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We posted an entry last year about an upcoming Game of Thrones social game that was in the works from start-up Disruptor Beam. Well, the Disruptor Beam team has been toiling away over the past year and the fruit of their labor is now live and available for you to play on Facebook.

Ascent

This is not only the first social game based on the events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, but it gives fans an opportunity to live the life of a noble within the world of Westeros – something that you don’t necessarily get to do by just watching the television. From what Disruptor Beam tells me, as a player you make political, military and economic decisions that impact others, as well as the game’s overall storyline.

We've seen the game for demonstrated here at the office and, without knowing that much about social games or Facebook, I can see that the Disruptor Beam team has put great effort into creating an immersive Game of Thrones experience. Players claim their birthright by choosing which of the Great Houses they’ll swear allegiance to, select their lineage, secure their holdings, develop their lands and reputation, and assign sworn swords to quests, while forging alliances.

We were given tons of custom artwork and dialog text to approve (The game is huge, I went through approvals on inventory lists that were infinity long), so Radoff and company seemed to care a great deal about getting the details right.

Check it out at: http://apps.facebook.com/gamethrones

Let us know what you think.

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green__willow
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:05 am (UTC)
Now Playing
Fun and interesting so far! I look forward to seeing how the story turns out!
smallship1
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:10 am (UTC)
Well, I'm enjoying it at the moment, certainly. The climb is steep at first, but I imagine it's supposed to be, and things are getting a little easier. There is the occasional urge to rub mud into my face and clothes to make it feel more authentic, but I can deal with that. :) As free games go, I'd recommend it heartily.
misschili
Mar. 1st, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
Fantastic place to lose myself for a couple of hours! Unplanned on my behalf, but lured into it -- once I was in, I was fully immersed!

The artwork is absolutely gorgeous, too!
slatslatslats
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of the game so far. There are some features that still need plenty of developing, such as alliances and PvP, but overall they have a very solid base to develop on. I can't wait for upcoming features like world events!
emil_miljkovic
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
The game is really great for a facebook game. My friends and I have been playing it for the last week and we are really hooked, it is really addicting. What sets it apart from other facebook games is the depth they put into the quest system. While it works in similar way as other FB games (upgrades, text based, items, boons) you are usually not that limited by some "power" or "energy" that limits the amount of things you can do. You produce items you need, and you can pretty much find something to do all the time. The side characters that you get in you castle are pretty interesting, and I like how they add to the canon story of the first book. Some of the things that happen interact with the story so I was wondering if it was approved by mr. Martin, but it looks like it was. All in all, good job Disruptor Beam.
Btw, wasn't there another GoT game in the making?
Alan Small
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Playing it...
and loving it!!! They have put a mountain of work into it and it looks great. Hard to know what decision to make sometime - do you follow the old ways or new ways? Truthful or cunning? Family or Realm?
Dino Lemeš
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
WOW
This is one of the best games ever - if not even the best of all!
noybusiness
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Mention of the world of Westeros in this post just made a question occur to me. Do the plants vanilla and cocoa exist anywhere in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire? Dorne, an eastern land like Qarth or anywhere? Sorry if I'm forgetting any mention of a character having vanilla or chocolate to eat.
fltylilmudblood
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Been playing since it started running. It's fun so far!
tenzil
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
My son and I have both been playing it and it's pretty enjoyable. You must decide whether (and how far) to trust your family and servants, and establish your relationship with your liege. There's a lot of the usual facebook-game click-and-wait (but for $1 you can hurry this task!) but after a few days I'm liking it.
xannobaka
Mar. 1st, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
So far this is a great game, especially considering it still is in beta.

Unlike most social games nowadays, you don't have a limited amount of action you can do per day. Instead, what limits you is the size of your roster, and time itself, as building, getting resources, crafting gear takes some time, and each building can do only one thing at a time.

The quests are interesting, the choices given actually seem to be important, as following events seem to change based on your choices (and if they don't, it was done in a such clever manner that I fell for it, so in all 'tis good).

Still, there are some unbalanced stuff happening, like some challenge that are near to impossible to complete. Or maybe it is by design, but I guess you have to balance questing and building up your roster.

Anyway, it is hands down the best game I have played on Facebook.
Andrea Winship
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Love the game... when it works
One of the best RPGs on the Facebook platform, in my opinion. I love being able to interact with and "see" characters & events from the book. The issue is they have server issues multiple times daily and it's always questionable if you'll get to play.
hawks1980
Mar. 1st, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Sad
Dear George,

First off, I would like to let you know that I have the ultimate respect for you and your books. I have waited countless hours, days, months and years for you to deliver more pages for us to enjoy. Did I mind...no, It was worth the wait. The thing taht I dislike and cannot forgive is not the time it takes for you to write (I am patient), not the silence in between (no more updates on progress-I understand that must get tough), but the SELLING OUT and signing any contract for ANY sub-par game, app, etc etc etc. Please appreciate what you have created enough not to be greedy and take money just because it's dangling in front of your face. Some people will hate this post and some will agree(If it is left up by the MOD). I still respect you George, but please protect what you have created.
grrm
Mar. 1st, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad
Why do you presume the game is "sub-par?" Have you played it?

Look at the other replies to this message. Lots of people seem to be liking this game, and it is still only in beta. The whole purpose of beta is to find bugs and flaws and make the game better. Maybe that's what you should be doing, too.

In the age we live in, subsidiary rights and merchandising are an important source of income for any writer or IP creator.
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dusk_falls
Mar. 1st, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
It's a great game so far! I've been surprised how much detail went into it :)
Tabitha Whitlark
Mar. 1st, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
My husband and I have a lot of fun playing this game! I think it's significantly more well "thought out" then most of your run-of-the-mill Facebook games.

I am really glad you and your team have been so involved with it - I can feel the quality from Disruptor Beam taking the time and energy to consult the source material!!
fossey19
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Having a Blast in Westeros
I am having a blast in Westeros! The Disruptor Beam team is doing a great job, and I look forward to playing the game on an ongoing basis. The devil is certainly in the details on this one.
Thiago Henrik
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm totally addicted to this game hahaha. It's really great, for a Facebook game. Disruptor Beam did a great job.
Laurie Sotelo
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
I've been Beta testing since December. The staff at Disruptor Beam have been awesome. They have listened to our ideas for improvements and have worked hard to get the bugs taken care of. Having never played this particular type of game before, I can say that I've really learned a lot and have really enjoyed myself in the process. I'm totally addicted now and can't wait to see what else Disruptor Beam has up their sleeves.
Thanks GRRM for your sharing your wonderful imagination with us all!
Laurie
zireael07
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, it came live finally! Going to try it out ASAP, hope that it lives up to the high opinions presented here.
Merit Selket
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
I love the Game on Facebook. I was sooo, looking forward to it.
Facebook itself might be a silly place full of Drama, but hey you always can ignore that and try to have a good time. And that´s what I do. now I have somthing that keeps me entertained while I wait for you to finish book 6. you created such an amazing universe with your Ice&Fire series, thank you Mr. Martin. ...well now I have to hurry back to the Game on Facebook(must produce some more Fur and hire another Sworn Sword- a Woman can never have enough little birds!)
Alex Rogers
Mar. 1st, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ascent!
I joined the game the day it came out and have nothing but praise for it. It pulls you into Westeros and makes you think you are sitting with your small council arguing how best to proceed. The best part for me is the small details. Like you said, every single item and flavor text has that SoIaF feel we all love. When you upgrade a building, the gorgeous artwork changes to reflect that on your map, so you can watch your house grow from a small wooden keep, to a towering fortress. Overall it's a fantastic experience and a great way to whet our appetite in anticipation of Season 3 and Book 6.
You should give it a try sometime George!
apostle_of_eris
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Ascent!
. . . in his copious free time.
chaoticprose
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
The game is soooo much fun! I'm having a total blast with it, although it is giving me a whole new perspective on how tricky it would be to actually be a noble in Westeros. Holy moly! This game was such a great idea and I am soooo infinitely happy that you gave them the go ahead to make it. Thank you!!!
Casey Moore
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you, Mr. Martin and Disruptor Beam for giving us the chance to experience a taste of life in Westeros, and as an original tester of the game I must say it has come a long way already since the beginning and has amazing potential to grow into a social juggernaut. The passion of the development team has been second to none. I am just lucky to be a small part of something I truly love. I have read every book multiple times and love to leave dreary reality for a spell inside Westeros, and now I can live there and prosper with Swords of my own while I wait for the Winds of Winter.
NinjaMuffin
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
Its the only Facebook game that I found I got addicted to even with the little bugs it has. I love not having to bug people to just advance in the game. The different paths you chose by the dialog sections is fantastic. I'll probably be playing this game for awhile just to see what all can happen in different aspects of playing all dialog choices.
Reelika Alunurm
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
It's awesome!
I started this morning and I've been checking back constantly to see how the events in the game evolve. It's very vast and complex, I'm loving it!
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