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The V5-Only Format

The idea of a V5-only format has been floated by BCP for some time.  Ideally, this is a way to level the playing field for newer players.  Some folks have, of course, lost their collective minds about the idea.  More ways to play VTES and easier formats to bring in new players sounds exactly like what the doctor ordered to me. Steve has been running several online tournaments this year, a subset of which were in the V5-only format.  I wasn't able to make his earlier V5-only events, but was able to make this last one.  Here are my thoughts about it.  Is V5-only worthwhile?  Let's find out. What I Played I had a few ideas that I wanted to experiment with: Queen Anne + obf/pre Princes, using Banishment (she's one of the oldest vampires available); Malk voters; Banu voters; and Nos Barons.  I'm glad that I didn't pick either of the first two as both of those showed up in the event.  I've previously won with a Banu deck focusing
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Week of Nightmares 2023 Recap

That time has come (and gone) again.  The Week of Nightmares 2023 is in the books.  It was wonderful to see so many old faces again and meet so many new people.  Our tournaments were all in the high 20s/low 30s with the NAC topping 41 people.  This is quite a turn around from our first post-COVID events.  I can't wait for next year. Several people from my local playgroup in Pittsburgh came and we want to bump up our numbers for next year.  Here's hoping other groups had such good experiences too.  I am looking forward to meeting more new folks next year.  I am very excited about the state of the game and its growth post-COVID. This year my recollections are a bit fuzzy.  (I need to take notes.)  Some games have some memorable highlights for me; others not so much.  (Some of the delay here is that with the Archon stats I am able to remember a little more in most cases.) Day 1: WoN event 1 - Creation Rites: Newark I wanted to start the week o

Fall of London: Gangrel

This series will review the new cards in the upcoming Fall of London set. Today, we'll go over the new Gangrel. Mickey Wheeler Let's take a look at Fall of London's lone Anarch. Disciplines All of the in-clans at inferior plus c .  Mickey's c will allow him free multi-action with Forced March and some combat control with any of the Celerity combat cards. Special About 58% of the vampires are older than Mickey, so his additional strength is going to see frequent use.  It is, however, a special that gets worse the older Mickey gets, which means that discipline cards make him both better (for gaining a discipline level) and worse (for reducing the number of vampires it affects).  Gaining a single capacity drops the amount of affected vampires to 43% and making him a 7-cap drops that to 30%.  As much as you might want to "improve" Mickey, don't do it if you want to take advantage of his special. Overview He's designed

Fall of London: Banu Haqim

This series will review the new cards in the upcoming Fall of London set. Today, we'll go over the new Banu Haqim.

Fall of London: Brujah

This series will review the new cards in the upcoming Fall of London set. Today, we'll go over the new Brujah. Adelino da Silva If this guy were an Anarch... Disciplines A mid-cap with no superior disciplines, having all in-clans and t .  His ability to wow you is severely limited by his lack of superiors.  Quickness becoming free in the latest release, does give him some mainstream combat abilities and, of course, he can always fire off a bleed for 3 or more.  Still, he's a little expensive for a grocery-getter.  His t could help in some designs that want equipment, giving you access to Magic of the Smith .  His discipline set would be much improved by becoming Anarch with access to Line Brawl and Dust Up .  His t offers real benefit there, allowing you to put CrimethInc. into play. Specials His rescue special is rather interesting.  He can rescue older vampires for free.  Useful if your combat vampire takes a misstep or if you

Fall of London: Toreador

This series will review the new cards in the upcoming Fall of London set. Today, we'll go over the new Toreador, revealing all of them. Thanks to BCP for allowing me to share these with you. Regina Blake We'll start with a new Toreador mid-cap. Disciplines First, thing she has no Celerity whatsoever.  I'm not sure that's problematic.  Toreador only really care about Celerity for Resist Earth's Grasp stealth or if they're a gun-combat deck.  More A for group 6 Toreador, which has been seriously lacking.  More R for the group, which seems highly focused on it already. Specials This could be an interesting special to build around.  There are a lot of locations that cost pool whose cost can be defrayed with her special.  She's Toreador so the Art Museum is an obvious choice to have in decks with her.  Creepshow Casino is another popular choice for Toreador decks.  Given her A , any of the media locations are also good cho

Fall of London: Malkavians

This series will review the new cards in the upcoming Fall of London set. Today, we'll go over the new Malkavians. Abraham Mellon An extremely solid vampire.  This guy is going to see a lot of play.  Along with Alexander Silverson , he will be the top of the Govern -chain for G6-7 crypts. Disciplines He has all of the in-clan disciplines at superior, plus f and t .  He'll be able to do what Malkavians have always been able to do well: bleed at stealth and bounce bleeds. The f , however, is particularly interesting.  As Abraham has easy access to stealth, you can expect his actions to succeed, which means that he can take additional actions using Freak Drive .  He's better off using equipment or No Trace for combat situations.  I don't really see other f cards getting a lot of play with him, except Daring the Dawn .  A splash copy for when you absolutely, positively need to get that action through.  Accept no substitutes.