A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Fantasy Flight Games URL: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com

by Kevin Burns
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HisSimSouthKanagawa JIGG Kanagawa

Licensed games often fail in more ways than one. The quality is poor as it has been rushed out the door to take advantage of some new fad, or because of the theme the designer hasn`t been able to capture the flavour of the game or worse, has relied
on the game`s theme to sell the game. Instead of making a great game.

A Game of Thrones is different! It is a great game and comes with a very beautiful board. Based on George R. R. Martin`s, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” novel series and published by Fantasy Flight Games, it is very, very good. Just how good? Well my
friends and I repeatedly play it, that`s how good.

Each player takes the role of one of five great houses of the Kingdom of Westeros, shortly after King Robert’s death. The ultimate goal is to conquer the kingdom and take the Iron Throne.

Similar to Diplomacy, the game is diceless, with random elements introduced by card draws.

“Players decide their strategies by placing order tokens on their units or provinces, face down, so other players have to guess at what’s next. A full, five-player game can take up to three hours. Game balance for three and five players is good, although four players may find the game easily tilted unless they agree to leave House Lannister out of the mix.”–ExtremeTech.com

A few expansions are now available for this great game. Indeed the game reminds me of Diplomacy with a beautiful board and more chrome. Highly recommended especially if you enjoy the novels.Labels: , , ,

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One thought on “A Game of Thrones

  1. This is a game I would really like to check out, especially being a huge fan of both Diplomacy and the Song of Ice and Fire books. This is one of the few licensed board games that I am interested in. Lord of the Rings (the Kinezia game) is also a great game. It was released before the movies came out and therefore isn’t injected with all the crazy hype and focuses on creating the spirit of the Tolkien books as well as great gameplay.

    I also hear good things about the Battlestar Galactica board game.

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