Hiatus became delays became a long period of silence.
For anybody waiting for my next update I'm afraid there won't be one, as I've sold my cards. The creeping realisation hit me that while I was trying to understand the game, to build the best decks, understand the metagame... what I wasn't doing was actually enjoying playing the game.
I understand what I'm good at in card games, and also what I'm bad at. A Game of Thrones LCG places my single biggest weakness (combat math) front and centre and builds almost the entire game around it with overlapping lines of attack across the different challenge types. In other games I've played I've been able to build/play in a way that minimises my exposure to that weakness and maximises my strengths but it's very difficult to do that in A Game of Thrones, especially in a limited Core Set cardpool.
One week at my local gaming group I left the cards at home and played a bunch of other games instead, and had a much better evening. I remembered that I was supposed to playing these games being I enjoyed them, not because they were a job to be endured. The cards never came out again.
So, apologies to those who've been waiting in vain. Hopefully you'll still find useful things in the pieces I've already written - they won't be going anywhere - but I'm going to turn the clock back 20 years and try my hand at miniature gaming for the first time since Magic: The Gathering was released and I traded my Space Wolves and Striking Scorpions for Hurloon Minotaurs and Serra Angels.
I may blog about X-Wing, which is where I'm going, but for the time being I'm going to try and just enjoy playing the game before I worry too much about trying to master it.
Thanks for reading,