Game of Thrones: Long may he Reign (engl.)
“This is the will and word of Robert of House Baratheon, the First of his Name, King of the Andals and all the rest—put in the damn titles, you know how it goes.”
–King Robert Baratheon, A Game of Thrones
Leave the pages of A Song of Ice and Fire behind to explore the world of Westeros at your will in the King’s Landing cycle for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game! The sixth cycle of the beloved Living Card Game takes a new direction, shifting focus from the linear events that play out in George R. R. Martin’s bestselling book series to the great gathering place where characters from across the saga can cross paths, torn from time to meet in a single place.
Now, the King’s Landing cycle is about to draw to a close with Long May He Reign, the sixth and final Chapter Pack of the cycle—now available for pre-order at your local retailer or online through our website with free shipping within the continental United States!
First of His Name
In Westeros, power shifts hands at a rapid pace, but most often it is only exchanged between the few great Houses who have held their lands since Aegon’s Conquest and passed it to their descendants. Long May He Reign focuses on this idea of legacies; the histories of the Great Houses that future generations must uphold and defend. Robert Baratheon once destroyed the legacy of the Targaryens when he nearly wiped their House from the face of Westeros, and in doing so he gained a power and a title that has haunted him, and soon will haunt the realm if it should pass to his children. To reflect this, in this Chapter Pack House Baratheon gains the titular Legacy Long May He Reign (Long May He Reign, 108), which declares that the King who bears this attachment cannot be killed as long as you continue to dominate power challenges and hold on to this protection. If you can surround yourself with warriors you trust to wear the White Cloak (The Blackwater, 98), your ruler may soon think himself invincible against the dangers of the world. Just take care that pride does not lead to recklessness.
The most trusted of House Baratheon’s allies are the Starks, as loyal as they have been for generations and bound to the Stags of Storm’s End by the friendship of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. If you align with Ned and the Northmen, you may give bestow their own Legacy, Blood of the First Men (Long May He Reign, 102), to any of your bannermen to allow them to join a challenge alongside a participating Stark character, even if they do not have the indicated challenge icon. This can add incredible versatility to specialized characters who have high strength, but only a single power icon and help trigger abilities like Put to the Sword (Core Set, 41) that require you to win a challenge by five or more. And—as a non-loyal card—this attachment will make House Stark an ideal ally for any of the Great Houses of Westeros. With the power of the North at your back, there is no challenge you cannot overcome.
A Girl Has No Name
While some nobles in Westeros are obsessed with legacies, honor, and power, others seek merely to escape the confines of duty and embrace their own destiny. Arya Stark (Long May He Reign, 101) never wanted to be a Lady, though she still bears the trait as she has in every version of her card, from the Core Set (Core Set, 3) to Wolves of the North (Wolves of the North, 7) and Arya Stark (The Faith Militant, 81). But in Long May He Reign, Arya regains the stealth keyword and learns the ability to hide in the new shadows area. Arya embraces the shadows both in mechanics and in theme as you now have a chance to shape your story of intrigues and murder by adding the names of any five of your enemies to Arya’s prayer. Once Arya Stark enters play, you place a prayer token on up to five different characters you do not control and for each target you kill, you may draw a card and stand Arya as she becomes reinvigorated by her revenge. But you must still take care to protect the daughter of Ned Stark until her vengeance is complete— if Arya dies, her prayer dies with her.
As Arya tries to run from the fate she was born into, others across the sea struggle to leave behind the fate they chose for themselves. Ser Jorah Mormont (Long May He Reign, 113) once made a terrible mistake, selling men into slavery to pay his debts and then fleeing into exile to avoid the cold justice of the Warden of the North. This ability to outrun death is reflected in Long May He Reign, as when Ser Jorah would be discarded from your hand, he is placed into shadows instead of the discard pile. This can help you maneuver around the effects of cards like Great Wyk (Kings of the Isles, 17) or Hidden Thorns (House of Thorns, 24) and even turn these attacks on your hand into an advantage as once Ser Jorah is in shadows, the cost to bring him into the battle is decreased by one. Once there, the Knight is a force to be reckoned with, able to participate in any challenge with a respectable base strength of four.
While his love for Daenerys Stormborn is well known, you may choose to tempt him with a Mercenary Contract (Long May He Reign, 114), granting him new access to the Mercenary trait. This would enable the swellsword to stand after a challenge and continue fighting for your cause for the low cost of a single gold. And if you can field Ser Jorah alongside Daario Naharis (The Archmaester’s Key, 14), you can have him fight in every challenge type during a single turn! With such tireless allies on their side, it is only a matter of time before House Targaryen crosses the Narrow Sea and reclaims the Iron Throne.