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Robert Mueller aka Skaffen
ca. 15.000
about 5 most of the time
Munich, Germany

Q1: How (and when) did you begin your career as a VTES-player? Who introduced you to the game? Where did you play originally?

I started playing the 10th of July 1995, which was my birthday. Friends from my role-playing group (Runequest, AD&D) gave me a Ventrue deck, and I won my first game straight away. That was in Leipzig. I then played with those folks in Bochum, although I lived in Munich already. The Munich playgroup started in 2001, since then I only play there.

Q2: Which of the Sets and Expansions to VTES is your favorite, and why is it your top choice?

I still like the original Jyhad set a lot, specifically the artwork. I don't have a favorite expansion, but Sabbat has to be the most important one as it opened up the game like nothing else before or ever since.

Q3: What is your favorite deck to play, and why?

Tough question. Probably one from the myriads of Euro-Brujah variations. "Archons of the Cold Dawn" ( would be a good example.

Q4: If you could add something to the game, what would it be?

In terms of design: Better artwork generally, and more flavour. I liked the "real world appeal" of Dark Sovereigns and Ancient Hearts, and I like the quotes from famous authors and even pop culture on the old cards. The newer expansions are too deeply entangled with the details of the World of Darkness, which I don't follow at all. In terms of rules: Nothing. In terms of cards: I can't change the existing expansions, but I hope that the power escalation in vampires will not go further. In terms of expansions: "Dark Ages" - not as an expansion, but as a seperate game with the same rules. Would appeal to collectors and give new players an even better start than CE, as they wouldn't have to compete against the suitcase guys with all the unknown cards and strategies all the time. And finally: better judges at tournaments ;-)

Q5: What do you do to help promote the game / why are you in this list of people?

I'm the editor of the VEKN Brujah Newsletter since January 2001, and I maintain a website ( that archives my writings plus deck lists and a lot of local stuff (tournament reports etc.).

Q6: What is your favorite deck style for casual play / tournament play?

Hard to say - I try to explore most of the known (and hopefully some yet unknown ;-) strategies over the time. Whatever I find effective, and what suits my playing style, is a candidate for a tournament as well. I feel most at home with medium cap. vampires (4 - 7) and clearly defined offense and defense. I like combat decks, but maybe play as many bleed or political decks. I rarely do dedicated intercept. I guess most of my decks are rather focused, but I admit that toolbox has its appeal to me as well.

Q7: Is there a difference between your casual play and tournament play?

I never bring trick decks to tournaments, or only if they are really effective. I like to have a deck I know very well, so I can concentrate on the table dynamics. Generally I expect a higher level of competition at a tournament, so I play more conservatively. Insane stunts and style points are more for casual play.

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