News for September 2012
The House of Black and White Is Now Available
Deadly Secrets Fill the Fifth Chapter Pack from Beyond the Narrow Sea
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 27 September 2012

“Dareon is dead. The black singer who was sleeping at the Happy Port. He was really a deserter from the Night’s Watch. Someone slit his throat and pushed him into a canal, but they kept his boots.”
    –Arya Stark, A Feast for Crows


The Great Houses pursue deadly new schemes in The House of Black and White, the penultimate Chapter Pack in the Beyond the Narrow Sea cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, now on sale at your local retailer and online through our webstore!

The House of Black and White introduces sixty new cards (three copies each of twenty different cards) that further enrich the Beyond the Narrow Sea cycle and its exploration of the people, places, and events of Essos. You’ll find deadly new tools to cut through your opponents’ non-unique minions, a host of high-impact new locations for each House, and an arsenal of Weapons and other attachments.

Though all characters must eventually find their way to the Many-Faced God, some may first live in such a way as to merit a song, or to shape the conquest of Westeros. The new cards from The House of Black and White vividly delineate the distinction between champion and chattel.

Those Who Play, and Those Who Are Played

George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is a sweeping epic that details the machinations of several Houses and spans both years and continents. However, it is simultaneously an intimately personal tale that traces the impacts that the story’s key events make upon its main characters. Some die. All change.

Certainly, Arya Stark’s personal journey is one of dramatic change. When the story opens, Arya lives a life of relative peace and comfort as the young daughter of a high lord, but after many of her friends and family members are brutally slain, she wanders Westeros in disguise and under assumed names, frightened, vulnerable, and filled with a hunger for revenge. This hunger for revenge eventually led her to the House of Black and White, a temple to the Many-Faced God of death, and home to the assassins who would teach her their trade.

The House of Black and White introduces two highly thematic new cards that depict Arya’s transition from victim to assassin, I Am No One (The House of Black and White, 84) and Poisoned Coin (The House of Black and White, 83). Not only do they help to relate how Arya Stark began her transition from pawn to player, but they give fans of House Stark new tools with which to defeat their foes.

I Am No One can accelerate a House Tully deck by allowing The Blackfish (Lords of Winter, 22) to claim two of the three power he needs to attack without kneeling. The Blackfish may be the most obvious target among House Stark’s unique characters, but Cat o’ the Canals (Refugees of War, 84) is another excellent candidate since her immunity to your opponent’s card effects offers tremendous protection to any power she claims.

Meanwhile, the assassin’s Poisoned Coin means a swift and sudden death to any who receive it. At a mere one cost for a kill and a card draw, the Poisoned Coin is a good deal, forcing your opponent to make a choice between kneeling the attached character to help win a challenge or keep the character standing long enough to draw into his attachment control. Poisoned Coin becomes even better when you run it against a deck full of characters who can stand themselves, such as King Robert Baratheon (The Tower of the Hand, 46) and Killer of the Wounded (Queen of Dragons, 16), and it makes for a fine, unpredictable kill when you can first catch your opponent’s character off-guard with a Distraction (Core Set, 155). In the end, though, the Poisoned Coin is an assassin’s tool, not a knight’s, and a budding House Stark assassin may be able to use it to coordinate some truly subtle, elaborate, and effective combinations, especially in a deck running The Kindly Man (Valar Morghulis, 1).

Revenge!

With the knowledge and skills she has gained from The House of Black and White, will Arya Stark be able to slay her foes and, at last, claim her revenge?

Look for Arya Stark, I Am No One, and Poisoned Coin, plus a wealth of other attachments and locations in The House of Black and White, on sale now! Head to your local retailer to pick up your copy today, or order yours online from our webstore.

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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