War between the Greyjoy’s and Starks begins, with Greyjoy trading Moat Calin for sea access to Winterfell. Meanwhile in the south it appears we have a tense stand off, with all the major parties content to consolidate their power for now.
Round 3 - Westeros Phase
Armies must be fed while they intrigue deepens. Who can you trust?
Adjust Supply track. Reconcile armies
Clash of Kings
Bid on the three Influence tracks
Sea of Storms
Raid Orders cannot be played during this Planning Phase
I have updated Supply for you as none of you have lost any supply there is no need to reconcile any armies.
Baratheon stayed on 2
Lannister went up 5
Stark went up to 2
Martell went up to 3
Greyjoy went up to 3
Tyrell went up to 3
Map Link - http://tinyurl.com/gqLLH5739D4c0hMruWKx
Everyone must now PM me their bids for the Iron Throne track
(as per cards and orders, please post "Bid sent" when you send me your bid)
Some notes on bidding and the tracks:
Firstly remember anything you bid is spent, even if you bid the lowest and thus place last.
Secondly don't forget there are three bids all at once, it's up to you to decide where you want to allocate your resources, and how much you want to save in case something else comes up.
and you can of course bid 0 or all of your power tokens on anything.
Iron Throne Track:
Ties will be decided by whoever currently hold the Iron Throne (so for the first IT bid it'll be Baratheon, and for Fiefdoms and King's Court it'll be whoever win the first bid)
The Iron Throne track determines turn order, being first isn't always good as it gives you less opportunity to react but a greater opportunity to be proactive (ie raid, or march first). My general rule of thumb, which is very rough and vague, is you want to be before your enemies and after your friends (it's very rare you can achieve this).
Though of course if you win the bid for the Throne, you get to settle ties for the next two, as well as things like wildling attacks.
Helps you win battles, or even avoid them. It is very hard to go to war with someone higher on the Fiefdoms track than you.
The Valyrian Steel Blade (VSB) is a free +1 to combat once per round when you already win ties. Basically it forces people to beat your final combat score by two rather than one to win. Very nasty.
King’s Court Track:
Grants you access to special orders, which also means you have more orders (you can march three times rather than twice and one of those with a +1). Always useful.
The raven gives you more flexibility, allowing you to plan for the next wildling attack and/or change out an order once you see what everyone else is doing.
A note on the Westeros III deck:
Unlike Westeros I & II, the Westeros III deck has no reshuffle mechanics. That means every card that comes up from it is spent for good. The cards are all either forbiding the use of a particular order, giving the holder of the VSB the choice between no defence orders or no March +1's, or having the Wilding attack.
There are three unique orders that are forbidden by the deck; Consolidate Power, Support, and Raids. This means this is the only round where no raids can be played. Meaning all Supports and Consolidate Powers are safe from raiding this round.
Some Maths about next round’s Westeros phase:
There is a 87.46% that the wildlings will attack next round.
There is a 29.17% chance there will be another Clash of kings next round (not accounting for the Raven holder choosing it on a Dark Wings, Dark Words card).
There is a 21.88% chance that the wildlings will attack twice next round.
More just for fun:
There is a 19.45%
Chance of a Clash of Kings and a Wildling attack next round
There is a 3.2%
chance of two Wildling attacks and a Clash of Kings
This is not meant to encourage you to save during this Clash of Kings, nor is it meant to encourage you to spend. I am merely trying to inform you of the odds so you can make an informed choice.
Edit: Lannister is on 5 supply, not 4. Map image is wrong. Map link and everything else is correct (I hope).