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Tides of Battle for neutral garrisons

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#1 Dalamarth



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Posted 27 June 2013 - 10:00 AM

Hi all! Just got this game. Love it. However, Baratheon in 4 player games strikes me as a bit of a nuisence.


I don't want to close off territories. I just feel that the current mechanic of taking over neutral garrisons harbors absolutely no combat risk. Sure, Baratheon takes a risk by sending forces south… But when they have the right combat strength, they risk absolutely nothing by claiming the southern neutral territories.


Would it be acceptable for draw a Tides of Battle Card for the neutral forces to combat Baratheon's House Card? Given this option there is a (small) chance Baratheon can lose that combat. And more importantly, there's a chance that Baratheon units can be destroyed in the conflict.


If this works, how would one handle the Castle icons on ToB cards?


Thanks in advance!

#2 Geldris



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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:47 PM

This acctually sounds like a pretty good idea.


What I'd recommend for a fortification icon is this: it is removed while the invading force is there.  If, however, the area is vacated without a power token being left behind the garrison token may be returned.

#3 Dalamarth



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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:54 AM

That's not a bad idea. Or, would it be too mean to say that castle icon = player fighting against garrison auto loses the combat for that turn? >:D

It might be difficult to keep track of which garrisons will come back if vacated and which won't…

#4 Monsterberger



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 01:14 PM

I think your solution will probably cause more problems than it solves. Baratheon is only a problem if the other 3 players don't realize they're giving the game away by fighting among themselves. Cooperation and diplomacy can prevent Baratheon from winning at a walk.




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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:26 PM

The other thing you can try is the 4p variant with Martell, Lannister, Baratheon & Stark.  Put in the neutral garrisons around Tyrell, but leave off Yronwood.  Close off Pyke with a neutral garrison as well.  I have also played 5 player this way as well, no Greyjoy, but Martell added.  Worked well.

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