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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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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.
(no subject) - Thiago Henrik - Mar. 1st, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
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!
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.
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