News for February 2014
Ancestral Home
Announcing the Fourth Chapter Pack in the Conquest and Defiance Cycle
A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 03 February 2014

“Lord Seaworth is a man of humble birth, but he reminded me of my duty, when all I could think of was my rights. I was trying to win the throne to save the kingdom, when I should have been trying to save the kingdom to win the throne.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Ancestral Home, the fourth Chapter Pack in the Conquest and Defiance cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!

Every House in Westeros attempts to win their way to the Iron Throne, but the roots of a House’s claim flow from its lineage and its ancestral seat of power. The Starks have held Winterfell for generations, Casterly Rock is the traditional home of House Lannister, and House Martell has long claimed Dorne as their capital.

Along with their castles and homes, each Great House has certain responsibilities and Titles. In the Ancestral Home Chapter Pack, you’ll discover a Title for every faction, including the Neutral Faction!

A Fitting Title

Although every Title is unique to its House, they do share some key similarities. These Titles form a vital piece of each House’s identity, and it follows that each possesses the Prized keyword introduced by the Conquest and Defiance cycle. These attachments may give your opponents power if the attachment is discarded, but that allows them to offer you more powerful effects.

In addition, each Title is an attachment. These attachments, however, are far too weighty for any one character in your House. Rather, Titles are attached to your House card, placing them on a more secure foundation than attachments placed on vulnerable characters or locations. We’ll take a closer look at the true power of these new attachments below!

Wardens of the Realm

One of the most prestigious roles in Westeros is the position of Warden. The Wardens are divided between north, south, east, and west, and each Warden is responsible for commanding the armies of Westeros in their region. The position of Warden of the West (Ancestral Home, 69) has traditionally been held by House Lannister, and in this Chapter Pack, you can finally confer that Title upon your House.

Warden of the West offers you a distinct advantage for maintaining your power in Westeros. This Title attaches to your House card, and after you play a prized card, you can kneel the attached House card to choose and kneel a character. You don’t just kneel a character, however. You also discard all power from that character, slowing your opponent’s rush to victory, and potentially giving slower decks time to catch up to a power-hungry opponent. Because the Title itself is a prized card, you can trigger its Response immediately, helping you to gain the upper hand.

While House Lannister is known as the Warden of the West, House Stark holds the honor of Warden of the North (Ancestral Home, 74). Warden of the North offers you a potent defensive bonus when you play a prized card. By kneeling the attached House card, you can use the power of Warden of the North to grant a character stealth and allow him to defend without kneeling until the end of the round. This effect becomes particularly useful when you go second, allowing you to defend your opponent’s challenges before going on the offensive with your own.

The Warden of the South Title (Ancestral Home, 63) is claimed by House Tyrell, who in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game are represented as supporters of House Baratheon. This Title offers you a highly useful counter to your opponent’s strategy. This attachment allows you to kneel the attached House card after playing a prized card to force an opponent to choose and reveal a new plot card! Although this effect won’t stop plots with “when revealed” effects, you can certainly play it and trigger its Response immediately to stop plots like The First Snow of Winter (On Dangerous Grounds, 59), Fear of Winter (Beyond the Wall, 40), or Melisandre’s Scheme (Reach of the Kraken, 9).

Houses of the Mighty

Every House is claiming its rights as the Ancestral Home Chapter Pack approaches. Four other Titles await the other factions, alongside a host of new prized cards and a champion-designed agenda that poses a unique deck-building challenge. Look for Ancestral Home at your local retailer in the second quarter of 2014!

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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