The game we ended up trying was one that I had actually played once before at my very first Origins but not my own copy and never since. The game of thrones is the first of a set of fantasy books by George R R Martin and it has spawned to date, a CCG with multiple expansions, a RPG, and a board game with 2 expansions. There was also news of a war game based on the series though I have no clue what came of it.
Anyway, we got to run through the game and I liked it despite playing the Starks and getting my ass handed to me. Hence the subject line. I had also frakked up one of the rules which increased the liklihood of stalemate situations during the game. The response from around the table seemed to be mixed from generally positive, through a bunch of negatively tinged apathy, to outright dislike. Suxxors really since I'd love to give it a go with the rules SNAFU fixed. Not to mention that this was just the base game and I've still got two expansions that have never seen the light of day. I'm hardly a war-gamer, but there are really times I wish that there were a few more of those types around so I could get a chance to try some of the things I've purchased over the years.