untapped minion isn't the acting minion.

  • Question: Can I play Psyche! after a combat with an Illusions of the Kindred?
  • Answer: No. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: My prey is on 1 pool, I am on 3. My Edward Vignes has 2 blood and a Fame. Can I bleed with Daring the Dawn, and oust my prey without being ousted?
  • Answer: Yes. First resolve the bleed, and then inflict aggravated damage to Edward Vignes (eventually triggering the Fame).

  • Question: I play a political action card and play Day Operation. Is the referendum conducted?
  • Answer: Yes. The referendum is part of the resolution of the action.

  • Question: Can I use the Coven during combat?
  • Answer: Yes (but not in the middle of damage resolution).

  • Question: Can I play a Babble with my vampire with Dementation in torpor ?
  • Answer: No. Only ready vampires can play reaction cards.

  • Question: Can I attempt to block after playing Telepathic Counter?
  • Answer: Yes. Telepathic Counter (as opposed to superior Telepathic Misdirection) can be played before block attempts are declared, after block attempts are declared, or even after block attempts are declined.

  • Question: What is the exact timing of Enkil Cog?
  • Answer: You play it after successfully bleeding (same as for Freak Drive). Then, use the sequencing rule to determine when you can attempt an action with Enkil Cog.

  • Question: Theft of Vitae superior vs Theft of Vitae sup when both vampires are at full capacity: who gains / loses blood?
  • Answer: They both lose and gain 2 blood. They end up at full capacity after this strike resolution.

  • Question: Do I play Direct Intervention on the Govern the Unaligned after or before declaring a block attempt?
  • Answer: Direct Intervention is played as the Govern the Unaligned is played, which is before block attempts are declared. It's even before the Govern gets replaced. It's even before the acting minion taps.

  • Question: Can I tap the Dreams of the Sphinx in combat after strike declaration and before strike resolution? Can I play the Rotschreck I'd draw?
  • Answer: Yes. And yes.

  • Question: What's the capacity requirement for Approximation of Loyalty?
  • Answer: It requires a vampire with capacity 7 or more (KoT misprint).

  • Question: Pentweret steals a vampire with his strike. The other vampire's strike is hands. Can the other vampire play Disarm?
  • Answer: No. The change of control happens during the strike resolution and it ends the combat. At the end of the round, both vampires have the same controller.

  • Question: Does Flesh of Marble prevent Drawing out the Beast's damage?
  • Answer: No. You can't prevent unpreventable damage (exception: Rutor's Hand).

  • Question: Can I play a second Kine Resources Contested with the same vampire if the first one got DI'ed?
  • Answer: "Yes" (if DI stands for Direct Intervention). "No" (if it stands for Dark Influence).

  • Question: Can I tap the Barrens during an action?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Direct Intervention on Mirror Walk. Can I replace Mirror Walk?
  • Answer: Yes. Its cardtext is canceled, including the part where you don't replace it.

  • Question: Can I concede the game if I already have 3 VPs (and the GW)?
  • Answer: Yes. The Play To Win rule is to get the game win. Once you have the game win, you are free to do whatever you want to keep it. That is: withdraw, concede, or continue playing are all OK.

  • Question: If my inferior Govern the Unaligned is canceled with Dark Influences, can I bleed with this vampire?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I play Wash and then Sudden Reversal during the same player's master phase?
  • Answer: No. A Methuselah can play only one Master: out of turn before his master phase.

  • Question: Stanislava is acting. Do I get +1 intercept with my Raptor?
  • Answer: Yes. Stanislava's special ability only affects animal retainers in combat.

  • Question: Can Psyche! be played after Blissful Agony?
  • Answer: No. A new combat is already queued, so you can't squeeze another one in between.

  • Question: Can a vampire perform both actions from Kaymakli Fragment on the same turn?
  • Answer: Yes. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: The controller of Rumors of Gehenna is ousted. Do I still get 2 MPAs?
  • Answer: No. Similarly, the chosen Methuselah(s) won't get 2 MPAs if the Rumors are burned.

  • Question: Can I play Villein on an empty vampire?
  • Answer: Yes. You move 0 blood.

  • Question: Am I still wounded in the second round of combat if I played Undead Persistence in the first?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I play Eagle's Sight without declaring a block attempt?
  • Answer: No, Eagle's Sight is a block attempt.

  • Question: Can I play Gremlins on a vampire's equipment if that vampire has a Secure Haven?
  • Answer: Yes. Secure Haven only protects the minion it is on, not other cards (equipment, retainers, or even the Secure Haven itself) that also are on the minion.

  • Question: I play Spirit Marionnette on Tupdog. I have a Heidelberg Castle and no other untapped minion. I don't control a ready Tremere. When does Tupdog's control changes?
  • Answer: After the next action, if it didn't burn at the end of your minion phase.

  • Question: Can I use the Vagabond Mystic's special ability during damage resolution?
  • Answer: No. http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad/msg/9e8e...

  • Question: When can I use Hide the Heart at inferior during an action?
  • Answer: It can be played at any time before resolution, but only after the "as announced" window. That is: You can play it whenever you could declare a block attempt, and after blocks have been declined. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I use Maris Streck's special to give Unleash Hell's Fury some intercept?
  • Answer: Yes. Unleash Hell's Fury is considered as a vampire during the block attempt.

  • Question: Tenebrous Form has been played. Can I attempt to block with Carlton Van Wyk?
  • Answer: No. Carlton van Wyk cannot "burn 1 blood".

  • Question: My Wash was Suddened. Do I get to play a Master in my turn?
  • Answer: No. Canceled trifles don't award another MPA.

  • Question: If a Laibon becomes Bahari, is he still a Laibon?
  • Answer: Yes. Bahari is not a sect, it's a trait (as are "Red List", "Advanced", ..)

  • Question: I am bled for 1. I play Telepathic Counter at sup. If the acting player plays Eyes of Chaos at superior, is it a bleed for 1 or for 2 ?
  • Answer: When you play superior Telepathic Counter on a bleed for 1, it becomes a bleed for -1. When you add superior Eyes of Chaoes, it becomes a bleed for 1.

  • Question: Can I play Taste of Vitae and then press?
  • Answer: No. The press step is before the end of the round.

  • Question: Can I play Telepathic Misdirection after Spying Mission is burned for +2 bleed?
  • Answer: No. Spying Mission burns at resolution, when Telepathic Misdirection can't be played anymore.

  • Question: Can I play a Govern the Unaligned if someone played a Touch of Clarity on a Govern the Unaligned I played this turn ?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I play Fake Out to maneuver to long range?
  • Answer: Sure.

  • Question: My Mind Rape was cancelled by Veil of Darkness. Am I tapped?
  • Answer: No. Veil of Darkness cancels the action card before the acting vampire taps.

  • Question: My vampire with Anathema and 1 blood plays Slam to maneuver. Does he burn before strike resolution?
  • Answer: Yes. He burns in the "determine range" step.

  • Question: I control Rachel Brandywine. Do I get to put back into my library the cards I discard to Fragment of the Book of Nod?
  • Answer: Yes, if you tapped the Fragment during your discard phase.

  • Question: Can a vampire without Enkil Cog play Mask of a Thousand Faces on the action of the vampire with Enkil Cog during another player's turn ?
  • Answer: No. The vampire without Enkil Cog couldn't declare the action card in the first place.

  • Question: Can I play Familial Bond on an action at 0 stealth (and I have 0 intercept) ?
  • Answer: No. Intercept cannot be gained when not necessary.

  • Question: Can I play a Freak Drive after replacing my Bum's Rush?
  • Answer: No. When Bum's Rush is replaced, the action has ended: you can't play action modifiers after the end of the action.

  • Question: Can I play Power of All on a Nephandus brought to play via Antonio d'Erlette's ability?
  • Answer: No. The Nephandus card isn't played.

  • Question: I play Earth Meld, but my vampire gets Rotschrecked. Do I untap my vampire before going to torpor?
  • Answer: No. Rotschreck ends the combat before strike resolution.

  • Question: Can I tap the Dreams of the Sphinx in response to a player declining the block (in order to draw Conditioning) ?
  • Answer: You can tap the Dreams of the Sphinx when the impulse comes back to you, which happens either when a player declares a block attempt, or when all players decline attempting to block.

  • Question: I play Majesty, and the opposing guy plays Catatonic Fear: Does my vampire untap and take 1 damage?
  • Answer: Yes. And he untaps.

  • Question: Can I play Eyes of Argus to attempt to block the action to burn my Madness Network?
  • Answer: At superior: Yes. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup. At inferior: Only if intercept is needed.

  • Question: If I control a protected ressources, and someone bleeds me for 1 and burns the Spying Mission, how much pool do I burn?
  • Answer: The bleed is for 3, but you only burn 2.

  • Question: Can I influence on the crypt card brought to my uncontrolled region on the turn the Anarch Convert brings it into my uncontrolled region ?
  • Answer: No. You first spend transfers, and then move out the influenced minions. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: Can I use Anarch Convert to convert anarch an Anarch Convert?
  • Answer: Yes. Anarch Convert can convert Anarch vampires.

  • Question: Can I play Conditioning if the target of the bleed plays Telepathic Counter?
  • Answer: Yes. You get the impulse back.

  • Question: If Sargon successfully performs the second action to burn the Seeds of Corruption, do I get the Edge?
  • Answer: Yes.

  • Question: Can I recruit two different allies with the same vampire in one turn?
  • Answer: Yes. The NRA restricts you to one Warghoul per turn per vampire, but you can recruit a Repo Man and a Warghoul on the same turn with the same vampire.

  • Question: Xeper tries to steal a Warghoul. Warghoul burns to burn a Metro Underground. There is no block. Does Xeper gain 1 blood from Perfectionist?
  • Answer: Yes. The action is not blocked, so it is successful. It fizzles due to a lack of target, but Xeper still gets his blood from Perfectionist. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: I play Grooming the Protege selecting my ready vampire with a Secure Haven and a younger vampire of the same clan in my uncontrolled. Does this cost me 1 pool?
  • Answer: Yes. Choosing a vampire with a Secure Haven for Grooming the Protege (or Tend the Flock, or the Rack) increases the cost of that master by 1 pool.

  • Question: Can I attempt to rescue the same vampire from torpor twice in a single turn with the same vampire?
  • Answer: Yes. NRA doesn't apply to rescue from torpor.

  • Question: Does the bidding for Hostile Takeover go clockwise?
  • Answer: No. The default format for any bidding is open format. (re-checked, and it didn't change since 1999)

  • Question: If the blocking minion has a Sniper Rifle, can the acting minion set the range in the before range step, before the blocking minion gets the opportunity to do so ?
  • Answer: Yes. And if the acting minion sets the range, the blocking minion can't re-set it (the acting minion can't re-set it either).

  • Question: Can I play Mind of the Wilds before block attempts get to be declared? If there is no block attempt, is there any effect?
  • Answer: Yes (at inferior). If there is no block attempt, its cardtext is: "[ani][aus] "

  • Question: If my Wash is Suddened, do I replace it?
  • Answer: Yes. Cardtext of cancelled cards is cancelled, even the part where you don't replace them.

  • Question: The vampire targetted by the Rack got banished. Does the rack move blood to him in the uncontrolled region?
  • Answer: No. Reference in VtES Usenet Newsgroup

  • Question: If Mata Hari plays SchreckNET, does she untap?
  • Answer: Yes. SchreckNET considers her as a Nosferatu for the resolution of the card. Since she's a 7-cap, SchreckNET sees her as a 7-cap Nosferatu, so it untaps her.

  • Question: I played On the Qui Vive and Familial Bond. The action is successful. Can I enter combat with the acting vampire after resolution?
  • Answer: No. "Tap to enter combat" requires an untapped minion.

  • Question: Can I cancel the combat due to Yawp Court with Crypt's Sons?
  • Answer: No. The combat due to Yawp Court doesn't result of a successful block.

  • Question: Can I play Tier of Soul inferior on a vampire with no blood?
  • Answer: Yes. The target is the minion, not the blood counters.

  • Question: Is High Stakes legal in the First Chance Qualifier?
  • Answer: No.

  • Question: If the result is 2-2-1-0-0, is there a GW?
  • Answer: No. You need 2 VPs (or more) and strictly more than other Methuselahs to get the GW.

  • Question: Can I hunt after playing Change of Target on a hunt action?
  • Answer: Not with the same hunt action.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The First Turbo Deck

There was some discussion in the VtES Usenet Newsgroup over what the first Turbo deck actually was (based on Lucita, Arika or The Baron), it turned out to be based on Aurora Van Brande, Paladin. At least, this deck was posted by Chris Berger back in 1998:
Just for laughs, I've decided to post this deck. Any ideas on how to make it actually reliable (as it is, it works sometimes but not usually)?

In the same light as Regarding Henry, Feeling Minnesota, and Eating Raoul, it's... (dum dum DUMMMMMM!!!!)

Recycling Aurora

CRYPT
20 Aurora Van Brande
(or any unreasonable number - if you're playing JOL, go with 500 so you're sure not to run out)

LIBRARY (100 cards - use more for JOL, less for most real games)
6 Dominate Masters
6 The Barrens
10 Soul Gem of Etrius
10 Freak Drive
18 Camarilla Vitae Slave
18 Force of Will
16 Daring the Dawn
16 Conditioning

I think the idea should be obvious. It's a lot like most other infinite loop combos, except that this one can be done multiple times on your turn with virtually no set up. I'm almost hesitant to play this deck in JOL because people would get so pissed off. Maybe I should try to build it in RL... 8) I wonder where I'd get that many Soul Gems from.
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup.

Announcement German National VtES Championship 2010

This time the German National VtES Championship tournament is somewhat late, actually so late it will take place in 2011. The championship tournament will be played on January 29th, 2011 in Bochum, Germany.

Tournament
  • Saturday, January 29th, 2011 will be devoted to the German VtES Championship -- please note that you will not have to qualify for this event. The top 5 players will automatically be qualified for participation in any Continental Championship in 2011.
Location
  • Community Hall of the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kreuzgemeinde
    Gahlensche Str. 146-150
    44809 Bochum, Germany
Format
  • German Championship: Standard Constructed, detailed rules can be found on the VEKN Tournament Rules webpage.
Time-Table
  • Saturday (January 29th) -- German Championship 2010

    • Registration 10:00 am - 10:45 am
    • 1st Round starts at 11:00 am
Costs/Admission Fee
  • TBA
Prizes
  • TBA
More Details and Registration
  • Pre-Registration is not required, but is very much appreciated, for example in the German VtES Forum or by contacting the organizer, Hardy Range via email (prinz (/dot/) bochum (/at/) vekn (/dot/) de).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kindred Spirit Newsletter #8

The eighth issue of the french VtES webzine Kindred Spirit has been published. Kindred Spirit #8 contains mainly articles in french, but in the light of the VtES EC 2010 in Paris, France several articles are also available in English. There are interviews with the winners of the EC tournaments, that is
  • with Erik (Sweden), who won both the Legendary Vampire and Day 1 tournament,
  • with Csaba (Hungary), who won the Last Chance Qualifier,
  • with Jerome (France), who won the First Chance Qualifier, and
  • with Brian (USA), who won the Day 2 tournament (also know as EC Championship),
as well as a short EC event report by myself.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Three Fates

The Moirae, Moerae or Moirai (in Greek Μοῖραι – the "apportioners", often called The Fates), in Greek mythology, were the white-robed personifications of destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, euphemistically the "sparing ones", or Fata; also equivalent to the Germanic Norns). Their number became fixed at three, the three Moirae were:
  • Clotho (English pronunciation: /ˈkloʊθoʊ/, Greek Κλωθώ [klɔːˈtʰɔː] – "spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.

  • Lachesis (/ˈlækɨsɪs/, Greek Λάχεσις [ˈlakʰesis] – "allotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').

  • Atropos (/ˈætrəpɒs/, Greek Ἄτροπος [ˈatropos] – "inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning", sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with "her abhorred shears". Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').
Read the whole article on the Moirae on Wikipedia.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Did you know, that ... (Part 53)

.. that you cannot play a Freak Drive if it is the card you draw to replace a "Do not replace until end of action" action card (i.e. Gramle, Bum's Rush or New Management). The reason is that the replacing the card played earlier (and you weren't allowed to redraw immediately), marks the end of the action, and you're simply not allowed to play action modifiers after the action ends.

Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup

Remark: This one's a classic, not really something that came up lately in the newsgroup or in my playgroup.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

V:EKN Announces Location for 2011 European Championship

European national coordinators select Poland as host country for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle European Championship

WARSAW, POLAND -- December 7th, 2010 -- In a close vote, European National Coordinators have selected Poland to host the 2011 European Championship. Scheduled for November 11-13, 2011, the Polish event team will be hosting the affair at the Gromada Airport Hotel in Warsaw. Radoslaw "Szewski" Staszewski, Poland's National Coordinator, expects the event to draw 150 players who will compete in multiple tournaments as well as attend a welcoming party and experience Warsaw's sightseeing.

Poland's successful bid for the 2011 European Championship comes on the heels of a highly successful 2010 event in Paris, France. The 2011 event also has a special significance in that it is the first European Championship to be selected by the V:EKN after CCP's announcement that it will cease publication of the game. Vampire: Elder Kindred Network's selection and support of the 2011 event shows the organization's commitment to providing ongoing support for organized play in CCP's absence.

The Polish EC Team expects to launch a website with details for the event by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

About Vampire: Elder Kindred Network.

Founded in 1997, the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network is the official Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Players' Organization dedicated to the continued health of V:TES. The V:EKN endeavors to help the game grow in popularity through the embracing of new players as well as through the support of the existing fans.

About Vampire: The Eternal Struggle.

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is a Deckmaster™ trading card game set in White Wolf’s popular World of Darkness. Created in 1994 by Richard Garfield as the follow-up to his groundbreaking Magic: The Gathering trading card game, V:TES is one of the most enduring games in the genre with fans and organized play events in countries across the globe.

© Vampire: Elder Kindred Network 2010. All rights reserved.

Contact:
Robert Goudie
Director of Marketing
Vampire: Elder Kindred Network
Marketing (/at/) VampireTheEternalStruggle (/dot/) com

Motivated By ..

When trying to motivate myself for an upcoming VtES season, I always try to set some goals for myself for the next year. I must admit when it comes to VtES tournament games (or any other form of organized game like a VtES league), I am a competitive type of player. Sure, meeting and talking to other players is important to me as well, but regarding deck building and preparation as well as in the tournament I am really trying to win the game(s). Maybe not Ayrton Senna-intensive, but still..

So setting goals helps me and motivates me building reasonable decks, going to tournaments and being competitive in the games. One important thing is that these goals must be (realistically) achievable. Winning a tournament is a reasonable goal, winning the Last Chance Qualifier, Day 1 and Day 2 tournament in a Continental Championship is not.

Some of the goals I set myself in the past included the following:
  • getting a game win in a (local) league game.
  • getting a game win in a tournament.
  • reaching a final in a tournament.
  • qualifying for the continental championship (I failed to do this for four consecutive years (2004-2008))
  • winning a tournament.
  • winning the local league.
After achieving these goals, of course, not all in a single year, of course, but over the past 4-5 years, the two goals for the next year are:
  • winning a major tournament (national championship or qualifier) -- this is a tough one
  • making it to the VtES Hall of Fame (one tournament only missing here)
Preferably this can be done within a single tournament, but we'll see how things turn out. ;)

Friday, December 3, 2010

mel·pom·e·ne

Mel·pom·e·ne [mɛlˈpɒmɪnɪ]
  1. "to sing" or "the one that is melodious"
  2. Initially the Muse of Singing, Melpomene then became the Muse of Tragedy, for which she is best known now.
Melpomene (Greek Μελπομένη) is derived from the Greek verb melpô or melpomai meaning "to celebrate with dance and song."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Results Italian National VtES Championship 2010

On November 28th, 2010 the Italian National VtES Championship was held in Bologna, Italy with 51 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Guido Canciani (ITA) -- 1 GW 5,5 VP -- 3 VP -- Ventrue Law Firm
2. Stefania Cantarelli (ITA) -- 1 GW 6,5 VP -- 2 VP -- Kiasyd Bleed
2. Danilo Torrisi (ITA) -- 3 GW 12 VP -- 0 VP -- Cybele/Inner Circle Heavy Bloat
2. Roberto Venturi (ITA) -- 2 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP -- Inner Circle Multi Master Deck
2. Emanuele Iacusso (ITA) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP -- Ventrue anitribu Grinder
Congratulations to Guido for his win of the Italian National VtES Championship 2010. The seating at the final table was: Stefania --> Guido --> Danilo --> Emanuele --> Roberto. You can find several tournament reports (in Italian) in the Italian VtES forum.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deck of the Month: November 2010: True Power

This month's deck is the tournament winning deck "True Power" played by Péter Botos (Hungary). I already mentioned the deck earlier this month in the Decks of Interest article (he was qualifying for the Day 2 tournament of the EC 2010 with this deck), but when Péter managed to win the Hungarian VtES Championship with this deck, this was a welcome opportunity for me to push this deck into the spotlight. The deck is almost similar to the EC version, only Ankara Citadel and Flaming Candle have been removed for one copy each of Tangle Atropos' Hand and Vaticination.

The deck is based on the True Brujah G5/6, namely Lydia and Al-Muntahir, and is essentially a bleed deck relying on bleed equipment and some Quicksilver Contemplation. Peter uses both True Brujah (paying even the Scarce penalty) to equip with various unique bleed equipment, and then bleed hard with them. Instead of using copious amounts of stealth the deck relies on a number of different angles to outplay opponents:
Summon History has a small yet vital role, namely to fetch the bleed equipment (or Veneficti Mage, if useful).
Deck Name: Hungarian National Championship 2010: True Power
Author: Peter Botos
Description:

Crypt (Capacity min=3 max=9 avg=6.75; 12 cards)
==================================================

4x Al-Muntathir, God's Witness 8 obf qui AUS FOR PRE TEM True Brujah:5
1x Andre LeRoux 3 aus Toreador:5
4x Lydia, Grand Praetor 9 dom pre AUS FOR POT TEM True Brujah:6
1x Tyler McGill 4 pre AUS Toreador:5
2x Veejay Vinod 3 AUS Nagaraja:6

Library (90 cards)
=====================

Master (16 cards)
1x Anarch Troublemaker
3x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
3x Perfectionist
1x Remover
1x Tabriz Assembly
4x Villein
1x Wider View

Action (12 cards)
2x Mind Numb
3x Summon History
7x Vaticination

Equipment (3 cards)
1x Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers
1x Guarded Rubrics
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Ally (1 cards)
1x Veneficti (Mage)

Action Modifier (24 cards)
2x Crocodile's Tongue
11x Domain of Evernight
2x Freak Drive
2x Recurring Contemplation
7x Tangle Atropos' Hand

Reaction (18 cards)
6x Eyes of Argus
3x My Enemy's Enemy
3x On the Qui Vive
6x Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (10 cards)
10x Outside the Hourglass

Combo (6 cards)
6x Quicksilver Contemplation

Created with Secret Library v0.9.3. (Dec 1, 2010 00:27:50)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Memorable Quotes (Part 94)

In a recent discussion on optimal decksize in VtES (on rec.games.trading-cards.jyhad) _angst_ stated:
"And yeah, I know I sound like a complete **** but seriously guys, recent studies have proven most people don't understand the fundamentals of this games, I'm seriously..."
To which Haze responded:
"I was curious if this were really true, so I conducted an informal survey. I asked several random people on the street some simple questions about the fundamentals of VTES. It turns out most people really don't understand basic concepts such as gaining stealth, or what the edge is used for. They had no grasp on the Influence phase and transfers. One guy tried to mug me, so I marked him down as understanding combat even though he had no clue that he's supposed to try to oust his prey.

So this confirms that, yes, most people in the world just don't know jack about VTES deckbuilding.
"
Reference: VtES Usenet Newsgroup

Sunday, November 28, 2010

VEKN Announces New Director of Marketing

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Player's Organization Appoints Robert Goudie to Administrative Board Position

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 20th, 2010 -- Johannes Walch, Chairman of the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network, and the organization's National Coordinators have approved the appointment of Robert Goudie to the V:EKN Administrative Board. Mr. Goudie will serve in the role of Director of Marketing and is charged with keeping existing V:TES players informed and engaged while also endeavoring to attract new players.

Robert Goudie is a former Chairman of the V:EKN and Developer of the Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Players Guide. He has been credited as a developer on several V:TES expansions and has designed V:TES events including the Prophecies League and the Nergal and Eye of Hazimel storylines.

The V:EKN organization is undergoing a revitalization in response to the news that CCP would cease publication of new V:TES expansions. The filling-out of the Administrative Board is an important step by the V:EKN in its effort to support organized play around the world. The V:EKN is in the midst of creating a new website which it expects to launch at the end of the year.

About Vampire: Elder Kindred Network

Founded in 1997, the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network is the official Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Players' Organization dedicated to the continued health of V:TES. The V:EKN endeavors to help the game grow in popularity through the embracing of new players as well as through the support of the existing fans.

About Vampire: The Eternal Struggle

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is a Deckmaster™ trading card game set in White Wolf’s popular World of Darkness. Created in 1994 by Richard Garfield as the follow-up to his groundbreaking Magic: The Gathering trading card game, V:TES is one of the most enduring games in the genre with fans and organized play events in countries across the globe.

© Vampire: Elder Kindred Network 2010. All rights reserved.

Contact:
Robert Goudie
Director of Marketing
Vampire: Elder Kindred Network
Marketing (/at/) VampireTheEternalStruggle (/dot/) com

Friday, November 26, 2010

nec·ro·man·cy

Nec·ro·man·cy [ˈnɛkrəʊˌmænsɪ] -- noun
  1. A form of magic in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirit of a dead person, either as an apparition or ghost, or to raise them bodily, for the purpose of divination.

  2. Black magic; Sorcery.
The word necromancy derives from the Greek νεκρός (nekrós), "dead body", and μαντεία (manteía), "prophecy, divination". The compound νεκρομαντεία itself is post-classical, first used by Origen in the 3rd century. The classical Greek term is nekyia (ἡ νέκυια), in Hellenistic Greek also νεκυιομαντεία, rendered in Latin as necyomantia and in 17th century English as necyomancy.

Quote:
"The third sister, Morgan le Fey, was put to scole in a nonnery, and ther she lerned so moche that she was a grete clerke of nygromancye. -- Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Did you know, that ... (Part 52)

.. you can recruit a Rom Gypsy and use their special ability, that is tap to give a Ravnos +1 stealth for the current action, in that same turn? That is, although the Rom Gypsy is moved (face up) to the uncontrolled region as reminder that he cannot act that turn, you can still use the special effect of that ally, in this case tapping for giving a Ravnos stealth.

This, of course, applies to other allies' special abilities, too, for example the Vagabond Mystic.

Reference: White Wolf VtES Forum

Monday, November 22, 2010

VtES EC 2010 Decks of Interest

During the VtES EC 2010 there was a strong tendency towards known and strong decks, which had proven to give players sure game wins (and sometimes even) tournament wins. For example regarding bleed decks, there were basically four types of decks:
  • Kindred Spirits Stealth Bleed (including both weenie Dementation version and the version with larger vampires and more Obfuscate)
  • Kiasyd or Lasombra Stealth Bleed (mostly with the G4/5 vampires) with or without Nocturns
  • Giovanni Powerbleed
  • Ventrue feat. Edward Vignes Bleed
In addition some, but not many Weenie Dominate, Baali Obf/Pre S&B or Gerald Windham & Friends Bleed decks showed up.

Or in other words, there were very few "rogue" decks with new and/or at least some surprising tricks. Some of the more interesting decks of the EC (not already shown as finalist's decks) include the following:

  • Legendary Vampire (October 29th, 2010)

    • The Blood Brothers Kiev Bleed deck played by Jakub B. (POL) played, is built around the in-circle disciplines Sanguinus, Fortitude and Protean, but basically is stealth bleed deck with strong bloat component using 16 copies of Unwholesome Bond.

    • A Cybele/Lutz/Unmada deck was played by Otso S. (FIN), which basically runs the same engine as the now classic Cybele/Aksinya/Inner Circle deck, but uses Derangement to gain vote control on the table. The deck is not entirely new and already won the Finnish ECQ tournament earlier this year.

    • This is a Al-Munthahir & Friends Summon History built by The Lasombra and played by Robyn T. (USA). Key to this political deck is Summon History which is used to put several big cap titled Sabbat and Camarilla vampires on play.



  • Last Chance Qualifier (October 29th, 2010)

    • Christophe B. (FRA) fielded a Lasombra G4/5 feat. Appius Black Hand Nocturn deck, which was a nice of change of pace in comparison to the other Lasombra & Kiasyd Stealth Bleed decks. The deck uses a significantly different crypt consisting of Appius Claudius Corvus and his Lasombra Black Hand friends, and uses a few cards requiring the Black Hand to great effect.

    • When looking at the Midcap G2/3 Obf/Dom Ally "Stuff" deck, which was played by Otto K. (FIN), I am still wondering how this deck is gonna work. It has several minions with Dominate and/or Obfuscate, yet chooses to play Computer Hacking. The main vampire is Kyoko Shinsegawa, but the only card requiring a discipline she can play is Deflection. I mean, it looks like a bloat/swarm bleed deck, but it appears to be less effective than it could be. On the other hand it scored 1 GW 5.5 in the LCQ tournament.

    • One of the most interesting deck is the Followers of Set feat. Nakhthorheb Chameleon played by Marko S. (FIN). He uses Nakhthorheb, which becomes first Baron, then plays Chameleon to take control of vampires just moved to the ready region. The trick mainly works in the first half of the game, when Nakhthorheb is influenced quickly using Eternals of Sirius, but can be pulled off later as well with the help of Banishment.

    • Another deck based on Al-Muntahir is the Al-Muntahir Summon History Powerbleed used by Tomas W. (SWE) in the LCQ tournament. This time Summon History helps to gather a truckload of bleed equipment and bleed retainers, to finally be able to bleed for 7 without playing a card. Quite similar to an Una Freakshow deck ..

    • The Followers of Set G4/5 feat. Cybele Illomba Set's Curse deck built and played by Ivan M. (SWE) made it Deck of the Month September 2010. Read more there about this unique deck.

    • Teemu S. (FIN) played Arika/Tyler & Lasombra Friends Baltimore Purge. The deck uses Arika and especially Tyler to be able to first put down a number of opposing vampires using Baltimore Purge, and then diablerize one or more vampires with the help of Tyler's special ability to untap after she diablerize a vampire.

    • Similar to Robyn's deck (see above), the Al-Muntahir/Inner Circle Summon History as played by Martin S. (NOR) summons Inner Circle members to do their master's bidding. This deck is not as focused as voting as Robyn's, but has a stronger ally angle.

    • Frode L. (NOR) uses his Nadima/Mirembe/Nehsi Pro/Set Hatch the Viper Rush deck to setup his vampires superior Protean & Serpentis with a number of Hatch the Viper retainers, and then rushes his opponents to put them down

    • What do you do when you want to play Weenie vote deck and you're in need of some extra votes? Put 17 Orun in it, or at least that's what Benjamin B. (FRA) did with his Weenie Laibon Orun Vote. Similar to the Team Africa deck, the deck uses the different Laibon clans for gaining vote majority at the table without spending too much pool on its vampires.



  • EC 2010 Day 1 (October 30th, 2010)



  • EC 2010 Day 2 (October 31st, 2010)



  • First Chance Qualifier (October 31st, 2010)

    • Emiliano I. (ITA) with 2 GW 7 nearly reached the final in the FCQ. He played a Tzimisce G2/3 Maris Streck War Ghoul nicknamed "Wallghouls". The deck has strong control angle with Maris Streck's special, and it becomes even stronger when (in addition to Unmasking) the War Ghouls are granted the intercept Maris Streck provides.

    • Kristofer Å. (SWE) with his Assamite G4/5 Black Hand Contract deck in the first place looks like a standard (usually not very successful) rush combat deck, but in fact this deck has more to offer. It uses not only the Black Hand angle, specifically Black Hand Contract, but also the Anarch angle for the use of Steely Tenacity, giving the Assamites a copious amount of rushes.

    • The Mata Hari & Friends Vote/Sensory Deprivation deck played by Pierre-Denis B. (FRA) is another Mata Hari deck. The deck is rather toolboxy, but interestingly the deck has strong vote angle with various political locations, but also Sensory Deprivation as backup plan.

    • The Maureen & Friends Infernal Servitor was played by Pieter H. (NED) and built by his fellow countryman Izaak H. The deck uses the classic Dominate/Obfuscate bleed mechanism for ousting. Beyond that it has an added strong Baali angle with Unleash Hell's Fury for defense and Infernal Servitor and Greater Curse for offense

    • Let me present you the most focused deck in all of the EC 2010 tournament decks. This Brujah G1/2 Weenie Arms Dealer Flash Grenade deck was played by Christian N. (DEN). When looking at the deck you'll see that it has only 11 different library cards. For my point of view it might get a bit boring to play after a while, but it sure has focus. The basic trade of the deck is to equip the arms dealers (and/or Weenie Brujah) with Camera Phones and bleed your opponent with a horde a Weenies and Arms Dealers. If blocked play Concealed Weapon on Flash Grenade and thereby keep the opposing vampire tapped for his next turn.

I am not saying all of these decks are truly good and well-executed, but all of them (some more, some less) were a welcome change to a lot of standard decks seen during the EC. You can find (a few) extra EC 2010 decks on Secret Library when entering "EC 2010" as title in the deck search form.