The world of Westeros is not new to board games, with cardboard adaptations of both the A Song of Ice and Fire books and HBO’s hit TV show becoming instant classics for many tabletop gamers. But in many of them, the focus always seems to be on the big battles, the strategy, the wars fought across the land. Few seem to focus on the thing that gives the show it’s name: The Game of Thrones. Played by everyone in King’s Landing and beyond, some more willingly than others *cough* Ned *cough*.
The intricate machinations of Littlefinger, Varys, Tyrion, and Olenna are often as important (and sometimes bloody) as any pitched battle waged by Robert or Jaime. Winners get to sit the Iron Throne (or control the one sitting on it), and losers get their heads stuck on pikes or their wine poisoned.
It’s this complex game that Dire Wolf Digital (they of the most appropriate name) is hoping to capture in their newest venture into the physical realm of cardstock and plastic: Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker.
“We’re longtime fans of everything Game of Thrones” says Scott Martins, President of Dire Wolf Digital, “and we jumped at the chance to work with HBO® to translate the tension and intrigue of one of the best shows in the world to a game that fans of every level of gaming experience can enjoy. Betrayal’s never been so much fun.”
A game of social deduction and scheming, Oathbreaker will let players enter Westeros as the leader of one of the Great Houses vying for power in the shadow of the Iron Throne. With one player acting as the king, the rest will have to curry favor with the king—or at least put up a loyal front—while they try to keep the other Lords down and they carve out a sphere of influence for themselves. You’ll have to decide if you side with the King as a Loyalist, with the benefits that loyalty entails, or conspire to topple the ruling dynasty and get your own house into power. Become one of 12 iconic characters from Game of Thrones as you advance your schemes and foil those of your foes. But it can be hard to tell which is which, and you must watch your back or you’ll soon find a dagger sticking out of it.
Playable for 5-8 players aged 14 and up, Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is set for release this spring, just in time for the final season of HBO’s iconic series, and will retail for $35 dollars.
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