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Michael Cheong
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This is my first session report, and I hope it reads well for gamers who play A Game of Thrones often After my group’s initial, abortive attempts at playing A Game of Thrones, we finally sat down, took out aGoT and gave the game another try, this time rather more successfully. What ensued was sheer madness.

The game started off predictably enough; Greyjoy and Lannister agreed to a non-aggression treaty, with Greyjoy moving up to take on Stark while Lannister moved eastward towards Baratheon. While the other 4 Houses were busy trying to contain the threat from each other, Tyrell was given free rein to expand southwards and eastwards into the empty lands of Oldtown and The Reach. A “Clash of Kings” in Turn 2 spelled out some early dominance for Baratheon followed by Lannister, with poor Tyrell relegated to 4th or 5th on the three Areas of Influence.

Successive “Mustering” draws in Turn 2 and Turn 3 also saw a huge build-up of forces in the highly contested “neck” as well as in the centre of the island, with the Greyjoy-Stark and Lannister-Baratheon rivalries resulting in some early skirmishes but with no major losses on either side. Lannister and Baratheon managed some light expansion by claiming empty lands, while ensuring their forces were enough to deter the other. With such an early stalemate, the subsequent turns were very refreshing.

Turn 4 was the first turning point of the game. Tyrell had been building up her navy unnoticed and resoundingly smashed the Greyjoy navy in the Sunset Sea, partially for her own defence and also to help Stark keep Greyjoy at bay. This relieved the immediate pressure on Stark, emboldening him to defeat the Baratheon navy in The Narrow Sea, allowing him to ship troops from the north into the neck for a counterattack on Greyjoy. Suddenly, Greyjoy was hemmed in and looking particularly vulnerable, while Tyrell and Stark looked to be in the ascendancy.

Turns 5 and 6 quickly swung that advantage into a completely different direction. Turn 5 yielded both “Clash of Kings” and “Feast for Crows”, meaning that all 5 Houses found their Power tokens at zero at the end of the Turn. By a strange twist of fate, Turn 6 yielded yet another “Clash of Kings”. Lannister, who had won the Iron Throne in the first Clash, proceeded to rearrange the positions on the Areas of Influence as he wished, restoring the balance of power between Greyjoy and Stark while weakening Baratheon badly. With a timely “Mustering” again in Turn 6, Lannister intensified the pressure on Baratheon, while Greyjoy pushed Stark out of the neck and went as far as Moat Cailin, right at the doorstep of Stark’s capital. Meanwhile, Baratheon sought vengeance and got it by reclaiming The Narrow Sea from Stark. However, Greyjoy had succeeded in claiming the Baratheon lands in The Fingers and The Twins without much contest.

With Baratheon making little progress against Lannister and Tyrell quite dissatisfied with the poor lands in the south, they struck a deal. Baratheon diverted her forces via ship to push Greyjoy out of The Twins, trapping his units in The Fingers surrounded by Baratheon troops. Tyrell scooped up the southern Lannister lands, poorly defended as most of his troops were head-to-head with Baratheon, rather easily and very gleefully. Lannister was now caught in a fix. On the one hand, Tyrell was at Searoad Marches, right outside Lannisport, but at the same time, Baratheon was still a threat in the east. By Turn 8, Lannister looked in a precarious position while Baratheon was gaining strength. Greyjoy was holding out against Stark and Baratheon, but barely.

Finally, Turns 9 and 10 proved to be decisive. In Turn 9, Baratheon felt dominant enough to betray Tyrell, taking both Storms End and Dornish Marches in one fell swoop. At the same time, Lannister decimated the Tyrell navy still blockading at the Sunset Sea, pushing them back south. Lannister also managed to recapture Searoad Marches, easing the pressure to defend his capital. In the north, Stark managed a twin pronged attack on Moat Cailin and Greywater Watch, pushing Greyjoy back to the beachheads.

The tone for Turn 10 was set when the first Wildling Attack was drawn, with the Wildling token at 12 and a “Clash of Kings” in the same turn as well. Greyjoy grabbed the Iron Throne, but neglected to leave enough to fend of the Wildling Attack. As a result, both he and Stark lost 4 units apiece. Lannister seized the opportunity to double-cross Greyjoy while his power was waning, invading Ironman’s Bay, capturing the Greyjoy capital and taking Seagard. The remaining Greyjoy forces attempted a do-or-die invasion of Greywater Watch, failing miserably and ending up as easy prey for Stark. At the same time, Tyrell launched a concerted attack on King’s Landing belonging to Baratheon, winning the crucial Castle that snatched the possibility of a tied victory away from Baratheon.

Final Score
Lannister: 5 Castles
Tyrell: 4 Castles
Stark: 3 Castles
Baratheon: 3 Castles
Greyjoy: 0 Castles

Game, set, match to Lannister! Quite an amazing victory, made possible by the last-minute capitulation of Greyjoy and some very, very lucky Westeros events. Who says Lannister can’t win?
 
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Jason Henke
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A fun read! Many twists and turns, like the books.

Did you guys have fun? It sounds like it.
 
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Rob Corn
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How appropriate. You fight like a cow.
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Good writeup. One small rules point -- a victorious Wildling attack only results in the lowest bidder losing 4 points of units (in the case of a tie, the Iron Throne holder decides who loses 4 points).
 
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Michael Cheong
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jhenke wrote:
Did you guys have fun? It sounds like it.


Haha, what do you think?

Haggis wrote:
Good writeup. One small rules point -- a victorious Wildling attack only results in the lowest bidder losing 4 points of units (in the case of a tie, the Iron Throne holder decides who loses 4 points).


Oh! I think we must've neglected that. Well, no matter, it would've probably resulted in a more resounding defeat of Greyjoy anyway. I was playing Lannister and I was searching for some way to cripple Greyjoy, played by my brother, to seize the advantage. As it stands, Greyjoy was wiped clean off the map even with a weakened House Stark.
 
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