Friday, September 26, 2014

My ACC 2014 Report

Methuselahs from Manila, Japan, and Taiwan escaped the fury of rains brought on by typhoon "Mario", and descended on Iloilo last weekend for the 2014 Asian Continental VtES Championship (ACC). Held at the Iloilo Midtown Hotel, the ACC brought together 22 players to vie for the championship title.

I was afraid I was going to miss it, since my family's flight the day before was cancelled due to the storm. We were able to re-book an early morning flight, and we arrived in Iloilo at close to seven in the morning on the day of the tournament. After a quick refresher at my wife's family home, I was on my way to the hotel, and the ACC.

The ACC had three rounds and a final. Here are my recollections about the three tables I was on. I left the first two tables after being ousted, so I'm not too sure of the final results in each of them.

1st Round

Me (Auspex Weenies) -bleeding- Ferdie Paredes (Malgorzata) -bleeding- Hidetoshi Hayakawa (Stanlislava) -bleeding- Taka'aki Ayukata (Al-Muntaquim) -bleeding- Aurelio Icasiano (Lasombra)

While I was able to bring out about four vamps, including Michael Luther, it was, as Aurelio observed, a rather strange table. One of the early highlights was Al-Muntaquim torporing Moncada. Then, Taki sent in Nedal the Careless to diablerize Moncada; Nedal immediately burned afterwards, with both Hayakawa and Aurelio throwing out vote cards to make it happen. Aurelio then brought out Polonia to compensate, but, with Stanislava out, he found it difficult to maneuver politically. Taki was the first one out, courtesy of a big bleed by Hayakawa. I followed soon after, as I lacked the intercept to block a 3-stealth KRC from Aurelio; I realized too late that Eyes of Argus is only used for (D) actions.

2nd Round

Me - Raf (stealth bleeder) - Don (Imbued) - Johann (Gerald Windham toolbox)

I had gotten an Anarch Revolt out, which was bad news for Don, whose Imbued could not neither go anarch to escape the pings nor could they call off the revolt, since they were not vampires. Hammered by Raf's big bleeds and pinged by the Revolt, Don was quickly off the table. Johann, who, as he has pointed out, did not bleed me at all, took me out by bouncing all of Raf's bleeds to me. My intercept was not coming out as consistently as I liked, and I soon followed Don off the table. Looking at the results, I guess Johann eventually managed to oust Raf for the table win.

3rd Round

Me - Ace (!Ventrue grinder) - Zandro (!Gangrel) - Haig (potence weenie with Beast and Theo)

It was a lucky thing for me Haig decided to pound on Zandro, since that left me to set up. Zandro was caught in a hammer-and-anvil of Ace's bleeds and Haig's pounding, and was soon off the table. Ace then manged to oust Haig, although the effort left Ace's minions either low on blood or torpored. By then, my minions were armed and ready. While Ace blocked, I was able to maneuver and shoot, sending his minions into torpor. I managed to be the last man standing, and gained two victory points.

The finals table was a veterans' table, with only Ace as the new player. The other players were Johann, Charlie, Faust, and Carding, who had just come out of torpor this year. I had to leave after playing one more friendly game (although I learned that it is not proper form to play From a Sinking Ship), and learned over the social media that Carding, using a classic EuroBrujah deck, had managed to win the championship. Congratulations to Richard Barnett, the new ACC champ!

All in all, it was an enjoyable day of VtES, and the ACC demonstrated that, while the game is technically out-of-print, the players remain passionate and dedicated enough to keep it going.

ACC 2014 Deck List: Auspex Weenies

Here's the deck I decided to use in last weekend's Asian Continental Championship (ACC).

Deck Name : Auspex Weenies, ACC 2014 ed
Author : Frederick Tomas
Description :

Crypt [13 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 4 average: 2.84615

1x Idalia, Prophet of      4  AUS dem       !Malkavian:2
1x Maldavis                   4  AUS for pre   Caitiff:3
1x Michael Luther         4  aus pre       Toreador:3
1x Remilliard, Devout   4  AUS pre       !Toreador:2
1x Richard Tauber, Ay  4  AUS tha       !Tremere:2
1x Isabel de Leon           3  AUS           Toreador:2
1x Martin Franckel        3  AUS tha       Tremere:3
1x Zöe                           3  AUS cel obf   Malkavian:2
1x Almiro Suarez          2  aus           Tremere:3
1x Nicholas Chang        2  aus           !Toreador:3
1x Piotr Andreikov        2  aus           Tzimisce:3
1x Feo Ramos                1  aus           Pander:3
1x Franciscus                 1  aus           Caitiff:2

Library [80 cards]

Action [1]
  1x Constant Revolution

Combat [4]
  4x Concealed Weapon

Equipment [17]
  3x .44 Magnum
  1x Bowl of Convergence
  2x Cooler
  3x Leather Jacket
  5x Saturday-Night Special
  1x Sniper Rifle
  2x Sport Bike

Master [23]
  2x Anarch Revolt
  1x Archon Investigation
  2x Auspex
  1x Direct Intervention
  1x Golconda: Inner Peace
  1x KRCG News Radio
  1x Millicent Smith, Puritan Vampire Hunter
  1x Parthenon, The
  1x Powerbase: Montreal
  1x Rack, The
  2x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
  1x Sudden Reversal
  1x Vast Wealth
  5x Vessel
  1x WMRH Talk Radio
  1x Wash

Reaction [34]
  2x Eagle's Sight
  4x Eyes of Argus
  8x Forced Awakening
  2x My Enemy's Enemy
  2x On the Qui Vive
  4x Precognition
  4x Spirit's Touch
  8x Telepathic Misdirection

Retainer [1]
  1x Mr. Winthrop

Assessment: While the deck did well as a blocker, the cards I needed for forward movement (Jack, Revolt, Constant Revolution) did not consistently come out, and, when they did, they were immediately blocked or Reversed.

The next time I'm in a tournament, I'll probably consider a more pro-active deck rather than a reactive one.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

2012 Asian Qualifiers: Deck List

Rose out of torpor to play in the Asian Qualifiers. I didn't have to, really, since, being one of the finalists last year, I was already assured of a slot in the Championships. The other thing is that, since the Asian Championships will be held in Japan this year, there is no way that I'd be able to go, anyway. Still, not having played since last year, I was eager to sit at the table and do some damage.

Since I wasn't playing for anything, I decided to have some fun, and play my disciplineless weenie deck, The Ewoks. Pretty mindless: get out as many minions as possible and swarm the table. At least, that's how it's supposed to work, in theory.

In practice, a weenie deck attracts too much table hate, as it'll put out too many minions for other players to handle. As it is, I didn't get a single victory point in any of the games I played, but I'd like to think that the other players were a little nervous, especially if the deck ran smoothly.

Here's the deck list for The Ewoks:

Crypt [18 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 2 average: 1.83333

1x Almiro Suarez          2  aus       Tremere:3
1x Arnold Simpson         2  pot       Brujah:3
1x Boy Toy                2  dem       !Malkavian:2
1x Carter                 2  cel       !Toreador:2
1x Doris McMillon         2  val       !Salubri:2
1x Gillian Krader         2  ani dem   Pander:2
1x Jesus Alcala           2  cel       !Gangrel:3
1x Kanya Akhtar           2  cel       Assamite:2
1x Krid                   2  obf       Nosferatu:3
1x Magdelena Schaefer     2  THA       Caitiff:2
1x Piotr Andreikov        2  aus       Tzimisce:3
1x Samson                 2  dom       !Ventrue:2
1x Sarah Raines           2  for       Gangrel:3
1x Sasha Miklos           2  chi       Ravnos:2
1x Zip                    2  ani       Ravnos:3
1x Huang, Blood Culti     1  pro       Pander:2
1x March Halcyon          1  for       Pander:2
1x Sandra White           1           Caitiff:3

Library [90 cards]

Action [14]
  4x Ambush
  9x Computer Hacking
  1x Fiendish Tongue

Combat [36]
  9x Concealed Weapon
  6x Dodge
  6x Fake Out
  3x Glancing Blow
  12x Lucky Blow

Equipment [19]
  4x .44 Magnum
  1x Deer Rifle
  4x Flash Grenade
  1x Leather Jacket
  9x Wooden Stake

Master [19]
  1x Direct Intervention
  7x Effective Management
  2x Fame
  4x Haven Uncovered
  2x Information Highway
  1x London Evening Star, Tabloid Newspaper
  2x Tribute to the Master

Political Action [2]
  2x Autarkis Persecution

Crafted with : Anarch Revolt Deck Builder. [Sun Aug 05 17:50:23 2012]

Monday, January 02, 2012

MCM 2011: Auspex Weenies

Deck Name : Auspex Weenies
Author : Eric Tomas
Description : Played this deck at Merry Christmas Methuselahs 2011, and got 4 VPs in two rounds; I couldn't stay for the final rounds. The deck basically works like the Cock Robin deck, but this time, AUS weenies protect the Smiling Jack, using the guns to fend off attackers. It'll probably not stand up to a dedicated combat deck, but, then again, aside from Haig, few of us are that dedicated to combat. :D

Crypt [13 vampires] Capacity min: 1 max: 4 average: 2.84615

1x Idalia, Prophet of     4  AUS dem       !Malkavian:2
1x Maldavis               4  AUS for pre   Caitiff:3
1x Michael Luther         4  aus pre       Toreador:3
1x Remilliard, Devout     4  AUS pre       !Toreador:2
1x Richard Tauber, Ay     4  AUS tha       !Tremere:2
1x Isabel de Leon         3  AUS           Toreador:2
1x Martin Franckel        3  AUS tha       Tremere:3
1x Zoe                    3  AUS cel obf   Malkavian:2
1x Almiro Suarez          2  aus           Tremere:3
1x Nicholas Chang         2  aus           !Toreador:3
1x Piotr Andreikov        2  aus           Tzimisce:3
1x Feo Ramos              1  aus           Pander:3
1x Franciscus             1  aus           Caitiff:2

Library [90 cards]

Action [2]
  1x Anima Gathering
  1x Revelations

Combat [10]
  4x Concealed Weapon
  6x Read Intentions

Equipment [15]
  3x .44 Magnum
  1x Bowl of Convergence
  1x Cooler
  3x Leather Jacket
  5x Saturday-Night Special
  2x Sport Bike

Master [18]
  2x Auspex
  1x Direct Intervention
  1x Golconda: Inner Peace
  1x KRCG News Radio
  1x Powerbase: Montreal
  1x Rack, The
  1x Rumor Mill, Tabloid Newspaper, The
  3x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
  1x Sudden Reversal
  5x Vessel
  1x WMRH Talk Radio

Reaction [44]
  3x Eagle's Sight
  4x Enhanced Senses
  4x Eyes of Argus
  12x Forced Awakening
  2x My Enemy's Enemy
  6x Precognition
  4x Spirit's Touch
  9x Telepathic Misdirection

Retainer [1]
  1x Mr. Winthrop

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My 2011 ACC Deck: Cock Robin Wall

Here's the deck I used in the 2011 ACC. In retrospect, I should have made adjustments for more forward movement.

Deck Name : Cock Robin's Wall
Author : Eric Tomas
Description :
Finalist deck at the 2011 ACC

Crypt [13 vampires] Capacity min: 5 max: 10 average: 7.46154

4x Cock Robin 10 ANI OBF POT aus for justicar Nosferatu:3
2x Nikolaus Vermeulen 7 POT ani for obf prince Nosferatu:2
2x Teresita, The Godm 7 ANI OBF POT for !Nosferatu:3
2x Calebros, The Mart 5 ANI obf pot prince Nosferatu:2
1x Ferox, The Rock Lo 7 FOR POT VIS ani Gargoyle:2
1x Gerard Rafin 6 OBF POT ani for Nosferatu:3
1x Sundown 6 ANI POT obf pre Nosferatu:3

Library [90 cards]

Action [2]
2x Army of Rats

Ally [2]
2x Procurer

Combat [49]
6x Carrion Crows
2x Disarm
2x Drawing Out the Beast
5x Immortal Grapple
6x Rolling with the Punches
4x Skin of Rock
2x Soak
4x Street Cred
3x Superior Mettle
6x Taste of Vitae
2x Thrown Sewer Lid
7x Torn Signpost

Master [17]
3x Fortitude
1x Golconda: Inner Peace
1x Powerbase: Montreal
1x Rack, The
1x Slum Hunting Ground
3x Smiling Jack, The Anarch
1x Sudden Reversal
6x Vessel

Reaction [14]
4x Forced Awakening
2x On the Qui Vive
8x Second Tradition: Domain

Retainer [6]
6x Raven Spy

Crafted with : Anarch Revolt Deck Builder. [Mon Oct 10 09:18:42 2011]

2011 ACC

I didn't realize it's been three years since I've written anything in this blog. I didn't even write anything about White Wolf ending production on the game last year.

At any rate, the game itself remains alive, as dedicated players continue to gather and play.

Last Sunday, for instance, I managed to play in the Asian Continental Championships (ACC), held at Schizo Cafe along Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City.

Since I knew that parking in that area was a premium, I decided to go early, only to find out that the cafe was still closed; it would open near 9 am.

When it opened, the players arrived in trickles, and, soon, it was time to game.

I used a version of the deck I played in the qualifier tournament, a intercepting deck with Cock Robin the Nosferatu justicar as the central vampire.

In the first round, I managed to get a game win (GW) and 3 victory points (VP), even though Cock Robin didn't come out. In that table, I managed to hold the line with Teresita, Nikolaus Vermeulen, Calebros the Martyr, and Sundown, as my Smiling Jack did the work.

In the second round, I got two more VPs, and was the last man standing, as Singaporean Le Fei took out the other three Meths using her Samedi deck.

The third round went pretty quickly, as Gee Hwan (did I get the spelling right?) brought a stealth dom bleeder, and took out the table early enough for us to rest up for the finals. I managed to bring out the Smiling Jack, but it wasn't able to put a dent into the speed of the bleeding Gee brought to the table.

My GW and 5 VPs got me onto the table, along with Karl, Troy, Gee Hwan, and defending champion Stephen. As luck would have it, the seating placed squarely in front of Gee Hwan, which basically ended any chance for me to get started. Sure enough, while I got Teresita out, Gee had gotten me down to 5 pool in 5 minutes.

Unfortunately for him, the sheer brutality of the bleed spurred the other Meths to act, as both Stephen and Troy attacked Gee's minions after what happened to me. It was enough to weaken Gee for Karl's bleeding, making Gee the first player off the table. Since I was too weakened to do anything, Gee's exit was quickly followed by mine. Stephen managed to hold off Karl in the end game in order to defend his title.

All in all, it was a good day for playing V:TES. My deck worked fairly well, and I got a whole load of prizes for making it to the finals table. I also made a number of new friends among the Singaporeans and Japanese who came over, which is, for me, one of the key reasons for playing.

The Ateneo was well-represented in the ACC finals, since all of the Filipinos in the finals (Karl, a college history professor, myself, a teacher, and Troy, an alumnus) were connected one way or the other to the school.

Even though V:TES is no longer being produced, I'm hoping that the ACC helped revitalize the game here in the Philippines, at least among those of us who do play. I'm looking forward to the next tournament.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I'm Baaa-aack! (I Hope)

I was told by a friend that this blog was noted by The Lasombra, even though I haven't updated it in quite a while. So, here's to trying to restart this blog.

In the past two years, I've managed to tinker and create several decks which have been enjoyable to use.

1. The Ewoks

This is a simple, straightforward deck made up of disciplineless weenies, armed to the teeth with guns and wooden stakes. With the introduction of the Twilight Rebellion set, I may add the baseball bats as well.

2. Auspex weenies

Yeah, I'm partial to the smaller caps in a big way. Several of my decks revolve around one discipline. As a result, they tend to dominate if key cards come out early, and sputter when they don't.

With the Auspex weenies, the main ousting element is the Smiling Jack, with Revolts and Awakenings to support it. The powering element is a Cooler/Blood Doll combination that helps me keep my pool a little while longer. I might add Constant Revolution to this deck, but it may make it too much of a target.

3. Setites

With Lords of the Night, I've managed to cobble together a Setite deck, although it's still in the experimental stage. I think it would be better for me to add more stealth to it; a number of times, I've been blocked without any stealth in hand. It's still a basic stealth-bleed, with the Temptations increasing the number of my bleeders.

And, so far, that's what I've been up to in the game. I'll try to post my deck lists here, or else post them in the newsgroups for better exposure.

Until then.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Rising from Torpor

Yeah, it's been a while. Been too busy to play or write up something for the blog.

V:TES 3rd Edition is coming out in a few weeks, and, already, I'm wondering how I'm going to be able to order it. I'll have to order it in the U.S., and wait for somebody to bring the boxes over here.

There's a lot of goodies in the set, more so than the Legacies of Blood, whose collation is a little scattered between the Laibon and the bloodlines, or Nights of Reckoning, which I didn't even bother to get (too much tech to get used to). There are new vampires to mix in with my current crypts, and some new cards, like Helicopter, and Forger's Hammer, which figure to make some impact on my decks.

It's been a while, but I'm back in business (I hope).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Trading Galore

With the advent of the new year, I've engaged in various trades, both here and abroad.

Pending with David:

To me:
Tatiana Stepanova Alastor
Don Michael Antonio Giovanni
Dead Hand
3 Computer Hacking
2 Change of Target
2 Projectile

To David:
Aranthebes the Immortal
Smiling Jack, the Anarch (Jyhad edition)

Pending with Jerome Vauxel from France:

To me:
Free Fight
Adaptability x2
Claiming the Body x2
Redistribution x2
Shell Game
Hermana Hambrienta Mayor (LoB)

To Jerome:
Direct Intervention
The Eldest Are Kholo
Foundation Exhibit
Cristos Mantigo
Kahina the Sorceress
Tegyrius, Vizier (Adv)
Typhonic Beast x2
Bima x2

To Giuseppi Marchetti from Italy:

To Giuseppi:
1x nephandus mage
1x soul gem of etrius
1x virolax facility
1x brinksmanship
1x bleeding the wine

To me:
2x body flare
1x j.s simmons esq
2x mask of thousand faces
2x change of target
6x animal magnetism
4x beretta 9mm
4x walk of caine
1x lucita
1x anarch secession

This just in from Tomek Kowalewski, from Poland:

To me:
path of death and the soul
brujah justicar
fee stake: Perth
jimmy dunn

To Tomek:
lazarene inquizitor
toreador grand ball

And, finally, one from Chris Shorb, from the U.S.:

To Chris:
Earl (CE) [Vampire]
Edith Blount (CE) [Vampire]
Ellison Humboldt (CE) [Vampire]
Ilyana Ravidovich (CE) [Vampire]
Lana Butcher (CE) [Vampire]
Madame Guil (CE) [Vampire]
Virstania, The Great Mother (CE) [Vampire]
Antonio Veradas
Kurt Densch
Evan Klein
Petra Resonance

To me:
Jan Pieterzoon
Max Lowell
Celine Chevalier
Jalal Sayad
Khalil Anvari
Mario Giovanni
Mitchell, the Headhunter
Aisling Sturbridge
Ghivran Dalaal, the Dead God
Gillespi Giovanni
Paul DiCarlo, the Alpha
Samat Ramal-Ra
Sir Marriot D'Urban
Vedel Esbreno
Victoria Ash
Zahir, Hand of the Silsila
Yong-Sun, Harmonist (basic)

Apparently, people were just waiting for the end of the Christmas season to trade. Almost as soon as December was over, the offers came in. I'm going to have to put all of the cards together, and send them out.