Fight for the Iron Throne in the Inevitable Risk: Game of Thrones Edition


Think you’re a better strategist than Tywin Lannister (or at least Robb Stark)? Here’s your chance to prove your mettle.

In what can only be described as the most inevitable crossover of all time, HBO has announced that the Risk: Game of Thrones Edition will hit store shelves in August, combining the classic board game about backstabbing and military power with the beloved George R.R. Martin series about backstabbing and military power. The new set includes more than 650 pieces, seven armies, and two game boards, as well as 28 unique character cards with four representatives from each army.

The new game uses the same basic rule set as the original Risk, though it introduces several tweaks to better reflect the intricate world of the novels and the show. There are two separate game boards – the houses Stark, Baratheon, Tyrell, Lannister, and Martell can reenact the War of the Five Kings on the map of Westeros, while the Targaryens and the Ghiscari can engage in a two-player struggle for control of Essos – and you can also combine the two maps for a full seven-nation free-for-all, preferably with the White Stripes playing somewhere in the background.

(The Greyjoys, meanwhile, seem to have been lost at sea.)

Other features include gold dragon coins that can be stockpiled to purchase power and quests that can be completed on the way to the Iron Throne. When certain conditions have been met, character cards can also be played to help swing the tide of battle. For instance, Cersei lets you draw an extra card if you’ve managed to capture three territories in a turn, while Daenerys Targaryen lets you use 8-sided dice instead of 6-sided dice when played at the beginning of an invasion.

The game otherwise sounds a bit like a cross between Risk and Settlers of Catan – the Wall Street Journal preview even mentions victory points – which is a little weird because there’s already a Game of Thrones board game that plays like a cross between Risk and Settlers of Catan. However, the Risk edition sounds like it will place a greater emphasis on military might rather than resources, which would certainly be in keeping with the spirit of the show.

In fact, the combination of Risk and Game of Thrones makes so much sense that it’s a wonder it hasn’t already happened. There’s no better way to find out which one of your friends is the least trustworthy and would therefore last the longest in Westeros.

Risk: Game of Thrones Edition was designed by USAopoly in partnership with HBO and with a license from Hasbro. It has a suggested retail price of $74.95.

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