A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (second edition)

Fantasy Flight Games previously announced Kings of the Isles, a new expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game.  This expansion features House Greyjoy; however, it does include cards for the other factions.  Fantasy Flight has released additional details on some of the other cards included.

Each faction will get two new non-loyal cards.  In their recent blog post, Fantasy Flight provides an overview of some Lannister and Targaryen cards.  Gunthor Son of Gurn is a Clansman ally coming to House Lannister, and Cohollo, a Dothraki card Bloodrider, will be able to join House Targaryen.  Some additional event cards are also mentioned in the overview.

Fantasy Flight Games provided a small preview to their new expansion to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game last year when they first announced Sands of Dorne. While every faction is supported in The Sands of Dorne expansion, House Martell receives special attention to become contenders with the other factions. The powerful Doran Martell card was previewed in the release announcement. The latest preview focuses on the new Red Viper card and his ability to become more powerful with each challenge won with a Bastard character. Even Ellaria Sand, the Red Viper’s paramour, is a deadly force who can wear down opponent defenses.  And with the No Use For Grief event card, House Martell will never be at a loss for Sand Snakes or The Red Viper himself.  Read the preview to learn more about how to maximize the Sand Snakes and Bastards in a strategy to win with House Martell.

Sanctum of Twilight, the new expansion for the Mansions of Madness, brings us the esteemed societal Order of the Silver Twilight, investigators Lily Chen and Charlie Kane, new tiles, a new monster, a new type of token in the form of Restraints.  The Sanctum of Twilight expansion unlocks two new digital adventures for you to continue your adventures in Arkham.  The latest preview explores the scenario The Twilight Diadem. In the Twilight Diadem, the Silver Twilight Lodge hosts the annual Twilight Fair, a weeklong event that concludes with the crowning of the Queen of Love and Beauty at the lavish Twilight Ball.  Last year’s Queen mysteriously disappeared.  The scenario introduces a new map element in the form of parade floats that move throughout the scenario and overlap other map tiles. The parade will become crowded and distinguishing friend and foe will become harder.  If investigators find themselves surrounded, a new magical implement in the form of the Binding spell, which allows players to place a Restraint token in a space within range, may aid in their escape.  Will your investigators bring an end to the plots of the Order of the Silver Twilight? Read the preview to learn more about The Twilight Diadem scenario.

First in this pair of announcements from Fantasy Flight Games is the first two ships coming in Wave 13 for X-Wing.  I know we just announced wave 12, but i order to capitalize on the upcoming movie release of The Last Jedi, FFG doesn’t want to dawdle.  First of the two ships is the Resistance Bomber, this is a tough shelled bomber that is packed to the gills with bombs.  And while it may sport only the usual upgrade slots, it comes with a new upgrade called Ordinance Silos.  This upgrade puts counters on all your bomb upgrades and whenever you would have to discard the bomb card, you can just discard the tokens instead.  Meaning you will get a lot more use out of the various bombs you will equip it with.

The second ship is Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, sporting agility and maneuverability like no other TIE, and strong weapons to boot.  Of course since this is Kylo’s TIE you will get him as a pilot along with three others, and even a copy of the I’ll Show you the Dark Side card to mitigate damage.  Look for this ship and the bomber to hit store shelves in early 2018, and you can check out FFG’s website for more info.

Second of the announcements is the latest deluxe expansion for the Game of Thrones Card Game 2nd Edition, called House of Thorns.  This new expansion adds a host of new cards to House Tyrell, giving you more strategic options in the game.  One interesting aspect of this expansion is that it brings in jousting, forcing battles to be one on one with the strongest combatant being the victor.  And since this expansion likes to joust, there are also a number of cards that benefit you while jousting, or even kneels characters before an attack resolves.  Overall this expansion will bring up the prowess of House Tyrell, making them even more dangerous to fight.  You can find out more information on other cards and abilities on FFG’s website, and look for the expansion in the 4th quarter of this year.

 

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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.

Last year Fantasy Flight Games rebooted the Game of Thrones LCG with a 2nd edition, and today they have announced the second deluxe expansion for the game, Lions of Casterly Rock.  This expansion will mainly focus on the Lannister family and will expand their forces, from the announcement;

Within this expansion, the Lannisters explore new themes, launching an ambush with their Clansman allies, redoubling their focus on the intrigue challenge, and sending out marauders to pillage the lands of Westeros. You’ll also find new versions of the most iconic Lannister characters, including Tywin Lannister, Cersei Lannister, Ser Jaime Lannister, and Tyrion Lannister.

You can check out the full preview on FFG’s site and look forward to the release of the expansion in quarter 3 of 2016.

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.

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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.