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NAC 2019 promo art by Ken Meyer Jr.

Art for the NAC 2019 promo card by Ken Meyer Jr.


Greetings fellow Methuselahs

My first advice to youngling players of the Eternal Struggle is always: Trust no one! After you grasp the basic mechanics of the game, you really must stop listening to suggestions from the other Methuselahs. Remember that they are all ancient, bloodthirsty power-mad monsters! The only exception to this is when you play with me. I am very kind and will help you achieve great success. Together we will rule the world …



Reign of Stanislava
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY VTES!
August 16 1994 is the release date of Jyhad, the game that one year later changed name to Vampire: The Eternal Struggle. Not only is this celebrated by the European Championships being held at that exact weekend this summer, but Black Chantry Productions is releasing an official celebration product. It features:

  • The Reign of Stanislava”, a version of the iconic Gangrel stealth-vote/bleed deck archetype made famous by Martin Weinmayer and others,

  • 18 extra cards, attractive reprints from all eras of the game,

  • 2 copies of a brand new, powerful crypt card,

  • a sturdy and beautiful box that holds 100 sleeved cards.

Details about the content will appear at the Black Chantry product page soon. Congratulations VTES and all VTES players!
 


Non-English
VTES SOON IN BOTH PORTUGUESE AND RUSSIAN
For the first time in the history of the game, cards in other languages than English will be produced. We asked Hugh Angseesing, CEO of Black Chantry Productions, a few questions about this:

Hugh, why are Black Chantry translating VTES to other languages?
- Because for some geographies this will be the only way we can build up a new VTES player base there.

Why are Brazilian Portuguese and Russian the first two languages?
- About Russian: VTES currently has limited penetration in Russia and Russian speaking countries. This is a way to build a relationship with a local partner and see if we can develop something more. About Brazilian Portuguese: There's already a large playerbase there but we have difficultly getting cards into Brazil. It makes more sense to print locally and, if we're going to do that, we should print in the local language.

What other languages are up for translation after this?
- We first want to see how these ventures work out and see what we can learn. We have talked to some of our distributors about localised versions.  We have a small market game, so it's about where a local translation makes sense economically.

Will card names be translated? And keywords?
- We're working on this with our partners now, but that is our intent.

Do you see any drawbacks with translation?
- Two main things come to mind: One is the additional cost and expense of translating. The other is confusion for players looking at a card in multiple languages. We're looking at how best to resolve this e.g. rules and card rulings are in English, do we have an identifier on cards to enable mapping back etc.

Both Portuguese and Russian products are planned for a summer of 2019 release.

Read the official announcements: Portuguese (May 18) and Russian (May 25).



Entrancement alternate artNEW ALTERNATE ART PROMO: ENTRANCEMENT
Black Chantry Productions has produced an alternate art version of Entrancement with artwork by Ginés Quiñonero. It will be awarded to all participants in European Grand Prix tournaments (in Helsinki or distributed retroactivly at the EC or by National Coordinatiors) and to all European Grand Prix tournament organizers. Thanks for attending a
nd volunteering!



NAC 2019
IN JUNE: NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
No less than 13 tournaments are held in Columbus, Ohio on June 9-16.

All participants of the NAC will receive a special promo card (art by Ken Meyer Jr. depicted above). Note: This card is brand new, but will be included in a future Black Chantry product.

Organizer and US National Coordinator Ben Peal states the following details:

Here's the schedule:
Thursday, June 13
11:00am 2-round constructed tournament
04:00pm 2-round constructed tournament

Friday, June 14
11:00am NAC Day One (3-round)

Saturday, June 15
11:00am NAC Day Two (3-round)
11:00am Shadow Twin (2-round)

Sunday, June 16
10:00am 2-round constructed tournament

NAC Day 1 and Day 2: no proxies
Every other tournament: proxies allowed

We will be in the main event hall of the Greater Columbus Convention Center: Hall C, C 105.

Here is the Origins Club Discount Code information:
Coupon Code: EYsYTpJX
1. Go to the Origins website (www.originsgamefair.com) and click on registration in the black menu bar toward the top of the page.
2. Click on the “Register Here” button below the black menu bar.
3. Select the “Full Show Badge” role when filling out the first page.
4. Continue through the registration process until the final/checkout page at the end.
5. Input the code below in the coupon code field and click “Apply”
6. Finish paying for your remaining balance.

As always, the Week of Nightmares will be happening at Fabian's Pizza on 691 N. High St Columbus, Ohio.  It starts on Saturday, June 9 at 2pm, with events running through Wednesday, June 12.  You can find the schedule on the VEKN website here: http://www.vekn.net/event-calendar?date=2019-6

Welcome!


GP Poland 2019

RADEK WRÓBLEWSKI WINS GP POLAND 2019
May 25 and Warsaw was the time and place of this years Grand Prix Poland. 46 players from eight (!) different countries showed up for battle. The final table looked like this:


GP Poland 2019 final table 

Congratulations Radek Wróblewski, GP Poland champion! He got 1,5 victory points in the final. For a tournament report, check out the VTES.store blog.

Radeks tournament winning deck: !Ventrue grinder

Crypt (12):
2x Blackhorse Tanner
1x Edward Neally
1x Jefferson Foster
1x Jephta Hester
1x Lana Butcher
1x Mariel St. John
2x Neighbor John
2x Owain Evans, The Wanderer
1x Ulrike Rothbart

Library:
Master (18):
1x Anarch Troublemaker
2x Coven, The
3x Dreams of the Sphinx
2x Effective Management
1x Erciyes Fragments, The
1x Giant's Blood
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Powerbase: Montreal
2x Wash
2x Wider View

Action (14):
14x Govern the Unaligned

Equipment (1):
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Action Modifier (8):
2x Bonding
5x Conditioning
1x Daring the Dawn

Combat (22):
3x Hidden Strength
2x Indomitability
7x Rolling with the Punches
4x Soak
6x Weighted Walking Stick

Reaction(27):
4x Deflection
2x Delaying Tactics
2x Eagle's Sight
6x Eyes of Argus
3x My Enemy's Enemy
5x On the Qui Vive
5x Telepathic Misdirection

GP Poland 2019 finalists

Finalists with champion Radek in the middle.


Also congratulations to Tomasz Izydorczyk, winner of the Polish National championship held May 26, playing Anson cel-guns.

Thanks to organizer Radoslaw Staszewski, our sponsor Ultra Pro and all players!
Ultrapro



France NC 2019
JORGE DELGADO IS THE 2019 CHAMPION OF FRANCE
The French National Championship was held in Lyon on May 12. 32 players attended and the final table was this, with François Greiner as top seed:




Congratulations Jorge Delgado, 2019 French champion! He scored 3 vps in the final, while Francois and Gilles got 1 each.

Jorge's tournament winning deck: Girls will find... Inner Circles v2.0

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=9 max=11 avg=10)
1x Adana de Sforza 11 aus CEL OBF POT PRE PRO Brujah:4
4x Aksinya Daclau 9 cel tha ANI FOR PRE PRO !Gangrel:4
4x Cybele 10 ANI DAI OBF PRE SER THA Baali:4
1x Lucian, the Perfect 11 ANI AUS DOM OBF POT PRE Guruhi:4
1x Lutz von Hohenzollern 11 pot AUS DEM OBF PRE Malkavian:4
1x Rafael de Corazon 11 AUS CEL DOM OBF PRE Toreador:4

Library (78 cards)
Master (50)
15x Ashur Tablets
1x Coven, The
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
2x Golconda: Inner Peace
1x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington (Hunter)
7x Liquidation
1x Metro Underground
1x Monastery of Shadows
2x Parthenon, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
6x Villein
2x Wider View
7x Zillah's Valley

Event (1)
1x Scourge of the Enochians

Action (4)
2x Entrancement
2x Unleash Hell's Fury

Action Modifier (14)
3x Aire of Elation
2x Elder Impersonation
1x Enkil Cog
2x Faceless Night
4x Into Thin Air
2x Spying Mission

Combo (2)
2x Swallowed by the Night

Combat (3)
3x Majesty

Reaction (4)
1x Guard Dogs
2x Lost in Translation
1x Rat's Warning

France NC 2019 Jorge Delgado

Jorge Delgado making his finishing move.


Also congrats to Martin Weinmayer for winning the 33 player pre-tournament (TWD: Tupdog & Nephandus)

Thanks to organizer Mikael Lavallee, all attendants and our sponsor Ultra Pro!
Ultrapro



Spain NC 2019
SPANISH CHAMPION 2019: GABRIEL RON

The Spanish National Championship gathered 55 players to Barcelona on May 25. After the preliminary rounds the standings was Carles - Andreau - Ginés - Miki - Gabriel, and the final table looked like this:


Spain NC 2019 final table

Spain NC 2019 final

The final table with Gabriel Ron in top left corner.


Congrats Gabriel Ron, new champion with 3 victory points in the final (Mike 1, Andreu 1).

Gabriel's tournament winning deck: Vladimir Tepes Toolbox

Crypt (12)
1x Keith Moody 3 DOM Tremere antitribu:4
3x Malgorzata 9 pre AUS DOM THA VIC Tremere antitribu:4
1x Nickolai, The Survivor 6 aus dom pot pre tha vic Tremere antitribu:4
2x Tupdog 1 POT VIS Gargoyle:3
5x Vlad Tepes 10 aus ANI DOM PRO THA VIC Tzimisce:3

Library (75)
Master (16)
1x Anarch Troublemaker
1x Coven, The
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Giant's Blood
3x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Sudden Reversal
5x Zillah's Valley

Action (19)
12x Govern the Unaligned
2x No Secrets From the Magaji
5x Chameleon

Ally (2)
1x Mylan Horseed
1x Carlton Van Wyk

Action Modifier (22)
5x Bonding
4x Changeling
3x Conditioning
1x Enkil Cog
5x Mirror Walk
3x Seduction
1x Strange Day

Combat (6)
6x Meld with the Land

Reaction (10)
2x On the Qui Vive
3x Second Tradition: Domain
4x Deflection
1x Delaying Tactics

Spain NC 2019 champion
Spanish Champion 2019 Gabriel Ron gets his prizes.


Thanks to the organizer Ion Pérez, the players and our sponsor Ultra Pro!

Ultrapro


 German NC 2019

RALF “EXTRALA” LAMMERT 2019 GERMAN CHAMPION
The German National Championship was played in Bad Nauheim on May 25. 18 players turned up with teeth sharpened. Standings after three preliminary rounds were Ralf – Marius – Sascha – Joscha – Marius, and the final table was this:

Germany NC 2019 final table

The new champion of Germany is Ralf Lammert (host of the website VTES One!) who got 2 victory points after full time, and won by being top seed as Marius also scored 2. (Joscha got 1 vp. Congrats Ralf!

The tournament winning deck: Blackturns

Crypt (12)
1x Andrew Emory 5 aus dom pot OBT Lasombra:4
3x Badr, Shadow of Granada 7 DOM OBT POT Lasombra:5
2x Conrad Adoula 8 ani cel DOM OBT POT Lasombra:4
1x Dame Hollerton 5 myt DOM OBT Kiasyd:4
2x Ermenegildo, The Rake 5 pot DOM OBT Lasombra:4
1x Isanwayen 6 DOM MYT OBT Kiasyd:4
1x Lord Vauxhall 7 DOM OBT POT THA Lasombra:4
1x Onaedo 6 aus pot DOM OBT Lasombra:4

Library (84)
Master (17)
1x Anarch Troublemaker
1x Coven, The
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Elysian Fields
1x Jake Washington (Hunter)
2x Misdirection
3x Path of Night, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Political Hunting Ground
4x Wash

Event (3)
1x FBI Special Affairs Division
1x Scourge of the Enochians
1x Unmasking, The

Action (10)
10x Govern the Unaligned

Ally (12)
12x Nocturn

Action Modifier (22)
2x Bonding
4x Conditioning
2x Foreshadowing Destruction
8x Shadow Play
2x Shroud of Night
2x Tenebrous Form

Combat (6)
2x Arms of the Abyss
2x Entombment
2x Oubliette

Reaction (16)
8x Deflection
2x Delaying Tactics
6x On the Qui Vive

More details and discussion can be found on the associated VEKN.net thread.


German NC 2019 finalists

Finalists with prizes, Ralf fourth from the right - the least happy one!


VEKN would like to thank organizer Rudolf Scholz, all attendants and our sponsor Ultra Pro.

Ultrapro


 


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BLACK CHANTRY SUMMARY: MAY 2019

• Deals for translation of VTES to Brazilian Portuguese and Russian have been signed with partners Conclave (Brazil) and Studio 101 (Russia). If everything works out these products will be out this summer.

The first round of playtesting of Camarilla-themed preconstructed decks has concluded. Testers reported to playtest coordinator Darby Keeney, who in turn compiled an excellent report to Black Chantry. Now adjustments will be made and a new round of playtesting begin within shortly.

The finishing touches are put on the 25th Anniversary product that was announced May 26. It needs to be sent to the printer really soon in order to be ready for mid-August release. Details about the product will be disclosed soon.

Black Chantry´s Chief Marketing Ghoul Henrik attended Stockholm Tabletop Game Expo May 11-12 to demo games and host a tournament. Black Chantry recognizes similar demo events are wanted all over the world, so plans for this are brewing. Help from volounteers are needed, but it's important they get rewards and appropriate tools.

As stated above (about GP's and NAC) special promo cards will be produced to attract players to large events. In the case of newly designed cards, Black Chantry assures you that they will appear in future products too, so all players will eventually be able to get them – but without the event icon!

For more information about current projects and the future, see Ben Peal's product update in the March newsletter.

Products Feb 2019
Currently ten Black Chantry products are available through Drivethrucards.com and other stores:
-
Lost Kindred bundle
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 1
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 2
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 1
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 2
- Den of Fiends Preconstructed Deck
- Libertine Ball Preconstructed Deck
- Pact with Nephandi
Preconstructed Deck
- Parliament of Shadows
Preconstructed Deck
- Anthology I bundle

- UPCOMING: 25th Anniversary

Do you have opinions or questions for Black Chantry? Start a topic on the VEKN forum, or contact the company by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.



BLOODLINES 2 SNEAK PEAK, YET ANOTHER VAMPIRE GAME AND CLAN INTRODUCTION VIDEOS
Three picks among Vampire-related news from White Wolf and Paradox Interactive this month:

The first opportunity for you to play “Bloodlines 2” will be at PDXCon in Berlin October 18-20. VEKN and Black Chantry will also make some kind of appearance at this 8,000 square meters event, for demoing or some kind of tournament – more information about that a bit later!

Last week White Wolf made known that besides “Bloodlines 2” yet another Vampire: The Masquerade-themed computer game is coming your way. It will be a “narrative RPG” developed by Big Bad Wolf. Details will be revealed at the trade fair Gamescom in August.

We really recommend the clan-themed videos Paradox Interactive has published about “Bloodlines 2”, hosted by Anders Carlsson and Florian Schwarzer. They videos are great for introducing new players to the clans! So far videos for Brujah, Malkavian, Toreador, Tremere, Ventrue and Thinbloods are out at the Paradox XL channel.


 
CALENDAR
Upcoming events:
June 1: Campeonato Mineiro de V:TES - Juiz de Fora, Brazil
June 2: Zillah's Tears III - Body of Sun - Vantaa, Finland
June 8: Crónicas del Califa VI: Se acerca el verano ¡¡¡ - Córdoba, Spain
June 8: Manse awakens - Tampere, Finland
June 9: Powerbase Florence - Florence, United States
June 9: Week of Nightmares Event 1 - Columbus, United States
June 10: Week of Nightmares Event 2 - Columbus, United States
June 10: Week of Nightmares Event 3 - Columbus, United States
June 11: Week of Nightmares Event 4 - Columbus, United States
June 11: Week of Nightmares Event 5 - Columbus, United States
June 12: Week of Nightmares Event 6 - Columbus, United States
June 12: Week of Nightmares Event 7 - Columbus, United States
June 13: Origins Constructed - Columbus, United States
June 13: Origins Constructed - Columbus, United States
June 14: NAC Day One - Columbus, United States
June 15: NAC Day Two - Columbus, United States
June 15: V:TES Shadow Twin - Columbus, United States
June 16: V:TES First Chance Qualifier - Columbus, United States
June 22: State of Origin (AU)
June 22: Campeonato Carioca 2019 (BR)
June 23: Not Yet the Nationals (BE)
June 29: BBQ Tournament (FR)

For more information on upcoming events see the V:EKN Event Calendar.


CONTACT V:EKN
You can contact the V:EKN Inner Circle members using contact forms at V:EKN.net. Also follow the V:EKN Facebook group, the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES