can you play this game with only two players?
Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:52 AM
A buddy and I played last weekend trying to work out a 2 player variant. We came up with Baratheon/Greyjoy vs Stark/Lannister. Each player controlling both houses. We had a real good time.
The 2 tweaks we added were the raven could not look at the wildling card if they didn't use it to change orders, and you couldn't attack yourself as in Stark fighting Lannister for sea control or a piece of land(basically to avoid burning card decks quicker). You could obviously move out of the space and let the other in. Other than that, we played normal board layout for 4 players with neutral tokens, and starting strength. Both myself and my friend have played the game many times so we understood all mechanics and both are pretty good at strategy. The game ended in round eight with Stark and Lannister having 6 castles each, Greyjoy with 1, and Baratheon 7. Stark and Lannister would have won in round 7, but the damn Web of Lies card was turned and no support tokens could hit the board ruining a 2 round strategy that had been developing.
We are thinking of trying a variation where the combined castle count needs to be 11, and also thinking about trying different house combos. Bottom line, it was a lot of fun and both house combos were in it to the end. Greyjoy does appear to be in a bad way between the opposing 2 houses, but if all the focus goes to him, Baratheon has a pretty easy time of things. In the end, you might lose some of the alliance/diplomacy/deceit aspect that makes the game great, but if you are as big into the strategy portion as I am, 2 players can be easily done and a lot of fun as well.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:31 AM
If anyone else has had fun playing a 2 player game, let me know please. I'd like to hear some other ideas to add to the experience.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:30 AM
Wife and me have a really, really casual variant for 2 players:
We set up the board with all the houses having 2 ships and 5 footmen in 7 areas all toghather, and deal orders at random (paying attention to star counts and stuff). We use ToB and just have fun with the chaos and the way the game goes. Each controlls 3 houses, but it's all about the fun and dealing with whatever happens
Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:07 AM
I've played a 2 player variant with my flatmate a coupla times which seemed to work quite well. It has an element of Risk to it - You each control one house as normal (choosing from the available houses in a 3 player game) and take turns controlling the last house. So for example I would play Lannister, my flatmate would control Baratheon and Stark would be used between us. It puts a different spin on things; one turn you'll have a little more support, but you always have to imagine how your moves with the neutral army could affect you when your opponent controls them next turn...