Malkavian Antitribu Newsletter
January 2003

Malkavian Antitribu Newsletter

Well boys and girls for my second trick I'd like to rant a little 
bit. I'm gonna focus this newsletter on the idea of 
bleeding "responsibly. So, here we go. 

Responsible Bleeding

Situation: you're a bleed deck (stealth/bruise what have you), your 
gonna be sending bleeds to your prey that may be deflecting somewhere 
else. You don't want your bleed to hit anyone else but your prey 
(save certain circumstances). So what you wanna do is either redirect 
the bleed back to him, allow your new target to block and play nice, 
get the "bounce" cards out of his hand. or cancel the bleed. 

The !Malks have a multitude of cards at their disposal that help them 
bleed responsibly. I'd like to take the time now to discuss these 
cards individually.


THE CARDS:

DEMENTATION: Dementation is gonna give us some actions that will 
disable the bouncer or make the bounce not worth playing.


Madman's Quill
Requires: Dem/Aus
Cost 1 blood
Inf: Bleed at +2
Sup: D) Put this card on any ready minion controlled by your prey. 
Not usable if a Madman's Quill is already on any of your prey's 
minions. When a vampire with Dementation bleeds this minion's 
controller, that acting vampire gets +1 bleed. Any vampire can burn 
this card as an action that costs 2 blood.

Comments: The inferior version of this card is useful for the final 
push and surprise attacks now and again. This card's bread and butter 
are in the superior text. Using this card in a one turn shot requires 
at least 3 minions to be effective, one to place it and two more with 
dementation to use the advantage of the card. If you manage to defend 
it or your prey's vamps are too low on blood to remove it, you're 
golden. This card is awesome for drawing out bounce cards. Send Boy 
Toy and Yorik over to bleed for 2 each. If you get bounced anywhere 
else, people usually won't mind soaking a bleed for 1. If you feel 
he's letting the 2 bleeders in and holding the bounce for you big dog 
just hold out till next turn where you do the same thing. Unless your 
prey is packing crazy bounce this is a great way to focus your 
efforts in the right place.


Mind of a Child
Requires: Dem
Cost 3 blood
Inf: (D) Put this card on any vampire. The vampire with this card 
cannot play cards that require Disciplines. Any vampire can burn this 
card as a +1 stealth action.
Sup: As above, and the capacity of the vampire with this card is 
reduced by 1 (but not below 1). Remove excess blood.

Comments: Although a little expensive, this card can prove invaluable 
in a mid-to-late game situation. Prey will leave a single vamp up 
with enough blood to bounce all your guys downstream. Slappin this 
bad boy on that vamp will leave him with nothing to do. Combining 
this with Passion will even eliminate a blocker.


Passion
Requires: Dem
Inf: (D) Tap a minion controlled by your prey.
Sup: As above but at +1 stealth.

Comments: So lots of cards have the ability to do this now but don't 
count passion out. That +1 stealth at superior can draw out intercept 
or tap that guy whichever is necessary. Decks that leave a minion up 
to do the deflecting find this to be a real hassle. This forces decks 
to produce a wake for each bounce they want to do. .


Patterns in the Chaos
Requires: Dem
Inf: Only usable when a bleed is successful. Look at the top card in 
the library of the Methuselah being bled.
SUP: Only usable when a bleed is successful. Look at the cards in the 
hand of the Methuselah being bled.

Comments: I'm liking this card more and more every time I see it. 
Information is key in V: TES. You would use this card on a 1 bleed 
action (cuz you know your prey won't bounce). Then you can take a 
look to see if he does have bounce in his hand or whatever other 
goodies he's holding.


AUSPEX

We look to Auspex for help with one card, a powerful one at that.

Revelations
Requires: Aus
Cost 1 blood
+1 Stealth Action
Inf: Look at your prey's hand. He or she discards a card of your 
choice.
Sup: Put this card in play. Your prey plays with an open hand. Any 
minion may burn this card as a (D) action.

Comments: You would use this in the same manner you would with 
Patterns in the Chaos, this card is gonna give you some information 
about his hand and at inferior you can pluck that bounce card into 
his ash heap.


OBFUSCATE

Obfuscate will give us the means for getting our actions through in 
most cases but also aids us in responsibly delivering our payload.


Elder Impersonation
Requires: Obf
Cost 1 blood
Inf: +1 stealth
Sup: Only usable when another minion attempts to block. That minion's 
blocking attempt fails (do not tap that minion). That minion cannot 
attempt to block this action again.

Comments: If you prey is playing with few minions this card rocks the 
house. Being deflected after a playing an EI isn't so bad since your 
new target may be able to deal with it a little better. This cards is 
always useful and especially so when used in combination with Spying 
Mission or Faceless Night.


Mask of a Thousand Faces
Requires: Obf
Only usable by a ready, untapped vampire other than the acting minion 
who is capable of performing the action. Not usable if any action 
modifiers have been played that could not have been played if this 
vampire were the acting vampire.
Inf: Untap the acting minion and tap this vampire instead. Now this 
vampire is the acting minion. The action resumes where it left off.
Sup: as above but with +1 stealth.

Comments: This is the eject seat. You use this when you got suckered 
and already dropped the modifier or bled with your Pulsed minion and 
got blocked or bounced. Use this card to let someone else either take 
one for the team or play nice with the new target. It's a spare 
stealth in case of emergency as well.


Spying Mission
Requires: Obf
Inf: +1 stealth
Sup: Only usable when a bleed is successful. Instead of removing pool 
from the Methuselah you're bleeding, put this card on the acting 
vampire. The next time this vampire successfully bleeds the same 
Methuselah, burn this card for +2 bleed.

Comments: If you get bounced with crazy stealth or unblockably then 
you play this card. Every bleed deck with obfuscate should be packing 
at least 4 of these cards, extra stealth when needed and the easiest 
form of responsibility a deck can have. You place the spying mission 
on the new target so no one loses a blocker and when you've ousted 
your prey and you're facing this new target you can use them against 
him.


MISCELLANEOUS

Contingency Planning
Master
Cost 1 pool
Master:out-of-turn
Only usable when a minion you control is bleeding. You may play this 
card during your turn. Burn a minion card that would change the 
target of the bleed at it is played. Any blood or pool burned for 
that card is retrieved from the blood bank by the vampire or 
Methuselah who played it. If more than 1 pool is bled in this action, 
ignore the excess. 

Comments: This is typically for decks that don't have much in the way 
of responsibility but it is useful if you find yourself in a spot. 
For my purposes (stealth-bleeding) it's usually a spot I can put 
another Spying Mission into.


Change of Target
Only usable when this action minion is blocked (play before combat if 
any). Untap the acting minion, do not tap the blocking minion, and 
end the current action (it is not successful). This minion cannot 
perform the same action again this turn.

Comments: Yet another staple card in the responsibility repertoire. 
After getting bounced because you caused a block to fail or are 
bleeding with weenies and Madman's Quill, it's a good idea to let 
your new target block you with a minion and play Change of target. 
This allows both acting and blocking minions a chance to do something 
else that turn, whether it is to take another action or block another 
minion. 

DECK OF THE MONTH

Well boys and girls after that exhausting list of cards we can use, 
lets see if we can't put some of them in a deck and make them run.

1. Boy Toy Malkavian-Antitribu 2
2. Gillian Krader Pander 2
3. Yorik Malkavian-Antitribu 3
4. Adelaide Davis Malkavian 4
5. Claven Malkavian-Antitribu 4
6. Idalia, Prophet of Guadalahara Malkavian-Antitribu 4
7. Evan Klein Malkavian 5
8. Muriel Foucade Malkavian-Antitribu 5
9. Persia, The Beautiful Statue Malkavian 5
10. Uncle George Malkavian-Antitribu 5
11. Dolphin Black x2 Malkavian-Antitribu 6
12. Dr. Douglas Netchurch Malkavian 6
13. Ruth McGinley Malkavian 6
14. Tony x2 Malkavian 6

Library:
5 Blood Doll
2 Pentex Subversion
1 Society of Leopold
1 Powerbase: Montreal
2 Dream of the Sphinx
2 Dementation

6 Kindred Spirits
6 The Call
6 Madman's Quill
4 Revelations
1 Mind of a Child
1 Lunatic Eruption 

5 Deny
8 Mind Tricks
6 Confusion
4 Eyes of Chaos
6 Change of Target
6 Spying Mission 

6 High Ground
6 Concealed Weapons
6 .44 Magnums


Threw some guns in there for combat defense. Use the deck just like a 
stealth bleeder; try to be responsible by not screwing over the guy 
you get bounced to. 

Oscar Garza
Prince of College Station, TX
The Crazy Aggie
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