Not to be confused with the actual Game of Thrones board game, Hasbro has gone and pumped out a Westeros-flavoured version of Risk. Risk already has about a billion different variations based on popular licenses, so I guess this isn't entirely unexpected. In fact, I wouldn't mind getting my hands on it.
This post was originally published on Kotaku Australia.
Adding some extra dimension to the regular Risk formula, the game comes with not one, but two boards — Westeros and Essos. Up to seven people can play, with the following houses represented:
The biggest difference here, compared to the Game of Thrones board game, is the absence of Greyjoy and the inclusion of house Targaryen, which I'm sure will make all those Daenerys fans extremely happy.
It also comes with its fair share of playing bits, including 315 army pieces, 188 cards, 63 tokens, 75 gold coins and nine dice.
It's apparently not for sale outside of the US and Canada, but Amazon will happily post it to Australia right now, or if you don't mind waiting, Ozgameshop is taking preorders and will begin shipping from 13 November.
I imagine it'll be easier to get into than the official board game, especially if you're familiar with how Risk is played. Unlike the classic, this version supports two players, which is nice if you want an easier time conquering the Seven Kingdoms... or don't want to have to invite your extended family around just to play the thing.