FFG: Hand of the King Approaches


Hand of the King brings Westeros’ court intrigues to your game night.


Hand of the King $12.95

  • 2-4 Players
  • 15-30 minutes

“The king has called for a tourney and a feast to be held at King’s Landing, and the Great Houses of Westeros have answered the call. Stark, Greyjoy, Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Tyrell, Tully—all have gathered, for the whisperers say that the King will choose his new Hand at this feast. Intrigues abound, as every House attempts to gain the aid of Varys, the Spider. Only the most cutthroat and ruthless will rise to become the power behind the Iron Throne!

Hand of the King is a fast-paced card game of cunning deals and clever maneuvering for two to four players. Each turn, you and your opponents will compete, using the services of Varys, the Master of Whispers, to gain influence over the Great Houses of Westeros. The player with the most influence at the end of the game become the next Hand of the King, but to get there, you’ll need to make alliances and know when to betray your former allies.”


Decisions, decisions, where will you move Varys to most improve your standing?

Hand of the king is a very inexpensive fast paced card game from FFG. 2-4 players use the game’s deck of 36 cards, placed in 6×6 grid. There are 35 cards for key Game of Thrones characters from all of the great houses of Westeros and Lord Varys, the spymaster. Players take turns moving Varys in vertical or horizontal directions, to leapfrog other cards, binding them to the allegiance of the player – based on the house Varys landed on.  By collecting the alliegance of all the characters in a single house, you collect that house’s banner.  The player with the most banners at the end of the game is the winner and becomes the Hand of the Kind.

Of course there are special abilities galore and ways to adjust the the board, kill/remove cards and much more.  You can of course see the scheming and options for setting up tough positions for the players after you each turn.  There is even an option that severely limits talking between players for a truly byzantine and uncertain game experience!

It sounds like a fast paced easy to pickup game. Everyone loves a chance to scheme and backstab along with your friends several times in an evening.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, its hard to beat the price this holiday season.

~Hand of the King hits stores in Q4 2016

  • Nyyppä

    The art is off putting to me. As a fan of the series to me the art is just inappropriate due to it not being in line with the stuff in the series.

    • greenskin

      Would that be the HBO series you are referring to? Cuz these cartoons are pretty true to the books’ descriptions of their physical appearances, cartoonishness notwithstanding.

    • euansmith

      It is the opposite for me; I rather like this style. I guess that just means I’m the lucky one this time around. Maybe they could have made the cards double sided and put more standard fantasy artwork on the reverse.

      I like that the game puts so much emphasis on Varys.

  • nurglitch

    Is that art by Scott Kurtz?

  • Ted

    I like the art, but I demoed it at gencon and it was very meh