Based on the best-selling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition lets 3-6 players take control of the great houses of Westeros in an epic struggle to claim the Iron Throne.
The updated second edition brings a host of enhancements to your A Game of Thrones experience. It incorporates elements from previous expansions, including ports, garrisons, Wildling cards, and Siege engines, while introducing welcome new innovations. Convenient player screens will hide your underhanded dealings from prying eyes, while new Tides of Battle cards convey the uncertainty of war. This, along with updated graphics and a clarified ruleset, means the time has never been better to claim the Iron Throne.
Long, and I mean this game is long. You will likely not finish a 6 player game under 5 hours. However, if you have a dedicated group of gamers who love board-games, strategy and don't mind the mechanic where you have to be sneaky, lie and backstab, then this is the game for you!
Unfortunately, it only takes a single player who 2 hours in decides they hate the game and effectively starts mailing it in to ruin the experience somewhat.
If you have players who will stop at nothing to ruin their neighbours, then this is highly recommended. Otherwise, if you only have a small group of casual board-gamers, I would stay clear of this game. (Posted on 30/10/15)
A very good area control / war game with fantastic theme, and lots of different elements to stay on top of.
Love the closed ordering, bluffing and second guessing as to what commands an opponent is issuing. Interesting differences in play style for the different houses due to initial board positioning, generals and starting positions in the different influence tracks. Enjoy the hand management aspects of choosing when to play particular generals.
Very long, but worth it with 6 players. With 4 or 5 I'd prefer to play Chaos in the Old World instead, as it is a tighter game that plays quicker.
I disagree that 'any Game of Thrones fan should check this out'. This game is long and not for the faint of heart. So those new to board gaming should work up to it. It is long, and intense, and very good - but not easily accessible. (Posted on 31/05/15)
Any Game of Thrones fan should check this out.
You play one of the houses within Westeros vying for its control. You win by claiming the most castles and strongholds by negotiating or pure military might.
The lack of dice to resolve combat minimises luck and maximises strategic troop placement. It has a unique card driven battle mechanism, which has the pictures and names of the characters from each of the houses, while the special event cards, such as the Wildings Attack! also aid to immerse yourself into the world of Westeros.
You will not be able to claim the Throne of Westeros without the support of another house. However, the only way to win is by stabbing them in the back. It is after all the Game of Thrones – “You either win or die trying”.
(Posted on 29/05/15)