Vampire: Elder Kindred Network

Vampire: Elder Kindred NetworkTM 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.

The V:EKN is the organization responsible for sanctioning and regulating official V:TES tournaments, recording V:TES players' ratings (and rankings), and sponsoring the creation of monthly Clan Newsletters.

V:EKN Princes are volunteers who promote V:TES at the local level by, for example, coordinating tournaments and demos.

Membership

All players who register with V:EKN shall be assigned a unique V:EKN membership number. Only registered players with an active standing shall be able to hold Volunteer Officer Positions. A player must play in at least one officially sanctioned event within the past 18 months to be considered active. Lapsed players shall be again considered active for the next 18 months after participating an officially sanctioned event.

Organization and Officers of V:EKN

Inner Circle

National Coordinators

Princes


V:EKN ANNOUNCEMENTS



Vampire: Elder Kindred Network Newsletter 01 January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Of Interest to Scholars and Slanderers:
Happy New Year, everyone!
One of the VEKN's New Year's resolutions is to be proactive about keeping you all updated with news and events for Vampire: the Eternal Struggle. To that end, we decided to create a regular newsletter to be posted to vekn.net and emailed to the Princes. In this newsletter, we'll have updates and annoucements about tournaments, rulings, Storyline events, Continental Championships, the Design Team, our artists, and general announcements. If you'd like to be added to the email distribution list (open to everyone, not just Princes) or if you'd like to be removed from it, PM BenPeal on vekn.net or reply to this email.
- Ben Peal, Design Team Leader

Design Team News:
Round One of playtesting for the Storyline reward cards has concluded. Mike and I have finished making changes based on the playtest feedback and Round Two will begin the weekend of January 3. We have artwork for all but three of the cards, and the remaining three pieces have been commissioned. The release date has been pushed back from February 1 to February 8 to allow for a full month of playtest for Round Two.
Design of the Anarch-themed set continues. We expect to wrap that up in mid-January, with playtesting to begin at the end of the month to coincide with the conclusion of the Storyline reward cards playtest.

Rules Team Rulings:
The following tournament rules changes were announced on December 2, 2014 and are active as of January 1, 2015:

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Tournament Rules changes
3.1.1. Round Time Limits
Each round in the tournament has a time limit. The minimum time limit used in V:TES rounds is two hours. The time limit must be announced before play begins. The final round may last longer than the preliminary rounds, at the judge's option.
When the round is over, the judge will notify all players. The game will end with the current minion action - if any -, or at the end of the current phase, if the notification didn't happen during the minion phase.
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Continental Championships Qualifications changes

How To Qualify
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The winner of a sanctioned, rated, standard constructed tournament of 8 or more players will be qualified for all Continental Championships.
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Major Events:

The first Continental Qualifiers of the 2015 season are happening this weekend! On Saturday, January 3, there's one in San Jose, California, USA, and on Sunday, January 4, there's one in Utrecht, Netherlands. Check out the tournament listing below for more details.

There will be a weekend of V:TES at TempleCon in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, from February 5 to February 8. Events include a Standard Constructed tournament, a Continental Qualifier, a draft tournament, a lot of open play, and a convention full of gaming, music, vendors, performers, and much more! Check out www.templecon.org for more info.

Budapest, Hungary will be hosting the V:TES Hungarian Grand Prix from March 20 to March 22 at the Danubius Hotel Flamenco. Events include a Nations Cup tournament, a draft tournament, a Continental Qualifier, and a Standard Constructed "Grand Prix" tournament. The winner of the "Grand Prix" tournament will have their picture used in the next V:EKN expansion. Check out www.vteshungariangrandprix.hu/ for more information and to preregister.

The 2015 European Championships will be held from August 27 to August 30 in Warsaw, Poland at the Warsaw Plaza Hotel. More info coming soon!

The 2015 North American Championships will be held from June 3 to June 7 at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, with the Week of Nightmares events preceding the convention. More info coming soon!

Artist News:

Heather Kreiter has a sale going on! From now until Jan. 11 you can get 40% off of your Etsy purchase of $80 or more with code: HOLYCRAP
Riccardo Fabiani has self-published a sketch diary of his travels over the past ten years, called "Road Trippin":

Upcoming Tournaments:

Thursday, 01 January 2015

Year of Fortune
Fundao, Espírito Santo, Brazil
15:00 - 23:00
Standard Constructed

Saturday, 03 January 2015

Funeral Wake
San Jose, California, USA
11:00 – 17:00
Standard Constructed

Zephyr: Silicon Valley Regional Qualifier
San Jose, California, USA
18:00 - 24:00
Continental Qualifier

Sunday, 04 January 2015

Dutch ECQ 2015: Killer Vampires From Outer Space
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
11:00 - 20:00
National Qualifier

1° Monster VTES Italian Tournament
Collegno, Piemonte, Italy
10:30 - 20:00
Standard Constructed

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Gear Up
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
10:00 - 17:00
Standard Constructed

King's Favor, Paris
Paris, Île-de-France, France
10:00 - 19:00
Standard Constructed

17 January 2015

Torneig Sebastià
Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain
10:00 - 19:00
Standard Constructed

24 January 2015

Gird Minions
Redmond, Washington, USA
11:00 - 19:30
Standard Constructed

Music Selection:

Sanri, by She Past Away

Drink Selection:
Old Ballantruan

Today's Quote:
"Boca que besas a distancia y llamas
En silencio, pastilla de locura
Color de sed y húmeda de llamas … " Delmira Agustini
 
Vampire: Elder Kindred Network Newsletter 18 January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Of Interest to Scholars and Slanderers:

Hi, everyone!

Ralf "Extrala" Lammert is taking your votes for Deck of the Year on VTES One!

Mike Nudd wrote an article for his blog called "Five Things You Should Know About VTES":

Design Team News:
Gábor Németh submitted one of two pieces he's working on for the Storyline reward cards.  Playtesting for them remains on schedule, and we'll have those released the weekend of February 7.
Our production schedule right now looks like Storyline reward cards in Februrary, cards for the summer 2015 storyline, Anarchs set in fall 2015, and a Bloodlines set in fall 2016.

Rules Team News:
Be sure to download the latest version of The Archon!  Version v1.5c is available here:

Major Events:
There will be a weekend of V:TES at TempleCon in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, from February 5 to February 8.  Events include a Standard Constructed tournament, a Continental Qualifier, a draft tournament, a lot of open play, and a convention full of gaming, music, vendors, performers, and much more!  Check out www.templecon.org for more info.

Budapest, Hungary will be hosting the V:TES Hungarian Grand Prix from March 20 to March 22 at the Danubius Hotel Flamenco.  Events include a Nations Cup tournament, a draft tournament, a Continental Qualifier, and a Standard Constructed "Grand Prix" tournament.  The winner of the "Grand Prix" tournament will have their picture used in the next V:EKN expansion.  Check out http://www.vteshungariangrandprix.hu/ for more information and to preregister.

Artist News:
Christopher Shy's new graphic novel, "I Sleep In Stone", is available now!

Upcoming Tournaments:


17 January 2015
Torneig Sebastià
Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears, Spain
10:00 - 19:00
Standard Constructed

Creation Rites
Sobral, Ceará, Brazil
17:00
Standard Constructed

Beyond the Wall: Szczecin 2015
Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
10:30 - 21:00
Standard Constructed

18 January 2015

Sabbra Cadabra
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
12:20 - 22:00
Standard Constructed

24 January 2015

Gird Minions
Redmond, Washington, USA
11:00 - 19:30
Standard Constructed

25 January 2015

Torneo Fresco - 15 Enero En Badia
Badia del Valles. Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
10:00 - 20:00
Standard Constructed

Justicar Retribution XXXV: I Want You So Hard
Helsinki, Finland
11:00 - 20:00
Standard Constructed

31 January 2015

Elder Kingdom
Elche, Valenciana, Comunidad, Spain
10:30 - 19:30
Standard Constructed

06 February 2015

Focus the Blood: TempleCon
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
19:00 - 23:59
Standard Constructed

07 Feburary 2015

Northeast Regional VTES Qualifier: TempleCon
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
13:00 - 23:59
Continental Qualifier

08 Feburary 2015

Funeral Wake: TempleCon
Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
11:00 - 17:00
Limited

Keystone Kine
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
10:00 - 17:00
Standard Constructed

Music Selection:
Medea, by Arcana

Drink Selection:
Glendronach 12 Year Old

Today's Quote:
"All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise." - Cleopatra, "Antony and Cleopatra" by William Shakespeare
Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 13:36
 
Rules Team Rulings - 02-DEC-2014 PDF Print E-mail

As always, changes contained herein do not go into effect for sanctioned tournaments for 30 days. (So these become active on January 1st, 2015.)

These rules replace the existing rules. The changes are highlighted in yellow.


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Tournament Rules changes

3.1.1. Round Time Limits
Each round in the tournament has a time limit. The minimum time limit used in V:TES rounds is two hours. The time limit must be announced before play begins. The final round may last longer than the preliminary rounds, at the judge's option.
When the round is over, the judge will notify all players. The game will end with the current minion action - if any -, or at the end of the current phase, if the notification didn't happen during the minion phase.


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Continental Championships Qualifications changes

How To Qualify
[...]
The winner of a sanctioned, rated, standard constructed tournament of 8 or more players will be qualified for all Continental Championships.
[...]

 

Pascal Bertrand
Rules Director

 
Designers' Diary entry for late November 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Hey everyone!

We have a significant enough backlog of Storyline reward cards that we've decided to change our production schedule a bit. Playtest for the Storyline reward cards began yesterday and will run until the end of January. There are 13 total cards in that batch, including cards from The Returned, the Budapest EC storyline, Battle Lines, the Palma de Mallorca EC storyline, and the Lisbon storyline event from 2009. There are 13 cards, 10 of which already have artwork, and we're aiming for a February release.

Development for the Anarch set has been ongoing, and we plan to finish development by the end of this year, finalize cards, and then begin playtesting in early January. We're still hoping to release the set at the 2015 EC in Warsaw, but it's going to be tight. We'll be sure to keep you all informed as things progress!

- Ben Peal and the V:EKN Design Team
 
Designers' Diary entry for October 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Hey, everyone!

I had a fantastic weekend at the European Championships in Mannheim. Many thanks to everyone who attended - it was great seeing you all! Many thanks to the hosts, as well!

At the EC Mike and I gave a presentation and Q&A session for the new expansion, The Unaligned. By now you've all seen the cards, but here are some additional announcements from the presentation:

- The next set, due in October of 2015, will be Anarch-themed. It will be 50 or so cards in size. We're strongly considering Bloodlines for 2016.

- Playtesting for the next set will start in November. Please talk to Playtest Coordinator Hugh Angseesing (Squidalot on vekn.net) if you'd like to be a playtester.

- If you have ideas for Anarch cards, or any other cards, feel free to post them in the Expansion Sets & Card Ideas forum on vekn.net. We do read that forum - Illusory Resources from The Unaligned was directly inspired by a post there.

- An even better way to try out card ideas is to run a Storyline event! They get your ideas out there and tested in actual games. Talk to Storyline Coordinator Mike Nudd (mikelosaurus on vekn.net) if you'd like to do this.

- We'll be releasing some overdue Storyline reward cards sometime in the next several months. This will include older Storyline events, such as the Battle Lines event, and the Budapest EC Storyline. We'll also be reviewing the crypt cards from The Returned event for possible approval in sanctioned tournaments. We don't have an exact release date for these as they'll need testing and we'll need artwork for a couple of cards, but we're hoping to have them ready by February.

- We're very grateful for all of the work that our artists have contributed. I highly recommend checking out their other works in their portfolios. Most of them are available for commissioned work, and some have prints and original pieces for sale. You can find the list of artists and links to their online portfolios here: http://www.vekn.net/vekn-artists

That's all for now! Have a great weekend!

- Ben Peal and the V:EKN Design Team

 
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