Parity Shift by Mark Kelly

Parity Shift by Mark Kelly. New card art for the 25th Anniversary set.


Greetings fellow Methuselahs

Have you ever considered how you play the game? Or do you prefer not to ponder such matters? Maybe you just succumb to your Inner Beast? Unless you are a Brujah or Gangrel (both excused by innate clan stupidity), I recommend thinking about your behavior. How you are perceived at the table is key to success. Few Methuselahs win games by flaunting their power early, or by being crude and threatening. On the contrary, you should dam your heart´s river and bite your tongue. "Flying under the radar" has been a thing among old Cainites since long before the radar was invented! Wait until the time is right to be aggressive and blunt. Not only have you had time to set up for your ousts without much intervention, but you will find yourself in a situation where your words weigh heavy


EC 2019 Edge marker


REGISTER FOR EC 2019 NOW!
If you have decided to appear at the European Championship in Paris, France, please register at the official EC 2019 site now. As always, knowing early how many will attend helps out a lot for the organizers. This year we celebrate 25 years of VTES, so we will try to make this EC the greatest so far – the very nice Edge marker picture above is just one of the giveaways.


NAC 2019

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
13 tournaments were played at Origins Game Fair. Ben Peal reports:

Congratulations to Corwin Brindley for winning the 2019 North American Championship! More on Corey's big win in a moment!

Same as every year, we have the Week of Nightmares leading into the Origins weekend. It's a grueling test of your VTES fortitude, with seven tournaments over four days. Fabian's, a bar and pizza joint in downtown Columbus, is gracious enough to host it every year. Many thanks to Jay Kristoff and Mark Loughman running the tournaments and we had over twenty die-hard Methuselahs battling it out over the course of the week. Congratulations to the winners!

Week of Nightmares 1: Bill Troxel
Week of Nightmares 2: Hugh Angseesing
Week of Nightmares 3: Karl Schaefer
Week of Nightmares 4: Mark Loughman
Week of Nightmares 5: Karl Schaefer
Week of Nightmares 6: David Paul Bowles
Week of Nightmares 7: Kelly Schultz

The grueling pace continued into Origins with two tournaments that Thursday. The first tournament, attended by 20 players, was won by Corwin Brindley using a master-heavy, big Camarilla all-star deck (which may make an appearance later...). Also in the finals were Keith Cooley (War Ghoul), Bill Troxel (Obf-Pre Anarch bleed), David Cherryholmes (Anarch Ravnos bleed 'n stuff), and Mark Jasper (Lasombra bleed 'n vote). After a quick dinner break, 19 players battled it out in the second tournament. It was won by Bill Troxel using a Kindred Spirits bleed deck which also included damaging master cards for additional offense. For his last play in the finals, he dropped a Curse of Nitocris and passed his turn, getting the final oust as his prey only had one pool remaining. Stylish! Also in the finals were Mark Loughman (Black Hand swarm), Karl Schaefer (!Ventrue Anarch), Corwin Brindley (Obf-Dem bleed), and Darby Keeney (Mimir Christmas tree). The decks of your winners:

Thursday Tournament #1 (20 players)

Finalists:
Corwin Brindley (4 VP)
Bill Troxel
Keith Cooley
Mark Jasper
David Cherryholmes (1 VP)

Deck Name: Camarilla Master Phase All-Stars! Ft. Kephamos

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=8 max=11 avg=9.333333)
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4x Anson   8 aus dom CEL PRE  Toreador:1
1x Kephamos, High Priest of Marrakech8 dom obf pre SER  Follower of Set:2
2x Leandro   11 cel dom AUS OBF PRE  Malkavian:2
2x Arika   11 aus cel DOM FOR OBF PRE  Ventrue:2
2x Queen Anne   10 aus obf DOM FOR PRE  Ventrue:2
1x Sarrasine (ADV)  8 aus nec OBF PRE SER  Follower of Set:2

Library: 90 cards
Master (49 cards)
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18x Ashur Tablets
1x Barrens, The
1x Direct Intervention
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
3x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington
7x Liquidation
1x Monastery of Shadows
1x Not to Be
2x Obfuscate
3x Parthenon, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Secure Haven
1x Wider View
6x Villein

Action (5 cards)
3x Entrancement
2x Intimidation

Action Modifier (19 cards)
1x Cloak the Gathering
1x Conditioning
4x Elder Impersonation
1x Faceless Night
5x Lost in Crowds
2x Perfect Paragon
2x Spying Mission
1x True Love's Face
2x Voter Captivation

Action Modifier/Combat (1 cards)
1x Swallowed by the Night

Political Action (3 cards)
1x Anarchist Uprising
1x Banishment
1x Parity Shift

Combat (6 cards)
4x Majesty
2x Staredown

Reaction (6 cards)
2x Deflection
1x Eluding the Arms of Morpheus
1x Obedience
1x Redirection
1x Second Tradition: Domain

Event (1 cards)
1x Scourge of the Enochians


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Thursday Tournament #2 (19 players)

Finalists:
Bill Troxel (4 VP)
Karl Schaefer
Mark Loughman
Darby Keeney (1 VP)
Corwin Brindley

Deck Name: Mean Mister Master

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=3 max=8 avg=5.83)
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2x Arthur Denholm 5 obf AUS DEM Malkavian:5
2x Bloody Mary 8 pre AUS DEM OBF Malkavian:5
1x Gem Ghastly 6 aus DEM OBF Malkavian:5
2x Hagar Stone 6 obf AUS DEM !Malkavian:5
2x Jackie 3 DEM !Malkavian:4
2x Morel 6 AUS DEM OBF Malkavian:4
1x Persephone Tar-Anis 8 cel pot AUS DEM OBF !Malkavian:4

Library (90 cards)
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Master (20)
2x Antediluvian Awakening
2x Archon Investigation
2x Curse of Nitocris
2x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Gambit Accepted
2x Golconda: Inner Peace
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
2x Sudden Reversal
3x Villein
2x Wider View

Action (17)
17x Kindred Spirits

Action Modifier (32)
4x Cloak the Gathering
10x Confusion
3x Elder Impersonation
7x Eyes of Chaos
1x Faceless Night
4x Lost in Crowds
2x Mind Tricks
1x Spying Mission

Reaction (8)
2x Eyes of Argus
1x On the Qui Vive
5x Telepathic Misdirection

Combat (3)
1x Coma
2x No Trace

Combo (10)
5x Deny
5x Swallowed by the Night


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Friday of Origins gave us Day One of the North American Championship. 39 players attended from four different nations - the United States, Canada, France, and Austria. Day One also gave us the introduction of a new promo card, Gangrel Casey Snyder, the Anarch Baron of Columbus! Everyone in attendance received a copy and we'll be making Casey available globally later this year.

Casey Snyder promo

After three rounds, our finalists were Corwin Brindley (Kiasyd bleed), Mehdi Mazni (Ventrue stickmen), Bill Troxel (Shambling Hordes + Legionnaires), David Bowles (Giant Tremere), and Connor Bell (Obf-Dom bleed). It was a tough finals, timing out with Mehdi Mazni getting the win with 1.5 VP. Mehdi's winning decklist:

NAC Day One (39 Players)

Finalists:
Mehdi Mazni (1.5 VP)
David Bowles (0.5 VP)
Connor Bell (1 VP)
Corwin Brindley (0.5 VP)
Bill Troxel

Deck Name: Ventrue Stickman

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=5 max=8 avg=5.875)
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1x Emily Carson  5  for pre DOM  Ventrue:5
2x Graham Gottesman  7  obf pre tha DOM FOR  Ventrue:5
1x Jephta Hester  5  aus DOM FOR  Ventrue antitribu:4
1x Joao Bile  5  pre DOM FOR  Ventrue:4
3x Lodin (Olaf Holte)  8  aus pro DOM FOR PRE  Ventrue:5
1x Mustafa, The Heir  6  cel dom FOR PRE  Ventrue:4
2x Victor Donaldson  6  for pre DOM  Ventrue:5
1x Victor Pelletier  5  cel dom for PRE  Ventrue:4

Library: 84 cards
Master (15 cards)
1x Anarch Troublemaker
1x Direct Intervention
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Fear of Mekhet
1x Giant's Blood
1x Misdirection
1x Papillon
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Ventrue Headquarters
2x Vessel
2x Villein
1x Wash

Action (14 cards)
1x Dominate Kine
2x Entrancement
11x Govern the Unaligned

Action Modifier (16 cards)
2x Bonding
5x Conditioning
3x Daring the Dawn
1x Foreshadowing Destruction
3x Freak Drive
2x Seduction

Political Action (5 cards)
1x Justicar Retribution
4x Parity Shift

Combat (16 cards)
5x Hidden Strength
5x Indomitability
2x Rolling with the Punches
4x Weighted Walking Stick

Equipment (2 cards)
2x Heart of Nizchetus

Reaction (16 cards)
8x Deflection
8x Second Tradition: Domain

NAC 2019 Day 1 final

NAC 2019 Day 1 final.



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On Saturday, 25 players advanced to Day Two of the North American Championship. As it was last year, the high offense and dynamic games of Day One gave way to tighter, more defensive struggles in Day Two. After three rounds, the finalists were Shane Strait (!Tremere bruise-bleed), Corwin Brindley (big Cam all-stars again), Martin Weinmayer (his classic Stanislava deck), Bill Troxel (master-heavy Kiasyd bleed), Mehdi Mazni (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun). Martin Weinmayer was first to fall to Corey. Medhi then ousted Shane. Corey ousted Bill and not long afterward time expired. And with that, Corwin Brindley is the 2019 North American Champion!

NAC 2019 Day 2 final
NAC 2019 Day 2 final.

That's two years in a row that our Ohio hosts emerged victorious – Bob Joseph won the NAC in 2018. Here's the 2019 champion's decklist:

NAC Day Two (25 players)

Finalists:
Corwin Brindley (4 VP)
Bill Troxel
Keith Cooley
Mark Jasper
David Cherryholmes (1 VP)

Deck Name: Camarilla Master Phase All-Stars! Ft. Kephamos

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=8 max=11 avg=9.333333)
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4x Anson   8 aus dom CEL PRE  Toreador:1
2x Arika   11 aus cel DOM FOR OBF PRE  Ventrue:2
1x Kephamos, High Priest of Marrakech    8 dom obf pre SER  Follower of Set:2
2x Leandro   11 cel dom AUS OBF PRE  Malkavian:2
2x Queen Anne   10 aus obf DOM FOR PRE  Ventrue:2
1x Sarrasine (ADV)  8 aus nec OBF PRE SER  Follower of Set:2

Library: 90 cards
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Master (49 cards)
18x Ashur Tablets
1x Barrens, The
1x Direct Intervention
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
3x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington
7x Liquidation
1x Monastery of Shadows
1x Not to Be
2x Obfuscate
3x Parthenon, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Secure Haven
6x Villein
1x Wider View

Action (5 cards)
3x Entrancement
2x Intimidation

Action Modifier (19 cards)
1x Cloak the Gathering
1x Conditioning
4x Elder Impersonation
1x Faceless Night
5x Lost in Crowds
2x Perfect Paragon
2x Spying Mission
1x True Love's Face
2x Voter Captivation

Action Modifier/Combat (1 cards)
1x Swallowed by the Night

Political Action (3 cards)
1x Anarchist Uprising
1x Banishment
1x Parity Shift

Combat (6 cards)
4x Majesty
2x Staredown

Reaction (6 cards)
1x Eluding the Arms of Morpheus
1x Obedience
1x Redirection
1x Second Tradition: Domain
2x Deflection

Event (1 cards)
1x Scourge of the Enochians


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Attendance remained strong again this year, giving us another Shadow Twin tournament running parallel to Day Two of the NAC.  Twelve players competed, with the finalists being Rob Dudock (Legionnaires), David Cherryholmes (Ravnos bleed 'n stuff), Jamie Coombs (Arika), Norman Brown (Pro-Ser something-or-other), Jay Kristoff (!Brujah vote boon something). David Cherryholmes emerged as the winner!

NAC 2019 Shadow twin final
NAC 2019 Shadow twin final.

Shadow Twin (12 players)

Finalists:
Rob Dudock
David Cherryholmes (2.5 VP)
Jaime Coombs
Norman Brown
Jay Kristoff (1.5 VP)

Deck Name: So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 2 max: 8 average: 5.58333
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3x Gabrin  8  ANI CHI dom for  Ravnos:2
2x Joaquina Amaya  6  ANI CHI FOR  Ravnos:2
2x Salbatore Bokkengr  4  CHI for pro  Ravnos:2
1x Natalia  7  ANI chi dom for  Ravnos:2
1x Sarisha Veliku  6  ANI FOR chi dom  Ravnos:2
1x Khalil Ravana  5  CHI ani for pre  Ravnos:2
1x Tsigane  3  aus chi  Ravnos:2
1x Sasha Miklos  2  chi  Ravnos:2

Library [85 cards]
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Master [15]
2x Chimerstry
1x Dominate
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Dummy Corporation
1x Fortune Teller Shop
1x Giant's Blood
1x Park Hunting Ground
2x Path of Paradox, The
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Secure Haven
1x Storage Annex
2x Week of Nightmares

Action [24]
1x Dominate Kine
1x Far Mastery
3x Fatuus Mastery
2x Govern the Unaligned
2x Illusory Resources
4x Nightmare Curse
1x Scouting Mission
3x Sensory Deprivation
1x Sensory Overload
1x Slaughtering the Herd
1x Spirit Marionette
4x Suspension of Disbelief

Equipment [3]
1x Karavalanisha Vrana
1x Shilmulo Tarot
1x Treasured Samadji

Retainer [1]
1x Raven Spy

Action Modifier [21]
2x False Resonance
8x Fata Morgana
2x Mirror's Visage
8x Red Herring
1x Will-o'-the-Wisp

Action Modifier/Combat [6]
4x Mirror Image
2x Occlusion

Action/Reaction [3]
3x Draba

Combat [3]
3x Illusions of the Kindred

Reaction [9]
2x Army of Apparitions
3x Deflection
2x Guard Dogs
2x On the Qui Vive


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Closing out the Origins weekend was Sunday's First Chance Qualifier. Twenty Methuselahs battled it one last time, with Medhi Mazni as the victor, sweeping the final table with a Ravnos clown car deck:

First Chance Qualifier (20 players)

Finalists:
Mehdi Mazni (5 VP)
Martin Weinmayer
Jay Kristoff
Alain Greiner
Darby Keeney

Deck name: Ravnos clown car

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=2 max=5 avg=3.5)
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1x Andrei Puxon  5  ani cel chi for  Ravnos:2
1x Anka, Priestess of Thorns  4  ani chi pro  Ravnos:2
1x Ghivran Dalaal, The Dead God  5  ani aus chi FOR  Ravnos:2
1x Khalil Ravana  5  ani for pre CHI  Ravnos:2
1x Lázár Dobrescu  3  for  Ravnos:2
1x Salbatore Bokkengro  4  for pro CHI  Ravnos:2
1x Sasha Miklos  2  chi  Ravnos:2
1x Sennuwy, The Promoter  4  ani chi for  Ravnos:2
1x Spleen, Georgio Gutterpunk  2  ani chi  Ravnos:2
1x Tsigane   3  aus chi  Ravnos:2
1x Vedel Esbreno  3  chi for  Ravnos:2
1x Zip   2  ani  Ravnos:3

Library (65 cards)
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Master (13)
2x Gird Minions
1x Life Boon
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
6x Ravnos Carnival
2x Week of Nightmares

Event (1)
1x Uncoiling, The

Action (29)
1x Aranthebes, The Immortal
4x Bamba
14x Embrace, The
10x Mozambique Allure

Political Action (11)
1x Autarkis Persecution
8x Consanguineous Boon
2x Kine Resources Contested

Equipment (1)
1x Heart of Nizchetus

Combo (10)
10x Eldest Are Kholo, The


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And with that, we close out another North American Championship weekend at Origins! Many thanks to Black Chantry Productions and Steve Wieck for their generous prize support! Many thanks to John Pattie for his help in getting the prize support to Columbus! Thanks as always to all of you who attended and all of you who watched from afar! I look forward to seeing you again in Columbus next year!
 


 Corwin Brindley


PLAYER INTERVIEW: CORWIN BRINDLEY, NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION 2019
Interview by Henrik Klippström:

Congratulations Corwin! You came out on top in the final, but the NAC is a two day event, so it must have gone somewhat good for you for two days. How was your day 1 tournament?
- Day 1 I was playing a multiple-master phase action (MMPA) deck featuring Isanwayen and mid-to-small capacity dom/obt. I made the finals with 2 game wins and 7.5 victory points and lost pretty handily. I thought I had a good shot but I had to dig for Isanwayen 3 times and got no The Parthenon, so my hand was horrible and I was afraid of being ousted for most of the game. Bad library/crypt draw combined with playing with good players made for a losing proposition. I took way too long to get set up to go forward. Mehdi was my prey and he played well so I couldn’t really get any traction against him.


How did you choose deck for day 2?

- My day 2 deck is something that I’ve had great success with both in live games and online. I had won a local tournament and an earlier tournament at Origins on Thursday with it. I think MMPA decks are probably
“S tier at the moment and I don’t see that changing without a significant change in either the staple cards or the release of a strong counter. As it stands I think it’s the best deck out there (hence 3 MMPA decks in the finals), and I have lots of experience piloting my version. (See Corwins decklist in the report above!)

Are there any special prey and predators you like or don´t like when playing that deck?
- The deck kind of sucks in the early game – that goes for all MMPA decks in my experience. You can’t reliably find answers to blocking or combat so you are really squishy and not super aggressive early on. Tupdogs are probably the most potent against the deck, followed by any combat and then as a predator any weenie style bleed. Early game pressure can take the deck out before it can “build” the best deck with Ashur Tablets, and any combat that beats majesty will eventually knock the vamps to torpor. Blocking decks can be a pain early but with Pentex Subversion and block fails it becomes easier as the game goes on.

How were the preliminary rounds for you on day 2?

- I had a lot of good games. There were a lot of talented players at the tournament and I had a lot of fun. First game went to time, second game was fun but contentious, third game lined up for me perfectly. 


What were your thoughts when you were getting ready for the final table?

- I knew what everyone was playing, and that three people were playing MMPA and I didn’t want to be near any of them. I was second seed so I didn’t have full control as Mehdi got to pick his seat last. Shane and I played earlier and I knew he had limited stealth so I figured I could get some chump blocks on bleeds and stay alive worst case so I wanted him as a predator. The only other non-MMPA was Martin so I wanted to be preying on him. I got lucky that Martin picked to prey on Bill and I slipped right in the middle.

NAC 2019 final table 

How did the final play out for you? Any particular turning points you remember?
- The finals were a lot of fun. A lot of good plays all around. I really didn’t know how I was going to pull off a win given the early state of the game. Shane went to low pool very quickly, and was bouncing to me which I couldn’t really handle. Beyond that he had lots of bleed, so I was feeling the heat early.
 
I know Martin’s deck very well as I stole it from him and have played a lot with it. With that info, I knew I needed to keep him from voting which meant bringing up 3 minions. He didn’t find a Villein to keep his pool up so I had an oust for him. When the oust was coming, he offered to Parity Shift Bill and give me all 5 pool if I kept him alive. It was a deal I couldn’t refuse and probably changed the game considerably.
 
The second point was when I was on low pool and Shane was in ousting range, I asked Mehdi to remove the Pentex Subversion on my potentially blocking minion. He refused but offered to play Golconda: Inner Peace one of my minions. I allowed the Golconda on Leandro to give me a big cushion of pool. I don’t think Mehdi expected what would happen next on his minion phase, which was to oust Shane with his first bleed. The Golconda gave me enough cushion to make sure I would stay alive and I still maintained vote lock. I think given the table state Mehdi made the right choice – he could not have known Shane would not have a block or bounce.
 
The last point was when I was able to use Ashur Tablets to get a Anarchist Uprising to oust Bill and secure my second VP.
 
To me it was an exciting game and an exciting finish. I honestly thought I was outgunned going into the game so it was nice to pull out the victory.

How long have you played VTES? How did you start?
- I started playing VTES in 1999 with my dad and his group of friends. I played pretty steadily up to 2005 when I lost interest due to some sloppy card design. After that I have made some jaunts back into the game but finally fully returned in 2017, and then in 2018 Lackey made me go even deeper.
 
Big shout-out to Martin and Karl for organizing leagues on Lackey. My knowledge of the game and skills have improved drastically because of the accessibility of the game and the level of competition in those leagues. If you have a little patience it is worth it 100% to hop in and learn the interface to get some great games in.

How do you generally behave at the table?
- I really don’t like deals, especially early in games. Talking and theorizing about chopping up tables takes up so much time and can get frustrating. I feel like deals should be reserved for a last ditch effort or when there is some uncertainty in the results of a turn. Discussing game state is something I welcome though.

Do you prefer a certain type of deck?
- I prefer to take matters into my own hands with aggressive decks that can have blow-out turns and not depend on other players. Ventrue Grinders are one of my favorite deck architypes, probably followed by vote decks. Now that I have the championship and Hall of fame under my belt I may switch it up to explore more of the card pool and see what else there is to the game. I saw a Turbo-Erlik deck at Origins that may be my next exploration :)

Big thanks to Corwin for this thorough chat, and good luck to him in the future! For some additional reading about NAC 2019, check out Martin Weinmayer´s report at the VEKN.net forum.



Kleber Bertazzo 

MEET THE VEKN: KLEBER BERTAZZO, NATIONAL COORDINATOR BRAZIL
An interview series with the VEKN volunteers seem very approriate for a VEKN newsletter! These people put a lot of effort to promote our game and deserve every bit of praise we can give them. All of them are of course also accomplished VTES players with interesting stories and opinions. Let’s start with Kleber Bertazzo, recently appointed National Coordinator for Brazil.

Hello Kleber! When did you start playing VTES?
- In 1995. Back then, my friends and I didn´t have much money to buy cards. So, we took the money (what we had!) to buy some decks and boosters. After that, we used to make a common library and a common crypt, so everybody should draw from the same pile. The lucky one that drew Basilia was already halfway to the game win :)

What do you like most about the game?
- Everything!!! But there are three things I have special feelings for: 1) Politics: The game played with 4 or 5 players has, from my point of view, the best mechanics ever. We can talk with each other and with our convincing power, we can change all the table history. 2) The battle system that give you a RPG battle feeling. 3) There is no invincible deck, in fact, at a tournament you will always play against your “antagonist deck” at one table at least – that’s Murphy´s law!

What is your all-time favorite deck?
- Tzimisce War Ghoul. I love it because it causes fear in all Methuselahs´ hearts!
:)

What other decks do you currently like playing?
- I like to play with Nana Buruku weenie-Aid from Bats, weenie guns and Anneke toolbox.

Do you think you have a special “style” of playing?
- I don’t have anything special, but I like to play without making “noise”. The people from Minas Gerais are known in Brazil as the people that don´t like to get attention. So, I like to play this way, calling as little attention as possible in order to, at the end, surprise everybody when they are unprepared!

You are the new National Coordinator for Brazil – congratulations! What do you think is most important for you, as the new NC, to deal with?
- Thanks! I would like to thank all the people that put his trust in me, and I hope to be above of their expectations. I think that the most important thing that we have to deal with here in Brazil, as you know, is our vanity. We have to be above any personal wills to make this adorable game grow. This is what I will try to do, and make Brazil just one incredible playgroup!

Thanks for the interview Kleber. Now that VTES is being translated to Brazilian Portuguese we hope his work with recruiting new players will go easier.


 
BCP logo


BLACK CHANTRY SUMMARY: JUNE 2019

Ben Peal and Hugh Angseesing of Black Chantry attended the North American Championship at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, and had the opportunity to play VTES, talk to players and hand out the special NAC promo card Casey Snyder. Good times!

Various material for bringing new players into the game are being planned and prepared – entry level products, new rulebook, tutorials and new tools for demo games. More about these things will be announced as each item gets ready. If you have input, feel free to contact Black Chantry!

25th Anniversary art
• Full content and card changes for 25th Anniversary was revealed early this month. The set has been sent to the printer, so there is good hope for a mid-August release. Ideally the set will be available for sale at the EC 2019 in Paris – the day 1 tournament is played exactly 25 years after the release of the Jyhad set! There are still some new artwork to spoil (like Freak Drive and Form of Mist above), and also a new crypt card – stay tuned for these in the coming weeks.

Black Chantry will attend PDXCon 2019 in Berlin on October 18-20 to run demo games. The event is VTES licensor Paradox Interactive's early event, and this time the greatest highlight is the first opportunity to play Bloodlines 2. So if you´re interested in that and/or other Paradox games, get tickets now!

Black Chantry will also attend the Spiel´19 game fair in Essen on October 24-27, for demo games and meeting players – hopefully you? Spiel is THE event for all kinds of analogue games, so if you´re into that, you will not regret attending at least once in your life.

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 gameplay

“WELCOME TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR DEATH”

Four highlights in recent White Wolf activities:

VTES “mother game” Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition claimed both the judges and fan favourite awards for Best Roleplaying Game at the Origins Awards. This means VTM became the second game ever to win the award twice (D&D had done so before). Congratulations to White Wolf, Paradox Interactive, Modiphius and everyone else involved!

The first gameplay video from the highly anticipated “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2” was revealed at gaming show E3 2019. The image above is from it – check out the trailer at Paradox Interactives Youtube-channel.

Yet another Vampire-themed game has been announced! “Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York” by Draw Distance will be run on both PC and Nintendo Switch. The game “presents the struggle for power between two vampiric factions: Camarilla and Anarchs among the iconic buildings and night lights of Big Apple. It's a single-player narrative experience, set in a rich, fully licensed, globally recognized universe of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.” More information at Steam.

Season 3 of “Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. By Night“ RPG actual play streams each Friday on Twitch, with White Wolfs own Jason Carl as Storyteller. Check it out at Geek & Sundry!
 


 
CALENDAR
Upcoming events:
July 6: Winter is here – Santiago, Chile
July 13: VTES Presentation & Constructed Tournament – Madrid, Spain
July 20: King's Rising: Dallas 2019 – Arlington, Texas, USA
July 21: Belgian National Championship 2019 – Brussels, Belgium
July 27: Finnish Grand Prix (Ropecon 2019) – Helsinki, Finland
July 28: Shatter the Gate: Asco de verano 2 – Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain

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

"Revenge is a dish best served forever."

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


 


BCP logo


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

 Carmen Cornet - 25th Anniv preview
Art by Carmen Cornet from the upcoming VTES 25th Anniversary product (see Black Chantry April Summary below).


Greetings fellow Methuselahs

Sometimes when I feel particularly kind I volunteer to train junior Methuselahs at my local Elysium gym. The most common question they have when it comes to hand-to-hand combat is “When do I extract my claws?”. My answer is of course “Whenever you feel like!”, but there are some common options. One is to show your claws very early in a battle, to maybe scare off your opponent [play Rötschreck if blocking], or to unharness some dammed creativity [play claws to draw into other cards]. Another very common option is to wait as long as possible, to avoid wasting energy on claw-sprouting in vain. So, I say “Wait until your fist is deep inside their gut!” [play claws in the “Resolve strikes” step, right before combat can be prevented]. And remember youngsters: Always target the vitals!



Grand Prix Iberia 2019 
MARIANO CARBONERO ROMAN WINS GRAND PRIX IBERIA 2019
36 players showed up in Lisbon, Portugal on April 27 for this month's installment in the European Grand Prix circuit. The final table looked like this:

GP Iberia 2019 final table

FBI Special Affairs Division and Smiling Jack was instrumental in giving Mariano Carbonero 3 victory points in the final, besting Orian Gisslers 2 victory points. Congratulations, Mariano!

The tournament winning deck:

Crypt (12 cards; Capacity min=5 max=10 avg=7.)
1x Nicomedes 5 aus for nec vic Harbinger of Skulls:4
1x Babalawo Alafin 7 ani AUS FOR NEC Harbinger of Skulls:4
2x Zygodat 6 pot AUS NEC Harbinger of Skulls:4
5x Erlik 10 AUS CEL FOR NEC THN Harbinger of Skulls:3
3x Erebus 7 dem AUS FOR NEC Harbinger of Skulls:3

Library: 88 cards
Master (21 cards)
1x Fear of Mekhet
1x Giant's Blood
1x Heidelberg Castle, Germany
4x Liquidation
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Perfectionist
1x Powerbase: Montreal
1x Rack, The
1x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
1x Sudden Reversal
2x Vessel
3x Villein
1x Blood Doll
2x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (1 cards)
1x Aranthebes, The Immortal

Action Modifier (12 cards)
2x Forced March
4x Freak Drive
2x Shroud Mastery
2x Inevitability of the Void
2x Call of the Hungry Dead

Action Modifier/Combat (4 cards)
4x Breath of Thanatos

Action Modifier/Reaction (2 cards)
2x Spectral Divination

Combat (8 cards)
2x Fake Out
2x Spiritual Intervention
2x Target Vitals
2x Blight

Ally (10 cards)
1x Ossian
8x Emerald Legionnaire
1x Carlton Van Wyk

Retainer (3 cards)
3x Vengeful Spirit

Equipment (5 cards)
1x Erebus Mask
1x Heart of Nizchetus
1x Sniper Rifle
1x Unlicensed Taxicab
1x Bowl of Convergence

Reaction (17 cards)
5x Eyes of Argus
2x Funeral Wake
1x My Enemy's Enemy
2x On the Qui Vive
5x Telepathic Misdirection
2x Delaying Tactics

Event (5 cards)
2x FBI Special Affairs Division
3x Unmasking, The

Check out the VEKN.net forum thread for a bit more details.
For more information on the European Grand Prix, check out the official VEG page at VEKN.net

Thanks to all attendants, the organizers and our sponsor Ultra Pro.
Ultrapro


 Brazil 2019 finalists

MAILTON SILVA IS THE 2019 BRAZILIAN CHAMPION
The Brazil National Championship 2019 was played on April 20 in Fortaleza. 21 participants turned up, and after three ecstatic preliminary rounds, the five lucky and skilled finalists were these (also above):

Brazil 2019 final table


Congratulations Mailton Silva, who won with 3 victory points, Renato Torres got 2.

Mailton Silva 2019

Mailtons tournament winning deck: Resistência Anarch

Crypt (12):
4x Anarch Convert
1x Beetleman
1x Bobby Lemon
1x Celeste Lamontagne
1x Petra
3x Nana Buruku
1x Stick

Library (90):
Masters (26):
10x Anarch Revolt
1x Archon Investigation
1x The Anarch Free Press
1x The Parthenon
1x Giant´s Blood
2x Haven Uncovered
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Fame
1x Tension in the Ranks
1x Libertas
1x Poacher Hunting Ground
1x Sudden Reversal
2x Villein
2x Wider View

Actions (10):
8x Deep Song
2x Taunt the Caged Beast

Combat (44):
14x Aid from Bats
9x Carrion Crows
5x Target Vitals
4x Terror Frenzy
2x Canine Horde
5x Taste of Vitae
2x Groundfighting
3x Hell-for-Leather

Reactions (9):
5x Cat´s Guidance
2x On the Qui Vive
2x Wake with Evening´s Freshness

Events (1):
1x Narrow Minds

See also the related VEKN.net forum thread.

Thanks to all participants, and extra thanks to organizer Mauro Ramos and judge Fernando Carvalho.

 



VTES May 2019
MAJOR EVENTS IN MAY

We have some large events coming up this month - hopefully many of you can attend at least one of them!

• French National Championship in Décines-Charpieu May 12. Organizer: Mikael Lavallee. Facebook event: Championnat de France - VtES
 
• German National Championship in Bad Nauheim May 25. Organizer: Rudolf Scholz. Facebook event: German Nationals 2019

• Spanish National Championship in Barcelona May 25. Organizer: Ion Pérez.

• Grand Prix Poland AND Polish National Championship in Warsaw May 25-26. Organizer: Radoslaw Staszewski. Facebook event: Grand Prix & Polish Nationals

See also the V:EKN Event Calendar.
 

 EC 2019ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS FOR EC 2019
Still not decided on attending the European Championship in August? Just do it! We´ll have a blast! Now the friendly organizers have negotiated a great prize at a hotel close to the tournament venue. Please have a look at the Accomodation section of the official EC site.


May 2019 rules qRULES Q & A
VEKN Rules Director Vincent Ripoll answers some common questions related to recently reprinted cards:

Q: Unleash Hell's Fury attempts to block a vampire with superior Obtenebration. Can the vampire play Tenebrous Form at superior? If so, what happens?
A: Unleash Hell's Fury can block as if it were a 9-capacity infernal vampire. Tenebrous Form can be played at superior, and since the Unleash Hell's Fury cannot burn blood, it cannot attempt to block this action anymore.

Q: Do Carrion Crows do 1 less damage on Nephandus?
A: Nephandus reduces only the damage of "strike or damaging effect made by the opposing minion". The damage from Carrion Crows is not inflicted by the opposing minion -- it is "environmental". Therefore, Nephandus takes the full damage from the Carrion Crows!

Q: I played a Fame on one of my prey's vampire, and my prey gets ousted. What happens to the Fame?
A: As a general rule, master cards are controlled by the Methuselah who played them, and minion cards by the controller of the minion they are attached to. When your prey is ousted, all the cards your prey controls are removed from the game. Since you control the Fame, that card goes to your ash heap.

Q: Are cards removed from the game public?
A: Yes, as long as the player who owns them is not ousted. (You cannot have a peek at an ousted player's library !)

Q: A vampire with a Fame is in combat and receives enough aggravated damage to burn. Does the controller of the vampire burn 3 pool? 
A: The controller of the vampire burns 3 pool after it goes to torpor. Since the vampire is burned outright, it does not go to torpor, and its controller does not lose 3 pool.

Q: Is it possible to play Obedience if not unlocked?
A: Obedience is a reaction card. By default, reaction cards can only be played by unlocked ready minions. You would need to play a wake effect first, or find a way to unlock.

Q: Is it possible to play cards such as vote modifiers or a Delaying Tactics during a blood hunt referendum?
A: There are multiple ways for a blood hunt referendum to be called:
 1) it is called automatically after a diablerie
 2) it is explicitly called by a card (Abactor, Bernard the Scourge...)
A blood hunt referendum is handled just like any other referendum  — "blood hunt" only means that the effect of the referendum is to burn the minion it is called on, and some cards have interactions with that kind of referendum (Urban Jungle, Ariadne...) However, most of the time it results from a diablerie (case 1/). In that case, and only in that case, a special rule applies:
"When a vampire commits diablerie, a referendum is automatically conducted to determine if a blood hunt will be called on the diablerist. If the referendum passes, a blood hunt is called, and the diablerist is burned. This referendum is not an action, so it cannot be blocked, and action modifiers and reaction cards cannot be played. Otherwise, this referendum is handled just like any other. "

Q: Is it possible to play a Freak Drive at superior if a Mirror Walk at superior was played, and the action was blocked.
A: Mirror Walk ends the action before block resolution. Since the action is ended, it is no longer possible to play other action modifier cards (or effects) for that action.

Q: What is the "block resolution"?
A: If a minion is blocked, the block resolves by locking the blocking minion, and making the acting and blocking minion enter combat with each other. The "lock + enter combat" part is called the block resolution, and is atomic.
    Obedience is played "if this vampire is about to enter combat with an acting younger vampire" (that is, right before entering combat). If the "enter combat" is part of a block resolution (e.g., the vampire attempts to block and is about to be successful), the card is played and ends the action before the "lock + enter combat" block resolution: therefore, the blocking vampire is not locked.
    Change of Target is played "if this minion is blocked, before block resolution." Since Change of Target ends the action, the block resolution never happens. Therefore, the blocking minion is not locked for blocking. (It would require explicit card text such as Mirror Walk that says: "lock the blocking minion and end the action before block resolution").

Q: So one can now forget to use Perfectionist and The Rack, but can one still forget to use The Coven?
A: Perfectionist and The Rack now say: "you can..." which is an optional effect. The Coven, on the other side, has two effects: an optional one ("lock to add 2 blood...") and a mandatory effect ("During your discard phase, your predator takes control of The Coven."). The optional effect can be "forgotten". However, when you are about to end your discard, the impulse moves to your predator who must take control of the Coven. Therefore, your predator can get an unlocked Coven if you forgot to lock it.

Do you have rules questions? The best place to ask them is either in the VEKN.net forum (subsection Rules Questions) or in the VEKN Facebook group.




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BLACK CHANTRY SUMMARY: APRIL 2019

• Promo Pack 1 was release this month, a bundle of 56 crypt cards that can be awarded to players by event organizers and at stores. Read more at Blackchantry.com.

Henrik of Black Chantry hosted demo games at Swedens largest gaming convention Gothcon in Gothenburg April 19-21. Many new and returning Methuselahs were embraced. Are you too interested in running VTES demo games? Drop a mail to , and the company will try to support you!

The first round of playtesting of the decks for the Camarilla-themed boxed set for late 2019 release is ending in mid May.

Black Chantry will release a 25th Anniversary product this summer. The art preview by Carmen Cornet found at the top of this newsletter will feature on a reprinted classic card in this product - maybe you can guess what card it is? More about this will be revealed soon, keep watch in Black Chantry channels. And read the interview with Carmen Cornet in a previous newsletter!

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:
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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


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.


WW April 2019NO SHORTAGE OF VAMPIRE ACTION
After last months spectacular reveal of "Bloodlines 2", White Wolf has announced three new board game licenses:

• Legacy board game "Vampire: The Masquerade Heritage" is just ending a very successful Kickstarter - over 4,000 backers have pledged $380,000!

"Vampire: The Masquerade Blood Feud" is a Mega Board Game from Everything Epic that will hit Kickstarter in June.

• "Vampire: The Masquerade Chapters" is a legacy style, story-driven roleplaying board game by Flyos Games that willl be on Kickstarter in early 2020.

Additionally, licensee Crossroad Press is making all the Vampire: The Masquerade Clan Novels available in e-pub formats.


 
CALENDAR
Upcoming events:
May 4: Bloody Tide - Mollina, Spain
May 4: Belgrade Vampires Tournament - Belgrade, Serbia
May 4: May the Fourth bleed with you - Pretoria, South Africa
May 5: Winter is Leaving - Mataró, Catalunya, Spain
May 5: Domingo de Shamblings 2019 - Palma de Mallorca, Spain
May 5: Fast Reaction: Columbus - Columbus, United States
May 11: New Blood - Vigo, Spain
May 11: 10th Hiekkaharju Nightmare - Vantaa, Finland
May 11: Forced Awakening Reykjavík - Reykjavik, Iceland
May 11: Blood feud - Quezon City, Philippines
May 11: Pandemonium! - Cape Town, South Africa
May 11: VTES at Sthlm Tabletop Game Expo 2019 - Stockholm. Sweden
May 12: Championnat de France 2019 - Décines-Charpieu, France
May 18: Fourth Tradition: The Accounting - Amadora, Portugal
May 18: Second Tradition - New Holland, United States
May 25: Enchant Kindred (German Nationals) - Bad Nauheim, Hessen, Germany
May 25: Spanish National 2019 - Barcelona, Spain
May 25: Fee stake: Santiago - Santiago, Chile
May 25: GP Poland - Warsaw, Poland
May 26: Polish Nationals 2019 - Warsaw, Poland
May 26: Spanish National Side Event: two-headed tournament - Barcelona, Spain

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

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