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Brandon Meadows
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So,one of my favorite parts of the Song Of Ice and Fire series and game of thrones is all the political power plays and intrigue. Also why I Love House Of Cards and so on.

Are there any games that will scratch this itch for me friends?

Thanks in advance.

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Council of Blackthorn was inspired by the small council when the developer was watching Game of Thrones.

I've never played A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition), but I've heard great things once everyone understand how it works and what needs to be done.
 
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Princes of the Renaissance -- conditierre fighting for the gold and prestige; treacherous nobles; the Pope can commit his army to a war to influence the outcome.
 
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Brandon Meadows
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Thanks very much. Council looks awesome! Iv considered GoT but iv only got one in my group who likes the books or show (my fiance) so it sadly is a poor fit.
 
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Gage3221 wrote:
... all the political power plays and intrigue. (...)
Are there any games that will scratch this itch for me friends?


I'm on a somewhat similar quest. Maybe you'll find something of interest. Rather no fantasy there, though. Maybe (!) Tammany Hall is for you.
 
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Thanks added a lotof those to my amazon tabletop games list.
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This is actually my favourite type of game so I know of quite a lot.

Rather than just reeling off the full list, a few questions to narrow it down so I can try and fit what you're looking for better.

What's your player count likely to be?

Are there any settings that especially appeal or especially put you off (sci fi, fantasy, modern, cold war etc.)

What level of rules complexity is your minimum and maximum?
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OK odds are player count will be between 2 and 5. Most times 3.setting us not super important. I love basically all of the options you listed. Id prefer the rules simple to middle of the road complexity. However I'd work with heavier rules for a good game.
 
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Gage3221 wrote:
So,one of my favorite parts of the Song Of Ice and Fire series and game of thrones is all the political power plays and intrigue. Also why I Love House Of Cards and so on.

Are there any games that will scratch this itch for me friends?

Thanks in advance.

Abide.


Here's an old chestnut that might fit the bill…
 
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Out of print, but you may enjoy Die Macher.
 
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Diplomacy...

Though, like the game of thrones, you win, or you die.

Or just lose friends.

All the intrigue in this game is pretty much player driven, though.

The GoT board game also scratches as similar itch.
 
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The new Game of Thrones game 'The Iron Throne' could suit. It's a re-implementation of Cosmic Encounter, a classic full of alliances, deal making and backstabbing. It plays in about an hour and isn't very complex, it's the table talk that makes it fun.

If you want something heavier and with a proper board, the GoT board game is great. 3 hours or so to play though!
 
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Gage3221 wrote:
OK odds are player count will be between 2 and 5. Most times 3.setting us not super important. I love basically all of the options you listed. Id prefer the rules simple to middle of the road complexity. However I'd work with heavier rules for a good game.


Ok, some games I think might be worth looking at. I've put them in a vague order from simple to complex. Some of these aren't in print but I don't think any of them are going for stupid money on the secondary market.

Note that most of these will play best with at least four players. Two player games are their own thing on this. While I like games like 1960: The Making of the President and Twilight Struggle the two player nature means that you don't get the dealmaking and negotiation I see as necessary for the intrigue part of political intrigue. And with three players it normally ends up 2 vs 1 which isn't ideal.

Some of these aren't in print but I don't think any of them are going for stupid money on the secondary market.

Cosmic Encounter. Intergalactic diplomacy and war. Somewhat abstracted, but lots of variety with alien powers etc. There's a Game of Thrones reskin on the way which could appeal.

Council of Blackthorn. Already recommended. I can't say much about it because I haven't plaayed it yet. (It's on my list). But I've heard very good things about it.

Succession: Intrigue in the Royal Court. One of my lesser known gems. It has lots of take that gameplay, alongside lots of opportunities for intrigue and dealmaking. It's quite unbalanced, but if you don't mind that it's worth a look.

Illuminati. It shows it's age these days and can be quite mathy. But it's a fun game of secret societies taking over the world. What other game do you get to say things like "The South American Nazis will try to control the Furries with the help of the Post Office"?

Kremlin. Comedy Cold War politics with purges galore. Lots of randomness, but if you are fine with that it's a classic. Note that the new edition rulebook is horrific for new players. Use the unofficial one online instead.

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery. It might seem strange to have a game about gladiators on this list. But the crucial point is that it's actually about gladiator owners. While you do play out the arena fights, they're really there as a background to the dealmaking and backstabbing.

Junta. This could be just what you're looking for. One of my standard political game recommendations. The one issue with it is that I really wouldn't play it with less than five and seven is the ideal.

Henry VIII: Intrigue in the Tudor Court. If you don't mind Print and Play, this is an excellent game of historical politics. It's actually a somewhat streamlined remake of

Down with the King. A hot mess of a game, which takes hours and is full of random tables. It takes some getting used to. It's very group dependent. With the right group, it plays like an episode of Blackadder; all passionate speeches and silly plotting. With the wrong group, it will fail horribly.

The Republic of Rome. Be warned, this game is extremely complex. But if you can get past that, it will offer you an experience like no other. (It's my favourite political game of all time). Read the rulebook first on here before trying to get hold of it. There's also an interesting remake of it called Founding Fathers which is excellent. If you want to throw yourself into the deep end, just go for whichever one of these appeals more in terms of setting.






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