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Re: What Board Game Are You Currently Playing?

I own and have played quite a bit of Battlelore, Memoir and Battle Cry. Battle of Westeros is actually quite a different beast and I enjoyed it. We only played the introductory scenario, so we didn't get to try all the new mechanics out, but after the game he showed us a bunch of the other things that were coming with the core set. Be forewarned that I am probably not remembering all the exact rulebook terminology for everything, so I may call things different names than they will actually be and I believe things are probably still subject to change.

The core set will pit Starks against the Lannisters and comes with 138 figures and lots of cards, plus the terrain tiles and dice and various other punch card tokens. We were playing with a beta copy that didn't have the final components. But the final components we did have were typical FFG quality.

One of the first very noticeable differences is the 8 sided dice rather than the familiar six. This I believe is a great change and makes a lot more sense. If I remember correctly green units have 4 sides of the die, while blue and red each have one and the other two sides have a rally and a wild symbol.

The boards will not have anything on the edges so they can be placed adjacent to each other for larger games.

Also, the victory point track is gone. Now games will be won with specific objectives or a rout. In our scenario the Starks started with two objective hexes under their control that I as the Lannister player needed to control at the end of the fifth turn. The other way to try and win would be a rout. In order to rout your opponent, there is a morale track off to the side that swings back and forth typically when you lose a unit you lose favor equal to its rank. A green unit swings it one space, with blue moving it two and a red moving it three spaces. There is also a way to force march your troops and you can lose morale that way as well. There are also colored ares of the track that you can reset your morale to at the end of each round, so your opponent needs to really kill a lot in one round in order to knock you back to the next level.

Another huge difference is no left, right or center zones and no shared order cards. Instead each player has their own basic deck that has the same cards in it and then gets to add to it more cards depending on the leaders they choose for their army. There will also be different versions of the leaders to represent them at different times with different cards. These leaders also have reference cards and are an actual figure on the board within one of your units that provide special abilities in the game. One is a multi-use ability and the other is a once per game ability.

At the beginning of your turn you can draw three cards from your deck and roll four dice. You will then take a token matching each color die you roll each turn. Then on the round you will issue orders in one of two ways. You can play one of your tokens to order one of the matching colored units on the board anywhere or you can play a card. Each of these cards has a cost of generally one command point which you move onto the reference card of the leader you want to use. That leader can command any of the untis within 2 hexes of it's space including it's own unit. The first player to take a turn each round is determined by who spends less of these command tokens, so there is some strategy there as well. The players will take turns orderin units back and forth until both players pass, once a player has passed they will not be able to play again until the next round. Also, each unit must rotate it's banner after it has been ordered to signify that that unit can not act again until next round. There are some cards thatn can rally these units which allows them to act again, also if any of a player's rolled dice at the beginning of the turn earned them a rally token they can use it to force march any unit on the board which decreases the players morale one spot and rotate the unit's banner back to active, also this rally token can be used to move a players morale back up one space. At the end of the turn players have to discard down to one card and one token.

The terrain overall is pretty similar as well as the dice and movement of the figures based on their colors. One difference is that pursuit is only able to be done once.

Battles of Westeros also add flanking and disengagement. When a unit attacks another unit from an adjacent hex, the player places one of their engagement tokens in betweent the units. Then if another unit attacks from another adjacent hex they get flanking this allows them to reroll any dice of the same face. Also, if either of the engaged units wants to move away or attack a different adjacent enemy, they will suffer an attack from the unit they are engaged with before they make their attack.

I am probably forgetting things and I am sure some of my rambling is unclear, so ask questions and I will try to get more information out of my brain and clarify things.
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