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1994
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2 − 5
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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 4–5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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12+
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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 (or VTES for short) is a multi-player collectable card game based on the award-winning Vampire: the Masquerade role playing game in which players take on the role of ancient vampires known as a Methuselahs. Considered mere legend by many, Methuselahs rule everything from the shadows, engaging in a eons-long Machiavellian conflict that encompasses political, social, and even physical warfare. The struggle is won or lost based on the actions taken by your minions – younger vampires who unknowingly do your bidding. In this way, the game can allow for deep and immersive storytelling as your minions purchase equipment, hire retainers, even suggest legislative changes to vampiric society, all in the service of your dark plots.

VTES was the second card game designed by Richard Garfield (designer of Magic the Gathering, Netrunner, and other games). It was designed to avoid some of the flaws that Garfield found in Magic: VTES does not require you to include resource or mana cards in your deck, and cards are instantly replaced when played, meaning that card draw isn’t as important as knowing when to discard a card to sculpt a better hand. It also has a gameplay experience more in keeping with a boardgame than a traditional card game – VTES is usually played by 4 or 5 players and games can last up to 2 hours.

Unlike most multi-player games, players in VTES do not engage in a free-for-all. Each player directs their attacks to the player on their left (their “prey”) and defends against the player on their right (their “predator”). You gain victory points by eliminating or “ousting” your prey from the game, in which case the next player to the left becomes your new prey. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins (even if they have been ousted!). This arrangement makes the game a very social one – you and the player two seats to the left and right have common enemies. But if you help these allies too much, you may find that you’ve made one of them too strong, and when they suddenly become your new predator, your help has transformed that ally into a deadly threat.

VTES is also a resource management game. Each player begins with 30 points of influence called “pool” that Methuselahs hold dearer than unlife itself. If you run out of pool, you are ousted from the game. But this pool is also the way that you sway vampires to your cause. Each turn you have the opportunity to spend your pool to seduce a vampire. Weak fledgling vampire are easily swayed, but the older more powerful ones require convincing, which may require multiple turns to accomplish. Once a vampire is converted to your side, all the pool you spent on them becomes blood possessed by this vampire, which can be spent to play cards that allow them to activate their unique vampiric powers. Each minion must manage their blood and you must manage your pool – spending more provides you with additional minions, but brings you one step closer to being ousted. Under- or over- investing in your minions may well cost you the game.

Although the last official card set was released in 2010 by White Wolf, VTES is still played and enjoyed by players around the world. Tournaments still draw large groups of attendees, and some continental championships see more than 100 players attend. The game is currently supported by Vampire: Elder Kindred Network™, the official player organization responsible for sanctioning and regulating VTES tournaments, recording V:TES players’ ratings (and rankings), as well as designing and releasing new digital expansions featuring profession artwork. Go to their site at www.vekn.net to check out what's new with the game!

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Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
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Year: 2001
Product Code: 02562
Size: 3.50 x 2.50 x 1.25 inches
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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).
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2014-09-11
8 Turn Flowchart
Two flowcharts to help new players during their turn, and outside of their turn.
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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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