Thursday, 15 October 2015

Quick Start Decks

One of the issue promoting the game to new players in New Zealand is the lack of stock available in the country. I have built up a decent amount of starter deck stock, however they're not that good and only offer so much in terms variety (we don't want everyone playing the same black hand decks!).

So we've built decks using a shared pool of cards that are designed to be competitive from out of the box and follow popular and proven archetypes. They're packaged in a basic cardboard box with a custom label and include a copy of the new player guide so they still feel more substantial than a stack of cards.

They're also proving quite useful as decks for players to just play or to use to demo with.

Here's all the decks created so far...

Monday, 24 August 2015

VTES Card Separators Redux

So the time came to tidy up the collection again. Since the last time this was done, I have acquired quite a few cards and the seemingly ever growing pile of chaff (half completed or destroyed decks) and purchased cards was as intimidating as ever. This also lead to inefficient eBay purchases — unnecessary buying cards I already had plenty of... Not cool.

As part of this process I needed to replace my tired card dividers. Whilst they have served me well for the last 3 - 4 years, some had disappeared, others had become damaged and some I had simply not bothered to print (am looking at you Abombwe). This posed an issue as they required special printing on photographic paper and I had since left that printer in the UK.

So I took the opportunity to redesign the separators. The first priority was to make them work with standard printers / A4 paper, the second was to make them most robust yet still use standard paper. The first problem was easily solved with a new layout. The second required a little more thinking, although the solution in hindsight was obvious — sleeve the divider.

Here's the end result:

I had plenty of shiny ultra-pro sleeves which I no longer used so this was the perfect use of them.

You can download PDF templates below:

Main VTES Separators PDF (1MB)

Sub VTES Separators PDF

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

New Player Guide / Cheatsheet

Have had a couple of new players join and one of the things they struggled with the most was turn and combat sequencing. Including things like when to play an action vs an action modifier or even a reaction card.

So I put together a cheat sheet / new player guide which is clear and doesn't contain too much noise. It's not meant to be a replacement for the rules, but it should be enough for a new player to get up to speed with the core mechanics of the game and when to do what.

Has been picked up by the VEKN now and is also available here.

High quality A3 PDF: (11MB — recommended)

High quality A4 PDF: (11MB — two sheets)

150 DPI Images:


A4: and

This is open for discussion over at the VEKN forums here.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Up and running in New Zealand

Have been back in New Zealand for over a year now and have well and truly settled back in. That's lead to more time for VTES and our local player group has slowly been increasing in numbers — as part of that, it's time to revive this blog... has also been  registered which currently routes to the Auckland player group page. Nor quite sure what to do with it longer term, but believe it will come in handy in terms of local player support.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tournament Report — New Blood Old Blood

We had a great tournament in London over the weekend. 14 Players, 3 rounds and a final — it was a great day with new and old faces. Below is a report written by Boris who had a storming day...

Saturday, 25 May 2013

VTES Tournament Report — English ECQ 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a tournament report, partly because the results have been somewhat demoralising but also because time has been tight. Given a rare positive result tournament wise, I thought it worth posting.

This time round I decided to not change decks at the last minute and play one of the decks I've been playing and honing for some time — with a few tweaks for blood management and combat defense. It’s a fast Setite deck, that typically grabs it’s first VP quickly and then settles down to work through the second and hopefully third.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

VTES Tournament London — June / July

We're planing another tournament in London for end of June / July and in order to try and pick a date that works for the most people have put up this poll: 

V:TES London Possible Tournament Dates

Take a look, if you think for can attend please select the date you can do so. Poll closes end of the weekend... Thanks.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Counting cards? — No thank you.

So call me lazy, call me un-disciplined — but after playing and designing decks on Lackey, I'd find that when building them in real life I'd get card creep and end up with more than 60 cards. I also got tired of counting the cards each time I made changes to physical decks, so I thought I'd try find a solution.

I came up with the below PDFs:

Essentially each A4 sheet holds 30 cards (60 cards on the A3 version) and as you add cards to the deck you lay them on the sheet by priority or card type — simples. It may seems pedantic but I tried it last night when prepping for the Danish ECQ and it worked really well — it seemed to provide a better feel for the deck.

You can download the PDF's here:

     A4 (30 Cards) or A3 (60 Cards)

Let me know if you find them useful...

Saturday, 23 March 2013

English ECQ — May 18th

English Continental Qualifer or The ECQ 

Saturday 18th May 2013
‘Beer & Pretzels 2013’
Burton-on-Trent Town Hall

Website for event
Beer & limited food available at the venue

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