A Bid for Power

A Time for Wolves Is Now Available for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

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"Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He'll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he's copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day."
  
–George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

The Houses of Westeros snap at each other’s heels, jockeying for position and power. Veiled threats and back alley deals lead the Great Houses closer to open war, even as winter fast approaches. Wherever you look, scavengers prey on the weak and grab whatever scraps they can find. It is a time of bloodshed and hardship, but it may also be the perfect time for you to make your bid for power and the Iron Throne! A Time for Wolves is now available for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game at your local retailer and online through our webstore.

Like the other Chapter Packs in the Wardens cycle, A Time for Wolves continues the cycle’s focus on Limited Responses, trait-based decks, and bringing new benefits to the game’s high-cost, iconic characters from A Song of Ice and Fire. This expansion offers a special focus on the characters hailing from the Vale, including Alayne Stone, Lysa Arryn, Petyr Baelish, and Lyn Corbray. You may gather the men and women of House Arryn or you may throw your support behind another House. The fact remains: this time of turmoil is the perfect opportunity for you to claim the Iron Throne.

The Copper King

When he proclaimed his claim to the throne, Renly Baratheon instituted a new order of knighthood: the Rainbow Guard. These seven knights were tasked with protecting Renly, and were hailed as the flower of chivalry. The cards of the Wardens cycle invite you to field the Rainbow Guard in your own games for the Iron Throne, and in A Time for Wolves, you can travel directly to Renly’s camp as he marched on King’s Landing. 

In the end, your goal in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game is to claim enough power to seize the Iron Throne. Your Rainbow Guard can help you accomplish this goal. This Chapter Pack introduces Ser Emmon Cuy (A Time for Wolves, 61), a member of the Rainbow Guard and a Knight. More importantly, Ser Emmon Cuy bears a powerful ability: “During power challenges in which you control at least 1 attacking Rainbow Guard character, raise the Claim value on your revealed plot card by 1.” 

Naturally, Ser Emmon Cuy himself meets the conditions for triggering this ability, allowing you to make your power challenges more dangerous to your opponent than ever before. When you combine this ability with cards like Robert Baratheon (Kings of the Storm, 1), Melisandre (Return of the Others, 105) and Shireen Baratheon (Valar Dohaeris, 26), you can take the amount of power you claim each round to unprecedented levels. 

A Time for Wolves offers another way for your deck to reliably gain power with Renly's Pavilion (A Time for Wolves, 63). After you reveal a plot card, you may kneel Renly’s Pavilion to claim one power for your House. In addition, if it is summer, you also receive one gold. Without your opponent’s intervention, you’ll be able to gain an additional power every round from Renly’s Pavilion, bringing your power total even higher.

Of course, a deck focusing on the Rainbow Guard and claiming power quickly is not without weaknesses. Most notably, many of these characters lack the subtlety to possess an intrigue icon, leaving you vulnerable to having your hand attacked. You’ll find a way to shore up this weakness in the Camp Follower (A Time for Wolves, 62). This character is inexpensive and bears an intrigue icon, and although she starts at only one STR, she gains one additional STR for each Knight character in play! 

House Baratheon by far possesses the most Knights in A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, fielding more than twice as many as most other Houses and gaining more with the addition of the new Rainbow Guard. The Camp Follower even gains STR from your opponent’s Knights. Even though this character is vulnerable to cards that target Allies, she can quickly become a force to be reckoned with.

Stake Your Claim

In A Time for Wolves, you can support the claim of Renly Baratheon and field a massive army of Knights and Lords. Or perhaps you will tie your fortunes to House Arryn, moving out of the Vale and bringing the winds of change to Westeros. Whichever Great House you support, the time to make your move is here. Rise above the scavengers, and lay claim to your birthright: the Iron Throne!

Pick up your copy of A Time for Wolves at your local retailer today.

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