|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 05 April 2011|
"'Here to fight in the Hand's tourney, my lord?' A guardsman called out to him.
'Here to win the Hand's tourney,' Lord Beric shouted back as the crowd cheered."
- A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume I: A Game of Thrones
The Hand of the North
Join us as we, the Hands of many Kings, battle for control of the Iron Throne in this unique deckbuilding and gameplay variant. For more details on how to construct your deck for the Hand of the King tournament, download the rules below:
Hand of the King Variant Rules (pdf, 328 KB)
The tournament begins at 11:00AM. All participants will receive a Hand of the King player aid card and the winner of the tournament will also receive a Hand of the King plaque. There will also be prize drawings for playmats, pins, and stone and crystal House cards.
In addition to the Hand of the King tournament, FFG's A Game of Thrones-playing staff will also be participating in the Chosen Few Proxy Tournament, playing for the honor of eight participants in our deckbuilding contest.
The Hands of Many Kings
But if you can't make it to the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center for our Hand of the King Event, find a venue in your area:
|Store Name||Location||Date||Contact Info||Time|
|Game Depot Arizona||Tempe, AZ||Apr 16, email@example.com
|The Gamers Den||Cambridge, MN||Apr 16, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Critical Hit Games||Iowa City, IA||Apr 16, email@example.com
|Millennium Games and Hobbies||Rochester, NY||Apr 16, firstname.lastname@example.org
|I-Con||Stony Brook, NY||April 16, email@example.com|
|Galactic Force Toys||Chicago, IL||Apr 17, firstname.lastname@example.org
|FFG Event Center||Roseville, MN||Apr 17, email@example.com
|Store Name||Location||Date||Contact Info||Time|
|Outpost||Prague, Czech Republic||Apr 16, firstname.lastname@example.org
+420 774 325 697
|Gamer’s Farm||Hallwang, Austria||Apr 17, email@example.com||2pm|
|Tramp’s Comics and Games||Saskatchewan, Canada||Apr 17, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Paradigm Infinitum||Singapore||Apr 19, email@example.com
|Inforhobbies||Coimbra, Portugal||Apr 22, 2011||Wraith_Ghost@hotmail.com
(00351) 918 930 899
|Eagle Card||Salzburg, Austriafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The GameShelf||Thunder Bay, ON, Canada||Call/Emailemail@example.com
If you don't see your favorite venue on this list, tell them to sign up and purchase a Hand of the King kit from our B2B site*. Hurry, though: Time is short and supplies are limited!
Celebrate A Game of Thrones
Don't forget: HBO's Game of Thrones television series premieres on Sunday, April 17th at 9PM EST. After your Hand of the King tournament, be sure to head home and catch the first episode of Game of Thrones!
* The link to the B2B site from this article is only visible if you are a retailer or distributor with a B2B account. If you are a retailer and you have not signed up yet, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Toqtamish, I wasn't calling you out, I was calling out your local store. I myself am a game store owner. In a small town, with a small customer base. And we struggle to stay open. When my customers come up to me and ask me to support game X, when game X is not one of the few strong sellers I have, I work with them to try and promote the game.
The only "resources" that I can accept a store lacking is a space to hold organized events. Otherwise a customer can be the one willing to take on the role of advocate for the game. I'm barely familar with the World of Warcraft tcg. I don't play it. I have a customer who loves it, and is willing to do the work promoting the game, and in return I give them gaming space, sanction their events and stock the cards.
I had some other customers who wanted me to start running Pokemon tournaments. I hadn't sold a pack of Pokemon to any of them in months (my Pokemon sales are generally random guy off the street). When I told them I needed someone to become a Pokemon judge before Nintendo would sanction me for events (because Nintendo would not allow me to be their "Professor") , none of them were willing to do it. So Pokemon events never materialized.
I hope I did not offend you with my comments. Although I sometimes take issue with having to pay for FFG's prize kits (most companies provide stores with free OP kits), they are affordable and my players are always willing to pay to play, so in the end I always make my money back. And when it comes to keeping your store open, it always comes down to whether or not the product or event will make money. That is why I have a hard time understanding why any game store would turn their back on the opportunity to make money. And OP events for games that people are interested in tend to increase sales of that game.
And when I said resources I was not necessarily referring to money. there are other resources involved in running tournaments etc.
I don't care what you accept. I stand by my statement. You can think whatever you want as can I.
Toqtamish, I don't accept that stores "don't have the resources." I own a store. If my players are willing to pay for the event, I'll get the kit(s). Work on your local store to advance your games agenda. Most game stores are not going to support games that don't make them money, but they likely will support games that will make them money.
That being said, I do agree with Kennon that there should be more ways for players to get these kits and play them. I do support the idea of working with stores to advance the game, but when players are denied the opportunity to attend special events because a store doesn't run it (and I am very surprised how few stores took this up) it doesn't really help the game.
It would be nice to have a way for players to run this and not just rely on stores. some stores just don't have the resources.
I emailed our local store multiple times to ask them to order this.
Can we please have a return to the Night's Watch system so that volunteer tournament organizers could order the frakking things themselves and not have to go through the store?
Wow, I would have expected a few more stores to hold this event. This just seemed right for non-competitive play, and a fun diversion. Anyway, anyone in MN is welcome to come to our store to get their feet wet before playing at the Event Center the next day.