Game of Thrones is the kind of worldwide sensation that inspires rabid fandom, aggressive speculation and, perhaps most profitably, endless marketing and merchandising opportunities. That's why it should come as no surprise that two massive sects of nerdom are colliding with the introduction of a Game of Thrones-specific Risk board game. After all, there's such a thing as a Real Housewives of Westeros parody.
In the Risk: Game of Thrones Edition Game, as it's officially called, there are 650 pieces, including two custom game boards, seven sculpted armies, seven player boards and 28 character cards. Between two to seven players can participate at once, with three different ways to play. The two custom game boards show the "Known World" of Game of Thrones, a fake map that's become relatively familiar in real life, as far as made-up continents and such go.
As for the gameplay options, first up there's a "War of Five Kings" game for three to five players that allows each one to pick from Houses Martell, Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Tyrell. Then there's a two-player game that features Houses Targaryen and Ghiscari that takes place in Essos. Lastly, you can combine both maps for a seven-player game that allows one to take on all the houses together.
Other features include:
And, well, many more cards!
Overall, the set includes two game boards, 315 army pieces, seven seats of power, seven player boards, 187 cards, 63 special unit tokens, 75 gold dragon coins, nine dice and one rule book. It'll go on sale in August, with a suggested retail price of $74.95. Might want to set aside a year or two to figure out how to set up the game, though. Have fun!
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