Fantasy Flight Games of Thrones Catan Brotherhood of the Watch Board Game - 14 Years & above
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The Brothers Of The Night'S Watch Recognize You As A Natural Leader As You Struggle For Promotion Within Their Ranks. You Hope To Gain Recognition By Improving Infrastructure In The Area South Of The Wall Known As The Gift. Drawing Sustenance From This Unforgiving Landscape Offers Enough Challenges, But You Must Also Man And Defend The Wall Against The Onslaught Of Wildlings Fighting Their Way Into Westeros To Escape The Horrors That Awaken In The North. Build, Defend, And Rise Above Your Brothers To Become The New Lord Commander. But Be Wary-The North Holds Many Dangers, And Winter Is Coming.
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Pros: The new board and pieces look amazing (you can use the board to play regular Catan too, which I love). Also, the full-size resource and development cards are a huge improvement over the smaller cards of regular Catan. The addition of character cards also adds a fun new angle, and there are many more strategies to win as a result.
Things to tweak: There's a typo on the cards each player uses to organize pieces (it says "Keep" twice, in two places, where one should say "Guard"). Not a dealbreaker, I hope they issue replacements or something. I also hope they add more character cards or change the rules around a few of them. We've played more than a dozen games, and several characters are just too low-value to ever use / some are a little too powerful and get snatched up a little too quickly. Also, the blue and the black pieces are just a little too close; it would help if the blue was lighter or some other color altogether. Last, if the Wall were clear plastic instead of grey, it would help all players be able to see the Wildlings adding up on the other side. None of these are major issues, though--just things that I hope get improved over time.
Final verdict: SO MUCH FUN! A must-have for any fan of Catan.
The standard game of Catan consists of players choosing to build settlements next to areas designated for gathering resources like wood, sheep, grain, rock, and clay. What dictates a players ability to obtain these products is a dice roll as each location will have a designated number of 1-12 with 7 being dedicated to Tormund who would invade the land to still from players and blocking a location. Players gather more resources by negotiating with other players to trade resources for what they need to succeed as building more settlements lead to additional victory points, but also the building of roads to reach another locations. This is generally what standard Catan plays like, but Game of Thrones introduces a few extra issues for the players to defend against.
As players are spending time trying to build up their resources, the Wildlings are advancing on the wall. The wall is a 3-D sculpt that sits above the resource spaces and is manned by guards created by the players. The Wildlings will advance on the wall every time a player builds, or earns the longest road/most night-watches. They appear randomly as a tile is drawn that shows one of four clan symbols. The individuals that will come out of the far north would either be climbers, giants, or Wildlings. Each of these types can cause havoc to the players' game. If a climber reaches the wall they climb over and begin to take up the space of one of the resources. The giants will simply eliminate themselves to eliminate a guard on the wall. WIldlings will simply accumulate until the exceed the amount of guards on the wall to cause a breach to occur at the wall. Now, Wildlings and Giants can cause a breach which would kill a guard and have them cover resources for the amount of those that cross the wall. The game only allows three breaches to happen before the game immediately ends. If it would end immediately, the player with the most guards on the wall will win instead of reaching ten victory points.
Game of Thrones Catan really allows the theme of Game of Thrones to come through the gameplay. It also gives players alternate routes, or worries, to victory. It has wonderful components as miniatures are available for the Wildlings, a four part wall, a board that is easily put together, and a card insert to hold all of the resource cards and development cards. Catan is a good game, but the Game of Thrones theme helps add more to the game.
Great game if you are a fan of GOT and regular catan is getting too easy/repetitive. Has a nice twist that follows the show, taking place in The Gift (the northern region). You still compete against each other with a lot of the rules being the same as regular Catan, but you have the added element of fighting off wildlings almost like a team. How much teamwork you put in depends on the placement of your settlements, the hero’s others have in play, and your personality. My family quickly discovered who the Jon Snow’s and Cersei’s were, lol!
Overall I would definitely recommend and can’t wait to play again! ❤️