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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.

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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.

Comments

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.
Peter Varga
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad
Dear Mr Martin,
Rest assured, your story seems to be in excellent hands with the creators of this game. I bet even you would love playing it! It is truly that excellently done.
yay ^^
ext_1677654
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad
The game is not sub-par, and does a nice job of following the story line from the books. I've been following the books since 2005 and am so pleased at the success you have found. As a librarian, I know it is only good for our society when authors achieve this sort of fame, and I could not be happier that it happened to one of my favorites!
TomIsAJerk
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad
I'd love to play this, but it would mean going back to vapid Facebook. Not a chance!
bastun_ie
Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the FB game - it's on Facebook so I won't be playing it - but the last two computer games were indeed really sub-par, so you'll have to excuse people (unfairly, perhaps) pre-judging.

AGOT-Genesis (the real-time strategy game) scores 53/100 on Steam's Metascore review and it's been impossible to find anyone to play against since about a month after the last update. (October. 2011). The AGOT RPG of last year scores 58/100.

The annoying thing is that the gamer fanbase tried really hard to get Cyanide to improve the RTS game, but they wouldn't take on board any suggestions. Like naming castles, or towns, or NPCs, for example. Or even being able to play a campaign set in the same era as the book! It was very much a case of cashing in on the franchise, and to be honest, George, when the books and the TV series are so wonderful and the fans have invested in the world you've made, seeing it hawked to us by a "throw something together, the fans'll buy it!" outfit like Cyanide is disappointing.

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