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Year Published
1994
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 5 players
Recommended with 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
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Jyhad
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Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (previously released as Jyhad as a limited print run), is a game of physical, political, and social warfare by vampires based on the original World of Darkness milieu created and developed by White Wolf. In this game, blood is everything. It is the currency by which you (a methuselah, an ancient vampire and puppeteer) influence younger vampires to act within the game to bring about the fall of your enemies.

At its heart V:TES is a resource management game with players needing to invest and conserve blood (or 'pool' if it belongs to the player themselves) to topple their prey before their prey gains a blood advantage by ousting their prey. There is player elimination, although recent sets have reduced the stated 2hr+ game time markedly and some games can finish very rapidly with optimised decks. Blood/Pool management is critical. Each player begins with 30 pool and must use it to bring acting vampires into play. Different vampires require different amounts of blood investment with costs/benefits relating utility to required investment. Over- or under- investment will determine games and finding the balance is the key to winning.

V:TES is designed for play with more than two players and works best with between three and five. It is a highly social game where deal-making and player interaction can be a determining factor on the outcome. There is a left-right binding between players as actions from vampires are directed at the player on your left (your prey) whilst you defend against the actions from the player on your right (your predator). This binding is not strict, however, and a number of actions can affect some or all other players, regardless of seating, which limits any snowballing effect. These include political actions that require the votes of vampires around the table to pass and that can alter the game state profoundly. V:TES contains a very granular combat system that sees vampires fighting each other directly for board control that can leave a player defenceless.

The relatively long playtime (for a CCG) has been a criticism but leads to conservative and balanced play that offers a very deep, immersive experience. V:TES has also followed an 'iteration by errata' design ethos that sees the vast majority of cards legal for competitive play for over 15 years but also means that only current text can be trusted to be accurate. It should be noted that the game is designed to be played with no card limits: unlike other CCGs that are designed to play with a maximum of X copies of a given card per deck.

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Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
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Publisher: White Wolf
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Year: 2001
Product Code: 02562
Size: 3.50 x 2.50 x 1.25 inches
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Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
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Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Artist: Quinton Hoover
Year: 1995
Product Code: WOC6050
Size: 3.50 x 2.50 x 1.75 inches
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Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Artist: Quinton Hoover
Year: 1994
Product Code: WOC6001
Size: 3.50 x 2.50 x 1.75 inches
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9 Vampire The Eternal Struggle Rulebook
Here is a formatted rulebook in pdf for V:TES. The source material was taken online from http://www.vekn.net/rulebook so all credit goes to them! V:T V:TES Rulebook - Heirs to the Blood / Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 20:45 Edit: Wrong link and title
English
2015-04-01
3 VTES cheat sheet cards v1.0
These cards are an adaptation of the cheat sheet I made for the VTESNewbie website. That content has been broken down and slightly simplified to fit onto 4 standard sized cards, which are easier to transport alongside a deck. The archive contains 4 printer friendly cards (for home printing) and 4 full colour cards (for mobile devices or POD).
English
2014-09-11
8 Turn Flowchart
Two flowcharts to help new players during their turn, and outside of their turn.
English
2013-06-28
8 VTES cheat sheet
A rework of the VTES cheat sheet made by "VTES newbie" (https://sites.google.com/site/vtesnewbie/vtes-cheat-sheet). The original was a picture, printing it resulted in blurry text. This version is a Word file (with pdf too), more printer-friendly. I also changed a few details, better resolution images etc.
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2012-09-23
8 VTES card text CSV with recent promos (Fixed)
This is an updated version of the White Wolf CSV file that contains the latest promos. I fixed the missing text from the other vtescsv.zip uploaded previously by GrahamS. The 3 promos added are: Guide and Mentor; Infamous Insurgent; Lilith's Blessing.
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2011-02-12
17 Action Cards for beginners
It can be confusing to remember what actions a vampire can do on a turn and what their stealth ratings are. I've created the most typical actions as cards that you can print out and glue to Vampire cards. They are not in the same format as Vampire cards. Sorry. :D
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2010-01-25
2 Vampire: The Eternal Struggle - Basic rules summary on russian
Памятка из двух страниц формата A4 которая пригодится при обучении новичков игре в VTES. Кратко попытался уместить основные моменты чтобы их не приходилось объяснять много раз: типы карт, структура хода, что когда можно играть.
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2009-09-14
8 Platmat for beginning players
Keep track of phases of the game and the card symbols.
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2007-12-31
2 PhasedMotion_v1.1.pdf
Phased Motion Variant version 1.1. (Updates to: master phase, open agression, and diplomacy.) In this variant, players' turns overlap -- they all conduct each phase together before moving on to the next phase. And the phases are handled in the order the players choose.
2007-07-16
0 LOB Checklist.xls
Checklist of the expansion Legacies of Blood (Vampires, Library, Rarity, Reprints)
2007-02-12
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