A New A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Pool Is Now Available
|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 27 August 2014|
“When Aegon the Dragon stepped ashore in Westeros, the kings of Vale and Rock and Reach did not rush to hand him their crowns. If you mean to sit his Iron Throne, you must win it as he did, with steel and dragonfire.”
–George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords
Westeros is a new pool of cards for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play, and it challenges players to forge a new vision for the Seven Kingdoms, even as they seek to win the Iron Throne.
The Westeros draft experience centers around the Westeros draft pool, a collection of 240 randomized cards, which include a healthy representation of cards drawn from the Living Card Game's two most recently completed cycles, Kingsroad and Conquest and Defiance, as well as no fewer than thirty-four preview cards from the upcoming Wardens cycle. Moreover, the Westeros card pool features ten different “draft format only” cards that ensure your draft experiences will be both truly dynamic and unique.
Your trials begin as you build your deck, assembling an army from the pool’s Prized cards, its various Bannermen, its crested characters, and the different plots you’ll wish to hatch from within your Castles. As the draft pool prominently features each of these different themes, the Westeros Draft Starter lays the foundation for your conquest, featuring the beginnings of a solid economic base and a couple of devious plots, the “draft format only” cards, Counting Coppers (Westeros Draft Starter, 10) and Filthy Accusations (Westeros Draft Starter, 11).
Then, your ambitions lead you to battlefields across the Seven Kingdoms, into the shadows of King’s Landing alleyways, and into meetings with foreign dignitaries. Numerous conflicts will divide your attentions and force you to spread your forces, but you must master both your challenges and your foes if you wish to win the Iron Throne – and rule Westeros!
For more about how Westeros Draft Starters and Draft Packs allow players to participate in an alternative and exciting draft play format for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, visit our A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play description page.
What Do I Need to Play?
The Westeros Draft Starter is a fixed collection of rules and nineteen core cards that include a draft-only agenda, Treaty (Westeros Draft Starter, 1), locations like Kingsroad Inn (Westeros Draft Starter, 9) that help you launch your early economy, and five plots to serve as the spine of your plot deck.
Importantly, the cards in the Westeros Draft Starter vary from those of the Ice & Fire Draft Starter, and the result is that the Westeros draft experience offers more flexibility with your influence and the recruitment of out-of-House characters, locations, and other cards. All of these Draft Starter cards are clearly distinguished from both the larger A Game of Thrones: The Card Game card pool and the cards in the Westeros Draft Packs, meaning you can easily sort them after your games and prepare for your next draft. Best of all, because Westeros Draft Starters are reusable, you only need one, no matter how many Westeros drafts you play!
All draft cards are clearly identified by a new icon, and starter pack cards are further distinguished from draft cards by color.
Westeros Draft Packs are collections of fifty random cards, compiled according to a custom algorithm from a card pool of 240 cards called Westeros.
To learn more about how Westeros Draft Packs are created, visit the A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play description page.
All cards found in Westeros draft products, except for those marked “draft format only,” are legal in standard tournament play as soon as they are tournament legal and released within the standard LCG® format. Accordingly, each card from the Wardens cycle will become legal for tournament play once the LCG Chapter Pack in which it is contained goes on sale at retailers. However, because of variations in production color and card-stock resulting from our in-house manufacturing, players using draft cards in tournaments must sleeve their cards with opaque or art sleeves.
Fight for Your Vision of the Seven Kingdoms
Can you survive the tumultuous challenges of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Draft Play? Assemble your army, plot your schemes, and make your bid for the Iron Throne with the Westeros draft pool for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game!
Note: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game draft products do not serve as a replacement for the standard A Game of Thrones: The Card Game LCG® model. Instead, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game draft products allow players to enjoy the game through an additional format of play. Orders for products printed via FFG's in-house manufacturing may take 10 – 14 days to ship.
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.