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I don’t read the Game of Thrones books nor do I watch the TV series. Why did I end up playing this game? Because they needed a third player who was willing to play a multi-hour game with them.

My brother’s friend, whom I basically regard as another younger brother, is a big Game of Thrones fan. He bought the board game (I believe the second edition), because he likes board games and also the TV series and probably the books, and then was sad because there wasn’t anyone to play with. That’s something I can relate to. Anyway, while my brother was home on break, he asked us if we’d be willing to play the game with him because he knew my brother and I both like board games. We agreed, but I made the caveat that he had to tell us when, because I would have to arrange my schedule for a four plus hour long game.

The verdict? Because I don’t really know anything about the GoT universe, it’s really just another fantasy strategy game to me. I like them, but I think since it’s fairly heavily themed, it’s probably a game that would be more thoroughly appreciated by fans of the series.

The game itself is fun enough. We had to play a shorter variant, since there were only three of us playing. I think I lost terribly because it was my first time playing and I wasn’t familiar with all the game mechanics and strategy. It’s been a while since this happened. But I remember it being pretty fun still. Set up is a pain. That often is the case with these types of games.

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As seen from my vantage point. I think I was playing Dragonstone? Is that a house?

This definitely isn’t a game that I would play with the younger kids. It gets pretty complicated and the GoT universe itself isn’t really appropriate for children. Also, the game is very long. I don’t think any of the younger kids would be willing to sit through a four hour long game.

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