Episode 190: House Walden

Episode 190 for the week of February 28, 2016 in which the gentlemen are joined by returning guest host Jason Walden, Game Producer with Fantasy Flight Games. While sipping on an Arbor red and sampling lemon cakes, we chat about the Game of Thrones board game and expansions. We continue our reread of A Storm of Swords,  specifically chapters 30 (Arya III). In the aftershow, we switch to Dornish wine and talk about season 5 of Game of Thrones.

Notes: Given that parts of the episode were reordered, the timeline is provided below:

  • Board Game Chat: 0-23.
  • FFG’s Trivia Game info: 23 – 29.
  • Chapter Recap: 29 – 50.
  • Aftershow, various topics: 50-59.
  • Aftershow, season 5 chat: 59 – end.


The Jon artwork referred to during the show.


Azor Ahai Reborn (artist: acazigot)


10 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. FTWard

    I really enjoyed this.

    I don’t know how many people would be interested in it but I’d love for Jason and Amin to do a real deep dive on either the base game or one of the expansions.
    Go over openings, discuss the House cards in detail, explore potential end game strategies for each House etc.

  2. Jon Prose

    Game of Thrones trivia…

    How many kids does Cersei Lannister have?

    3 or 4?


  3. witless chum

    Always good to hear from Jason Walden. Even though I’m not a board gamer, he clearly knows and loves the world very well.

  4. Euron=Euron

    Euron has not been going anywhere special. Just the usual route. Follow the Corsair King. Oh and he is no Dario neither.

    Also, there are no towns in the Dothrakhi Sea. They consider settlements as abominations. Read WoIaF

  5. Yeah we said it was partly Dothraki in that area (in book answer) but speculated the overall sparseness that still exists is due to an avoidance of having to fill out or commit to areas when not needed.

  6. Ivana

    Kyle: “Wouldn’t you rather be spoiled by a well-written show, than a poorly constructed tweet?”
    Amin: “But what if you’re spoiled by a well-constructed tweet, rather than a poorly written show?”


    This is one of the reasons why I’m not going to be watching season 6. (Though the main reason is, well, why put myself through it, since it’s likely to be as awful as season 5?)

  7. Glad we can entertain along with inflame at times 🙂

  8. Panon

    I’ve played with a mix of base cards and dance cards with my group using the Dance scenario setup and it has worked well:

    Stanis Baratheon(dance)
    Renly Baratheon
    Sor Davos Seaworth
    Melisandre (dance)
    Brienne of Tarth
    Jon Snow (dance)
    Mance Rayder (dance)

    Eddard Stark
    Rob Stark
    Catelyn Stark
    Ramsay Bolton(dance)
    Fedor (dance)
    Walton iron legs(dance)
    Black fish
    Walder Frey(dance)

    Tywin Lannister
    Sor Jaime Lannister
    Cersei Lannister
    Tyrion Lannister
    Sor Gregor Clegane
    The Hound
    Sor Kevan Lannister
    Sor Llyn Payne(dance)

    Euron Crow’s Eye(dance)
    Victarion Greyjoy
    Balon Greyjoy
    Asha Greyjoy
    Aeron Wet-hair
    Rodrik, the reader(dance)
    Theon Greyjoy
    Qarl Donzel (dance)

    Red Viper
    Doran Martell
    Aero Hotah(dance)
    Quentyn Martell(dance)
    Arianne Martell
    Obara Sand
    Nymeria Sand
    Sor Gerris Drinkwater(dance)

    Mace Tyrell
    Sor Loras Tyrell
    Queen of Throns(dance)
    Margery Tyrell (dance)
    Sor Garlan
    Willas Tyrell(dance)
    Randyll Tarly(dance)
    Alester Florent

    The point in this list is NOT to represent any specific moment in the books, but instead give each house the most access to unique and interesting habilities gameplay wise, as well as a good representation of the more iconic characters (some, like qyburn for lannister and rose bolton for stark, were left out for balance reasons).

    Yes, some houses will get stronger or weaker by this, but that’s just a different experience than the dance scenario where that already happened (and to be truthfull, at the base game as well, but to a lesser extent).

    With this list each house has 8 cards instead of 7, so when you play your second to last one, you get all the other 6 back.

  9. Panon

    As for the base game Lannister X Greyjoy, the problem is: Greyjoy has a bet to make. He can start being agressive towards Lannister, and then if it happens to come a muster card, he’s in a VERRY strong position. If not, Lannister will take back what he lost, and neighter of then are going to win…

    But in a game of 6 players, if you have a 1/3 chance of gaining a huge advantage, you take that bet and hope for the best. That makes greyjoy the strongest house in my opinion, as they have a bigger chance of winning then the others before the game starts.

  10. Thanks for your comment, we always appreciate getting feedback or comments resulting from our episodes, particularly older ones. We should be having Jason on again later this year with the release of the new expansion.

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