Winter is not coming anytime soon, as season six of one of the most popular TV series in the world is only making its way back to the small screen next April. Till then, however, Games of Thrones fans need not go crazy waiting or manically re-watching the previous seasons ─ not when they can get their hands on the namesake board game.
Once you’ve stopped admiring the two game boards featuring the combined landscape of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and the colourful pawns depicting the Houses Martell, Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Tyrell, Targaryen and Ghiscari, you’ll be ready to command and conquer.
Players can choose between three different game plays. You can go to battle in a War of Five Kings in Westeros (as per the TV show and the books) in a three- to five-player game. Alternatively, two players can contest the rule of Ghiscari slavers in Essos. And up to seven players can be accommodated if you combine both game boards to fight all seven Houses for the ultimate prize: To sit on the Iron Throne.
It generally follows the same rules as the original Risk, a classic game of strategic conquest, and is designed for two to seven players, aged 18 and up. Other elements that come with the game include territory cards that let you stake your claim on the lands you rule, objective cards to complete conquests to claim the Iron Throne and gold dragon coins to collect, for boosting wealth and spending power.
Risk: Game of Thrones Edition Game is likely to fly off the shelves when it’s available in the US next month, and hopefully it will be available here in Singapore soon. What better way to help House Stark achieve vengeance for Jon Snow, Ned, Robb, Catelyn, et al in the best way possible?