News for March 2013
Mobilize Your Fleet
The Pirates of Lys Is Now Available for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 21 March 2013

“The Lyseni. Torrent spied their sails from Littlesister, and before him the Flints from Widow's Watch. Orange sails, and green, and pink. Salladhor Saan. Where is he?”
–George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

The Great Houses respond to the shifting scales of power by strengthening their fleets in The Pirates of Lys!

Now available at your local retailer and online through our webstore, this third Chapter Pack in the A Song of the Sea Cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game navigates the changing tides with new characters, Warships, and House-specific events that trigger powerful Response actions when you win a challenge “by 4 or more.”

Featuring the renowned Smuggler, Salladhor Saan (The Pirates of Lys, 47), along with the Tyroshi Captain, Moreo Tumitis (The Pirates of Lys, 50), the sixty new cards (three copies each of twenty different cards) in The Pirates of Lys bolster your fleet with five new characters, five locations, and five events. You’ll also find four new plots, and a new agenda to inspire creative deck designs, especially among those players who value an exciting journey, regardless how quickly they reach their destination.

The Long Voyage

Just like everyone knows that a straight line offers the shortest distance between any two points, everyone knows that a deck built to the minimum legal size is bound to give you the best odds of drawing the cards you want…right?

Not necessarily.

A new agenda in The Pirates of Lys encourages players to experiment with some creative longcuts. George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, reminds us, time and time again, of the vulnerability and mortal natures of those lords, ladies, and knights who make themselves too predictable, even as their enemies hover around them.

It’s easy to be tempted by the lure of power. In A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, it’s possible to throw in your lot with the most powerful House and rush straight to King’s Landing and aim for the Iron Throne. Still, such bold, direct plans are easily predicted. No matter how powerful the lord, should he ride in the open plains, the decision may be tantamount to suicide. Open warfare may prove fatal. The cleverer lords and ladies think several steps ahead. Their paths to power may be longer, but they stand a better chance of living to wield the power they pursue.

Similarly, The Long Voyage (The Pirates of Lys, 60) forces players to construct decks much larger than the standard, sixty-card minimum. However, in return, it offers valuable, consistent card draw. With more cards in hand, you have more potential plays each phase and each turn. With more potential plays, you have more opportunity to craft a strategy capable of anticipating your opponent’s plays, and you make yourself less predictable to your opponent. In a game with as many twists and turns as A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, the ability to anticipate your opponent’s moves and keep yours secret is invaluable. The Long Voyage won’t likely prove the best agenda for a “rush” deck, but it’s bound to appeal to those players whose talents and tastes run toward secrets, conspiracies, and control.

Meet the Pirates on the High Seas

Haul anchor, and unfurl your sails! The Long Voyage and the enhancement are adding tremendous tactical flexibility to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game as the A Song of the Sea cycle reaches its midpoint with The Pirates of Lys.

Head to your local retailer today, or visit our webstore, to purchase your copy of The Pirates of Lys and mobilize your fleet!

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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