|Battles of Westeros | Published 04 August 2010|
By the word of Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, I do sentence you to die.
–Eddard Stark, A Game of Thrones
All across Westeros, the Great Houses prepare for war. The Starks to the north have taken up arms and declared a new King in the North. Meanwhile, various contenders and usurpers stake their claim for the Iron Throne, vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms. It is a time for armies to be gathered.
Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce Wardens of the North, the second reinforcement set for Battles of Westeros! House Stark’s answer to our May announcement of Wardens of the West, Wardens of the North brings the might of the north to your tabletop.
Honor your allegiance with House Stark and carry the wolf’s banner into battle. Summon the courage to ride with Robb Stark in his campaign against House Lannister. Call upon the thundering lancers of House Umber, the shieldmaidens of House Mormont, and the trident bearers of House Manderly. Will you heed the north in its hour of need?
The Wardens of the North reinforcement set adds more Stark commanders and units to the Stark forces of the Battles of Westeros core set, including the formidable Smalljon Umber, loyal Rodrik Cassel, and resourceful Galbart Glover. Use these new characters to take part in battles set in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series or make your own fantasy battles!
With a new Battle Plans book, 32 plastic figures, 32 cards, 8 terrain overlays, and 18 tokens, Wardens of the North will bring the honor and courage of House Stark charging into your Battles of Westeros game.
Look for Wardens of the North at your local game retailer this fall!
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.
I find that rather silly. And by rather, I mean really dumb. As Stark Loyalists, House Umber should field elite heavy infantry that specialize as some kind of hardened bodyguard-style units with an associated key or ability.
And not to beat a dead horse (haha), the Starks as a faction should really get inferior cavalry in general. Instead getting light mounts like hobilars, maybe with slightly different stats than normal Lannister war-mounts like a higher movement or speed bonus to move about and hit the enemy or take and control objectives quickly.
I understand that the game system isn't necessarily geared that way, and I'm all about trying the game as a big ASOIaF fan (in fact, if I had the money I'd get several and demo them), but I think both the world and its wealth of information and options has vast potential for things like this but the essence shouldn't be dabbled with like making a (arguably THE) infantry-based House have cavalry like that. It just seems ridiculous. If anything, make it the Wild Hares Company that Benfred Tallhart raised in the North. Really stay close to the source material and I think you'll not only make fans happy, but you'll find repeat customers.
*** SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ BOOK ***
About your comment "The Targaryens are irrelevant to Westeros right now"...where/how do you think Jaimie Lannister got the title 'kingslayer'; and if you're talking 'right now', House stark is pretty much decimated and Lannister is hanging by a thread. I do, however, agree about Greyjoy. At the risk of sounding cheesy...'Release the Kraken!'
I'm glad we're getting a Stark expansion, and to be honest, I see the next few expansions building even more on Lannister and Stark affiliations. The game is not even three months old yet. It's too early to expect other major house expansions, and even then they might not get a complete faction. The Targaryens are irrelevant to Westeros right now. The Baratheons haven't done much except get killed at sea, by Lannister. The Martells... who cares? Greyjoy fights Stark, though they could introduce a game mechanic wherein upon reducing an enemy unit to one figure, the figure is captured...allowing the Greyjoy unit to transport said captive to a water tile to be drowned... FOR POINTS!(that's actually kinda cool). Also, the Watch. At this very early stage of the game, I can see how these houses can be integrated, but only in relation to the two houses we have now.
I find it interesting that FFG chose to start the expansion with the Houses already in the Core Box instead of bringing in other Houses. Not a bad chose, just a peculiar one.
It makes me wonder if they are going to bring other Houses in an affiliated way, trying to keep the division as Stark VS Lannister. But I don't think so. Martin's world is so complex, it is very hard to keep any systematic about it.
Maybe further expansions will bring other forces in a more flexible way, so we can allocate them as their loyalty fits in each time of the story. Maybe we will have deluxe expansions which bring an even heavier amount of troops of one major House, such as Baratheon. Maybe we will see things coming in a theme-like way, as they give us an expansion for turncloaks such as the Boltons or mercenaries.
There are so many paths they can go. I find this a great thing. And I hope FFG will take a more creative approach than trying to fit the complex loyalty flow of Martin's story in just a House-oriented cathegorization.
Perhaps they have something special planned for house Bolton. I had thought the Stark reinforcements set would be a box full of Tullys, but perhaps they have special plans for them as well. Can't wait.
Where is Roose Bolton ?
He is one of the real commanding characters.
Sundance Kid: No, this is a new expansion. The previous one (that still isn't out yet, I think) is for the Lannisters. It has Sandor Clegane, The Hound, on the front.
I think they changed the cover to this. it Looks different. This is the same expansion announced some time ago. No?
The D6G podcast did a thorough review of Westeros a couple of weeks ago and were enthusiastic in their praise of the game. Check it out at: http://www.thed6generation.com/d6g_ep_60_battles_of_westeros_designer_interview_game_review
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Gosh. Didn't see THAT coming! All jests aside, this looks like a promising game line. I've heard it described as more a mix of Tide of Iron and Battelore. Any comments on this?