For those of you who are playing the Game of Thrones LCG, you have been well aware that there is not a draft option when playing the game, but not anymore. Fantasy Flight Games is releasing a Valyrian Draft Starter and a Draft Pack for the game, now allowing for you to play the game draft style. How it works is that the draft starter will have the basic cards you would need in any deck and some generally useful cards to round it out. In the draft pack are an algorithm determined set of cards from all the different factions which you and your friends will draft from in sets of 10 cards. From the starter and the cards you draft you will create a deck of only 40 cards with five plots to be your deck for the game. Also of interest is that the draft pack will contain cards from the upcoming War of Five Kings cycle of the game so you get a bit of a sneak peak. You can pick up the packs now at your FLGS and check out the preview on FFG’s website.
Later this year Fantasy Flight Games will release a second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game that will revise, update, add, and remove elements of the original. Additionally it will add two new houses and new deckbuilding rules that give players more options. The Westeros Cycle is the first expansion for the base game that will expand the possibilities of the core set without adding additional rules and now Fantasy Flight Games has announced the first Chapter Pack for the Westeros Cycle called Taking the Black.
Taking the Black will put players at the very beginning of the story of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and for the first time in the game include well known characters like Renly Baratheon, the Hound, and Maester Luwin.
Taking the Black begins the Westeros cycle’s journey through the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire with powerful new cards for every faction. You range the lands beyond the Wall with Will and the Night’s Watch, journey to the Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, or sit the Seastone Chair with the Lord Reavers of House Greyjoy. Begin the story of A Game of Thrones anew with the first Chapter Pack for the second edition!
This announcement is sure to have fans of the original game as well as fans of the show and new players excited. Seeing some of the great characters from the book introduced into the game and being able to start your experience from the beginning of the series certainly has me anxious to check out the second edition. You can find the entire announcement here on Fantasy Flight’s website.
Expect Taking the Black to make an appearance at your OLGS/FLGS in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Expansions, expansions, and more expansions
The following has been announced as January releases from Fantasy Flight Games:
Star Wars LCG: Attack Run Force Pack
The fourth Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle. In this pack you will have the chance to relive the assault on the first Death Star. You will attack the Death Star with new pilot versions from the game to include an Imperial version of Darth Vader and a Rebel version of Luke Skywalker.
Warhammer 40K: conquest LCG: Zogwort’s Curse War Pack
This is the fourth War Pack in the Warlord cycle. This will include a new psyched leader, new vehicles for Astra militarum, and other wargear. You will have sixty cards to include one warlord and three copies each of seventeen unique cards.
A Game of Thrones LCG: A House of Talons Chapter Pack
The fifth Chapter Pack in the Wardens cycle. This expansion includes a new Castle plot and characters like Bronze Yohn Royce and Robert Arryn.
Call of Cthulhu LCG: For the Greater Good Expansion
This is the eighth deluxe expansion for the game and it will reinforce the Agency faction’s role as humanity’s defenders. You will have 165 new cards to play with and hopefully be able to ward off the Ancient Ones from awakening.
Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham Expansion
In this expansion you will have access to a new deck which will replace the core deck. You will be traveling to locations such as Velma’s Diner, the Curiositie Shoppe, and the Univited Isle. This expansion also includes eight new investigators with new skills.