|The Next Evolution
An important announcement about A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 06 April 2011|
Since its inception, the innovative Living Card Game format has brought thousands of fans a welcome alternative to the traditional CCG model. Today, this exciting format evolves even further. Read on for an updated FAQ for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game. But first, here’s an important update from Senior LCG Designer Nate French:
Hello LCG Fans,
With an ever expanding structure like the LCG metagame, we are always on the lookout for cards that are hampering the game’s evolution. In the past, harsh measures such as errata and banning have been used by card companies to police their games, eliminating problem cards and opening up the way for new ideas to be explored.
It is one of our goals with the LCG format to keep the need for such heavy-handed measures to an absolute minimum, so that the cards we release have the longest tournament life possible. And yet, the need to do something is sometimes there.
To this end, we have developed the restricted list, which goes into effect today (and are included in each game’s FAQ, below). On the restricted list, you will find the cards that have been cramping tournament play and preventing the game from being as enjoyable as we all know it can be. Some of these cards are part of an overpowered combination, some have risen to the status of “auto-include” and are simply too pervasive in the environment, and some were printed to address a very specific situation that the game has since grown past.
When building a deck, a player may select one card from the restricted list to use in that deck, and he may not use any other cards from the restricted list in that same deck. A player may run as many copies of his chosen restricted card as the standard rules of the game (or card text) allow.
With this restricted list, we are better able to bring you a fun, healthy metagame, while keeping everyone’s beloved cards legal for tournament play for as long as possible. The need to ban a card may occasionally still arrive, but we feel that the restricted list will ensure that such instances are rare.
We look forward to seeing what you all do with the new environment this upcoming regional season.
Answers to your burning questions
To see the restricted list for your favorite LCG, visit the support pages of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, or Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game, or download the appropriate FAQ below.
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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.