A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Following the announcement that Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is ending Android: Netrunner The Card Game, fans of the other Living Card Games (LCG) produced by FFG may have some concerns.  Fantasy Flight released a blog post on the topic in order to provide additional perspective.

The post is primarily a ‘Question & Answer’ style format.  FFG Head of Studio, Andrew Navaro, and Card Game Manager, Mercedes Opheim, provide their thoughts on LCGs in general, current production approaches, and how things are evolving going forward.  Developers for games like Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game and The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, weigh in on their respective games with thoughts on how the past year progressed, current challenges for each game, and what to expect in the upcoming year.

You can read the entire blog post here.

There have been a number of product updates from Fantasy Flight Games with some new cycles on the way for their Living Card Games and expansions for their big box games.

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game (new, fixed content is released each month) for 1-4 players in which players are investigators in a world inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. The game has cycles (story arcs) where players create a deck for an investigator which they upgrade through the course of the cycle based on experience which they earn.

The Forgotten Age is the next cycle in which players may choose from five new investigators including Ursula Downs, Leo Anderson, Finn Edwards, and Calvin Wright. The latest article on the Fantasy Flight Games website spotlights Calvin Wright.

Designer, Matt Newman:

“Calvin made his original debut as a promotional investigator for a special Arkham Horror event many years ago. Most players never got the chance to play with Calvin, so we wanted to add him to the official roster of investigators across all of our Arkham Horror Files games. We decided to take this opportunity to expand Calvin’s backstory and themes of sacrifice and altruism that make Calvin unique among other investigators.” [source]

For more details about The Forgotten Age and Calvin Wright read Matt Newman’s article on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition: Sanctum of Twilight Expansion

In Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition, players are investigators in a world based on H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction. The game takes place in various environments which are represented by tiles. Investigators are represented by miniatures which move across the tiles to encounter horrors and look for clues. The game is assisted by a digital application which adds ambiance and controls the flow of the story.

The Sanctum of Twilight expansion adds the Silver Twilight Lodge which is run by the most influential citizens of Arkham. They gather there to do business, plan parades, and lobby politicians … but also to enact secret rituals. The expansion adds two new investigators, Charlie Kane and Lily Chen, as well new spells, items, mechanics, and a new monster. Read the full preview on the Fantasy Flight Games website.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

A new Rookery variant has been added to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game which encourages a new style of game play. The “Rookery” is a set of twelve cards which players can bring to their game and use to swap with cards in their draw and plot decks. Players can do this after seeing their opponent’s faction and agenda but before they draw their opening hand. In order to celebrate this new Rookery variant a Great Hall event has been added to the 2018 Organized Calendar which will happen after the Regional Championships have begun and will have prize support.

Eight intro decks have also been added to the game representing:

  • House Stark
  • House Lannister
  • House Greyjoy
  • House Baratheon
  • House Tyrell
  • House Martell
  • House Targaryen
  • Night’s Watch

These decks are designed to introduce new players to the game and highlight the unique features of each faction. Each pre-constructed deck contains 69 cards which is broken down into a 60 card deck, a faction card, an agenda card, and 7 plot cards.

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Read a new piece of fiction set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings called “Repentance Does Not Come First” by Robert Denton III. The story focuses on the Phoenix Clan who bear the soul of Rokugan and try to do so without losing their own. Earth Scion Isawa Tadaka senses an approaching darkness and has a plan to stop it but at what cost? You can read the short fiction on their website.

This also ties into the Elemental Cycle, the next cycle for the Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game. This cycle will be released as 6 packs over the course of 6 weeks and emphasizes the five elemental rings of Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Void. For more details you can check out their press release.

The Second Edition of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game still has a long road ahead of it to catch up to the amount of content that was released for it’s predecessor. However, fans can agree that the streamlined rules of the second edition breathe new life into the long-running series and the steady release of new content for it is just as fresh as ever. That is why it’s exciting news that the fifth big expansion, Sands of Dorne, is available now. As described by it’s announcement on Fantasy Flight Games’ website:

     “In the southernmost reach of Westeros lie the sweltering deserts of Dorne. Under the rule of House Martell, this region stands separate from the rest of the Seven Kingdoms, divided geographically by imposing mountain ranges, and culturally by an indomitable spirit and a thirst for vengeance. Today, you have your chance to join them.”

This new expansion brings many hallmarks of the deserts of Dorne, House Martell, and the Sand Snakes to the intense tactical mechanics of the card game. The theme of these cards embellish patience and whittling down opponents over time, even when things aren’t going your way. Featuring more of the incredible second edition artwork and attractive new strategies with existing cards, the new expansion is a great addition for fans and new players alike. For more information about this expansion, be sure check out the thorough write up on Fantasy Flight’s website which has previews, explains synergies, and more!

s peace

The King’s Peace is a new Chapter Pack for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, which will advance the story of the game world and add a variety of new content:

Eddard Stark has arrived at King’s Landing to serve as the Hand of the King, but even as knights travel from across Westeros to participate in the Tourney of the Hand, insidious characters gather in the shadows. The subtle intrigues of King’s Landing can prove dangerous to anyone, even under the protective banner of the king’s peace.

The King’s Peace is the third Chapter Pack in the Westeros cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, and it continues the cycle’s journey through the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire with memorable characters like Ser Rodrik Cassel, Ser Alliser Thorne, and Ser Gregor Clegane.

kings peace cards

The set introduces new characters, new plots (one neutral, one Baratheon), and the system’s first new agenda, The Lord of the Crossing, featuring the (memorably duplicitous) House Frey. Read a great deal more about what’s included and what strategies one might employ to use all this new content by following the link above.

taking the black

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 cards

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.

Fantasy Flight has some game expansions and other merchandise releasing this December. Here is the list, enjoy.

lords of nal hutta

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG: Lords of Nal Hutta Sourcebook

This is a sourcebook for Hutt Space that will allow you and your friends to engage in schemes with the galaxy’s slimiest gangsters: the Hutts.

In its 144 pages, Lords of Nal Hutta offers Game Masters all the information they need to bring the most corrupt and lawless stretch of the galaxy to life, including its history, new playable species, new creatures, challenges, and plot hooks.

The End of the World: zombie Apocalypse RPG

This is the first book in The End of the World RPG line.

This roleplaying game offers you the chance to imagine unique adventures, playing as yourself during the tumult of the apocalypse, relying upon your own skills, wits, and talents to survive. Five scenarios each offer a different setting and sub-genre for the rise of the undead.

order and chaos

Android Netrunner LCG: Order and Chaos Deluxe Expansion

This is the third deluxe expansion for Android: Netrunner. The expansion will include 165 new cards (three copies each of the fifty-five individual cards). This expansion will focus on the Anarchs and Weyland Consortium.

evasuive maneuvers

Star Wars LCG: Evasive Maneuvers

This is the third Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle for Star Wars: The Card Game. It will include ten new objective sets and more cards which will include ways to interrogate prisoners with the Sith, or hire assassins to take out your targets.

time for wolves

A Game of Thrones LCG: A Time for Wolves

This is the fourth Chapter Pack in the Wardens cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. This set will include sixty new cards that will focus on House Arryn and the Vale.

Among the Chapter Pack’s twelve unique characters and locations, no fewer than five characters bear the House Arryn trait, including such notable figures as Petyr Baelish, Alayne Stone, and Lysa Arryn.

Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: Gift of the Ethereals

This is the third War Pack in the Warlord cycle for Warhammer 40,000: Conquest. It includes 60 cards that include new units, supports, events and attachments to help you conquer the Traxis sector.

dice bags

Warhammer 40,000: Dice Bags

Expect 4 dice bags to be released this December. Each will have the icons of the Imperial Aquilla, Chaos Star, Orks, and Inquisitors. Each bag measures 6.25″ by 9″ and are made of a durable blend of polyester and nylon.

mountains of madness

Eldritch Horror: Mountains of Madness

This is the first large expansion for Eldritch Horror. It includes a side board with six new locations throughout Antartica. There will also be two new Ancient Ones to worry about, but one of the things that has me a little more excited is the eight new investigators. That is not all, though, as you will also have new assets, spells, artifacts and conditions that will either help or harm your investigators, but something tells me they will do more harm than good.

BattleLore: Second Edition: Hernfar Guardians Army Pack

This expansion include four new Daqan unit types: Greyhaven Battlemages, Citadel Lancers, Ironbound automatons, and Siege Golems. Each unit will have 25 sculpted figures with nine additional Citadel Guard figures. New terrain tiles and scenario cards will also be included.

BattleLore: Second Edition: Warband of Scorn Army Pack

This expansion will include four new units: Berserkers, Grotesque, Doom Bringers, and Blood Sisters. Each unit will have 25 sculpted figures with nine additional Blood Harvester figures. New scenarios, terrain tiles and lore cards will be included.

This November doesn’t come without some fun and exciting news from Fantasy Flight Games.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion: Stay on Target: A Sourcebook for Aces

age of rebellion

This is the first book-length supplement for the Age of Rebellion Roleplaying Game. This expansion focuses on expanding the Ace career by allowing Ace characters to hone their talents with new levels. There will be three new Ace specializations, new signature abilities, playable species, star fighters, modifications and equipment. This also offers new options for any character that wants to master a straighter, vehicle or alien mount.

Star Wars LCG: Draw Their Fire Force Pack

draw their fire

This is the second force pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle. It will include new fate cards, alongside vehicles and characters like Jedi Master Qu Rahn and ace pilot Maarek Stele.

A Game of Thrones LCG: The Valemen

the valemen

This is the third chapter pack in the Wardens cycle. This pack will focus on giving more support to “limited responses,” trait-based decks, and the game’s most expensive and recognizable character.

Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: The Scourge War Pack

the scourge

This is the second War Pack in the Warlord cycle. The pack introduces a new warlord, Ku’gath Plaquefather. It will also include new cards for each faction to include Space Wolves for the Space Marines, Attack Squigs for the Orks, and a battle tactics for the Tau.

Fantasy Flight announces new expansions for their LCGs and more

Fantasy Flight has announced new expansions for their living card games.
Prepare to have more fun with your LCGs this October!
The four expansions are:

Android Netrunner LCG: The Source

the source

This is the sixth and final Data Pack in the Lunar Cycle.

The pack’s sixty cards (three copies each of twenty different cards) offer a final exploration of the moon’s grail ice, locations, and Corporate divisions. You’ll also find assets that reward Corps for birthing new servers, and other assets that self-destruct.

Star Wars LCG: Ready for Takeoff

ready for takeoff

This is the first Force Pack in the Rogue Squadron cycle.

This Force Pack contains ten new objective sets, two copies each of five unique sets. With these sets, Ready for Takeoff shakes up the evolving metagame with a new fate card, iconic starship pilots like Lando Calrissian and “Mauler” Mithel, and new mechanics for piloting vehicles through space battles.

Game of Thrones LCG: A Deadly Game

deadly game

 

This is the second Chapter Pack in the Wardens cycle.

You’ll find new versions of iconic characters and locations drawn straight from A Song of Ice and Fire, including Brienne of Tarth, Khal Drogo, and The Eyrie. Finally, A Deadly Game expands your options for trait-based decks, and Castle plots promote long-term planning.

Warhammer 40K: conquest LCG: The Howl of Blackmane War Pack

howl of blackmane

This is the first War Pack in the Warlord cycle.

The Howl of Blackmane includes sixty new cards, including a complete playset of each new player card and a new warlord for the Space Marines: Ragnar Blackmane. Additionally, each of the game’s factions gains new units and other cards to encourage new deck-building options.

Not only is Fantasy Flight releasing those great new expansion packs, but they are also releasing some figures for Descent 2nd Edition.

Descent 2nd Edition: Journeys in the Dark: Guardians of Deephall Hero & Monster Collection

guardians of deephall

In this collection you will find thirteen figures that were previously only available in the first edition of Descent, but now they have been reimagined with new sculpts and artwork.

In addition to these detailed figures – which include four heroes, two crypt dragons, three wendigos, and four dark priests – players discover two brand-new quests chronicling their battles for Deephall.

Lastly, Android Netrunner will have a set of limited edition art sleeves for your card collection.

Whether you choose from designs in the meat world or the virtual world, our six new sleeve designs immerse you more fully than ever in the high-stakes cyberstruggles of Android: Netrunner!
These clear, 100 micron-thick, non-PVC, acid-free polypropylene plastic offers your cards durable protection free of any damaging chemicals that could corrode your cards.

Again, all of this wholesome goodness will be available this October.

game of thrones draft pack

Fantasy Flight Games has announced the newest set “Westeros” for its A Game of Thrones: The Card Game – Draft Play is available immediately through their in house print on demand service.  Announced in January 2014 the

The Westeros draft experience centers around the Westeros draft pool, a collection of 240 randomized cards, which include a healthy representation of cards drawn from the Living Card Game’s two most recently completed cycles, Kingsroad and Conquest and Defiance, as well as no fewer than thirty-four preview cards from the upcoming Wardens cycle. Moreover, the Westeros card pool features ten different “draft format only” cards that ensure your draft experiences will be both truly dynamic and unique.

westeros cards

Announced in January 2014 the ability to play A Game of Thrones: The Card Game – Draft Play is not meant to replace traditional play of this LCG but rather to provide a challenging alternative to players by removing the ability to have complete knowledge of the pool of cards.

Full details can be found on FFG’s website

ffg world

Fantasy Flight Games’ World Championship is just around the corner, an event that brings together some of the best players in the world to prove their mettle at Fantasy Flight’s premiere games. If you’re planning on traveling to the event, FFG has now released the schedule for that weekend (Nov. 6-9) so that players can determine the best day to arrive.

Click on over to the FFG press release, which offers a downloadable PDF schedule, the list of games that will be played, and links to preregister. And if you’re planning on entering the event, good luck!