Monday, January 17, 2011

VtES History: VtES Scheduled For Fall Release

Renton, Wash. (October 9, 1995) -- Wizards of the Coast, Inc. announced today that the release of its trading card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle(TM) (V:TES) and the game's first expansion set, Dark Sovereigns(TM), are due for release in November.

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (formerly known as Jyhad(TM)) and Dark Sovereigns are being printed by The United States Playing Card Corporation (USPC). This is the first time Wizards of the Coast(R) has printed cards in the United States. To date, all of Magic: The Gathering has been printed by Carta Mundi in Antwerp, Belgium.

"We are excited to use a new printing technology for this production run," said Jim Stanton, Vice President of Product Group One. "Wizards of the Coast is proud of its reputation for producing top quality games," said Stanton. "We are confident this new release of V:TES will further demonstrate our commitment to leading the industry."

Earlier this year, Wizards of the Coast announced that along with renaming the game, the rules had been adjusted. "We rewrote and reformatted the rules for easier reading and to shorten the game time," said Matt Burke, Product Manager for V:TES. "We have not changed the game mechanics -- we have only rewritten them to make them easier to understand." The new version of the rules appears in instructions that accompany each V:TES starter deck and the separate player's guide, Darkness Unveiled (TM), which will be released in December.

The release of the new Vampire cards will not affect the playability of the Jyhad cards currently on the market. Jyhad cards will still remain legal for all tournaments and are completely compatible with Vampire cards. This eliminates the need for players to exchange their Jyhad cards for Vampire cards.

Dark Sovereigns, the first expansion set, contains more than 100 cards which explore the rich myths and folklore of vampires in Europe, and introduces both new vampires and new categories of vampires.

Wizards of the Coast signed a contract with White Wolf, Inc. to change Jyhad's name to Vampire: The Eternal Struggle after recognizing that the game's title was not always distinguishable as vampiric. The card game involves the players as vampires fighting an ancient war, based on White Wolf's storytelling game Vampire: The Masquerade(TM).

Wizards of the Coast is a game publisher based in the Seattle, WA area. The company created a worldwide sensation when it released the hit trading card game Magic: The Gathering(TM) in August 1993. Since then, more than half a billion cards have sold around the globe and an entire market has grown up around the game. In April 1994, the company expanded into a second branch in Glasgow, Scotland, followed by a third office in Antwerp, Belgium three months later. To date, more than 200 people work for Wizards of the Coast in its three offices.

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and Jyhad are joint trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. and White Wolf, Inc. Magic: The Gathering, Deckmaster and Wizards of the Coast, Inc. are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc.


Anonymous said...

Was vtes and DS printed at the same time? I´ve always thought that DS was printed somewhere else, due to th texture as of the cards that aren´t the same as vtes.

extrala said...

This is the official press release from WotC from back then. The actual release date of these two sets were only three months apart (VTES on September 15th, 1995 and DS on December 15th, 1995).

But I agree from the texture of the cards I would also say they were printed at least at different times.

Anonymous said...

after recognizing that the game's title was not always distinguishable as vampiric.

---> LOL !!!