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Swords and Daggers and Helms, Oh My

The blacksmiths over at Valryian Steel have been hammering away, and are about to roll out three news GAME OF THRONES products that I thought some of you might like to know about.

((These are all tie-ins from the television series, produced under Jalic's license from HBO, and not tie-ins to the novels, produced under Jalic's license from me, which is why some of them -- the dagger, especially -- look nothing like the item as described in the books)).

First, we have the longsword of Robb Stark, King in the North:


Next, the Catspaw Blade, used by the man sent to kill Bran in his bed:


The last, but decidedly not least, the helm of Sandor Clegane:


All the items are available for pre-order.

And don't worry, Valyrian Steel is still at work on replicas of the weapons from the books as well. Brienne's sword Oathkeeper should be next, if we can figure out how to do the black/red patterning. After that, maybe Khal Drogo's arakh.

Keep your swords sharp!


Andrew Caldwell
Jan. 19th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am surprised Cyvasse hasn't been marketed yet! So many of my friends would like to play. We have tried creating our own but can never agree on these three things:

1. Is the board made up of Hexagons, or Squares?

2. Is it a smaller board (64 tiles), or a larger board (128+ tiles).

3. Finally, is the board made up of simple spaces like chess, or is each homeland made up of tiles such as grass, mountains, water, and forest which each player can arrange to create a unique "homeland"?

If you could shed some light on this that would be amazing!
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
I'm a novelist, not a games designer. I have never played cyvasse, nor worked out this sort of detail.

Thing is, when you're a little beginning writer, one of the first things you learn is that you can have a character who is the world's greatest poet... but you must never ever quote any of his poems, unless you yourself are actually the world's greatest poet.

The same goes for games. Cyvasse is better suggested than detailed. With the power of suggestion, I can make it a game as immortal and profound and deep as chess. If I license someone the right to actually make the game, however... well, it might be a good game, but it would not be chess.
Andrew Caldwell
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
Thank you for the response. It's honestly the best answer you could have given. We have all been trying so hard to create Cyvasse as you see it, but now instead of dwelling on whether you intended this or that we can create a game that follows the lore but is true to our own interpretation.

Keep inspiring imagination. You are making the world a better place because of it!

Kyle Elzy
Jan. 26th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
I figured Cyvasse was essentially Stratego with a "Thrones" slant on the units and maybe slightly different rules.

Um, interesting... so it seems Hasbro has included an "Ice Vs Fire" game rules variant in newer versions of Stratego, with familiar aspects of Cyvasse like an all-powerful dragon unit that can fly over spaces.

Anybody seen this?



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