The game consists of 12 different pieces constructed of right angled blocks so each piece is made of 5 “squares”. (Think Tetris pieces, but 5 squares instead of 4.) An old version of the game had only 10 pieces; the completely straight 5 square and the 5 square “plus sign” were not included. Both versions also have a bunch of “filler” pieces of 1 or 2 squares. The gameboard is constructed with a movable divider so one can take sets of 4 up to the whole set of 12 pieces and form them into a 5 block by X rectangle. (Where X = the number of wood blocks in your set.) The two or three player strategy game is accomplished on a square board divided into 64 smaller squares. Players take turns to place a piece on the gameboard. The first player who cannot place a piece anymore loses. (Similar to Blokus) The two player puzzle game mode is accomplished by dividing the board into two sections, each player chooses five blocks and are also given 4 small “filler” blocks of 1 and 2 squares. The first one to fit all their blocks perfectly into their half of the rectangle board, wins.
- Introduction of House Targaryen brings the power of dragons to A Game of Thrones: The Board Game
- Expanding the world of A Song of Ice and Fire beyond Westeros increases the maximum player count of your battles to eight
- Introduction of the vassal system adds a new layer of strategy to your games, keeping all Houses involved in the battle for the Iron Throne
- Ability to take loans out from the Iron Bank provides you with useful aid in your campaign…for a price