Strength and skill come in super handy in the struggle for power. It's all about deciding who is better: stronger, smarter, more skilled, meaner, or just better dressed (in armor). Whoever has more strength and skill may just take home the trophy in A Game of Thrones. After all, this is a game, and skill is the key to winning just about any game. Or is it? Where does luck come into play in this novel? Are there any right-place-at-the-right-time moments? Or worse: wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time? As important as strength and skill are in the game of thrones, the world wants what the world wants. And sometimes it wants you dead.