Art by Javier Santos
Since my re-election I have been in talks with several V:TES enthusiasts willing to devote their time to promoting the game, in order to restructure the Inner Circle and make it a more active and operational body.
With that intention in mind, the Scribe and Marketing Director positions have been unified into a single one:
Community Manager: Shall manage the Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Facebook, Twitter, etc. pages. Shall write and post V:EKN announcements in social media, V:EKN forums, etc. Shall answer questions related to V:EKN announcements in social media, forums, etc. And shall write the monthly V:EKN Newsletter.
And a new position (actually not so new) has been created:
Organized Play Coordinator: Shall be in charge of promoting VTES play through National Coordinators, so that the playerbase grows and the game looks more attractive to the companies willing to publish it.
In addition, White Wolf's representative Dhaunae De Vir has accepted the Inner Circle position of Counselor.
Therefore, as of now the Inner Circle is going to be restructured as follows (new members are in red):
Chairman and Website Coordinator: Ginés Quiñonero
Vice Chairman: Hugh Angseesing
Rules Director: Pascal Bertrand (until he finishes the new qualification system he is working on for the European Championships). After that he'll step down and Vincent Ripoll will take over.
Ratings Coordinator: Vincent Ripoll
Design Team Leader: Ben Peal
Community Manager: Henrik Klippström
Organized Play Coordinators: Orian Gissler and Desso Alastor
Counselors: David Tatu and Dhaunae de Vir (White Wolf)
Chairmen Emeriti: Robert Goudie, Johannes Walch
VEKN National Co-ordinator Meeting
11th November 2016
VEKN (4 inc Skype)
PB Pascal Bertrand - VEKN Rules Team & French NC
VR Vincent Ripoll - VEKN Ratings Co-ordinator
MN Mike Nudd - VEKN Design Team & Storyline coordinator
National Coordinators [NCs] (10 +3 via Skype or in IC list)
IC Ivan Chebunin - Belarus (for Anton Dudko)
PD Peter Ducai - Czech Republic & Slovak Republic (Czech Michal Dlouhý)
RG Rudolf Garski - Germany
JL Janne Lönnqvist - Finland
RFa Riccardo Fabiani - Italy
JvO Jeroen Van Oort - Netherlands (for and to replace Paul Wiggers)
TS Tito Silva - Portugal
AK Armen Khachikyan - Russia
RR Randal Rudstam - Sweden
SA Sonam Adinolf - USA
HA Hugh Angseesing - Secretary, Returning officer, United Kingdom and Playtest Coordinator
BP Ben Peal - VEKN Design Team Leader & US NC
DB Djordje Bjelajac - Serbia
OG Orian Gissler - France
TB Tiago Brum - Portugal
Apologies (after failed skype)+:
GQ Ginés Quiñonero - VEKN Chairman Web coordinator & Spain NC
• GQ to announce candidates who won on www.vekn.net
o HA has done this on the forum thread [DONE]
• PB to circulate ideas and create poll on European Championship Qualifier requirements/needs [DONE]
• GQ/HA to circulate and create a poll for EC hosting 2017
• GQ to investigate wider IC structure and how the VEKN can work for a wider group or participants e.g. getting Brazilian players more engaged with the wider community/organisation
• SA to provide a copy of Selen and his research [DONE]
1. HA – first order of business to elect VEKN Chair and Vice-Chair:
Candidates previously announced on www.vekn.net and via e-mail to NCs
Ginés Quiñonero Santiago [Spain]
with Vice-Chair Hugh Angseesing [UK]
Orian Gissler [France]
with Vice-Chair Pascal Bertrand [France]
Desso Alastor [Brazil]
with Vice-Chair Lincoln Figueredo [Brazil]
All candidates produced mini manifestos which were distributed to NCs and placed on the NC section of www.vekn.net, national co-coordinators were also encouraged to query the candidates via facebook/e-mail as they saw fit.
Vincent Ripoll was appointed as co-returning officer
Votes in red were received via e-mail/facebook messenger and 27/33 NCs voted or actively abstained.
Gines and Hugh: 14 votes
Rudi - Germany
Ben - USA
Randy - Sweden
Janne - Finland
Hugh - UK
Diego - Argentina
Steve - Australia
Dennis - Belgium
Jesper - Denmark
Bogi - Iceland
Frode - Norway
Nathaniel - Singapore
Gines - Spain
James Lin - Taiwan
Orian and Pascal: 10 votes
Riccardo - Italy
Pascal - France
Ivan - Belarus
Armen - Russia
Peter - Slovakia
Carl - Austria
Roberto - Brazil
Radoslaw - Poland
Neil - South Africa
Gonzalo - Chile
Desso and Lincoln: 0 votes
Abstain/None of the above: 3
Jeroen - Netherlands
Tito - Portugal
Djordje - Serbia
Ginés Quiñonero Santiago was re-elected with Vice-Chair Hugh Angseesing.
2. RR and others noted that the Brazilian playgroup was large and active but not that associated with the wider playgroup.
HA noted that Gines and Orian had discussed this prior to the vote and agreed that more communication and dialogue to get active and enthusiastic members of the VTES community involved in wider activities was required.
3. HA – discussion of potential EC venues for 2017
White-Wolf/Paradox are hosting a large cross world event in May 2017 in Berlin.
Cost of this event is believed to be €150 per attendee.
BP indicated it would be good to get VTES in front of VTM [etc] players but that the price was too expensive
RR noted that Swedish players hat met and played VTES with the new team at White-Wolf and that the impact was positive.
VR noted that without a reward bundle of printed cards this event would be difficult to sell to the community at large
GQ – has indicated option to host again in Palma de Mallorca at the same/similar venue and similar [early November] time of year.
PD, JL expressed that Prague/Helsinki could host and Poland/Hungary were also directly asked if they would be interested in hosting again following roundtable discussion by the NCs present.
It was noted by PD and others that price and distance were limiting factors to a large number of players e.g. n Genova there were:
Amongst an attendance of ~100 players
HA stated with agreement from PB that there would be a three week window for teams to submit their bids and then these bids would be sent to the NCs.
The European NCs would then get an opportunity to vote on these bids one week later via a doodle/surveymonkey poll.
The intent being to discuss the bids with your players.
The InnerCircle will then take the results of the vote and discuss with the nominated team and confirm a location once agreed and assistance required determined.
4. BP gave a comprehensive output of where things are with Paradox/White-wolf
I have been provided with notes from Ben and Mike and have included these below
CONVERSATION WITH DHAUNAE (WW)
- White Wolf is now requiring the Design Team to submit its expansions to them for review and editing before being allowed to release them. This will cause a delay in the release of the upcoming Bloodlines set. Artwork will likely be the source of the most lengthy delays due to the physical work required.
- White Wolf would be interested in publishing V:TES in some form, if publishing proves to be viable.
Dhaunae very much wants to be able to publish both the rules and the cards. White Wolf are keen for a rulebook to be published/available for new players who could then buy cards if and when cards were published again.
White Wolf are aware that the VEKN consider reprinting cards as a more critical priority than a publishing rulebook, but also are keen to point out that the work to produce this is straight forward and not incompatible with resources required for other projects.
- Questions regarding who owns what.
White Wolf is trying to track down the hard drive that contains all of the White Wolf produced artwork.
The owner of Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is White Wolf. White Wolf don't own things such as the Deckmaster logo, but all the key elements needed to play the game are White Wolf's.
To summarize, my additional comments from the meeting:
- The new White Wolf (Paradox) guys are positioning themselves as licensors and caretakers of the IP, they have no plans to publish anything themselves, they will simply find suitable licensee partners to work with.
- They have talked about non-exclusivity in regards to future projects, and from this I think we should infer that other World of Darkness games will eventually get published, regardless of what happens to V:TES.
- They have also talked about trans-media experiences and ‘One World of Darkness’ – i.e. LRP will influence tabletop, which will influence computer games, which will influence TV shows, etc. Any future iteration of V:TES (or any other game) will likely need to fit in with this thinking. It follows that any V:TES presence at their Berlin event next year would best succeed if positioned with this in mind.
A few other thoughts:
- In case it’s not clear to non-role players, my understanding is that the tri-snake symbol was invented specifically for Jyhad/V:TES, and that it is not an icon relevant to the Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game.
- Regarding the new White Wolf web site, apparently they are planning some sort of open forum for fans to self-publish their own game material to share with their peers, and Dhaunae seemed to suggest they might like to try something similar with V:TES cards (not withstanding any legal/licensing complications).
- While White Wolf are giving Onyx Path a fairly free reign to complete their slate of 20th Anniversary edition RPG products, they plan to keep much tighter control of the next ‘V5’ edition. While this will be in continuity with the meta-plot of previous editions, the clans/bloodlines/disciplines/etc. may get tweaked or spun a little differently. (I notice than Shane DeFreest, former Camarilla head and MET publisher, is now a WW employee, and the new MET books contain a lot more ongoing plot than the Onyx Path books.)
- The original Jyhad rulebook states that the Discipline symbols are Trademarks of WotC and give named artist credits for them. These references are omitted in later rulebooks. This leads me to wonder if the rights were passed in perpetuity to White Wolf when the game fully transferred over to them with Sabbat War – but given Paradox’s lack of understanding of the situation, they likely need to research this (and other ambiguities) further.
- I should see some more of my games published next year, and I am slowly building up a network of contacts in the board games industry. In the event the licensing issues with WotC can be resolved there are a few other people I might be able to approach with the publishing opportunity.
White Wolf overall view:
At White Wolf, we are working hard for VTES. It may or may not pan out, but we are certainly exploring all the options available. We are very thankful for the support and patience of the VTES community.
Other points made on these conversations:
SA – noted that the work Selen and he did on the VTES community implied that “Collection” was a low priority for the majority of players [so potentially a new game with the same people and community would work]
BP asked to get a copy of this work to read.
RR reminded everyone that White Wolf need to make some €/$/£/SEK/[insert currency here] out of the game so a new game would work for them if they could scale players up from the current community size
PB talked about options to change/alter/replace/maintain EC qualifier system.
NAC is likely to be open in 2017 and there may be reasons to change current ECQ system to increase attendees at the EC.
Pascal will send a short memo with the ideas and ask for votes/input on the options [including other options].
JL noted that Fantasiapelit had picked up the excess Walch and Nusser stock and had plenty of product available for new and old players.
Postage is expensive for single items but reasonable [as flat rate] for larger orders.
Some items like 3rd edition boosters are higher priced due to limited availability and extreme usefulness as drafting stock etc.
Please share with your players.
JL also discussed making token, blood, anarch etc as fun game items and promo items. Prices look like 10 tokens for ~€5, with a minimum order of around 1,000.
AK asked where we are going/what are we doing
HA replied that intention is to still produce a set from us ~once a year;
but that we’re mainly relying on White Wolf figuring out what they own and taking it from there.
The VEKN does not encourage production of high quality, double sided proxies.
RR asked when next set due
HA replied that intention is to playtest at backend of 2016 and that there have been some delays with White Wolf coming on board [new discussion for VEKN] and with Ben’s return to US.
RF asked if more Grand Prix e.g. in Italy could happen
HA replied that yes anything we can do to encourage big groups of players is good, however we probably cannot offer “face on card” etc as a prize for each event. This would need to be discussed further with GQ and BP as they commission artwork/design sets if there are appropriate rewards for larger events.
Meeting close 20:10
Art by Gábor Németh
Design Team update: MIke and I wrapped up design of the Bloodlines set tonight. 41 cards (20 crypt, 21 library) covering Blood Brothers, Gargoyles, !Salubri, Harbingers, and Samedi. We'll send it to White Wolf for review, then we'll start playtesting.