Last night we played a trial game of the Song of Ice and Fire game from CMON. This was using the starter set which came out in 2018 and features Stark and Lannister forces.
The starter set comes with a load of very nice figures (as you'd expect from CMON) but my opponent Andrew had also added in some extra troops to beef up the forces.
|The Stark army|
The rules are relatively simple. Figures are assembled on the provided movement trays in ranks... as you take casualties and ranks are whittled down, units become less effective. Each unit has a card detailing all of its stats and special abilities. These reflect the factions character so the Starks are pretty aggressive and good for attacking while the Lannisters seemed more sneaky and better armoured (or at least that was my impression).
Units can also have special characters attached who have their own bonuses and abilities, so the Starks were led by Robb Stark and the Lannisters by Jaimie Lannister (booo!!). You also have non-fighting characters who can be deployed onto the Tactical Board where they can give bonus moves, restore casualties, force opponents to take a morale check etc. This was a nice touch and gives a good role to non-military characters like Cersei Lannister and Sansa Stark.
Finally each player has a hand of cards to give bonuses or to penalise your opponent. So, quite a few special abilities to remember (or in our case, forget until it was too late!)
In our game we went for a very simple, balanced game with no confusing terrain since it was our 1st game. The mechanics mostly worked well... there are a few bits which were unclear although I suspect there has been a lot of clarification online since the game first came out.
The Lannisters advance quickly towards my Stark army with their Knights and Halberdiers leading the way. The Stark army (with some Umber allies) held back to allow my archers to cause some damage first. Andrew's missile troops were an annoying unit of Pyromancers armed with Wildfire!
|The Lannisters advance towards the Stark lines|
|Stark Outriders hunt down Lannister unit|
|...and charge into the flank|