December 1, 2018 (Last updated December 1, 2018)

The V:EKN, Black Chantry Productions and all tournament organizers involved are proud to introduce you the V:TES European Grand Prix Circuit 2018/2019, also known as the VEG for those who like acronyms.

The VEG is a circuit where you can get
- great prizes for winning,
- exclusive surprises, including participation playmat,
- ranking points,
- direct qualification for events,
... but above all, gather 5 great tournaments in a general circuit for a lot of additional fun.

In general, when referring to a circuit, we are thinking:
- Common structure
- Global ranking
- Exclusive rewards

I’ll now introduce the places where we are all going to have fun in Europe during the years 2018/2019, and then I’ll explain you precisely what you will be able to get at the tournaments.

I also want to tell you that we are doing an announcement now so that everybody can anticipate those tournaments, even if all details are not carved in stone or decided yet. It will give you a general idea of what we are aiming at with the VEG.

Bologna – Italy (1st and 2nd of December 2018)
The Italian V:tES Community is glad to invite you at the second Italian Grand Prix. The tournament will be organized in Bologna, a great city in the northern part of the country, on December 1st and 2nd. On Saturday, 1st, a Standard Constructed tournament with some special prizes will be run. On Sunday, 2nd will be held the Grand Prix. Bologna is a destination for Ryanair flight. If you are planning a short vacation, you are 1 hour away from Florence and Venice, 2 from Milan and less than 4 from Rome (by train). The local community has already provided accomodations and information on the dedicated thread.

More information at the VEG Bologna thread at forum.

Brno - Czech republic (16 March 2019)
Czech republic is the best place for gathering of all vampires from Central, Western and Eastern Europe. Many kindred from Germany, Austria, Poland or Slovakias have been spotted in the street of the city. The Czech playgroup will be happy to welcome you for a great tournament with a lot of fun.

More information at the Facebook event VEG Czech Republic.

Portugal (End of April 2019 - exact date TBA)
Last year, the Portugese organizers helped the Spanish one into the first Iberico GP, which was a great success. This year, they're giving you more fun, more bleeds, and obviously more porto in their own country. April is warm in Portugal, so be prepared to dare the dawn with them.

Warsaw - Poland (May or June 2019 - exact date TBA)
Most of you have been so happy with the Polish EC last year that we had to give Radoslaw and his team the Reins of Power to organize one more GP. If I am correct, it will be held in the same hotel as the EC, but we'll have confirmation about that later. Expect great things from this most experienced crew in a country where beer is very cheap.

Helsinki – Finland (Ropecon, around 27th July 2019)
The Helsinki Grand Prix is held at Ropecon gaming convention which is the largest gaming convention in Finland (and Europe's largest convention organized by volunteers) with around 4000 people having a non-stop experience of all things gaming related during one weekend. Ropecon has it all: lectures, presentations, discussions, RPGs, LARPs, card-, board and miniature gaming. Both casual and competitive tournaments.The overall feel to the convention is extremely casual and approachable. Attendance fee for the whole weekend has been around 40 euros and daily passes around 25 euros. The convention also offers free accommodation in the form of large hall where you can sleep in your own sleeping bag so budget attendance is possible. The VTES tournament in Ropecon has traditionally been second only to European Championships in attendance, often with more or less just Finnish players. And besides the big tournament, a draft tournament has been also run during one the other convention days.

Updated details will be put on the forum: Finnish Grand Prix Helsinki / Ropecon and on Facebook: VTES Grand Prix Helsinki (Ropecon)

VEG 2018-2010 playmat
The official VEG 2018-2019 playmat, given to all participants, courtesy of our sponsor Ultra Pro.

OK, it’s cool to have a circuit, but what is the benefit of the VEG?
For months, the VEKN, with the help of organizers, has given deep thoughts about how to give players a real great experience during each Grand Prix weekends. Here is the list of things you will be able to win during the Grand Prix season:

Through each Grand Prix:
- Exclusive Ultra pro prizes thanks to the Ultra Pro support to the VEG
- Points for the Grand Prix ranking,
- Points for the VEKN ranking, Grand Prix will each have the level of ECQ as for points obtained,
- Winner to be qualified for the Grand Prix final which will be held during the European Championship in Warsaw,
- Winner to be invited for the entrance fee of EC and qualified for legendary vampire tournament (if any) and EC day 2 directly.

Through the global ranking and the participation:
As previously said, players will be qualified for the GP final if they win a Grand Prix. As a Grand Prix Final must have 5 players, if a player win 2 GP or if some winners are not in Warsaw, the final will be completed with the best players in the global GP ranking.

The finals will give:
- exclusive prizes to all finalists
- a great prize for the winner
- a crypt card representing him/her for the winner of the final

In addition, there will be a special – and hopefully very nice – prize for players that will attend all the 5 Grand Prix tournaments and the players ranked 1 to 10 in the VEG ranking overall.

Ranking will be given as such:
Winner: 25 points
Finalists: 15 points
6th: 10 points
7th: 9 points
8th: 8 points
9th: 7 points
10th: 6 points
All other participants: 3 points

We hope you get the general idea of what we are trying to do here. I hope everything will run smoothly this year, and I’ll add more detail from now on, so please follow us on the different VEKN pages to get updated on the tournaments.

Best regards,
Orian Gissler (TTC_master)
V:EKN Inner Circle Organized Play Coordinator

Sponsor: Ultra Pro