The March on Winterfell
Announcing the Second Chapter Pack in the Dance of Shadows Cycle
"They murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter… but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done."
–Wyman Manderly, A Dance with Dragons
As the battle for Westeros rages on, the key players of the game of thrones find themselves surrounded by enemies on all sides. Jon Snow is torn between his duty to the Night’s Watch and his love for the family he left behind, while whisperers within his ranks threaten treason. Cersei Lannister struggles to maintain a hold on power as the Tyrells and the newly revitalized faith of the Seven threaten to take everything she holds dear. And Daenerys Targaryen must establish a lasting rule in her city of Meereen while assassins lurk in every shadow and a terrible plague runs rampant through the streets.
As these characters face impossible choices about sacrifice and the true price of power, so must you test your morals in your fight for the Iron Throne. Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce The March on Winterfell, the second Chapter Pack in the Dance of Shadows cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!
Like the other Chapter Packs of the fifth cycle, The March on Winterfell draws you into the events of A Dance with Dragons, offering you three copies each of twenty new cards to bolster the strength of your chosen House and prepare your armies as the sun begins to set on Westeros. This Chapter Pack continues the themes first introduced in The Shadow City with the resurgence of the shadow keyword.
Shadow invites players to embrace the intrigues of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game by introducing a new way to play treacherous cards, keeping them hidden in the new shadows area until the opportune moment. Acting almost as a second hand that's protected from card effects which may target your hand, you may choose to marshal cards with the shadow keyword ability facedown into shadows for just two gold. Then, you can bring them into play as an Action at any time by paying the Shadow (X) amount marked on each card.
The Queen of Thorns (The March on Winterfell, 23) fully embraces this new layer of intrigue as her long-set plots for her family finally come to fruition. Now equipped with the Shadow keyword, you can marshal this version of The Queen of Thorns into shadows, where she'll patiently wait in the wings until the time arrives to bring her into the light.
Once you have her safely hidden in shadows, you may use an Action to pay The Queen of Thorn’s shadow cost at any point to bring her into play. This is your moment to strike. Evolving from her first iteration (Core Set, 186) in the Core Set and her second variant (House of Thorns, 4) in the House of Thorns deluxe expansion, The Queen of Thorns has now gained stealth, a rare ability among the members of House Tyrell. This, combined with her ability to bring one of your cards out of shadows and put it into play for free after she wins a challenge, makes The Queen of Thorns a deadly challenger. As a character lurking in shadows that's also equipped with stealth, it's easy for you to bring The Queen of Thorns into play when you're certain she can win a challenge and bring your highest-cost shadow card into play for free.
The Mummer’s Farce
Underhanded shadow-play is not reserved for the courts of King’s Landing. The March on Winterfell captures much of the action that occurs in the north, a place where strength, loyalty, and duty are valued above all else. At the Wall, Stannis Baratheon calls upon his key advisors, including the noble Ser Justin Massey (The March on Winterfell, 27), in his preparation for the great battles to come. With the key members of his forces in tow, Stannis may begin his campaign south to claim key strongholds in the north and earn the loyalty of the Northmen by destroying those responsible for the Red Wedding. The March on Winterfell (The March on Winterfell, 28) can be used to draw out your enemy, even without the use of shadows. Once you have initiated a challenge and your enemy has declared their defenders, this event simply lets you end the challenge with no winner or loser. Then, once your enemy’s board has been weakened, you are free to initiate an additional power challenge—exposing your enemy’s plan, learning their strengths, and shifting your own plans, all without risking the lives of your own men.
But this is the Dance of Shadows cycle, and sometimes the best way to serve your House is to move among the enemy. Wyman Manderly (The March on Winterfell, 21) seems to play all sides of the game of thrones. While outwardly appearing to be a cowardly, infirm old man, Manderly still aids Ser Davos Seaworth and, at least seemingly, attempts to restore the Starks to their seat of Winterfell. With Freys and Boltons around him dying or disappearing in disproportionate numbers, can even you trust him? In Wyman Manderly’s own words, “When treating with liars, even an honest man must lie.”
Begin the March
When the long nights of winter descend upon Westeros once again, will you embrace the cold shadows, or will your House fall into nothingness, left to be forgotten by history? Learn the Dance of Shadows, call your banners, and prepare for the nights to come!
Pre-order your copy of The March on Winterfell (GT32) at your local retailer today or on the Fantasy Flight Games website here!