VAMPIRE: ELDER KINDRED NETWORK FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.1. What is the V:EKN?

V:EKN stands for Vampire: Elder Kindred Network, and is the Official V:TES Players' Organization dedicated to the continued health of V:TES. The V:EKN endeavors to help V:TES grow in popularity through the embracing of new players as well as through the support of the existing fans.

1.2. What is V:TES?

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle is a trading card game in which two or more players take on the roles of ancient vampires known as Methuselahs. Methuselahs are considered mere legend by younger vampires. Younger vampires think that they pursue their own ends... even as they are being used by one Methuselah to undercut the influence of another. Throughout the world, Methuselahs manipulate their minions to frustrate the designs of the other Methuselahs, just as they have for as long as they can remember. These eternal struggles, sometimes covert and subtle, sometimes open and spectacular, are collectively known as the Jyhad.

1.3. When and how was the V:EKN founded?

The V:EKN was founded in 1997, right before Wizards of the Coast officially re-released The Sabbat. A vote was conducted on the V:TES-L mailing list to determine a name for the V:TES Players’ Organization, the first Chairman of which was Robert Goudie.

1.4. What does the V:EKN do?

The V:EKN is the organization responsible for sanctioning and regulating official V:TES tournaments, recording V:TES players' ratings (and rankings), monitoring and updating (where necessary) game rules, card text and changes, and sponsoring the organization's website, http://www.vekn.net/.

1.5. How many members does the V:EKN currently have?

[08-05-2016] The V:EKN currently has 15220 members (players with a V:EKN number). However, only 1078 can be considered active (i.e, having played a V:EKN sanctioned tournament recently).

1.6. Is the V:EKN funded in any way?

No, it is not.

1.7. How is the V:EKN organized?

The V:EKN is composed of an Inner Circle (the Administrative Board), National Coordinators (Regional Directors), Princes (City Managers) and General Members.

1.8. What are the membership dues for the V:EKN?

All players who register with V:EKN shall be assigned a unique V:EKN membership number. A player must play in at least one officially sanctioned event within the past 12 months to be considered active. Lapsed players shall be again considered active for the next 12 months after participating an officially sanctioned event.

1.9. What is included in the V:EKN membership?

Getting rated if they participate in any V:EKN sanctioned, rated event, and being able to hold Volunteer Officer positions.

1.10. How can I contact the V:EKN?

You can contact the V:EKN here.

1.11. How do I find a playing community?

Contact a Prince (see Prince List) in your area or nearby.

1.12. How do I find tournaments?

Tournaments can be found on the Event Calendar.

2.1. What is a V:EKN volunteer?

A V:EKN volunteer is an active player (i.e., a player who has played at least a V:EKN sanctioned tournament in the last 12 months) who promotes V:TES at different levels (either locally, nationally or worldwide).

2.2. How many different types of V:EKN volunteers exist?

Princes, National Coordinators, Inner Circle members and their respective assistants.

2.3. What are the requirements to become a V:EKN volunteer?

a) Being a V:TES enthusiast.
b) Being at least 16 years of age.
c) Being an active player (i.e., a player who has played at least a V:EKN sanctioned tournament in the last 12 months).
d) Having an account on www.vekn.net, including his or her full real name and e-mail address.

2.4. How do I become a Prince?

A Prince can only be appointed by the National Coordinator of his or her country or a member of the Inner Circle. For contact information, please visit the National Coordinator list or the Inner Circle list.

2.5. How do I become a National Coordinator?

In some countries, a National Coordinator may be needed. In such a case, a poll should be conducted among the princes in that country to elect their National Coordinator. The results of this poll must be reported to the V:EKN Chairman.

2.6. What is a Prince prefix?

It is a 3-digit number a Prince uses to give new players a V:EKN number.

2.7. What is a National Coordinator prefix?

It is a 3-digit number a National Coordinator uses to give new players a V:EKN number.

2.8. How do I assign a V:EKN number to a new player?

Search the Player Registry for V:EKN numbers starting with your Prince prefix, sort them by "V:EKN ID#" and then choose the next V:EKN number available.

In case there are no V:EKN numbers starting with your prince prefix, then choose ###0000 as your first one, where ### is your Prince prefix.

2.9. How do I add a new player to the Player Registry?

Contact the Website Coordinator and send him the following information:
1) Player's first name(s):
2) Player's last name(s):
3) City:
4) State/province (optional):
5) Country:
6) E-mail address (optional):
7) V:EKN ID# provided by his or her Prince (which is the general Prince prefix followed by 4 digits):
Volunteers can check V:EKN numbers availability in the Player Registry.

2.10. How do I edit a player's information in the Player Registry?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the information you want to have edited for that player.

2.11. How do I delete a player from the Player Registry?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the reasons why that player should be deleted from the Registry.

2.12. To whom should I report any duplicates in the Player Registry?

That should be reported to an Administrator.

2.13. I am a Prince but I cannot access the Prince Forum or register sanctioned events. What should I do?

Contact the Website Coordinator, and he will give you the status of Prince on www.vekn.net and associate your V:EKN number with your user account.

2.14. I am a National Coordinator but I cannot access the National Coordinator Forum or register sanctioned events. What should I do?

Contact the Website Coordinator, and he will give you the status of National Coordinator on www.vekn.net and associate your V:EKN number with your user account.

2.15. How do I run a V:TES tournament?

1. Contact your local Prince (optional): The V:EKN has a list of Princes (volunteers who help promote the game in their local areas) worldwide. One of them would be happy to help you organize your tournament, or, if there's no Prince in your area, you could become a Prince yourself. A Prince can only be appointed by the National Coordinator of his or her country or a member of the Inner Circle. For contact information, please visit the National Coordinator list or the Inner Circle list.
2. Contact your local retailer (optional): Coordinate with your local game retailer to arrange the time, place and prizes for the tournament.
3. Register your event: Fill out the event form sufficiently in advance of the event date. Once submitted, your event will appear on the Event Calendar.
4. Advertise!: To ensure that as many players as possible attend your event (and because it is required by the V:EKN Tournament Rules), advertise your tournament (with fliers, etc.) sufficiently in advance. Tournament Flier (1MB jpg).
5. Ready your resources: You'll want to have a copy of the latest Game Rules, Tournament Rules, and Rulings and Errata on hand. If you'll have access to a computer on-site, you'll also want to make use of The Archon, a tournament tracking spreadsheet for Excel.
6. Register your players: At the start of your tournament, collect the V:EKN number of each player. If a player doesn't have a V:EKN number, contact the Website Coordinator and send him the following information:1) Player's full name:2) City:3) State/province (optional):4) Country:5) E-mail address (optional):5) V:EKN ID# provided by his or her Prince (which is the general Prince prefix followed by 4 digits):
7. Run Your Event: (This is the fun part.)
8. Report the results: Follow these Guidelines.

2.16. How do I run a V:TES demo?

1. Contact your local Prince (optional): The V:EKN has a list of Princes (volunteers who help promote the game in their local areas) worldwide. One of them would be happy to help you organize your demo, or, if there's no Prince in your area, you could become a Prince yourself. A Prince can only be appointed by the National Coordinator of his or her country or a member of the Inner Circle. For contact information, please visit the National Coordinator list or the Inner Circle list.
2. Contact your local retailer (optional): Coordinate with your local game retailer to arrange the time, place, demo product and prizes for the demo.
3. Register your event: Fill out the event form sufficiently in advance of the event date. Once submitted, your event will appear on the Event Calendar.
4. Advertise!: To ensure that as many players as possible attend your event, advertise your demo (with fliers, etc.) sufficiently in advance. Tournament Flier (1MB jpg).
5. Ready your resources: You'll want to be familiar with the Game Rules at least. You may also want to be acquainted with the Tournament Rules, and Rulings and Errata, in order to answer questions the players have about those.
6. Run Your Demo: (This is the fun part.)
7. Report the results: Send the Ratings Coordinator a brief report on your demo, to let us know how it went.

2.17. How do I register an event to the Event Calendar?

a) Click on Register Event (in the Events menu).
b) Fill out the form.
c) Click on "Validate Form" to make sure there are no errors.
d) Click on "Save Events". Your event will appear immediately on the Event Calendar.

2.18. How do I edit an event on the Event Calendar?

a) Go to the Event Calendar and look for the event you want to edit.
b) Click on the event.
c) Click on the organizer's name.
d) Click on the "Organized Events" tab.
e) Locate the event you want to edit and then click on the "EDIT" link.

Alternatively, you can edit one of your events by:

a) Finding your player page in the Player Registry.
b) Clicking on the "Organized Events" tab.
c) Finding the "EDIT" link on the right hand size.

2.19. How do I report an event?

a) Follow these Guidelines.
b) Make a post with the results of your event and tournament winning deck (TWD) to the Event Reports & TWD forum.

2.20. How do I delete an event from the Event Calendar?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the event's name and date and the reasons why that event should be deleted from the Event Calendar.

2.21. How do I get my event rated?

Follow these Guidelines.

2.22. How do I edit event venues?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the information you want to have edited.

2.23. How do I add a new event venue to the venue list?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the new venue you want to have added to the venue list.

2.24. What happens if my event is cancelled?

Make an announcement in the Event Announcements forum and contact the Website Coordinator so that he can delete your event from the Event Calendar.

2.25. How do I get prize support for the tournaments I run?

Europe: From Walch & Nusser Game Distributors.

Rest of the world: From Rose Tatu Productions.

3.1. How do I edit my profile?

a) Click on "PROFILE", in the top menu.
b) Move your mouse over the "EDIT" button and select "Update your profile".

3.2. How do I change my password?

a) Click on "PROFILE", in the top menu.
b) Move your mouse over the "EDIT" button and select "Update your profile".
c) Click on the "Contact Info" tab.
d) Enter your new password and verify it.

3.3. How do I edit/add a signature to my forum posts?

a) Click on "PROFILE", in the top menu.
b) Move your mouse over the "EDIT" button and select "Update your profile".
c) Click on the "Forum" tab and edit/add your signature.

3.4. How do I submit a website to the Other V:TES Websites section?

Contact the Website Coordinator with the following information: website's name, URL and a short description.

3.5. I am not receiving your emails, why?

Use the Helpdesk on www.vekn.net to report the issue to an Administrator.

3.6. How do I report any errors on V:EKN.NET?

Use the Helpdesk on www.vekn.net to report the issue to an Administrator.

4.1. What is a V:EKN number?

It is a block of numbers that Princes have to allocate to individual players the first time they take part in V:TES tournaments. V:EKN numbers identify players worldwide, and also enable them to have a V:TES-rating. A V:EKN number consists of a 3-digit Prince prefix followed by four digits (e. g., V:EKN number 3200123: 320 is the prefix of the V:EKN Prince of Paris, and 0123 is a 4-digit number assigned to the new player).

4.2. How can I get a V:EKN number?

If you do not have a V:EKN number yet, please contact a volunteer in your area (see Prince list), who will give you one.

4.3. How do I locate a player's V:EKN number?

Go to the Player Registry and search for that player by name, city, and/or country.

4.4. Who can run a V:TES tournament?

Any player with a V:EKN number who is registered on www.vekn.net and has his V:EKN ID# associated with his www.vekn.net account (see below).

4.5. How can I associate my V:EKN ID# with my vekn.net account?

Contact the National Coordinator in your area.

4.6. Where can I find a copy of the Official V:TES Tournament rules?

You can find it here, in the Rules section.

4.7. Where can I find a copy of the Official V:TES Rulebook?

You can find it here, in the Rules section.

4.8. Where can I find a copy of the official card text of each V:TES card?

You can find it here, in the Rules section.

4.9. Where can I find a copy of the Judges' Guide?

You can find it here, in the Rules section.

4.10. Where can I play V:TES online?

You can play V:TES online on JOL (Jyhad On-Line) and on Lackey.

4.11. What is the V:TES-rating?

Each player has a rating represented by a single number. This number is sometimes referred to as RtP (rating points). Players will be ranked according to their ratings (RtP) beginning with their first tournament. That is, there is no minimum number of events a player must attend before being ranked. A player will be removed from the rankings after 12 months of inactivity (no rated tournament rounds played), but the player's rating and other statistics will be kept indefinitely (to be used when and if the player plays again). For more information about the Rating System, see (http://www.vekn.net/index.php/rating-system)

4.12. My current ranking is not showing or incomplete. Why?

That might be because your Prince or event organizer has not reported the results of one or more tournaments, and/or your National Coordinator has not approved those tournaments yet.

4.13 Where can I purchase V:TES cards?

Europe: From Fantasiapelit.

Rest of the world: From Rose Tatu Productions.