The world of Westeros is wracked with war, intrigue, and strife. The Great Houses muster armies and meet in titanic battles, while their assassins and spies struggle in the shadows. Across the Narrow Sea, the first dragons in years have awoken, while in the barren lands beyond the Wall, a nameless threat is stirring, eager to crush the world with freezing cold and endless night. Westeros is unforgiving of mistakes, and in the end, only one game truly matters: the game of thrones!
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition is the second edition of a beloved Living Card Game®, featuring cunning plots, iconic characters, and deadly encounters for two to six players. Set in the world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, every game invites you to take command of iconic factions and battle for power. You must best your opponents to claim the Iron Throne, defeating them on the field of battle, outwitting them in the intrigues of court, or stealing their power in the political arena. Whether you play a two-player joust or a multiplayer melee, this LCG invites you to battle for control of Westeros.
1 - 2 hours
2 - 4 players
What Are the Differences Between the Editions?
As A Game of Thrones: The Card Game transitions from its first iteration to the second edition, some aspects have been changed. These changes can be divided into three basic categories: elements being cut, elements being revised or updated, and new elements.
A number of elements are being cut from the new edition because they have been deemed obsolete or unnecessarily confusing. The influence resource was a holdover from the game’s CCG era, and because gold now persists through to the end of the round, influence is unnecessary. Another game mechanic that will disappear in the second edition is crests. Crests offered nothing to distinguish them from traits, and made the game more difficult for new players to learn. The first edition of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game also contained too many keywords for players to easily remember. In the second edition of the game, existing keywords have been pruned and some new keywords have been added to showcase the most interesting and essential interactions.
Other elements are being revised to improve the play experience of the game. The timing rules of the first edition were a frequent obstacle to players attempting to enjoy the game, and are being overhauled in the new edition. Moribund, passive effects with triggers, and save/cancel responses will be replaced with a more straightforward timing system that takes advantage of the Interrupt, Reaction, and Forced triggers that have been successfully employed in some of our newer LCGs.
The draw cap is also being replaced. In the first edition of the game, the draw cap was a necessary band-aid to prevent decks from harnessing massive draw power, but it was not a part of the original core design, and it forced players to mentally track the number of cards drawn per round. In the second edition, a reserve value is included on plot cards, and this value caps its controller's hand size at the end of each game round. For example, if a plot has a reserve value of five, you must discard down to five cards at the end of the round. In addition to these other changes, the gold curve is being expanded to better reflect the range of abilities between different characters. In the first edition, two characters could have the same cost, but vastly different strength levels. Expanding the gold curve allows greater variance between these characters. The entire attachment card type is also being modified to make it more robust, because many players felt that first edition attachments were more fragile than the other card types.
Finally, new features being introduced to the game for the first time. The faction pool is expanding beyond the six Houses players have come to know in the first edition, with the addition of two new factions to the pool. New deck building rules empower players with more options in combining factions, alongside a means of building more focused and specialized plot deck. Additionally, the game is being given an exciting graphic overhaul that presents a treasure trove of beautiful new artwork.
While other differences are present between the first and second edition of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, these are the most important.
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Released: 15 October 2015