Official VEKN Gangrel antitribu newsletter Vol 2 number 12 Dec 1999 -by Legbiter 12/31/99 O dear o dear. here i am just back from Scotland and the old year is running out and i'm more than half cut and NO MORE NEWSLETTER. Alright, the show Must Go On. Apologies in advance for the lack of contents page and general drunken disorganisation. Blame it on my ethnicity, or probably more fairly on my excessively complex private life. First and most important may i wish you all a Happy new Year. i know this is only a game but i am constantly bowled over by the combination of civilisation and brainpower displayed by the members of this NG. i feel totally inadequate to be even a self-appointed member of this amazing community and humble that you all put up with me, at least most of the time. Second and only slightly less important may i encourage all brits and occasional sojourners in London to catch Atlanta Ballet's [aka David Tatu's] AMAZING Peter Pan while it is at the Royal Festival Hall on the south bank. Until the 9th of January, that is to say. Take kids. Third and not very important at all except to Stephen Buonoacore please PLEASE write to me at the Legbiter email addy about that matter we were discussing a while ago. A breakthrough has occurred, and you have first dibs on the outcome, if 75-ish USD a shot is competitive as far as you are concerned. FICTION: NEW YEAR AT LEGBITER HALL. A Glorious Moon shines over the chalk hills of southern england, the happy combination of long nights and close conjunctions of earth, moon and sun. But now the night is wearing thin, the guests have retired to their crypts, young Anklebiter is curled up with his Blood Puppy and only the Lord and Lady of the House remain at the table. In the background, a hard-core porn movie is playing, with the sound down, and Goretzki's symphony of sad songs is on the stereo. But both are unnoticed: a tense game of Jyhad is nearing its climax, and Lady Legbiter is winning, as a mere glance at the table reveals. The Oxford University Press Deck is doing its weenie votie Brujah prince stuff, and the !Gangrel Happy Families deck is revealing how very, very difficult it is to make a pure-clan deck from the !Gangrel. We note with only mild surprise that the Legbiters appear to have no life-counters on the table and that, whereas Lady L is fairly respectably clad at least for this kind of party and this hour of the night, Lord L is in his y-fronts, garters and bow-tie. Legbiter leafs through his cards and shakes his head sadly. "OK, i'll take a chance here. i reckon you are out of Second Traditions. Bleed you for 3 with Govern, and i put a Bonding on that, inferior if it's not blocked, superior if it is." Lady L sighs. "OK, it's through, no wake or block. Bleed for 4, so i roll 4 dice .... DOH!!! 3 ones!!!! OK, i remove my dress, bra and right stocking. [she does. you may peek, unless you're a man] Any more?" Legbiter smirks. "Yes, another govern, this time superior, to this vamp, and during influence i move two off .. roll two dice ... i get a six, so i can put an article of clothing back on .. this sock, perhaps. Your turn, my dove." Lady L grits her teeth, and moves in for the kill. "Alright, i call KRC, and if you don't block it's obviously three to you, one to me. Roll the dice .... i get a 4 ... o dear BAAD luck!!! You get two 1's? Get 'em off, baby!!!! And now another! OK, i have to remove another stocking and you are down to your undies! And now i bleed you for 4!!! YESSSSS!!!!!" Too late for me, the dawn breaks, and we scurry for the double-coffin. And that, brothers and sisters, was Strip Jyhad, at least as played at Legbiter Halls. i recommend it, at least if you are over 16. Normally i would finish off this NL with a deck but quite honestly i am reluctant to post the !gangrel happy families deck which i had intended to put here, because [a] it will get archived, which would not be so bad except for the fact that [b] it is shite, which would be ok except for the fact that [c] i think it can probably be improved. So instead i'll join the top ten of everything craze that is sweeping the pre-2000 world with .... LEGBITER'S TOP 10 NON-JYHAD GAMES OF THE 90s. Magic Eagles Robo-Rally War Thing [home-made strategy game by Andrew Sparkes] Lunch Money Rage [original rage. Honestly guys and gals, this is a FUNNY game] Doomtown CCG Serenissima Warhammer Ancients Mordheim QUITE DELIBERATELY NOT ON THE LIST: Pokemon. Michael and i just [yawn]. Michael played in a Pokemon tournament at school yesterday, got knocked out in the semis but still came second equal due to one of the finalists being disqualified for cheating. Coincidentally or not, he has spent the whole night throwing up.