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Ahrimanes Attempt 2

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August 8, 2005 1:53:48 PM

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Ahrimanes Newsletter #4




1.0 - Editorial

1.1 Word From the Editor

1.2 Next Issue

2.0 - Concepts

2.1 Crypt Card Focus

2.1.1 All in Favor, Howl "Yea" deck

2.1.2 All In favour MOD deck

2.2 Library Card Focus

3.0 - Deck

3.1 Ahrimane Howling deck

3.2 Sign Off

--[1.1 - Word from the Editor]-----------------------

Hello, this is my first newsletter, and as such I thought I would copy the
format of the previous Ahrimanes newsletters to provide some sort of
continuity between those and this - I hope that Alexander Gyhlesten doesn't
mind too much. I am Sam Marsh (Jazzbeaux), Prince of Bath, and have been
playing this game since September 1994 in the bad rulebook days of Jyhad.

--[1.2 -Next Issue]---------------------------------

Well the next issue will be later in the year, once Legacies of Blood
arrives. This set promises new Ahrimanes, and hopefully new and reprinted
Spiritus cards. Ideally it would include a reworded The Wildebeest, where
you could still use Animal Retainers - you know it makes sense. I mean with
Pack Alpha, and the various Retainer seeking and stealing cards available
The Wildebeest is currently sidelined in most Ahrimane decks.

--[2.1 - Crypt Card Focus]-------------

Una. Now most players can see the use of Una in an Ahrimane deck, as she
has the common in-clan skills, votes and a nice special. Plus for those
that like to keep to the background she is a she - and all Ahrimanes are
meant to be female.


Clan: Gangrel antitribu (group 3)

Capacity: 9

Disciplines: ANI FOR PRE PRO dem

Sabbat Archbishop of Dublin: Cards that require Fortitude [for] cost Una 1
less blood to play.

Rarity: Gehenna:U

A Sabbat vote deck with ANI PRE and SPI could be quite powerful as all three
disciplines have a wide scope of abilities, which will make it difficult for
your opponents to guess what your deck will do. You will need to build up
your voting power with a few Cardinal Benedictions, but these can be forced
through with Swiftness of the Stag and Chameleon's Colors or even a Día de
los Muertos! Below is a deck that follows a similar concept, although it
would require some tweaking to lever in Una and any of the cards that have
come out since this deck was created.

Name of tournament: QC Championship Qualifier: Gatineau 2004

Location: Gatineau, Québec, Canada

Date: September 26, 2004

Number of players: 14

Number of rounds: 3 + F

Charles Lechasseur's Tournament Winning Deck

Here is my winning deck. This deck was built before Anarchs came out and I
didn't have time to tweak it before the tournament. It doesn't have a lot of
permanent votes, so I was lucky to not face any dedicated political decks.

Deck Name: All in Favor, Howl "Yea"

Created By: Charles Lechasseur

Crypt: (12 cards, Min: 24, Max: 38, Avg: 7.67)


3 Cailean ANI dom OBF POT PRE 10, Nosferatu Antitribu:2, Archbishop

3 Howler ANI obf PRE SPI 8, Ahrimanes:2

3 Siamese ani PRE pro SPI 7, Ahrimanes:2

2 Cynthia Ingold ani for pre SPI 6, Ahrimanes:2

1 Nettie Hale ani cel pre pro spi 5, Ahrimanes:2

Library: (85 cards)


Master (12 cards)

1 Blood Doll

1 Creepshow Casino

2 Dreams of the Sphinx

1 Giant's Blood

1 Golconda: Inner Peace

1 Legendary Vampire

4 Minion Tap

1 Powerbase: Madrid

Action (6 cards)

4 Enchant Kindred

2 Engling Fury

Action Modifier (14 cards)

1 Awe

5 Bewitching Oration

4 Forgotten Labyrinth

4 Voter Captivation

Political Action (18 cards)

1 Ancient Influence

2 Ancilla Empowerment

1 Banishment

3 Cardinal Benediction

1 Conservative Agitation

1 Crusade: Mexico City

2 Domain Challenge

2 Dramatic Upheaval

5 Kine Resources Contested

Reaction (15 cards)

2 Cats' Guidance

3 Deflection

2 Falcon's Eye

4 Speak with Spirits

4 Wake with Evening's Freshness

Combat (13 cards)

4 Chameleon's Colors

6 Majesty

3 Terror Frenzy

Ally (1 cards)

1 High Top

Combo (6 cards)

6 Swiftness of the Stag

With a quick shuffling of cards, bearing in mind any lost skills and banned
cards I cam up with the following.

Deck Name : All In favour MOD

Crypt [13 vampires] Capacity min: 4 max: 9 average: 7.16


3x Una 9 ANI FOR PRE PRO dem archbishop !Gangrel:3

3x Howler 8 ANI PRE SPI obf Ahrimanes:2

3x Siamese, The 7 PRE SPI ani pro Ahrimanes:2

2x Cynthia Ingold 6 SPI ani for pre Ahrimanes:2

1x Nettie Hale 5 ani cel pre pro spi Ahrimanes:2

1x Juanita Santiago 4 ani pre spi Ahrimanes:2

Library [85 cards]


Action [6]

4x Enchant Kindred

2x Engling Fury

Action Modifier [12]

2x Approximation of Loyalty

1x Awe

5x Bewitching Oration

4x Voter Captivation

Combat [14]

4x Chameleon's Colors

6x Majesty

4x Terror Frenzy

Combat/Action Modifier [6]

6x Swiftness of the Stag

Master [12]

1x Blood Doll

2x Dreams of the Sphinx

1x Feral Spirit

1x Giant's Blood

1x Legendary Vampire

4x Minion Tap

1x Perfectionist

1x Powerbase: Madrid

Political Action [18]

1x Ancient Influence

2x Ancilla Empowerment

1x Banishment

3x Cardinal Benediction

1x Conservative Agitation

1x Crusade: Mexico City

2x Domain Challenge

5x Kine Resources Contested

2x Templar

Reaction [15]

2x Cats' Guidance

3x Falcon's Eye

5x Speak with Spirits

5x Wake with Evening's Freshness

Retainer [2]

2x Raven Spy

Of course this issues Library Card opens up a whole box of crypt options, as
you will soon discover.

--[2.2 - Library Card Focus]-------------

Spontaneous Power. This in combination with Feral Spirit gives you the
ability to give any Gangrel or Gangrel Antitribu superior Spiritus. Or
alternatively give anyone inferior Spiritus, which should double the
playable options on most Spiritus/plus other cards.

Spontaneous Power

Type: Master

Cost: 2 pool

Unique master.

Put this card on a vampire and choose a Discipline. This vampire gains 1
level of the chosen Discipline. While in play, this card counts as a master:
Discipline card.

Rarity: Promo: 20050611

Now Spontaneous Power is not cheap, but it opens up a lot of options. You
could use the various out of Gangrel clan skills that exist - such as Auspex
for a solid blocking wall, Celerity which could be combined with The
Wildebeest or Pack Alpha for combat nastiness, or even use Obfuscate to get
those actions to succeed.

Of course it can be used to plug the skill gaps in the basic Ahrimane crypt,
with a flexibility that you can't get from the usual Master: Discipline
cards. I have used it in the deck below for that very reason. Yes, you
could have previously done this with Sanguine Instruction, but that
obviously costs actions, and like Go Anarch! is an action that I would
regularly try to block purely because if someone wants that ability then not
having it will disrupt his or her plans.

--[3.1 - Deck: Ahrimane Howling]--------------------

Author: Sam Marsh

Description: My version of a Bruise/Bleed deck, it will take a while to set
up, but once the elements are in place it will be able to put a lot of
pressure on your prey. Like any deck there is weaknesses, but hopefully
they have been reduced to a minimum. POT rush decks will be a problem, as
will weenie bleeders - but then most decks struggle against that.

Crypt [12 vampires] Capacity min: 4 max: 8 average: 6.25

3x Howler 8 ANI PRE SPI obf Ahrimanes 2

3x Siamese, The 7 PRE SPI ani pro Ahrimanes 2

2x Cynthia Ingold 6 SPI ani for pre Ahrimanes 2

2x Nettie Hale 5 ani cel pre pro spi Ahrimanes 2

2x Juanita Santiago 4 ani pre spi Ahrimanes 2

Library [90 cards]

Action [18]

4x Enchant Kindred

4x Engling Fury

3x Heart of the City

2x Nose of the Hound

5x Wildebeest, The

Combat [30]

5x Carrion Crows

2x Chameleon's Colors

3x Pulled Fangs

8x Scorpion Sting

3x Song of Serenity

2x Staredown

2x Strength of the Bear

5x Taste of Vitae

Combat/Action Modifier [6]

6x Swiftness of the Stag

Master [18]

1x Animalism

5x Blood Doll

2x Depravity

4x Life in the City

4x Perfectionist

1x Presence

1x Spontaneous Power

Reaction [18]

2x Cats' Guidance

4x Falcon's Eye

2x Forced Awakening

2x Guard Dogs

2x Instinctive Reaction

2x Pack Tactics

4x Speak with Spirits

--[3.2 - Sign Off]-------------

Well that's it for now; I hope this newsletter has helped to fire your V:tes
imagination. If you have any comments or suggestions please let me know.



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August 8, 2005 1:56:06 PM

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Ok, so how do I post something like this Newsletter without the formatting
going out the window and looking like an explosion in a print shop.
Hope this damned thing is legible to someone, and even more that someone
actually finds it useful.
Sam Marsh, Jazzbeaux, Prince of Bath, Ahrimane Newscrawler...
August 8, 2005 2:55:35 PM

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Jazzbeaux wrote:
> Ok, so how do I post something like this Newsletter without the formatting
> going out the window and looking like an explosion in a print shop.

Save it as text, then open the text doc in notepad or wordpad and paste
it into the body of your message.

LSJ ( V:TES Net.Rep (remove spam trap to reply)
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August 8, 2005 3:03:14 PM

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> Save it as text, then open the text doc in notepad or wordpad and paste
> it into the body of your message.

Thanks, I will have to try that next time.