News for April 2011
The Next Evolution 18
An important announcement about your favorite Living Card Game
Living Card Games | Published 06 April 2011

Since its inception, the innovative Living Card Game format has brought thousands of fans a welcome alternative to the traditional CCG model. Today, this exciting format evolves even further. Read on for updated FAQs for Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game. But first, here’s an important update from Senior LCG Designer Nate French:

Hello LCG Fans,

With an ever expanding structure like the LCG metagame, we are always on the lookout for cards that are hampering the game’s evolution. In the past, harsh measures such as errata and banning have been used by card companies to police their games, eliminating problem cards and opening up the way for new ideas to be explored.

It is one of our goals with the LCG format to keep the need for such heavy-handed measures to an absolute minimum, so that the cards we release have the longest tournament life possible. And yet, the need to do something is sometimes there.

To this end, we have developed the restricted list, which goes into effect today (and are included in each game’s FAQ, below). On the restricted list, you will find the cards that have been cramping tournament play and preventing the game from being as enjoyable as we all know it can be. Some of these cards are part of an overpowered combination, some have risen to the status of “auto-include” and are simply too pervasive in the environment, and some were printed to address a very specific situation that the game has since grown past.

When building a deck, a player may select one card from the restricted list to use in that deck, and he may not use any other cards from the restricted list in that same deck. A player may run as many copies of his chosen restricted card as the standard rules of the game (or card text) allow.

With this restricted list, we are better able to bring you a fun, healthy metagame, while keeping everyone’s beloved cards legal for tournament play for as long as possible. The need to ban a card may occasionally still arrive, but we feel that the restricted list will ensure that such instances are rare.

We look forward to seeing what you all do with the new environment this upcoming regional season.

Nate French
Senior LCG Designer
Fantasy Flight Game

Answers to your burning questions

To see the restricted list for your favorite LCG, visit the support pages of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, or Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game, or download the appropriate FAQ below.

Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game (pdf, 16.7 MB)
Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game (printer-friendly pdf, 428 KB)

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (high res pdf, 16.8 MB)
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (low res pdf, 1.2 MB)

Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game (pdf, 2.4 MB)
Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game (printer-friendly pdf, 936 KB)

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Published: 4/6/2011 5:48:39 PM

Kudos to FFG for thinking beyond a simple ban list. It'll be interesting to see how this effects the meta in each game, respectively.

Published: 4/6/2011 5:43:26 PM

Even though I haven't gotten into a tournament scene yet (and may never...), I'm still happy to hear about this - as opposed to any "phasing out"/retiring of any entire chapter packs/cycles.  Guess there is still hope that some of the older distribution packs (for AGoT, at least) may get reprinted in a "3 X" model some day... (as opposed to that HORRID April Fool's joke from 2Champs1Chump...)

Published: 4/6/2011 5:19:15 PM

Neat. Hopefully the restricted list won't get out of hand like certain other CCG from other companies have. None of us wants to have to check a thirty page living document when building a deck. Thankyou FFG for providing the means of some control over the game without bludgeoning them with a club. And thankyou for taking the time to consider what your players have been discussing.

Published: 4/6/2011 5:09:06 PM

Here is Warhammer's list.

Warpstone Excavation
Mining Tunnels
Wilhelm of the Osterknacht
Reclaiming the Fallen
Soul Stealer

Published: 4/6/2011 5:06:34 PM

Here's the list for Thrones:

Pyromancer's Cache (ACoA F13)
Fury of the Wolf (ACoA F25)
Fury of the Lion (ACoA F26)
Fury of the Stag (ACoA F27)
Fury of the Kraken (ACoA F28)
Fury of the Dragon (ACoA F29)
Fury of the Sun (ACoA F30)
Castellan of the Rock (ACoA F93)
Venomous Blade (KLE F115)
Fear of Winter (DotN F40)
Val (DotN F117)
Narrow Escape (KotS F48)

A nice list, an interesting idea, and I'm excited that Pyromancer's Cache is coming back. And I like how they are saying if we use the Fury plot we can't use the other great card for the house (or neutral card/event). Looking to see how this plays out.

Published: 4/6/2011 5:00:21 PM

Unexpected to say the least. Will have to give these lists a good read over. Hopefully it helps with the issues Warhammer I hear has been having.

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