Battle of Riverrun
This is a big battle game based on the popular TV series and books by George R.R. Martin. You can watch or play.
In Game of Thrones and the associated books, the Riverlands is a border area contested over by House Lannister and House Stark. For example, after Robb Stark captured Jamie Lannister at the Whispering Wood, Tywin Lannister sent Ser Gregor with a large force to set the Riverlands on fire. David Weinczok in his recent book ‘Game of Thrones: The North Remembers’makes the case for the Scotland/England border as the inspiration. While many parts of Europe have similar border areas, it is the case that in the TV series troops from the Riverlands looked very like Border Reivers.
Riverrun is the seat of the Stark ally, House Tully. The castle was built on the fork of two rivers and could be turned into an island fortress by opening sluice gates. In Season One of the TV series it was besieged by the Lannisters until they were lured away and destroyed at the Battle of the Whispering Wood. The castle appears again in Season Three as the main base of King Robb, the King in the North. After the Red Wedding, Lord Frey takes control of Riverrun. It is recaptured by Brynden Tully in Season Six, only to be lost again to the Lannisters after another siege.
Our game does not seek to recreate any particular action from the books or the TV series. Instead we have a typical clash with the Lannisters on one side and the Starks, with their Tully and Bolton allies, on the other.
There are two commands on each side, either side of the Trident River. Tywin Lannister commands the Lannisters supported by his sons Jamie and Tyrion. Robb Stark commands the Stark alliance.
The rules are adapted from Lion Rampant, written by Daniel Mersey. The command figures are from the Dark Sword range. One command is converted largely from the Lord of the Rings range (because no figures existed at the time), plus some sell swords (mercenaries). The figures in the second command are from the tabletop miniatures game ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’(CMON). The former are 25mm figures and the newer range are heroic 28mm. They don’t mix well, hence the separate commands.
You are very welcome to join in the game and take a command for as many turns as you want. The main rules are overleaf and are very easy to pick up.