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  • A board game based on A Game of Thrones, a novel now adapted to an HBO series
  • 3-6 players take command of the Great Houses of Westeros
  • Updated second edition, incorporates elements of past expansions
  • Features a streamlined rulebook and updated art
  • Includes welcome new enhancements like Tides of Battle cards and player screens
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  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11.2 x 11.2 inches ; 4.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: 1589947207
  • Item model number: VA65
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 - 17 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
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King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? Designed for ages 14 and up, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition is a classic game of warfare, diplomacy, and intrigue for three to six players. Taking control of the well-known characters from George R.R. Martin's beloved fantasy series, players must fight for dominance of the realm. Will you take power through force, coerce your way onto the throne with persuasive speeches, or rally the townsfolk to your side? With opportunities for strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, this game gives you a host of ways to spread your influence over Westeros.

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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition
At a Glance:
  • A board game based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy novels
  • Muster armies and march to war on a map that accurately portrays Westeros
  • Negotiate alliances with your opponents in an ever-shifting political struggle
  • Six distinct Great Houses each offer unique, asymmetrical play experiences
  • Detailed artwork and intricately crafted components create a classic aesthetic
  • Age Requirements:
    14 years and older
  • Player Recommendation:
    3 to 6 players
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Claim the Iron Throne

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.

Vibrant Art and Intricate Detailing

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game captures the most memorable elements of George R.R. Martin's popular series. The detailed board represents an accurate map of Westeros, and the tokens and cards convey many of its most significant locations and characters. Attractive marbled plastic figures shaped as footmen, knights, ships, and siege engines display your military might to the realm while contributing to the game's overall medieval aesthetic.

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Game board is enhanced with figures, battle cards, tokens, and overlays.
Raise Your House to Dominance

Game play proceeds over the course of ten rounds, after which the player who has claimed the most areas containing castles or strongholds is declared the winner. If at any time throughout the game a player controls seven such areas, that player may immediately claim victory.

Each round in the game is made up of three phases: the Westeros Phase, the Planning Phase, and the Action Phase. The Westeros Phase represents special events and the day-to-day activities in Westeros. In the Planning Phase, players secretly assign orders to all of their units. This portion of the game emphasizes diplomacy and deduction. Can players trust their so-called allies, or is a timely betrayal in the making? Finally, during the Action Phase, orders are revealed, alliances crumble, and fierce battles decide the players' fates.

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A World of Intrigue, Diplomacy, and Warfare

Fragile alliances will form and break over the course of each game, as players promise support to neighboring Houses only to betray them for their own selfish ends. But beware; as the war unfolds, the barbaric Wildings (which are controlled automatically by the game) work to amass their forces in the far north. Players must occasionally set aside their differences to face a common foe--or face the consequences together.

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game draws you into a vibrant gaming world, bringing your favorite characters to life. The board resembles paint on distressed parchment for an old-world look, while the token and card art exhibits intricate detailing fans of the novels will recognize and enjoy.

What's in the Box

Game board, rule book, 138 plastic units, 105 cards, 6 player screens, and 266 tokens and overlays.

Product Description

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? Designed for ages 14 and up, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition is a classic game of warfare, diplomacy, and intrigue for three to six players. Taking control of the well-known characters from George R.R. Martin's beloved fantasy series, players must fight for dominance of the realm. Will you take power through force, coerce your way onto the throne with persuasive speeches, or rally the townsfolk to your side? With opportunities for strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, this game gives you a host of ways to spread your influence over Westeros.

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Customer Reviews

A highly recommend this game to anyone that enjoys long strategy games.
Dorothy J Johnson
It is so complex, yet so rich and once you get the game rules down it is just an awesome fun game to play.
Silv
If you like strategy and diplomacy games it's definitely a good board game.
Roy Buyuksimkesyan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

230 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kemp on November 29, 2011
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I came into this game not as a board gamer but as a fan of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Like most people I have played my share of board games in my life, but not many more complex than Monopoly, Clue, or the occasional game of Risk. I'm sure that a more serious board gamer will review this product here in the future, so I will provide what perspective I can.

This game is incredible and has made me interested in playing more serious board games in the future. I will not attempt to explain the complex rules of this game. Fantasy Flight Games's website has very helpful resources for this, including the complete rules PDF and a tutorial video.

I recommend that any group intending to play this has each individually watched that tutorial video. On top of that, at least one person will need to read (at least two times probably) the rule book. Trying to explain this game to others is a tall order. However, once the game is understood and a few practice rounds done, the game takes on a life of its own.

The six houses available for play are extremely well balanced and each has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to geographical board position, supply, influence, and unit types. These houses really each lend themselves to different play styles, but nevertheless challenge the players to do something outside of this comfort zone.

For example, the Starks have a near unconquerable hold on the snowy North (as in the books). Based on the geography, if the Stark player chose he could easily defend his homeland against all comers. However, Stark will never win the game this way and it is only when he stretches his resources thin that his land is more vulnerable.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Nick V on February 21, 2012
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So first off I have played a few board games before this one mainly like Risk and Axis and Allies type stuff. I'm a huge fan of the books series and now as a result the HBO show as well I suppose. This game has blown me away with how much fun we have had with it. The rules do take some time to get a feel for and we even made sure to copy some quick reference sheets for each player. With six people there is really a surprising balance to the kingdoms. So much of the game is based on alliances and the right strategies.

We have played four games so far. Three of them had six people and the other one had four. First off I want to say that the Westeros cards have made it so each of the four games have gone completely different. Its too hard to explain without explaining all of the rules, but more or less at the start of each round there are a series of cards that are drawn at random. Depending on what those cards do the game will change accordingly. One game it was a while before we were really able to make a lot of troops, another game there were so many troops on the board so fast the map was just one big powder keg. In the games we have played there has been great shifts in power within the games. The latest game we played, we were more than halfway into the game and all six houses still had an equal chance of winning. Diplomacy is the key. You need players who know what they're doing, players who aren't afraid to backstab a good friend. I have never been more addicted to a board game in my life. Just try to make sure you have six people who can think strategically.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nightmare on March 28, 2012
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A Game of Thrones is an amazing game . . . if you like war/area control board games that require lots of strategy and involve almost 0 luck. It's a challenging game to play, the rule book is extensive, but the rewards are worth it. You need at least 3-6 players, so it won't work as a couple's game. However, if you have some friends to play with this will be the perfect addition to your game collection.

Without going into too many details, here is the basic play of the game:

1) Turn up event cards that affect the game/round immediately.
2) Place "order tokens" face down next to your armies. All players reveal their orders simultaneously, and based upon turn order each player executes their actions.
3) Clean up and prepare for the next round.

One of my favorite parts of the game is the ability to forge alliances with other players. You can agree to support each other in battle, or plan strategies to outmaneuver players that are in a better position to win the game. Blind bidding is another aspect of this game that I absolutely love. There are three "Influence Tracks" that you can bid on at certain points throughout the game that can vastly affect how you play the game. there is also bidding against neutral "Wildlings" that can cause some tense situations.

One issue I do have with this game is that the six different families don't seem very balanced. Starting positions and their particular cards (which influence battle) seem to favor certain families over others. However, this is where the alliances come in. You have to make sacrifices and work with others if you want to make it through this game. At any given point you never know who's actually trying to help you.
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