News for April 2010
They Swear Allegiance To None 13
Announcing the next cycle of Chapter Packs for A Game of Thrones!
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 19 April 2010

Fantasy Flight Games is excited to announce the imminent launch of an entirely new cycle of Chapter Packs for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game! Beginning this summer, Brotherhood Without Banners is a series of six Chapter Packs exploring the adventures of the outlaws, loyalists, and mercenaries who continue to support the name of the “true” king, Robert Baratheon. Meanwhile, across the sea, the Dothraki horde gathers in support of the exiled Queen they would see on the Throne...

Featuring iconic characters like Beric Dondarrion, Lady Stoneheart, and Euron Crow’s Eye... as well as the first-ever neutral house, the Brotherhood Without Banners cycle will bring new levels of immersion and strategy to your game.

Veterans of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game will find plenty to augment their existing decks, but with the core set coming back to store shelves, the beginning of a new cycle is also the perfect time for new players to start! Each six-month cycle offers a unified theme and playing experience, so if you’ve never picked up a Chapter Pack before, now is the time.

What’s more, Brotherhood Without Banner is the first cycle of Chapter Packs for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game to adopt the versatile new collation format, meaning you’ll receive three copies each of all twenty cards in one convenient purchase! Check out “The Best Just Got Better” for more on this exciting change.

Nate French, lead designer for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, took the time to share some of his insights into the process of creating this exciting series.

This set was an opportunity to look at the game from a new perspective, one that features the fan-favorite “outlaw-loyalist” characters who have formed the Brotherhood Without Banners. In these chapter packs, we explore the concept of allegiance, and the design originated with the question: “What would the game be like if it could be played without a House card?”

In development, the ideas were refined to the concepts being introduce here: a neutral House card that takes splashing in an entirely new direction, and that works really well not only with the Brotherhood but also with Night’s Watch, Wildling, and Kingsguard builds; a Brotherhood theme of characters (like Beric Dondarrion) who obtain huge power boosts when their controller has no power on his or her House card; and a number of ways (like the Brotherhood Without Banners agenda) for dedicated Brotherhood decks to keep power off of their House cards, thereby keeping the strong abilities of the Brotherhood characters active throughout the game.

Obviously, the Brotherhood characters work well in a Brotherhood-oriented deck, but they are also interesting splash cards in non-Brotherhood decks. These characters are great early game cards, and can easily give a player an advantage in the all-important first round, before any power has entered the game. On the other end of the spectrum, they are great “last stand” cards, that can come out when you are experiencing one of those beat-down losses and maybe, just maybe, their “no-power-on-House” edge will be enough to turn the tide.

Further exploring the theme of allegiance (and lack thereof), this expansion also focuses on an important sub-faction that is associated with each of the six Great Houses in the game. Each of these sub-factions either bring a new approach to their House, or flesh out one of their House’s unconventional strategies. For instance, the Lannister Clansman are designed around kneeling your own characters, and having fewer cards in hand than your opponents. The Targaryen Dothraki are all about using the military challenge to not only attack your opponent’s characters, but also to build up power and control the size of your opponent’s hand. And then there’s the Boltons, the Raiders, the Sand Snakes, and the Asshai...

Working on this set was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had with any set for A Game of Thrones, and we had an amazing team of playtesters who pushed and worked exceptionally hard to bring the set through a number of revisions to an exciting place. I’m quite looking forward to seeing these cards in action this summer!

Keep watching over the coming weeks as we preview more cards from Brotherhood Without Banners, and this summer, prepare to renounce your former allegiances...

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Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, playable by 2-4 players, brings the beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of the world of Westeros to life through innovative game mechanics and the highly strategic game play. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Chapter Pack expansions to the core game.

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Published: 4/19/2010 4:12:46 PM

... An all-grey deck is now possible. 

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