Note that this post on character mortality contains heavy spoilers and should not be read by anyone who is not completely caught up on the Game of Thrones TV Show. Awesome battlefield image courtesy of http://www.wallsave.com/.
Any time you read a description of the game, among the first descriptors to be applied – before theme, before number of players, before play time – is whether the game is a co-op or involves competition. Rightly so, as arguably it is this attribute that has the most impact on the player experience. Lets compare, then, what each format brings to the table before judging their merit: