In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
I don’t care for this KS for several reasons.
1) Only two factions in the game, let alone the starter box. I have to find someone else who would want to play the other faction from what I would want. No other choices. This makes it a hard sell to my fellow gamers.
2) The Lannister faction is really limited being all infantry. Could get stale quickly.
3) The details are soft. The chain mail is flat and lifeless. Many of the miniatures are well posed but the ‘meh’ of the detailing and sculpting makes them boring.
4) Not enough choice in units. Sure they now have pack masters but with only 4 cavalry for one box, all for one side, doesn’t seem like there are any real ranged units… it is just a very monotone force selection. Run up slowly and punch the guy. To get a nice variation of cavalry for the one team that can take it you’d need 2 or probably 3 boxes and now the other side is just inundated in tons of foot slogging, punch you in the face with their halberds or sword infantry. I hope the Lannister player enjoys troop choice constraints.
5) That cavalry. I want to like it but the horses are walking, the guys are ready to fight but don’t look like they are in combat yet. So… what stage of the battle are they in? And again soft details and terrible chain mail.
6) This gets to one of the counter complaints. If I were for whatever reason playing AoS, KoW or some similarly scaled fantasy game by the time I bought enough boxes of this to run some cavalry I’d have $225 to spend on one of those other games and I could choose the units I wanted. I would end up with either much better looking miniatures in GW’s case or a lot of miniatures of the unit types I want to run with Mantic. Now I have played WHF back in the day but then units were cheaper and when I got into it later on you could get things from eBay or Bartertown so the cost was much lower. Then AoS came out and the price was criminally low for some armies on such sites.
I don’t bring up RuneWars because ugh I find it terrible. From FFG I’ve enjoyed X-Wing at times and Armada for their miniatures which are expensive but come pre-painted and have a really good rules system.
Jojen and Meera are the children of Howland Reed, the Lord of Greywater Watch and a Stark bannerman. They first appear in A Clash of Kings , where they are sent to renew House Reed's pledge to the Starks in place of their father and are asked to befriend and support the late Eddard Stark 's children. Meera is a skilled huntress, preferring to use a small net and a trident . Jojen is thirteen when he first appears, but his seriousness and maturity make him seem older. In Winterfell, Jojen recognizes that Bran Stark is a skinchanger, able to enter the mind of an animal and control its actions, and helps him gain control of his abilities. When Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell, Jojen and Meera accompany Bran's escape. At the end of A Storm of Swords , they travel beyond the Wall and Jojen becomes very weak. In A Dance with Dragons , Meera struggles to keep the group's spirits up, but implies that Jojen's future is bleak.