A War of Whispers board game
A War of Whispers board game

A War of Whispers

A War of Whispers is a competitive board game for 2 to 4 players. Five mighty empires are at war for the world, but you are no mighty ruler. Instead, you play a secret society that is betting on the results of this war while pulling strings to rig the results and ensure their bets pay off. A War of Whispers is a game of deep strategy, hidden agendas, and shifting loyalties.

You start the game with five loyalty tokens, each corresponding to one of the five different empires, bet randomly on a loyalty value. Your primary goal is to ensure that when the game ends, the empires you are most loyal to control the most cities across the globe. Gameplay consists of turns broken down into four phases:

  1. Deploy agents phase: In player order (starting with the first player and proceeding clockwise), each player removes, then deploys agents to empire councils, the positions on the board marked Sheriff, Steward, Marshall, and Chancellor.
  2. Empire turns phase: Each council position on each empire council will take an action. If a player has acquired cards, they may play them during this phase.
  3. Cleanup phase: Add the turn marker to the next space on the turn tracker, then each player discards down to the hand limit of five cards.
  4. Swap phase: In player order, each player may swap two of their unrevealed loyalty tokens. If you choose to do so, you must reveal both of the swapped loyalty tokens. They remain revealed for the rest of the game.

Gameplay repeats itself in this order four times. When the last space on the turn track is filled, the game ends immediately and scoring commences. The player with the most points based off their empire loyalties and the cities they control wins.

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  • Light war game in which players have indirect influence over the different factions and bet on the outcome of the game, gaining some victory points if things happen they way they expect. The concept is unique and the game is clever and engaging. 3-4 players.
  • This game is absolutely exceptional. To open this review, I'll get one thing out of the way: the rules are very poorly written, to the extent that one of my friends rewrote the rulebook. The FAQ is a mandatory read. Acknowledging that, this is one of the best "war games" I've ever played. You control a cult placing agents in the seedy underbelly of Game-of-Thrones-esque politics. Your moves are public, but constantly causing people to second-guess your motives allows deep layers of strategy that are rewarded with further plays. Top 10 all-time. It plays in two hours (with teaching!!!), it has hidden loyalties, and you can play as underhanded as you want or you can approach it as a war game. The designers have made something truly special here.
  • Have only played once and at 3 players. I think this game's spot is 4 players. We did some things wrong and I think the rule book could be more clear. But, with all that said, the game was memorable, super close, and I would really like to play again now that I know all the rules and some of the powers of the cards--they are really game changers!!
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I have not played #A War of Whispers. However, if you are saying that it gives a similar experience I will definitely go check it out. The biggest reason GoT is only played once or twice a year at most is largely due to its time and larger player count requirement. Thanks for the recommendation!

Game of Thrones The Board Game has become our annual "big" game for a group of old high school friends. We typically play it around Christmas time when we are all back in our hometown and its typically a several hour ordeal. The mat has been absolutely worth it, especially because the newest expansion ended up making the regular board a little wonky by design (its actually two separate boards if going that route). The mat alleviates these problems, increases the territory sizes, and overall just adds a little more "wow" to the table. 

I have a hard time getting #Root to the table (not enough player count) but maybe if I start soloing it really often! It's currently the most likely candidate after #Atlantis Rising (second edition) and #Architects of the West Kingdom. Probably not until next year though, since I'll go for upgrading my favorite games with metal coins first.

Since you mentioned about #A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition, how do you feel about #A War of Whispers? I think I've heard that it supposedly gives a similar experience in a fraction of the time.

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