Have you ever attended a party and met fellow Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire fans only to realize they support another character or family and you end up wanting White Walkers to take them away?
No? Well, it's not a problem because none of us are that extreme. Hopefully. You can, however, play a card game with them and try to wipe out the prominent families in Westeros. If you're wondering how to do that, the good news is that someone else has done it for you and he just uploaded his game called Winter is Coming: The Game! for anyone to download for free.
The game was created by toy and game designer Alex Kessler for a Game of Thrones themed party and because he is a huge fan of both George R.R. Martin's books and the television adaptation of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The objective of the game is very obvious if you are a fan: kill everyone else and rule Westeros.
The card game needs at least eight players and one of those players will serve as the host who will take the persona of Jon Arryn — the Hand of the King whose death prompted Robert Baratheon to drag Ned Stark to King's Landing to succeed the position.
The game takes turns alternating between summer and winter rounds and, of course, it is during the winter round when the chances of player deaths — at least in the game— rise. Summer will be the players' time to strategize according to their cards and, when winter comes, everyone has to close their eyes and wait until they are either called to kill a character or two — this is for the Targaryens and White Walkers — or be secretly informed by the host that you are already dead, which is pretty much everyone else.
However, ravens do not fly fast in this game because most deaths will be kept a secret from the other players not involved in the deaths.
The only way for players to win is, if they are a Targaryen, they must outnumber White Walkers and "living" players, otherwise, they must kill all Targaryens.
Except for Reek. Apparently, if Reek dies, he wins — and we're not even joking.
Kessler's game is unofficial and he created it as a fan of the series but if you want an official merchandise, there's always the Game of Thrones CLUE game board.
Seen the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season six yet? You should catch up on "The Red Woman" already and make sure to watch until the very end to witness that slightly creepy ending.
By the way, if anyone was wondering, Game of Thrones has already been renewed.