Gangrel Antitribu Newsletter

OFFICIAL VEKN GANGREL-ANTITRIBU NEWSLETTER VOLUME 3 NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY
2000

IN THIS VALENTINEíS CHOCOLATE-BOX ISSUEÖ..
STORY-BOX: LOVE IN THE AGE OF CHOLERA
SOAP-BOX: THE LEGBITER LINE ON CARD FIXES
SEALED-BOX: DECK CONSTRUCTION ON A LIMITED BUDGET

STORY-BOX: LOVE IN THE AGE OF CHOLERA
The crocuses are surging out of the ground and so are the vampires,
arrayed in all their least mouldy finery, for tonight it is the Feast of
St Valentine, and being a vampire is ALL about sex. And as a luminary of
the vampire world [check with the Evil One, Atomweaver, Prince of Atlanta
or Hated Coupe if you donít believe me] I have my duties to fulfill
tonight, even if I would actually rather be at home watching TV with Lady
Legbiter. Bugger, where are my black socks? Guess Iíll just have to wear
the cowboy boots over these rather lurid yellow jobs and hope I never get
to the stage of having to take them off. Goodnight sweetheart, see you
later!

At the Succubus club I find a secluded table and sit there drinking
Bloody Marys and simply OOZING age and evil. Trouble is, there is a
certain kind of self-destructive vamp who finds this attractive
[specially when she is drunk] and it isnít long before a strapping little
blonde thing lurches over to me and unceremoniously clears away some of
the corpses to make herself a space.

"Hi! Youíre Legbiter, right? I read all your stuff, you know."
Just in case she has auspex, I refrain from thinking how surprised I am
that she can read at all.
"Are you here collecting material? Can I be in one of your stories?"
"Actually I am here because I if I didnít come I wouldnít know who was
plotting against me. Normally, by the way, young things like you would
address me as Your Lordship."
"O come off it, this is the 21st century!"
"No it isnít. That doesnít start unti-"
"Anyway, shall we go and make love now?"
[inward sigh] "OK."

Studiously ignoring the sniggers and not-so-sotto-voce remarks about
baby-snatching from the harpies I allow myself to be led by the hand out
of the club to her beat-up little sports-car and then back to her place.
Actually she is quite pretty and her crypt is nicely decorated. Maybe
this wonít be such a chore after all. She nips behind a screen and
emerges wearing considerably less clothing and brandishing a couple of
muzzles.

"Erm Ö what in Caineís name are you up to?"
"Well, you know, AIDS and all that Ö.. Iím not really into penetrative
blood-bonding, know what I mean? Come here, gorgeous."

Deeply regretting the whole evening but most especially the state of my
sock drawer, I prepare to do my duty.

SOAP-BOX: THE LEGBITER LINE ON CARD FIXES

Iíve been reading some of the posts about Life Boon which seems to cause
many of our colonial brethren great unhappiness and Iíve even stated my
views about this particular card on the NG. Here I just want to add the
general point that the more text-unsupported fixes we make to cards, the
more difficult and frustrating it becomes for new or occasional players
to get into the game. This is a bad thing. Iíll admit, however, that a
certain ferment, even a Maoist change-for-changeís sake policy does have
the effect of revitalising the game, as David Pontes pointed out during
the 7/7 brouhaha. In the spirit of compromise and constructiveness which
is so alien to me i would like to suggest that this is better achieved
through changes to the RULES than through changes to the texts of cards.
For example, No vote-pushing and No Repeat Actions are rule-changes that
donít require any change to card text. If people are unhappy about Life
Boon why not try playing with the rules amendment that Master OOT
actually means Master out of PHASE? So you could play a Sudden Reversal
or counter-life boon on your turn during your minion phase, provided you
had not already used up your master phases for that turn. Cards like
Absolution of the Diabolist and gangrel conspiracy [the only reference in
this NL to anything remotely antitribu-ish, so savour it, boys and girls]
would still be different and useful because you could play them on your
turn even if you HAD already used up your masters. Frenzy would become a
whole lot more useful, and so would Rotschreck, Minor Boon and Major Boon
which would be nice for the combat guys and therefore a GOOD THING. DI is
another matter, of course.

SEALED-BOX: DECK CONSTRUCTION ON A LIMITED BUDGET

I actually got into this game originally as a collector, and so by the
time I discovered what a good game it is I already had a MOUNTAIN of
cards which is one of the reasons I like to explore the wilder shores of
rare-rare combos. Over the past couple of months however I have been
playing the game rather differently, trying to evaluate the extent to
which itís possible to play Jyhad effectively on a limited budget. To be
truthful I have been trying to play on a budget of 0 GBP, building decks
exclusively from two boxes of Jyhad boosters that David tatu gave me when
he was here last. Iíve been building Happy families-type decks from these
cards alone and Iíd rate this period of my Jyhad-gaming life as my most
successful [though perhaps not most creative] ever. In fact, I reckon I
am probably becoming TOO successful, since people in my gaming group are
beginning to see me as the Main Threat.

As examples of the kind of thing Iíve been able to build here are two
decks, constructed from a pool of cards that would cost you the same as
10 or so Pokemon boosters.

Deck Name: Frying Tonight
Tha/Cel/Aus deck with a smidgen of dominate
Bit short on damage prevention but otherwise very nasty
CRYPT
2 Thomas Thorne
2 Cardano
Lucian
2 Cassandra
2 Anvil
2 Ulugh Beg
Lazarus

LIBRARY
16 ACTIONS
Bloodhunt
Pulse of the Canaille
7 GtU
4 Bumís Rush
2 Grave Robbing
Fifth Tradition

33 COMBAT
5 Theft of Vitae
3 Walk of Flame
2 Trap
4 Blur
2 Blood Fury
2 Acrobatics
2 Taste of Vitae
3 Cauldron of Blood
2 Aura Reading
4 Flash
4 Nimble Feet

3 ACTION MODS
Conditioning
2 Bonding

15 MASTERS
3 Minion Tap
Metro UG
Golconda
2 Blood Doll
4 Haven Uncovered
Mob Connections
2 Fame
Academic HG

18 REACTIONS
4 WWEF
2 Telepathic Counter
3 Deflection
5 Telepathic Misdirection
2 Spiritís Touch
Enhanced Senses
Second Tradition

2 EQUIPMENT
Hawg
.44 magnum

3 VOTES
Parity Shift
Archon
Kindred Restructure

Deck Name: The Wolves are Coming
Pro/For/Ani deck with a touch of potence based on wee Gangrels and their
friends.
Once this has started swarming the rest of the table are in trouble. So
are you, if someone has  vote dominance and an anarch uprising or ancilla
empowerment.

CRYPT:
2 Bear Paw
2 Roman Alexander
2 Badger
2 Zach North
2 Ricki van Damp pants
2 Giuliano Vincenzi

LIBRARY:
16 PROTEAN:
4 Wolf Claws
4 Earth Control
2 Movement of the Slow Body
4 Form of Mist
Homunculus
Earth Meld

6 POTENCE:
3 Thrown Sewer Lid
3 Undead Strength

18 FORTITUDE:
Day Op
2 Unflinching Persistence
4 Skin of Rock
2 Restoration
5 Skin of Steel
2 Dawn Op
Undead Persistence
Freak Drive
Skin of Night

19 DISCIPLINELESS CARDS:
2 Taste of Vitae
3 Renegade garou
4 WWEF
Ritual Challenge
2 Trap
Tasha Morgan
2 Computer hacking
2 Embrace
JS Simmons
Gypsies

13 ANIMALISM
6 Ratís Warning
Murder of Crows
3 Catís guidance
Raven Spy
Owl Companion
Army of rats

17 MASTERS
2 Minion Tap
Animalism
Protean
3 Blood Doll
KRCG News radio
2 Fame
Backways
2 Effective Management
Fortitude
Zoo HG
Haven Uncovered

Finally, although Iíve not yet played one of these decks in a tournament
Michael has, and he got to the final with it. So it IS possible to be
competitive and flexible on a limited budget. And with that hopeful
thought I bid you farewell for another month.

Line that may get deleted when i post this.

Kisses from Legbiter in case it doesn't, with extra big smoochy ones for
the Prince of boston just to annoy him.