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Game of Thrones

As the dust settles and blood dries on the dramatic Finale of the TV fantasy epic, we pick out the top contenders for the Iron Throne on the tabletop

WIN OR DIE

A powerful woman once said, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” Love-to-hate series villain Cersei Lannister was referring to the complex political and military manoeuvering that catapulted George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels and HBO’s transcendent TV series, Game of flrones, into mainstream popularity. Thankfully you can play every one of the many tabletop games based on the series without (much) fear of death.

But there will be conquest and betrayal. Inspiring feats of heroism. Abhorrent acts of villainy. And ‘cripples, bastards and broken things’. The world of Westeros is rife with blood and drama, creating the perfect setting for getting groups of friends together and tearing them apart.

Although Martin’s medieval fantasy universe wasn’t nearly as popular before the HBO series debuted in 2010, it was far from unheard of. The first novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of firones, was published back in 1995. The first board game was released by Fantasy Flight Games in 2003, a groundbreaking success and a classic to this day. Over the last decade the world of Game of Thrones has been expanded and adapted into multiple genres of board and card games, sometimes as original creations, others as implementations of existing games – and with the TV series now having reached its bloody conclusion, there’s no better reason to return to the Seven Kingdoms on the tabletop.

So let us be your Hand of the King as we guide you through the biggest tabletop games of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones.

A GAME OF THRONES: THE BOARD GAME

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