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That Facebook all the kids seem to like

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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seosaimhthin
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Even though the game is little more than clicking things to make numbers get bigger - and don't get me wrong, I'm the sort of lab rat gamer that will do that for hours - what keeps me playing is the story; I'm Stark now, so I'm playing all the little intrigues and spy games oop North, but next I'll go some other lineage and see how things are on the other side. It's a brilliant little fun insight into the goings on of Westeros. It must be lovely to create a world and see it come to life in different incarnations.

I'm going Baratheon next. They don't get enough attention, I think, what with all that dying business going on.
Sherardia Arvensis
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you very much Mr Martin for letting us play with your creation! It is really interesting to be in immersion with the famous characters, and to compete with some of them. This game is a nice opportunity to have fun in Westeros.
Jules T. Escatron
Mar. 1st, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hello..

I love the books, I love the series, I love the game!! Thank you Mr. Martin. Now I can think and live like a Westorosi!
Dave Rindahl
Mar. 1st, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
GoTA
Dear Grrm,
Having seen this game go from closed beta in early Dec., to what it is now, has been a true honor. I feel, the game has remained true to both the spirit, and the concept of both the books, and the HBO series. I am Fealty Stark in the game after all.
The game, to put it simply, is a joy to play.
Sorry for this in advance, as this is about GoTA. However, since Tuf Voyaging is one of my favorite books, and have read it cover to cover five time, it should either be a game, or HBO series. Sorry for going off track.

Kindest Regards,
Dave
Lucas Lautaro
Mar. 2nd, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Game of Thrones Ascent.
First of all, let me say that, regardless of how trivial may I sound, I admire your work. My name is Lucas and I'm from Argentina, Southamerica, and I came in contact with the series throught the TV show, and I have to say, because it's obvious, that the books surpass it with ease. I am an aspiring writer, and I think that certain people have a misteryous power in their words, something that cannot be explained and cannot be told. It's that power that makes people go crazy, it is that which make anyone become an addict. You, sir, have that power, and it is a pleasure to let myself flow in the magic of your letters. Your work has inspired me and open a world of possibilites and complexity that I have never been aware of. The intrigue, the shadows, the valor of the human over magic, the nature of a duality that can make event the most hated character- like Jaime Lannister tome-, transform into a person which you can sympathize. I don't intend to write like you, but to write like me, thanks to you, if you understand me. If you could reply to this comment, it would mean much to me. From an argentinian fan, with nothing but respect.
Ah, yes, and the game is good, and take your time to write the book. Perfection requires work, and I'll be waiting patiently but anxiously to that first page of The Winds of Winter, to the smell of a fresh page, and to another step towards Westeros.
Imre Simon
Mar. 2nd, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
It is a very good game, the downsides are>
1. Only 5 of the nine major houses are available az fealty (Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy)
2. Server problems and bugs obviously, but i can get ove that
3. It's very addicting, so i zerg-ed through the storyline in 10 days. There are bonus quests still, but those repeat from time to time
4. PvP doesnt work
Henrik Hanssen
Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
GoT Ascent
It is a fun game, the biggest downside would be that it's only availible on facebook. I'd really like to play without being logged into facebook.

And it's somewhat annoying that you have to have friends playing to do Bonus quests and sometimes you're asked to invite friends to participate in quests.
zireael07
Mar. 4th, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
Re: GoT Ascent
You can play the game on Kongregate too.
dawlface623
Mar. 2nd, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
its so much fun! I love it!
sara_miko
Mar. 3rd, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
Oooh, I haven't had time to play Facebook games in so long! I might need to rethink that...^_^
yagathai
Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
Not to rain on the parade, but while the game is a lot of fun, it's so buggy and full of errors and flaws that I just can't endorse it. I don't know what their internal QA processes are like, but there's a difference between "beta test" and "releasing a fundamentally broken product", and I'm afraid that the game as it exists right now is much closer to the latter than the former. A host of major features are either broken or implemented so poorly that they might as well be -- PVP, alliances, items, skills, titles, invitations, gifts -- and already it seems like cheating is rampant and easy.

Either the QA department is nonexistent, or the developers weren't given enough resources to address all the multitude of pre-launch issues. Eithe way, it's bad. And even though the premium items are strictly optional, it takes a lot of gall to charge for anything in a game that's this broken.
Imre Simon
Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Not quite true, PvP is simply not implemented yet (though they should fix that, it seems it is), alliances feature is really simplistic, you need to add a facebook group to it.... The biggest item problems were already fixed, not sure what do you feel the skills lack, or what's the problem with gifts and invitation, never had any reason to complain about those.

Cheating isnt that rampant, and while you can just buy yourself amazing shit, it's not impossible to catch up. I do not abuse bugs, didnt pay a single dollar, and im about 100ish on the rankings.

Not to sound too biased, i admit the game has many flaws, as i wrote previously.
zdraco
Mar. 3rd, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
I can't play it at all, the app page just keeps looping back and trying to reload itself :/ checked fb settings, restarted firefox, etc.
Marino Santirso
Mar. 3rd, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Solution!
Hi there!
I'm sorry you can't get to play! Please check you have the option to accept cookies from third parties/any sites enabled in your web browser. Normally, the "cookies" setting is configured with a more restrictive level.
Also, if you are using Firefox or Internet Explorer, try with Chrome. Finally, try to clear the cache and the browsing history of your web browser, quit it and then restart.
I hope you get it to work!
Marino Santirso
Mar. 3rd, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Great script, great graphics and seriously addictive. Give the devs a chance to fine tune! :)
First time posting here, so hi, George.

I couldn't get to see you last year when you came to Avilés. I collaborated with Gigamesh in the translation of "A Dance with Dragons", and I am in charge of the Spanish editions of Fantasy Flight Games "A Game of Thrones" Living Card Game, "HBO's A Game of Thrones: The Card Game", and "A Game of Thrones: The Board Game".

I have been beta-testing the game for quite a long time now, and it's true, there are bugs to be sorted out, but the game is indeed huge, and it takes a lot of effort to pull out a project like this. I've never been a fan of "FB games", but this one certainly is different, and the scripts are awesome. They make for a great read! So, by all means, give it a chance. Comment about the bugs you find; the devs will appreciate it! Instead of complaining, let's all help build the best "Game of Thrones" computer game so far!

See you in Westeros!

PS: Yeah, Martells should be in, but hey, I can be as patient as Prince Doran if need be.
Charles Cherry
Mar. 4th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Good, but room for improvement.
I love the premise. While intriguing, it is obvious the game is heavily geared towards pay-to-win.
I think a bit more balance between "free" players and "P2W" players would be nice.
Also, start cracking down on bug abusers. You can watch the scoreboards change endlessly, with people rocketing from the nether regions of the ~50k rank, to top 10 in only a few hours/days.
This should not be possible :)

On a side note, if George reads this, I have a question that I (And probably many others) would love to hear an answer to, if you have time!

How has the HBO show schedule affected your writing?
Is it rushing you, and have you had to make any adjustments to your writing process in order to accommodate?
If so, how do you think it will affect the final product?


Hope you have time to answer.
:)
Dennis Clark
Mar. 4th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Not Prepared
This game is amazing. It's a bummer that it's been down more than it's not, but that is because I'm certain the creators were unprepared for just hom many people would play it in a short period of time. Any facebook game is going to have to have appropriate levels of servers and power involved based on the number of people who play at any given time. I am certain that having more than 100k users already was something they were not prepared for. If you set up severs for 1 million players, and you get 20k, you're going to be bankrupt. I get the feeling that the response to this game has been far greater than their highest expectations. Give them some time. The game is well done, really immersive, and I can't wait for the servers to catch up so I can play it some more.
Ifj Orisk Norbert
Mar. 6th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
My oppinion starts to change
This game was amazing about 3 days ago. Unfortunately it started to seriously lag on Monday and it gets worse and worse every day. Again, as it has been said before me, the devs probably did not expect so many players and their servers can't take the traffic. Sadly, the lag is so serious now that I am at the point of quitting the game. Although, I am sure I'll check back later to see if it's fixed, because before this started it was really fun!
tommy50702
Mar. 15th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
I have to stay away from this game.
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