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A War of Whispers

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The Power Behind the Throne

I have never felt more like a nefarious string-puller than when playing this game. It is accessible and quick, with only minor wrinkles slowing down a quick teach, but I have found layers of intrigue and deception to reveal themselves after repeated play. An area-control game where it is never clear which team you really want to win and with the choice to switch allegiances halfway through the game. Combat is streamlined, so its all about moving your troops and making sure your opponents don't know who you're really rooting for.

The board is beautifully clear and keeps everyone focused on the action.

A great choice for entry-level sneakers or seasoned saboteurs.

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GAME OVERVIEW

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.

Second edition. 

 

 2-4 PLAYERS  |  30-60 MINS  |  AGES 14+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 4.0 out of 5
Based on 1 review
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100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 4 out of 5
1 Review
Reviewed by Geminus
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
30-60 Minutes
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Good Prices
  • Supporting Local
  • Quick Delivery
  • Great Choice
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

The Power Behind the Throne

I have never felt more like a nefarious string-puller than when playing this game. It is accessible and quick, with only minor wrinkles slowing down a quick teach, but I have found layers of intrigue and deception to reveal themselves after repeated play. An area-control game where it is never clear which team you really want to win and with the choice to switch allegiances halfway through the game. Combat is streamlined, so its all about moving your troops and making sure your opponents don't know who you're really rooting for.

The board is beautifully clear and keeps everyone focused on the action.

A great choice for entry-level sneakers or seasoned saboteurs.

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Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
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Rated 4 out of 5
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Shipping

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