Carmen Cornet - VTES November 2019

Greetings fellow Methuselahs

November, november, what a month to remember! The tournament scene has never been better – the major events are hard to fit in a newsletter!

GP Bologna 2019 floor

Organizer Simone Zanni describes the Italian Grand Prix 2019 tournament as “a total success”, and judging by the attendance and the many lovely photos posted on Facebook, one has to agree! 50 players showed up in Bologna on November 23. After three preliminary rounds, these were the standings:

1. Danilo Torrisi 2 gw, 8.5 vp
2. Andrea Paderni 2 gw, 8 vp
3. Alessandro Donati 2 gw, 7 vp
4. Alain Greiner 2 gw, 7 vp
5. Stefano Tarozzi 2 gw, 6.5 vp

VTES Bologna 2019 final table

Final results: Danilo 1 vp, Alain 1 vp, Alessandro 3 vp – congratulations Alessandro Donati!

Bologna 2019 champion

Organizer Simone Zanni with GP winner Alessandro Donati.

Tournament winning deck: TWD Italian Gran Prix 2019/20

VEKN thanks our sponsor Ultra Pro, the organizers, photographer Emma Tuttofumo Wilde and all the players for yet another fantastic tournament in Italy. All attendants as well as all future attendants of the European Grand Prix 2019-2020 events will be awarded the nice playmat depicted below, with brutal artwork by the great Carmen Cornet.

VTES Grand Prix playmat 2019-2020
Ultra Pro

SAC 2019 champion

20 players gathered in Campina Grande, Brazil, on November 16 to decide who the best Methuselah of the continent is.

SAC 2019 players
Standings before the final:
1. Mailton 3 gw, 10 vp

2. Andrey 2 gw 9 vp
3. Fernanda 2 gw 7 vp
4. Silvano 1 gw 5 vp
5. Rivanildon 1 gw 5 vp

SAC 2019 final table
Final results: Mailton 1 victory point, Rivanildon 4 victory points – congratulations, Rivanildon!

Tournament winning deck: TWD - South American Championship 2019

SAC 2019 players
Thanks to tournament organizer Kleber Bertazzo, all helpers
and attendants!

VTES Denver-Seattle 2019

No less than four VTES tournaments were played in Denver and Seattle the weekend of November 8-10, under the supervision of Darby Keeney (Denver) and Grayson Nootenboom (Seattle). The image above shows the four winners Marshall T Hogue, Bill Troxel, Karl Schaefer and Darby Keeney. Congratulations all!

The main event was the Denver part of the North American Cup 2019, known as “Well-Aimed Car” in the calendar. It attracted 17 players of which the top five before the final were:
1. David Litwin 2 gw, 7 vp
2. Darby Keeney 1 gw, 7 vp
3. Bill Troxel 1 gw, 6 vp
4. Karl Schaefer 1 gw, 5 vp, 150 TP
5. Kevin Mitcham 1 GW, 5 VP, 90 TP

Denver 2019 final table
Final results: Karl 1.5 vp, David, Bill and Kevin 0.5 vp – Congratulations, Karl Schaefer!

Read more at VTES in North America

Karl's tournament winning deck, with comments: TWD: Well-Aimed Car, Denver CO

Thanks to organizers and players – and good luck with the rest of the Cup!

Finland 2019 finalists

26 players turned up in Espoo to play this year's Finnish championship.

Finland 2019 game
Finland 2019 game
Top 5 standings after last preliminary round:
1. Tommi Hakomaa 2 gw, 8.5 vp
2. Matias Frosterus 2 gw, 7 vp
3. Matti Palomäki 2 gw, 7 vp
4. Jyri Puhakka 2 gw, 5.5 vp
5. Teemu Sainomaa 1, 5.5 vp

Finland 2019 final table
Final result: Tommi 1.5 vp, Matti 1 vp, Matias 0.5 vp, Teemu 0.5 vp – congratulations, Tommi Hakomaa!

Tournament winning deck: TWD: Finnish Nationals 2019

Finland 2019 championThe champion Tommi Hakomaa (left) is awarded by organizer Tero Aalto.

Thanks to organizers, photographer Marko Saari, the sponsor Ultra Pro and all the Finnish Methuselahs – we hope to see all of you in Helsinki for the European Championship this summer!

Ultra Pro


Budapest was the place, October 27 was the time, and 17 players attended. Standings after 3 rounds of battle:

1. Zsolt Cziraki 2 gw, 7.5 vp
2. Balazs Kaloczkai 2 gw, 4.5 vp
3. Szilveszter Miklós 1 gw, 4.5 vp
4. Sebestyen Balazs 1 gw, 4 vp
5. Gyula Erdos 1 gw, 4 vp

Hungary 2019 final table
Final results: All players 0.5 vp - congratulations Zsolt Cziraki, top seed and new champion of Hungary!

Tournament winning deck: Hungarian Championship 2019 (

Thanks to organizer Vaka Máté and all attendants!

Portugal 2019 finalists 

Tito Teixeira organized the Portuguese championship this year, held in Lisbon on November 2. 19 players attended and judging by the Archon report, the preliminary rounds were TENSE.

The top five before the final were:
1. Ricardo Marta 1 gw, 5 vp, 156 tp
2. Tito Teixeira  1 gw, 5 vp, 132 tp
3. Luis Sancho 1 gw, 4 vp
4. Diogo Pratas 1 gw, 3 vp
5. Javier Naranjo 0 gw, 3 vp

Portugal 2019 final table
The final was also TENSE! Result: All players 0.5 vp - congratulations, Ricardo Marta, Portuguese champion 2019!

Tournament winning deck: Girls Will Find Inner Peace - Gambas version
“Based on Otso Saariluoma's from Finnish NC 2018, Girls post Anthelios. Changed a DT for a Confusion because of the Parity Shifts, 2 Mental Maze against allies like Legionnaires and Nephandus. Missing one Perfect Paragon, but not sure what to take out for it.”

Crypt (12)
1x Lucian, the Perfect      11 ANI AUS DOM OBF POT PRE Guruhi:4
1x Lutz von Hohenzollern     11 pot AUS DEM OBF PRE   Malkavian:4
2x Nana Buruku          8 ANI POT PRE       Guruhi:4
1x Nergal            10 AUS DAI FOR OBF PRE THA Baali:5
1x Rafael de Corazon       11 AUS CEL DOM OBF PRE   Toreador:4
3x Aksinya Daclau        9 cel tha ANI FOR PRE PRO Gangrel antitribu:4
3x Cybele            10 ANI DAI OBF PRE SER THA Baali:4

Library: 90
Master (57)
1x Giant's Blood
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
2x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington
9x Liquidation
1x Archon Investigation
1x Metro Underground
1x Misdirection
1x Monastery of Shadows
3x Parthenon, The
15x Ashur Tablets
2x Pentex(TM) Subversion
7x Villein
1x Wider View
6x Zillah's Valley
1x Blind Spot
1x Coven, The
1x Direct Intervention
2x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (6)
2x Entrancement
1x Intimidation
2x Unleash Hell's Fury
1x Call the Great Beast

Action Modifier (15)
2x Elder Impersonation
1x Enkil Cog
2x Faceless Night
1x Into Thin Air
2x Lost in Crowds
1x Mirror Walk
1x Perfect Clarity
1x Veil the Legions
2x Aire of Elation
2x Cloak the Gathering

Action Modifier/Combat (1)
1x Hide the Mind

Combat (4)
4x Majesty

Reaction (6)
1x Guard Dogs
1x Lost in Translation
2x Mental Maze
1x Confusion of the Eye
1x Delaying Tactics

Event (1)
1x Narrow Minds

Portugal 2019 games
Thanks to our sponsor Ultra Pro, volounteers and players!
Ultra Pro
Denmark 2019

Played on November 23. Excellent report from organizer Christian Nislev:

The attendance has been dropping in the last few years, but this year the trend turned upwards with 20 players participating – not least due to a strong turnout by non-Danes, for example Swedes from Malmö, who seem to have come out of torpor and hungry for blood.

The Danish meta is typically combat-heavy compared with elsewhere, but this year saw a more moderate metagame with an even distribution of stealth-bleed, fat cap voters, ally-decks and a bit of combat.

Denmark 2019 game
The following players reached the final:
1. Nikolaj Wendt 2 gw, 7.5 vp
2. Sebastian Fredenberg 2 gw, 5 vp
3. Rudolf Scholz 1 gw, 7.5 vp
4. Henrik Andersen 1 gw, 6.5 vp
5. Nico Scholz 1 gw, 5 vp

Denmark 2019 final table
While the ally decks were setting up at one end of the table, the bleed decks were pressing forward from early on, and the bleed-bouncing was intense. After more than an hour’s play, Sebastian was ousted by Henrik who had three vampires out and another one on the way.

The last part of the final saw intense activity with Nikolaj promising Nico to hold off with bleeds so she could go forward in the hope of ousting Rudolf in a few turns. Henrik pushed forward against Nikolaj but Nikolaj kept bouncing bleeds to Nico with Aksinya’s ability and Lost in Translation. To cycle cards, Henrik stealthed past Nico’s blocking minions to deliver a strong bleed against her. Nikolaj saw his chance and informed Nico that he would break the deal since she was now within ousting range. Shortly after, she was ousted.

With a few minutes left, Rudolf pressed Henrik hard and came close to ousting him, but he ran out of time before the final few bleed actions could be carried out.

With Nikolaj and Henrik on 1.5 VPs each, Nikolaj won the Danish National Championship 2019 due to entering the final in top position.

A highly unusual final of a Danish championship, with neither combat or vote decks present. The winner was, however, not unexpectedly, Nikolaj Wendt – a former Prince of Copenhagen (now in exile in Serbia) and enfant terrible of the Danish V:TES scene who has for many years been THE player to beat in Denmark (rumour has it that ousting him in casual games is worth 1.5 VPs...).

Tournament winning deck: Aksinya weenie PRE - Danish Nationals 2019
Nikolaj's comment: "Aksinya is one of my favorite vampires, and I have been trying to slot her into different archetypes (previously the obvious ANI one). She offers great support for the problems that I feel weenie PRE decks normally face."

Crypt (12)
4x Anarch Convert                1 -none-                   Caitiff:ANY
1x Jayne Jonestown               2 PRE                      Brujah antitribu:4
1x Loonar                        4 cel PRE                  Toreador antitribu:4
1x Lumumba                       4 ani PRE                  Guruhi:4
1x Marla Kenyon                  4 ser PRE                  Follower of Set:4
1x Reginald Moore                4 PRE                      Brujah:4
3x Aksinya Daclau                9 cel tha ANI FOR PRE PRO  Gangrel antitribu:4

Library: 67
Master (31)
2x Anarch Revolt
1x Anarch Troublemaker
1x Giant's Blood
3x Information Highway
1x Jake Washington
3x Liquidation
2x Misdirection
4x Parthenon, The
9x Ashur Tablets
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Barrens, The
1x Coven, The
1x Direct Intervention
1x Dreams of the Sphinx

Action (15)
2x Entrancement
5x Mind Numb
8x Public Trust

Action Modifier (4)
4x Aire of Elation

Combat (7)
5x Majesty
2x Staredown

Reaction (10)
5x Guard Dogs
3x Lost in Translation
2x Delaying Tactics

Congratulations Nikolaj, and thanks to all players and special thanks to Christian for the nice report.

Mark Loughman 

This month we have the privilege to ask Mark Loughman some questions. He has 25+ entries in the Tournament Winning Deck Archive, and is the newly appointed VEKN National Coordinator for USA.

Hi Mark! When did you start playing VTES?
- I started playing in 1994. I opened the first box that came into my shop. My first deck, Gangrel rush combat with Garou. We were all very concerned about contesting, so you had to pick what clan you were playing for the game that week in advance.

What do you like most about the game?
- The group play aspect is most important. I am an old school gamer. I started playing D&D in the 1970s and was on the Magic pro tour circuit for a couple of years. V:TES combines the best of both worlds for me. It offers the interactivity of a group game but is in 2 hour increments. Plus, showing how clever I am with my new deck – when one of them actually works – is very rewarding.

What is your all-time favorite deck?
- Tremere Carna toolbox
. I have had success with Tremere and Nosferatu and tend to play more reactive decks, and am most comfortable with Carna or Sheldon leading the way. I really enjoyed playtesting the Harbingers.

Do you have any new exciting deck “cooking” right now?
- I plan on testing a Baali/Setite Enticement deck this week. Wish me luck.

Do you think you have a special “style” of playing?
- I try to be flexible, but have been known to bleed with Govern the Unaligned. I have had my least success with purely political decks. That being said, the game itself is very political. It is rare that one can win a table just on the merits of the deck. Deal-making is important.

You are the newly appointed National Coordinator for USA – congratulations on this honourable assignment! What do you do to spread VTES in your country?
- Thank you. I have hosted more than 60 tournaments to date and usually run about 4 per year. I help out at the Week of Nightmares and NAC every year, and my group are playtesters.

What do you think others can do?
- Spread the word! We are back in print! It is so good seeing former players rising from torpor. Seeing new names hosting tournaments is awesome as well. Demo for your friends or at your FLGS. We have the best gaming community in the world, and the best game.

Thanks for volounteering Mark, and for talking to us. Good luck with your new mission, and with the Enticements!

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It´s been a bit quiet from Black Chantry the past months, but no worries – things are happening!

Both the five First Blood decks and the 25th Anniversary set are now on print-on-demand! Check it out at Drivethrucards

Design director Ben Peal has been polishing the VTES Fifth Edition box decks for some kind of third round of playtesting, which will begin within shortly. Especially the Banu Haqim deck has required extra attention, and balancing the decks against each other is not easy.

Rules director Vincent Ripoll is in charge of editing a brand new illustrated VTES rulebook. This is a big project which involves all of Black Chantry, as well as some external eyes and hands, including selected playtesting groups, and the circle of reviewers and testers will widen with time. There will also be a shorter, simplified rulebook for the Fifth Edition box, that will omit rules that won´t appear in that box set.

Art director Ginés Quiñonero is in charge all things artwork-related, in recent time some late commissions for Fifth Edition and some 2020 promo cards. As was told earlier, almost all Fifth Edition artwork is already done, and “spoiler season” begins right now, with Carmen Cornet's violent piece found at the top of this newsletter. Just wait til we show the actual card!

First Blood Currently 17 Black Chantry products are available through and other stores:
Lost Kindred bundle
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 1
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 2
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 1
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 2
- Den of Fiends Preconstructed Deck
- Libertine Ball Preconstructed Deck
- Pact with Nephandi
Preconstructed Deck
- Parliament of Shadows
Preconstructed Deck
- Anthology I bundle

- VTES Card Creator
- 25th Anniversary
- First Blood: Malkavian

- First Blood: Nosferatu

- First Blood: Toreador

- First Blood: Tremere

- First Blood: Ventrue

Do you have opinions or questions for Black Chantry?
Start a topic on the VEKN forum, or contact the company by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Coteries of New York

Lots of things are happening concerning Vampire: The Masquerade. Some highlights this month:

The highly praised “L A by Night” streamed tv-series is paused after three seasons, but its storyteller Jason Carl now leads “Seattle by Night”. The city is the setting for the upcoming “Bloodlines 2” game, so this will surely be interesting. Check it out at

Draw Distance-created “Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York” is close to launch on Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux). These past months we have seen previews of more characters from the game – take a peek at the Steam page.

874 backers supported the The Mega Board Game “Vampire: the Masquerade - Blood Feud” with over 100,000 dollar at Kickstarter. Late pledges are possible!

You can now play a prologue of the story driven board game “Vampire the Masquerade - Chapters” at Tabletopia. All eight characters that will be available in the core box have been revealed, now also the The Ministry one. The Kickstarter for this game launches February 4 2020.


Upcoming events:
December 1: Churrascarta - São Paulo, Brazil
December 6: Demo First Blood - Logroño, Spain
December 7: Blood Hunt - Palma, Spain
December 7: Pszcyna the Final Polish VtES League -
Pszcyna, Poland
December 8: Último Torneio do ano - Maceió, Brazil
December 8: Zillah's Tears IV - Chill of Oblivion - Vantaa, Finland
December 14: Battle for Santiago - Santiago, Chile
December 14: Y el PTO pa cuando? - Algeciras, Spain
December 14: Granada by Night Dec 2019 - Granada, Spain
December 14: Y el PTO pa cuando? - Algeciras, Spain
December 14: Anarch Secession - Madrid, Spain
December 14: Tokyo Creepshow - Tokyo, Japan
December 14: Battle for Skåne "Claiming the throne " - Malmö, Sweden
December 14: Grand Prix 2019 Ohio Valley - Heath, United States
December 14: Christmas Celebration Sealed - Magdeburg, Germany
December 15: Marató TV3 - Barcelona, Spain
December 15: Rapid Healing - Heath, United States
December 15: Powerbase: Mexico City 2019 - Mexico City, Mexico

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 V:EKN Facebook group, the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES

“Life is short, and art long, opportunity fleeting, experimentations perilous, and judgment difficult.”

Charisma by Gines Quinonero

Greetings fellow Methuselahs


The image above: New card art by Ginés Quiñonero for Charisma, the 2019-2020 season Grand Prix promo card!

Dates and comments from VEKN Organized Play Coordinator Orian Gissler:

Italy, Bologna – November 23th 2019
It has become our winter GP each year.
Join the wonders of Bologna in the winter, our usual meeting place for VTES and snowmen!

Spain, Cordoba – March 7th 2020
The game has just been translated in Spanish, what a great opportunity to celebrate in this great historic place!

Germany, Darmstadt – March 15th  2020, exact date TBC
I have wanted to get Germany aboard for a long time but the opportunity has never came across before. Come enjoy the beer and the sausages!

Sweden, Stockholm – April 25th 2020
Set on Stockholm Tabletop Game Expo. We're switching gears along the Baltic Sea as Ropecon will host the EC this year. No doubt a lot of players will want to test them against the Northern metagame during this GP.

Czech Republic, Prague – May 2020, exact date TBC
As a grand traveller, Martin Weinmayer got the president's choice for the location of one GP and he picked Prague. Having hosted the EC previously, Prague is a central place for Europe and will be the battefield between the East and the West.

France, Marseille – June 2020, exact date TBC
Since Paris hosted the EC last year, the French have decided to welcome you for a summer GP in the warm city of Marseille, known for its soccer team and its beaches.

North American Cup


At last, the USA will have its own Grand Prix-like circuit of tournaments, managed by Darby Keeney (Denver), Mark Loughman (Columbus) and Matt Hirsch (Boston).

Dates and locations are so far:

Denver – November 9, 2019

Columbus – December 14, 2019 (exact date TBC)

Boston – Spring 2020 (date TBA)

+ two more tournaments will be played – applications for the 4th and 5th locations being accepted through November 30, 2019.

Columbus – Cup series final – June 2020

Read more at this VEKN forum post, which will be updated continuously:

South America cup 2019

You didn´t think we would forget South America, right? Head of the organization will be Kleber Sousa.

Dates and locations:

Fortaleza, Brazil - January 25, 2020

Santiago, Chile - February 22

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - sometime June 11-14 (Last tournament and finals)

More detailed information will follow!

Australia-NZ finalists 2019

Organizer and National Coordinator Steve Harris reports:

We had 20 players on the day of the Australia/New Zealand Continental Championships 2019.

VTES Australia-NZ 2019
Matt and Simon had some potential contesting issues but as the fine gentlemen they are, decided that Matt would have Lord Tremere and Simon would have Malgorzata. Steven bled each of these guys out in turn. Ke was well setup with over 20 pool and rushed backwards, annihilating Steven's minions. Tony then bled Steven out, but didn't last long with Ke. However Steven had gone in top seed and there won with 2 vp while being ousted.

Congratulations Steven Baldwin, new champion of Australia & New Zealand!

TWD: Malkavian Port Authority

Crypt: 12
1 Apache Jones
1 Jackie
1 Midget
2 Morel
1 Persephone Tar Anis
1 Persia, The Beautiful Statue
1 Quentin King III
1 Rodolfo
1 Ruth McGinley
1 Tony
1 Uncle George

Library: 90
1 Dreams of the Sphinx
1 Giant’s Blood
3 Obfuscate
2 Secure Haven
9 Villein

1 Port Authority

1 Enchanted Marionette
24 Kindred Spirits

4 Cloak the Gathering
18 Confusion
3 Deny
3 Elder Impersonation
3 Eyes of Chaos
4 Faceless Night
1 Gift of Sleep
4  Lost in Crowds
4 Spying Mission
4 Swallowed by the Night

Thanks to the organizer and all participants!


13 players showed up in Taipei, Taiwan for this year´s showdown. Standing after round 3 was:
Kohei Nomura 2 gw 6.5 vp
Johann Louie Ong 1 gw 8 vp
Keith Lee 1 gw 5 vp
Keng Hung Lum 1 gw 5 vp
Hessed Ramos 1 gw 4 vp

Asian Championship 2019 final table
Congratulations Johann Louie Ong, new Asian champion!

TWD: Mono DEM weenies
“Based on a previous winning deck by Everton Biell (Brazil), but tweaked the numbers to make it a 75 card deck. Crypt design is genius. Works with any starting transfer. Bring out a 3 cap, transfer one pool on a 5 cap and bring it out next turn. Will definitely be bringing out at least one vamp per turn (if no duplicates). Prey usually never survives past turn 4-5. Future edit: Replace Ossian with Carlton (to contest and defend) and replace 1 Effective Management with Wilder View.“

Crypt: 12
2x Jackie            3 DEM           Malkavian antitribu:4
1x Apache Jones         5 aus for obf DEM     Malkavian antitribu:4
1x Marta             3 aus dem         Malkavian antitribu:4
2x Midget            3 obf pre DEM       Malkavian antitribu:3
1x Persia, The Beautiful Statue 5 aus obf DEM       Malkavian:3
1x Uncle George         5 aus dom obf DEM     Malkavian antitribu:3
2x Cassandra Langely, The Waif  2 dem           Malkavian:4
2x Eddie Gaines         1 dem pot         Caitiff:3

Library: 75 cards
Master (13)
1x Archon Investigation
4x Dementation
2x Effective Management
4x Misdirection
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Sudden Reversal

Action (22)
21x Kindred Spirits
1x Ossian

Action Modifier (39)
12x Confusion
10x Deny
11x Eyes of Chaos
6x Mind Tricks

Combat (1)
1x Coma

Thanks to the organizers and all who attended!

Foreshadowing Conditioning

Some rules Q & A from Black Chantry Rules Director Vincent “Ankha” Ripoll:

Q: If you play Foreshadowing Destruction at superior on your prey with 9 or fewer pool and it is bounced to another player that has more than 9 pool, foreshadowing does not add to the bleed at all. Is that right? Was it always that way or just with the latest wording?
A: Yes, and it was always that way. Foreshadowing Destruction provides +3 bleed only if the target has less than 10 pool.

Q: Can I play another bleed modifier such as Conditioning after playing a Foreshadowing Destruction at superior?
A: You can if the target of the bleed has 10 pool or more since Foreshadowing Destruction does not increase the bleed amount in that case. Please note that it was not the case before, since Foreshadowing Destruction used to prevent other action modifiers that increase the bleed to be played per card text. Now the limiting card text has been moved to the rulebook and does not care about the order.

Q: What about the other way round? Can I play Foreshadowing Destruction at superior after playing a Conditioning?
A: Same answer, you can play Foreshadowing Destruction if the target of the bleed has 10 pool or more since it does not increase the bleed amount in that case.

Q: Foreshadowing Destruction says that it is "(limited)". Doesn't it prevent other bleed modifiers from being played?
A: "(limited)" is just a hint to remind players that there is a rule about limits for bleed modifiers in the rulebook. The text has no effect by itself – that is why it is between parenthesis.

Q: A Conditioning is played and cancelled by a Direct Intervention. Can another bleed modifier be played? The rule says "No more than one action modifier card can be played to increase a bleed during a bleed action." and the Conditioning was played, right?
A: The Conditioning was played, but did not increase the bleed. Therefore it does not count against the limit, and another bleed modifier can be played.

The above was first posted at the forum – check out the thread for more discussion:


Hello Rudolf! When did you start playing VTES?
- I first encountered VTES around 1998 as non-tournament game played in Highlander format. I was presented a Tzimisce deck. Memories from that time are shady. It was an okay-ish game that way, but not too appealing to me. Next level introduction happened around 2006 in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, and I liked the classic Malkavian antitribu stealth-bleed deck with Korah and Dolphin Black, and had to realise that cards like Protect Thine Own existed. I remember others played Arika and Beast among other things.

What do you like most about VTES?
- One part was the CCG aspect. I did not breath the World of Darkness part in those days – I played the RPG only once or twice – though I liked the atmosphere and the artwork. I probably liked the strategy part of the game, maybe since I was a chess player at regional tournament level then; ELO around 2050 in my best days.
    The most intriguing part was, that here I got something in which I could try to improve constantly: my understanding of the game, my decks, my collection. It helped that at some point I started to gain an independent perspective on the game and to actually win games
:) After my first tournament victory in 2008, somehow lucky, somehow well-earned, I got to know the TWDA and the existence of the Hall of Fame. I had a new clear goal: I wanted to be a member of it! I succeeded 4 years later.

What is your all-time favorite deck?
- Well, this changed over the years, and probably constantly will. I really like my “own builts”, here we find today a Montano Baltimore Purge deck and many years before that an Anson tap-and-bleed with Ashur Tablets deck. I fancied the Celerity gun version too, after I had witnessed Adam Esbjörnsson playing it. I tend to choose decks with cards which provide you with a huge advantage, like Ashur plus Liquidation or Zillah´s plus Villein, or an abusive tech, like Liquidation plus Emerald Legionnaires or Baltimore Purge plus Graverobbing or Ravnos Carnival plus The Eldest are Kholo). It is hard to say which deck or deck type won me most games. My local playgroup started to moan immediately when I played some kind of MMPA deck at some point, or commented a TWD in a way like “Oh, finally not an Anson deck …”, thus I tried to diversify more. The Secret Library helped me A LOT, so I want it back if possible, please! If I had to pick my deck currently “most feared”, it is my version of the Montano Baltimore Purge archetype, which I helped crafting.

What other decks do you currently like playing? Are you “cooking” some new tech?
- With the 25 Anniversary rules changes, especially of Pentex Subversion, the meta shifted to action-heavy decks. This is why I explore and dwell in “drive abuse”; with Freak Drive, Forced March and Instantaneous Transfomation, and “anti-drive tech” like additional blood costs as with Vampiric Disease or The Slow Withering. I guess Arika will get a comeback, and combat will get more interesting for those who seek to “control” a table. I took a look at Shackles of Enkidu recently
    I want to point out that Lackey gave my game-play and my motivation a huge boost. When gathering enough local players for a VTES evening is hard, you are quite lucky to have Lackey. And, as I said before, it always helps when you win games – especially if famous players like Bram van Stappen, Martin Schumacher, Marius Iscru or Martin Weinmayer are involved. Sorry for mentioning only European players, my world-wide connections are just about to evolve!

Do you think you have a special “style” of playing?
- Tough question, and I guess it would be easier for the players around me to answer this, but I will try. I have to admit that I am not the fastest player, and when things get complicated I tend to get lost in thought. That was true for chess, too. Thus, I prefer decks with a reasonable number of “moving parts”, which means for example that Blood Brother decks are out; I tried and failed, more than once. I liked tap-and-bleed for a long time, but due to a constant rise of wakes used in the decks around me, I dropped that. I liked Goratrix wall since I witnessed Otso Saariluoma playing it at a Gothcon, but since Pentex Subversion now favours acting decks, my interest declined. Right now ally decks are hot!
    I prefer to watch the table and to interact only as much as needed. If somebody starts to try to talk himself into being the representative of the “common sense”, I react immediately. In tournament I dislike distractive off-topic talk or specific attitudes only intending to annoy others, which is why I tend to react on that as soon as possible, too. Otherwise, I try to be as objective and helpful as possible when questions about the game-state arise, especially when less experienced players are involved. In my self-perception I am not a good dealmaker, but I must be better than I think I am. Usually, you cannot win tournaments or even games without at least some decent dealmaking.

You are the National Coordinator for Germany – congratulations on this honourable assignment! What do you do to spread VTES in your country?
- When I took over as the NC for Germany from Johannes Walch at the end of 2015, it seemed to a kind of “waste management project”: VTES was out-of-print and without official support, players were selling their collections and/or drop playing. But at that time, VTES was already “my game”, it was my number 1 hobby, and I did what I could do to keep is alive. Basically, it was, and somehow still is, motivating every player I got in touch with as much as possible to play. To try out new decks. To go to tournaments. To travel, especially to the ECs. To meet people and make new friends. My first EC, 2011 in Warsaw, was a blast in every way! And I tried to organise tournaments whenever possible.
    I am maybe not the best one in doing the “first contact”, but when someone starts to put some faith in me as his VTES mentor, guide, whatever, I have good chances to “embrace” them or to rescue them from torpor. My most important success in the last two years has been winning the woman who later became my wife for VTES
    Sadly, I have no contact anymore to the student’s scene. The biggest issue, maybe not only in Germany, is the lack of stores that provide VTES products or even offer a playing area for VTES. Take only the Dragon’s Lair store in Stockholm for example! Plus, in Germany a lot of players are scattered around and do not know, either of the other players, nor of the revival of VTES.
    I guess many German stores refuse to give VTES a chance since they do not see the market, that is the players asking for it, and potential players feel backed-off by the stores since there is no support for the game. I appreciate EVERY effort that Black Chantry put into the relaunch of VTES, but it looks like the German market needs some special VTES advertising.
    As for the game, I see some kind of “streamlining” of VTES, which is necessary and good – I have never have seen better starter decks, beginner’s products and support as now. But part of the diversity is lost because of the fixed products instead of random boosters, which define what is available for players right now. Plus, if I am not mistaken, we did not have new Library cards for a long time. New library cards, please! We have some new crypt cards, but new vampires tend to give new options especially to someone with an “old” card pool.
    As for the concerns, a few long-time VTES players disfavour the change of existing cards. I understand them, but in my opinion, most of the recent changes were reasonable and necessary. I would be concerned if the game got transformed in its core, for example changing any disciplines because White Wolf changing the RPG system.
    Last but not least, regarding the artwork of VTES I am pretty optimistic that the high level will be kept. The VEKN Inner Circle and Black Chantry has done an awesome job in acquiring very good artists!

Rudolf wants to thank you for reading this, and hopes to meet you soon, either at a tournament or on Lackey. He will host the mid-March 2020 German Grand Prix in Darmstadt and invites you all to attend the event!

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Two more Baron promo cards was revealed. Benedito, a Lanterna is the Baron of Fortaleza, Brazil, and Bituin is the Baron of Manila, Philippines. As for the previous 6-capacity Barons, these will also be made available in a upcoming Anarch-themed VTES set.

The Sabbat starters first published in February 2019 will also be printed in Spanish.

CEO Hugh Angseesing and brilliant volounteers attended PDXCon in Berlin on October 18-20 to demonstrate VTES. Many Paradox fans were interested in this analogue game!

VTES was also demoed a whole weekend at SPIEL’19 in Essen on October 25-27, this time by CMG (Chief Marketing Ghoul) Henrik Klippström and fabulous volunteers.

During this month, five “How to play”-articles about the First Blood decks were published on
- How to play the First Blood: Malkavian deck
- How to play the First Blood: Nosferatu deck
- How to play the First Blood: Toreador deck
- How to play the First Blood: Tremere deck
- How to play the First Blood: Ventrue deck
Please note the 3-page PDF version linked to at the bottom of each article!

First Blood Currently 17 Black Chantry products are available through and other stores:
Lost Kindred bundle
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 1
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 2
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 1
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 2
- Den of Fiends Preconstructed Deck
- Libertine Ball Preconstructed Deck
- Pact with Nephandi
Preconstructed Deck
- Parliament of Shadows
Preconstructed Deck
- Anthology I bundle

- VTES Card Creator
- 25th Anniversary (Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Malkavian
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Nosferatu
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Toreador
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Tremere
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Ventrue
(Not on yet!)

Do you have opinions or questions for Black Chantry?
Start a topic on the VEKN forum, or contact the company by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

The Fall of London

This was the month of the big White Wolf and Paradox Interactive event PDXCon, so of course a lot happened. We want to highlight this:

Super-anticipated “Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2” is delayed. It will not be released as announced in Q1 2020, but sometime a bit later. Read all about this decision in the developers blog.

A new edition of the Werewolf: The Apocalypse RPG is on its way. Many publishers were interested in producing it, but now one has been chosen, and will soon be revealed. Also, a new trailer for “Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood” is out:

VTES design team member Mike Nudd is one of the authors of the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade chronicle “The Fall of London” from Modiphius, so of course the VEKN is especially proud and interested. Mike storytelled a preview session at Twitch recently, check it out at


Upcoming events:
November 1: Daring the Dawn – Barcelona, Spain
November 1: Halloween en Jupiter – Barcelona, Spain
November 1: Defender of the Haven – Lisboa, Portugal
November 2: Nacional Portugal 2019 – Lisboa, Portugal
November 2: Autumn Ball 2019 – Magdeburg, Germany
November 2: Redeem the Lost Soul – Monroeville, United States
November 3: Campeonato VTES – Brasília, Brazil
November 8: Unlicensed Taxicab – Denver, United States
November 9: Well-Aimed Car – Denver, United States
November 9: New blood – Santiago, Chile
November 9: Silesia by Night: Chorzów – Chorzów, Poland
November 9: Boxed In Stockholm 2019 – Stockholm, Sweden
November 9: Masochism – Denver, United States
November 10: Closed Session: Moss – Moss, Norway
November 10: Under Siege 2019 Cubao! – Manila, Philippines
November 10: Repo Man – Denver, United States
November 10: First Blood 2 – New Holland, United States
November 15: Classificatório SAC 2019 – Campina Grande, Brazil
November 16: South American Championship 2019 – Campina Grande, Brazil
November 16: Finnish Nationals 2019 – Espoo, Finland
November 16: American Cup 2019 – Campina Grande, Brazil
November 16: The edge – Sant Celoni, Spain
November 16: Open 25 Aniversario Andalucia – Córdoba, Spain
November 16: Round 6 – Vác, Hungary
November 23: Danish Nationals 2019 – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 23: Novembrino – Juiz de Fora, Brazil
November 23: Italian Gran Prix 2019/20 – Bologna, Italy
November 24: Sixth tradition: Destruction – Bologna, Italy
November 30: Belarusian Nationals 2019 – Minsk, Belarus
November 30: Winter Cup – Prague, Czech Republic
November 30: Granada by Night Nov 2019 – Granada, Spain
November 30: Winter is Coming to Edinburgh – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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 V:EKN Facebook group, the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one."

Greetings fellow Methuselahs
Cold autumn winds chill my old bones, and I huddle in my coffin and order my chief ghoul to microwave yet another cup of cardamom-flavoured type O. What has happened this moon cycle, you wonder? Not much I´d say, as I am getting numb of age. I know some who call themselves “players” would disagree, and insist they live in exciting times, with “more activitity than ever”. No, it is all the same. The Eternal Struggle rages on. All is as it should be …

We recommend all members, especially tournament organizers, to read and re-read the new Vampire: Elder Kindred Network Code of Ethics, published on September 9. Created by the VEKN Inner Circle together with VEKN National Coordinators, the document is foremost a guide to help all involved parties to look after each other and be respectful of each other's differences. Keep it in mind!


This year´s Australian/New Zealand Championships are being played at Brook Hotel in Mitchelton, Queensland, Australia on October 5. Head organizer is Stephen Harris.

Like all other continental events this year, Black Chantry Productions has created a special promo card awarded to all attendants. For this event it is the Brujah Baron of Canberra Leumeah, with artwork by the great Lawrence Snelly. This exact printing is exclusive for the championship, but the card will appear in a future Black Chantry product. calendar:


Happy finalists Henrik, Lauri, Esa-Matti, Erik and Kristofer. Congrats Esa-Matti!


The Swedish National Championship 2019 was played at the Dragon´s Lair store in beautiful Stockholm on September 7. 42 players turned up for battle, including world top ranking Martin Weinmayer of Austria and no less then 13 invading, very bloodthirsty Finns!

After the three preliminary rounds, these were the standings:

1. Esa-Matti Smolander (FIN) 2 GW 9,5 VP
2. Kristofer Åkesson (SWE) 2 GW 9 VP
3. Henrik Klippström (SWE) 2 GW 7 VP
4. Lauri Salmi (FIN) 2 GW 7 VP
5. Erik Mossberg (SWE) 2 GW 6 VP

VTES SM 2019 final table layout

Lauri played at least one Anarch Revolt each round the first five rounds, which practically cross-table ousted Kristofer all-titled Lasombras, and also damaging Henrik a lot. A long, wavy struggle followed, were Lauri tried to rush down Erik's anarchs, while the top seeded Esa-Matti tried to balance the table with both helping Erik to survive and preventing him from building enough Legionnaires to be a threat, while at the same time setting up for ousting the crippled Henrik (who made poor attempts to damage Lauri) and preparing for a potential heads up against a very strong and dangerou
s Lauri. The balance act worked out and eventually Esa-Matti won on time with 1.5 victory points. Congratulations!

VTES SM 2019 final table

This is Esa-Matti's tournament winning deck:

Deck name: All Hail Satan v 4.1

Crypt (13):
5x Huitzilopochtli 10 DAI, OBF, PRE, POT, DOM, AUS
1x High Priest Angra Mainyu 8 DAI, OBF, PRE, dem, ser
4x Giotto Verducci 7 DAI, OBF, pre, pot, for
1x New Blood 2 san
2x Anarch Convert 1

Library (72):
Master (34):
9x Ashur Tablets
6x Tend the Flock
3x Villein
2x Metro Underground
2x The Parthenon
1x Jake Washinton (Hunter)
1x Pentex(TM) Subversion
1x Monastery of Shadows
1x Dreams of the Sphinx
1x Direct Intervention
1x Information Highway
1x Agent of Power
1x Giant’s Blood
1x Secure Haven
1x Wider View
1x The Coven
1x Wash

Action (9):
5x Entrancement
2x Unleash Hell’s Fury
1x Mind Rape
1x Contagion

Action Modifier (12):
4x Lost in Crowds
3x Elder Impersonation
3x Faceless Night
2x Enkil Cog
1x I am Legion

Reaction (5):
2x Deflection
1x Eluding the Arms of Morpheus
1x Delaying Tactics
1x On the Qui Vive

Combat (2):
2x Majesty

Ally (2):
1x Carlton Van Wyk (Hunter)
1x Veneficti (Mage)

Combo (7):
5x Sense the Sin
1x Touch of Clarity
1x Hide the Mind

Thanks to organizer Randal Rudstam. artists Noora Hirvonen and Anna Evertsdotter for extra prize support, all others who help out, and our sponsor Ultra Pro!

VTES content Sep 2019

As the game slowly rises from a kind of torpid situation, we notice more excellent VTES content. It´s actually more than we can keep track of, in various languages, but a couple of real gems deserve extra attention:

Bindusara´s Jyhad Diary baffles – soon the blog will have problems improving! In just the last weeks, we have read excellent interviews with (among others) Ben Peal, Selen Turkay, Steve Wieck, Andrew Greenberg, Richard Garfield and Skaff Elias. Keep up the great work! Check out

Struggle, Interrupted is 2019 NAC winner Corwin Brindley´s Twitch show, where he discusses VTES deck building and strategy, giving insights and opinions on decks shown on screen. Entertaining and helpful! Visit (Also available on Youtube)

If you have created (or found!) any great VTES content that you want the VEKN to promote, please contact the VEKN Community Manager.

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A special page was created to help players keep track of all Black Chantry-created promo cards

• It was announced that the five First Blood decks will appear in stores around October 1, in Spanish as well as in English. Sadly, there was a printing issue in one of the decks, but replacement products are coming.


• On September 16, Black Chantry rules director Vincent Ripoll made a statement regarding updated card texts, discontinued Beta card texts and translations.

• Some exciting art concerning First Blood was announced: New art for Bonding has been created by Black Chantry´s own Ginés Quinonero for both the Tremere and the Ventrue deck, and the original artwork for Aching Beauty (by Dave Roach and Pete Burges) returns in the Toreador deck.

Round 2 of Fifth Edition playtesting has concluded, and reports are collected and a report is compiled by playtest coordinator Darby Keeney. After adjustments, Round 3 will begin.

First Blood Currently 17 Black Chantry products are available through and other stores:
Lost Kindred bundle
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 1
- Keepers of Tradition Reprint Bundle 2
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 1
- Heirs of the Blood Reprint Bundle 2
- Den of Fiends Preconstructed Deck
- Libertine Ball Preconstructed Deck
- Pact with Nephandi
Preconstructed Deck
- Parliament of Shadows
Preconstructed Deck
- Anthology I bundle

- VTES Card Creator
- 25th Anniversary (Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Malkavian
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Nosferatu
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Toreador
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Tremere
(Not on yet!)
- First Blood: Ventrue
(Not on yet!)

Do you have opinions or questions for Black Chantry?
Start a topic on the VEKN forum, or contact the company by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Bloodlines 2 - The Camarilla
This month we want to mention these Vampire: The Masquerade related news:

Licensee Modiphius Entertainment announced that VTM will be made available not only in English, French, Italian and Spanish, but also soon in German, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. The partner companies responsible for translation of the core books will also participate in the global organized play programme and create their own setting and chronicle material!

So far four of the five factions in Bloodlines 2 have been revealed; The Camarilla, The Baron, The Pioneers and The Newcomers, and the artwork to illustrate these is FANTASTIC. The game will be displayed at PDXCON in Berlin on October 18-20, so if you are curious and happen to be in town that weekend, don´t miss it.


Upcoming events:
October 5: Australian/New Zealand Continental Championships – Mitchelton, Australia
October 5: New Age V:tes – Ceará, Brazil
October 5: Nightmare Curse – Santiago, Chile
October 5: Elysium Reus V – Reus, Spain
October 5: Command the Legion – La Pobla de Vallbona, Spain
October 5: Bewitching Oration 2 – Paris, France
October 5: Vilnius Open 2019 – Vilnius, Lithuania
October 6: Signet of King Saul – Mitchelton, Australia
October 12: Dutch national championship – Utrecht, Netherlands
October 12: 11th Hiekkaharju Nightmares – Vantaa, Finland
October 12: Round 5 – Vác, Hungary
October 12: Zabrze by Night - cykl Silesia by Night – Zabrze, Śląskie, Poland
October 13: VTES PAULISTÃO 2019 – São Paulo, Brazil
October 13: Alessandro Donati – Barga, Toscana, Italy
October 13: New Blood – Barga, Toscana, Italy
October 19: Torneio de VTES na Estante RJ – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 19: Camarilla Conclave 2019 – Palma de Mallorca, Spain
October 26: Beware Of Light – Bochum, Germany
October 27: Hungarian Championship – Budapest, Hungary
October 27: Breath of the Graoully – Metz, France

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 V:EKN Facebook group, the official V:TES Facebook page Vampire: The Eternal Struggle and the official V:EKN Twitter account @VEKN_VTES

"How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is."