FINALLY went to Fantasy Flight games headquarters. A few observations: 1) No outside food or drink is allowed 2) bottles of soda consequently cost $2.25 3) they are having a Game of Thrones weekend on May 18th and last year George RR Martin came.
Anyway, I was staring at all of the Game of Thrones games for so long that someone approached me and said he'd teach me the card game if I was that interested. I played the Baratheon deck against the Stark deck. He had a lot of expansions, so there were some more rules. I had a good time, though of course I didn't understand all of the actions to the fullest as a n00b. Decided to buy it and will play tonight.
I don't have a lot of card playing experience, having skipped out on Magic and all of that stuff, but the dude said it's like Magic on steriods. I'll probably buy some expansions after I get it going. Would love to have a Dorne deck and play the Red Viper as my knight for awhile. Would also love to play Lannister deck, only to have the Mountain and the hound kick everyone's asses. With the Baratheon deck, I played Knight of the Flowers for a long, long time.
There's always a bunch of people playing GoT there on Saturday nights. This worries me more than it excites me.