Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is a new social deduction game for 5-8 from Renegade Game Studios and the design team responsible for the popular Clank! series of games, Dire Wolf Digital. In Oathbreaker, one player is the King, while the others are secretly either loyalists, looking to keep the current king in power, or conspirators, seeking chaos. Missions are started, and each player secretly contributes influence cards to the cause, either fulfilling the requirements or jamming up the works. Players who contribute the most cards to a mission can place their house sigil with that pile. The cards in each mission are shuffled, and it is determined if the mission succeeded, aiding Order, or failed, leading to Chaos. Nobles who added their sigil to a mission can gain special rewards. The King can grant special decree cards to players, either helping or hindering whomever seems deserving. Look for Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker in stores this June, and check out Dire Wolf Digital’s web page for more information on this new title.

Cool Mini or Not has announced 4 new box sets of Stark units for their Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game. The Stark Sworn Swords are loyal to a man, and would rather perish than betray the house. The Stark Bowmen, although lightly armored, are capable of devastating ranged attacks, even when line of sight is questionable, launching volleys high above the field. The Tully Sworn Shields have also come to the call, using interlocking shield defenses, creating a fearsome wall of defense. Finally, the great heroes of House Stark are represented in the Stark Heroes I box. Rodrik Cassel and Howland Reed are mighty leaders from many battles. Brynden Tully and Eddard Stark are true masters of tactics and strategy. Finally, young Bran Stark, with his giant servant Hodor, and direwolf Summer can strike both courage into allies, and fear into foes on the battlefield. You can read more about the Song Of Ice And Fire Miniatures Game on the CMoN website here. Look for all 4 of these boxed expansions on September 28, 2018.

From Fantasy Flight Games, The Game of Thrones board game gets a new expansion with Mother of Dragons.

With a brand-new sideboard, the game brings the Free Cities of Essos to the fight for the Iron Throne. The board fits alongside the Westeros board.

The House Targaryen has a new goal for the game – to uncover the remaining Targaryen loyalists and rally them against the current holders of the Iron Throne. The House does not earn victory points by capturing castles and strongholds, but tracks the number of territories loyal to their House. If they have 7 on the victory track, they win the game.

Daenerys’s three dragons come into play in the game as a new unit type. The dragons cannot be mustered normally, and they remain in play from the beginning of the game until they are killed. Each dragon acts as a single land unit, attacking, defending and obeying the same rules of supply. They have the ability to fly nearly anywhere in Essos or Westeros. As the game progresses, the dragons grow in strength, starting at zero and ending with  a strength of 5.

With new character cards, an overlay of the Eyrie, two new Houses and matching map pieces, increases the maximum number of players in the game of thrones to eight. A new vassal system allows fewer players to play with unused Houses as neutral parties that each player can command and manipulate.

Find out more about the game here 

CMON is set to release Richard the Lionheart by designer Andrea Chiarvesio and artist Stef Kopinski this November. The game is designed to play in 60 minutes with 2-6 players aged 14 and up.

While the King is away, the prince will play.

The Crusades have summoned Richard the Lionheart to the Middle East. Back home in England, John Lackland is trying to consolidate his power, recruiting the Sheriff of Nottingham to his side. Opposing them is Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. What will be left of Richard’s Kingdom when the Crusades are over?

During the game players will chose to align themselves with either Robin Hood or John Lackland. Once aligned players will spend their turns traveling across England while attempting to earn Prestige points and influence the far off Crusades. When (or if) Richard returns he will take stock of his kingdom and will declare whoever earned the most prestige points the winner.

Andrea Chiarvesio has worked on several successful titles including Hyperborea and Kingsburg. Artist Stef Kopinski has worked on games that include The Others, Warhammer 40,000: Battle for Macragge, and the upcoming CMON Game of Thrones title A Song of Ice & Fire.

As with many CMON titles the game includes a small pile of well designed miniatures. Contents of the game include:

16 Highly Detailed Plastic Miniatures
10 Character Dashboards
240 Influence Cards
England Board
Crusade Board
Reserve Board
15 Edict Cards
18 Event of the Crusade Cards
6 Player Aid Cards
7 Faction Skill Tokens
First Player Token
1 Game Round Token
6 Ship Tokens
60 Coins
60 Prestige Point Tokens
6 House Tokens
Rulebook
Richard the Lionheart is currently scheduled to be released on November 17, 2017.

It was announced before that CMON was setting up for a Game of Thrones miniatures game, and now we have the Kickstarter to fund it.  A Song of Fire and Ice Tabletop Miniatures Game is exactly that, a tabletop miniatures war game in the same vein as Runewars and Warhammer 40k.  In the game you will take control of one of the houses and lead them to victory against all other opposition.  In the base game they have over 100 miniatures split among house Stark and house Lannistar and has all the bits and pieces you need to field both armies in battle.

The game has several features that you might find interesting, first is that you don’t move figures one at a time, this game feature unit trays where you can move your troops as a squad.  This will speed up the game as you aren’t having to move figures individually, and allows for easy measuring using guides like in X-Wing.  Another aspect that is rather unique is the inclusion of non combat units, units that will never get deployed to the board but give you distinct benefits in the game.  You will also be choosing leaders and commanders, units that will be both powerful, but also bring powerful abilities to the table.  And finally, the game includes tactics cards that you can draw from your own personalized decks to give you a leg up at just the right moment.

Overall the game looks great, and with great designers like Eric Lang and Michael Shinall behind it, should play great as well.  You can check out the Kickstarter page to back for your copy.

One final thing that is awesome is the inclusion of a George R.R. Martin promo figure with a special ability, basically if you have him in your army and win, you get to tell everyone how it all went down, and your opponent isn’t allowed to refute it until they beat you.

Fantasy Flight Games announces the third deluxe expansion for the Game of Thrones Card GameWatchers on the Wall.  In this expansion, players will be able to explore the Night’s Watch’s new and existing themes, finding new ways to defend the Wall, conscript your opponent’s characters, and plenty of rewards for focusing on the three branches of the Night’s Watch: Rangers, Stewards, and Builders. Players will discover new men of the wall, as well as new versions of iconic characters such as Jon Snow, Old Bear Mormont, Maester Aemon, and Samwell Tarly.

Watchers on the Wall will be available in the second quarter of 2017.  For more information, visit the announcement on Fantasy Flight Games’ website.

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Bristol Design Forge is a laser cutting outfit that will take on most any job, and sometimes they get some interesting ones.  This time out they got a request to create the game Cyvasse that is featured in a couple of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  The rules were never fully spelled out in the books so the fans of the series had to fill in the blanks, but in the end they now have a full realized game.  Components are laser etched wood and features a divider with dragon head legs so that each player can set up their side of the board secretly.  You can head over to the Bristol Design Forge website to check out the game and even purchase it in their web-store.

You got your Cosmic Encounter in my Games of Thrones!  You got your Game of Thrones in my Cosmic Encounter!  Maybe they will be better together?

Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne on the surface looks like a re-theme of Cosmic Encounter to the Game of Thrones theme, but once you get into it you see the theme change does make a difference.  Cosmic Encounter is a game of sci-fi negotiation where all you have to use are your negotiating skills and the cards in your hand to try and conquer five planets outside your own system.  The Iron Throne is much the same but instead of galactic conquest, you are trying to rule all of Westeros by spreading your influence to five other houses.  On a turn you will flip a card to determine which house you go against, it is at that point you make a decision.  Will you negotiate with your foe, or strike at them to take them by force?  If you negotiate then you decide whose influence will go where, if you fight then it’s time for everyone to get involved and pick sides.  From there you will play cards to bolster your side or weaken the other, and whoever comes out on top is the victor and gets to spread their influence to the losers.  First to spread their influence to five other houses is the winner, and shared victories I doubt will be uncommon.

The Iron Throne seems like a no-brainer of a creation with intrigue, alliances, and betrayal being common in Game of Thrones.  Look for this game to hit store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2016, until then you can check out the preview on the FFG site.

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Great Northern Games would like to officially announce the release of a new game by Jay Meyer, creator of Noble Treachery.  Council of Blackthorn is a game for those who enjoy “unique player powers, resource efficiency and like to balance risks and rewards.”

The official press release for this new game is as follows:

Council of Blackthorn is a board game for 2-6 players that plays in 45-90 minutes. Inspired by the inner workings of the Small Council in the Game of Thrones series, the board game captures the intrigue and betrayal of power hungry nobles trying to control the crown. Players assume the role of a member of the king’s council.

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Each player must build influence with the kingdom’s four political factions by utilizing ally and building cards. However, grabs for power may seem like treasonous acts to a suspicious king. Players will gain hidden treason points as they gain power. The most treasonous council member is beheaded! The remaining player that is the most influential member of the council wins the game.

A game of Council of Blackthorn features long term planning as well as opportunities for tactical decision making. It offers variable player powers for each of the council members and custom dice that represent the changing sympathy of the factions. All of this combines to make a strategic balancing act that is different every time you play.

Council of Blackthorn is currently running its Kickstarter project.  To learn more about the game and support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

For more information about Great Northern Games, Council of Blackthorn and other games in the company’s line, visit the company web site here.

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Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) would like to announce its upcoming product list for March, 2016.  The list of products includes the following:

  • A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition
  • A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground
  • Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths
  • Elder Sign: Omens of Ice
  • Talisman: The Cataclysm
  • Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

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A Game of Thrones LCG: Wolves of the North 2nd Edition

Long ago, before the dragons came, the Kings of Winter ruled from Winterfell. Perhaps it’s past time those days returned. Call upon the iconic characters and unyielding strength of House Stark, and enter a new era of the war for Westeros!

This deluxe expansion focuses on House Stark, as well as additional plots and allies for various factions.

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A Game of Thrones LCG: No Middle Ground

In the aftermath of the Tourney for the Hand, Eddard Stark searches for answers to the questions that caused Jon Arryn’s death. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen rides across the Dothraki sea to Vaes Dothrak with a massive khalasar and her husband, Khal Drogo. The Great Houses stir restlessly across Westeros, watching and plotting their own bids for power. From the sands of Dorne to the icy forests beyond the Wall, tension grows with every passing day.

This fourth chapter pack in the Westerns cycle offers five new plots that follow the events in the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire–three faction-specific plots, and two neutral.

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Lord of the Rings LCG: The Thing in the Depths

Having finally caught the Stormcaller after a harrowing pursuit across troubled seas, several of Middle-earth’s heroes prepare to board the Corsair ship in The Thing in the Depths, the second Adventure Pack in the Dream-chaser cycle for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. Their efforts to reclaim the Númenorean artifact the Corsairs had stolen erupt into fierce battles that quickly spiral into nightmare when the waters beneath the Stormcaller begin to churn and massive, tentacled arms erupt from the sea to grapple the ship and the sailors aboard it!

This expansion pack for the Lord of the Rings LCG offers sixty new cards, including a new Spirit hero and new allies for each of the four spheres.

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Elder Sign: Omens of Ice

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness Ancient Ones are awakening whose diabolical forces cannot be fought within the safe confines of the Arkham Museum. You must brave the Tundra, solve the mysteries of native Inuit traditions, and make the treacherous ascent up the mountains of the Alaska Range. There, wild animals and monsters are far from the only dangers you’ll encounter, for frostbite and starvation are among the Ancient Ones’ deadliest weapons.

In this expansion for the cooperative dice game Elder Sign, players will receive a complete deck of sixty Alaskan Adventure cards and a new deck of Mythos cards.  For the first time in this game, the season will matter as much as the time of day.  This expansion also offers eight additional adventurers, as well as new allies, items, and spells.

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Talisman: The Cataclysm

Decades ago an apocalypse destroyed the world, wrecking its cities, ravaging the land, and devastating the population. Now, after more than a generation, a new age dawns with The Cataclysm, an expansion for Talisman Revised 4th Edition. People are returning to establish settlements, nature is evolving in bizarre, unprecedented ways, and traces of the former civilization can be found everywhere. This is a time of chaos and possibility, of challenges and heroism.

FFG is proud to announce a new expansion for the classic game Talisman, that takes place one generation after a terrible apocalypse has devastated the land.  A new center board opens up into an apocalyptic realm for players’ exploration.

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Warhammer 40,000: Conquest LCG: What Lurks Below

The planet of Sacaellum is torn asunder by warring factions. The Imperial Guard battle Dark Eldar raiders, Tyranid Genestealers ambush an Ork warband, and the warriors of Khorne battle any who stand in their bloody path. Which faction will you support in its battle for victory?

“What Lurks Below is the fourth pack in the Planetfall cycle, bringing another faction to bear on the fight for Sacaellum. Here, you’ll find cards that support the main themes of the cycle by bringing new significance to the planet type symbols and inviting you to fight for your faction’s unique goals.”

For more information on these exciting new releases, visit Fantasy Flight Games’ website here.