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A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Review – Starlit Citadel Reviews Season 1

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Starlit Citadel Reviews A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, with Kaja Sadowski and Joanna Gaskell. In a Game of Thrones, players take on the role of one of the Great Houses fighting for dominance of the lands of Westeros. It can be played with 3 to 6 players, and lasts 2 to 3 hours.

Music by
Kevin MacLeod

Video and Title
Rob Hunt – Phasefirefilms


  1. It’s great seeing these games reviewed by intelligent, attractive women. Not some fat ass nerd who looks like he hasn’t gone outside in a decade. This definitely breaks the stereotype!

  2. Fantastic game. Glad you did a review on it. This is a favorite in my game group.

  3. I would say that the game does not have a huge replay-ability, because all the houses start form the same spots on the map.

  4. K&J, thank you very much for making this review. Thorough, concise, and well-produced…very helpful. Cheers!

  5. Thanks! We'll add Cosmic Encounter to the list of games to review, though with our current backlog, ti may be a couple of months before you see the video go live.

  6. I sees it is a culmination of the earlier products, however since I did not read the books, it looks like Harry Potter. They made all the Harry Potter games so poor because they all ran to this.

  7. The majority of the elements from the 1st Edition expansions have been added to the 2nd Edition, so there's no real reason to pick them up for play with the new version.

  8. Thanks for the great review. Really gave me an idea of the tension and constant threat that makes this game great.

  9. I second Cosmic Encounter (FFG) even though I already own it and all 3 expansions 🙂

  10. I am glad they go over the cons of the game in some depth. Though, I wasn't surprised by any of the negative aspects that they brought up.

  11. This so far has been one of the best and clear explanation of the game 🙂 Thank you for the video girls 😉

  12. So can I go to you guys to buy it ? You seem to have a massive collection there lol

  13. Well, we are an online game store and that is our warehouse in the videos, so sure! The link to our store is the first one in the video description, and we usually have Game of Thrones in stock, as it's one of our top sellers.

  14. As far as explaining the rules this video is great but I want to know if you think the game is worth buying. You explain the pros and cons but how would you rate the game personally? A rate like from 1 to 10.

  15. I can't believe I just got a boner from a board game review…

  16. …is this what Canada is like?

    It's magical.

  17. Missed so many important details…. should have prefaced the video by saying you're skipping over a lot.

  18. Valid cons, but the Wildlings aren't a major threat. They came up once in our game on max power and we just steamrolled them as we had more than enough power tokens between 5 of us.

    There's also one major con that's been missed. It's a very UNBALANCED game. Certain factions clearly have advantages location wise and even battle card wise than others. Barathians have won 3 times in a row and Lannister is simply mauled due to being surrounded by EVERY player!

    I love GOT, but not this game! 3/10

  19. I'll agree that there are certain geographic advantages, especially for the Starks and Baratheons. That said, I don't find them game-breaking (I won my most recent game as the Lannisters), and think they add interest and depth to the game. Since some players are going to start out with a bit of an edge, it's up to the remaining players to balance that out by hitting them harder and faster, and maybe even allying against them. To me, it only strengthens the political side of the game.

  20. In our game there wasn't much in the way of alliances – in fact I don't think there were any! 😛 I begged for alliances, but the group was very much a "solo army front" mindset! 😛

    To win as Lannisters though – yikes! I'm like "so how many people can attack me on the first go? Oh everyone, great!" – the power tokens were also a bit weird also. You need SO many of them yet after one bidding round they're usually all gone and never replenished. I think a random turn endgame would suit this.

  21. I feel it coasts more on the theme being GOT and all for selling well. Unfortunately none of my favourite Lannister characters made any difference overall, not even the great dwarf himself! 🙂 The "0" card in particular, how do you expect to win a battle using a 0?

  22. I think this is a case where group dynamics make a big difference. In my view, you need alliances to stop one player from steamrolling everyone early, and a group that's played more than once will hopefully see that. The power tokens are hard to balance on purpose — you can't afford to spend them all in bidding, so you have to decide where you want them to go and read your opponents and guess what they'll bid on. You shouldn't run out entirely after a single round.

  23. That said, this game (like any other) obviously isn't for everyone, and it's entirely reasonable for you to be disappointed by it, or think it's a poor fit for your group. I'm still a big fan, and enjoy many of the elements that bother you, but that doesn't mean my opinion trumps yours.


  24. I played this game a couple of weeks ago with 3 players and found it to be a very fun game and interestingly for me at least, I found the game much simpler to play than the video tutorial that Fantasy Flight produce.

  25. Great review ladies!  I played the first edition of this game a couple of times, but without the expansions.  During these sessions, the Wildings never attacked.  I won the last game as the Lannisters, oddly enough by not directly attacking anyone, but by acquiring territory, wealth & influence.  The rest of the players were too busy beating-up on each other to bother me.  

  26. Great review! Also really handy. My friends and I played our first game last night and this video really eased everyone into the basic running of the game. Only thing I''d argue is the game length. It took us a lot longer than 2-3 hours! lol

  27. my dream is too play a game with these two ladies.Games of thrones,it wud be an honor

  28. I just picked this up, haven't cracked it open yet but i was browsing my local Fantasy Game store and was picking up Lords of Waterdeep a D&D book and some replacement dice.  Well, while the owners were looking in the back for my book, I decided to wander and see what was around.  There are literally hundreds, thousands of different games out there and it can be pretty daunting to pick one or even known of one.  I knew there was a card game for Game of Thrones but I was nicely surprised to see a huge strategy board game about it!  It was a must buy for me and I can't wait to lead the glory of House Tyrell >:D  I love ya Starks and Lannisters, but Tyrell is my House ;D.

  29. This review was the main reason why I ordered this game from Starlit Citadel instead of Amazon. Support local business yo.

  30. How do you decide the turn order on the first turn?

  31. they have a card game And risk&monopoly version plus battles of westros games. poplar books make 5+ games about And a tv series

  32. Am i the only one who likes it but don't really understands it?

  33. while I still believe that the Starlit Citadel review series was flawed, I am sorry that they kind of collapsed for whatever reason. It's a shame that it seemed to come down to Dollars and cents and lack of support.. .. Either from the community surrounding them, or from the place where they work. We really needed their voice before, and need it even more now. I don't see many other female Duos reviewing board games. Again, some of these reviews lacked instruction or personality, however I bought at least three or four games back in 2015 because of their videos. Still… I can also understand why they (maybe) wanted to voluntarily walk away. These take a long time to film I am sure, cost money, and so often it seems that the comment section is filled with men reminding them they are "hot chicks" and hitting on them. That must suck to not be taken seriously as content creators and only be viewed by some as "hot females".

  34. Can someone tell me the difference between a regular raid order and a "special" raid order? I'm also confused about the consolidate power difference.

  35. Wow. Great overview. Congrats for being so succinct.

  36. +1 to subscription +5 to intellect -7 to free will well done!

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