14 March 2013

A Modern Classic

Play A Game of Thrones: The Card Game at Days of Ice and Fire, April 12th-14th


“We are the ironborn, and once we were conquerors. Our writ ran everywhere the sound of the waves was heard. My brother would have you be content with the cold and dismal north, my niece with even less…but I shall give you Lannisport. Highgarden. The Arbor. Oldtown. The riverlands and the Reach, the kingswood and the rainwood, Dorne and the marches, the Mountains of the Moon and the Vale of Arryn, Tarth and the Stepstones. I say we take it all! I say, we take Westeros.”     –A Feast for Crows A new age of legend has come. Dragons have returned to the world, and magic is rekindled. Winter chokes the north with one hand and reaches southward with the other. A boy king sits the Iron Throne, and the tenuous peace that once held the Great Houses  has been forever shattered. From this chaos, new heroes and heroines will rise. These champions will steer the course of history. Their names will echo forever in song. Only one question remains: Who are they? This April 12th – 14th at the FFG Event Center, we will learn their names. Days of Ice and Fire 2013 is coming, and the annual Days of Ice and Fire tournament for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game has quickly grown into the stuff of legend. Don’t miss out on one of North America’s premier A Game of Thrones events! Register now!

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game at Days of Ice and Fire 2013 The first Days of Ice and Fire tournament took place in 2010, drawing players from across the Midwest and beyond. Since then, it has quickly grown into one of North America’s largest A Game of Thrones: The Card Game tournaments and one of each year’s premier events. The event has proven itself an excellent opportunity for players to reconnect with old friends, find enthusiastic new opponents, participate in top-quality competition, and witness the hottest new decks in action. This year, like last year, the Days of Ice and Fire tournament also doubles as the Minnesota Regional Championship Tournament for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. It starts on Friday evening with the Melee and continues through Saturday’s Joust, ending with a showcase of the Joust championship match on Sunday morning. Like as not, though, the tournament is only part of the draw for seasoned A Game of Thrones players. Many take advantage of the annual event to reconnect and socialize together after the cards have been put away. Past attendees have remarked upon the close-knit nature of the A Game of Thrones player community, and each year of Days of Ice and Fire has borne testament to this sentiment as players (and developers) have enjoyed dinners together at local restaurants.

What to Expect The Days of Ice of Fire tournament has grown each year since it started in 2010. Last year’s Days of Ice and Fire was the first to double as a Regional Championship Tournament, and it drew a terrific audience for both the Melee and Joust. You can read more about last year’s event in the tournament reports from last year’s champions, Anthony Christie and Jeremiah Duggan.

2012 Melee and Overall Champion Anthony Christie (left) and Joust Champion Jeremiah Duggan (right)

The fact that the Days of Ice and Fire tournament is also a Regional Championship means that participants can earn the Regional Championship prizes on top of the exclusive gift bag they receive for attending Days of Ice and Fire. These include a trophy, two engraved granite House cards, eight full-color playmats, and sets of six custom, double-sided Regional House cards. The winner will also receive a free ticket to the World Championship Weekend in November. With all of these prizes and players’ pride on the line, you can expect to find players making excellent use of the game’s newest strategies, including those built around the House of Dreams agenda (A Roll of the Dice, 119) from the Beyond the Narrow Sea cycle and the Black Sails agenda (Reach of the Kraken, 18) from the current A Song of the Sea cycle.

Against these, you can expect to find players fielding a number of refined, classic decktypes, including Targaryen Knights of the Hollow Hill (Mountains of the Moon, 59), Stark murder decks built around The Siege of Winterfell (Lords of Winter, 48), Greyjoy raid decks, and Lannister kneel. In fact, due to its large and diverse player base, the Days of Ice and Fire tournament has traditionally been represented by top decks from every House and archetype. Altogether, the tremendous diversity of the Houses and decks represented at the Days of Ice and Fire tournament makes it one of the best opportunities for new players to learn about the game and for top North American competitors to gain a sense of the evolving metagame ahead of Gen Con’s North American Championships and November’s World Championship Weekend.

Beyond the Days of Ice and Fire Tournament Days of Ice and Fire 2013 holds plenty more in store for those interested in extending their horizons beyond the A Game of Thrones: The Card Game tournament. You’ll be able to participate in a new Civil War variant of A Game of Thrones, featuring the rival powers within House Greyjoy. You’ll find tables available all weekend for Battles of Westeros and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition, you can prove your knowledge of A Song of Ice and Fire and win cool prizes in our trivia contest, and you can meet and mingle with the LCG designers working on your favorite card game! Register Early to Get More As mentioned earlier, each individual attending Days of Ice and Fire 2013 will receive a unique gift bag with his or her registration. However, the first 100 registrants will receive more.

  • An exclusive early copy of an as-of-yet-unannounced Print on Demand expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition! This specially designed four-player scenario is playable in about two hours, and presents players with an entirely new set of objectives. Can you secure the Iron Throne in this game-changing scenario?
  • A custom name badge, displaying your chosen house affiliation. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email asking you to select your favorite Great House of Westeros. Just be sure to choose promptly; anyone who doesn’t select a house, or who registers late at the door, will be labeled a lowly thrall of the Iron Islands!
  • An attractive Westeros-themed drawstring bag, suitable for dice, counters, markers, or similar small components. Keep close tabs on your dice for Battles of Westeros, your gold and power tokens for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and more!

We still have a number of slots available for early registration, but they are filling up quickly. If you’re a fan of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, you don’t want to miss the Days of Ice and Fire tournament. This modern classic has become one of the highlights of the gaming year, so register today!

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