thank you for stopping by...my statements were meant to create discussion...so please let me know what you think FFG needs to do to get new blood (or is the community fine as is).
Yeah, I realize my post was not really adding much to the discussion, so you're right to point that out, and I apologize for being brusque. It's just that this idea really shocked me. I'm a huge fan of this game, I spend a large chunk of my spare time and a considerable amount of money on it, and it would really take a lot to make me quit. But if they really turned it into a tie-in for the TV show, I'd quit right there. As divinityofnumber said, it totally goes against the grain of what is important to the community. Let's not forget that this is a gamer's game, and TV show artwork won't turn non-gamer fans of the show into gamers. Such a turn would, OTOH, alienate a huge chunk of the current customer base. So I must oppose this particular idea in the strongest terms possible.
As for your core question - I happen to think that the game is in a pretty good shape right now. A lot of people are talking about rotation, and I'm kind of in two minds about that. On the one hand, I'm happy with the game state, and I'm not sure a smaller card pool would help it, OTOH I get the entry barrier argument. Anyway, FFG has announced changes to the format to lower the entry barrier for new players, so let's see how that turns out.
As for a new core set, I'm all for that, and I kinda agree that it is a suboptimal product for newbies, and especially for players new to customizable card games in general. I think this can partly be explained by the circumstances of the LCG switch. When the CS came out, it had a double purpose - it was the game's new entry level product for new players, but it also needed to convince veterans of the CCG era to stay on, so it needed to tease that group too, which might be the reason why it contains cards that are rather too complex for beginners.
That second purpose is gone now, so I think bringing out a new, cleaned up Core Set would be a great idea. It would need four balanced decks that showcase different themes and strategies, and that are equally playable in joust and melee. The cards should be strong and eminently playable, but not overly complex.
So yeah, the game is fine, but there is room for improvement. Catering to non-gamer HBO show fans at the expense of the current player base is not improvement, though, it's suicide.