Fantasy Flight Games has released an all new Game of Thrones card game by Reiner Knizia. Can you master Westeros Intrigue?
The court of King’s Landing is rife with intrigue. Knights, lords, ladies, and courtiers plot and scheme their way closer to the Iron Throne, but even the one who sits the Iron Throne can be easily influenced by his closest advisor. Your task is to manipulate every member of the royal court in an attempt to become the newest power behind the throne of Westeros. Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue is now available, both at your local retailer and online through our webstore!
Forge a Conspiracy
Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue is a fast-paced card game for two to six players based on HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series and designed by world renowned game designer, Reiner Knizia. In every game, you strive to create a conspiracy from the character cards in your hand, ensuring that your schemes are deeper and more far-reaching than your opponents’. If you’re the last player able to play character cards at the end of a round, you win that round!
At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt a number of character cards, featuring screenshots of iconic characters from the Game of Thrones series, divided between House Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, and House Targaryen. Each turn, you will play one character card, adding to the tangled conspiracy that makes up the King’s Landing court. The first cards played form a single row, but this row can hold no more than eight cards. Sooner or later, you will need to expand the conspiracy upwards by playing character cards in new rows above other characters. A character must always be supported by his own House, however, so each character card above the bottom row must match the House of one of the character cards directly beneath it.
An example of gameplay in Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue
For example, as shown above, one player chooses to play Tyrion Lannister from his hand. He can play Tyrion on the right side, above Jaime Lannister, or on the left, above Sandor Clegane. Tyrion cannot be played in the spaces marked “X” on the bottom row because the bottom row cannot be more than eight character cards wide. He cannot be played in the other spaces marked “X” because there is no Lannister character card immediately below those spaces. Since you’ll have character cards from more than one House in your hand during the game, you must make the choices determining the fates of different Houses. If one House stands in your way, it’s up to you to engineer that House’s demise!
The Power Behind the Throne
When a player can no longer legally play a character card on his turn, he is eliminated from the round. The round continues until only one player remains as the master of intrigue in King’s Landing. The round winner receives an Iron Throne card, representing your advancement ahead of the other players towards your goal of controlling Westeros from behind the sovereign on the Iron Throne. Over a series of rounds equal to the number of players, every player competes to draw closer to the Iron Throne, and the closest advisor at the game end is the victor.
Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue is a fast-paced card game that thrusts you into the secrets, schemes, plots, and manipulation of the Game of Thrones TV series. You’ll need to successfully manipulate the Great Houses of Westeros if you wish to stand alone as the power behind the Iron Throne. Will your plans outlast those of your opponents? Find out when you pick up your copy of Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue at your local retailer today.