Something New in Westeros
A New Design for A Game of Thrones LCG® 2019 Season One Open Play
“Old powers waken. Shadows stir. An age of wonder and terror will soon be upon us.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows
When Daenerys Targaryen brought dragons back into the world, everything changed. The fading spark of magic was rekindled. Prophecies suddenly felt real enough to walk the streets. And the Great Houses of Westeros—at once—became keenly invested in the events of Essos, far across the Narrow Sea.
Now, with the 2019 Season One Kit for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, you can find that same sense of possibility—and wonder—returning to A Game of Thrones Organized Play with the introduction of Open Play.
In Open Play, you can earn official Organized Play promo cards without ever competing in a tournament. You can play jousts or melees. You can even play with variants like the Kingsmoot or Rookery. You can still earn your extended-art promos by fighting for the Iron Throne in your local tournaments, but you can also earn them by running demos or helping new players develop their skills in games using a pair of House Intro Decks.
You can play with your friends, at your own speed, as casually or competitively as you desire. In the end, there are only two things you need to do to earn your prizes in Open Play:
- Travel to your favorite local game store.
- Play A Game of Thrones: The Card Game.
That's it. That's all you need to do. You don't need a network of little birds keeping you informed about the latest trends in the metagame. You don't need a blade of Valyrian steel to cut through your opponents. You don't even need to worry that if you play, you have to win or die. You just play—and get prizes.
Play More to Earn More
Each month you participate in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Open Play, you can earn two different extended-art promo cards. Throughout 2019 Season One, one of these cards will be a plot, and the other will be a character. Play enough games, and you'll be able to earn as many as three copies (a complete playset) of the character.
As stated earlier, all you have to do to earn these cards is head to your favorite local game store, play, and record your games with the store's representative, who will check off a box on the store's tracking sheet for each game you complete.
Whenever you play enough games to check all the boxes in a given section, you earn the associated card. For example, when you record your first game in the first month of Open Play supported by the 2019 Season One Kit, you'll earn one copy of the kit's extended-art Missandei. After you record three more games, you'll earn a second copy. You'll earn your third copy after playing and recording two more games, and if you record two more games after that, you'll earn a copy of the extended art Forced March.
The beautiful thing about this system is that you can play your games at whatever pace you'd like. If you only have time to play one or two games a week, you can still earn cards. If you and your friends want to spend a full day at war on the fields of Westeros, you can play eight games and earn all four of the month's promos. Of course, tournament games count too, so long as they're at your store and you have them recorded.
More Than One Path to King's Landing
There's more than one path to King's Landing. You can go by road or by sea. You can fight through the armies at the gates, or smuggle yourself into port. You can broker deals and enter the city as an honored guest, or you might be captured and arrive at King's Landing as a hostage. Play your cards right, though, and even a hostage can contend for the Iron Throne!
With Open Play, there are more ways than ever to enjoy the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and all their battles, intrigues, and political gambits. Play more. Explore more. Enjoy more.
Talk to your local retailer today about how you can get involved with A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Open Play!