Forge Your Destiny
The northern region known as the Gift was bestowed on the Night’s Watch thousands of years ago. This fertile land provides the Watch with lumber, brick, wool, grain, and ore. At least, it used to. As the Watch has become forgotten by the lords and ladies of Westeros, the infrastructure of the Gift has fallen into disrepair and the Lord Commander, Jeor Mormont, is willing to give anything to one who can restore the Gift to its former glory, even naming them as his successor.
In the A Game of Thrones CATAN: Brotherhood of the Watch 5-6 Player Extension, you and up to five rivals have the chance to step into the role of brothers of the Night’s Watch, locked in fierce competition to become the next Lord Commander. As before, you'll do this by building roads, settlements, and keeps; purchasing development cards; and recruiting loyal guards to defend the Wall on your behalf. As two more brothers join the competition, you have been permitted to develop a larger area of the Gift, with new tiles and trade routes to accommodate either a five- or six-player game.
Additionally, each brother now has more chances to build and show their worth with the introduction of a special build phase after each player's turn. During this phase, all other players may choose to build or buy anything that they can afford with their resources - and making the most of these new opportunities can set you apart from the others.
Friends of the Watch
With new rivals and more opportunities for alliances, intrigues, and betrayals, it's more difficult than ever for you to stand out and earn the respect of Old Bear Mormont. If you wish to convince your brothers that you are the worthiest, you will need to call upon new allies and their unique skills. The A Game of Thrones CATAN: Brotherhood of the Watch 5-6 Player Extension provides you with four new hero cards to bring even more iconic characters to the hero display. One of the new members of the Watch, the honorable Jon Snow, uses his connection to the wildlings to protect you from the robber Tormund Giantsbane, either allowing you to keep your resources when a “7” is rolled or even helping you gain more resources with his intimate knowledge of the North.
Otherwise, you may find that you need to reach beyond the constricts of the Order and contract the help of the very wildlings you have tried to defeat. If you can convince Osha to act as an informant on the freefolk, you can slip past the wildlings and gain resources from occupied spaces. Using this ability even once can give you the final piece you need to earn your victory. Once you're Lord Commander, no one need ever know about your more questionable alliances.