I am a french player. Some of you might know me since i'm playing sometimes on the ironthrone. I have attended a couple of tournaments, Especially Stahleck that I did twice, even though i'm not moving as much as i would love to.
I am here to testify about what actually happened to te french meta.
With the upcoming chapter pack "At the Gates", after a three month break, some french players were wondering when will the pack "At the gates" will be released in France.
This was a fairly decent question to ask, since we have an important tourney upcoming, that is the Tourney of the Hand in Paris next week (by the way, registration are still open if ya want to join).
So people made research and, for some of them, asked directly to FFG France. The answer was, in short, that the translators did NOT work on the upcoming cycles and deluxes.
And by that, we had to understand that the next cycles and deluxes will never, ever see any translation.
For every player that is passionate of this game, this is a shock. To this day, no official announcement has yet been made by FFG France or by Asmodee.
We unofficially know that this decision was made by Asmodee.
We thought we might still buy english packs and deluxes but we have been said that Asmodee did not intend to distribute any of the coming packs in english in France neither.
To this day, most of the french gaming shops will abandon selling AGOT packs. A few shops might still try to import some of the english packs but, let's say things, buying a chapter pack or deluxe in France will be a struggle with very limited quantities. Not to mention the price.
I don't want to bother any of you with material considerations, as for instance the fact that we might end with uncomplete collections of cards or half french / half english collections of cards. I just want to testify here that this decision from Asmodee will be the first nail in the coffin for the French Community.
Some players are trying to think about how to resist and organize stuff from now on.
But still, no cards supplies will result in a quick death for this wonderfull game. That's as simple as that, even though i hope i'm wrong.
And to our European Neighbours (polish, italians, spaniards ...) : yes : you will probably be concerned sooner or later.
That's how Asmodee wants to kill our game and our wonderfull community. With no public annoucement. For those of you who are asking, Asmodee seems to have taken this decision for the french market more than 6 months ago... and did absolutely no public annoucement yet to the community of players. That's how Asmodee treat its customers, its fanbase and its players community after a three months break, the upcoming season 8 and a major european tournament.