Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue

Experience all the deadly intrigue of the King’s Landing court in Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, a fast-paced card game for two to six players based on HBO’s Game of Thrones series. In this game by designer Reiner Knizia, you and your fellow players must use your cunning and your guile to claim the Iron Throne by enlisting the aid of notable members of the King’s Landing court. If you plan ahead and play carefully, you may sit the Iron Throne, but if your opponents get the better of you, your schemes and intrigues will come to naught.

Enter the Royal Court

A game of Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue is played over a series of rounds, equal to the number of players. When each round begins, you and your opponents are dealt a number of character cards. These character cards show various iconic characters from the Game of Thrones TV series, divided between House Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, and House Targaryen.

On your turn, you may play one character card from your hand, placing it in the court, but certain rules govern exactly where you can play your character cards. At the beginning of the round, character cards are played side by side in a row, but once two character cards are in a row, a new row can be formed by playing a character card above them. However, a character card that is played above two others must share a House with at least one of the two character cards directly below it. In addition, the bottom row cannot extend more than eight character cards wide.

In the example above, one player chooses to play Tyrion Lannister from his hand. He can play Tyrion on the right side, above Jaime Lannister, or on the left, above Sandor Clegane. Tyrion cannot be played in the spaces marked "X" on the bottom row because the bottom row cannot be more than eight character cards wide. He cannot be played in the other two spaces marked "X" because there is no Lannister character card immediately below those spaces.

Sitting the Iron Throne

Eventually, one of the players will no longer be able to legally play a character card from his hand. At that point, he is eliminated, and the round continues until no player can play character cards. The last player to play a character card wins the current round.

When you win a round of Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, you reap the rewards of victory by claiming an Iron Throne card, which has the benefit of canceling some of the penalty points you may receive during the game. All the other players must take penalty points equal to the number of character cards remaining in their hands. If you possess the least penalty points at the end of the game, you have demonstrated your dominance of King’s Landing’s trickery and intrigue, and you win the game!

If you want to succeed at Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, you will need to be clever, scheming and plotting the best way to advance your own goals, while hindering your opponents. By playing your cards wisely and outmaneuvering your opponents, you can claim victory and seize the Iron Throne for yourself.

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15 – 30 minutes

2 – 6 players

Ages 14+


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