This Catan Board Game Edition is themes in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Creating a new strategic game based on Catan game play.
The Brotherhood of the Night’s Watch is searching for a new Lord Commander. They are looking for a stalwart individual to repair the failing infrastructure of the wall and work towards developing the neglected Gift. Harvesting the resources from this bitter northern environment was never an easy task, but the brothers must also build up their order to better defend the Wall against the threat of Wildlings. Players must build settlements and keeps, defend the Wall from invasion, and prove themselves to be worthy of the title of Lord Commander. But be wary—the north holds many dangers, and winter is coming.
Do you have what it takes to lead the Brotherhood of the Night's Watch? Can you balance your pride and ambition with the need for a strong presence at the Wall? Will you save Westeros or betray it?
Take the Black. Defend Westeros. Become the Lord Commander. Forge your legend with A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch!
The battle to defend the Realms of Man begins in A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch grounded in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and adapted for the beloved Catan table top game by Klaus and Benjamin Teuber.
1 Hour Playing Time
3 to 4 Players
Ages 14 and Up
Develop the Gift, Defend the Wall
Those familiar with the classic board game offering of Settlers of Catan will find several familiar elements present in A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch, but with several exciting and interesting additions. Thematic and compelling art dominates the components, immersing you in the vibrant world of A Song of Ice and Fire. A brand new and beautifully illustrated gameboard represents the territory north of the wall, all the way to the Frostfangs. Wonderfully sculpted figures of imposing Wildlings, Giants, guards, and more help tell the story of your desperate struggle to shield the realms of men. The game preserves the classic hex-tile gameplay of the original Catan, each of which supplies one of five resources, with one exception in the barren Ice Fields, where nothing is produced.
At the beginning of each turn, a player rolls two six-sided dice to determine which hexes produce lumber, brick, wool, grain, or ore. Any player with a keep or settlement connected to one of these hexes gains the indicated resources. However, as any good brother of the Watch knows, the north is a treacherous place. Wildings from beyond the Wall have their own rules of honour which do not align with the laws of lords. Tormund Giantsbane, the robber, will move throughout the Gift with every roll of "7," blocking resources and causing chaos.
After resource collection, the current player may trade their resources with other players or along trade routes, if the placement of their settlements and keeps allows. Players then use these resources to strengthen their hold on the north by building roads, settlements, and keeps; recruiting guards for their patrol; or buying Development Cards.
Development Cards have a variety of effects for players to hold in their arsenal. Some are simple and act as bonus victory points, readily furthering the goal of obtaining ten victory points. Others can give players unique abilities that either benefit themselves, or betray their competition. Each of these acts, from building to buying, will help earn those important victory points and further a player's agenda of becoming the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.
Guarding the Realm
Besides building within the Gift, players defend the Realm from raiders. Each player may use resources to recruit up to seven guards to man the Wall. These guards bear the colour of the player who recruited them and defend that player's section of the Wall against the Wildlings who gather in the Frostfangs.
In addition to their standard guards, each player is assigned a Hero card at the beginning of the game. Player one has Othell Yarwick, player two Samwell Tarley, player three Bowen Marsh, and player four Jeor Mormont. Each Hero offers a unique ability to each player which they can use up to twice during the game. Once the hero's ability has been used, players have a choice to keep that hero or select another to aide them. There are eleven heroes to choose from. Players may factor these abilities into their strategy of how best to quickly earn victory points and win the game.
Various Paths to Victory
To further complicate matters, and embody the morally grey nature of the grim world of Westeros, A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch offers two types of victory. A failure at the Wall does not necessarily mean the failure of a player, but one may not hold the glory of the old songs.
Victory can occur when a player has both improved the infrastructure of the Gift and successfully kept it safe from invaders. If a player reaches ten victory points, they win. However, if the Wildings breach the Wall three times throughout the game or the number of Wildings in the Gift ever exceeds seven, only an alternate victory is possible.
This alternate victory occurs when the Wall has been breached three times or the number of Wildlings in the Gift reaches eight or more. If either of these tragedies happen, the game ends immediately and the player with the most guards standing wins. With Wildlings pillaging the Gift, brothers of the Watch cannot justify delaying the decision any longer. If the Watch's main struggle is properly defending the Wall, then the player who controls the most guards on the Wall is clearly the best choice for a new Lord Commander.