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Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker is the newest game to bring the popular HBO series (and the endless George R.R. Martin book series) to tabletop, this time in a social deduction format. We already have a Game of Thrones “dudes-on-a-map” game, a deckbuilder, a hand-management bluffing game, and a very light set collection game, but nothing else in this lineage really gets into the social-deduction space popularized by titles like Coup or Deception: Murder in Hong Kong.
While Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker seems to start in the right place with its setup of loyalists vs. conspirators, the game lacks balance. It’s just too easy for the conspirator team (which starts with a large advantage anyway) to win. The king must play a nearly perfect game to take the crown.