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ICE & FIRE role playing game

I have reached a final settlement with Guardians of Order, the Canadian games company that published the role-playing game based on A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE before going under last year.

We're now all square, and that license has officially expired. It is not the ending that I would have hoped for, but I'm glad to have concluded things amicably.

As part of our settlement, I have acquired the remaining stock of the deluxe, limited edition of the RPG worldbook, a huge and lavishly illustrated hardcover. I will be listing the book for sale on the "Signed Books" page of my website in the very near future, but I thought I'd give my Not-a-Bloggers a little advance notice.

If any of you want to snag a copy, the price is $100, which includes book rate shipping within the United States (overseas is more). This is a big and beautiful book with lots of great artwork, and tons of background material on the world of Westeros that may be of interest even to those who do not play role-playing games. And needless to say, I would be glad to sign and inscribe the book on request. You can get a look at the cover and some of the graphics by scrolling back through the Archives sections of the news page.

(Please email if you are interested, don't comment about it here).

There will be another RPG in the future. I am considering offers from several other companies right now, and expect to have a new license to announce within the next couple of months,


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Mar. 7th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Bugger! My kingdom for an extra $100! I should never have paid all those overdue bills with my tax refund.
Mar. 7th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
me want book.

I don't play RPGs, except for some online ones, but I like shiny glossy things!
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Heh, I own a copy of that, purchased not too long before GoO went out of business. If it involves a deluxe edition and your signature, I'm gonna go ahead and opt to buy it. I'll keep my eye on the site for updates regarding this.

Awesome stuff. As for Pen & Paper / Tabletop RPGs, I can't recommend a company even after playing for 15 years. Since TSR was acquired I'm not sure Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro would give you any good treatment but you do have the added bonus of comfort, trusting they won't go under. White Wolf tends to publish grittier settings, most of which are original. (In fact the only non-original licensed world they did was Street Fighter, from the game series of the same name, but that project failed.) So they might enjoy your product, and in my experience they seem to reflect much more on literary content than just game functionality.

Anyway good luck with all that stuff. :) I'll be checking back religiously for a chance to get your signature on an RPG book!
Mar. 8th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
White Wolf have actually published licensed settings in the past (they published Ravenloft for a few years under license from WotC). WW have also acquired and published the new edition of Big Eyes, Small Mouth which was previously owned and published by Guardians of Order. They also publish the Pendragon RPG which was previously published by Chaosium and Green Knight Games.

Now that WW have themselves been taken over it'll be interesting to see what happens with them. I know they are now developing a RPG based upon the popular EVE MMORPG (which considering the company that brought them is the company behind EVE isn't really surprising I guess :p). We'll wait and see.
Mar. 10th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
ww is a good choice
1) they have already publish the base book
2) they can begin the new game line with the suppléments already written

(sorry for my poor level in english)
Mar. 8th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
For those of you reading comments who are not sure...

Buy the book. It's gorgeous. The artwork alone is worth the cost, but the supplementary material, the system alone are really well put together. It's a shame the company didn't work out. I love my copy.

--Ser Toryx of the Lamprey Pie
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Is this the World Book that's coming out or the D20 game guide?
Mar. 12th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
The D20 game guide which came out in late 2005. The World of Ice and Fire is a separate project which will game out some time after ADWD is published.
Mar. 12th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
Okay, that's what I thought. Cos I own the D20 thing already and I got really confused. Thanks for clearing it up. :)
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
Such a shame about Guardians of Order. That worldbook is lovely, and my 3-year-old son's favorite "bedtime book".
Mar. 8th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
GM Screen and Adventure
Thanks for so many kind words, guys. I'm very proud of the work all the authors and artists did on that book (and hey, we won 3 ENie awards last year!).

The GM screen was never printed, although I believe a PDF *may* be floating around.

You can also find the two free adventures (neither was printed) here:

Jesse Scoble
Mar. 8th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
Save one for me!! and what, no anonymous blog crashers?!
Can I just say that it is a huge relief to scroll down through all this thread and find zero trash? Not that I am the anonymous police or anything but these guys were starting to get to me. I just sent an email out to purchase one of the Worldbooks. Hope I can get one before they are gone! Save one for me!! ((*please*))
Mar. 8th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Save one for me!! and what, no anonymous blog crashers?!
Yeah, one benefit of LiveJournal is being able to disallow comments from anonymous posters. They can still register and post tripe if they want to, but it takes a few extra steps, so the signal-to-noise ratio will hopefully go up. ;)
Mar. 8th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
Really, you're a very cute and lovable person, "majo" as we say in Spain. Thanks for taking so much care of your Not-a-bloggers!! :D

If we want to mail you about it, where do we have to send the mails to? I do not know your e-mail :(
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
1) Did you also get your hands on the GM Screens that deluxe-edition preorder customers were promised but never received? No big deal either way, but it'd be neat. I'd pay a few bucks if necessary.

2) Please encourage the next company to receive the license to work off the original rulebook (at least the d20 part, as Tri-Stat is as dead as Guardians of Order). It was masterfully done--if it's not the most polished RPG I've ever seen, it's certainly in the top 5. If the next company decides to start over, they'll have some big shoes to fill.
Mar. 8th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
I had the good fortune to pick up the mighty sourcebook for this game before the company went fully under, and found it not only a great resource for learning about the books, but just an awesome system. If an RPG were to be written based on my WiP, I'd want it to be like this one (and, particularly, this deadly).

I'm working on getting an actual game together, possibly a one-shot over at GenCon Indy. I wrote the adventure long ago, and it parallels some of the events in the King's Landing debacle at the end of book 1. The players can either maintain the outcome (and have all their efforts be off-stage) or cause it to depart wildly. 'Cuz you never know when someone important's going to die. :)

Mar. 8th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Awesomeness and saddness
It is awesome that this has been resolved to your satisfaction. One the other hand, I am rather saddened (mainly do to my selfish nature) that there are still copies of the deluxe limited numbered edition of AGoT:RPG for sale - I preordered mine and the hassle I went through made me treasure it (though I never did get my adventure or the Game Master shield that I was promised for placing my preorder!).

Well, damn my selfishness! I highly recommend that if you have the coin, buy a copy. If you do not, then clean out your coin jars, couchs, and pockets. It is totally awesome.
Mar. 9th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I've got the "basic" d20 Game of Thrones book already, and it's great to hear that plans are for more RPG books to be made. Although Guardians of Order had a bad ending, I think they made a superb book, and if that level of quality is kept up, I would definitely buy anything that got published.

Again, I'm really really happy to hear that you're not giving up on the RPG.
Mar. 9th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Me too! Me too!
Thank you thank you for the heads up. From what I am hearing this will definitely be more valuable than the other massive fantasy series Worldbook that I already own. :o Plus this one will be signed by someone who cares about his readership and goes somewhere with his plot! Looking forward to this very much.
Mar. 11th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Westeros Map from GoO's rpg
I was the artist on the map that came with the edition. I have sent you an email concerning it, but wasn't sure if the address I have goes directly to you. If you do not receive an email from Keith Curtis, could you please contact me at keithcurtis@gmail.com?

Mar. 12th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Online MMORPG anytime soon?
Hi there,

I'm a first time poster both in your livejournal and livejournal itself. I love your series! I am just starting the 4th book and am hoping the 5th is just months away.

Anyhow, my question is if you have considered selling rights to a company to produce an online MMORPG of your series. Online games are extremely popular and is a multi billion dollar a year business. With the popularity of your books and their target audience I am quite sure that if you get the right company to make the game it could mean big dollars for you and a lot of fun for the fans as well.

Thanks a lot, and if you have time to comment i'd really appreciate it. I must say that you are one of my favorite authors to date. I know (or better say I think I understand) how complex and difficult it must be to tell such an incredible epic tale keeping all your facts straight, and characters in perspective, and you handle it masterfully.

Also read on here HBO will be doing your series..... There is a god!
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
LOVE the GoO book with all its info & beauty, but never really understood how to play.

Was going to borrow the combat system, but after much consideration decided it was too deadly in a way that was pretty faithful to the books.

I dunno. I guess we wanted something that was lower fantasy than D&D, but not quite so brutal as the "What, you're not wearing armor? The arrow hits you and you start bleeding and nobody can stop it and you die. Next character?" Realistic, yes. Fun to play...? Don't know.

Was interested in the political influence system, which I gather was what you were supposed to use the game for. But I had to jump around a lot to figure out how the RPG was meant to be played, so eventually I put it down and just enjoyed the art and info.

I'd still be interested to see another version of the RPG.
Still in favor of the d20, though, because learning a new system is tedious and we all forget the rules after not playing for three months. Just my 2 cents.
Mar. 15th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Hallo Mr. Martin,
what would you charge for sending it to Europe (CH)?

Apr. 3rd, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
I've got my copy.
Wow!!! (I hope I'm not copyright infringing on Bill Gates for that) It's better than I could have imagined. For those of you who are fans of the series but not rpgers I say get it anyway. I haven't played in years and years, but the quality is, bar none, the best I've seen. It's a great addition to the A Song of Ice and Fire collection.

BTW, mine was 1124 of 2500. So I hope you can still get a copy.
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