Greetings fellow Methuselahs
Oboy, these are busy times for VEKN volunteers working to breathe unlife into our beloved card game. Recent news:

No less than 132 players have so far registered for the EC at World of Darkness Berlin! This is absolutely fantastic and we look forward to four days of great, competitive fun in Germany. Spain, France and Sweden have most registered players by now, and we also see attendants from as far away as Canada, Brazil and Chile. Tickets are still available at

The last weeks you have been able to see previews of the brand new cards being printed for the Berlin Anthology set. So far we have presented eight crypt cards and one library card:

  • Hamid Mansour (Ventrue)
  • Laura Goldman (Brujah)
  • Weirich Waldburg (Ventrue)
  • André the Manipulator (Gangrel)
  • Apolonia Czarnecki (Malkavian)
  • Aisha az-Zahra (Toreador)
  • Anne-Marie Bourgeois, Inconnu Recruiter (Toreador)
  • Joseph Fischer (Gangrel antitribu)
  • Vivienne Géroux (Ally)

You have also been served a bunch of rules updates and new wordings:

  • Cards backs changes
  • Tap/untap replaced by lock/unlock
  • New keyword: Wake
  • Singular "they"
  • Attached

Not only this, but we have shown the new exciting artwork for Field Training and Enkil Cog!

If you have missed some of all this greatness, check out this posting where all of it is collected: Anthology.

If you have any comments or input on VEKN work, be it rules stuff, design stuff, artwork or anything else, please discuss it on the forums or contact the appropriate VEKN board member at the contact forms page.

In the March newsletter we told you some about the TWO new storylines premiering at World of Darkness Berlin event; The Ascension of Caine and The End of the Line. Recently we also published the actual rules and the associated new cards. If you missed this, check it out at Berlin Storyline events 2017.

While the V:EKN recommend that you play the storyline events either at the actual Berlin event or the same weekend at your own location anywhere in the world, you are free to do so any time during spring or summer of 2017. We await your results – check out the event rules for how to report.

For some extra Berlin-related World of Darkness nerdiness, check out the brand new quiz app World of Darkness Quizima. It´s jam packed with questions about lore, rules and all sorts of related knowledge – and YES there´s V:TES-questions in there. Just search for “World of Darkness Quizima” in your smartphones app-finding app!

If you are also interested in the LARPs and other activities during the event, check out updates on the event blog or the Facebook group WOD BERLIN: Social.


Mike Nudd

VEKN Design Team member Mike Nudd delivers a fresh report from BGDevCon 2017, where he held a talk about designing V:TES cards:

What is BGDevCon?
The Board Game Developer’s Conference (BGDevCon) is an event organised by members of the UK Playtest Meetup group, aimed at bringing independent creatives together to discuss the process – and pitfalls – tabletop game design. This year’s event was held in Enfield, north London on Saturday 15th April, with over 20 people in attendance.

Why BGDevCon?
The new method of bringing games directly from inception to market via crowdfunding platforms such a Kickstarter has seen a wave of young, talented games publishers spring up around the globe. As more people bring their projects to fruition, a lot of them face the same challenges, and make the same mistakes. Events like this allow people to share knowledge and experience for the benefit of their peers. Also, many successful new publishers having successfully delivered a single game as a labour of love, are now on the lookout for new content, to help their brand and their business to grow.

Where do you fit in?
I have been designing games since I was a teenager. After helping to playtest a number of sets for VTES I was given the opportunity by White Wolf to design the official Vampire board game Prince of the City, which was published in 2006.

In 2013 I made an agreement with Grublin Games for them to publish my game Waggle Dance via crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The campaign was a great success, and after receiving many positive reviews online, the game went on to win an award at UK Games Expo 2014 for Best New Family Game.

Designs for two more of my games have been picked up for similar crowdfunding later this year: Lava Run to be published by Braincrack Games, and Dice Hospital to be published by Alley Cat Games. I am also working on many more games, some of which I hope to be published in the next 12-18 months.

Designing VTES
My game design experience helps inform my work with Ben Peal on the Design Team. At the first BGDevCon in 2016 I spoke about designing my game Waggle Dance, and this year I decided to share some of the process related to designing cards for VTES.

Designing a customisable card game is in many ways a more complex proposition than a ‘standalone’ board or card game. In the latter case the design environment is small and controlled, and can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the game, which are fixed, rather than evolving. For a CCG, it is necessary to think not just about the potential interactions with every single card already published, but you must also think about how current design may impact the design of more cards in the future.

A CCG also has very particular design considerations. In terms of deck-building efficiency, a card must be worth the ‘card slot’ in your deck, which can only contain a finite and limited number of cards. Related to this is the concept of ‘opportunity cost’ where the value of a card is directly proportional to the probability of a player using the card in each game, once it is included in the deck. This leads on to a need to balance cards in terms of their effectiveness and their versatility – every card should either be strong at one thing, or be less good but applicable to more than one thing.

Since VTES is a game fundamentally about resource management, part of the design space concerns effects which can vary efficiencies in pool cost, loss and gain. And as the major part of the game is driven by minion actions, another part of the design space concerns action efficiency per minion (which is why the card Freak Drive printed with the original Jyhad/VTES base set in 1994 is still generally seen as one of the game’s strongest cards).

As VTES is also inspired by the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing game, there are also design considerations of a thematic nature. Most crypt cards in the game – including those more recently produced by the Design Team – are based on known characters from this source material. When we design new library cards, we must ask questions such as: is this game effect appropriate for the Discipline or sect affiliation in question? Is there existing material we can use to inform the effect, or to at least name the card?

While not all VTES players know – or care much about – this original source material, it is important for us to continue to respect it, particularly with the view of us wanting to work again with White Wolf in the future. White Wolf’s new owners Paradox Interactive are planning to release a new edition of Vampire: The Masquerade in 2018 – currently being referred to a ‘V5’ and I am looking forward to seeing what opportunities that presents for the future of VTES.

Upcoming events:
May 6 – Annerley, Australia: Standard constructed
May 7 – Campina Grande, Brazil: Standard constructed
May 7 – Paris, France: Standard constructed
May 7 – Newark, USA: Standard constructed
May 12 – Berlin, Germany: Standard constructed (Nations Cup)
May 12 – Berlin, Germany: Storyline (Ascension of Caine)
May 13 – Berlin, Germany: European Championships Day 1
May 14 – Berlin, Germany: European Championships Day 2
May 14 – Berlin, Germany: Standard constructed (Shadow Twin)
May 14 – Manaus, Brazil: Standard constructed
May 28 – Macapá, Brazil: Standard constructed
May 28 – Manaus, Brazil: Standard constructed
May 28 – Mexico City, Mexico: Storyline 

For more information on upcoming events see the V:EKN Event Calendar.

You can contact the V:EKN Inner Circle members using contact forms at Also follow the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES

May your pool stay high and your ousts be plenty!

The VEKN invites all attendees of WOD Berlin to participate in two VTES Storyline events: The Ascension of Caine, and The End of the Line. The Ascension of Caine is a homage to a story from the 1st edition RPG and will be played all day over Friday. The End of the Line complements the LARP of the same name and can be played in a short pickup format throughout the weekend. Each game has special rules and requires special deck construction. If you would like to play but do not have a ready deck then please speak to a representative of the VEKN on the day, who may be able to help.
If you are not able to attend the World of Darkness Berlin weekend, then we would encourage you to play the same events at home with your local playgroup, either over the same weekend in May, or on another date soon after.
ASCENSION OF CAINE: spring/summer 2017 VEKN storyline
Some Kindred interested in the origins of vampires tell stories of Caine, the figure from the Bible’s Old Testament who murdered his brother in jealousy. These stories tell that God cursed Caine, forcing him to walk the night and feed of the blood of others forevermore. Caine begat vampire progeny, which in turn spawned the clans and bloodlines known by Kindred today.
Many Kindred of the Camarilla dismiss these tales as simply fantasy, with no basis in reality. Certainly there are no vampires alive today who can claim to have met Caine, or who can offer a shred of proof behind the myth.
Some Kindred however—particularly those of the Sabbat—believe the legend is real. They look to cryptic ancients texts such as the Book of Nod as proof that Caine once walked the earth.

A select few believe that Caine’s return would signal the advent of the end times, or Gehenna. They lie in wait, preparing their forces, waiting for the signs.
Nefertiti Advanced Amulet of the Ancients Visage of Caine


END OF THE LINE: summer 2017 VEKN storyline
Nobody is sure when the nightclub called the Line first appeared, or who owns it. The Line is a place where questions are best not asked. The Line is a place that welcomes all nationalities, all cultures, all creatures.
At the Line everyone are equals. Primogen rub shoulders with anarchs. Camarilla share the dancefloor with Sabbat. Grudges and affiliations are left at the door. It has always been this way, and the Management will tolerate nothing less.
The Line is a place to simply be. And everyone wants to be at the Line.



Berlin 1900

Greetings fellow Methuselahs
Spring is in the air, but who cares in a World of Darkness, right? Who needs flowers and love when you have V:TES cards, preys and predators? Sunlight is for mortals! 

The V:EKN is happy to announce that all the cards from the Anthology set will be legal for play on their release date (May 11, 2017). We expect players to be enthusiastic about swapping their PDF cards with genuine cards as soon as they get them or tweaking their decks with the new cards, and restricting this to reprints only made little sense.

The tournament rule 2.1 is therefore amended as follows: “All new cards and game rules go immediately into effect for V:EKN tournaments.” until further notice.

To make things fair, we'll be disclosing the new cards as well as wording changes each Monday, starting on April 3rd, for 5 weeks:

ickets for the European Championships and the whole World of Darkness Berlin event are available at

Some words from Mike Nudd, V:EKN Storyline Coordinator:

In May fans of the World of Darkness all around the world will be gathering in Berlin at the event World of Darkness Berlin organised by the newly invigorated White Wolf. Not only is it important for the Vampire: The Eternal Struggle game to be represented at the event, but it is also important to show that the card game can still play a part in the greater, ongoing narrative of the World of the Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade. I was glad to be asked to come up with some Storyline game ideas for the Berlin event.

For the main Storyline tournament to be held on Friday 12th I have chosen to pay homage to a story that was originally included in the Berlin by Night sourcebook for the 1st edition Vampire RPG. While the sourcebook was controversial (for a few reasons I won’t dwell on here) it did serve to introduce several key characters to the Vampire narrative and metaplot. In the Ascension of Caine Storyline, the Kindred of Berlin are confronted with a powerful being claiming to be Caine, who threatens to disband both the Camarilla and the Sabbat, to enforce a new rule of law with the world as its domain. Many influential vampires, including the Tremere Justicar Karl Schrekt, were drawn to the city to investigate this mysterious being and its claims. Ultimately this “Caine” was found to be ruse – a compelling illusion borne of the combined powers of a Bane Mummy and two Methuselahs: the Ravnos Ankla Hotep and the Setite Nefertiti.

To complement the End of the Line LARP being enacted at World of Darkness Berlin, and to facilitate more casual ‘drop in’ play by convention attendees, we will also be promoting a second, shorter, End of the Line Storyline single game format that can be played throughout the weekend.

The full rules and additional cards for both game formats will be published shortly. If you are attending World of Darkness Berlin then please make sure you prepare for these Storylines accordingly. If you are willing, please also bring at least one spare deck suitable for play which could be loaned to another convention attendee who might want to play on the day.

Note that even if you cannot attend World of Darkness Berlin, we would like to invite you to play the same Storylines with your own play groups during the same weekend of 12th-14th May (or soon after).


From Ben Peal, Design Team Leader:
We're still reviewing the playtest report for Round One of the next V:EKN created set, and we've had some personal scheduling issues with setting up a meeting to prepare Round Two.  We've also just received the pdf file for Lore of the Bloodlines, a new book from Onyx Path Publishing that has a lot of new material for the bloodlines clans. We'll very likely be adding new cards to the set based on the material in the book.  Our apologies for the delay in getting Round Two out the door, but we'll get that done soon.

We've received permission White Wolf to do previews of the new cards in the Anthology set! You'll start seeing those in the next few days. Stay tuned! (See “Important news about Anthology” above)

From Vincent Ripoll, Ratings Coordinator:
The Tournament Winning Deck Archive (TWDA) is a chronological archive of decks that have won tournaments that were sanctioned by the Vampire: Elder Kindred Network and had 10 or more players. National and Continental Championship are included as well, irrelatively to their attendance. To be included in this list, a tournament report had to be made on the official V:EKN Player's Forum:

If you want to participate to the update of the archive, you'll need to create pull requests for this repository: (The instructions are in the file.)

If you wish to learn the basics about pull requests, you can watch this 7-minute video:

From Vincent Ripoll, Ratings Coordinator: 
There was a flaw in the validation of the new seatings, and some manual mistakes when reporting the results. As a consequence, some of the seatings used in Archon 1.5e were sub-optimal and have been fixed in the version 1.5f. From now on, we strongly recommand not to use the version 1.5e but version 1.5f :

Upcoming events:
Apr 1 – Campina Grande, Brazil: Standard constructed
Apr 1 – Reus, Catalunya, Spain: Standard constructed
Apr 1 – Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico: Standard constructed
Apr 8 – Seattle, USA: Continental Qualifier
Apr 8 – Amadora, Portugal: Standard constructed
Apr 9 – Manaus, Brazil: Standard constructed
Apr 9 – Parma, Italy: Standard constructed
Apr 14 – Helsinki, Finland: Unsanctioned tournament (multi-deck)
Apr 15 – Lille, France: Standard constructed
Apr 21 – Manaus, Brazil: Standard constructed
Apr 22 – Stockholm, Sweden: Standard constructed
Apr 30 – Macapá, Brazil: Continental Qualifier

For more information on upcoming events see the V:EKN Event Calendar.

You can contact the V:EKN Inner Circle members using contact forms at Also follow the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES

Happy ousting!