Battles of Westeros v2

Battles of Westeros

The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.

This huge update to the Battles of Westeros rules summary and reference crams in all the expansions.

Battles of Westeros was released soon after Fantasy Flight Games acquired BattleLore from Days of Wonder, and its use of the BattleLore name proved very confusing for many—possibly even impeding acceptance of the game. Because despite sharing the basic mechanics of the older game, it really is its own beast, with a much lesser reliance on lucky card draws and an emphasis on the personality of the commanders that lead your troops into battle.

It seems to have quietly slipped into the background now—especially since FFG have since released a Terrinoth retheme of the original BattleLore—despite six—count ’em, six—expansions, one of which was a big box expansion stuffed with as much stuff as the core game.

Inevitably, this has also led to a profusion of extra rules, terrain definitions and special abilities. If you were as confused by all this as I was, fear not—many hours have been spent here in the Esoteric Order’s dungeons by hunched scribes scribbling in weighty tomes, collating it all into one comprehensive rules summary and reference set—and here it is for your gaming pleasure. It should make a huge difference to your games if you’re playing and enjoying Battles of Westeros, especially if you’re using some or all of the expansions.

I’ve spent a considerable number of evenings recently painting the little figures from the House of Baratheon expansion (the big box one mentioned above) and I’m looking forward to rediscovering the game. It really does look spectacular once you’ve painted those tiny hordes of fighters and set them out in their massed ranks ready for battle.

What do you think?