By the way about balancing. Ive played around 10 games with my core set and PotS expansion and it seems to me that house Baratheon core deck have significantly advantage over other basic houses. With their "Asshai threesome" and Robert Baratheon that gains 2 power for every victory, they can get 10 power tokens in two turns just by ignoring defense and gaining power for renown on offense.
You know, the claim that the core set decks are not suberbly balanced against each other is made fairly often by newer players - and they might well be right. The funny thing, though, is that there doesn't seem to be any agreement which houses are best. For you Bara has an edge, for others Stark is nigh unbeatable, yet others claim Lanni is the top dog in the core set. I'm not positive if I've read anybody make the case for Targ, but I'm sure someone must have.
Targ may not be the most… not beginner friendly. With the other houses having distinct attributes to military, intrigue and power challenges, Targs… don't… at least in core. Personally, I'll say that in a 1v1 with a single core, Lanni is top but not by much… but I play Lannister so I'm biased! As for doubling core sets, I feel that Baratheon wins out in melee formats. With 4/6 expansions (I don't have Kings of the Storm or Kings of the Sea) I find that Baratheon can still be pretty competitive in our melee circle. Though this may be a combination of human and luck factors but whatevers.
Titles and support mechanics really make melee games fun… and mean… If you plan on playing the same group of friends a lot, don't let things get personal, or build grudges that carry over into different matches. It can lead to bad things a lot.
Actually… it may make things really funny in hindsight, but NOT during the actual game.