Sunday, April 29, 2012

Poll Results: "What's the card you see most often contested in a game of VtES?"

Here are the results of the latest poll what cards are seen most contested in VtES. 148 readers of this blog have voted in this poll:
  • Dreams of the Sphinx -- 61 (41%)
  • Pentex Subversion -- 44 (29%)
  • Fame -- 13 (8%)
  • Information Highway -- 12 (8%)
  • Ivory Bow -- 4 (2%)
  • Bowl of Convergence -- 3 (2%)
  • Heart of Nizchetus -- 3 (2%)
  • Ossian -- 2 (1%)
  • The Barrens -- 2 (1%)
  • Carlton van Wyk -- 2 (1%)
  • Mylan Horseseed -- 1 (0%)
  • The Rack -- 1 (0%)
  • Jake Washington -- 0 (0%)
The poll could been also named "Name the most popular unique card in VtES". But on the other hand, Dreams of the Sphinx might contested more often than the others, since the card is only in play for a limited amount of time, and players are more willing to let it go, if, for example, there are already one or two counters on it. The second and third place in the poll are also quite obvious. Contesting Pentex is also something I see a lot, usually this is contesting to free up a vampire you control. And to be able to act (or block) again is usually worth a pool per round. Contesting Fame might save you some pool, especially if your predator (or prey) is threatening to torporize your fame'd vampire anytime soon ..

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Popular excuses for losing a VTES game

Bad beat stories .. these are not only being told in Poker, but in VtES as well. And the excuses why we lost a game of VtES ... I think we heard them all. Here's a categorized list of the most popular ones ...
  • The strange excuses:
    • My dog ate my deck list, so I couldn't play the deck based on my brilliant idea.
    • I forgot what deck I was playing.
    • I played a Nagaraja deck.
    • I didn't bring my lucky pool counters/edge/..
    • I had the sun in front and was dazzled by card sleeves' reflections.
  • The technical excuses:
    • I didn't draw the right cards (my key cards) at the right time.
    • The table seating was not optimal.
    • My star vampire wasn't in the start crypt.
    • My star vampire was Pentex'ed.
    • My key card was DIed.
  • The social excuses:
    • I was backousted.
    • My crosstable "buddies" were against me.
    • They split the table.
    • I was too tired to play well.
    • I didn't want to win ..
    • I wanted to try some new deck idea.
  • .. and finally, the honest excuses:
    • I had no pool left.
    • The other played better than I did.
    • I suck at this game.
Anything more to add by you, dear readers? Feel free to comment and add yours!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kindred Lore: The Promise of 1528

After Augustus Giovanni founded and established the Giovanni as a clan by diablerizing Cappadocius in 1444, he had his right hand, Claudius Giovanni, start negotiations with the Camarilla. While the Camarilla wanted to prevent another fire to flare up after the Anarch Revolt and the rise of the Sabbat, and keep the Kindred society from becoming even more factious, the Giovanni sought to establish a solid standing within the Kindred society and wanted essentially to be left alone.

In 1528, a treaty was signed in Venice by Rafael de Corazon (from clan Toreador) and Claudius Giovanni, which addressed two main issues. The Giovanni refrained from taking part in in all Kindred affairs (and especially Camarilla politics). At the same time, the Camarilla stopped taking any actions against the Giovanni, but required the Giovanni to be subject to a periodic audit by the Camarilla's leadership (to be undertaken every 13 years at Venice).

This treaty is now known as The Promise of 1528.


Announcement Dutch National VtES Championship 2012

The Dutch National VtES Championship 2012 will take place on May 26th, 2012 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Here are the details regarding the tournament named Funeral Fog:
  • Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2012
  • Place:
    Croeselaan 91,
    3521BL Utrecht
  • Time Table:
    • Registration: 10:00 AM
    • Start first round: 11:00 AM
    • Expected end: 08:00 PM
  • Fee: TBD
  • Format: Constructed (VEKN Tournament Rules)
  • Pre-Registration: Please register in advance by sending me a PM to the organizer ("aschere") on or by replying in the relevant post in the Dutch VtES forum. Any questions you might have concerning the tournament can be asked in the same way.
  • Remarks:
    • Since the location is a restaurant it is not allowed to bring your own food or drinks.
    • Parking space is available and day tickets for that can be bought at the bar for €6,00 EUR.
More information on the tournament can be found on

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cause & Effect: Episode 3.2

The second episode (of the third season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (April 22nd, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about some general strategy topics, that is dealing for victory point, back-ousting players and choosing seating in the final round of a VtES tournament.

Photo Gallery added to ""

A photo gallery has been added to The photo gallery is intended for VtES players to uploaded VtES-related pictures. Currently there are three categories which can be used:
  • Tournaments
  • Players
  • Fan-made products
The photo gallery is public, so anyone visiting the website can view the pictures uploaded to the gallery. More information can be found in the official announcement on

Results Belgian National Championship 2012

On April 22nd, 2012 the VtES Belgian National Championship 2012 was held in Brussels, Belgium with 26 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the finals were as follows:
1. Emiliano Imeroni (ITA) -- 2 GW 8.5 VP -- 4 VP -- Mari Streck War Ghouls
2. Pierre Tran-Van (FRA) -- 2 GW 7 VP -- 1 VP -- Tremere G2/3 Wall
2. Jerome van de Plasse (FRA) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP -- Euro Brujah
2. Ralf Lammert (GER) -- 1 GW 4.5 VP -- 0 VP -- Brujah Debate w/ Events
2. Dennis Devriendt (BEL) -- 1 GW 3 VP -- 0 VP -- Lutz & Friends Anarch Revolt
Congratulations to Emilano for his win of the Belgian Nationals 2012. Players from six nations, namely from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy and Spain participated in the tournament.

As a side note, despite having 4 four-player tables each turn, there were very gamewins; only 7 out of 18 games. The final was very short, only 48 minutes thanks to three early Anarch Revolts and a Smiling Jack in turn 2, which got removed only after it got 5 counters. (The game was over before the parallel 8 player LotN-Duffin Draft was finished).

Friday, April 20, 2012

Memorable Quotes (Part 139)

"Eyes on the Prey, not the Horizon" -- Farkas in Skyrim

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Did you know, that ... (Part 90)

.. that an untapped vampire playing Familial Bond is tapped before the end of the action, the combat bound happen because Familial Bond will not take place?

Imagine the following situation: A vampire, with superior Obfuscate, let's say Evan Klein (with a Blithe Acceptance) is attempting to bleed. On the other hand a Laibon vampire, let's say Amavi, is trying to block the action, using the +1 intercept to match the +1 stealth of the bleed action. Then Evan Klein uses Faceless Night (at superior) to give the action an additional stealth. Amavi fails to block, and Evan Klein decides to let the action be successful (he needs to make that decision at this point because of Familial Bond). Evan Klein then bleeds successfully, but no combat occurs with Amavi after the resolution of the bleed.

But why is there no combat? There are two things which makes this transparent: At first it is the sequencing within the action. During resolution of the action the second effect of Faceless Night is applied, i.e. tapping the minions who attempted to block. After resolution of the action, the combat due to the effect of Familial Bond would occur. And here the second thing for understanding is that the cards require the reacting Laibon needs to tap in order to enter combat with the acting minion. But since he's already tapped by Faceless Night, he doesn't fulfill the necessary requirement for initiating the combat.

New VtES Tournament Kit

The webshop offers (since April 3rd, 2012) a new VtES tournament kit for the tournament season 2012 named Black Hand Emissary. The set is similar to the Nergal's Blessing tournament kit (which is available since October 2011). Contents of this tournament prize support kit include:
  • 10x Codex of the Edenic Groundskeepers
  • 10x Yazid Tamari (Advanced)
  • 10x Subdued by the Blood
  • 10x Relinquary Shango Remains
  • 10x Marakesh Codex
  • 10x Selena
  • 5x Black Hand Booster
  • 5x Sword of Caine Booster
  • 1x Discipline metal pin
In addition there's a variation of this kit, which also contains the 2012 VtES Continental Championship Qualifier t-shirt.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

German ECQ 2012 Tournament Report

Prize SupportHere's the tournament report (or more precisely a report of the final round), by the winner of the German ECQ 2012, Martin Weinmayer. This VtES tournament was played on April 14th, 2012 in Darmstadt, Germany with 23 players participating. The prize support for the tournament was simply amazing. Each of the participants at least got a booster and a bunch of promos, the finalists got more boosters and copy of Rising Kings (by fellow VtES players and game designer Nikolaj Wendt) and the winner got an print of the unpublished Toreador (from Keepers of Tradition) and a factory set of rare cards from Sabbat War as well.

"The seating (in the final round) was as follows:
Manuel D. (Eze Demon Prinz Vote & Bleed)
-> Erol H. (Anson Gun & Master)
-> Martin W. (Stanislava Bleed & Vote )
-> Arnold R. (Inner Circle Vote & Bleed)
-> Johannes W. (!Nos Immortal Grapple & Carrion Crows)

Final Round German ECQ 2012I had a pretty slow start, being second with no crypt acceleration in hand. Stanislava had to wait till turn number 4 to finally hit the table. On a side note, I think I won more tables having a bad start, than having a really awesome one. In a game like Magic this wouldn't be the case, but in vampire this can be different.

Anyways, back to the game ... Johannes on the other hand had a fast start, torporizing his predator's Lutz von Hohenzollern the moment he came into play, and on the same turn torporizing one of his prey's vampires. I guess this was when the whole table silently agreed he would need to be stopped. Johannes had a hard time, while the three of us non-combat players rescued the vampires, even filling them up with Voter Cap.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kindred Lore: Khazar's Diary

Not exactly Khazar's Diary .. but close enough ..For a long time, the Giovanni supported the idea that if they could return to the nights when the spirit could easily affect the world, their power would grow. Since the Giovanni are the only Kindred to practice the Black Art, and if the subjects of that art could universally increase their power, so would the Giovanni's power increase by extension. The desire to tear down the sudario is known as the search for the Endless Night, whereby the dead and the living would share the same plane of existence..

The text of the Khazar's Diary is rumored to contain a ritual that will allow the boundaries of the physical world and the underworld erased. Toward the end of the 17th century, Claudius Giovanni, then right hand of Augustus Giovanni, had uncovered amongst Cappadocian documents hints where to find Khazar's Diary in a Cappadocian temple named Erciyes in Turkey. Leading a group of Giovanni, he went off to secure the document, but to date it is still discussed among scholars whether the operation in this regard was successful or not.

The ritual, according to those with knowledge, requires the soul of 100,000,000 deceased individuals to enact. The Giovanni have different plans to gather these souls required for the ritual. Necromancy is the most functional, but the Venitans also have the ability to plan in the long term ..

Sources: Giovanni Clanbook

Cause & Effect: Episode 3.1

The first episode (of the third season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (April 15th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak talk about the their GothCon 2012 experiences and furthermore the discuss the Death Star archetype.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Results German EC Qualifier 2012

On April 14th, 2012 the German VtES EC Qualifier 2012 was held in Darmstadt, Germany with 22 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after three rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Martin Weinmayer (AUT) -- 1 GW 5.5 VP -- 1.5 VP -- Gangrel G2 Dominate feat. Stanislawa
2. Johannes Walch (GER) -- 1 GW 4.5 VP -- 1.5 VP -- Nosferatu antitribu feat. Cailean Rush Combat
2. Erol Hammer (GER) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Anson & Princes Cel Gun Infernal Pursuit
2. Arnold Rieger (AUT) -- 2 GW 7 VP -- 0 VP -- Inner Circle Obf/Pre Vote
2. Manuel Diehm (GER) -- 1 GW 5 VP -- 0 VP -- Eze the Daemon Prince Vote/Bleed
Congratulations to Martin for his win of the German ECQ 2012. 6 players were qualified for the upcoming Continental Championship with 1 GW 4 VP necessary to qualify. You can find the full standings and a short report of the final on the German VEKN forum (in German).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stavros (Alternate Artwork)

Another Stavros, eh? I found this by accident on Fernando Delgado's Art Blog.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Announcement French National VtES Championship 2012

The French National VtES Championship 2011 will be held in Rennes, France from September 28th to 30th, 2012. The championship is a two day event (or a two-and-half-day event, if you want). First a last chance qualifier will be held and then the actual championship tournament.
  • Date:
    • September 28th to 30th, 2012
  • Location:
  • Prizes:
    • TBD
  • Entry Fee:
    • TBD
  • Schedule -- Friday
    • Lunch in town
    • TCG/board games evening in the Maison de Quartier La Touche or
    • pub-crawl in the famous Rue de La Soif ("Thirst Street")!
  • Schedule -- Saturday -- Last Chance Qualifier 2012
    • Registration time: 10:00
    • 1st round : 10:45 - 12:45
    • Lunch time: 12:45 – 14:00
    • 2nd round: 14:15 – 16:15
    • 3rd round : 16:15 – 18:15
    • Pause and decklist check
    • Final round: 18:30 – 20:30
    • Lunch (on site)
    • Gaming night (until midnight)
  • Time Table -- Sunday -- National Championship 2012 & First Chance 2013
    • Registration time: 9:30
    • 1st round : 10:00 – 12:00
    • Lunch time: 12:00 – 12:45
    • 2nd round: 12:45 – 14:45
    • 3rd round: 15:00 – 17:00
    • Pause and decklist check
    • Final round: 17:15 – 19:15
You can find more information (like travel information) on the French VEKN forum in English or in French. Another thread will be opened for the registration.

Announcement Russian National VtES Championship 2012

The Russian National VtES Championship 2012 will take place on May 26th, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.
  • Date:
    • May 26th, 2012
  • Time:
    • 11:00 – 21:00
  • Location:
    • Edinorog
      Bol'shoy Predtechenskiy pereulok, 6
  • Rounds:
    • 3 rounds + final
  • Time Limit:
    • 2:15h each
  • Entry Fee:
    • 200 rub
More information can be found on VtES in Moscow (in Russian) or by posting on

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Apache Jones Contest

During the Swedish ECQ 2012 tournament last weekend there was a rather funny side bet run by the players. Each player with a Facebook account was free to enter the Apache Jones competition. In order to win this competition, you had to place last in the VtES tournament ahead. And the grand prize was .. to change the name of your Facebook account to Apache Jones .. for at least a week. Which may or may not result in curious questions from friends and coworkers.

P.S.: And the winner (from a starting field of 10+ players) is .. a certain Tomas from Gothenberg playing a Turbo Baron deck. I will say no more!

Results "GothCon 2012 Draft" VtES Tournament in Gothenburg, Sweden

Here are the results of the "GothCon 2012 Draft" VtES tournament in Gothenberg, Sweden after 2 rounds and final. Drafted were three Lords of the Night boosters, followed by another three 3rd Edition boosters and one Dark Sovereigns booster. The tournament was played on April 6th, 2012 with 34 players participating during GothCon XXXVI. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Hugh A. (UK) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 3 VP
2. Pascal B. (FRA) -- 1 GW 5 VP -- 2 VP
2. Marko L. (FIN) -- 2 GW 8 VP -- 0 VP
2. Caroline H. (SWE) -- 2 GW 8 VP -- 0 VP
2. Michael H. (SWE) -- 2 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP
Congratulations to Hugh for his victory in the draft tournament.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Announcement Swiss ECQ 2012

This year the Swiss VtES European Championship Qualifier will take place on June 30th, 2012 in Nyon, Switzerland. The details for this VtES constructed tournaments are as follows:
  • Date:
    • Saturday, June 30th, 2012
  • Schedule:
    • Start: 11:00 AM
    • End: 10:00 PM
  • Location:
    Ludothèque de Nyon
    Pavillon Perdtemps
    Case postale 1247
    CH 1260 Nyon 1
  • Format:
    • 3 rounds + final
    • 2h each round
    • Standard Constructed. Detailed rules can be found on the VEKN tournament rules webpage.
  • Entry Fee:
    • 5 CHF/EUR
  • Other:
    • Decklists required
Also refer to the announcement thread in the forum. You can contact the organizers either by posting in the above thread or by email (using vtesingeneva (/at/) gmail (/dot/) com.

Results Swedish EC Qualifier 2012

During GothCon XXXVI on April 7th, 2012 the Swedish VtES EC Qualifier was held in Gothenburg, Sweden with 38 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings were as follows:
1. Adam Esbjörnsson (SWE) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 3 VP -- Anson Cel Gun w/ Ashur Tablets
2. Norbert Flasko (HUN) -- 2 GW 7.5 VP -- 1 VP -- Eze the Daemon Prince Toolbox
2. Michael Holstrom (SWE) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 1 VP -- Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Marko Lindroos (FIN) -- 1 GW 6 VP -- 0 VP -- Lasombra Breed & Boon Death Star
2. Caroline Hyll (SWE)-- 1 GW 5 VP -- 0 VP -- Tzimisce Bruise & Bleed
Congratulations to Adam for his win of the Swedish ECQ 2012. Decklist of the winner (at least will follow). 10 players qualified for the upcoming continental championships, the cut-off for the qualifier spots was at 1 GW 4.5 VP.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Results French EC Qualifier (South) 2012

On March 30th, 2012 the first VtES French EC Qualifier was held in Lyon, France with 22 players attending the qualifier tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Mathieu Rivero (FRA) -- 1 GW 4 VP -- 1.5 VP -- Eldest are Kholo
2. Benjamin Mengelle (FRA) -- 1 GW 4 VP -- 1 VP -- Una Freakshow
2. Fabien Garcia (FRA) -- 2 GW 5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Toreador AAAAA
2. Pascal Bertrand (FRA) -- 1 GW 4.5 VP -- 0.5 VP -- Carna Wall
2. Laurent Ribeyre (FRA) -- 0 GW 5 VP -- 0 VP -- Weenie Obf Bleed
Congratulations to Mathieu for winning the French ECQ (South) 2012. You can find more information and the decks of all qualified players on VEKN France.

Results "Baron's Birthday Battle" VtES Tournament in Bad Nauheim

Here are the results of the local VtES Constructed tournament during the Baron Birthday Battle in Bad Nauheim, Germany after 2 rounds and the final. The tournament was played on March 31st, 2012 with 12 players participating. Here are the standings after the final round:
1. Alexander T. (GER) -- 2 GW 7 VP -- 1,5 VP -- Guillaume Giovanni Shamblers
2. Joscha D. (GER) -- 0 GW 1 VP -- 1,5 VP -- Paul Cordwood Tremere/Tremere antitribu
2. Jörg W. (GER) -- 0 GW 1,5 VP -- 0,5 VP -- Obf/Obt Nocturn/War Ghouls
2. Ralf W. (GER) -- 1 GW 4 VP --0 VP -- Tzimisce Stealth Bleed Toolbox
2. Tobias H. (GER) -- 1 GW 3,5 VP -- 0 VP -- Tremere feat. Ardan Lane
Congratulations to Alexander for his victory in the tournament.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New VtES Keywords

From a confidential source, it became known to me, that beginning on May 1st the VEKN will introduce a number of new keywords to the VtES rules. This should help speeding up games much, as wording for the effects is more compact. It will also help save valuable space on cards with an otherwise overly long text.

An official statement (by the VEKN rules director) for these rule changes will come up later this week, and the rule changes will be effective on July 1st, 2011 for tournament play.

This is the list of new terms/key words:
  • Maneuvercept = for intercept with a maneuver
  • Presscept = for intercept with a press
  • Preventacept = for intercept with damage prevention

  • Stealtheuver = for stealth with a maneuver
  • Stealthpress = for stealth with a press
  • Stealthvent = for stealth with damage prevention

  • Dodgeuver = for maneuver with a dodge
  • Presseuver = for maneuver with a press
  • Prenteuver = for maneuver with prevent

  • Pressvent = for prevent with a press
  • Dodgeress = for dodge with a press

  • Stealthtap = for stealth with a tapping effects (e.g. Faceless Night)
  • Addodge = dodge with an additional strike
Cardtext for cards affected by the change, e.g. Hidden Strength or Quicken Sight will be updated on VEKN website (and the CSV file) at the end of the month. The cards of the upcoming new VtES expansion will already reflect the changes in using these keywords extensively.

If you think, there's more terms that can be used in a similar fashion, please feel free to make a comment here or open up a new thread at