|A Game of Thrones LCG | Published 11 November 2010|
Hello and Welcome Back, Loyal A Game of Thrones Fans!
A Song of Silence should be in your eager hands now (and if not, call your local retailer and tell them to stock up!) so now we can move on to our next set of spoilers, this time for the penultimate pack in the Brotherhood Without Banners cycle, Of Snakes and Sand.
Each pack in this cycle is themed to one of the Houses - A Song of Silence, for example, featured more cards for House Greyjoy - and Of Snakes and Sand is no different, themed around House Martell, particularly the Sand Snakes.
Last week, we took a look at two House Martell cards which we think will get a lot of play, and this week we repeat that theme in honor of this Chapter Pack's focus on House Martell. Last time we introduced the Poisoned Knife. This week we preview a location that will give that attachment and others like it a dangerous boost: Alchemist's Shop. House Martell leads the field in Weapon attachments and Alchemist's Shop makes them all deadlier, literally. There isn't much more to say about it, only that it makes Martell Weapons that much more appealing and versatile. Even the Bronze Shield - essentially a cancel event in Attachment form* - edges up, allowing you to use your "sacrifice fodder" characters as Deadly attackers.
Since Of Snakes and Sand is themed around the Sand Snakes, it behooves us to show at least one. The Sand Snakes of this pack feature Trait-synergy around icons and keywords. Case in point: Tyene Sand. While there are, as yet, few Sand Snakes in the card pool, the Sand Snake trait won't be hard to get, once Of Snakes and Sand releases. Sand Snake is a nice sub-theme for House Martell in that it doesn't conflict with its House's major goals or strengths. Unlike Clansman or Asshai, which may push a player outside of a House's established strategies, Sand Snake just adds some more versatile characters to your already deadly House Martell arsenal.
So that's it for this week's card spoiler. We hope we've given you plenty to discuss here in the comments and in the A Game of Thrones forums.
Good luck to all of you who will be at the Days of Ice and Fire event and participating in the tournaments!
BONUS: Johannes "Johnny" Goslar was nice enough to upload footage from the Tourney at Stahleck event last month. For those of you who weren't able to make it to Germany for the event, check out some of the highlights by following this Youtube link.
* With a potentially high cost, but it can be worth it if, for example, you're trading a weak character to save a strong one.
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.
I certainly hope for no non-uniques as well.
At least no Son of the Viper or whatever that horribly non-Nedly card was a few years ago. :)
They are Oberyn's illegitimate daughters, there could be more he doesn't even know about. But for the sake of the intrigue icon and stealth, I am hoping there are no non-unique ones as well. Martell strikes fear into the heart of me.
Man, I really hope there ISN'T a non-unique Sand Snake. The Sand Snakes are a specific group of named individuals, not a general term.
I was also thinking #6 will have something slithering in the dunes, JJ... There's that Bolton attachment, so a Sand Snake attachment may well be down the pipe (maybe with a nice little vengeance effect thrown in?). There may also be a reissue of more snaketastic (ie synergistic) Obara and Sarella perhaps?
Well that shop looks pretty nifty! Could well be worth paying the OOH cost if someone was running, for instance, a Stark or Targ deck that was weapon heavy.
@Ruvion Well I'll keep hoping then for something in #6. Or perhaps an attachment that creates a sandsnake (or Songs of Bael the Bard).
Otherwise the Sand Snake theme will be pretty disappointing. Martell is getting lots of other great cards, though.
What a lovely picture of Tyene!
Unfortunately it doesn't look likely that a new Sand Snake will be introduced in this CP...this is an excerpt from September's promotional announcement for the 5th CP in this cycle (after it was revised of its spoilerific content):
Of Snakes and Sand features two of the Red Viper's plotting daughters, Tyene Sand and Nymeria Sand, the Alchemist's Shop to make Weapons deadlier, and more! Of Snakes and Sand also features continued support for each of the other Great Houses developing subfaction themes.
At least we can hope for some non-unique sand snakes, no?
The picture on the box makes me think of Nymeria Sand, and if she's anything like the books we might see a version that grants either the MIL or POW icon to another Sand Snake. Most likely MIL, and probably deadly if teh Icon/Trait combo runs among them. Assuming we aren't getting a new Obara that does that.
But according to the House information in the back of the books, there are some other Sand Snakes mentioned that we haven't been introduced to, both book wise and game wise. Perhaps we'llget one of them with a POW/renown combo, or a POW/Vengeful combo. Either could be dangerous.
Well Tyene, won't be buffing her sistes, Obara and Sarella much that's for certain.
Martell seems to be coming out like a bandit with some of these cards, I'm interested to see if Sand Snakes are like Slivers from Magic, always loved that mechanic.