A Game of Thrones The Board Game Review
Review: A Game of Thrones The Board Game
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game is one of those tabletop games in the world that Board Game Geek feels stays true to its theme. The board game pushes players to betray their closest friends so much that it’s actually capable of damaging friendships in real life.
In order to win The Iron Throne, players must control 7 areas on the board. Three to six players can take on the role of the 7 powerful houses of Westeros; namely Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Tully, Arryn, Tyrell, and Greyjoy. This game isn’t about carefully placing your armies though; it’s about diplomacy and deception. The rules of the game are merciless and personal, similar to how the show is depicted on HBO’s best-selling fantasy series.
Each player will be dispatching nobles, navies, and armies to attack over 20 castles that are featured on the map. If a player doesn’t control 7 castles after 10 turns, the game is given to the player who owns the most castles.
At the start, each player begins in a modest area of Westeros. To become more powerful, players must capture land to boost their economy and political influence. Early on, players don’t have enough resources to defend their land or go to war so the best step early on is to develop alliances.
The order tokens are tools that show players their true colors. The order tokens can be offensive, defensive, support, raid, or consolidate power. These tokens are placed on the board faced down, and they will only be revealed to everyone when the action phase starts. So in short, a player-ally may say that he or she will not raid your land but when the order tokens are revealed, that person may be lying to you. It’s fine because it works both ways. You can make friendships and betrayals just as much as anyone else who plays the game; it’s all in the name of winning the Game of Thrones. The rules state that nobody can show anyone else an order token before they are all flipped, which means all alliances are based on trust. This order token feature is what makes A Game of Thrones: The Board Game an occasional relationships wrecker.
Game of Thrones is such an amazing franchise that even before it even branched out to a tabletop game, two different companies had already turned it into a slew of video games. Firstly, Telltale Games, created a drama-adventure game for the PC. The game was so successful that Telltale is now working on a follow up release. Another company who’ve utilized Game of Thrones’ popularity in creating games is Gala Bingo, a popular slot and recreational site that also host a series of bingo titles. Two of the site’s newest games are called Nordic Heroes and Kingdom of Fortune, both of which were obviously inspired by the success of the medieval-themed story and design created by G.R.R. Martin’s magnum opus.
Similar to the aforementioned games above, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game has been such a huge hit that there’s now a second season of the tabletop title just been released.
This game certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, but it is immensely enjoyable. Only play this game if you don’t mind being manipulated, ganged up on, or being outwitted by players who may have started a pact even before the game has started.
Good luck in capturing the throne.