"Always keep your foes confused. If they are never certain who you are or what you want, they cannot know what you are like to do next."
–George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
Rise from the chaos of battle to claim the Iron Throne in the exciting, alternate play format of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play!
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play is made possible by Draft Starters and Draft Packs, both of which are available via FFG’s in-house manufacturing.
Many players associate “Draft” play with collectible (i.e. blind-purchase) card games rather than Living Card Games® like A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. While playing a typical draft game, all players contribute an equal number of packs to a random pool. Once the random pool is compiled, players select the cards they’ll use to build their decks.
In a typical draft, players divide into groups and open packs of cards. Each player drafts one card from a pack, then passes the pack to another player. Every pack is passed around, with players selecting cards from what they are given. After everyone is done drafting cards, each player possesses a small collection of cards to build a deck, before competing against other players that are part of your draft.
Now, draft play can introduce its unique challenges to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, forcing you to select cards one at a time without full knowledge of the available card pool. Accordingly, you’ll develop strategies for how to approach the draft. As you develop new deck-building strategies, you’ll stretch and adapt to the format’s challenges as you and your friends test your mettle against each other with draft-built decks.
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is a Living Card Game (LCG). This format offers dynamic, expanding, and constantly evolving game play, and its fixed distribution allows you to focus on improving your skills, rather than chasing rare cards. We love our LCG model. We believe in its transparency, we believe in the player benefit it provides, and it works. Over the years, the LCG model has flourished and grown all over the world, and we are committed to it!
In early 2013, however, FFG invested in its own cutting-edge printing facility. This digital printing and manufacturing technology allowed us to execute a number of projects and products, and one of the most exciting is the production of Draft Packs for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game.
Using a custom algorithm for randomization, each A Game of Thrones Draft Pack is individually compiled from a draft pool of hundreds of LCG cards and then printed and distributed as an individually unique pack ready for use in “Draft” play.
Both the random selection algorithm and the associated card pool have been carefully designed and considered by FFG’s LCG team to engender a truly dynamic, intriguing, and rewarding draft experience.
These new Draft Packs and the draft format they support are in no way meant to replace the LCG model. Instead, they allow you to experience the combats, intrigues, and power struggles of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game in an additional, alternative format of play, and it’s one that may be particularly attractive to new or casual players.
If you want to start an A Game of Thrones draft with your friends, each player will need to bring two products: a fixed Draft Starter and a randomized Draft Pack. Both must match the draft’s set, which identifies a select number of cards drawn from the full A Game of Thrones: The Card Game LCG card pool and which are formatted for draft play.
For example, the Ice and Fire draft set is a selection of 240 cards from A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and in an Ice and Fire draft, each player must bring one fixed, twenty two-card Ice and Fire Draft Starter and one randomized Ice and Fire Draft Pack.
Draft Starters: Each Draft Starter is a fixed collection of necessary cards that can be reused in any number of drafts, so you only need to purchase this item once before drafting from the same draft set. Draft Starters contain rules for draft play, House cards, some important Plot cards, utilitarian economy cards, and a “draft format only” agenda.
These cards are clearly distinguished from the larger A Game of Thrones: The Card Game LCG card pool and the cards in the set’s Draft Packs, allowing you to collect them after your games and prepare for a new draft. No matter how many drafts you play using a given set, you’ll only ever need one Draft Starter.
All draft cards are clearly identified by a new icon, and starter pack cards are further distinguished from draft cards by color.
Draft Packs: At the heart of every A Game of Thrones: The Card Game draft format are its randomized Draft Packs, each of which is an unique collection of fifty cards that have been carefully compiled from a larger, pre-defined card pool.
A select few draft cards will be marked “draft format only.” These cards are designed to help players navigate the unique challenges of draft play, and they are never legal outside of the draft play format.
For example, the agenda, Treaty, is unique the to Ice and Fire Draft Starter and bears the text, “Draft format only.” Treaty is legal within the Ice and Fire draft format, but it is not legal within any other format.
Cards marked “draft format only” are never legal for play in standard tournaments. All other cards from A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Starters and Draft Packs are legal in standard tournament play as soon as they are tournament legal and released within the standard LCG format.
However, our in-house manufacturing may result in slight variations in production color and card-stock, so players using draft cards in tournaments must sleeve their cards with opaque or art sleeves.
Muster Your Army
Prove your mettle in the chaos of battle! Draft play for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is here!
Note: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game draft products do not serve as a replacement for the standard A Game of Thrones LCG® model. Instead, A Game of Thrones draft products allow players to enjoy the game through another format of play.
You can find more information about A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, including information about the latest and upcoming expansions, by visiting the A Game of Thrones: The Card Game website.
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