News for August 2011
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Announcing Lions of the Rock for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 17 August 2011

He bought loyalty with gold, and compelled obedience with his name.
–Tyrion Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire, Volume I: A Game of Thrones

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to present the latest Deluxe Expansion for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Lions of the Rock, coming the fourth quarter of 2011! In Lions of the Rock, House Lannister will demonstrate its power through its traditional hold over intrigue and card advantage, as well as some exciting new options.

Lions of the Rock includes 165 cards – three copies each of 55 unique cards – featuring exciting new cards for House Lannister as well as powerful neutral cards that will easily find a place in decks of any House.

Knives Behind Every Smile

For more insight into this expansion, we present these designer notes from Lions of the Rock's developer, Damon Stone.

More than any other, House Lannister divides fans of A Song of Ice and Fire. The family is beyond dysfunctional and no number of appearances on Dr. Drew will ever patch up the rifts and fissures between the members of this family. Beautiful, tragic, vicious, devious, ruthless, and powerful. These are the words that came to mind when I sat down to design the Lions of the Rock Deluxe Expansion. The cards in this box would need to define for me everything the family and their banner men represent in the books. Deciding what of the numerous themes in House Lannister I wanted to highlight in this box came pretty simple.

Tyrion Lannister and his horde of clansmen were an obvious choice to entice the newer players of A Game of Thrones. The “bro-mance” in the much lauded HBO series and the aggressive nature of the clansman cards in the Brotherhood Without Banners cycle helps attract attention of newer players and the defiance of normal Lannister expectations is enticing to veteran players. Tyrion as the leader of the horde of clansmen and the defender of King’s Landing led sorties, foiled power grabs and machinations, and even survived an assassination attempt. This Tyrion works with the clansman characters beautifully, allowing him to stay on the board and lead wave after wave of attacks at the head of his personal army of savages.

Cersei Lannister and her lethal scheming has resulted in some of the most tragic scenes in the books, often striking people seemingly from out of nowhere. She utilized her hold on the Small Council to rule the Seven Kingdoms and always had a gambit to play and catspaw to use. Cersei’s ability to attack without kneeling during intrigue challenges slots nicely with The Power Behind the Throne Agenda creating an aggressive hand control deck. Be careful though; if you lose that intrigue advantage you may suddenly find your opponent outstripping you and gaining an additional boost.

We’ve seen Tywin Lannister as a resource accelerator in the LCG, adding to House Lannister’s gold advantage, but we haven’t really explored what a gold advantage can mean in the LCG beyond being able to put out more expensive or a greater amount of cards...until Devan Lannister. This Tywin represents the man who the Crown is indebted to by 400,000 gold dragons. The man who uses his wealth and the debts that people owe him to leverage himself and his House to a position of power and authority.

In addition to the Lannister cards this box contains a multi-house card that each House will share with Lannister and a number of neutral cards and plots that will find a home in any number of decks, such as Bastard, Warrior’s Sons, and the Art of Seduction.

Thanks Damon!

Watch in the coming weeks as we preview more cards and strategy for Lions of the Rock. For more information on Lions of the Rock, visit our Lions of the Rock website.

This fourth quarter, House Lannister will rise, propelled by gold and ruthless will. From one end of Westeros to the other, you will hear the lions roar!

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: 8/21/2011 3:53:29 PM

Wow. looking forward to some new cards.

Published: 8/18/2011 4:07:00 PM

these spoilers are mind blowing!

theres some delicious tech gunna come out of this box. also, the nedliness that ffg is really bringing in these last for CP's and expansions is really impressing the hell out of me. also the art direction for the last few cycles has been just as wonderful. that cersei i agree is stunning. also, that tywin is a total boss of a card. that lanni will do a rush is totally awesome.

Published: 8/18/2011 12:05:00 PM

You are basing your opinion only what we have seen here. Maybe the rest of the box will be as you say "meh". Will have to wait and see all of the cards in Dec. before we can judge if this box is better, worse or on par with QoD.

Published: 8/18/2011 9:27:37 AM

@Saturnine: Yes, you could say that all the cards spoiled being immediately playable in any Lanny deck was a small overstatement. But you could easily drop that Tyrion and Crawn into a standard Lanny deck and it would be just fine. With the Lanny refugees being clansmen and Painted Dogs being a new staple(at least for me), and cards like Chella, and Shagga being very usable cards in a Lanny deck you have plenty of synergy right from the start without making it a dedicated Clansmen deck.

You are correct that Lannister needed less of a boost and more of just a gentle nudge. But that Cersei is freaking amazing with that agenda. That Tywin is stupid good with the Coin Mint. I mean is more power claim something that Lanny really needed?

Published: 8/18/2011 8:19:59 AM

 Wow, the artwork for Cersei and Tywin are ridiculously good. If all of the cards look so nice, I may have to rethink my personal ban on playing Lanni.

Published: 8/18/2011 8:07:30 AM

This is great, Tyrion and Crawn are really going to make a Clansman deck click.  I think Crawn is great, if you are using Gold Tooth Vaults you can discard a Clansman, grab a gold for it, then kneel Crawn to play that clansman.  You now have a knelt Clansman that will trigger with Tyrion's ability (boosting his strength in ANY challenge, what what?) and the clansman wasn't wasted from your hand.  Amazing combo (and didn't I just hear someone request more combos?)

Published: 8/18/2011 5:53:21 AM

Great cards. Can't wait to get this box.

Jamie Lannister
Published: 8/18/2011 4:16:09 AM

 Can't wait for that one!!

Published: 8/18/2011 3:39:53 AM

 @Widowmaker: Every card being playable in every Lanni Deck is a bit of an over statement - at least the Clansman stuff will be reserved for more dedicated Clansman decks. However, I agree that this looks better than the Queen of Dragons stuff. QoD had some really good cards in it, but also a lot of "meh" cards, and ultimately failed to introduce a new viable, consistent and competitive deck archetype like Lords of Winter did with Siege. Nor did it really boost one of Targaryen's existing themes or done anything to alleviate some of the problems general problems of the House.

Obviously we've seen only 6 cards from Lannister, so who knows what else is in there, but I think because Lannister is already a very strong house FFG has less ways to balls it up. Targaryen really needed a bigger boost, I think, and didn't get one. Lannister needs only a gentle nudge or two.

Published: 8/18/2011 1:41:24 AM

 the arts are amazing!!!

Published: 8/17/2011 9:46:45 PM

WOW, just wow. After seeing just the PREVIEWS for this set I am highly upset over the Queen of Dragons box and the garbage that was given to Targaryen. I mean come on!!! Besides Dany, the Dragons, Killer of the Wounded, and Field of Fire the box has a bunch of nothing in it. Every card here is Immediately playable in any Lanny deck. I mean, seriously?

Published: 8/17/2011 6:46:11 PM

Great expansion!! I need it now :D

Cersei's picture is wonderful

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