Just played our first game of this (2nd Ed) over the weekend, with all new players.
The game is fantastic and we all had a great time. We found the rules to be well laid out, and as we all enjoy the books thoroughly we thought the themes of the houses were pretty well represented.
However the most difficult mechanic by far were the ships (and ports). When they get mustered from a given castle or stronghold, can they go into either a port or a neighbouring sea area? This would effectively give Winterfell 3 possible ship mustering locations?
What about combat in the sea, is it always going to be ship vs. ship? Ship armies are limited to 3 in ports but can go higher in sea areas, with 4 being the theoretical max with supply limits.
I've also read reviews about ships being very unbalanced, but I can't understand why. Is that still the case in the 2nd edition of the rules? Can somebody help explain why?