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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,


Mar. 7th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
There was supposed to be a free GM screen and introductory adventure sent to those of us who preordered the game all those ages ago...I never heard what happened to those. Do you know if they even got printed? If they did, did you happen to get any of them, because I'd still like mine...I emailed Mark about it ages ago and never got any kind of response.
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Good to hear that the license has finally gotten disentangled. It was a pleasure to work with GoO on it, and it was just such a shame that it didn't go further. A lot of room for some nice supplements and sourcebooks.
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a screen or an adventure, so I'd be inclined to guess that they were never printed, but I couldn't say for certain. It was not a point that I ever discussed with Mark.
Mar. 7th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
I believe Mark did send out the PDF of these things to some people, but it seems not everyone got even that much. There's a fan site that's got them available with, I believe, the permission of the developers of the adventure and GM screen.
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's MY fan site!
And its primary purpose is to host a community conversion of ASoIaF roleplaying to the Riddle of Steel system. From the very first moment I read the lite TRoS rules, I thought it was a perfect match for ASoIaF. And since this is the only legitimate discussion of "Who should do the AGoT RPG?" that I'm ever likely to be involved in, I'm going to put my two coppers in on the topic:

* Driftwood Publishing - The Riddle of Steel offers a terrific low-tech melee combat system as well as an innovative experience / metagame system rolled into one. I'm not sure if the expansions have fixed the abysmal ranged combat or the mediocre skill system. But playing and running TRoS feels more like Westeros than any game I've every played. But, Driftwood is a small company and I can certainly understand not wanting a repeat of GoO.

* Steve Jackson Games - GURPS is without a doubt one of the most flexible and powerful systems around. 4th edition smoothed over most of the rough spots, (IMHO) and is one of the best systems for combat with consequences. The first characters I made in G4E were Jon Snow (before he became Lord Commander) and Ghost (using the Four Legs Friendly article from Pyramid). The GURPS community is active and SJG isn't going anywhere.

And since this is the only place I'll ever get to brag to an audience that cares - I'm the proud owner of signed, numbered Deluxe Limited Edition #161 and I'm in the book as proofreader. :)
Mar. 12th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
Re: Hey, that's MY fan site!
Hi, Gomad, I'm also a fan of TRoS.

I also run a game publishing company, and our RPG engine is an interesting mix of Riddle of Steel and WEG's D6 engine.

I disagree about GURPS. SJG has had horrid problems getting 4th ed books out on time.
Mar. 8th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
There were two adventures published as .pdf only - one of them I wrote ("Bonds of Blood and Honour") and the other was written by Devinder Thiara ("Trouble in Pembrook"). The first was to go to anyone who purchased the deluxe edition (along with the GM screen), and the second was available for free on their website.

Additionally, two other adventures were written but never published. The first of them was by Gareth Michael-Skarka and was about slavers preying on smallfolk near the Wildwood, near Oldcastle. The first part of the scenario was used as a demo at many conventions. The second adventure was set immediately after the first, and was written by someone else (I can't remember who). It involved the characters in some behind-the-scenes events during the first novel.
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat myself, and GRRM's guess is probably right - they don't exist. Shame.
Mar. 7th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I wrote the deluxe adventure, so if you'd like, you can ping me and I'll send you a copy. My email address is my name (no spaces) with @gmail.com at the end of it. I wrote the history of fantasy section, as well as many other sections.
Mar. 7th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, that'd be great. Email on its way. Thanks a lot.


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