King of Thrones Board Game

Review of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

Review of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

A Game of Thrones is a medium-weight war game by Christian Petersen that's based on George R. R. Martin's best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Players: 3-5*
Playing Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: 5 (of 10)

* Really designed for 5.

The Components

A Game of Thrones comes with a box stuffed full of beautiful components:

1 Map House Units: 50 Footmen 20 Knights 30 Ships House Tokens: 75 Action Counters 100 Power Tokens 15 Influence Tokens 5 Supply Tokens Assorted Other Tokens: 1 Wildling Token 1 Turn Order Token 3 Neutral Army Tokens 3 Influence Tokens House Cards: 5 House Start Cards 35 House Character Cards 30 Westeros Cards 1 Rulebook

Map: The map is a full-color depiction of Westeros printed on sturdy cardboard. It's attractive and clearly incorporates all the information needed about the map territories (e.g., cities, strongholds, power markers, supply barrels). The borders of the board are printed with a number of important tracks: wildling strength, areas of influence, current turn, and supplies. These tracks are generally well-designed, with pertinent information readily available (e.g., the army limits for each supply size are printed on the supply track and the number of starred actions available at each level of incluence in the court are likewise reflected on the appropriate track).

House Units: These wood pieces are available in the five player colors (white, yellow, green, black, and red). The knights and footmen are represented by heads rather than the typical full-figure pawns that most games use, which is interesting and makes the pieces stand out. Overall, these are exactly what you would expect for wood pieces in a game.

House Tokens: Each house has a number of color-coded tokens used in the game. A supply token marks current level on the supply track and an influence token marks current level of influence on each of the three influence tracks. Power counters are used for bidding and to mark map control, while action ("order") counters are used to give orders to armies in the game. (A nice addition would have been a victory marker which denoted each players current level of cities and strongholds, since they can be somewhat hidden on the map.)

All of these counters are printed full color on sturdy cardboard and are generally intuitive and attractive. Some care has been taken to make the various tokens different shapes, which helps ensure they won't be mixed up during play.

The action counters depend upon wordless icons, but their use was obvious by the second round. My one complaint with them is that the March Action counters had negative values (e.g., "-1") that are very similar to other positive values (e.g., "+1"), and those two tokens got mixed up by a couple of players in the game. Red text or something on the negative token would have made it stand out better.

Assorted Other Tokens: The Wildling and Turn Order Tokens are fairly unnotable. They go on the appropriate sections in the board and help keep track of the related value. The neutral armies are rectangular tokens that are set on the board to protect certain valuable regions. They're all printed full color on the same cardboard as the house tokens.

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