A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King by Fantasy Flight Games, is a set collecting game that utilizes a grid movement mechanic to create a very fun filler game with a great theme based on the book series A Song and Ice and Fire.
To set up the game the cards are be set out randomly in a 6×6 grid. To play players will move the Varys card in straight lines on the 6×6 grid after naming a house name, stopping Varys on a character token of house that was named, the player then collects that house character token and any other character from that house that you passed over. The player that collects the most characters from a house will collect that house’s banner. If a player collects the final character from a house, the player will immediately be able to collect and use the power of one of six companion cards that are available that game. There are a total of fourteen different companions in the game, with only six available per game, which helps to add a good variety to each game. If another player is able to collect more characters from a house than the player that currently controls the house banner token, then they will immediately take the house banner from the player that currently possess the house banner. The game ends when either all of the character cards have been collected or there are no more legal moves left to make. To determine the winner of the game each player will count up all their banner tokens from each house. The player with the most banner tokens wins the game! If there is a tie for most banner tokens, then the tied player with the banner token from the house with the most characters wins the game.
I personally love the quick exciting game play that a Hand of the King offers players. It is a great game to play as a filler game, with less experienced gamers that are just getting into the hobby, or Game of Thrones fans. The rules are easy to pick up and it has a great deal of strategy. The game can quickly change with a single turn, which can really keep players on their toes. I also like that the game also has several variant forms of play, which is great for adding variety to the game. If you like other filler games like Love Letter and Kingdomino, then I suggest giving A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King a try!
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A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King Information:
Ages: 14 and up
Playtime: 15-30 Minutes
Players: 2-4 Players
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