Remember that homemade wooden Game Of Thrones / Risk board? There's an official version coming — one you can actually purchase soon. Created by USAopoly / Hasbro in conjunction with HBO, Risk: Game of Thrones Edition will be in stores this August. Given the show's utter preoccupation with warfare and world domination, it's a wonder it took them so long.
The Wall Street Journal got an exclusive first look at the game, in which players will vie for control of the Seven Kingdoms and of the Iron Throne. (Quick, what's the GoT equivalent of holing up in Australia?) The game will mimic the show in scale and include more than 650 game pieces — 45 intricately carved pieces will make up each of the seven armies. Players will be able to compete as one of seven houses — Martell, Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Tyrell, Targaryen, and Ghiscari.
But, in true George R.R. Martin fashion, there's a twist. This edition of Risk will include three different ways to play on two separate game boards. One variant is the War of Five Kings, in which 3–5 players can choose to play as houses Martell, Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, and Tyrell and battle for the Iron Throne in Westeros. Then there's the second version played on Essos, in which two players control House Targaryen and House Ghiscari, respectively, battling to take control of the slaves held by the latter. The last version brings all seven houses together in a no-holds-barred grudge match to the end. Because when you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
Each house also comes with a customized player board to help you track how you're doing — and just like in the show, the characters play an integral role. The game has character cards that can influence how battles are fought or territories conquered.
There are other special features to the game, including Maester cards for using tactical skills and the wisdom of a Maester in battle, objective cards to complete conquests, and gold dragon coins to buy wealth and power. Risk: Game of Thrones Edition will be on shelves this August and will retail for $74.95.