It has been a relatively restrained month of games purchases for me. The purchases I have made have been focused on mainly one thing, A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition.
At first I just got the initial Core Set. Then I got a bunch of card sleeves and a deck box. Then I got a second Core Set and some more sleeves. I “need” a third Core Set then I will be fully tricked out AGoT wise until the first Chapter Pack is released sometime next month. Like I said in my review the initial cost to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is somewhat prohibitive. Also while having two Core Sets is perfectly fine my competitive decks are nowhere near as strong as they could be. So I am currently in the process of budgeting that in for next month if I can.
When I finally received my copy of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition I was excited. On my train ride home, not being able to stop myself I opened the box, flicked through the rules and sifted through the cards. This prompted a few strange looks from one contingent of the commuters around me. However I noticed second contingent. The, “try not to look to interested but be interested” crowd was around me. Drawn to this strange box of cards I was routing through and smiling lovingly at. The main reason it drew this interest is mainly down to the now considerable brand name that was plastered on the side of the box, A Game of Thrones.
It is a name that has weight to it in pretty much every medium of entertainment. It is the default modern fantasy classic for many people and it demands your attention when you see something related to it. It is also a brand that I personally associate a certain level of quality to. So this new edition of the Living Card Game version of it is something that I have been anticipating.
So far I have found it to be a deep but initially confusing experience. One that I can see myself getting heavily into when I become more accustomed to its style of play. There is a lot of enjoyment to be had from this one box but there is also an element of the Core Set feeling incomplete. This Core Set of the AGoT 2nd Edition is just the start, things could get better, they could get worse. Only time will tell.