Friday, 17 July 2015


Welcome to The Old Gods and the New, my new blog about the 2nd Edition of Fantasy Flight Games’ A Game Of Thrones LCG!

I’m not going to have much game-related stuff to say this time round, this is really just a wee bit of an introduction for those who don’t know me.  I have over 20 years of experience of TCG/LCGs, primarily Magic: The Gathering, the World of Warcraft TCG and Netrunner, during which time I’ve played at every level from the kitchen table to the Pro Tour and back again.  In that time I’ve also worked as a strategy and coverage writer for Starcity Games, Wizards of the Coast (makers of Magic) and Cryptozoic (makers of WoW TCG), as well as running a blog about Android:Netrunner that people seemed to like.

In terms of the Game of Thrones LCG… so far I’ve only played the HBO version, though it was enough to pick up the flavour of how the game works and to know that I like it.  Compared to Magic I really enjoyed that layer of strategy that the Plots added, and if the full first edition of the LCG hadn’t already been several years old with a truly daunting amount of cards needed to jump in I might have played more.  I dove into Android: Netrunner few a couple of years instead.

This relaunched 2nd Edition of the A Game of Thrones LCG represents the perfect opportunity for many people (including myself) to get on board with a game that I’m really excited to explore, and hopefully I’ll be able to bring some of you along with me for the journey.  


Old Gods: If you're arriving on this blog as a seasoned player of the 1st Edition of the Game of Thrones LCG then I have two requests for you: firstly, please bear with me while I tune into the nuances of this game compared to those I've played before, and secondly (related to the first) if you think I'm getting something wrong or missing the point then please feel free to add a comment and point me in the right direction.  

New Gods: Those coming to the game either from the books and TV show, or from other card games... you're going to be seeing the game through new eyes, just like me.  Hopefully we can learn together and explore together, and I'll take pains to try and keep this blog accessible for those without decades of card shuffling experience.  If you think there's something in the game you need some help with then let me know, and I'll try and cover it in a blog.


Ahead of the game’s relaunch (fingers crossed for August, just a month away) I’m going to dive into the raft of material that already exists for the game and see what there is to learn so that we can make a running start once the actual box arrives in our actual hands.  Look out for a quick series of blogs over the next few weeks as I catch up on what has already been announced and start to get ready to play the game of thrones!

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