Real board games like Risk are a world apart from things like Ludo or Cops and Robbers. These are games that become long, drawn out battles of wits and strategy where old friendships are destroyed and new allegiances are formed.
In other words, it’s a bit like Game of Thrones, so it should come as no surprise that the series has proven to be the perfect fodder for this awesome new board game. And you’ll never guess what it’s called!
Game of Thrones: The Board Game
King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? A Game of Thrones: The Board Game captures the most memorable elements of George R.R. Martin’s popular series.
Based on the bestselling fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin (now a hit HBO series), A Game of Thrones: The Board Game draws players into a war-torn world of sun-scorched sands, lush forests, and chilling northlands. Each player takes control of one of six Great Houses of Westeros, then sets out on an epic campaign of combat and politics to secure total dominance.
This board game includes clear, detailed rules to guide you through setup and gameplay. Play begins when each person receives an army of footmen, knights, siege engines and ship units as well as a set of order tokens and other necessary components. Each player also receives a deck of unique house cards, which represent important characters from A Song of Ice and Fire and are used as leaders in battles against rival houses.
Okay, so the name isn’t exactly ground break but the game itself is wicked. It’s based on the classic ‘Diplomacy’ but with a few tweaks to the formula and some extra Game of Thrones stuff thrown in. Players work together towards victory while at the same time looking for opportunities to betray one another for all kinds of rewards and incentives.
In other words, it’s perfect for long nights in with some drink and a great soundtrack playing in the background. Make sure you do have a good time though, as you will probably find that none of your friends ever want to speak to you again afterwards.
Source – BoingBoing