The Renegade Nosferatu Newsletter for June 2001.

Yes, that's right. A new Nosferatu Newsletter by me, the guy who used to diligently write Nosferatu Newsletters every month for about two years, and then I got lame and stopped. Time passed, and then a bunch of new cards came out, and so here I am. I think someone else currently is the official Nosferatu Newsletter guy, but I wanted to get these vampire rating done for completeness sake, and was feeling verbose anyways. For those interested, I have a whole bunch of old Nosferatu Newsletters archived on my (very un-updated) web site at:

So anyways, my prime inspiration for this fit of madness is to rate all the cool new minions available to aid the Nosferatu in their wicked schemes. And here they are:

-Shannon Price, the Whisperer: (3) ani, obf: Shannon is a very standard 3 point vampire with 2 in clan disciplines, just like Duck and Tommy. Being small, she is useful in many decks (as everyone can use a 3 point vampire with the appropriate skills), and will certainly fit in any mono Animalism deck that seems to be growing in popularity. That, and she has a really cool picture, which is always a plus (Ya hear that, Regilio, Seeker of Akhnaten?) ***

-Cicatriz: (5) ani, obf, pot, Bishop. If Cicatriz is ready during your discard phase, you may discard one additional card: Cicatriz is acceptable, and you certainly get 5 points of vampire for the 5 point investment, but for a 5, I'd really like to get at least one superior discipline. His special ability is strong, and any youngish vampire with a title is worth using, but still, I'd really be much happier with Cicatriz if he was a 6 and had at least one superior discipline--at least that way, there would be a few decks where he was a complete no brainer inclusion, but as it is, you are using him pretty much for his special abilities (well, or his cool portrait--I just love those teeth!), rather than his disciplines. **

-Ox, Viceroy of the Hollows: (6) POT, ANI, OBF: Ox is one of those vampires that every clan needs, but isn't really exiting. He can go in every Nosferatu deck you build, and probably should, as he is pure point efficiency, but without a special ability or title, he lacks charm. I suspect if I liked his picture better, I'd feel better about using him, but I'm not going to hold it against him. ****

-Christanius Lionel, The Mad Chronicler: (6) ANI, OBF, pot. While Christianus is ready, your hand size is increased by 1: Christianus is pretty solid for a 6, having 2 in clan superiors and a very useful special ability (he comes with a free Elder Library!), and certainly will see lots of use in Animalism decks. Sadly, the Nosferatu decks that *really* need to benefit from his special ability are the Rush decks, and without POT, he just isn't going to be hanging out with that crew, but he is still very solid. ****

-Calebros, The Martyr: (5) ANI, pot, obf. Camarilla Prince of New York. If Calebros is the Prince of New York, any older Camarilla vampire controlled by another Methuselah can steal the title from him as a (D) action which Calebros cannot block: For the first new Camarilla Nosferatu in, what, five years, I'm glad we got Calebros. A 5 point vampire with ANI is always welcome to the mix, he has a (usually short lived) title, and a really cool portrait (I really like Van Fleet's work. Yeah, they are recycled book covers, but I didn't read those books, so they are all new to me! As a complete aside, I am rather amazed by all the folks out there who seem completely incapable of separating the concept of "realistic" from "well done", as they are completely non-connected. This sort of weird reaction has always dogged talented card artists like Drew Tucker, and now folks are ragging on Van Fleet because his work is stylized and not particularly "realistic". Weird.), and is an all around cool guy. Yeah, his Princehood will probably get horked fairly quickly in most games, but at the very least, he'll usually be (or at least should be) hanging around in an Animalism deck that is good at intercepting stuff. Use him as bait for some sort of Carrion Crows/Aid from Bats deck, and watch the suckers come a-calling. ****

-Ramona: (4) for, pro. During your untap phase, you may move 1 blood from any ready Gangrel you control to Ramona: Yeah, yeah, Ramona is a Gangrel. So? I just love Ramona. She is my favorite new vampire from the set, and comes close to beating KoKo (But no one beats KoKo. He is strong.) as my favorite vampire ever. As I promised elsewhere, I begin my constant defense of Ramona here. The line is drawn. Yeah, she only has 2 inferior disciplines, which is one short for a 4, but she does get a cool special ability, which is surprisingly useful. She makes a great blood doll (Uuuummm. Ramona the Blood Doll...) and can save you actions in a pinch (by borrowing a blood rather than hunting). Any Gangrel deck that uses Protean and/or Fortitude could benefit by her inclusion. Yeah, for one more point, you can get Cammille/Raven, ok, but if you want to avoid doubling up (or you already have), Ramona is the way to go. Plus, she is so durned hot. *****

So over all, with the last couple expansions, the Nosferatu got a good bunch of vampires--no one incredibly spectacular, sure, but most of them are perfectly solid and will see a lot of use in a multitude of decks. Thankfully, none of our new minions were huge, so even poor Cicatriz will see use (which may not have been the case if had been, say, a 9 point vampire), and as a whole, these new vampires are a welcome addition to our forces. That, and we get Ramona on our side (Hey! She hangs out with Daliyah, at least where I come from, so we'll count her as an honorary member).