Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Swords and Daggers and Helms, Oh My

The blacksmiths over at Valryian Steel have been hammering away, and are about to roll out three news GAME OF THRONES products that I thought some of you might like to know about.

((These are all tie-ins from the television series, produced under Jalic's license from HBO, and not tie-ins to the novels, produced under Jalic's license from me, which is why some of them -- the dagger, especially -- look nothing like the item as described in the books)).

First, we have the longsword of Robb Stark, King in the North:


Next, the Catspaw Blade, used by the man sent to kill Bran in his bed:


The last, but decidedly not least, the helm of Sandor Clegane:


All the items are available for pre-order.

And don't worry, Valyrian Steel is still at work on replicas of the weapons from the books as well. Brienne's sword Oathkeeper should be next, if we can figure out how to do the black/red patterning. After that, maybe Khal Drogo's arakh.

Keep your swords sharp!


Jan. 19th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Just when I think I'm safe, Valyrian just keeps dipping even further into my wallet.

Ok, I'm not really complaining, very happy so far, and if the TV show line keeps to the same quality as the book ones I'll stay happy too.
Jan. 19th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Lets stress test them xxx
Andrew Caldwell
Jan. 19th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
I am surprised Cyvasse hasn't been marketed yet! So many of my friends would like to play. We have tried creating our own but can never agree on these three things:

1. Is the board made up of Hexagons, or Squares?

2. Is it a smaller board (64 tiles), or a larger board (128+ tiles).

3. Finally, is the board made up of simple spaces like chess, or is each homeland made up of tiles such as grass, mountains, water, and forest which each player can arrange to create a unique "homeland"?

If you could shed some light on this that would be amazing!
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
I'm a novelist, not a games designer. I have never played cyvasse, nor worked out this sort of detail.

Thing is, when you're a little beginning writer, one of the first things you learn is that you can have a character who is the world's greatest poet... but you must never ever quote any of his poems, unless you yourself are actually the world's greatest poet.

The same goes for games. Cyvasse is better suggested than detailed. With the power of suggestion, I can make it a game as immortal and profound and deep as chess. If I license someone the right to actually make the game, however... well, it might be a good game, but it would not be chess.
Andrew Caldwell
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
Thank you for the response. It's honestly the best answer you could have given. We have all been trying so hard to create Cyvasse as you see it, but now instead of dwelling on whether you intended this or that we can create a game that follows the lore but is true to our own interpretation.

Keep inspiring imagination. You are making the world a better place because of it!

Kyle Elzy
Jan. 26th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Cyvasse
I figured Cyvasse was essentially Stratego with a "Thrones" slant on the units and maybe slightly different rules.

Um, interesting... so it seems Hasbro has included an "Ice Vs Fire" game rules variant in newer versions of Stratego, with familiar aspects of Cyvasse like an all-powerful dragon unit that can fly over spaces.

Anybody seen this?

Jan. 19th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Release the Hound ..
... in time for my buddy's birthday! We're taking up a collection. It's more fearsome than I imagined from the books.
Rutager Caruthers
Jan. 19th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
probably not but.........
Any chance of an 'Ice' restock?
James Rutledge Roesch
Jan. 20th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
Limiting the production of one of the most iconic swords in all of ASOIAF is a strange business model for a company exclusively dedicated to producing blades from ASOIAF. Eventually, they're going to run out of blades that people will purchase, and then what? Sell Hearteater, Widow's Wail, and Lion's Tooth in a Joffrey combo pack? Good grief.

I don't think anyone is purchasing these blades at a premium because they're limited; they're purchasing these blades at a premium because they're devoted fans. Even if increasing production reduces Valyrian Steel's prices, the untapped demand that they'll reach means that they’ll make more money from more customers, which should more than compensate them for any losses. In addition, as production expands, economies of scale expand along with it, creating cost advantages which would further compensate Valyrian Steel for any price reductions stemming from increased production. Right now Valyrian Steel's self-imposed shortages are leaving most of the market untapped, and they're making less money as a result. Does that make any sense?

The hallmark of a good policy is whether it takes account of the consequences which are unseen and unintended as well as those which are seen and intended. In this case, what is “seen and intended" are a few elated fans and customers - lucky enough to find Valyrian Steel at the right time - but what is “unseen and unintended" are all the many more disappointed, frustrated fans who would have been satisfied customers gone to waste. That's just bad business. Peter Drucker said that the sole purpose of any business is to create a customer (profits are simply a measure of how well the business is satisfying those customers), but by restricting production, Valyrian Steel is aborting untold numbers of customers. I would happily do business with Valyrian Steel for Ice - I would even consider paying more than they asked - but for whatever reason they have decided they don't want my money. Both sides lose.

Edited at 2013-01-20 03:49 pm (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
Interesting points.

At least some of the onus of limitation needs to be placed at my own doorstep. There are only so many "certificates of authenicity" that I am willing to sign.

The HBO swords do not come with a signature page from me, but the "book versions" do.
Guilherme de Souza
Jan. 28th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
I couldn't agree more. When I first heard about Valyrian Steel, I promptly thought "sweet! I hope they have Ice", but the item was long sold out when I started reading ASOIAF... Let's pray to the Old and New Gods and to the Lord of Light that Mr. Martin is willing to sign more certificates and Valyrian Steel restock Ice (and Longclaw, if we're lucky)
Jan. 20th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Hope they're not full size? They look DANGEROUS!
Jeremy Scholem
Jan. 20th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Hound Helm
Is the Hound's Helm a wearable item or purely for display?
Jan. 20th, 2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Hound Helm
Good question. Don't know.
Jeff Leahul
Jan. 20th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Hound Helm
Helm: Wearable fiberglass with operable jaws
Overall Weight: 15 pounds
Stand: Silkscreened wood with Clegane sigil
Jan. 20th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Nice!! If I had the money and wall space, I'd have Ice, Longclaw, Robb's sword, the dragonglass set, as well as what else gets made (Lightbringer? Oathkeeper? Beric's blade? The viper's?) as they are looking quite...sharp...so far.
Henrique Anders
Jan. 21st, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
The Helm is superb!
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
I can't wait until someone makes an Oathkeeper replica. I'll be buying 10 of them.
Guilherme de Souza
Jan. 28th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Me too! My favorite blades, by order:
1 - Ice
2 - Longclaw
3 - Oathkeeper
Kimmy Benton
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
If only I didn't have kids. Doesn't matter how high I "hide" things they still get to them. (little Brans everywhere!)
Jezabel Nightroad
Jan. 26th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Are they real Valyrian Steel? :) Because I'm getting one.
Jan. 26th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Pretty dagger, but it looks a little unbalanced, egads. Didn't the one in the book have four jewels?
Jan. 27th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
The one in the book had no jewels. It was very plain. That was why it was chosen. Of course, that plainess was deceptive, since the blade was Valyrian steel and the hilt dragonbone, both rare and costly.

David and Dan went a different way on the show, obviously.
Anthony Concannon
Jan. 27th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
For some reason, I just vividly remembered that scene from The Last Crusade wherein Julian Glover mistakenly accepts and drinks from the most ornate 'grail.' He chose poorly. Can't wait to see the next line of book adaptations.
Jan. 27th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, I sure blew that one, criminey. No idea where I got the idea of four gemstones, other than maybe I'm holding out for Rhaegar's suit of armor, or at least his chest piece, with the rubies that went all over the Trident. And speaking of R, can't wait for more about the tourney at Harrenhal in the year of the false spring.
Jan. 27th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Limited Editions
In regards to the limited edition versions of the swords. They did not sell out all that quickly and were up for quite a few years. The extremely limited ones (250 pieces) run $700 so the market is limited and aimed for collectors. Valyrian Steel does very well with what they limit. They have already stated that with the next releases of the show versions of Longclaw and Ice there will be expensive limited edition swords as well as non limited, cheaper, regular versions that they will continue making for a while and will sell on the HBO shop.
Jan. 28th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
Assassins' Knives
This is far too long for a comment but, on knives, Robert Burns' timeless, anti-war song, 'Ye Jacobites by Name' is perfect for ASOIAF when the word,'Jacobites' is replaced by 'Lannisters'. Eddi Reader's version is the best, IMO. I defy anyone not to think of Tywin Lannister, Joffrey's assassination attempt or Lord Stark's lonely fate, in these haunting lyrics.

"Ye Lannisters by name, lend an ear, lend an ear,
Ye Lannisters by name, lend an ear,
Ye Lannisters by name,
Your faults I will proclaim,
And your doctrines I maun blame, you shall hear.

What's Right, and What is Wrong, by the law, by the Law?
What's Right and what is Wrong by the Law?
What's Right, and what is Wrong?
A weak arm and a strong?
A short sword, and a long, for to draw?

What makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar?
What makes heroic strife famed afar?
What makes heroic strife?
To whet the assassin's knife,
Or haunt a Parent's life, wi' bloody war?

Then let your schemes alone in the State, in the State,
Then let your schemes alone in the State.
Yes let your schemes alone,
Adore the rising sun,
And leave a man undone, to his fate".

The wildlings' soul is encapsulated in another Burns song, 'Wild Mountainside': I imagine Wildlings singing this, en masse, on their march to the Wall and exile. "The last mile is upon us", i.e. death. Evokes the Cheyenne's 'Trail of Tears', the Highland Clearances & the Irish Famine Diaspora. Eddi Reader's version is heart-breaking:

"Beauty is within grasp
Hear the islands call
The last mile is upon us
I'll carry you if you fall
I know the armour's heavy now
I know the heart is tired
It's beautiful just over
The wild mountainside

Snow is falling all over
Out of clear blue skies
Crow is flying high over
You and I are going to wander
High up where the air is rare
Wild horses ride
It's beautiful, let's go over
The wild mountainside

Wild and free we roam
Only a mile to go

Wild and free we roam
Only a mile to go

Beauty is within grasp
Hear the highlands call
The last mile is upon us
I'll carry you if you fall
I know the armour's heavy now
I know the heart inside
It's beautiful let's go over
The wild mountainside
It's beautiful just roaming
The wild mountainside"

Edited at 2013-01-28 12:03 pm (UTC)
Guilherme de Souza
Jan. 28th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
May the Old and the New Gods and the Lord of Light hear you (also hoping they ship to Brazil)
Jan. 28th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Is there a level of implied autism in your character Stannis, or am I reading too much into it?


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

Latest Month

April 2018


Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Lilia Ahner