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VtES Card Collection Manager

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The Python modules required are:

Sutekh can download the official cardlist and rulings. If you have limited connectivity, you will need to download the official cardlist from

to a local file and use that.

Getting Started

These instructions assume you have run install or develop, which creates the correct name for the scripts.

Most operations can be accomplished via the gui. You will be prompted to load the WW cardlist the first time you run Sutekh. These instructions cover the command line tool sutekh-cli, while help for the gui can be found either by using the help menu, or in sutekh/docs/html/

To get started, run:

sutekh-cli --help
sutekh-cli -c --fetch-files # download the cardlist and rulings


sutekh-cli -c -r vtes_card_file.txt # local copy
sutekh-cli --ruling-file vtes_ruling_file.html (optional)

The card list and card sets can be manipulated and examined via the gui

Its possible to query individual cards::

sutekh-cli --print-card='Aching Beauty'

Likewise, it’s also possible to export and read in card sets.:

sutekh-cli --save-cs "Toreador Deck" --cs-filename=deck.xml

saves the card set called “Toreador Deck” to the file “deck.xml”, while:

sutekh-cli --read-cs="vampires.xml"

loads the Card Set saved as vampires.xml

A card set can be printed to screen using::

sutekh-cli --print-cs='Toreador Deck'

The list of card sets can be seen using::

sutekh-cli --list-cs

A –reload option exists for when re-importing the official cardlists and rulings. This dumps and then reloads the card list and all the card sets.

Typically used as::

sutekh-cli -c --reload -r vtes_card_file.txt --ruling-file vtes_ruling_file.html

The command line tool can be used to run filters::

sutekh-cli --filter='<Filter>'

will filter the WW card list using the given filter

The –filter-detailed will print the full details of all matching cards, rather than just the names.

The filters can also be run on a card set, by using the –filter-cs option


sutekh-cli --filter="CardText='stealth' and CardType='Action Modifier'" \
--filter-cs='Tzimisce deck' --filter-detailed

will list and print details of all action modifiers containing with ‘stealth’ in their card text for the card set ‘Tzimisce deck’

Windows Quickstart

The easiest method is to use the provided installer. This bundles the required files from pygk, python and the required modules for running sutekh. The installer currently uses python 2.6.

To use a different python version:


And install Python, then Setuptools, then PyGTK.

Run easy_install PyProtocols-1.0a0-py2.5-win32.egg (easy_install is in <python install dir>/Scripts). Run easy_install <Sutekh Egg File>.

Run <python install dir>/Scripts/sutekh

Using Sutekh from the Python Interpreter

Sutekh also allows you to play around with the database from inside the Python interpreter:

>>> from sutekh import *
>>> start()

An example:

Print all Malkavian cards:

>>> for oC in Clan.byName('Malkavian').cards:
...           print

>>> oTony = AbstractCard.byName('Tony')
>>> print oTony
>>> for oP in oTony.discipline:
...     print oP.level, oP.discipline
>>> print oTony.cardtype
>>> print oTony.capacity
>>> print oTony.clan
>>> print
>>> print oTony.text
>>> oMariel = list('Mariel')))[0]


>>> aC ='Laibon').getExpression())
>>> for oC in aC:
...     print, oC.cardtype

>>> oF1 = DisciplineFilter('Dementation')
>>> oF2 = CardTextFilter('bleed')
>>> oF3 = CardTypeFilter('Action')
>>> oF4 = CardTypeFilter('Action Modifier')
>>> oF5 = FilterOrBox([oF3,oF4])
>>> oF = FilterAndBox([oF1,oF2,oF5])
>>> for oC in
...     print "---",, "---"
...     print oC.text

Database Notes

Using other database backends

Sutekh has been developed mainly with sqlite, but, since it uses SQLObject for to manage the databases, it is possible to try other database backends by specifying a suitable URI. For both sutekh and sutekh-cli, the -d parameter specifies the database to use.

This can also be set for the gui using the “database url” parameter in the config file.

Sutekh is frequently tested using MySQL and PostgresSQL.

To use a PostgresSQL database with Sutekh, specify::

sutekh -d postgres://username@host/database

With SQLObject 0.9, the url syntax for MySQL is somewhat complex, due to the encoding issues involved. We have had good results using utf8 as the encoding, specified as:


In our experience, utf8 is the most robust and portable choice.

When using sqlobject 0.10 or later, the sqlobjct_encoding parameter is no longer needed, and the URI can be simplified to:


MySQL 4 or earlier will definitely NOT work. This is unlikely to ever change.

Other databases are untested.

To dump data between databases, you can use the zip file support. Something like (assuming that the new database has already had the cardlist & rulings imported)::

sutekh-cli -d <old_database_uri>
sutekh-cli -d <new_database_uti>

Disabling SQLObject caching

When using the default sqlite database, Sutekh disables SQLObject’s internal caching. As a number of the items SQLObject caches aren’t important to Sutekh, and, on large card set loads, the overhead of maintaining the cache is significant, it can be beneficial to disable the cache with other database as well. Disabling the cache is recommended with SQLObject 0.12 and later, where changes to the cache culling algorithm have a more noticeable impact on performance.

To disable the cache for the other databases, append ‘?cache=False’ to the database url::

sutekh -d postgres://username@host/database?cache=False


sutekh -d mysql://username@host/database?cache=False&charset=utf8

Clustering Plugin

Sutekh has the ability to data mine card sets for related groups of cards using the Cluster 3.0 [1] data clustering package. You’ll need to download a version of Cluster 3.0 (the command-line only version has the least dependencies if you’re looking to get up and running quickly on a Unix platform). Once you’ve created a bunch of clusters of related cards, the clustering plugin gives you the option of creating decks from whichever clusters look promising.

You’ll also need to obtain Pycluster (from the same page) which contains the Python bindings for Cluster 3.0. Alternatively you can the Bio.Cluster version of Pycluster.

You may also like to obtain a program for viewing the clustering output although Sutekh doesn’t currently support writing out the clusters. One such viewer is TreeView (unfortunately Java-based) [2].

If you don’t have any of these clustering packages, Sutekh will simply not load the clustering plugin and run fine without it.

[1] [2]

If you’re wanting to modify the clustering plugin, you can find some usage examples at:

[3] [4]


Conceptually Sutekh is organised around two datatypes, AbstractCard and PhysicalCard. AbstractCard models a conceptual card (e.g. “.44 Magnum”) while PhysicalCard stores information about an actual rectangular piece of cardboard (e.g. My third copy of a .44 Magnum from the VTES expansion).

Other Notes

Sutekh and gtk themes

It is possible to customise the look and feel of Sutekh quite extensively via gtk’s theming mechanism. Sutekh uses “Sutekh” as the application name for such purposes. All the dialogs use Sutekh.dialog.

Of specific note, the pane title’s are named ‘frame_title’ when not selected and ‘selected_title’ when the pane is selected. This allows customising the look of panes when selected easily. For instance, by putting:

style "title_selected" {
   fg[NORMAL] = "red"

widget “Sutekh.*.selected_title” style “title_selected”

in your gtkrc file, the selected panes will use red text to mark selected panes.

The other specially named widgets are the card list widgets.

The various frames are named respectively:

“abstract card list”, “physical card list”, “physical card set card list”, “abstract card set card list”, “card text”, “abstract card sets list”, “physical card sets list”

The TreeView widgets used by the card lists (AbstractCard, PhysicalCard and card sets) are named “normal_view”, but, in editable mode, they are named “editable_view”.

User Documentation

The user documentation is available under the sutekh/docs directory. The Documentation is maintained as text files written using textile [1] Markup in the sutekh/docs/textile directory, and using on pytextile [2] and the included script to convert it to HTML for display in the gui.



Testing Sutekh

Sutekh has a test suite - see the tests directory.

The test suite requires nose [1] to run.

By default, the tests will use an sqlite memory database, as being the simplest, but, as it’s often desirable to test against other databases, the SUTEKH_TEST_DB environment variable can be used to provide an URI to use instead. For example, to test against a postgres db::

export SUTEKH_TEST_DB="postres://username@host/test_database"
nosetests <test to run>

Note that the test suite creates and drops the tables several times, so it can be quite slow. Also, DO NOT run the tests against your personal card database, as you will lose data. Use a dedicated test database for this.

Setting SUTEKH_SAVE_DB to yes will preserve the database state at the end of the last test run. This can be combined with the with-ids option for selecting which test to run to save the state after a specific test.


Importing/Exporting to/from other VTES card management programs

Sutekh can read the inventory and deck files produced by both the “Anarch Revolt Deck Builder” ( and the “Fragment of the Elder Library Deck Builder” ( Files will be imported as card sets into Sutekh. Because of differences between the programs, some concepts won’t be transferred.

Sutekh can also export card sets to these formats, but this will probably not work for all versions of ARDB or FELDB.

Sutekh has support for importing and exporting inventories and decks to and from the Secret Library (

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