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ASCENT Ascending

For you Facebookers out there...

HBO and Disruptor Beam have entered into a partnership with Zynga to distribute and promote the new GAME OF THRONES social media game, ASCENT.

Details can be found at


Go ye forth and play.


Apr. 30th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I cannot say I find this news pleasing.
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Been playing it for a couple weeks now. I'm loving it. First Facebook game I've found that actually feels like a game, and not just a timesink.
Apr. 30th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Zynga lol
Apr. 30th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
I Think you should be as discerning with who you license your work to with games as you have been with television and movies. Yes, I realize it's a business and good money can be made from harnessing the popularity of your actual writing but if you spent four times the amount of time finding a flagship and critically accomplished game company that can do your writing justice and release only one "song of ice and fire" game rather than four mediocre ones you spent a quarter of the time dealing with you'd probably make as much money(and probably win over even more fans) and you'd conserve your artistic vision. Games these days can be as respected by the younger generation for story, plot, and immersion as movies and tv shows. Just some friendly constructive criticism. I love your writing and I'm a huge fan. Can't wait for the next book!
Apr. 30th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
I don't do social games myself... not even on Facebook... but ASCENT has gotten rave reviews from everyone who's played it.

And while bugs have been reported on the Cyanide video RPG, most of the reviews I have seen have given the game high marks for "story, plot, and immersion," the very things you say are important.
May. 3rd, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
That makes two of us...but I was attracted by the premise of this one. I support Greyjoy, and my lord's name is 'Goffrey'...pretty cool to make one's own banner, etc.

i'm curious, how much input did you yourself have on this one? Names, any writing, did you approve any sigils or character names??
May. 3rd, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
My job is to write the books. I leave the games to the folks who know and understand them.
May. 3rd, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Ah, as well I'd figured. The Ascent game feels like a part of your books, or the HBO series, so it's very interesting to able to interact in some form in the world you've created, be it by book or screen.

I'm also looking forward to (hopefully) beta testing the Thrones MMO. I was a World of Warcraft player, but left...of my own free will.
May. 4th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to reply to my suggestion. I have not played the game so perhaps I have prejudged it. I guess the bulk of my message is meant to convey how amazing it would be to see a developer like Bethesda or some other critically acclaimed studio do with your work what HBO has done in the television medium. I truly believe your writing in any medium deserves something that is not just good or given "high marks" but just as the HBO series is, should be of outstanding quality. I understand that's not necessarily the best or only way to go, just personal preference I suppose as a big fan of both the video game medium and your writing. Anyways, thanks for reading!
May. 1st, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
The Facebook game is pretty well written. I mean, it's a Facebook game, so pretty much all there is are little snippets of text with some illustrations and then you pick what your character does, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style, but hey, with Facebook you can't go much further (yet).

The console RPG also had really good writing and an awesome story, which synced up nicely with the first book. It had a lot of gameplay problems, though. Some bugs and a poorly put together battle system. But story-wise, I think George is picking some great studios to handle the license.

I didn't play that computer game, so no clue about that one.
James Cox
Apr. 30th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Am sorry, but the only people who have made anything decent game wise with this franchise is Fantasy Flight Games.

Every PC title has been a buggy, incoherent mess.
Apr. 30th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
Meh. It's a great franchise, but so far the GoT/I&F games have been very disappointing, and a social media game can only be shallow.
Would love to play a really great title in the universe though.
James Cox
May. 1st, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
If you are into board games, check out Fantasy Flight Games take on SOIAF. One of the better diplomacy style board games out there with some really cool mechanics that fit very well with the theme.
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Albano Calefato
Apr. 30th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Shireen Baratheon non-black hair.
Dear George, me and my several friends that watch Game Of Thrones every Sunday, have realized that in the show, Shireen has kind of blond hair, when we all know, thanks to Ned Stark's research at the beginning of the series, that "The seed is strong" and every Baratheon should or must be black of hair. Don't get me wrong, we are not saying it's a fatal mistake, but kind of contradicts the whole deduction that Ned has done when he was alive. I mean, Stannis knows this too, so why wouldn't he think Shireen could not be his daughter? I really don't remember if Shireen's hair colour is mentioned in the books, but I think it isn't, but it is kind of obvious.

So, we just wanted to know if that was a mistake that production has made or if it is an actual production decision the fact that she doesn't has carbon-black hair.

Thank you, and we love you.

PS: Sorry for the off-topic.

Edited at 2013-04-30 09:09 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Shireen Baratheon non-black hair.
LOL! Even Robert wasn't black of hair in the show, and you're quibbling about Shireen's? ;o)
(I kid, good catch! But are you suggesting Selyse is cheating on Stannis with her twin brother?!)

Back on topic:
Oh gosh, maybe I'll finally have to break down and get a facebook account. I've resisted so far, but Ice & Fire is the ultimate lure...

For the record, I enjoyed the RPG game for PS3, though admittedly I totally get how people coming to it primarily as gamers wouldn't be as into it as those who are mainly already Ice & Fire fans. It has a LOT of dialogue which gamers may not have the patience for. Us book people have already had to learn patience! :o)

Never tried the RTS, but sadly I didn't hear many good things about it. I still may pick it up at some point though - I'm basically locked in to an ever-growing collection of board/card/computer games, books, ebooks, comics, miniatures...
May. 1st, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Shireen Baratheon non-black hair.
There are a few ways to explain it. Shireen may not be Stannis's natural daughter. Shireen's disfiguring greyscale may have discolored her hair. I'm not bothered.
Albano Calefato
May. 1st, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Shireen Baratheon non-black hair.
Those are both theories we are discussing. Trust me, I'm not bothered either because of this, but some of my firends are (REALLY are). So I took my chance and asked George... It's just an inquietude.

BTW: Maybe in the show Robert wasn't THAT black of hair, but he was indeed dark of hair, not nearly blonde like Shireen. We even ruled out the posibility that "the Florent seed" may be stronger than Baratheon's because we know Edric Storm was son of Robert and Delena Florent...

Anyway, the show's still great, and I really think it is a Greyscale thing, such as you said priviously.
Apr. 30th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin
Mr. Martin,
The Games of thrones is a phenomenon and everyone knows.
What I think is bad is the delay .... (Snif!) said please ... when we have another volume?
There is to create a franchise, something like the stories of Arthur King that several writers have written about it each in their styles?
Although I'm sure that would be any better than yours. It would be just to ease the suspense of waiting. Until the next book.
Hug your Brazilian fan.
May. 1st, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I've been playing Ascent for a while, and I really enjoy it. I do find that it takes more attention and thought than the typical Facebook game, but I kind of like that about it.
May. 1st, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
Looks pretty sweet
May. 1st, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
I hope they work out some of the bugs quickly. Right now, the Zynga advertising is blocking most of my ability to take any actions on the game. And I've been playing for weeks already, so this is mega annoying. But I hope it works out and helps the game in the long run.
May. 3rd, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Me too!
I have had this exact same problem! I am going to email the support staff, since the last time I encountered a glitch they responded very quickly. If we both email, they will probably fix this problem sooner. :)
May. 1st, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
I really hate Facebook games for the incessant advertising and friend pandering but so far I haven't seen that. The stories look decent as you work your way up.

I would really hope to see a Game of Thrones MMO set in the years before and after Aegon's Landing where it was a bit more Wild West like and action wouldn't mess up what goes on in the books as much.

But enough of that, the real question on everyone's minds is will the Popcorn in your theater have Parmesan Cheese sprinkled on top like the old days?
May. 1st, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)
Alas, even that game would not get me to go back to Facebook.
May. 1st, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Guess I'm not going to play that.

Zynga is awful. I used to play Draw Something all the time until they bought it and ruined it and started spamming me with ads on my phone when the game wasn't even open- and I had paid for the ad-free version already.

Was really looking forward to this game getting out of beta, had their facebook page liked for a long time.. but forgetthat. :/
May. 3rd, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Don't do it!
Seriously, this game is super fun! Don't discount it because Zynga is financially involved now. It definitely does not play like a Zynga game, and I have played some of those in the past. It's actually developed by the 'disrupter beam' people. Trust me, this game is good stuff. :)
Dennis Clark
May. 3rd, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
I love this game, can't recommend it enough. The game and story change depending on which house you choose to swear fealty to at the beginning of the game. Each has different advantages. After you've gotten past the first of the current 3 volumes, you can reincarnate to a new character keeping only the power (game status if you will) and one talent, like the Stark Hunting Lodge or the Lannister Mine. So you can really get the whole story and perspective. You can also play for achievements, which works for us completion nuts. Your choices affect your character's values. I'm currently working on being a Spider sworn to the Lannisters. My only complaint would be my wife gets mad that I spend too much time on the game. This really is a great game.

Dennis Clark
James Cox
May. 5th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Ascent
I am a believer in indie game companies. And I think it is very generous of you to give them a shot at a great franchise. But seriously. If you can't do it yourself, you need to hire someone to assure quality control. This is YOUR NAME they are trading on. And insulating yourself from what people are doing with this license is going to harm your reputation down the road. Particularly among gamers. Gamers hold long, long grudges.
If I didn't care. I wouldn't take the time to post.
May. 6th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
There are pawns and there are princes in the world of social media games on facebook. Ascent is three times kind of awesome.
May. 7th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
It says my previous comment was marked as spam, but it isn't. It's a link to ASOIAF tattoos, some that are absolutely gorgeous.
May. 7th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Never saw it.
May. 8th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Well, looks like any post with a link in it is considered spam. That's ok. Better safe than sorry. The title of the article, that can be googled, is either "17 tattoos that any game of thrones fan will enjoy". Or what may have been the source article 'The most amazing game of thrones tattoos". I've seen fans submit body art to you over the years, but some of these take my breath away.

May. 8th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
I really tried playing the game, and it was good as far the social games go, but at this point its not really playable. The story is solid, the art on pair with what you see in most Zynga games and its game mechanics quite sound, if not innovative, but ... this game is the single buggiest game I have ever played on Facebook. I can't say I played many Facebook games, but this can't be how its meant to work. Every few minutes you'll have a server lag that won't allow you to load any pages or will drop everything that you were doing and make you do it again. People from Disruptor Beam keep promising that it'll get better, but it never really did. All they have done is implement a detrimental "fix" for the interface. I guess they are still experimenting with it. Here's to hoping that it'll get better at some point.

Clint Griffin
May. 12th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
Already play the game. I do admit to hesitating when I had the option to slap King Joffrey. I figured if I did choose that option, that would be the end of the game for me and I would have to start all over.


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