|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 28 October 2010|
Hello and Welcome Back, Loyal A Game of Thrones Fans!
This week we continue our look at the upcoming A Song of Silence Chapter Pack from the Brotherhood Without Banners expansion cycle. Last time we took a closer look at the developing Raider theme of House Greyjoy that will be featured in this pack, but this time out we thought we would examine the overarching Brotherhood theme of this cycle by looking at a card that will make it a little more interesting, Hollow Hill.
A Game of Thrones players will probably agree that while the Brotherhood characters can be pretty good on their own, they work much better with the Brotherhood Without Banners agenda in play.
What really makes the Brotherhood special is their suite of abilities that trigger off of not having any power on your House card. This is made easier over the long stretch of the game by the Brotherhood agenda. Of course, with it your Brotherhood characters, and your game, are just as vulnerable as renowned characters - keep duplicates and Thoros of Myr handy - but the tradeoff of some pretty sweet abilities will hopefully make up for that.
The Neutral House card is also something of an agenda unto itself*. You can build a deck around it - Brotherhood, Night's Watch, Wildling, etc. - and add in characters from all of the other Houses as your "splash" characters, as opposed to the other way around, which brings us to Hollow Hill.
With Hollow Hill and the Neutral House card in play, you can get rid of all gold penalties on characters (although you're still stuck with the gold penalties on locations and attachments), with the added bonus of getting to draw a card whenever you play a card not of your House affiliation. This could be quite often, depending on how diverse you make your deck. The question that naturally arises from this combo is what aspects of the various Houses (leaving out the "House X Only" cards) would you bring together if you could and could you make them work together?
On the other hand, there is nothing to say that you could not use Hollow Hill with any House card and reap the benefits if you had a need to mix more Houses together and had the additional gold to pay for it. The question therefore remains the same, but with the addendum of asking if it's also worth the additional gold.
So there you have it, more options for a more diverse A Game of Thrones experience. We hope there's plenty to discuss here in the comments and on the A Game of Thrones forums. Until next time!
* Those of you who can remember back that far can see certain similarities with the True Queen agenda.
Based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, playable by 2-4 players, brings the beloved heroes, villains, locations, and events of the world of Westeros to life through innovative game mechanics and the highly strategic game play. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Chapter Pack expansions to the core game.
that rocks!!! I am going to LOVE Brotherhood now...
~I will say it again, all we need is a certain Ghost of High Heart ;)
Hello A Game of Thrones Fans!
Good catch on the card text for Hollow Hill. Be sure to check out the official errata for this card and others on the newly-posted FAQ. Thanks for playing!
Great Card!!! Only thing is that it is not Any Phase but should be Response, but this can easily be corrected with a FAQ. Card remains a Topic Card to make fun and strong decks ;-)
"So there you have it, more options for a more diverse A Game of Thrones experience."!!!!
Yeeesssss, thats what i always wanted from this game.
I like this cycle so much (by now) because the strenght of each Houses were expanded not more concentrated.
Like the Lannisters: instead of more Card Draw and Gold they got Card Control!!!!
for how cool is that.
Keep this up.