News for June 2010
The Crows Will Not Go Hungry 8
A look at scenarios from the upcoming Battles of Westeros
Battles of Westeros | Published 16 June 2010

The release of Battles of Westeros, the board game of battlefield tactics in the world of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, is almost upon us (so keep checking back, as we’ll be posting the rules in the next few days!).

So far, we’ve seen the basics of combat, terrain, troop management, units, commanders, and skirmishes... but you may be wondering what scenarios come with the game, and whether you’ll be able to relive your favorite conflict from the novels.

Today, we’ll take a brief look at the first five scenarios included in the box. Let’s get started!

Scenario One: Clash on the Kingsroad

“Lord Tywin has closed off the kingsroad, it's said, and now he's marching north toward Harrenhal, burning as he goes."
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

This scenario gives the Lannister forces 5 rounds to secure the objective points. Their small scouting party is heading south into friendlier territory. However, a similar Stark force marches north to join arms with Robb Stark and warn him of Tywin Lannister’s intentions.

Both forces have split their numbers in preparation for a fight. Stark archers guard the strategic position at the river bend while riders blockade the road. The Lannister forces must push forward and root out the northmen’s fortification.

Victory is determined by Lannister’s ability to take control of the objectives. The Stark forces have to hold their ground for 5 rounds if they hope to cut off Lannister supply lines.

Scenario Two: Paying the Piper

Littlefinger stroked the point of his beard thoughtfully. "And if they come again, ser?”
"If they come again, we'll use their blood to water the fields they burnt,” Ser Marq Piper declared hotly.
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

 

The setting for this scenario has Lannister forces firmly in control of a river’s crossings stretching their supplies thin in order to march north and investigate information they have intercepted regarding the whereabouts of Marq Piper, a Stark ally constantly raiding Lannister camps and supply lines in the Riverlands.

However, unbeknownst to the Lannister aggressors, House Stark spies have relayed the information of the impending attack to Marq Piper who has removed himself from the area while Stark forces attempt to ambush the Lannister forces and take control of the river.

Victory is decided by who has the majority control of the objective markers. However, if there is a tie, the game keeps going until there is a winner.

Scenario Three: Riverlands Rescue

As the host trooped down the causeway through the black bogs of the Neck and spilled out into the riverlands beyond, Catelyn's apprehensions grew. She masked her fears behind a face kept still and stern, yet they were there all the same, growing with every league they crossed. Her days were anxious, her nights restless, and every raven that flew overhead made her clench her teeth.
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Stark loyalists are on their way to enlist with friendly forces in the Riverlands. However, a Lannister attack causes the Stark troops to retreat into a scattering of buildings outside of Fairmarket. Fortunately, a Stark patrol sees the massing Lannister forces and rushes to give aid to their comrades.

Stark needs to protect their allies while simultaneously controlling key points along the river. These river points aid in the Stark’s ability to ward off counterattack.

Lannister forces can continue to attempt to capture the forces on their side of the river or wheel to defend against the Stark flank attack. River points represent valuable areas that would help expand the Lannister line of supply.

Scenario Four: Battle of the Green Fork

"...once we're below the Neck, I'd split our host in two. The foot can continue down the kingsroad, while our horsemen cross the Green Fork at the Twins.” He pointed. "When Lord Tywin gets word that we've come south, he'll march north to engage our main host, leaving our riders free to hurry down the west bank to Riverrun.” Robb sat back, not quite daring to smile...
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Stark forces have been sent south to engage Tywin’s forces as Robb Stark rides southwest to Riverrun with the bulk of his cavalry. The feint will only be successful if Lannister commanders sense commitment from the Stark forces. As such, Stark forces have carefully plotted the attack’s objectives.

The numerals indicate the areas where strategy tokens are placed facedown to mark Strategic Locations and Dummy Locations. Stark must collect 4 Strategic Locations and maintain a green or better morale rating to win the battle.

House Lannister's superior force has the significant problem of not knowing where the locations are being placed that he needs to defend. However, a strong offensive may win the day if the morale of the Young Wolf’s army can be crushed!

Scenario Five: Whispering Wood

They were in a long line, an endless line, and as they burst from the wood there was an instant, the smallest part of a heartbeat, when all Catelyn saw was the moonlight on the points of their lances, as if a thousand willowisps were coming down the ridge, wreathed in silver flame. Then she blinked, and they were only men, rushing down to kill or die.
-A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Robb Stark, the “Young Wolf,” takes the field as he baits Jaime Lannister, the most dangerous of the Lannisters surrounding the friendly stronghold of Riverrun. Impetuous and eager to do away with raiding parties, Jaime rushes headfirst into the Stark trap and must decide what to do as the trap is sprung.

Stark forces can win my putting down the Lannister army although capturing Jaime Lannister will lead to a quicker victory.

The Lannisters can fight free or, if possible, capture the Young Wolf or his mother, Catelyn, who awaits news of the battle in the nearby woods.

Like these first five battles, battles 6-10 weave a player-created narrative that allows players to recreate engagements directly from the books as well as the battles that may have occurred in between the major conflicts.

Keep watching for more on Battles of Westeros!

Set in the rich and vibrant world of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Battles of Westeros is a board game of tactical battlefield combat for two players. With scenarios that include beloved characters and settings, players can recreate the most significant battles from The War of the Five Kings.

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Rashley
Published: 6/21/2010 9:33:34 AM
#8

I have to admit that these 5 scenarios do look pretty varied for such few Core unit types, Commanders, boards and terrain overlays.  No doubt the other 5 will continue like this.  Add this to the virtually unlimited 'Skirmish' options, and no doubt, the umpteen player scenarios that will get posted, we should have plenty of variety to keep us amused until the expansions arrive.  With the announcement of the 'Wardens' expansion, it would appear that they will add about 3 new unit types, 3 new Commanders and a few new odd rules each time.  Surely a 'Stark' expansion of a similar type will be next, but what will follow?  Will any new factions (Baratheon?) come out in 2 parts?  Core then expansion?  If each new addition also comes with new scenarios and skirmish cards, it won't be too bad. Expensive, but I don't smoke and drink little, so must have some vices. Cheers!

master yoda
Published: 6/18/2010 1:21:31 PM
#7

I can not wait for this to come out!

GrumpyBatman
Published: 6/17/2010 10:37:58 PM
#6

I can not wait to read the rules. I started reading the series again (for the third time) in preparation for this game. Even without playing it, I am anticipating the expansions for other houses. Good times!

Alexca1
Published: 6/17/2010 3:58:14 PM
#5

I love the saying about the crows. I love the variation "The buzzard will be fed today."

The_True_Darkstar
Published: 6/17/2010 10:07:06 AM
#4

 Looking good!

wickedwretch
Published: 6/16/2010 9:37:59 PM
#3

Overview of five scenarios and the promise of the soon-to-be-posted rules. Too much excitement may be dangerous for my heart.

Pilot17
Published: 6/16/2010 5:20:31 PM
#2

I agree. Its going to be awesome!!

Kalidor
Published: 6/16/2010 4:27:17 PM
#1

I simply cannot wait for this game...

 

Between Martin's universe and BattleLore's mechanics...this is a wet, err... dream come true...

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