Baltimore Storyline V:TES CCG Tournament
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

"The Toreador have taken Baltimore!
Iíll have to mingle in with all of the socialites.
Oh, what shall I wear?"


The lament of Peter Oh, organizer of the White Wolf sanctioned
Baltimore Storyline held in Baltimore, Maryland, February 2002.

The power struggle for the East Coast is all but over. It has left Kindred society deeply shaken and uncertainity rules the night. The thugs of the Sabbat have laid claim to the domains along the Atlantic.

Deeply wounded, the Ivory Tower of the Camarilla planned one final assualt against the Sabbat under the moonlight of the Chesapeake Bay

Baltimore had been left unclaimed. As the Camarilla and Sabbat struggled to recover from the horrendous war to the North, the city had become fair game to any sect or vampire ready to seize the throne. The struggle has now ended for Charm City.


The First Ever Vampire: The Eternal Struggle
CCG Tournament in the Baltimore Area has Resolved
The Toreador have taken Baltimore.

The Toreador have won the Storyline Tournament.
Charm City is now Toreador Town.


Praxis Seizure: Baltimore


DATE: Saturday, February 16th
TIME: 12 noon till 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Legends Entertainment
FORMAT: 2 Hour Demonstration Round followed by a V:EKN Constructed 2 Round + Final
PRIZE SUPPORT: You Betcha.
ENTRY FEE: $5.00


Tournament began promptly at 2 p.m.


Twenty methuselahs made the trip to Towson, MD to participate in the first ever V:TES tournament in the Baltimore area. Emily Lloyd, who had never played in a tournament before this one, got the win with 4 VPs in the final round. The tournament was only a 2 round plus final affair. We had decided to run a demo to start things off since Baltimore is so new to the V:TES scene. Unfortunately, only one person showed for the demo, so weíll be going to the standard 3 round format in the future.

Highlights of the first two rounds include:

1.) 3 Assamite decks at one table (hereís to optimal seating).

2.) A Fidus the Shrunken Beast who had:
Superior Fortitude, Superior Thaumaturgy, Defender of the Haven, Guardian Angel, Prince of Geneva, and a .44 magnum (from diablerizing a Legendary vampire no less).

3.) A first round 5 player table that was swept in under half an hour.

4.) A Methuselah actually playing a Salubri-Antitribu deck and getting 2 VPs. Kudos to Dan Keller of Northern Virginia for that.

Prize support didnít arrive in time thanks to some problems with the local carrier pigeon. Proxies of Meddling of Semsith were substituted and MoS made an impact in a few games including the final round. Pier 13 of Baltimore sadly did not.

Final Round Report

James Bryant: Assamite Gun Combat

Colin Riggs: Salubri / Abomination Bloat and Bleed

Jason Babbitt: Giovanni Necro Bleed

Forrest Neilsen: Daughters of Cacophony Bleed

Emily Lloyd: Toreador Vote / Bloat

Jason Babbitt was the No. 1 seed going into the final round with 1 Game Win and 7 total VPs going in. Emily Lloyd was the No. 5 going in with 3 VPs. The final round was a quick one, taking a little less than an hour to complete.

Emily was able to make a remarkable turn around. Halfway through the game, Emily was down to one pool. With Anson out, she had two master phase actions at her disposal, and she was able to draw into a Minion Tap for six to save herself.

Turn 1 James: Master: KRCG News Radio Colin: No Master Jason: No Master Forrest: No Master Celeste, Voice of a Secret becomes ready Emily: Master: Information Highway

Turn 2 James: No Master Colin: No Master Ricki Van Dempsi becomes ready Jason: No Master Forrest: Master: Presence Skill Card on Celeste Celeste bleeds w/ Enchant Kindred for 4 Angela Preston becomes ready Emily: No Master Alexandra becomes ready

Turn 3 James: Master: Puts Fame on Ricki Van Dempsi Fatima al Faqadi becomes ready Colin: No Master Blanche Hill becomes ready Jason: No Master The Baron becomes ready Forrest: No Master Angela Preston employs a Marijava Ghoul Emily: Master: Minion Taps Alexandra for 9 Alexandra calls KRC James taps KRCG News Radio to gain +1 intercept. Blocks with Fatima. Alexandra strikes: Majesty. Burns 1 blood to untap

Turn 4 James: Master: Blood Doll on Fatima Fatima puts a Clandestine Contract on Blanche Hill Colin: No Master Blanche Hill plays Spirit Marionette on The Baron Ricki Van Dempsi gets a Renegade Garou Miriam Benyona becomes ready (Colin pays 3 pool Scarce penalty) Jason: Master: Blood Doll on The Baron The Baron bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned seducing Celeste Angela Preston attempts to block, The Baron plays Call the Hungry Dead Le Dinh Tho becomes ready Forrest: Master: Blood Doll on Angela Preston Celeste bleeds, Alexandra attempts to block. Celeste plays Sirenís Lure. Celeste plays Aire of Elation for a bleed of 4. Alexandra enters combat with Angela Preston. Alexandra strikes: Majesty. Angela Preston bleeds with Social Charm for 2 Rebbekah, Chantry Elder becomes ready Emily: No Master

Turn 5 James: Master: Places Contract on Ricki Van Dempsi, naming Fatima Fatima rushes Ricki Van Dempsi via Contract Fatima strikes with .44 magnum, 2 damage to Ricki Van Dempsi (Fatima's built-in special is a once-per-combat Disguised Weapon.) Ellen Fence, Tracker becomes ready. Colin: Master: Minion Tap (Suddened by James) Miriam Benyona gets a Pulse of the Canaille. Blanche Hill hunts, untaps, makes Garou into an Abomination Jason: Master: Obfuscate Skill Card on Le Dinh Tho (Suddened by Forrest) The Baron bleeds with Govern the Unaligned seducing Rebbekah for 4 Le Dinh Tho uses his special ability, making Forrest discard a Dreams of the Sphinx Gloria Giovanni becomes ready Forrest: No Master Rebbekah plays Revelations at superior. (Emily plays with an open hand) Angela bleeds with Legal Manipulations, Alexandra plays Telepathic Misdirection and sends the bleed to James. James is bled for 3 Celeste bleeds w/ Legal Manipulations for 4 Emily: No Master Alexandra Hunts Anson becomes Ready

Turn 6 James: Master: Blood Doll on Ellen Fence Fatima employs Mr. Winthrop Colin: Master: Minion Tap Abomination for 4 Abomination hunts Blanche Hill plays Spirit Marionette on Gloria Giovanni Miriam Benyona bleeds for 3 Jason: Master: Obfuscate Skill Card on Gloria Giovanni The Baron bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned for 4 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Le Dinh Tho bleeds for 1 Forrest: No Master Celeste hunts Angela bleeds w/ Enchant Kindred for 2, Angela plays Aire of Elation for bleed of 4 (Emily down to 1 pool) Rebbekah bleeds for 1 James taps KRCG to give +1 intercept to Anson. Anson blocks. Rebbekah strikes: Majesty. Burns 1 blood to untap. Anson strikes: Majesty. Emily: No Master Anson bleeds for 1. Ellen Fence blocks. Ellen Fence equips Sniper Rifle via Disguised Weapon. Anson strikes: Majesty. Alexandra untaps Anson

Turn 7 James: Master: The Barrens Fatima rushes Ricki van Dempsi via Contract Fatima shoots with .44 magnum. 2 damage to Ricki van Dempsi. Ricki goes to torpor. (Colin burns 3 pool for Fame) Colin: Master: Protean skill card on Blanche Hill Abomination diablerizes Ricki Van Dempsi Miriam Benyona bleeds for 3, Jason attempts to block. Miriam plays Repulsion, block fails Blanche Hill hunts, untaps, plays Renewed Vigor on Miriam Benyona Jason: No Master The Baron bleeds, Rebbekah attempts to block. The Baron plays Elder Impersonation, block fails (Forrest down to 1 pool) Gloria Giovanni bleeds, Rebbekah attempts to block. Gloria plays Change of Target Le Dinh Tho bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned, Rebbekah blocks. Le Dinh Tho strikes: Spiritual Intervention (trying to draw into some stealth.) Forrest: No Master Angela hunts Rebbekah bleeds for 1 Alexandra plays Telepathic Misdirection, sending the bleed to James. James taps KRCG to give Ellen Fence +1 intercept. Ellen Fence blocks. Rebbekah strikes: Majesty. Burns 1 blood to untap. Celeste bleeds, Anson blocks. Anson strikes: Majesty. Emily: Master: The Barrens (contests with James), Minion Tap Anson for 5. Alexandra hunts Anson calls Conservative Agitation. (Terms: 4 to James, 1 to Colin Votes: Passes 11 to 3) Anson plays Voter Captivation Alexandra untaps Anson

Turn 8 James: Master: Concedes Barrens, Puts Fame on Blanche Hill Fatima Rushes Blance Hill via Fame, Miriam Benyona wakes and blocks. Fatima shoots with .44 magnum. Fatima plays Pursuit, shoots with .44 magnum. 4 damage to Miriam Benyona. Fatima plays Flash. Presses and Manuevers, shoots with .44 magnum. 2 damage to Miriam Benyona. Miriam Benyona goes to torpor. Ellen Fence rushes Blanche Hill, Ellen Fence shoots with Sniper Rifle, additional strike. Ellen Fence plays Manstopper Rounds. 5 damage to Blanche Hill. Blanche Hill goes to torpor. (Colin burns 3 pool for Fame) Colin: Burns 1 pool for Fame, Master: No Master Abomination diablerizes Blanche Hill Jason: Gains 1 pool for the Edge, Master: Dominate Skill Card on Le Dinh Tho The Baron bleeds, Rebbekah attempts to block. The Baron plays Elder Impersonation, block fails FORREST IS OUSTED. Jason gains 6 pool, 1 VP Gloria Giovanni bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned. Gloria Giovanni plays Conditioning. Bleed for 6. Le Dinh Tho bleeds, Anson blocks. Le Dinh Tho plays Change of Target. Le Dinh Tho plays his special, makes Emily discard Telepathic Misdirection Emily: Master: Minion Taps Anson for 6, Plays Toreador Grand Ball (Alexandra naming Anson) Alexandra untaps Anson. Anson calls KRC (Terms: 3 to James, 1 to Jason, Votes: Passes 7 to 3) Anson plays Voter Captivation. Alexandra bleeds for 3 JAMES IS OUSTED. Emily gains 6 pool, 1 VP

Turn 9 Colin: No Master Abomination hunts Jason: No Master Le Dinh Tho bleeds for 1 seducing Anson The Baron bleeds for 2 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Emily: No Master Alexandra calls Meddling of Semsmith (Terms: Jason is named, Votes: Passes 7 to 2), Alexandra plays Voter Captivation Anson rescues Miriam Benyona from torpor

Turn 10 Colin: No Master Miriam Benyona hunts Abomination rushes The Baron, Baron strikes: Spiritual Intervention Jason: No Master The Baron bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned for 4 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Emily: No Master Anson plays 5th Tradition on himself Alexandra bleeds for 3, Miriam plays Telepathic Misdirection, sending the bleed to Jason. Le Dinh Tho blocks. Alexandra strikes: Majesty, Burns 1 blood to untap Alexandra calls KRC (Terms: 3 to Colin, 1 to Jason, Votes: Passes 7 to 2) (Transcriberís note: Not sure if these were the actual terms of the vote) COLIN IS OUSTED. Emily gains 6 pool, 1 VP

Turn 11 Jason: No Master The Baron bleeds seducing Anson for 2 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Emily: Master: Minion Tap for 6 Alexandra calls KRC (Terms: 3 to Jason, 1 to Emily, Votes: Passes 7 to 2) Alexandra untaps Anson Anson calls Conservative Agitation (Terms: 1 to Jason, 1 to Emily, Votes: Passes 7 to 2)

Turn 12 Jason: Gains 1 pool for the Edge, No Master The Baron bleeds w/ Govern the Unaligned seducing Anson for 4 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Emily: No Master Alexandra calls KRC (Terms: 3 to Jason, 1 to Emily, Votes: Passes 11 to 2) Alexandra untaps Anson Anson calls KRC (Terms: 3 to Jason, 1 to Emily, Votes: Passes 7 to 2) (Jason down to 1 pool)

Turn 13 Jason: No Master The Baron bleeds for 2. The Baron plays Conditioning. Total bleed for 5 Gloria attempts to burn Toreador Grand Ball, Alexandra wakes and attempts to block. Gloria plays Call the Hungry Dead, block fails, Toreador Grand Ball burned. Emily: Master: Minion Tap Alexandra for 4 Anson bleeds for 1 Alexandra bleeds for 3, Le Dinh Tho blocks, Alexandra strikes: Majesty Alexandra untaps Anson Anson plays 5th Tradition on himself

Turn 14 Jason: Master: Minion Tap Le Dinh Tho for 3 The Baron bleeds for 2 Gloria Giovanni bleeds for 1 Emily: Master: Minion Tap Anson for 6 Alexandra calls KRC, Le Dinh Tho blocks, Alexandra strikes: Majesty, Burns 1 blood to untap Alexandra bleeds for 3, Gloria Giovanni wakes and blocks. Alexandra strikes: hands for 1, Gloria Giovanni strikes: hands for 1 Anson bleeds for 1. Anson plays Aire of Elation. Total bleed of 4 JASON IS OUSTED. Emily gains 6 pool, 1 VP

Final Standings:
Emily Lloyd: 4 VP
Jason Babbitt: 1 VP
Colin Riggs: 0 VP
James Bryant: 0 VP
Forrest Nielsen: 0 VP

Here is Emilyís Winning Deck. It was whacky and bloaty and votey! Vote-tastic!

Congratulations to Emily for pulling out the win in her first ever tournament, and thanks to everyone for coming and making the trip to Baltimore. Hopefully this will be the start of something dark and evil in Charm City.

CRYPT-12 total
2-Masika
1-Klaus van der Veken
2-Francois Villon
2-Anneke
2-Anson
3-Alexandra

MASTER-18 total
2-Barrens
3-Information Highway
1-Rack
9-Minion Tap
3-Toreador Grand Ball

OTHER LIBRARY-72 total
1-Ancient Influence
2-Kindred Restructure
2-Conservative Agitation
13-Kine Resources Contested
1-Meddling of Semsith
9-Voter Captivation
7-Bewitching Oration
3-Aire of Elation
12-Majesty
7-Flash
5-5th Tradition
5-Wake up with Evening's Freshness
5-Telepathic Misdirection


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