News for December 2009
The White, the Black, and the Wild 3
A Preview of Princes of the Sun for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 10 December 2009

The Night's Watch is a sworn brotherhood. ... Our wife is duty. Our mistress is honor.
- A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume I: A Game of Thrones

The second deluxe expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Princes of the Sun, is due in stores very soon and while it introduces House Martell to the LCG™, it also includes something for everyone, like the previous expansion, Kings of the Sea. We will leave it to our loyal players of A Game of Thrones to discover what other Martell surprises are in store in this expansion (for a refresher on House Martell, check out previous Princes of the Sun articles here and here), but for this preview we have decided to give you a sneak peak at a few of this expansion's other cool cards.

One of the appeals of the Living Card Game™ is the ability to tailor your deck not only to your playing style, but to a theme that you like. Naturally, the act of choosing a House in A Game of Thrones commits you to a certain set of repeating themes and attributes, such as Lannister's card draw or Targaryen's "burn". For those players for whom the "story" of a deck is also a consideration, the overarching themes of a deck can also narrow down into the specific themes of Traits. There are a lot of traits to choose from in A Game of Thrones and you can build interesting and unexpected combos that trigger off of traits such as Ally or King. In some cases, you can build whole decks around the many synergistic combos made out of cards with shared traits. These decks are sometimes called tribal decks.

In the case of the Kingsguard trait, which has had some support with the release of the King's Landing expansion set through the release of characters like Ser Meryn Trant (F17), Ser Osmund Kettleblack (F98), and The White Book agenda (F79), Princes of the Sun now gives you a boost for your Kingsguard-themed deck in the form of Kingsguard Squire. In any other deck, Kingsguard Squire would be a fairly straightforward low-cost character, suitable for soaking up a military claim or occasionally standing the one in-House Kingsguard character you have in your deck (like Ser Barristan Selmy or similar). In a Kingsguard deck, this humble squire (or even three humble squires, if they last that long) could be a real boon to a relentless Kingsguard assault.

In the A Game of Thrones metagame, as in the novels, the Kingsguard is a relatively small group, compared to Westeros' other orders. Of the other, larger groups, the Night's Watch and Wildling traits represent a wealth of themed-deck possibilities. In Princes of the Sun, you will find two such sterling representatives of their trait, Denys Mallister and Mag the Mighty.

Leaving aside their strengths, icons, and keywords, Mag and Denys have essentially the same special ability, in that with enough influence, characters with their respective trait can get pretty strong in a challenge, providing just the boost you need, right when you need it. If you are playing a Night's Watch or Wildling deck, chances are you will be reserving a slot for one of these leaders to fill. (And if you like these traits, just you wait for Defenders of the North!)

Another exciting aspect of the "something for everyone" side of the Princes of the Sun expansion is the swarm of dual-House characters that are included in the box. Numerous characters in A Song of Ice and Fire have split loyalties, or loyalties that change over time, and with a multi-house card you can choose which aspect of those characters you would like to represent in the game. The additional options for storytelling and theme should appeal to anyone who’s trying to build a Nedly (Deadly/Eddard Stark) deck. Cards like a Stark/Targaryen version of Jorah Mormont, or a Lannister/Baratheon version of Joffrey, should have players scrambling to find the best House for each of these personalities. And the debates over which other characters deserve dual-House status can begin...

So there you have it, four more cards that will add to the Living Card Game™ environment a dash of flavor for those players building with theme decks or just looking to spike their existing decks with a little extra punch. Keep your eyes peeled for Princes of the Sun at your local game shop - the Dornish sun is about to rise!

Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game 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: 12/18/2009 2:41:34 PM

Pity about the white borders.

Published: 12/14/2009 2:14:26 PM

I agree that picture is very cool as it shows what he is dreaming of in the image on the shield, very subtle and very cool. This set looks to be a good one, I hope I can get it before Christmas, just one more thing to be excited about.

Published: 12/11/2009 5:49:50 AM

 Excited!!! The image of the Squire is amazing!

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