A Game of Thrones The Board Game

King Robert Baratheon has been assassinated, and the continent of Westeros plunged into all out war. Five lords will use fear and blood to lay claim to the Iron Throne, but only one will sit upon it. This is the backdrop of the Game of Thrones board game: set in George RR. Martin's Songs of Ice and Fire world.

Designer and founder of Fantasy Flight Games Christian T. Peterson has done a great job illustrating the geography of this conflict and with the game's mechanics providing an exciting game.

One of up to 6 players can lead the armies of Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Tyrell, or Martell on a mission to conquer as much of the seven kingdoms as their power will yield; and power is life in this world. 

The board recreates the balance of power in Westeros with cunning accuracy. For example, holding a city like Lannisport gives the player a greater supply chain to field larger armies, while holding a city like kings landing grants more power tokens to be used in the bidding for initiative. Thus like in the story, the Lannisters begin with greater forces, The Baratheons with greater power.

The turn is divided into a series of phases. Players bid power tokens for the Iron throne (initiative and control over game elements, but only when the Clash of Kings Westeros Card is drawn), The messenger Raven (order efficiency), and the Valyrian Sword (Combat prowess). They then follow the conditions of the Westeros decks (random events that effect game the turn) Finally everyone places order tokens face down on territories they control (land or sea) which allow their forces to march, defend, support, or raid against nearby rivals. Predicting the movements of the enemy is half the battle, especially when naval convoys allow armies to move halfway across the continent in but a single turn.

Combat is a ultimately a numbers game; land and sea forces supported by character cards that always add unique mechanics to the battle.

All while the regal war rages, the Wildings prepare to invade from the north through Castle Black. When the Wildling track maxes out, it becomes everyone's problem.

The wonderful game art and sleek pieces add to the vibrancy of the Game of Thrones Board Game, which will have players commanding armies on the field of battle, and plotting in the chambers of their small council. It has long been one of JADE's favorite wargames and worth checking out.

"All Kings shall fall, Valar Morghulis."

A Game of Thrones The Board Game A Game of Thrones The Board Game Reviewed by Jade GamingNews on 5/17/2014 08:01:00 pm Rating: 5

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