Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue is a fast-paced game of cards
and intrigue at court, created by renowned game designer Reiner Knizia.
Every game is played over a series of rounds, as you and your opponents
play character cards in an attempt to claim the Iron Throne for
ages 8 and up
In each round, you pursue your own plans and seek to foil your opponents
by playing character cards. Each turn, you will play a character card
from your hand, adding to the court at King’s Landing. You can advance
your own prospects by playing your character cards cleverly, but certain
rules govern exactly where you can place your character cards.
The first character cards must be played in a single row, forming the
bottom row of the court. Once there are two cards in a row, you may play
a card in a new row above them. The card that you play in the new row,
however, must match the House of one of the two cards below it. In Game
of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, character cards are divided between House
Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, and House Targaryen, and each
player may have character cards from any of these Houses in his hand.
The court develops as you and your opponents play cards, but a player
will eventually discover that he can no longer legally play a character
card. Once this occurs, that player is eliminated and the round
continues. A round ends when no one can play another character card, and
whoever played the last character card wins the round. In Game of
Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, you will play rounds equal to the number of
If you win a round of Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue, you reap the
rewards by drawing an Iron Throne card, which cancels a number of your
penalty points. Your opponents, on the other hand, must take penalty
points equal to the number of character cards that they have left in
their hand. Over the course of the game, players gain penalty points
from having character cards at the end of the round, and reduce their
penalty points by winning a round and drawing an Iron Throne card. At
the end of the game, the player with the least penalty points wins!