Game of Thrones B’Twixt won’t appeal to your susceptible friends

The Iron Throne, its wars, its torn families, its deaths by the shovel… and above all its plots. Break free from your most beautiful betrayals in Game of Thrones B’Twixtour board game of the week.

Embodying key characters from the Games of Thrones saga, players use their influence to attract new allies. But beware, the loyalty of your companions, even the closest ones, is not eternal!

Each player embodies an emblematic character from Westeros (Cersei, Jon, etc.). In a standard game, this choice is purely aesthetic, while in an advanced game, each of them has specific powers. The game begins with ten influence cards, taken at random, each with a value and an ability.

Examples of influence maps. // Source: Sébastien Goetz for Numerama

Each round, a new ally presents itself to the players, who will use their cards to try to recruit it. On your turn, you either play a card, resolving its effect if possible, or pass, thus ending your participation for the rest of the round.

When everyone has passed, the player with the highest total influence recruits the ally, and places him in one of his councils. Each player has two: a board to his right, shared with his right neighbor, and a board to his left, shared with his left neighbor (hence the suffix in the title of the game, from “betwixt“, “between” in Old English). Each ally has a power value, and an ability that affects where the ally should be placed or produces a particular effect. By winning the round, you also win a face-down power token, valued from 1 to 3, which you place in one of your councils.

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Examples of allies // Source: Sébastien Goetz for Numerama

You have to play your cards sparingly, because you don’t receive any more before the next season, which consists of four to seven rounds depending on the number of players. If you spend them all for the first two allies, you won’t have any for the following ones.

At the end of the game, after two or three seasons, depending on the number of players, each determines which of their councils, right or left, has the lower power total. This is his restricted advice. The winner is the player whose small board has the highest value.

Why play B’Twixt Iron Throne ?

Let’s not beat around the bush: if you, or your playmates, are a little too touchy, don’t waste your time reading on, Game of Thrones B’Twixt is not for you. For the others, here is a very successful game of atmosphere, negotiation, and above all betrayal. A real children’s game#$%&!

Game of Thrones B'Twixt
Source : Fantasy Flight Games

You don’t have to be a fan of the saga to enjoy the game, but an effort has been made on the abilities of the allies, always in relation to their role in the story. And of course, we take pleasure in finding all these known characters.

The rules are very simple, and the turns fluid: play a card or pass. It is the negotiation with the other players that takes more time. And so, the more players there are, the harder the game.

But it is this negotiation, these alliances, obviously ephemeral, since they are followed by betrayals, which give the game its flavor. themselves must do the same on their side.

Advanced rules, with cards specific to leaders, the possibility of drafter influence cards, and event cards, add spice and even more renewal to the games.

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The characters embodied by the players // Source: Fantasy Flight Games

Game of Thrones B’Twixt is therefore not to be put in all hands. But if you like games of atmosphere (rotten in this case), of negotiations, that you don’t get angry if you are betrayed by not respecting the given word, then you will have a good time. Especially if you are a fan of the original work. And we can easily imagine the concept taken up with other licenses (Star Wars or Marvel for example).

  • Game of Thrones B’Twixt is a game published by Fantasy Flight Games
  • For 3 to 6 players from 14 years old
  • For games of about 90 minutes
  • Priced at €26.95 at Philibert

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