A Game of Thrones: The Board Game – A Feast for Crows Expansion – Ten Things to Know

  1. A Feast for Crows is the second expansion to A Game of Thrones: The Board Game provides new cards for House Arryn, Objective cards and a new starting scenario for playing with four-players. The expansion does not include any new tokens for House Arryn.
  2. I do not think that the Feast for Crows expansion adds any spoilers that players wouldn’t already know from playing the base game.
  3. I do hate that House Arryn tokens weren’t included but there are plenty of third party options if you do desire some.
  4. A Feast for Crows can only be used with four players and really should only be introduced for two reasons: you don’t have a full table for the base game and you have four experienced players around the board. The four-player game is different than the full player count base game and I don’t know that a rookie player would be in a good position to play. There are better games that do what GoT offers at four players if that’s the count you’re stuck at.
  5. The biggest addition to the GoT game is the introduction of Objective cards. Each player can hold three objective cards and each is worth a pre-defined amount of points. If you are House Stark and you’re tasked with controlling Winterfell, it will result in less points compared to another player that has to travel further. Players can only score one objective card per round. We thought this would be a contentious rule but in reality, it kept the game in check and negated some wild swings. It wasn’t frequent but there were times a player lucked into a situation where they completed all their objective cards and it would have felt weird to have such a tactical game end so suddenly.
  6. While I do enjoy the Objective cards (and that’s something that’s true across most games), I did find some of them to be slightly unbalanced. For instance, House Stark has an objective card where they need to control five keeps which in the base game, would mean that Stark was all but about to win the game. Another note about Objective cards is that they are in your hand permanently and you could argue both sides of the coin on whether this is good or not. I liked that players couldn’t cycle through cards just to get to the one they could score then and there but there was a game or two where we were stuck holding cards that we knew we were never going to accomplish due to the state of the board.
  7. In addition to the general Objective cards, there are also House Objective cards, that are unique to each player. If these are scored, they will score each and every round. The expansion includes new Westeros one cards as well to help better incorporate the new objectives into the game. It’s a must include as it features ways to rid yourself of unwanted/near impossible objective conditions.
  8. Besides the objective cards, the biggest addition is the new four-player scenario. In my opinion, the base version of the GoT game was borderline unplayable without a full player count due to the clear advantage of a defenseless border. A Feast for Crows makes GoT a four-player game and makes the game better because of it. It was much easier to get players for a four-player game and with less players (and objectives), games would fly by.
  9. Does it fit in the base box? Yes; no question. It’s a small expansion and can easily be stored comfortably.
  10. If you enjoy the base GoT game, then you will probably get enjoyment out of this expansion. The objective cards alone are worthy of the price as they speed the game up and provide a plethora of new strategy as you are now guided in a direction instead of focusing on where is weak. The four-player scenario is an added bonus as it allows GoT the chance to get to the table much more frequently while providing a similar atmosphere that’s seen in a full player game.

Author: Two off the Top

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