Tuesday, February 22, 2011

VtES History: The Eternal Struggle Grows

The Eternal Struggle Grows
European Vampires Revealed In A New Expansion

Renton, Wash. (February 28, 1995) -- The rich myths and folklore of vampires in Europe will haunt the first expansion of the newly named Vampire: The Eternal Struggle(TM) Deckmaster(TM) card game. The expansion set, Dark Sovereigns(TM), will be released in August. Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (V:TES), originally named Jyhad(TM), will be released in July. "Dark Sovereigns expands the world setting of V:TES and introduces a number of factors that will add new depth to the game," says Matt Burke, V:TES Product Manager.

Wizards of the Coast, Inc. specifically chose Europe to be the setting of the game's first expansion set. "Western Europe possesses some of the most frightening and turbulent vampiric history in the World of Darkness," says Burke. "It has a dark elegance all its own." Burke says the artwork will reflect this dark beauty.

Burke expects players will enjoy including Dark Sovereigns in their V:TES decks because of the gothic Western European setting and the new cards introduced in the expansion. The set of more than 100 cards will have new categories of vampires, such as an Italian bloodline known as Clan Giovanni. The expansion will also contain new vampires, including the Queen of London and Prince of Berlin.

Last month, Wizards of the Coast signed a contract with White Wolf, Inc. to change Jyhad's name after recognizing that the game's title wasn't always identifiable as vampiric. The card game, in which players are vampires fighting an ancient war, is based on White Wolf's storytelling game Vampire: The Masquerade(TM). The rules have been rewritten and reformatted for easier reading, and new variant rules have been included to increase the pace of the game for those who want to play quick sessions. The new version of the rules will appear in instructions that accompany each starter deck and also in a new pocket players guide, Darkness Unveiled(TM). V:TES will keep the green marble look and snake "biohazard" symbol.

Wizards of the Coast is a young game company based in the Seattle, Washington area. The company created a worldwide sensation when it released its trading card game, Magic: The Gathering(TM), in August 1993. Since then, more than 500 million Magic cards have sold around the globe. The game has received a number of high honors, including a "Mensa Top Five Mind Games" trophygames from all categories are considered for this award. In April 1994, Wizards of the Coast opened a second branch in Glasgow, Scotland. Several months later, the company expanded into a third office in Antwerp, Belgium.

(Magic: The Gathering(TM), Jyhad(TM), Deckmaster(TM) and Darkness Unveiled(TM) are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Vampire: The Masquerade* is a trademark of White Wolf, Inc.(TM). Vampire: The Eternal Struggle(TM) is a joint trademark of Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf).

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