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[AGoT] A Game of Thrones boardgame - Pbp #4

MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
edited November 2010 in Critical Failures
Lead in from FFG:
King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the seven kingdoms brace for war. House Lannister, whose daughter Cersei was Robert's queen, claims the throne for her young son Joffery. From the Dragonstone Isle, Stannis Baratheon knows that Robert was not the true father of Joffrey, and rightfully demands the throne for himself. On the Iron Isles, House Greyjoy is about to embark on a second rebellion, but this time with a much grander goal. In the north, House Stark gathers its strength to defend what is right, and in the south the wealthy House Tyrell harbors an old ambition to sit on the Iron Throne.

As armies gather and ravens fly, a clash of kings is inevitable.

Based on the best-selling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the A Game of Thrones board game lets players take control of one of the great Houses of Westeros and embark on an epic struggle to claim the Iron Throne. Immerse yourself in a game of clever planning, careful allocation of power, diplomacy, and the exciting flavor of A Song of Ice and Fire.

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." - Cersei Lannister

Objective: Be the one with the most cities/strongholds at the end of the 10th turn. Optionally, you win immediately if you ever control 6 cities/strongholds at any point. (In a 6-player game.)

Game stuff, which is in the rules. I've simply pointed out some major things and have not regurgitated the rulebook here. Please read the rules when you can. :)
Units
Add their strength in battle. You only receive new units at cities and strongholds under your control when a Muster event is revealed. Mustering is explained starting on pg. 5 and it's a good read.
10 Footmen - Strength 1
4 Knights - Str 2
6 Ships - Str 1

Orders
Each House has 3 each of 5 different orders: March (an axe); Support (a gauntlet); Defense (helmet); Raid (torch); Consolidate Power (crown). During the 'Planning Phase' of each turn you can place orders facedown in each area in which you have a *unit*. One of each order has a star icon on it, and is a "special order."
March - How you move. In an area with a march order, you may move all, some, or none of your units there. The units may move together; separate and move into several adjacent areas; and/or remain in the area. When you move into an area occupied by another House, a battle takes place. You may only start one battle per March order. Adjacent sea areas that contain your ships act as a chain allowing you to move great distances by sea in one move. The value on the march (0, -1, +1*) is added to any battle that takes place.

Support - You may add the strength of units in the area to *any and all* battles in adjacent areas. Sea can support adjacent land battles, but not vice versa. (Special support order adds +1*).

Defense - Does this need to be explained? (+1, +1, +2*)

Raid - Allows you to remove one of the following orders from an adjacent area: Raid, Support, Consolidate Power. If you remove the latter, it is called "pillaging" and you get a free power token for doing it. Sea can raid adjacent land areas, not vice versa. (Special Raid allows you to remove tokens from 2 adjacent areas.*)

Consolidate Power - Gives you a power token for the order and an additional one for every crown symbol on the board in the same area. (Special just gives you an opporutnity to consolidate 3 times in one turn.*)
Power
Each House has 20 power tokens total; and begins the game with 5 available. Power is used for 3 purposes: bidding on the 3 areas of influence (pg. 6); maintaining control of an area when you move all your units out (pg. 11); fighting off Wildling attacks (pg. 8).

House cards
Each player has a hand of 7 different cards representing important, influential members of their House. When involved in a battle, one of these cards is secretly selected and it's strength value and special ability is used. After the battle it is discarded. After using your 7th, final card, all 7 come back to your hand.

Areas of Influence
Three tracks at the top of the map for this: Iron Throne, Fiefdoms and King's Court.
Iron Throne - Order of tokens is turn order, and the #1 spot decides the winner of all ties, except for in combat. The get the Iron Throne token. House Baratheon begins with this.

Fiefdoms - You win ties against anyone lower on this track than your House. The #1 spot gets the Valyrian Steel Blade token and can use it once per turn for +1 strength. House Greyjoy begins with this.

King's Court - Order determines how many of your special orders you can play during each Planning phase. It's very important to remember that your special orders are limited by this track. #1 & #2 - 3 specials per turn, #3 - 2, #4 - 1, #5 & #6 - none. #1 spot gets the Messenger Raven token which allows them to replace any one of their orders with another they did not place on the board, after all orders are revealed. House Lannister begins with this.
Supply
On the right of the map is the Supply track. When, and only when, a Supply event is revealed, you reconcile the track with the areas you control which contain supply icons (barrels). The numbers by the track spaces represent the sizes of the armies/fleets you can have on the board. If an area has a single unit, it is *not* an army or fleet. So, you can have all the areas you want with one unit in them. When Mustering units, if you cannot place a unit without violating your supply, then you cannot muster that unit.

If you ever accidentally exceed your supply when moving/retreating, you must destroy units in excess. (Golden Rule stated on pg. 11 in bold italics)

Battles
1) Attacker and defender call for support
2) Combat strength for both sides is announced
3) Both attacker and defender simultaneously play a
House Card
4) The Valyrian Steel Blade may be played (once per
game turn only)
5) Battle resolution. Loser is determined, casualties
are removed, and the losing player retreats any surviving
units

Just giving the outline. Battles are explained on pg. 12.

Ports
Ports represent a new special area governed by special rules. These are as follows:

- Port areas may only be occupied by Ship units.

- Ships in a Port area may receive Order tokens as normal (but note that a Defense Order given to a Port is useless, since Ports can never be attacked directly). Under certain conditions, Ships in a Port may receive the Consolidate Power order, see more details below.

- Ports function as special areas between the Land and Sea area. Only the player controlling its land area may use the Port and is considered the Port owner.

- A Port owner's ships may March from the Sea area into the Port, or may March from the Port into the Sea area. Note that enemy ships may never March into a Port
owned by another player.

- A Port may never contain more than three Ship units at one time. Ships in Port are still subject to normal supply rules.

- When a Land area that contains a Port musters new units, the mustering player may place Ship units directly into the adjacent Sea area (using the normal rules of
mustering) or the player may place a newly mustered Ship directly on that area's Port. Important note: Players are allowed to muster new Ship units into a Port,
even if the Sea area is occupied by enemy Ships.

- Ships in Port may Support a battle in the Sea area but may not support a battle in the Land area.

- Ships in Port may Raid the Sea area, but not the Land area.

- Enemy Ships in the Sea area may Raid any Support, Raid, or Consolidate Power orders in the Port as normal.

- If a Port's land area is successfully invaded by another House, the conquering player may immediately replace the Ship units in the Port area with his own unused Ship units. That player must still stay within his supply limits, and if he cannot, he must remove the Ship units, one by one, until he is in compliance with his Supply limit. Such an invading player may choose not to take over the Ships in the Port and destroy them immediately after invading the Land area. If the player does decide to take the Ships, however, he may not choose to destroy them at a later time.

- During the Planning Phase, a player may place a Consolidate Power order on a Port that contains at least one ship. If, during the Resolve Consolidate Power
Orders step of the Action Phase, there are no enemy ships in the Sea area, the player may execute the Consolidate Power order to claim a Power token as normal.
This simulates trade with the free cities and the other exotic locations in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.

- During the Westeros Phase, when a 'Game of Thrones' Westeros Card is resolved, players receive one Power token for every friendly Port containing at least on Ship unit, as long as the Port's Sea area does not contain enemy Ship units (in which case the player receives nothing). This also represents the wealth of trade, as
mentioned in the point above.
Neutral Forces
To successfully march into an area containing neutral forces, a player must equal or exceed the neutral strength with the strength of his marching units and any adjacent supporting areas (support from your own areas or from any other willing house).

Note that marching into a neutral area does not make a battle, and thus no cards are played. The March order modifier (-1,0, or +1) however, is added/subtracted
to/from your marching strength.
Rivers
The borders of Land areas on the game board are identified by a surrounding white border. Some borders, however, are bright blue and represent large rivers. Rivers may not be crossed by marching units unless there is a river crossing (marked on the board with a bridge symbol) between the two areas. The only two river crossings on the board are found by The Twins, and in the area of Crackclaw Point.

You may not March, Support, or Raid across a river (again, unless there's a river crossing.)
Baratheon - SeGaTai
Lannister - Payot
Stark - Holofernes
Martell - jakobagger
Greyjoy - Osvik
Tyrell - Darian

Since the map is so large (and needs to be) I'll post one copy here and replace it when/as it updates.

The Map:
AGOT_Penny.jpg

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Another basic game, only adding in Martell. However, I will be reviewing the House cards from my expansions as well, and possibly using a different card set.

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  • SeGaTaiSeGaTai Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Was sad that I missed that last one of these and since I am essentially tied down to my laptop for the next 3 weeks writing a seminar !Signup is in full effect

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    PSN SeGaTai
  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Yeah.
    !Signup

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Er.. and Ports. I keep thinking of them as base game stuff.

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Ports are good. I like ports. Especially with Lannister.

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    They didn't save me last game. Though bad stuff happened very quickly, before I took over.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    !Signup

    No preference for house.

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  • HolofernesHolofernes Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Looks interesting, !Signup

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    it's like you know your perspective's fucked so you just let your hands work the controls as if you were straight
  • OsvikOsvik Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Oh I havent had a game of this for ages.

    Definatly !signup

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Darian wrote: »
    They didn't save me last game. Though bad stuff happened very quickly, before I took over.

    Was that an in or an out? If you play that makes 6. :)

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I was going to wait and reserve up again, in case of problems. Give it a couple of days past PAX and see if you still need me.

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Is this the first day after PAX?

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    PAX was 3rd to 5th, I think.

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  • SeGaTaiSeGaTai Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Does this mean we are getting closer to dragging Darian in :)

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Maybe.

    Meanwhile, a last (and first) promotional attempt :

    This is a great game, people. Fun for all. And something about fluffy bunnies.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    From the map in the OP it looks like Tyrell has an unfair advantage, though. :P

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    I think the map is just there for reference. That is not how the starting positions will be. Tyrell gets 1 Knight and 1 footman in highgarden and 1 footman in Dornish marshes. And 1 ship somewhere.

    And Greyjoy wins that game in the turn that's on the board.
    3 ships in Golden Sound to Sunset sea.
    Then 3 ships from Sunset sea to Bay of ice.
    Then Knight in Pyke to Winterfell.

    6 castles.

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    That's the final map from last game. Tyrell won first, though - raid the support, then march from Sunspear to Y...ood.

    Also, Greyjoy would need to leave a ship behind in the Golden Sound to make your sequence work.

    edit: Or not; I was looking at him taking Highgarden, but you were talking about Winterfell.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Payot wrote: »
    I think the map is just there for reference. That is not how the starting positions will be. Tyrell gets 1 Knight and 1 footman in highgarden and 1 footman in Dornish marshes. And 1 ship somewhere.

    And Greyjoy wins that game in the turn that's on the board.
    3 ships in Golden Sound to Sunset sea.
    Then 3 ships from Sunset sea to Bay of ice.
    Then Knight in Pyke to Winterfell.

    6 castles.

    It's the last turn of last game, which I won as Tyrell (Look at the Iron Throne track.). I was just making a lame joke.

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Didnt see the castle in Starfall...
    My bad.

    :)

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Darian? Anyone? Bueller?

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Sign up

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Randomised players as follows:
    Baratheon - SeGaTai
    Lannister - Payot
    Stark - Holofernes
    Martell - jakobagger
    Greyjoy - Osvik
    Tyrell - Darian

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    What are the rules for player contact, this game? Do we need to keep everything in thread, or can we use PMs?

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Whatever floats your boat. I always prefer to keep everything above board, but then.. I'm not playing.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Martell, eh? How karmic. Incidentally, are we using different decks from last time, or am I stuck with the shield-less one?

    Also, last game was pretty much all-out pm alliances and treachery, was my impression. I'm good with either. The honourable Martell family has nothing to hide, of course.

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Which house cards are we using ?

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I was just looking through them. We'll use the Storm of Swords cards, because I've never seen them used yet. :)

    Here's a link.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Wow, strength 4. Interesting.

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  • SeGaTaiSeGaTai Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    New cards will defintly be interesting-I'm Ok with PMs, should make for a more dramatic game

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Lannister cries a little inside at the impending demise of its nice, red fleet.

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Payot sent in his order already. I'll reset the map soon for the rest of you. :D

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    The map is up. Orders are in for Lannister.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    What about westeros cards?

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    There is no Westeros phase on the first turn, milord.

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  • DarianDarian Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Which Westeros deck are we playing with, though? Base, expansion, mixture?

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Base. Some day I hope to include leaders, at which point the SOS cards will be relevant.

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  • PayotPayot Registered User
    edited September 2010
    Leaders are fun. But there is some abuse with OTOs and leaders. Less fun.

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  • jakobaggerjakobagger Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    There is no Westeros phase on the first turn, milord.

    Well, don't I look silly now, Maester. Doran Martell - not actually all that clever, really.

    Sending my orders in a minute. Also, from what I've read, the one time orders seem kind of overpowered. But fun.

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  • MordenthralMordenthral Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    The Leaders are more fun. They can be captured. And executed. Swing the Sword!

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