Author: Hugh Angseesing

Created: 28th July 2023

Modified: 30th of July 2023, José María Prieto, 20th of August, Ginés Quiñonero


Why do we have promotional cards?

Promotional cards are there to encourage players to attend events, be that store organised or wider community events or to get involved with projects e.g. crowd funded tie-ins. 

This means that promotional cards are not necessarily readily available to all players all of the time. 


Types of promotional cards:

  • Pack of promotional cards available via distribution for stores to organise events. These are known as “Promo Packs”, that contain a mix of crypt and library cards. New packs are released every year. 
  • Cards designed for events, be it a big tournament or a special event.
  • Cards designed for partner events e.g. releases of new board games, computer games or other items


How to Get promo Cards?

  1. Some cards are available to order from stores/distribution for events
  2. Some cards are available from the webstore as a bundle pack for event organisers. Please contact the webstore directly for information on this.
  3. A number of cards are available to National Coordinators/other major organisers on a discount list so those cards can be ordered directly from DriveThruCards for 15 cents per card plus tax and shipping.
  4. If these channels do not work and you would like cards for an event please email us at  
  5. Older promotional cards and packs will go up on DriveThruCards and will be available for everybody e.g.
  6. Back the relevant crowdfund for some specific partner promotional cards. 


How do I get a specific card made?

Black Chantry Productions is open to making new promotional cards to support larger and special events where we can. 

If you are interested in getting an exclusive promo card for a special event, please email us at .

All cards are subject to design and artwork approval by Paradox Interactive, so if you’re offering a piece with ready made artwork, please understand that there’s a reasonable chance we will not be able to use it. 

Key things that are important in this process:

  1. Contact us as soon as possible with the dates of the event and let us know how much time is there to produce artwork, design a card, get it printed and shipped. As a recommendation, we suggest that you contact Black Chantry at least 6 months in advance.
  2. Generally at this moment we are taking old cards and providing new artwork or taking a current card and making it “Full Art”.
  3. Occasionally we will print brand new cards as promotional cards but this is most likely to be done in concert with a partner or for a very special reason. 
  4. We aim to minimise the volume of special promotional cards we distribute and maximise their reuse across multiple events due to the resource-intensive nature of card production. 


Best practices for promotional cards:

  • Promotional cards have to be handed out during the event which are intended, be it demo games or tournaments, and only to players participating in the event and organisers.
  • If there are any promotional cards left after the event, with the approval of Black Chantry, they can be saved for further events of a similar nature.
  • Organisers cannot sell any promotional cards under any circumstances. 


General Availability:

1. Promotional packs (e.g. Promo Pack 1)

We produce these packs at a printer (e.g. Cartamundi) and these are made available for distribution.

These packs will generally be available for around a year in our general distribution network. This does depend on how many we print and how many are ordered.

Once the original print run has been used up have been intend to put these cards up on a print on demand service e.g.:

2. Partner Cards 

We occasionally have the good fortune to produce cards with a partner (e.g. Boleslaw - Alis Games, Alicia & Tegyirus - By Night Studios, Gabriel - Flyos.)

The partners have agreed to broaden the availability of these promotional cards, which will happen around a year after the initially intended release. However, the cards will typically feature a different expansion symbol, such as the removal of the partner-specific symbol. 

3. Event Cards

For events such as the Grand Prix circuit and National and Continental Championship events BCP will often produce promotional cards.

The arrangement with the event organisers entails expanding the accessibility of these promotional cards, usually about a year after the event has taken place. In some cases, the cards may feature a modified expansion symbol, like the exclusion of the Grand Prix symbol.


Other Support

Sometimes other support will be provided either for free or at a reduced price, such as the New Blood decks for demo work.

For these particular New Blood decks, organisers have the option to sell them at cost, solely intended to incentivise new players to join the game and support them during their initial stages. This approach also serves to prevent or minimise financial losses for the organisers.

VTES European Grand Prix

The V:TES European Grand Prix is a series of tournaments in which participants play, get exclusive rewards and gather ranking points. The five top ranked players from the series face off in the final held the same weekend as the European Championship. Each Grand Prix winner is also automatically qualified for Day 2 at the European Championship.

Head organizer: Orian Gissler (VEKN Organized Play Coordinator)

More details: European Grand Prix Facebook page

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

In addition to other prizes, the winner of the Grand Prix final will be awarded with his or her image on a future VTES card!

Ultra Pro

VTES North American Cup Series
Dates and locations:

Denver, Colorado - November 9, 2019

Heath, Ohio - December 14, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina - January 11, 2020

Hamilton, Ontario - February 23, 2020 (See also the Facebook event)

Boston, Massachusetts - April 4, 2020

Columbus - Cup series final – June 2020 (date TBA)

More information: VTES North American Cup Series ( forum)


Storyline Events

The V:tes Storyline Events are a series of worldwide tournaments and special events that allow V:tes players to influence the outcome of critical conflicts in the classic World of Darkness. These events have special rules in addition to the normal tournament rules, feature special promotional cards created just for them, and chronicle the victories and defeats to the V:tes clans, factions, and characters.


Build-Your-Own Storyline Events

Ongoing: The creative talents of Princes and players worldwide continue the stories of the classic World of Darkness.


October 4, 2017

The VEKN, the Inner Circle, the National Coordinators and all tournament organizers involved are proud to introduce you the V:TES European Grand Prix Circuit 2017/2018, also known as the VEG for those who like acronyms.

The VEG is a circuit where you can get
great prizes for winning,
get exclusive surprises,
get ranking points,
get 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 2017/2018, 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 generic idea of what we are aiming at with the VEG.

Bologna – Italy (9 and 10th of December 2017)
The Italian V:tES Community is glad to invite you at the first Grand Prix ever held in Italy. The tournament will be organized in Bologna, a great city in the northern part of the country, on December 9th and 10th. On Saturday, 9th, a Standard Constructed tournament with some special prizes will be run. On Sunday, 10th 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 is already choosing the best location for the tournament and a selection of suitable accommodations. Keep track for Simone’s announcement, coming very soon.

Brussels (to be confirmed) – Belgium (February 2018 – to be confirmed)

When you think V:tES, you can’t miss Belgium in the background picture, especially as a Nosferatu. As travelers, they set foot on every European championship since the beginning of the game. As hosts, they will now get the chance to show you with the legendary Belgian hospitality, fifth tradition.
Come and discover the wonderful Belgian life, have great time playing during a whole week-end in a great Belgian city. Brussels is not confirmed yet but I know that we will have more details soon, and it’s going to be great.

Madrid (in fact Alcalá de Henares) – Spain (28th and 29th April 2018) – The Ibérico GP
Organized by the coordinators of Spain and Portugal of V:EKN, the cultural association Alcala nocturnal and sponsored by the store Alcala comics and the city council of the city of Alcala de Henares.
Alcala de Henares, a World Heritage City, is a central town located 30 kilometers from Madrid, the capital of Spain.

The tournament will be held on Saturday 28th in its format prix, in addition to another tournament on Sunday 29th if the attendance is important enough.

The cultural center "La galatea" hosts both tournaments. This cultural center is located just 500 meters from the commercial park "Atenea"

Helsinki Ropecon – Finland (end of July 2018 – date to be confirmed)
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.

Budapest (to be confirmed) – Hungary (date to be confirmed)
Budapest has been home to the first Grand Prix of history, and, as such, we would not leave the first VEG without them.
As for now, we don’t really know exactly where and when the tournament will be held, but giving the two wonderful European Championships in Budapest, and the successful Grand Prix organized there, I can only prepare myself for a huge experience next year.
More details to come.

OK That’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 prizes for each Grand Prix that will complement each other
- 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 all players that will attend the 5 Grand Prix 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

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
TTC_master, Inner circle in charge of Tournament Coordination.

IC Organized play coordinator
Please contact me with any OP query using the mail in my profile


August 5, 2018

Each year, the V:EKN organizes open Continental Championship tournaments.

Championship Formats

There are two formats for the Championship tournaments. Each Championship will be run in one of these formats:

Standard Championship Format

The standard format is a normal 3-rounds tournament with a final round, following the standard V:EKN rules for constructed deck tournaments (in which any players are allowed to play, since it's an open event).

Tiered Championship Format

The tiered format is basically two tournaments. The top X (25 in the case of the North American Championship and 40 in the case of the European Championship) players from the first tournament (Day 1) continue on to the second (Day 2). Players may change cards or whole decks before the second tournament. Each tournament is three rounds. The final, if any, of the first tournament has no bearing on the second.

  • Who is qualified for Day 2?
    • The top X players in the Day 1 tournament.
    • The 5 finalists of the Last Chance Qualifier tournament (which is run before Day 1), if any.
    • The winners of any Grand Prix tournament.