Ah, Risk. The game where you played for hours and encountered the super soldier syndrome gets the Game of Thrones makeover.
Unlike the Monopoly version, Game of Thrones Risk looks to have some effort put into it and from the design of the board, this is definitely Westeros that you will be playing in.
The game looks to be packed with plenty to fiddle with, it includes more than 650 pieces, two custom game boards, seven sculpted armies, seven player boards and 28 character cards.
The two custom board designs will allow for three types of gameplay: The War of Five Kings game in Westeros would be for 3-5 players that features the Houses Martell, Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Tyrell. A 2-player game allows you to contest the rule of Ghiscari slavers in Essos, featuring Houses Targaryen and Ghiscari. And combining the two maps with seven players allows one to combat all seven Houses.
Woo hoo! That’s gonna be a huge map!
The game tokens itself look pretty decent and I quite liked how each top tier token represents a house.
Taking a deeper peek into the game board, it looks as though that we might be playing a vanilla version of FFG’s Game of Thrones. It was also mentioned that each House has access to special character cards that can be used to change the tide of battle. Now, that sounds extremely familiar.
On the flip side (I think), we are greeted with another board that contains all nine free cities on the continent of Essos and more. These preview images do not offer much, however, I’m sure that come August we will be seeing plenty of unboxing videos. The price tag for this though is a cool US$74.95, which is on the upper side for products of such nature. But there again, you know what the alternatives are.
Let’s hope this version has quick set up and allows players to wrap up their conquests in, hopefully, three hours? One can only hope.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!