News for February 2011
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Announcing the Hand of the King Tournament for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 24 February 2011

The Hand of the King was the second-most powerful man in the Seven Kingdoms. He spoke with the king's voice, commanded the king's armies, drafted the king's laws. At times he even sat upon the Iron Throne to dispense king's justice, when the king was absent, or sick, or otherwise indisposed. Robert was offering him a responsibility as large as the realm itself.

- A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume I: A Game of Thrones

In celebration of the highly-anticipated premiere of HBO's A Game of Thrones television series, based on the first volume of George R.R. Martin's fantasy epic, A Song of Ice and Fire, Fantasy Flight Games is proud to present the Hand of the King Tournament!

Join us Sunday, April 17th at the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center in Roseville, Minnesota for a day of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, featuring the Hand of the King tournament, as well as the Chosen Few deckbuilding contest Proxy Tournament.

In addition to our hosted event, we invite interested retailers and gaming groups who cannot make it to Minnesota to host their own Hand of the King tournaments. For more information on The Hand of the King variant and on how to sign up to host an event, read on!

The Hand of the King Variant

The Hand of the King is a rules variant designed by A Game of Thrones: The Card Game's Lead Designer, Nate French. For this variant, you will appoint one of A Game of Thrones' unique characters to be your Hand of the King and your victory will depend not only on your Hand's achievements but on his or her survival. The Hand is one of the most powerful figures in a King's Small Council - choose yours carefully! For the full rules of the Hand of the King variant, download the PDF below.

Hand of the King variant rules. (PDF, 328 KB)

Sign Up to Host an Event

For those retailers and gaming groups interested in hosting their own Hand of the King tournament, send an email to Your event can be held any time between April 15th and April 24th, 2011.

Be sure to include your name, contact information, venue information (store address, hours, phone number, etc.), and especially your tournament's time and date when you email us. Give us your event's details and we will post it here on our website for your players to find.

As an added bonus, venues can also purchase a Hand of the King prize support kit featuring:

• 1 engraved plaque for the winner of the tournament
• 8 Hand of the King commemorative cards, with the rules for the variant printed on the back

Above: The Hand of the King player aid card.

The deadline to sign up to host a Hand of the King tournament is March 7th, 2011.

The Hand of the North

Come to the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center at 11:00AM on Sunday, April 17th to participate in our Hand of the King tournament and square off against the other claimants to the Iron Throne! In addition to the prizes listed above, we will also be giving out other exclusive prizes, to be announced in a future update.
While players compete in the Hand of the King tournament, FFG Staff will be facing off in the Chosen Few Proxy Tournament mentioned in a previous front page feature. Watch as FFG's staff battles for the honor of the creators of the Chosen Few's decks!

Celebrate A Game of Thrones

The Fantasy Flight Games Event Center will be the center of an exciting day of A Game of Thrones, kicking off a week of celebration of the premiere of HBO's A Game of Thrones TV series. Join us and other A Game of Thrones fans worldwide for the Hand of the King tournament!

Discuss this tournament on the A Game of Thrones forums.


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.

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Published: 3/2/2011 12:29:14 PM

 I am still wondering how a terminal effect is applied to the HotK. As far as I understand, even a terminal effect can only remove a card from play once, yet it would be constant as the HotK doesn't leave play. Discarding gold from the HotK until he is out of play seems like the most intuitive solution, yet I'm not sure how this is supported by the game mechanics/timing structure.

Published: 3/1/2011 11:40:04 AM
FFG Staff

Great questions everyone. Here are some answers:

1) The Hand of the King counts its STR automatically during challenges initiated against it, whether it is kneeling or not, and it does not kneel to do so. It is not considered a "defender" unless it is specifically declared as a defender following the regular rules of the game. If a Hand of the King is declared as a defender during a challenge initiated against it, it does not count its STR twice.

2) If a Hand of the King is in play, and you pay a cost that would remove the Hand of the King from play, a gold token is still discarded from the Hand of the King instead of removing it from play. This will satisfy the cost that would remove the Hand from play.


Published: 2/27/2011 1:44:13 PM

Also, can the hand use an ability thats cost includes being discarded, instead discarding a coin from itself?


Sounds like a fun variant, but I'd like to make sure I have all the rules down before i start scheming :-)

Published: 2/25/2011 9:51:14 PM

another question:

In this rules, It said that "An attacked Hand of the King automatically counts its STR during challenges initiated against it". Is the HotK considered defending or not? If it is standing, It must be knelt or not?

Published: 2/25/2011 10:48:52 AM
FFG Staff

@sammy: Great question and one in which we have updated in the rules text PDF. To answer your question: "Any effect that would cause the Hand of the King to leave play or change control instead removes one gold token from it."

Thanks for playing, and we hope you enjoy Hand of the King!

Published: 2/25/2011 10:34:33 AM

Very interesting rules !

@Saturnine : I guess if the Hand of the King character is affected by a terminal effect (such as burn), it will loose gold tokens until getting out of play (i.e. there are one gold token less than the character printer cost).

At this time, as the character is out of play, the terminal effect does affect it anymore. If it was coming from an attachment (Flame-kissed, for example), then this attachement will be discarded.

Published: 2/25/2011 12:28:15 AM

Can I take control of the opponent's Hand of the King?

Published: 2/24/2011 11:13:56 PM

 What happens if the Hand of the King is affected by a terminal effect?

Published: 2/24/2011 8:05:28 PM

very cool!

hope to see more themed tournaments!

Published: 2/24/2011 4:27:02 PM

Never too late to start Hellfury :D

Definately some interesting rules,  Some really strange decks could be built around it.

Published: 2/24/2011 3:05:42 PM

That's really neat. I wished I played AGoT.

It's especially cool that this tournament is offered to other venues as well.

Published: 2/24/2011 2:48:11 PM

Really cool rules!

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