Game of thrones westeros intrigue – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor


Welcome to Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue! In this exciting game, the goal is to strategically place your pawns in order to gain the best advantage in the race for the Iron Throne. It may seem simple, but it actually requires careful observation and a bit of daring. You’ll need to pay attention to how your opponents are playing, keep track of the cards from each of the four houses, and come up with a winning strategy. The key is to be the last player standing, with the fewest cards in hand at the end of a round. The more pawns you have in court, the greater your chances of claiming victory in the Game of Thrones.


To set up the game, start by shuffling all the character cards and placing them facedown on the table. Then, each player draws a specific number of cards, depending on the number of players:

    In this game, each player is dealt a certain number of cards depending on the number of players taking part. If there are 2 players, each player gets 14 cards. If there are 3 players, each player gets 12 cards. If there are 4 players, each player gets 9 cards. For 5 players, each player gets 7 cards, and the remaining card is placed face up on the table as the starting card. Finally, if there are 6 players, each player gets 6 cards.

    Make sure to put the Iron Throne cards and penalty tokens next to the court.


    Alright, let’s talk about how to play this game. I’m going to start by putting a card down on the court. Then, it’s your turn, and you’ll do the same. We’ll keep going in a circle, clockwise. As we play more cards, the court will start to look like a pyramid. It’s pretty cool, actually!

    Now, there are some rules about where we can put our cards in the pyramid. Here’s how it works:
    – The bottom row, which is the widest part of the pyramid, can have up to 8 cards.
    – When we put a card on the bottom row, it has to be placed next to a card that’s already there. The only exception to this is the very first card we play, which can go anywhere on the bottom row.
    – If we want to put a card on top of two cards, that new card has to be the same color as at least one of the cards it’s placed on top of.

    Game of thrones westeros intrigue - learn to play with

    If you can’t play a card, you’re out. That’s how you get eliminated (check out the example above). When everyone’s been eliminated, the round is done. The person who put down the last card is the winner of the round. They get to draw an Iron Throne card and keep it face-down. If you still have cards in your hand, you get a penalty point for each card.

    Now, it’s time for a new round. The player sitting to the left of the first player starts it.

    Game of thrones westeros intrigue - learn to play with

    First things first, we’re going to play as many rounds as there are players in the game. Got it? Great. Now, let’s move on to the end of the game.

    The Grand Finale

    After all the rounds have been played, it’s time to tally up the points. Each player will count the penalty points on their tokens and then subtract the points on their Iron Throne cards. The player with the lowest total points will be crowned the winner! But hold on, what happens if there’s a tie?

    In the event of a tie, we have a tiebreaker. The player who has the Iron Throne card with the fewest number of swords will emerge as the ultimate victor. So make sure to keep an eye on those swords!

    That’s all there is to it. So get ready, gather your friends, and let the games begin! May the best player win!

    Game of thrones westeros intrigue - learn to play with

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