Noble Treachery

council of blackthorn

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.

treason of saruman

Will you sit idle and feeble, spellbound to inaction by evil counsel? Or will you ride to war? Now is the time to act.

Fantasy Flight Games announces the release of the latest boxed saga expansion for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, The Treason of Saruman.  This expansion includes three new scenarios that take players on a journey through the first half of Tolkien’s epic novel, The Two Towers.  These scenarios can be played individually, or as part of the ongoing campaign that began with the saga expansion The Black Riders.

shadowfax

Three new heroes are also included in this expansion, including a Fellowship sphere version of Aragorn.  Additionally, the expansion includes thirty-three new player cards including new allies, events and attachments to each sphere.  The popular Mount trait introduced in the Foundations of Stone expansion is continued with the inclusion of Shadowfax and Arod, the famous horses belonging to Gandalf and Legolas, respectively.

In The Treason of Saruman, players can enlist the aid of the ents, powerful allies that are not easy to recruit.  The scenarios culminate in an encounter with Saruman himself, armed with the Saruman’s Staff artifact card and his innate Wizardry effect.  Even if Saruman is defeated, his foul stench may remain with the players as they continue on their quest with the Saruman’s Voice treachery card.

This new saga expansion is currently available, and one can learn much more about the details of this new release on FFG’s website here.

We have some new games to look forward to. They will be shipping out by early November:

RARRR!!

rarr

A card game where you create your very own monster with its own powers in order to destroy the world’s greatest cities.

Legends of the Wulin

legends of the wulin

A role-playing game in which you become a wuxia hero in Wulin – A world of martial arts where dreams and ambitions of heroes collide. It’s time to become a legend. Guard the Sun and Moon. Weave the Divine Iron Web. Invoke the Hell-Pattern Judgment. Practice the Hidden Execution Strike. Recite the Mantra of Immolation. Call upon the Iron Buddha’s Disapproval. Fly like the Golden Crow. Wield the Lotus-Forged Needles.

Demonslayer: Siege of Mt. Kunlun

demonslayer

A deck-building game for up to four players. The game is based on the story Warriors of Magic Mountain. Each player takes control of one Sect of the Kunlun Immortals, and they must compete with each other in defeating the dread forces of the Heart-Eaters.

Noble Treachery

noble treachery

A card and dice game for 4 to 6 players where players risk their tenuous political alliances during the chaos of war or the treachery of diplomacy to form new alliances with the noble houses of Black Rose. The first player to form an alliance with each of the noble houses becomes the King or Queen of Black Rose and wins the game.