It’s an intriguing concept: take the hexes from the Settlers of Catan map and arrange it so that it looks like the map of Westeros from the Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones series. And when you play against other people using this layout, this variant has you playing the role of the first humans to settle Westeros. Whether you’re the First Men, the Andals, the Rhoynar, or some other ancient group is up to you.
Your goal, like in Catan, is to out-settle your opponent by trading for sheep, ore, wood, bricks and wheat to build roads, settlements, cities, or getting the development cards to fend off the robber or get some victory points on the side.
If you’re interested in figuring out how the ruleset for this variant works, visit the Catan Maps page for the full rules. There are a few adjustments to the base rules. First off, this map can play up to 6 players. Because of all the available space, the winner needs to earn 11 VPs to win the game, unless you play with Cities and Knights, in which case, you need 14 points to win.
To build out this map, you’ll need the Seafarers of Catan and Seafarers 5-6 player expansion as well as the base game’s 5-6 player expansion. Traders and Barbarians are an optional part of this map, mostly for the Harbormaster VP card.
In any case, it’d be interesting to see people play on the map and hear their thoughts. If you have a chance to try it out, let us know how you felt playing it and whether the game de-evolves into civil war!