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Odds and Ends and Snow

Another snowy day in Santa Fe. Winter has bloody well come, and refuses to leave.

Yesterday's SUICIDE KINGS signing at Barnes & Noble in Albuquerque went well, I think. We had a nice, enthusiastic crowd and signed a lot of books. Poor Vic Milan came down with some sort of creeping crud and had to cancel, but Carrie Vaughn, Caroline Spector, John Jos. Miller, Ian Tregillis, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, and yours truly were all on hand, defacing books. We signed a considerable amount of stock as well, so if you're looking for an autographed title by any of the above, contact B&N at Coronado Center.

(photos by Parris)

Speaking of Wild Cards, we have some good news for my Italian fans. I've just signed contracts for Italian language translations of the first three volumes of the series (WILD CARDS, ACES HIGH, and JOKERS WILD). The publisher will be RCS Libri. Needless to say, if these books do well, the rest of the series will follow in good tine.

On other fronts, I'm going to be coming to Minnesota in November. Fantasy Flight Games is bringing me in as a special guest for 'Days of Ice and Fire,' a weekend-long celebration of Westeros at FFG's new Events Center in Roseville, MN. FFG will be running tournaments for their Ice & Fire card game and board games, and I'll be doing a Q&A, several signing sessions, and maybe a reading from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. More details can be found on FF's own site at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1120 We'll know more about the schedule when we get closer to the event.

Another visit to a big midwestern city is in the works as well, and much sooner than the FFG event, but I can't talk about that one yet. Watch this space. Announcement soon.


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Feb. 21st, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm about half-way through Suicide Kings and am, really enjoying it!
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
You need to come to Seattle on of these days :)
Feb. 25th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
You need to come to Seattle on of these days :)
i agree it would be wise
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
We've had the most snow I've seen since I've moved her to Scandinhoovia -- ten years, and nothing remotely like this. Crazy weather. (Yes, I blame global warming).

I saw the news about FFG's new board game, "Battles of Westeros". Sounds very cool (for those who want more info, see here, and check the Hopeless Gamer front page, he has a couple more pictures up since I posted detailing the Stark and Lannister "hero" characters). Very tempting.

The other board game is more strategic, and never quite caught my fancy, but this one... Maybe a better route to just use an existing battle system such as BattleLore; it was a shame Testors never got anywhere with their own tactical game. That all said, I can't imagine the people who spend their time actually painting all these little army figures, though. Too bad they can't produce those pre-colored somehow, I think it'd greatly broaden the appeal (but probably, also, the cost).
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Any chance that Austin, Tx is on the list of cities to visit someday? I will keep a watch, and cross the fingers....
Feb. 21st, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
George answered a question about Texas signings a little bit earlier. See here. That said, Game of Thrones is a good while back now. I'm going to guess a new signing event in a Texas store would probably work a _lot_ better now...

From advice that GRRM and Parris have given in the past, when there's a new signing tour in the offing, lobby your local booksellers to get in touch with the relevant publisher and request that GRRM make an appearance. Point out that he hasn't appeared at a booksigning in Texas since 1996, and this could be a major bookselling event for them. Hopefully Bantam'll reconsider. :)
(no subject) - dirtwitch - Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Weather? Don't talk to me about weather! It hit 78 degrees here today - and it's supposed to SNOW on Tuesday! At least your weather seems to be seasonally consistent...

And yes, put me down as another vote for an Austin visit if at all possible!
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Fantasy Flight Games have done such good stuff with the tie-in games. I do think the world helps though, something about it seems to really work for games.

I think part of it is the moral ambiguity in the books. Straight good vs. evil doesn't really work for interesting factional competition and conflict. Ice and Fire avoids a lot of those issues, and works just as well for games as universes specially built for games.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Ok I must be blind, can anyone point me to where FFG mention this November event? Or just tell me when in November, cause I am totally booking a ticket :P
Feb. 22nd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
That info is not up yet, but there will be a full page set up for it quite soon. We'll be sure to let George know when it's posted so he can let everyone in on it.
(no subject) - marina_bonomi - Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - 433 - Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
How about a secret appearence at DragonCon this year? That would be awesome and fitting considering the title of your next book....just wishing.... :)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Dragoncon
I'll be at worldcon.

Dragoncon needs to move back to its original dates. Labor Day weekend, by long tradition, belongs to worldcon.
Re: Dragoncon - fuentez1138 - Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
> Winter has bloody well come, and refuses to leave

This should be the new House Stark slogan.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
At least one italian-speaking supporter is here, living and breathing! Actually I'm from Switzerland but the italian-speaking part at least :D.
Anyway, I'm glad that RCS Libri will soon publish Wild Cards but I'm a bit surprised because your Songs of Ice and Fire saga is actually published by Mondadori, another italian publisher. I hope their translation will be as good as the Mondadori one, whose work was really amazing even if they decided to split every book in two volumes... a weird solution to make readers buy more books (I'm now finishing the 9th volume...). Anyway... Keep on the good work, your storytelling is just amazing! Hope to be able to read the end of the song in 10 years from now!!! ;) Sorry for my bad english... and "Saluti" from Lugano (Switzerland)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Kansas City?
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
I will be in KC in May for Conquest.

(Doesn't anyone ever check my appearances page? All my scheduled cons and signings are listed there).

That's not the new appearance I was referring to, however. That one hasn't been announced yet.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Indianapolis?! Gen Con?! That would excellent! I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
My money is on Gencon-Indy
If FFG would pay to have George in Minneapolis - they (and Green Ronin, et al, I suppose) would pay to have him at a much bigger event with a lot more buzz: Gencon.

Card games, board games, RPGs, miniatures and replica swords. That's a pretty good product line there for SoIaF licensees :)

And given the nature of the attendees (and number of same) I think George would see 30,000 eager fans in Indy, too.

An attendance by GRRM at Gencon would be ... impressive, to say the least. Gencon is not Worldcon in terms of its alcohol consumption, but it's a helluva fun convention, just the same.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see you in Roseville. We met in Fargo last fall. I just want to let everyone know how great GRRM is. He is very friendly and loves his fans. The nicest celebrity I have ever met.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: Awesome!!!
I had way too much fun in Fargo. But hey, any con where they ask me to judge a cleavage contest is okay with me.
Re: Awesome!!! - guessingo - Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
Please tell me its Milwaukee! I know you cannot tell us, but here I am, hoping away! :D
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Your avatar
My 2 year old just caught sight of your latest avatar... she thinks you are Santa.

Can I have a new book for Christmas please ;-)
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