A Game of Thrones The Friendly Open was created December 2020 by Magnus, a player from the Norwegian meta. It was also created to get new players into the tournament scene.
“I found AGoT LCG sometime in 2018, and immediately got hooked. I bought everything I could get hold of and started to play with my buddy Leo. Unfortunately, no one else wanted to play, so our interest faded…
In December 2020, we found out that it was possible to play this game online, and joined a Christmas Charity tournament, and both managed to grab a win, and we were hooked again. Unfortunately, the tournament scene was non-existent, or very unorganized and badly promoted, and we couldn’t find any tournaments to join. So I decided to make my own tournament, with focus on getting new players into the game by hosting beginner friendly tournaments.
I asked around for help, and a couple of AGoT legends helped me out, and the test tournament had 6 players. So Leo and I were joined by Miha Vrbanec, Dennis Luke, Tamas Albeck and Stefan Topfstedt who all have been great supporters of the tournament”.
Fun fact: Leo, Miha and Magnus have been participating in all 32 Friendly Opens so far!
FO has grown both content wise and with a bigger crew and runs the Friendly Open in a much more professional manner than when it started! Our crew consist of Miha Vrbanec (Odrl in discord), Hannes Kröger (Feuerbart in discord), Renaud Belanger (mak in discord), Francesco Cirilli (Kane in discord) and Magnus Sandelin-Nyhagen (Zinnie in discord).
The Global Operations Team (sometimes abbreviated G.O.T.) is a community of player effort to continue producing and organizing the A Game of Thrones Second Edition LCG.
More then just "fan made" as they manage Design, Testing, Tournaments ("organized play") and oversee the card pool to restrict any strong combination/effect.
FFG has stopped supporting the game around December '19/January '20. Passionate players retook the boat and kept it alive since.
The game is still active and in an excellent state where all factions is somewhat balanced overall.