|Rising Again and Again
Announcing Brotherhood Without Banners, an ally expansion for Battles of Westeros
|Battles of Westeros | Published 25 July 2011|
“We are brothers here,” Thoros of Myr declared. “Holy brothers, sworn to the realm, to our god, and to each other.”
“The brotherhood without banners.” Tom Sevenstrings plucked a string. “The knights of the hollow hill.”
–A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
Fantasy Flight Games is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Brotherhood Without Banners, an ally force expansion for Battles of Westeros! Reports of attacks on the riverlands by a marauding army have reached King’s Landing. For the sake of honor, a group of soldiers and nobles have been tasked with bringing these outlaws in to face the king’s justice...until the ever-changing politics of King’s Landing cause them to be named outlaws instead.
Sworn to protect
Brotherhood Without Banners introduces players to a new ally force that can supplement a primary House’s forces, such as House Stark or House Lannister from the Core Set, through regular play or Skirmish rules. With new unit types, a rulebook with four new scenarios, new cards, new commanders, and even more, this expansion will bring greater variety to your Battles of Westeros experience and awesome power to your House’s cause!
Ally yourself with three new commanders, sworn to protect the smallfolk against all who would harm them: Lord Beric Dondarrion, Anguy, “the Archer,” and Thoros of Myr. Dubbed the “Lightning Lord,” Beric’s sigil is a forked lightning bolt, and his weapon a flaming sword. Swift in battle, he is a leader who will stand against any enemy. Anguy is an archer with a reputation across Westeros for devastating accuracy and can avoid capture by using his surroundings to his advantage. The red priest of R’hllor, Thoros of Myr, is a formidable warrior but his greatest strength is in his ability to assist his fallen Brotherhood members...
The Brotherhood units continue the Battles of Westeros trend of representing ally forces with tan-colored miniatures. However, unlike all other Battles of Westeros sets, Brotherhood Without Banners does not include any banner or pole components, as these outlaw warriors neither answer to a liege lord nor ride under any flag. These units do not follow normal activation rules and are controlled through a new mechanic: Brotherhood tokens. Keep checking back for more information on these tokens in the coming weeks.
This expansion also features new thematic keywords, such as Call to Arms and Scrapper. Call to Arms represents the Brotherhood’s ability to incite the local peasantry to take up arms and join them on the battlefield. Scrapper is attributed to units who are stubborn and hardy fighters, aggressive even when defending.
Look for previews in the coming weeks discussing how to control Brotherhood units and the rules surrounding Corpse tokens. Then prepare to set out against injustice when Brotherhood Without Banners is released in the fourth quarter of 2011!
Set in the rich and vibrant world of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Battles of Westeros is a board game of tactical battlefield combat for two players. With scenarios that include beloved characters and settings, players can recreate the most significant battles from The War of the Five Kings.
I really like that the miniatures of the Brotherhood without Banners aren't actiavted via banners, but in a different way. Nice touch of Nedliness.
This looks to be great! I"m so glad BoW is still being supported. It's the best game FFG produces!
We probably won't get another major house till next year to go along with Baratheon and Greyjoy's actions in season two of Game of Thrones. So probably the Bloody Mummers like is being said in the forum.
Besides just the fact that BoW is still being supported the next major thing in this expansion is that we have our first taste of magic in Battles of Westeros it sounds like. For the first time we know for sure they'll be adding magical aspects to this game.
looks like they're going in order to me . . .
stark and lannister then tully then hill tribes then brotherhood without banners
so the next should be Renly with the Tyrells (Rose Garden) followed by Stannis with Dragonstone and the Storm Lords and then finally the Greyjoys and the Ironmen
maybe throw in the gold cloaks and King's Landing at some point (and maybe also the Free Companions led by Vargo Hoat)
probably won't see the Dragon Queen or the Wall or Wildings for some time (since they don't have battles until book three)
Sounds like an interesting expansion to the game though I'd have liked to have seen a new House announced. Hopefully with the success of the t.v. show - this will bring more attention to the Game of Thrones games that are out there.
It'd also be really nice if the same people who always complain about BoW releases would just quit posting on these threads. That's never going to happen but I can dare to dream.
Although time is spinning by I still can't imagine FFG not supporting Battlelore. I'm looking forward to any and all announcements to do with Battlelore (one of my all time favourite games), and in the meanwhile wish all success to all of FFGs product lines - the better FFG do, the more support they can provide for all their games!
Fantastic- would have liked to have seen a major house too - Greyjoy! - but any expansion and FFG has my money!
I really like the way BoW is being supported,I trust before the end of the year we'll get a major house.
It is nice to have another expansion, but I would prefer one of great houses. Targaryen!! :D
Another Battles of Westeros expansion. Hey FFG, where is the support for the REAL BattleLore game?
Oh yeah, you bought the rights just to eliminate the opposition for your Westeros game...
Really disappointed by FFG's direction of the BattleLore franchise. It was and still is painfully obvious that they do not care at all about BattleLore and that they just want to promote Westeros rip-offs. If the original game didn't have such a strong and vocal fanbase they would have abandoned the whole franchise even before releasing the latest BL expansions.
It would be nice if they actually announced that they are letting BattleLore die a slow death than the dreadful silence that they have chosen as a PR solution.
I like FFG and they still are my favorite boardgame company but the whole BattleLore fiasko has put a permanent dent in their record as far as I'm concerned. I wonder if they care though...
i have both and enjoy both, though i much prefer hearing about a westeros expansion than a lore expansion. just a better game, though i do love my dwarfs
I agree with everything Caboose said above. We want Battlelore expansions and new races, terrain type, weapons, etc. It's very upsetting to think that FFG bought BattleLore just to slap the label on their version of the game.
what a surprise..another BoW expansion. HELLO - why don't you folks consider answer the various people in Battlelore forum if you folks will EVER support it like you folks said you would when you bought it from DoW. We all know you bought BL for your BoW game..just say so.