I’m not sure just how late to the party I am with the whole ‘Game of Thrones’ thing – I’ve been avoiding the TV series up until now as I have been reading the books (I’m currently about 2/3 of the way through book three) but have just started watching Season 1, as Josh had the box set for his birthday…
There have been board games and a miniatures range for this setting around for some time – Fantasy Flight Games have produced a number of games based on the franchise, and Darksword Miniatures already have a large range of miniatures available.
Now Cool Mini Or Not, who have previously published games such as Zombicide, Arcadia Quest, Rum & Bones and Blood Rage (amongst others) are running a kickstarter to produce a new Tabletop Miniatures Game designed by Eric M Lang (A Game of Thrones : The Card Game, Chaos in the Old World, Quarriors!, XCOM: The Board Game and Blood Rage, amongst others) and Michael Shinall (Wrath of Kings, Xenoshyft, Rum & Bones, Dark Age).
A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game is a two-player starter set for a new mass combat wargame, which uses units of miniatures alongside other gaming aspects such as tactics cards and a political side board (which allows the players to use many of the main characters from the books who do not participate in the battles, such as Cersei Lannister or Sansa Stark) to recreate battles in the seven kingdoms of Westeros.
CMON are producing the game, whilst the miniatures have been produced by Darksword Miniatures.
The initial view of gameplay looks quite simple – this game looks to be another game which is trying to introduce mass battle miniatures games to a new audience, much in the same way as Runewars, and obviously the ‘Game of Thrones’ franchise helps, as this has been hugely popular over recent years.
The game includes over 100 miniatures, including four units for each side, plus some character figures. The figures look pretty good, although it does seem that these may not be compatible in size with Darksword’s own existing range.
There is a single pledge level for the game: $150. At time of writing the project has raised over $650,000 from over 5,000 backers. It is running until the 16th August, with delivery due in April 2018.
This game looks quite tempting, and I do like Eric M. Lang as a game designer. However, I’m not sure if (other than the setting) this game is likely to do much different from Runewars. It will also be interesting to see what support is likely to be offered for the game – especially extra units, which are of course the life blood of miniatures wargames. Also, CMON has something of a mixed reputation when it comes to kickstarter delivery and game support.
A work-in-progress PDF of the rulebook is available to download, so you can take a look at the current rules to see what the game designers have in mind for the game.