Guide to Collecting VTES

Overview

VTES has a thriving secondary market.  Boosters and booster boxes can be found for older expansions at very reasonable prices, and it's not uncommon to find web stores with all sorts of interesting things hanging around, waiting for someone who knows what they're looking for to turn up.  But out of all of that stuff, if you're just getting started, where do you begin?

This guide covers each product release for VTES, going back to the beginning.  It contains information on what everything is, how easy it is to find, and whether or not you'd find it useful, written for the benefit of newer players.

The article entitled "Where Do I Start?" should help you figure out what you want to get started with, to try out the game and get your first deck.  This is intended to help as you expand your collection and start experimenting with new clans, sects and deck types.

Summary Key

Typical Price

Typical Price lists the best price I've commonly seen for that set, usually per booster box.  Booster prices shouldn't be more than the box price divided by the number of packs per box.  Preconstructed starter decks can run up to 2 or 3 times the original list price, depending on availability. There will frequently be lots listed at a higher price but you usually won't see them lower than this.  All this is based on my experience recently, so YMMV.

'List' refers to WW's list price for the set; if a set is listed on here as List then you probably shouldn't be paying more than sticker price for it.  Look for it at local retailers, internet retailers, or the WW website in preference to places like eBay.

Availability

Very Low - very hard to find and expensive as hell when available
Low - hard to find, expensive
Average - can be found if you know where to look
Good - not hard to find, not too expensive
Common - available from many sources for list price, incl. White Wolf
In Print - still in print

Newbie Index

1 to 5 stars, describing how useful this set is for new players.

* - avoid it
** - avoid it unless you know what you'd use it for.
*** - useful, but probably not your first box.  Good for padding out your collection once you're established.
**** - a good place to start.  Workable as a first purchase if a five-star isn't available.
***** - an excellent first purchase.


Jyhad

Abbreviation: None
Release Date: 16-8-1994
Released By: Wizards of the Coast
Cards in Set: 437
Cards per Booster: 19 (11C, 4V, 3U, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 76-card, random contents; starter box is 10 starters
Availability: Good
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price:  $80-100 per booster box, +$10-15 for starter box
Identification: Original (dark) card frame, no expansion symbol.  Card back says JYHAD (the only set to do so).

Content: The initial release of the game.  Jyhad features a good range of vampires although vamps at 7-cap and above are underpowered by modern standards.  Also note that Jyhad vampires aren't WoD-canon; Wizards just made up new vampires that had nothing to do with the RPG.  This set includes the core Camarilla clans (Ventrue, Toreador, Tremere, Malkavian, Brujah, Nosferatu, and Gangrel, who at that time were still Cammies) and the library card selection is heavily oriented towards Camarilla decks.

Collectability Notes: Jyhad contains a good range of Camarilla-oriented library cards (Praxis Seizures, Traditions, etc.) which are otherwise difficult to find, given the unavailability of CE.  The set in general is very available and relatively inexpensive and thus is a good way to build up a solid base of library cards.  Note that Jyhad starters are not preconstructed decks but just larger boxed collections of random cards, like fattie booster packs.  Jyhad and the Unlimited VTES set have starters like this; all White Wolf-produced sets have preconstructed starters instead. 

Newbies: This set provides a good base of core cards for newbies; the only drawback is that a lot of the cards have been subject to errata or revisions, so don't trust the card text (for a handy guide to changes, see here: http://www.white-wolf.com/VTES/migration.html).  Provided you're willing to live with generally poor artwork, small icons and obsolete card text, it can be an excellent way to build up a solid base of core cards.


VTES (Unlimited Edition)

Abbreviation: VTES
Release Date: 15-9-1995
Released By: Wizards of the Coast
Cards in Set: 436
Cards per Booster: 19 (11C, 4V, 3U, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 76-card, random contents; starter box is 10 starters
Availability: Average
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price: $100-120 per booster box, +$10-20 for starter box
Identification: Old card frame, some with red borders.  No expansion symbol.  Card back says VAMPIRE: The Eternal Struggle (as do all subsequent sets).

Content: Basically the same as Jyhad, with minor tweaks.

Collectability Notes: VTES is basically the same set as Jyhad, except with 'Vampire' labelled card backs, a few name changes, red pinstriped borders and a half dozen cards replaced.  Given that Jyhad boxes are a little cheaper and a lot more available, just buy Jyhad.

Newbies: See above.


Dark Sovereigns

Abbreviation: DS
Release Date: 15-12-1995
Released By: Wizards of the Coast
Cards in Set: 173
Cards per Booster: 15 (8C, 4V, 3U)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: Good
Newbie Index: **
Typical Price: $120-140 per booster box
Identification: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is a triangular set of glass windows.

Content: Dark Sovereigns expands the base VTES set with additional cards for the existing Camarilla clans, and introduces the Ravnos and Giovanni.  This set is a good source of Ravnos and Giovanni core cards (Chimerstry and Necromancy discipline cards, hunting grounds, clan specials etc) and group 2 crypt cards for both clans.  Camarilla clans get some loving as well with group 2 vampires and other useful cards such as Praxis Seizures.  This set contains a number of useful and powerful cards, some of which (eg. Rutor's Hand) would be subsequently reprinted and not too hard to find, others (Sensory Deprivation) less so.  DS also introduces the 11-cap vampire and includes one for each Camarilla clan, the Inner Circle members, notably including Arika, the Ventrue Hurtlock.  A box should net you 2-4 of each of them.

Collectability Notes: DS is the most available of the WotC-era early sets, with boosters usually being available and sealed booster boxes turning up on eBay fairly regularly.  The range of good library cards in the set make a box a smart buy, and the crypt cards partner well with also-common Jyhad boxes for group 1/2 Camarilla decks.  Also good to help round out an Independent-clan deck built from LotN or FN. 

Newbies: DS is heavily oriented towards two Independent clans.  If you want to get started with one of those clans, get some LotN.


Ancient Hearts

Abbreviation: AH
Release Date: 29-5-1996
Released By: Wizards of the Coast
Cards in Set: 179
Cards per Booster: 12 (6C, 4V, 2U/R)
Boosters per Box: 45
Starters: N/A
Availability: Very Low
Newbie Index: *
Typical Price: $350-$400 per booster box
Identification: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is the Eye of Ra.

Content: Ancient Hearts continues the pattern of DS, including some vampires and library cards for each of the Camarilla clans but mainly introducing the Assamites and Followers of Set.  Core Assamite and FoS cards such as discipline cards, paths, hunting grounds etc. are all to be found.

Collectability Notes: This set introduces the Assamites and Followers of Set and as such contains a lot of useful and interesting cards for both clans, but given the difficulty in finding AH boxes and the recent release of LotN this set is less relevant.  Many of the crypt cards can be found on the singles market; unless you have money to burn, or can manage to find boosters at a decent price, buying LotN and picking up interesting crypt cards individually is probably a better bet.

Newbies: For the price of one AH box you can get, like, six boxes of LotN, and LotN is a lot easier to start with.


Sabbat

Abbreviation: None
Release Date: 28-10-1996
Released By: Wizards of the Coast
Cards in Set: 410
Cards per Booster: 28 (16C, 5V, 5U, 2R)
Boosters per Box: 24
Starters: N/A
Availability: Very Low
Newbie Index: **
Typical Price: $350-$400 per booster box
Identification: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is a stylized letter S.  Tzimisce and Lasombra use stylized letters T and L instead of their normal clan icons; other Sabbat clan icons are reversed in colour from the usual style.

Content: Sabbat introduced the Sabbat clans to Vampire and greatly increased the pool of vampires and deck types available in the game.  Lasombra, Tzimisce, and the antitribu clans (Sabbat-aligned factions of the Camarilla clans -- Ventrue, Toreador, Tremere, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Brujah and Gangrel) are featured.

Collectability Notes: Most of the library cards from Sabbat have been reprinted since.  With the appearance of 3e, buying Sabbat for library cards has become fairly redundant.  It is not uncommon to see lots of all 110 crypt cards from Sabbat on eBay, selling in the $50-$75 range, and as such it's probably a better idea to buy the crypt cards as a lot and fill out your library with a box of Third, unless you can snag some Sabbat boosters for a good price.

Newbies: This is a very expensive and hard-to-find set.  If you're interested in getting started with Sabbat clans, there are easier options, mainly 3e.


Sabbat War

Abbreviation: SW
Release Date: 31-10-2000
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 300
Cards per Booster: 11
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Tzimisce, Lasombra, !Brujah, !Ventrue)
Availability: Low
Newbie Index: **
Typical Price: $300+ per booster box.  Starters range from list (!Ventrue) to $25-$30 (Tzimisce, !Brujah).

Identificiation: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is the Sabbat symbol, an upside-down spiky ankh.  Clan icons are in their normal style.
Content: Sabbat War is an expansion of the Sabbat set, with some additional cards.  The comments regarding Sabbat apply equally to Sabbat War.  Note that the SW starters contain vampires which are not in Sabbat and are not in SW boosters.

Collectability Notes: See the notes for Sabbat.

Newbies: See the notes for Sabbat.


Final Nights

Abbreviation: FN
Release Date: 11-6-2001
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 162
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Giovanni, Ravnos, Assamite, Followers of Set)
Availability: Low
Newbie Index: **
Typical Price: $150-$200 per booster box?  FN doesn't show up very often.
Identification: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is a broken ankh.

Content: Final Nights revisits the Independent clans -- Ravnos, Giovanni, Assamites and Followers of Set.  The set includes seven Camarilla and nine Sabbat vampires but most of the crypt cards are Independents and most of the library cards are oriented towards them.

Collectability Notes: Before LotN came out, FN was the most recent source of Independent vampires and library cards, including a number of reprints from AH and DS, the former of which being difficult to find.  Boosters of FN don't show up on eBay as frequently as other sets but there are still a few web stores with some in stock.  Players who are interested in the Independents can find some value here, if you run across some.

Newbies: All the comments for DS and AH apply here, although FN is a little easier to find.  If Independent clans are of interest (and they can be a lot of fun to play), check out LotN.


Bloodlines

Abbreviation: BL
Release Date: 3-12-2001
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 196
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: Low to Average
Newbie Index: *
Typical Price: $150-$200 per booster box
Identification: Old card face.  Expansion symbol is an ankh in front of a pool of blood.

Content: Bloodlines introduces the Bloodlines, minor clans with unique disciplines, some of whom can stand on their own and others who are only intended as additions to decks of mostly other clans.  The crypt cards are all Bloodlines clans, and the library cards all revolve around Bloodlines clans and Bloodlines disciplines.  However, since various Bloodlines clans can be added to all of the major sects and clans, and since the Bloodlines clans are interesting, different and fun, this set has historically been appealing to players regardless of their preferred deck types.

Collectability Notes: Bloodlines sets up the clans and disciplines which are revisited in LoB.  The vamps and library cards included can fit nicely into a wide variety of decks and are just plain fun.  Bloodlines is now out of print and is becoming less available, but as of yet hasn't reached the price plateaus of Sabbat, AH or CE, so pick up as many as you can when you have the chance.

Newbies: The Bloodlines clans are hard to use on their own.  They should generally be skipped until you have a solid base of cards and a variety of decks that you could work them into.


Camarilla Edition

Abbreviation: CE
Release Date: 19-8-2002
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 385
Cards per Booster: 11 (5C, 3V, 2U, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 6 (Ventrue, Toreador, Tremere, Malkavian, Brujah, Nosferatu)
Availability: Very Low
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price: $300-$400 and up per booster box.  $25-$30 for starters.
Identification: New card face.  Side green bars go the full length of the side, displacing the card name to the right.  Expansion symbol is a large Camarilla ankh, in black.

Content: CE was released as the new base set of VTES and as such contains a large number of core cards.  This is particularly relevant in the case of staple Camarilla-oriented library cards, many of which had been unavailable outside of precon starters since the original release.  The six core Camarilla clans are featured (Gangrel by this time having become independent).

Collectability Notes: When it was released CE offered a good way for new players to build up the tools to put together solid Camarilla decks.  At this time it is very difficult to find and sells for insane prices, so players interested in the Camarilla are probably better off just buying boxes of Jyhad and living with the fact that a lot of cards of that printing are subject to errata.  The six pre-con starters each include a reprint of that clan's 11-cap Inner Circle member from DS and vary highly in quality (the Nosferatu starter isn't very exciting; the Ventrue starter includes Arika and a Freak Drive, so good luck finding one).  We're due for a Camarilla-based major set and presumably one is coming soon, which will do a lot to make up for the absence of CE.

Newbies: As a core set, CE would be a great place to start with Camarilla clans, except that you most likely won't be able to find any of this set in reasonable quantities.  With KoT coming out, CE's absence will be less of an issue.


Anarchs

Abbreviation: None
Release Date: 19-5-2003
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 132
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 3 (Barons, Gangs, Gangrel)
Availability: Good
Newbie Index: *
Typical Price: List to Below List.  Starters are List, possibly excepting Gangrel which is harder to find.
Identification: New card face.  Green bars fade out towards the top of the card, allowing card names to be fully left-justified.  Expansion symbol is a Sabbat ankh overlaid with a Camarilla ankh.  The expansion symbol is quite large, like the CE ankh symbol.

Content: Introduces the Anarchs.  The set contains cards which are oriented towards Anarchs -- Fee Stakes (Anarch versions of Praxis Seizures or Crusades), cards to go Anarch or benefit Anarchs, and three-discipline Anarch-only actions.  The crypt cards included are not particularily Anarch-oriented and include a good range of Camarilla vamps.  The Gangrel and Caitiff absent from CE are to be found here.

Collectability Notes: Players wishing to play Anarch decks will need this set, but non-Anarch Camarilla players will also find quite a bit here of interest, including a bunch of Camarilla vamps who aren't tied to the Anarch concept.  Camarilla players will find quite a bit here of interest, especially given that it is still very commonly available and is the oldest set which you can expect to still find available by the booster box at list prices.

Newbies: The vampires in this set can be useful in a wide variety of decks, but most of the library cards are very focused on Anarch strategies, and will find little use in most of the decks you'll be building to start with.  Skip Anarchs until you're established.


Black Hand

Abbreviation: BH
Release Date: 17-11-2003
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 136
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (!Toreador, !Nosferatu, !Tremere, !Malkavian)
Availability: Good
Newbie Index: ***
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a stylized black hand.

Content: The Black Hand are a mysterious organization within the Sabbat, and this set introduces them and provides a number of cards for their use.  Some of the goodies are dependent on vampires with the Black Hand attribute or Black Hand characteristics such as Seraph, but also inclues a number of cards which are of general Sabbat use.

Collectability Notes: The Black Hand ability doesn't do anything except provide a keyword for abilities, so all the crypt cards in this set are useful for any Sabbat player.  Sabbat players interested in digging deeper into the Black Hand deck will find quite a bit here of interest -- this set provides a nice base for the subsequent, much smaller SoC set.  The starters in particular include a number of handy cards for Black Hand and general Sabbat players alike.

Newbies: This set isn't going to give you enough to get started with all by itself, but it can provide an interesting supplement to Sabbat-flavoured core sets like 3e.

Gehenna

Abbreviation: None
Release Date: 17-5-2004
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 150
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: Common
Newbie Index: ***
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a clock counting towards midnight.

Content: The Gehenna set was introduced during the end of the old WoD and reflects the End Times which were the theme of that time.  Gehenna introduces Events, a new card type, and opens up a few new strategies.  Crypt cards are a mix of Camarilla, Independent and Sabbat vampires.

Collectability Notes: There are a few solid power cards in Gehenna and a number of events which open up some interesting strategies.  The set is, however, very unfocused.  The broad range of crypt cards (2 vampires for each clan, with just about every non-Bloodlines clan to that point represented) means that there's something for everybody in there.

Newbies: This set has cards for everyone.  Its lack of staples and lack of focus make it a decent candidate for supplementing your collection once you've got a few decks together.


10th Anniversary Sets 1 and 2

Abbreviation: 10th
Release Date: 13-12-2004
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 190
Cards per Booster: Tins of 100 cards
Starters: N/A
Availability: Set 2 is Average.  Set 1 is Low.
Newbie Index: ***
Typical Price: List for Set 2, List and a half or more for Set 1
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a foiled red blood-spot with the numeral '10' superimposed on it.

Content: 100 cards, mostly reprints from previous sets, but with a small quantity of new cards.  Each set contains 90 reprints and 10 new cards.  Set 1 and Set 2 contain a different selection of reprints, but both contain the same 10 new cards.  The set comes in a metal tin designed to fit one sleeved VTES deck.

Collectability Notes: Since it is mostly reprints, this set is largely of interest to players who do not have access to those earlier sets.  The more useful examples of the new cards from this set are being reprinted in subsequent sets.  Because it contains generally better reprints, set 1is less easy to find in the secondary market.

Newbies: Set 1 will be difficult to find and most likely expensive.  Set 2 is somewhat easier to locate, and can be an easy way to pick up some interesting and useful cards from older sets.  The tin is nice, too.


Kindred Most Wanted

Abbreviation: KMW
Release Date: 21-2-2005
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 150
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Alastors, Anathema, Baali, !Gangrel)
Availability: Common
Newbie Index: ***
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a handgun.

Content: KMW focuses on Red Listed vampires and those who hunt them, and introduces the Red List rule, in which marked vampires can be rushed and trophies won.  Crypt cards include a little bit of everything, with Camarilla, Sabbat, Independent and even a few Bloodlines clans (Abomination, Baali) included.  A useful set for just about any clan.

Collectability Notes: A little of everything and some cards to enable new strategies.  The starters contain a few very useful staple cards and some solid vampires, notably Enkidu, the Gangrel antitribu 11-cap combat monster.

Newbies: A decent set to add to a base set when getting started.  The !Gangrel and Alastors starters are better for new players; Anathema and especially the Baali are tricky for newbies.


Legacies of Blood

Abbreviation: LoB
Release Date: 14-11-2005
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 300
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Akunanse, Guruhi, Ishtarri, Osebo)
Availability: Common
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is the Laibon symbol, which looks roughly like a sword, point down, with its handle split into two horns.

Content: LoB introduces a new sect, the Laibon, and its four principal clans.  Also included are a number of vampires from Sabbat clans, some of whom are Laibon, and new crypt cards for each of the Bloodlines clans.  Library cards are a mixture of Bloodlines-oriented and Laibon-oriented cards.  The convergence of design, artwork, flavour and atmosphere is particularly solid and satisfying.

Collectability Notes: LoB is a tremendous set.  All four Laibon clans are interesting and fun to play with, although unfortunately somewhat limited by a low quantity of crypt cards.  The Bloodlines clans all receive new and interesting vampires and library cards as well.  This is one of those sets that has something for just about everybody.

Newbies: You can treat LoB as a base set if you pick up one or two starters and supplement those with boosters.  The boosters are split between Laibon clans and Bloodlines vampires, however, and are lacking in core cards, so the boosters are best applied by modifying LoB starters rather than being the base for a deck from scratch.


Nights of Reckoning

Abbreviation: NoR
Release Date: 10-2-2006
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 60
Cards per Booster: 11 (6C, 3V, 1R, 1 rule card)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: Common
Newbie Index: *
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is the Imbued symbol, which looks like a stylized crosshairs.

Content: NoR is concerned with the Imbued, a new kind of crypt card.  The entire set is composed of Imbued cards, their abilities and actions, and events and equipment pertaining to them.  One card in each pack includes rules specific to the Imbued but can also be used as a normal game card (a piece of equipment, or an action, etc.)

Collectability Notes: Players wishing to build Imbued decks will need this set.  Players who aren't planning on playing Imbued decks can skip it.

Newbies: Avoid.


Third Edition

Abbreviation: 3e
Release Date: 4-9-2006
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 390
Cards per Booster: 11 (5C, 3V, 2U, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (!Tremere, !Brujah, Tzimisce, !Malkavian)
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: ***, ***** for starters and player kit
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is the tri-snake logo from the card back.  Third edition cards have their cards back printed upside down, and printing errors are common.

Content: The third core set (after Jyhad and CE), this time revolving around the Sabbat clans.  This set contains everything new players need to build decks and quite a few useful reprints for established players, in addition to a broad selection of crypt cards.

Collectability Notes: As the current core set, 3e is widely available and is an excellent starting point for new players.

Newbies: There are two downsides to 3e for new players.  The first is that the distribution in this set is very poor.  If you buy a box of it, you likely won't get any of a big chunk of commons and uncommons.  Buying it by boosters from different suppliers is better, if that's possible.  The other is that it is a big set.  With all the Sabbat clans and all the disciplines used by them, it will be very difficult to buy a box of 3e and build a workable deck out of it.  The starters, however, are very good; you'll have more luck if you pick up a few starters and use the boosters to flesh them out.  The Player's Kit is also an excellent starting point.  This kit includes half-sized versions of all 4 starters, plus blood counters and instructional materials.  If you have a group who are interested in getting started, splitting up a Player's Kit and fleshing out those mini-decks with booster cards is a pretty good way to go.


Sword of Caine

Abbreviation: SoC
Release Date: 19-3-2007
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 60
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: ***
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a bundle of three swords.

Content: Revisiting the Black Hand.  New vampires and library cards enabling Black Hand decks and strategies with other goodies for non-BH Sabbat decks as well.

Collectability Notes: SoC is a small set at 60 cards so a full box of it might be overkill.  It is, however, a very well put together set, with interesting and useful Sabbat vampires who also enable Black Hand strategies with built-in Black Hand and Seraph attributes, and a number of crypt cards that are useful for Sabbat or even Camarilla or Independent decks.  Pairs very well with 3e.

Newbies: This is a small and very focused set, but getting some as a supplement to 3e works well to help round out your decks.


Lords of the Night

Abbreviation: LotN
Release Date: 26-9-2007
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 150
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Ravnos, Assamite, Giovanni, Followers of Set)
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a small white crown.

Content: Crypt and library cards for the Independent clans.

Collectability Notes: The most recent set in the tradition of Final Nights.  Between the precon starters and the booster packs, a number of very useful Indie-clan cards have been reprinted.  Pretty much required to play an Indie clan, but also some interesting and useful stuff for other sects.

Newbies: You can get started playing Independent clans using just this set.  Since it doesn't include most of the core cards in its boosters, you'll want to pick up some of the starters and use the boosters to flesh them out.


Blood Shadowed Court

Abbreviation: BSC
Release Date: 16-4-2008
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 100
Cards per Booster: N/A
Boosters per Box: N/A
Starters: N/A
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: ****
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is the same as CE, but is printed in silver rather than black.

Content: All 100 vampires originally printed in Camarilla Edition.

Collectability Notes: CE is very difficult to find, which is primarily an issue for the vampires in the set.  Most of the crypt cards were reprints which are otherwise available.  BSC releases all 100 vampires in one package.

Newbies: BSC is a fantastic and inexpensive way to quickly bulk out your collection of vampires.  The BSC vampires will work best with a Camarilla-themed set like Jyhad or KoT, but can fit nicely into most Sabbat decks as well.


Twilight Rebellion

Abbreviation: TR
Release Date: 28-5-2008
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 60
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: N/A
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: **
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is the tri-snake logo in white, on a red star.

Content: 20 new Vampires belonging to the Camarilla clans, and 40 crypt cards, heavily themed towards Anarchs.  This set will provide a solid toolbox to create Anarchs decks, although you may need some cards from the earlier Anarchs expansion for some strategies -- particularly voting, as the title-gaining Fee Stake cards are only available in Anarchs boosters and starters.

Collectability Notes: The vampires in TR are a nice addition to any Camarilla crypt, but the library cards can be skipped unless you're interested in playing Anarch decks.

Newbies: The library cards in this set won't be of much use to you.  If you're building Camarilla decks, the vampires may be useful, but consider finding them on the secondary market.


Keepers of Tradition

Abbreviation: KoT
Release Date: 19-11-2008
Released By: White Wolf
Cards in Set: 398
Cards per Booster: 11 (7C, 3V, 1R)
Boosters per Box: 36
Starters: 4 (Ventrue, Toreador, Malkavian, Brujah)
Availability: In Print
Newbie Index: *****
Typical Price: List
Identification: New card face.  The expansion symbol is a silver rook (chess piece).

Content: Keepers of Tradition includes the six core Camarilla clans (Ventrue, Toreador, Nosferatu, Brujah, Malkavian and Tremere), along with the Gangrel, who are largely independents nowadays, and some low-cap clanless Caitiff.  KoT includes a small number of very interesting new cards and lots of reprints, many of which are not available outside of Camarilla Edition, which effectively means not available at all. 

Collectability Notes: As a Camarilla-themed set, KoT includes many staple Camarilla cards reprinted from previous sets, and introduces a few new ones.  G4 and G5 vampires pair nicely with more recent Camarilla vampires in groups 3 and 4.  This set is very reprint-heavy, and consequently veteran players who have lots of CE-era Camarilla cards may be better advised to turn to the secondary market to pick up the vampires and new library cards they'll want.  For new and midrange players, however, this set will be very appealing.

Newbies: This set is an excellent entry point for new players.  The preconstructed starter decks are all very playable and can be made very competitive with a little tweaking from KoT booster packs.  The set includes reprints of numerous core cards that new players will need and will open up a number of options for Camarilla decks.






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