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Subject: Game of Thrones 2nd ed - any pointers rss

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Timothy Franklin
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I've picked up a copy of the new edition of Game of Thrones ready for some friends visiting after Christmas - a chance to get in a 6 player game (pretty rare in my part of the woods). However, they're a bit euro / mainstream in their tastes; friends who boardgame, rather than gamer friends. I don't think they'll mind playing something crunchy (the theme in GoT is so strong) and they'll love the chance to backstab one another, but is there anything I should keep in mind to make sure the session goes nice and smoothly?
 
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Unfortunately I can't help you specifically with this game, but can only give general pointers: Read the rules forwards and backwards, and take notes. Organize the components into tackle boxes (or similar) for ease of access. And especially true for FFG games, open up the game page at their website, hit F5 until an FAQ appears, read it forwards and backwards, and take notes.
But I'm sure you'll have better luck getting game-specific help in the game's own forums: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
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This is one of those games that could go on as long as you allow it. The "I think you will do this, but if you think I think you will do this, then you will instead do that" line of reasoning is prevalent. There can be a lot of talking, both strategic and taunting. The game encourages temporary alliances, so there will also be implicit and explicit deal-making.

Just be sure the game moves along at a reasonable speed. That said, if the game is being played too quietly and quickly, then it will be a completely different, and inferior, experience!
 
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You might also find it helpful to listen to the latest episode of Ryan Sturm's excellent The How to Play Podcast.

It sounds like you already know how to play, but Ryan also offers some tips on how to teach it and things to keep in mind while teaching it.

You can download the episode here, or search for How to play podcast in iTunes or your podcatcher.
 
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Timothy Franklin
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Thanks for pointing out the game forum - didn't realize they existed! And I'm sure the FAQ will be invaluable. Cheers
 
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Timothy Franklin
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Thanks, looks like a good tip
 
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As pointed out before, be mindful of the time. Endless negociations are fun at first, but after 3 hours you might regret not bringing a timer to the table and enforcing strict time rules at the beginning.

Also, I've never watched or read AGOT. I dislike the fantasy theme. Yet, AGOT is a game I quite like. So, don't worry about your euro friends - it's a mechanically interesting game.
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Timothy Franklin
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Big thanks to everyone for your pointers. The game ran to 5 hours (and 2am) in the end, but everyone had a great time. Even better, everyone is keen to play again the next time we meet up. It could a good few months before then, of course, by which time some people will have forgotten the rules...
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