OFFICIAL VEKN GANGREL ANTITRIBU NEWSLETTER VOLUME 4 NUMBER 10 OCTOBER 2001 ********************* IN THIS CUT, PASTE AND COMMENT ISSUE .... IN PLACE OF FICTION: Tribute to the Master; CANTO XIII by Ezra Pound. DECKS: Tournament Quality Gangrel-antitribu decks. No, really. ********************* IN PLACE OF FICTION: Tribute to the Master; CANTO XIII by Ezra Pound. i was going to write a pastiche of this for the fiction section but it's so lovely that i just couldn't bring myself to do it. Instead, here is one of my favourite ever poems for y'all to enjoy. It is by Ezra Pound, and really it's only part of a much larger work, the Cantos, where it occupies a special place. The Cantos is an odd poem, painfully revealing about Pound's troubled and not-altogether-nice personality, and his times. i'll leave those unfamiliar with the poem and the poet to find out for themselves what i mean by the above. CANTO XIII Kung walked by the dynastic temple and into the cedar grove, and then out by the lower river, And with him Khieu Tchi and Tian the low speaking And ``we are unknown," said Kung, ``You will take up charioteering? ``Then you will become known, ``Or perhaps I should take up charioteering, or archery? ``Or the practice of public speaking?'' And Tseu-lou said, ``I would put the defences in order,'' And Khieu said, ``If I were lord of a province ``I would put it in better order than this is.'' And Tchi said, ``I would prefer a small mountain temple, ``With order in the observances, with a suitable performance of the ritual,'' And Tian said, with his hand on the strings of his lute The low sounds continuing after his hand left the strings, And the sound went up like smoke, under the leaves, And he looked after the sound: ``The old swimming hole, ``And the boys flopping off the planks, ``Or sitting in the underbrush playing mandolins.'' And Kung smiled upon all of them equally. And Thseng-sie desired to know: ``Which had answered correctly?'' And Kung said, ``They have all answered correctly, ``That is to say, each in his nature.'' And Kung raised his cane against Yuan Jang, Yuan Jang being his elder, For Yuan Jang sat by the roadside pretending to be receiving wisdom. And Kung said ``You old fool, come out of it, ``Get up and do something useful.'' And Kung said ``Respect a child's faculties ``From the moment it inhales the clear air, ``But a man of fifty who knows nothng Is worthy of no respect.'' And "When the prince has gathered about him ``All the savants and artists, his riches will be fully employed.'' And Kung said, and wrote on the bo leaves: If a man have not order within him He can not spread order about him; And if a man have not order within him His family will not act with due order; And if the prince have not order within him He can not put order in his dominions. And Kung gave the words ``order'' and ``brotherly deference'' And said nothing of the ``life after death.'' And he said ``Anyone can run to excesses, ``It is easy to shoot past the mark, ``It is hard to stand firm in the middle.'' And they said: If a man commit murder Should his father protect him, and hide him? And Kung said: He should hide him. And Kung gave his daughter to Kong-Tchang Although Kong-Tchang was in prison. And he gave his niece to Nan-Young although Nan-Young was out of office. And Kung said ``Wang ruled with moderation, ``In his day the State was well kept, ``And even I can remember ``A day when the historians left blanks in their writings, ``I mean, for things they didn't know, ``But that time seems to be passing. And Kung said, ``Without character you will ``be unable to play on that instrument ``Or to execute the music fit for the Odes. ``The blossoms of the apricot ``blow from the east to the west, ``And I have tried to keep them from falling." Ezra Pound O, the connection to VTES .... well, i feel the same way about a good tight game between 4-5 good players, where everyone gets a chance to show what their deck can do, in much the same way as Tian felt about watching the boys at the waterhole - especially when i win, which was the case on Wednesday night. Kung is, of course, Confucius aka The Master. ******************** DECKS: Tournament Quality Gangrel-antitribu decks. No, really. The Great and Good Jeff "Lasombra" Thompson has archived the tournament-winning decks by clan [http://www.thelasombra.com/decks/clan-twd.htm] and two of them are largely Gangrel antitribu affairs, one from Grant Garvin [aka Evewalker] Prince of Seekonk, Massachussets, the other from Thomas Kuster [aka oAFLORD] Prince of Caledon, Canada. Props to both gentlemen, and thanks to them and to Jeff for letting me use this information in the newsletter. Each deck is an interesting mixture of largely old but some new cards. They exploit very different aspects of our little clan: one is toolboxy intercept-combat utilising country gangrel plus gangrel, the other is focussed swarm-stealth-bleed based on City Gangrel plus Assamites. Both are from this year and prior to that there were NO !Gangrel decks in the winners archives, so it looks as though the new sets are having a highly-desirable effect on the metagame already. IMO wisely, both these decks conform to the Tatu dictum of 90 library cards being generally too many. ***************** The Silent War: Seekonk (7/14/01) ---------------------------- Grant Garvin's "Feral Eyes" Description: Effective !Gangrel intercept combat deck using auspex. Bleed forward and stockpile untap to protect the Army of Rats and locations. Drop Jack late game, and make an example out of any minion that is foolish enough to attempt to destroy it. Crypt: (12 cards) [Min: 10, Max: 28, Avg: 5.08] 1 Caitlin (ANI aus dom PRO, Gangrel Antitribu, 6, Bishop) 1 Chandler Hungerford (PRO, Gangrel, 3) 2 Gunther (ANI aus for pro, Gangrel, 7) 1 Haakon Mortensen (ANI FOR PRO, Gangrel Antitribu, 8) 1 Leon (ani for, Gangrel Antitribu, 3) 2 Luther (ANI for obt pro, Gangrel Antitribu, 6) 1 Monique (ani aus for pro, Gangrel Antitribu, 5) 2 Omaya (ANI AUS FOR pro, Gangrel Antitribu, 7) 1 Sadie (pro, Gangrel Antitribu, 2) Library: (75 cards) Master (16 cards) 4 Blood Doll 1 Campground Hunting Ground 1 KRCG News Radio 1 London Evening Star, Tabloid Newspaper 1 Path of the Feral Heart, The 1 Pentex(TM) Loves You! 1 Powerbase: Montreal 1 Rack, The 2 Rotschreck 3 Smiling Jack, The Anarch Minion (59 cards) 3 Army of Rats 4 Carrion Crows 8 Cats' Guidance 4 Claws of the Dead 2 Eagle's Sight 2 Enhanced Senses 1 Eyes of the Night 10 Forced Awakening 1 Ivory Bow 3 Laptop Computer 1 Melange 1 My Enemy's Enemy 1 Precognition 3 Raven Spy 4 Scorpion Sting 4 Skin of Steel 3 Superior Mettle 4 Wolf Claws Editor's comments: two new vampires [Haakon and Omaya] and two new library cards [Path of the Feral heart and Powerbase Montreal] but otherwise all pre-WW cards, essentially. Four main disciplines [aus pro for ani, or what we might call Monique with knobs on], ONE eyes of the Night to make use of Luther's obt ability, and 9/12 vampire cards are Country gangrel-antitribu. On topic or WHAT???? ******************** Thomas Kuster's Winning Deck from Autarkis Persecution 2001 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada - March 2001) Workin' on the Night Moves by Thomas Kuster (with a little help from Bob Seger) Crypt: (12) Wren Tansu Bekir Darrell Boyce, Consul x2 [Ed; See, if only you could slip a shotgun into this deck it would be a double-darrelled shotgun deck. Maybe swap out one of the bombs for a shotgun?] Kalinda x2 Zachary Melek Ellen Fence, the Tracker Husamettin Samantha Thetmes, Calif of Alamut Library: (79) Master (20) Obfuscate x6 Minion Tap x2 Blood Doll x2 Dreams of the Sphinx x2 Campground Hunting Ground Underworld Hunting Ground Sudden Reversal Direct Intervention Alamut Heartblood of the Clan Major Boon Effective Management Minion Cards (59) Night Moves x12 Speed of Thought x2 The Embrace x9 Distraction x2 Bomb x2 Cloak the Gathering x6 Lost in Crowds x2 Spying Mission x2 Faceless Night x2 Swallowed by the Night x2 Elder Impersonation x2 Preternatural Evasion x10 Behind You! x4 Rapid Thought x2 Editor's comments: Wren, Darrell Boyce and Ellen Fence are the new cards in this deck and they combine well with the Assamites and 9 embraces for an obf/cel swarm sort of deck. 6 City gangrel antitribu and 6 Assamites. Nice! Unless it is preying on you, of course. Creator's comments: I have changed the deck a bit, I added more Night Moves and dispensed with the Speed of Thought [Ed: strikes me as a good switch]. The crypt is about the same. I did add the new FN City Gangrel, I forget his name right now though... Max Lowell?? [Ed; presumably instead of one of the Darrells or Tansu Bekir]. ****************** And while we're on the subject of Gangrel antitribu decks, there is a nice one in the October camarilla Gangrel newsletter edited by David Hammond. This deck comes from Jesper "Tower of London" Boje who is danish, so that o in the middle of his name shĝuld have a strĝke thrĝugh it. It is actually ALL gangrel antitribu, but i'm sure i won't offend Jesper by saying that it isn't tournament-quality - rather, an entry to one of Dave's competitions. Check it out! ****************** And that's it for October. At the end of the month i am visiting some of you in SE USA, and looking forward IMMENSELY to that. See y'all in November!