FFG: A Game of Thrones Catan Pre-Orders Available

It’s a new twist on a classic as Settlers of Catan “takes the black” and defends the Wall – Pre-orders now available!

Settlers of Catan has gotten a major face-lift and reworked in a new version of the game. A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch is a re-imaging of the board game classic with new rules, new goals, new mechanics, and a whole new theme: Defending the Wall.

via Fantasy Flight Games

You are recognized by your fellow brothers of the Night’s Watch as a natural leader. You oversee a small cadre in their day-to-day duties, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the defenses of the Wall are properly manned by guards. To accomplish this, you must secure a steady flow of resources from the small settlements and fortified keeps in the Gift. If you do your job well, you may well become the new Lord Commander. But you are far from alone in this venture. You must call upon fellow members of your Order and other allies from the North to aid your pursuit of power. Today, we’re pleased to offer a preview of the heroes of A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch!

In A game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch, players assume the role of a leader in the Night’s Watch. Your mission is simple: defend the Wall. To do so, you’re going need to gather guards – they will need resources and support to do their duty. That’s where you come in. You’ve got to gather those resources and develop infrastructure to support your men. You must settle “the Gift” so your men can survive the on coming winter.

The Brotherhood Stands Together

One big change in this version of the game is that there are Hero Cards that can aide you. After-all, in the Night’s Watch, no brother fights alone! These heroes work alongside your men and all have special effects they can impart on your turn. If you want to be successful at the game, you’ve got to manage their unique abilities to best help your cause.

However, this is A Game of Thrones and loyalties shift. Over the course of the game Heroes might abandon you or you might be forced to swap heroes. Only the players who can adapt and play the politics side of the game will have a real chance at victory.

Mechanically, the Heroes have two sides. When they are placed in the Hero display they start on their A-Side. When you control one of these Heroes, you can use their abilties on your turn. The first time you use them you have a choice to make: return the Hero card to the Hero Display or flip the card to the B-Side. When you return the Hero card, you can choose another. When you flip the card to the B-Side you can use their power again but you must return the card to the Hero Display afterwards.

Loyalties Tested

Keen-eyed readers may have noticed that there are two Wildling cards above. “Those are members of the Watch!” That’s true! They are the free folk who you can forge alliances with to try and advance your own agenda. They might not have any loyalty to the Night’s Watch, but savvy players will use them to their advantage. Ygritte, for example, removes a wildling in the Gift and return it to the Frostfangs.

You can do that before or after a production roll. That helps you do two things. The first is that it helps maintain order in the North – less wildlings to deal with on the Southern side of the wall. The second is that it can delay your opponents from gathering resources.

A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch is a everything you like about Catan but with a new spin on it. If you enjoy Catan but would like to try something new then check this one out from Fantasy Flight Games. Pre-orders are now available!

A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch $79.95

The battle to defend the Realms of Man begins in A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch, a new strategic game designed by Klaus and Benjamin Teuber and grounded in the engrossing world of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Take the Black. Defend Westeros. Become the Lord Commander.

  • Xodis

    I love the GoT story….but I really have no interest in playing any of the GoT games.Outside of all the political intrigue, its really a dull and generic fantasy world.

    • ZeeLobby

      Gotta agree there. It’s really kept me from getting behind the GoT tabletop game. The thing is the world has a lot of pretty cool stuff, it just all happened in the past. I would have much preferred something that explored the world prior to the show’s story line.

      All that said, I will be picking this up for my wife, and non-uber-nerd friends for game nights, lol.

    • Peter B

      The card game was really good at capturing the politcal intrigue – battles not only one by brute force armies, but through intrigue and political influence/loyalties.

    • Cergorach

      I agree about the relatively ‘dull’ world, but there are a couple of good board/card games out there with this IP pressed on it…

    • dave long island

      Fantasy worlds need Orcs. That’s the bottom line for me. No Orcy, no ready your booky or watchy your fantasy show-y. Well, yes I do watch GoT, but it’s just not a good fantasy setting without Orcs.