News for May 2011
The Sun and the Spear 19
Announcing the reprint of Princes of the Sun for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 06 May 2011

Much longer and he will cook in those heavy clothes, she reflected. He would not be the first. In centuries past, many a host had come down from the Prince’s Pass with banners streaming, only to wither and broil on the hot red Dornish sands. ‘The arms of House Martell display the sun and spear, the Dornishman’s two favored weapons,’ the Young Dragon had once written in his boastful Conquest of Dorne, ‘but of the two, the sun is the more deadly.’”
-A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin

Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the reprint of the Princes of the Sun expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

This exciting incarnation, marked with “Revised Edition” on the front of the box, now includes three copies of each of the 60 unique cards included in the original printing.

The Princes of the Sun reprint now offers players a full play set with which to immediately begin competitive House Martell deck-building.

Blood strategy

Princes of the Sun features House Martell, the defiant and treacherous serpents seeking vengeance on the field of battle, as well as cards for the other Houses and rules for an intriguing “Civil War” game variant that lets players compete for the limited resources of a single deck.

House Martell excels at icon manipulation, the production of influence, and in vengeance: to do well against this House is asking for punishment. Cards such as Taste for Blood and Blood for Blood are excellent examples of House Martell’s counterintuitive win strategy, “winning through losing.” That is, this strategy comprises of letting your opponents win certain challenges in order for you to win others or take some other benefit.

With Taste for Blood, if you lose as a defender, the attached character claims power. It can be a risky card to play if you lose too many military challenges (and risk losing the character that Taste for Blood is attached to), but as long as you can keep the attached character alive, losing challenges can be a bigger benefit than winning them.

Blood for Blood is an exciting card as it is a surprise event that can catch an opponent off guard. With Blood for Blood’s Response you could lose a military challenge and then turn around and kill one of your opponent's characters when they are not expecting it. This card showcases one of House Martell’s advantages in A Game of Thrones: deadly event cards.

Get ready to have a bloodthirsty response to House Martell’s slights when Princes of the Sun is released in the third quarter of 2011!

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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rzarectz
Published: 6/10/2011 5:09:59 PM
#19

" Hi All.

 

FFG *will not* do this scheme with our core sets. We feel that having a diverse card experience in the core sets is vastly more important than having 3 of each card. This is also the case with other sets that we believe to be "core" (such as the "Siege of Ulthuan" for WH Invasion) set.

We do understand that players whom wish to play tournament style decks will want 3 copies of the core set, but keep in mind that 3 copies of any LCG core set is still less than *1* booster display of a CCG like Magic TG (of which you typically need to buy 3-4 copies to have a "full playset" of every card, and in which far more waste will be incurred with common cards).

It is not efficient for FFG to create "supplements" that up the core set cards to 3 of each.

Thanks

Christian
FFG
"

Lol why on Earth does card diversity have to conflict with card count.  This is just a pretty weak justification for continuing to constrain your loyal LCG fans from having all the cards they need to build any deck in the game.  Just increase the price of a rereleased core sets proportionate to how many more cards there are in the updated box. Problem solved.  Don't talk as if there's a magic number of cards you can't go over in a core set. 

You guys obviousely put less than the needed amount of cards in your Core sets on purpose such that many players buy more than one copy.  This is simply a business tactic to make money, which is fine, you're a private enterprise, you can do what you want. Just don't doll it up to look like some sort of game design strategy that requires people to buy cards they dont need. 
 

Tomdidiot
Published: 5/10/2011 4:36:39 PM
#18

There are 188 unique and playable cards in the core set.  You get  208 cards (+ 12 House/Title cards).  So if you triple up on the Game of Thrones Core set, you'll 3 copies of 188 cards.  Ify ou're paying $120 for 3 copies of 188 cards.  Granted, it's more expensive than buying 4 deluxe expansions ($120 for 3 copies of 220 cards), but its still better than 8 chapter packs ($120 for 3 copies of 160 cards), or, indeed, Magic the Gathering.

Toqtamish
Published: 5/10/2011 8:49:42 AM
#17

@Firgus, that is what Christian post was about, it is not efficient to make a supplement having what you want. Not talking about a core set box but an add on supplement putting the card quantities up. Your question was answered in his post.

Stasis
Published: 5/9/2011 5:14:23 PM
#16

I asked about that specifically in my post, Firgus. Christian replied to that and said it was no efficient enough to be feasible. 

Firgus
Published: 5/9/2011 3:06:51 PM
#15

@Toqtamish

I was suggesting a core box without the statuette, board, etc to cut on cost. It's more than just "print with 3x" demands.

 

It's not like I'm suggesting something crazy like print on demand single cards.

Toqtamish
Published: 5/9/2011 10:55:42 AM
#14

Firgus, he said it right in his response. "It is not efficient for FFG to create "supplements" that up the core set cards to 3 of each."  So your question in post #12 was already answered and it is a no.

Firgus
Published: 5/9/2011 9:36:37 AM
#13

Also for the old 2x chapter pack, have you considered reprinting each series in one box with 3 copies of each cards? Reducing the number of SKUs should reduce the production cost as well. And it's easier for resellers to carry 4 boxes instead of 24 little packs. They've really added up to a lot over the years.

Firgus
Published: 5/9/2011 9:26:52 AM
#12

If FFG won't reprint the core set with 3 copies of each basic card, has FFG considered printing a "core set expension box" with 2x copies of every card in the core set but without the board, statues, gold and power tokens? I'm sure that this would significantly reduce the cost of production and this might convince me to buy a few of those boxes just to get some milk of the poppy I want to put in every deck.

Robb G
Published: 5/9/2011 8:32:16 AM
#11

It is the negative pregnant that I find interesting.  You state specifically that you will not do 3x reprinting foor core set.  You say nothing of chapter packs. 

 

Hopefully the 3x chapter packs come out soon:)

Stasis
Published: 5/9/2011 2:08:41 AM
#10

Thanks for the response (with explanation).

I'm an old MTG player and I quit because of the exorbitant costs to play the game. A tournament deck would run you about $300-500 easily, enough to buy play sets of probably 60% at least of all available cards in AGOT LCG. I paid as much as $150 for a power 9 card (white bordered, not even alpha or beta) like a mox or ancestral recall -- and that was the price 10 years ago.

I definitely enjoy the much lower cost to play this game and the LCG format that ensures you're going to get the cards you want.

One exciting thing is that he didn't rule out reprinting the chapter packs at 3x. I'll probably have purchased all the chapter packs I need in multiples by the time that comes, if it does, but it still helps to convince new players. 

 

Toqtamish
Published: 5/8/2011 6:19:39 PM
#9

Thank you Christian, I am sure that will only temporarily put that one to rest but should do for a bit.

The Spaniard
Published: 5/8/2011 1:41:05 PM
FFG Staff
#8

 Hi All.

FFG *will not* do this scheme with our core sets. We feel that having a diverse card experience in the core sets is vastly more important than having 3 of each card. This is also the case with other sets that we believe to be "core" (such as the "Siege of Ulthuan" for WH Invasion) set.

We do understand that players whom wish to play tournament style decks will want 3 copies of the core set, but keep in mind that 3 copies of any LCG core set is still less than *1* booster display of a CCG like Magic TG (of which you typically need to buy 3-4 copies to have a "full playset" of every card, and in which far more waste will be incurred with common cards).

It is not efficient for FFG to create "supplements" that up the core set cards to 3 of each.

Thanks

Christian
FFG

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