Defend Westeros From the Wildlings In A Game of Thrones Catan

HBO
HBO

The board of the latest version of Catan should look familiar to Game of Thrones fans. It’s been relocated to Westeros, where players of the popular settlement-building game are tasked with defending the Seven Kingdoms from invading wildlings.

According to Mashable, the new Game of Thrones version of Catan takes a slightly different approach to the classic gameplay. All players are members of the Night's Watch, and their goal is to develop the land south of the Wall. But wildlings can breach the Wall, stealing resources from players as the game progresses. To win, players must strategically strengthen the Wall to keep out hostile forces while developing land fast enough to be the first person to earn 10 victory points. Players can also depend on characters from the George R.R. Martin series for help, including Samwell Tarly, Jeor Mormont, and Bowen Marsh.

Catan

Catan

Catan

Boxes of A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch are available in limited quantities and can be pre-ordered for $80 apiece before shipping early February. Pop culture-themed Catan spin-offs are rare, but not unheard of—prior to this, the brand released a Star Trek version set in deep space.

[h/t Mashable]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Keira Knightley Can’t Remember Who She Played in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

"Was I not Padmé?," Keira Knightley asks. It's a fair question.
"Was I not Padmé?," Keira Knightley asks. It's a fair question.
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Before Keira Knightley played Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise—or Elizabeth Bennet in 2005's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice—she appeared in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Sabé, a body double for Natalie Portman's Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo, who is used to throw those who would harm the queen off her trail. It was a small role, but hey, it’s Star Wars, so it gave Knightley some early experience in big budget moviemaking—not to mention a bit of exposure.

But apparently, making the movie wasn’t the most thrilling experience for the then-12-year-old. Earlier this year, Knightley admitted to nodding off during production, since she was in the background of so many shots doing nothing. Now, when ComingSoon.net reminded her that her character survived the prequel trilogy while Padmé did not, it seemed Knightley didn’t remember the difference between the two. “Wait a minute. Who did I play? Was I not Padmé?” She continued:

"Do you know, I saw the film once. I think I was 12 when I did it and it came out and I saw it the year after. And I’ve never seen it again. So, I played Sabé and she didn’t die? OK!"

Hey, it’s nice to get good news, however late it comes!

Of course, since she’s a Star Wars character, Sabé has an extensive backstory and has gotten up to quite a lot in the extended universe, but she was pretty much just a prop in The Phantom Menace, so we can understand why a pre-teen Knightley wasn’t overly interested.

ComingSoon.net also asked Knightley if she has ever had a request to return to the character. “Reprising the character I can’t even remember the name of? No, there hasn’t,” she laughed.