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This article was written on 08 Nov 2012, and is filled under Card Game, Reviews & Culture.

Card Game Review: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Ours is the Fury. Winter is Coming. Fire and Blood. Hear Me Roar.

These are the words of four of the great houses of Westeros. In A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, you take on the role of one of these houses, vying for control over the Iron Throne.

The game is based on FFG’s previous AGoT Collectible Card Game, repackaged and with new cards for it to make it semi-non-collectible. What do I mean by semi-non-collectible? The game is now an LCG, or Living Card Game, which means that on a monthly basis, there is a $12  pack that comes out that introduces new cards. The cards aren’t random like a CCG, but keeping up on the latest cards can definitely help if you decide to play competitively. I personally only own the core set, which costs around $40.

The core game comes with four prebuilt decks (Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon and Stark), and you can buy packs that introduce Greyjoy and Martell. In addition, there are larger expansions beyond the smaller $12 packs that give you the ability to expand specifically on a house you prefer.

Characters have stats in Military (), Intrigue () and Power (). Using the characters against one another and trying to amass power tokens is the way to win. Based on the plot card drawn that turn, your goals can change.

It’s a great game with fantastic components. Yet it’s sat on my shelf for a few months. Why? Because the game isn’t really set up for two players. Yes, we were able to play as two players, but a lot of the cards simply didn’t work when you’ve only got one opponent. I’m sure purchasing a few expansions and mixing in cards to specifically target a single other player would make the game more playable, but at this point, we just don’t have the money or time to invest in gathering up new cards for it.

Should you buy it? If you have a few different friends who would be able to play with you, absolutely. If it’s just you and your significant other, I would pick up some of the expansion Chapter Packs to replace any multiplayer-aimed cards. Of course, writing up this review makes me want to go pick up some chapter packs. Hm…

In the Game of Thrones you win… or you sit on a shelf collecting dust.

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