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Come-into-my-castle is a game played by multiple individuals, usually children. The game is designed to teach noble children about courtesy, heraldry, and the friends and enemies of their house. Usually only nobles play the game, as commoners do not have castles.[1]


As a child, Arya Stark played come-into-my-castle, monsters-and-maidens, and hide-the-treasure with the children of the people of Winterfell.[2] She also played come-into-my-castle and monsters-and-maidens amongst the stone kings in the crypt of Winterfell.[3]

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A Clash of Kings

Rickon Stark plays come-into-my-castle, monsters-and-maidens, lord of the crossing, and rats and cats with Big Walder and Little Walder Frey.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Lady Lysa Arryn tells Sansa Stark that her young son, Lord Robert Arryn, likes to play hopfrog, spin-the-sword, and come-into-my-castle, but advises Sansa to always let the boy win.[5]

A Feast for Crows

Lady Alysanne Bulwer and Queen Margaery Tyrell play the game together, and it is one of the things Ser Osney Kettleblack claims is preventing him from seducing Margaery.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

The lowborn Penny tells Tyrion Lannister that she never played the game as a child.[1]

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