News for April 2011
The Tourney of the Hand 7
Come and Play in the Hand of the King Tournament at the FFG Event Center
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

Celebrate a banner year for A Game of Thrones by coming down to the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center on Sunday, April 17th and competing in the Hand of the King tournament!

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:

Domestic Venues

Store Name Location Date Contact Info Time
Game Depot Arizona Tempe, AZ Apr 16, 2011
The Gamers Den Cambridge, MN Apr 16, 2011
Critical Hit Games Iowa City, IA Apr 16, 2011
Millennium Games and Hobbies Rochester, NY Apr 16, 2011
I-ConStony Brook, NYApril 16,
Galactic Force Toys Chicago, IL Apr 17, 2011
FFG Event Center Roseville, MN Apr 17, 2011

International Venues

Store Name Location Date Contact Info Time
Outpost Prague, Czech Republic Apr 16, 2011
+420 774 325 697
Gamer’s Farm Hallwang, Austria Apr 17, 2011 2pm
Tramp’s Comics and Games Saskatchewan, Canada Apr 17, 2011
12 noon
Paradigm Infinitum Singapore Apr 19, 2011
Inforhobbies Coimbra, Portugal Apr 22, 2011
(00351) 918 930 899
3:30 PM
Eagle Card Salzburg, Austria Email Email
The GameShelf Thunder Bay, ON, Canada Call/Email
(807) 768-8748

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

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: 4/6/2011 4:36:54 PM

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.

Published: 4/6/2011 12:50:56 PM

And when I said resources I was not necessarily referring to money. there are other resources involved in running tournaments etc.

Published: 4/6/2011 12:48:57 PM

I don't care what you accept. I stand by my statement. You can think whatever you want as can I.

Published: 4/5/2011 9:04:06 PM

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.

Published: 4/5/2011 6:58:23 PM

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.

Published: 4/5/2011 4:44:28 PM


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?

Published: 4/5/2011 4:20:22 PM

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.

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