Has anyone here toyed with the idea of starting the game with the entire board divided between the 5-6 houses?
There could be 4 variants total in this, each one representing the starting positions of each book.
Basically, at the beginning of the game, each house has a set number of territories that they already own at the beginning of the game, but more than just the two that they normally begin with. Instead the entire game board has no neutral territories (besides the neutral tokens like Sunspear and Eyrie).
You could also play around with starting armies. Either having a very specific list of units and their placement, or give a player a certain amount of points to distribute. They can also spend their initial power to have control of an area but not occupy it.
If done correctly, the balance of the game wouldn't be altered since none of the game mechanics are changed, but the altering of the starting territories and the variation of unit placement will let players try some new strategies.
Also it gets the conflict between players happening earlier in the game, with the mad dash for territory already completed, now it's time for military or diplomatic intrigue right from turn 1.
What are your thoughts and possible starting configurations?
- Last edited Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:09 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:06 am
Its an interesting idea but I am unsure you could divide up the board evenly for each of the houses. Would you give each house the same amount of Muster points and barrels/crowns?
I think maybe a different spin would be to give each house and extra Footman and Tyrell/Lannister/Stark and extra ship at the start. That way it would change the "standard" openings that each house tends to play on the first turn.