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  1. I've seen discussion on other sites about a potential FAQ for Store Championships. This thread isn't about speculation on potential changes to the restricted list or what you hope to see. Has anyone heard if we're going to get one then or not until regionals?


    Previously the next FAQ was for Regionals, but we didn't have the Store Championships. I tried contacting FFG asking if we would get a FAQ or at least updated Tourney Rules for the new chapter packs, but I haven't heard back.

  2. It's more what Danigral says. Any ally isn't going to be automatically discarded as soon as it hits the table. Every ally is vulnerable to be discarded at any point by another character coming into play. The change in tempo is too much to risk on a character of 3 gold or more, arguably even 2 gold or higher. Ygritte very well may cause people to significantly question neutral characters at cost 3 or higher. Ironically, many people will still play a neutral ally (Varys).

  3. The environment is really completely different on each side of the Atlantic. On our side, no one made top with Bear Island and hardly anyone plays it in tournaments.


    Bear Island is rarely played on this side of the Atlantic too. I think only midwestern metas play the card.


    Anyone know when we will see the Kingsguard pack that will be legal? Not that I'm able to make it this year.

  4. As Skowza said, the unique locations being placed on the restricted list in the first place were reactions against potential HoD builds that people were afraid of but never saw tournament play. I doubt they will see much play at worlds now that they are off.

  5. Just to update, everything went off amazingly well. She picked up earlier in the evening that I was nervous about something but was letting it go since we were at Wolf Trap. She had no idea it was coming until we rounded the corner of the gazebo since I had the candles, flowers, and ring put on that side to prevent it from being obvious further away. She said yes!


    Thanks for all the well wishes.

  6. I wanted to share some excitement going on in my personal life with the Thrones community. Since I can't focus at work, there's no better time than now to type up a post. Tonight I'm proposing to my girlfriend. We've been talking through pre-engagement topics the past month, so she has to be expecting it to come soon. I'm trying to misdirect to Monday when we have a big date to celebrate 6 months from our first date.


    Before our first date, we met at a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. Tonight, we're going to Wolf Trap to see The Fellowship of the Ring with a live orchestra and choir. Last week I went ahead with my sister to scout out a place we can walk to after the show and get away from the crowds when I propose. We found a nice gazebo that will work perfectly. My sister, brother-in-law, and a couple close friends are going to setup candles, flowers, and the ring at the gazebo for me when we walk there after the show.


    Needless to say, excitement has been high today. My sister was texting me earlier today and sent me a picture of the roses to make sure they would be good. I'm hoping to get out some of this nervous energy from all the excitement so she doesn't pick up on any vibes during the evening.


    Thanks for reading my ramble. I wanted to share this with the best gaming group I've ever met.

  7. This is Dan. I think we met at the bar, so you may not remember me.  :P


    Did he get more than 10 minutes with you at the bar?



    I'm Brian. I was at GenCon last year, but I don't know if we met. I had to leave GenCon this year before the first round of melee finally started. We may have met.

  8. I've recently learned that I will be leaving GenCon early due to a family situation. I'll be getting picked up from Indy around 1pm on Friday. Since this only gives me enough time to play 2 games in the melee tournament, there's no way I can win it. Under current rules, should I completely skip since I know I have to drop after 2 rounds. That automatically puts me out of the running and from the first game cannot be playing to win the tournament (though I can play to win each table)

  9. Corey really is the master deckbuilder. That doesn't mean the rest of us don't original deck ideas. If any of them turn out to be good, he takes a look at it, pulls out the bad cards, and puts in good cards. In the end, there's usually only a couple of decks that rise to the top. It's a shame I'm most likely going to have to miss the joust this year since it's looking like I will be leaving Indy Friday evening.


    Downloading the podcast now, so can't comment on that yet until I listen.

  10. I thought making TLV a neutral house only card was a good and interesting way to make sure it's rarely played. Being stuck with neutral resources, there just aren't enough for TLV. Maybe after the new season gold locations and neutral kingsuard come out there could be a neutral shadows build, but I bet it's more a "fun deck" than competitive.


    "Limited" means one card with the word Limited can be put into play played by the player per round.  

    Also only one "Limited" can be played paced during the setup phase.



    Fixed.  Careful on mixing up those game terms.  Putting a limited card into play is a way to get around the keyword and it's deserved for the effort.



    Further fixed as setup is not playing the cards, but placing them. That's why you can't trigger the "after you play" or effects on cards when they are in your setup.

  12. They are all responses, and therefore are all played within the same response window. Die by the Sword, Hotah, and Taste for blood are all responding to the framework resolution of the challenge. Unlike responses to a player action which start to the left of the player whose action it was, responses to framework actions start with the first player. It all depends on who was the first player. If player A is first player, he goes first. If player B was first player, he goes first. In this case, player B has two responses. He has to chose which response happens first because responses will alternate until both players pass.


    Note: Even if Hotah is killed by Die by the Sword first, he can still trigger his response. When killed, he enters moribund:dead. While moribund, he is still in play and capable of initiating his response. The same is true of the character Taste for Blood is attached to is killed. The character is moribund:dead and Taste for Blood is moribund:discard. Taste for Blood can still trigger to give the character 1 more power. If that's the 15th power, you win the game. If it isn't the 15th power, it doesn't really matter since that power is soon lost once the character leaves moribund and enters the dead pile at the end of the response window.

  13. When does Inn of the Kneeling man check the strength of the character that was knelt? Is it when the character is knelt or at the point of triggering the response? In short, if I kneel a 2str character with the melee keyword to defend a challenge (pumping his str to at least 3 since there must be at least 1 opposing character attacking), can I then trigger the response on Inn of the Kneeling Man?



  14. Since hiring the organized play associate, we haven't had any FAQs dropping the week before a season. I don't think we'll see D. I'd love for A, but I just don't see much chance of that happening that early. Worlds was a minor update last year, and most people are expecting fairly big changes given the way regionals season has played out. That said, I do think C edges out B as the more likely option.

  15. Since even if FFG does announce another Deluxe box, it will take awhile before you can buy it, you may want to consider purchasing chapter packs but an entire cycle at once. You can treat the full cycle as a deluxe box. You get 6 packs all around a single theme. With the entire cycle at once, it should be somewhat balanced for all the houses. My recommendation would be to start with the King's Landing cycle since it gives all the houses some good shadows cards since it's where the mechanic was introduced.

  16. Since FFG has a tendency to drop the new FAQ on a Thursday, I figured I would start a poll for when people think the pre-GenCon one will drop. Place your votes below:


    A) July 18th- 4 weeks before GenCon. This gives players plenty of time to know what the settled cardpool will be for building decks

    B) July 25th- Last Thursday before August, the month of GenCon

    C) Aug 1st- 2 weeks ahead of the tournament and the first day of August

    D) Aug 8th- FFG likes to drop things at the last minute




  17. I wish NatGS and TLV were printed in different cycles.  Because the noise around TLV has had a negative effect, overall, on NatGS


    So many TLV decks won regionals without NatGS in it btw if you didn't notice--so I don't know how NatGS is getting complained about so much, other than a few champions of the community think they are expert playtesters outside of the tourney scene.  NatGS wasn't necessary at all to win a regional for most TLV decks, I don't see why it should be restricted. But don't take my word for it, because I am just some dude with little thrones experience, and definitely not a world champion--take the words of the 2C1C guys, they perfectly described and agreed that NatGS (and I forget which episode this is in sorry) is fine and fairly balanced--plus I personally think it gives an added dimension to managing your hand size on the whole.


    NatGS doesn't belong on the restricted list in the same way that valar doesn't belong on the restricted list.  They are resets, in a way, that make the game interesting and deck building more complex and fun.


    TLV belongs on the banned list because it makes deck designing bland and helps bad players get an extra card every. single. turn.  You should have to earn your card advantage by doing something in game at the very least, like all the other agenda's make you do (for the most part).


    Or go see the post on agotcards that brought the elusive Corey out from his mushroom hunting in the woods. Another world champ, Dobbler, also defended NatGS as a solid card in that thread while explaining what differentiates it from the poorly designed TLV.


  18. I'm sure the discussion will pick back up. This is my first time back here in quite awhile. Many people are busy during the summer months, and we just had a big holiday weekend.


    Kudos to FFG for forums that work again.

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