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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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mythfish
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.
hippoiathanatoi
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.
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falseprophet81
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Its unfortunately that the company went out of order. I found the Game of Throne's RPG to be a great product. The book was a top notch gaming product.
thebitterguy
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
It truly is an awesome book. I keep it on the coffee table in my sitting room.
7wrc
May. 2nd, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
As I do :)
childdoll
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the heads up!

It's a shame that more supplements will not be made in the furture though.
I love the game so much ^_^
selenation
May. 7th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
You are right.
I too love the game
cuddlycthulhu
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, sir, perhaps I'm just not looking in the right place on your website, but what is your e-mail address? Or can we e-mail you at grrm@livejournal.com? I'm interested in the book and I'd like to place an order if I can.
eefster
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
It's not the easiest page to find, but his main site has an Order Page that lists his email as georr AT aol [DOT] com.
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jaelie
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting your license back!

I got my two copies (one deluxe, one normal) at GenCon for my husband and I when it released. It is an absolutely gorgeous book. Even if we didn't play RPGs, it would be an awesome source book for the artwork and world information.

I can hardly wait to see who picks up the license, and hope they keep up the quality!
wyldkyss
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I seen the book in the stores around here, the illustration work is lovely. I've considered getting a copy but just never got around to it.
ladyarkham
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I can't speak as to the rules, because I got the deluxe book for someone else and havne't been able to read it, but it is gorgeous, and well worth having from what I've seen.
chgriffen
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Good luck with trying to have a new version done!

I would hope for a less-traditional, more story-oriented design this time around, rather than another D20 version.
ammitnox
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
I think an Amber-style diceless system would be perfect. ;)
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xraytheenforcer
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that everything got sorted with the RPG and GoO. I'll be curious to see how the next version of the RPG shapes up. :)
morpheus_17
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)

I have no idea if they'd be interested, but I reccoment Alderac Entertainement (AEG). They're roll and keep system would fit beautifully.
dajamieson
Mar. 7th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
It was a fantastic book - really a shame the line didn't get any further.

There was a pdf adventure produced (just a 4-5 page thingy) that was available for download on GoO's website, but as far as I know the screen never materialised.
chasman
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
An anonymous man in a book store suggested your books to me, and I was instantly hooked. Thank you for hard work.

Do you think that your books will be translated into an MMO like Everquest, World of Warcraft, etc?

the_lady_snow
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
"MMO like Everquest, World of Warcraft, etc?"
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
then i will forget about the outside world altogether!
i need to go outside ONCE in a while.
OK,if the books are translated,DON'T TELL ME.
i like my world of dragons,~'the sword of truth'~,rings,elves,faerie,etc...
if i ever get wealthy enough to quit my job,i hope someone is there to get me outside and do important stuff, like going to cons.
wait...'futureworld' is on tv...
gotta go watch the other monitor in my life,

the_lady_snow ;P
sudyn
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
oh that's so very tempting!
but I can't. D=
serpentstar
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to hear that you managed to get some kind of settlement out of Guardians of Order. They could be... tricky to deal with, this last couple of years! I did a fair bit of writing for them, and seem to have timed it quite badly as they went under owing me a fair amount.
grrm
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
bankruptcy
I am sorry about that, serpentstar. You were not alone in that, alas.

Bankruptcy is always frustrating for unsecured creditors like us, and I've had to deal with more than my share of it this past year. Not only in regards to Guardians of Order, but also with iBooks, who had the rights to ten of my WILD CARDS books... and now Publishers Group West, which acquired all of the warehoused stock from iBooks and Byron Preiss Visual Publications, has itself gone under in the AMS bankruptcy (those last two WILD CARDS books in particular could turn out to be quite rare).

Here's hoping the rest of my licensees and publishers all stay afloat for many decades to come!
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missmollygrue
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ooooo...I hope you're entertaining an offer from Fantasy Flight Games. It would be a great excuse to come to Minneapolis, not to mention give me a great excuse to shake your hand. =-D

Sympathies that your legal mess was...a mess. You were certainly due for some good news.
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