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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

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.

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