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A Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Expansion» Forums » Variants

Subject: A political variant rss

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One variant we just tried during our latest play night was to introduce a voting for what card to come up in the first Westeros Deck. This added a whole new dimension of diplomacy and negotiation to the game.

This i how we played it:

Instead of drawing a card from the first Westerod deck you take out one card each of "Mustering", "Supply" and "Last days of summer" and put the rest of the cards back in the box. (Deck two and three you leave as normal) Before a card from deck two and three is drawn, the players get to vote which card from deck one will be in play for that round (not during the first round though).

Every player has a number of votes corresponding (invertedly) to their position on the Kings Court Track. In a six-player game, the player who controls the Iron Throne (position 1 on the track) has 6 votes. The player on position 2 has 5 votes etc with the last player having just 1 vote. This represents (as stated in the AGOT basic rules) the strenght of each House's claim on the Iron Throne as seen among the minor nobles, knights and people of Westeros.

The order in which each player gets to vote, however, is decided by their position on the King's Court track, with the player in the lowest position announcing his vote first. This represents (as stated in the rules as well) each house's level of intrigue, spies and secret communications. The card which get the most votes will be in play for that round. If it would come to a tie, "Last days of summer" wins(and the Wildling threat goes up one step).

This means that with the starting setup (in a six-player game) Baratheon has 6 votes and announces his vote as third, after Greyoy (who announces his 2 votes first) and Tyrell (who announces his 1 vote second) has given their votes.

This gives the game a quite interesting touch as both the number of votes you have, in what order you get to vote as well as negotiations between more than two players will come to decide the outcome.

It also strengthens Lannisters initial situation somewhat as he both start with 5 votes and gets to vote last, an excellent situation for breaking deals with the others and/or choosing the card that he will benefit most from.

This variant slows down gameplay a bit, but makes it a heck of a lot more fun!

Any comments are welcome!

 
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Joel Schuster
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With the A Storm of Swords expansion there are new Westeros cards. Reshuffles and some nothing happens cards have been replaced by cards that let people decide which event to have.

Iron Throne can decide supply/mustering/nothing and
Raven decides clash/game of thrones/nothing for example.

That also helps Lannisters situation quite a bit and takes out the high randomness of the Westeros cards in favor of letting players decide about events. Great stuff
 
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Oh. Sounds like the next addition to my wish list...
 
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George Van Voorn
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I think it's a crafty idea.
 
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