Tournaments don’t really play that much into the overall scheme of things in the Game of Thrones. For the most part, they’re asides that happen to lead to some very memorable moments in the story. A combination of jousting, melee combat, horse-racing and archery and axe-throwing competitions, tournaments will never decide a king, but they can impact a character’s legend.
We’ve barely spoken about multiplayer at all in this list, but now we’ve arrived at the perfect example of how to bring competitive multiplayer in our ideal Game of Thrones. Incorporating tournaments not only gives you a way to test a litany of skills against your friends, but in our game, it would give you all sorts of bonuses to carry over into your single-player campaign.
Think of SSX’s online multiplayer. You earn all this money during events, and you can use it to enter more moneymaking events. The same could work for Game of Thrones’ tournaments. Any money you make in the “main” game could be used to buy valuable resources, or you could take a small amount to enter into a tournament.
With five different events, you could choose to send a representative to any number, provided you’ve got the coin. If you win, you gain a sizeable purse to spread amongst your army and kingdom. Players could create their own tournaments, and make them public or invite only, or participate in built-in events at iconic locations like Harrenhal and Lannisport. There’s plenty of flexibility involved, and it’s a great way for players to scratch that competitive itch.