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Official VEKN Nosferatu Newsletter for November, 2006

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    Official VEKN Nosferatu Newsletter for November, 2006. It s been a while since my last Nosferatu Newsletter (about 3 months), so as I am sitting at home sick
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      Official VEKN Nosferatu Newsletter for November, 2006.

      It's been a while since my last Nosferatu Newsletter (about 3
      months), so as I am sitting at home sick as a sick dog, I figured I'd
      get off my ass and write a new one. Luckily, 3rd Edition came out
      recently and is packed to the brim with new, awesome Nosferatu
      vampires to look at! Yeah, yeah, they are actually Nosferatu
      Antitribu, but for my money, I have always considered them one clan,
      used them interchangeably, and only rarely does it actually matter
      that they are a different clan. But in any case, here is an overview
      of the awesome new 3rd Edition Nosferatu Antitribu vampires:

      -Old Neddacka (2) obf. G4. Old Neddacka is a nice, basic building
      block vampire, like, ya know, Dimple. He'll show up in a lot of
      Nosferatu decks. He'll show up in a lot of pretty much any kind of
      deck that uses Obfuscate. He does, however, help build up a very good
      selection of weenie Obfuscate vampires in the G3-4 department. ***

      -Blister (3) obf, pot. G4. Blister and Old Neddacka feel like a
      comfortable old pair of buddies, like Duck and Dimple. They'll show
      up a lot together. Blister has been long time coming as a Duck clone,
      making a G3-4 POT/obf deck a solid option finally. ***

      -Stick (3) ANI. G4. Yaa! Finally a 3 cap with ANI, and in the cool
      clan at that! Weenie Animalism has always been a pretty solid
      archetype (see: Bats with Birds in Their Mouths in a previous
      Nosferatu Newsletter), and such decks have received a solid upgrade in
      the G3-4 zone with Bobby Lemon (a 4 cap with ANI) and now Stick, which
      were two vampires that G1-2 never had access too. Very solid. ****

      -Aaron Bathurst (4) for, obf, pot. G4. An identical clone of Wolfgang,
      which is good for all those Obfuscate/Fortitude decks that have been
      floating around. Well, ok, there is probably a good way to make such a
      deck, but I haven't seen one yet. But at least there are now two good
      basic vampires for such a deck. That being said, Aaron is a shoo in
      for any Nosferatu Pot/For/Obf type deck that is likely to be developed
      in the near future, now that there are so gosh darn many Nosferatu
      with Fortitude. It is really easy to sideline in Freak Drives and some
      extra combat defense into any Nosferatu strategy now, and I'd expect
      to see Aaron show up in any deck like that. ***

      -Frank Litzpar (5) OBF, ani, for, pot. G4. A nice solid mid cap with
      OBF, and another Nosferatu with Fortitude. A good handful of Freak
      Drives should be common in many future Nosferatu/!Nosferatu decks, and
      as they all have Obfuscate, that most of the Fortitude is inferior
      isn't really an issue, as you have the stealth to get the actions
      through, so inferior Freak Drive is probably sufficient. All the
      Fortitude also sets up the Nosferatu for a solid prevent/Disarm combat
      package either defensively or offensively. ****

      -Raphael Catarari (5) OBF, PRE, aus, pot, tha. G4. If Raphael's blood
      total is odd, he does not untap as normal. You may use a master phase
      action to add a blood to him from your pool or to burn a blood from
      him. +1 bleed. Right. Raphael is kind of crazy with all the text and
      all, but chock full of fantastic possibilities. He is the smallest
      vampire in the game with OBF/PRE for a significant bleed offense
      (which can be backed up by, inappropriately, True Love's Face). His +1
      bleed makes using him for a bleed offense even more attractive. His
      disadvantage is complicated and strange, and likely to result in him
      being tapped a lot of the time, so if you are using him, you should
      have a lot of clever ways to manage his blood or untap him--consider
      all the standard blood management options like Hunting Grounds, Blood
      Dolls, Life in the City, perhaps a Capitalist Archetype, but also
      consider some fringier ways to untap him when needed, such as giving
      him Rutor's Hand (he has tha!), or teaming him with other Auspex
      vampires (he has aus!) and packing some Precognizant Mobilities. Or
      even Metro Underground, allowing you to untap him at the end of the
      turn if he looks likely to not untap at the start of your next turn.
      Between Raphael, Isouda (new 7 cap with OBF, PRE) and Stavros (yet
      another new 7 cap with OBF, PRE), there is clearly a True Love's Face
      bleed deck to be built, and as all three of them come with Auspex
      (Stavros even has AUS!), there are reasonable bleed bounce
      possibilities built right in. Clearly, my next newsletter will be this
      deck. ****

      -Joseph Cambridge (6) POT, ani, dom, obf. G4. Bishop. Joseph gets an
      additional +1 stealth on political actions. Joseph is the fantastic
      vampire that Judah (poor Judah) always should have been. Yeah, only a
      single superior discipline, but it is Potence, and with his Dominate,
      he easily fits into a POT/dom combat bleed strategy. His +1 stealth on
      Political Actions is simply a nice conditional bonus. While Joseph is
      great in constructed play, where he really tends to shine, however, is
      in a 3rd Edition draft game. Go in planning on playing Potence combat
      (which is usually a safe bet, as everyone else is drafting
      Dominate...) and then score all the Pot, Rush, Pot draftferior cards
      (like Rooftop Shadow for Potence based Intercept and Pursuit for
      Potence based maneuvers) and Perpetual Care for a killing blow.
      Joseph's additional +1 stealth for calling the Perpetual Care is huge
      in the generally low intercept draft environment, and he is even a
      Bishop to help pass the vote. Pure draft gold. *****

      -Humo (6) ANI, POT, obf, obt. G4. If you also control Greensleeves and
      he is ready, Humo may burn a blood to give Greensleeves +1 stealth
      once each action. Humo is a nice solid fighting midcap with his ANI,
      POT, and he has a built in team up ability with the very good
      Greensleeves. They don't really mesh, discipline wise, but their
      matching specials is likely enough to justify using them together a
      lot of the time. And if you can score the both of them in a draft
      game, that is pure gold. ****

      -Greensleeves (7) ANI, OBF, for, pot. G4. Priscus. If you also control
      Humo, Greensleeves may burn a blood to give Humo +1 bleed once each
      action. A very solid political vampire for the Nosferatu, in that she
      is a mid cap Priscus who starts with ANI, OBF, enabling maximum Animal
      Magnetism from the get go. Again, she has Fortitude for some Freak
      Drives and combat defense. And then she has a team up ability with
      Humo. Greensleeves is likely a lot more individually useful than Humo
      due to her political abilities (and Freak Driving abilities on top of
      that). She is also gold in draft play, especially as if you team her
      with Joseph, you can pretty much ensure the passing of the Perpetual
      Care, and if you team her with Humo, you have a pretty solid bleed
      offense. An all around great vampire. *****

      -Icarus, The Manchurian (7) OBF, POT, ani, for, pro. G4. When Icarus
      bleeds a Methuselah successfully, you may look at that Methuselah's
      hand. Around these parts, we are all awfully confused as to why Icarus
      doesn't have Celerity, what with the hat and all, but at least with
      Protean, he is more grist for the newly effective POT/pro "Burn'em
      All!" combat strategy mill. Icarus is, yet again, a solid midcap
      Nosferatu with Fortitude, so he'll likely see a lot of play in combat
      decks or general sneak based Nosferatu decks. His special ability is
      quite handy, as permanent info on your prey's hand is very useful.
      Granted, he can probably be better employed than simply bleeding for 1
      at stealth to see your prey's hand every turn, but with the Freak
      Drive potential, he becomes a great scout before a Rush. ****

      -Lukas (8) ANI, OBF, POT, pre, ser. G4. Archbishop of Toronto. Lukas
      is the strangely handsome Nosferatu Antitribu (clearly, he was hit by
      an Unacceptable Appearance at some point...), who is a nice member of
      a Nosferatu political deck along with Greensleeves, what with the
      title and ANI, OBF. His Serpentis mixes well with Tarbaby Jack for
      some sort of deck involving the Nosferatu and maybe Truth of 1K Lies
      for bleed and/or untap. His Presence mixes with Raphael and a couple
      other Nosferatu types for added punch in a Stealth/Vote deck. A pretty
      solid vampire. But man, does he look weird. ****

      -Servius Marius Pustula (10) ANI, CHI, DOM, OBT, POT, obf. G4. Each
      Methuselah gets +X hand size, where X is the number of ready vampires
      with capacity above 7 he or she controls. This guy is deeply weird--he
      fits better in a Lasombra deck than a Nosferatu deck (a 10 cap
      Nosferatu with inferior obfuscate?). His special ability is
      interesting, especially if you build your deck to maximize the
      ability, but I'm unconvinced that he is worth building a deck around
      just for this. Yeah, superior Dominate is always good, but his lack of
      a title for a such a huge investment seems debilitating. There are
      probably better ways to increase your hand size. **

      -Ysador the Foul (10) ANI, DEM, FOR, OBF, POT, obt. Cardinal.
      Non-infernal, non demon minions opposing Ysador in combat cannot use
      maneuvers to maneuver to close range. An interesting variation on the
      very similar Cailean, although with an extra vote and trades Dominate
      for superior Fortitude, allowing for even more Freak Driving. A great
      potential for some sort of Eternal Vigilance intercept/multi action
      combat deck. Equip her (?) with maybe an Assault Rifle for some good
      range combat and a constant maneuver, have her rush and kill and block
      and kill, Freaking and avoiding getting killed with her FOR. Use some
      Dementation for bleed offense. Probably a pretty good deck. ****

      Overall, 3rd Edition provided the Nosferatu with a really good
      selection of interesting new vampires, notably with a lot of
      Fortitude--the old school G1/2 Nosferatu Royalty deck is *still* good
      'cause of all the Fortitude (Sheldon, Selma, Nikolaus), so it is a
      good bet that new G3-4 Nosferatu Fortitude decks (based on, say,
      Greensleeves and Ysador) will be likely as effective.

      Till next time,

      -Peter D Bakija

      You can check out all of my old Nosferatu Newsletters at:

      http://www.lightlink.com/pdb6/vtes.html
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