|Battles of Westeros | Published 10 November 2010|
War is brewing. The banners have been called and the warhorns are sounding. Are you ready to join the fight?
Days of Ice and Fire is quickly approaching. Among the activities planned for the weekend are several exciting events for Battles of Westeros. While many players already have several skirmishes under their belt, some have yet to delve into this newest addition to FFG’s A Song of Ice and Fire themed games.
This article is a brief overview for players who have yet to experience Battles of Westeros. What follows are a few major aspects of the game that will give you an idea of what it’s like leading your great House into war. For more in-depth information on Battles of Westeros, be sure to visit the product website.
(Unit cards vs. Commander cards)
First, let’s take a look at the cards for your troops. These cards come in two types: Commander cards and unit cards. While unit cards represent the bulk of your troops and their unit types, the Commander cards feature iconic characters from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels who will lead your troops during the fight. Unit cards contain all the information for your troops including their name, figure type, traits, special rules, and their appropriate stats (as determined by their unit ranks - green, blue, or red). More information on unit types can be found in The Right Tool for the Job, a preview article.
Commander cards have different stats, such as the Commander’s command limit, capture rating, and commit ability. While these cards have different functions, they interact with each other throughout the game, so learning the difference between the two is vital. Check out our preview of Commanders.
So you know the stats for your troops, but how do you order them around the battlefield? This can be done two different ways: by using Order tokens or Leadership cards. Order tokens are generated each turn based on a dice roll, giving players a random pool of options. Green order tokens can order green ranked units, blue can order blue units, etc., giving players a variety of choices. Leadership cards work similarly to Order tokens, however they are more effective (allowing you to order multiple units with a single card). The drawback to these cards are that they can only be used on troops that are within a Commander’s Zone of Command, and they also cost Command tokens (which are limited each turn). Control the Field can tell you more on how to order your troops in battle.
Combat resolution in Battles of Westeros is quick and easy. Players calculate their attack strength and roll a pool of custom dice. Any die results that match the target’s banner color (unit rank) count as hits. Of course, there are several modifiers that usually go into each attack, but the core mechanic for resolving attacks is straightforward. These custom dice are also used to generate Order tokens at the start of each turn. Art of War will give you more details on combat resolution.
One last important element in Battles of Westeros is morale. The Morale Track governs an army’s willingness to fight. During the game, a number of factors can affect morale, and if your House’s morale drops to a Rout space, you immediately lose the game. For example, your enemy will gain morale when they defeat your units, and vice versa. The higher rank of unit defeated, the more morale points awarded.
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.
What about a strategy (not tactical) game for Battlelore?
This is just the way FFG marketing is leaning toward currently. FFG has these brands, such as Battlelore and Arkham Horror, and they are trying to expand those developed games somehow and make some more money. They feel that creating some new core games with that brand stamped on the box could possibly translate to some additional sales.
FFG made BoW with Battlelore... They are releasing Mansion of Madness with Arkham Horror.
Some notification would have been nice about the future support of the Battlelore series, however recent news indicate that refurbished core/expansions sets are coming.... good news. I think Batlelore fans can finally breathe a little easier.
Many think that the presence and support of BoW spells doom for Battlelore. I don't have that opinion. I do find it interesting that Arkham Horror fans are really excited for the Mansion of Madness release, while the Battlelore fans feel the exact opposite toward BoW.
Battlelore was a game picked from a company that didn't want it any more. FFG has mantained it and it's releasing new expansions. Yes, I know you want more expansion more often but given the large array of games FFG has, that demand is unrealistic. If you had bothered to read the Upcoming list, you would have seen that the base box and other expansion boxes are being reprinted.
Battles of Westeros is a new game done by FFG and based on a bestselling series of novels. The basic rules of play have a lot in common with Battlelore, although they are quite different. But that's not exactly fair. The playing system is found in other games by Richard Borg and if I have to chose, my favourite is Comand and Colors.
I don't see that BoW has been more advertised than other games done by them like Arkham Horror or Descent, to put two examples. Certainly, is not receiving more marketing than their card games as stated by Ruvion.
It's true I want to know more about the Blood Bowl manager game. However, I don't know whether the lack of information is a fault of Games Workshop or there's been very few people sending their data and showing interest on the game.
Here's the simple realities of the two battlelore games: FFG will continue to support whatever is selling. In other words if we buy the original game and its expansions they will continue to support it. If we buy Westros products, they will continue to support that. When World of Warcraft stopped selling, they stopped all new expansions for it. (Even a planned catalogue item never saw light of day...)
The main battlelore game was complicated by problems relating to the original costing of the game, so it is going to cost a lot more when the game finally gets re-printed (when the non-english versions get used up...). I definately long for more articles, supports, etc for the original but strongly suspect I will buy Westeros....
I can totally understand why BL fans are frustrated but they should not be directing their anger toward Bow. If you have invested time and lets face it buckets of money into BL then you deserve and explanation as to what is happing with the BL base set but I dont think FFG k now the answer to this yet and so if they dont know, how can they let the BL fans know. On the other hand it does seem that they are releasing expansions for BL quite often and so they have obviously not forgotten that BL exsists.
BoW is a great game that I really enjoy playing and I hope FFG continue to support for the years to come. I dont care that it has Battlellore written on the box but relly doesnt have much in common with BL I think it is great game all of its own and hope FFG have many more expansions hidden up thier sleeves!
Given the recent lot of releases for Battlelore - FFG go for it - promote BoW if you want - but continue to support BL! BL has become one of my absolute favourite games.
I think what BL fans get a bit wound up about (at least from my pov) is that we'd love to hear FFG give some hint on the direction BL will go in - whether it will continue to be supported, and how they are going with their Base Set and future expansions.
It may be that FFG hopes to clear their old stock of BL (the French sets) before releasing their own base set - no company wants dead stock.
In any case - BoW can stand or fall on it's own - BL is simply one of my most favourite games and I hope to see it supported into the future!
Play on FFG. Who knows - once I read the Fire and Ice series and love it - I may well look at BoW too!
I played my first game last night and had a blast. I can't say if it is better or worse than Battlelore, because I played only three solo BL games, but I can tell you I own both and like them both in different ways.
BOW seems to be focusing a bit more on leaders and command, the D8's are pretty unpredictable and the setting is more "serious" than BL. The miniatures are nice, even if I would have them in a different kind of plastic, a bit harder.
Sorry but FFG deserves the comments...nothing has been written about Battlelore NOR does it even have a FFG person for it [sure they are ASSIGNED but they have NOT posted one thing in the Battlelore.
And they initially said, WHEN they bought the Battlelore game that they would support it...where? Since it AWFULLY hard to support a game WITHOUT the BASE SET!!!
And BoW is NOTHING like Battlelore - only in name and that is it...PERIOD.
Frag save some ammo...Wardens of the North will be out soon!
Wow, I registered an account just so I could defend FFG from these comments. I think that attacking a company like FFG for heavily marketing one of their games is completely uncalled for. Obviously they have their reasons, whether it be that the game didn't sell well or that the Days of Ice and Fire event is coming up and they want to promote that. Many board game companies don't even support their games the way FFG does with its previews and articles and to bash them for promoting a game other than your favorite makes me a little angry. You can simply ignore the article, which is what I do for all the games I am not interested in. Okay, I think I am done with my little rant.
I agree with FragMaster on this one...
...I have only seen 1 (yes 1) promotion of BLOOD BOWL MANAGER...
and that was months ago...think it must of fell through as what company would mention a game and then blow it cold with no updates!!!
Considering that LCGs get their Card of the Week columns as a promotional tool every week...not enough?! ;)
Duly noting that the Days of Ice and Fire event is just around the corner, you can't fault FFG for touting their market horn one more time for a product line they've obviously invested so much in. :D