I’ve been binge watching Game of Throne’s recently, both old and new seasons, and the result is that I got the itch to play Fantasy Flights fantastic Game of Thrones board game. This game is great. Thematically it’s spot on (with the books), there’s a boatload of pieces, and mechanics are tight. More impressive though is that without incentivizing players in any specific game mechanic players often choose to build alliances, work together, and ultimately betray each other in increasingly creative and cruel ways with each play-through.
It’s the best.
These player interactions can prove difficult to cultivate in our own playtesting. For some reason people don’t want another stranger’s first impression of them to be an unrelenting assault of take-that cards and devious, will crushing piece placement during a friendly round of Complicated Board Game the Card Game. Making friends is hard, it seems making enemies can be as well. Luckily this is not how friends normally treat one another when playing games. As a play-tester once said “I came to win, I’ve mind blanked my whole body.” I don’t know what that means. You don’t know what that means. But it sure shows commitment to the game at hand I suppose. My favorite games of Complicated Board Game the Card Game are when a group of old acquaintances, whom we've just met, sit down together to play. These games could be described as “Brutal” or “Cut-throat” if you had a penchant for understatement. I get it, you and your friends have some deep seated grievances to work out, we’ve merely provided a medium.
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