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I have yet to profess my love, and the very reason why this site is called The Kingslayer. Just know it has much to do with George R.R. Martin’s masterpiece book series “A Song of Fire and Ice”. I’ll explain where the name was inspired from also very soon. For now let me tell you that I stumbled upon “Game of Thrones” back in 1999 in a book store that used to be on 57th, and 7th avenue in Manhattan New York. From that day I feel in love with the world that the author created. To put how significant the discovery was. The first Matrix movie was in theaters, Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings was on deck, the first dot.com era was in full swing. Mr. Martin had such a small readership for his opus. When he’d go to books signing event’s there wouldn’t be many people there. Fast forward to 2011, and George R.R. Martin has millions of fans of book series, an HBO series, a growing readership, and now a game from Atlus. When it’s good…It’s good.
Atlus is more known for their quirky RPG’s like Persona seem to make some sense. Now mind you; Atlus is not the gaming publisher that I would associate with a property of Game of Thrones though. I’d lean more to Bioware, and EA as a publisher. That is not to say Atlus can’t do a good job. Rather that “A Song of Fire and Ice” needs to be epic with real dollars, development, and marketing behind it. That’s just me. Then again I don’t know. The jury for now is out on how good of a job Atlus has done with the first title will be interesting. To be honest the game if done right can be the beginning of a really great series of titles that can come from the games IP. How far will Atlus push the title is something everyone is curious about. Till then the trailer should give a bit of a tease.
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I had to leave the first season of Game of Thrones alone. My reasoning is that I wanted to sit, and watch how the audience would respond to HBO’s efforts to bring George R.R Martin’s living classic to life. Really the show should be titled after the umbrella of the book series “A Song of Fire and Ice”. Which I don’t know why it has not been emphasized. Now my connection with the series and books is that I have been a huge fan since 1999. That’s right. I would attend book signings by Mr. Martin when there would be less than 50 other fans like me. The first book “Game of Thrones” came at a time that was very different than the poplous attention the author is getting today. I was mesmerized by the work it took for Mr. Martin to release a style of fantasy telling that was far different than what I was used to reading. I found that Mr.Martin when I did my research is a lover of history, and has written what I would call a work of historical fiction. It’s the depth of the relationships, and motivations of each characters plot line that lend a sense of scale that eclipses many of his peers in the fantasy genre. This is not to say that there are not other capable authors in the genre, but rather a strong majority are very formulaic in their work. A Song of Fire and Ice for me is the “Lord Of The Rings” of our generation. Hitting on many of the sensibilities that our society today can relate to. Sex, power, violence, greed, and the search for identity, as well kinship in our fellow man are all issues we see front and center now. The time piece of Knights, Kings, and Queens is really a great mask that distances us from the idea that technology is so prevalent in today’s society making us shells to what has always been true. You must fight to live any way you can to survive. It’s not the Matrix, Saw, The Sopranos, or the Wire. Rather it is all those in one. The further the series goes the more the world of Westeros will show “When you play the game of thrones you win or die”. One of the things that I love about people who have read, are reading the book series; is how there is an intimate affinity we all have for the characters. Mr. Martin has this way of building them only to leave them to live or die in the brutal reality he has built for them. All this with sprinkles of fantasy emerging in the tale so far. It’s incredibly interesting, sending you on a roller coaster ride that you refuse to get off from. As season two draws near on HBO. It’s apparent that the infectious quality of the series is dope enough that it will only continue to grow in popularity. This is the big season, and I believe will be the most memorable. Below is video of season 2’s production dairy. The first of many post we will have on the show, and book series. Ya’ll come back now ya hear!
Riverspring is not a location that is from the Song of Fire & Ice books (Trust me I know). So where, and why did developers Cyanide come up with it? Time will tell as there is very little to no information about the locale. What is known is that it used to be a ‘hub’ of sorts. The type of place you were once able to get whatever you needed, see people, gather information, etc. Cyanide has come with a clever way to keep gamer’s interest piqued. When you head over to site you will be barred, the only way the site will be active is when it reaches a whatever-amount of people ’like’ it. Mind you the premise for creating a locale like this one isn’t far fetched as there are many towns, because of the war going in the series of books that are not explored. So there can be validity in exploring such a locale in game. Go like the site if you are interested. the game’s official website
As the second season for HBO’s critically acclaimed A Game of Thrones approaches in April. Atlus has seen fit to hop on the whale wagon to make sure marketing of their Game of Thrones RPG gains as much momentum as possible. They are releasing an Art Book for the rpg. The art of gaming is always a cool thing to research, and familiarize oneself with. Especially if you are interested in the process of how large scale games get made. It is a 64-page art book showing concept art and sketches, quality prints will be included with pre-orders of the Game of Thrones RPG. So you can have some separate art work to hold onto.
Art in gaming is a bit more fascinating, and important to me than other aspects. Not to that there are other areas of game development less intriguing. For the most part Art direction 9 out of 10 times gives the rest of the development team a sensibility that goes beyond code. Given the world life in ways that show energy, give the environment texture, and feel that can guide the designers to build a better game. Illustrators and artist can create a world that is vast, along with filling holes that words on a page simply can not do. It’s a treat to see a place you as a reader/fan may have imagined, but when an artist brings it to life. You can envision it all in the way that the artist has interpreted it. Except sometimes getting the wrong artist can make a fan wish they never attempted to create art. Here’s Atlus on the release.
Only available from select retailers while limited supplies last, the “Game of Thrones: Visuals from the RPG” art book stands as one of ATLUS’ finest bonuses to date, offering sixty-four full color pages of sketches, renders, photos, and screenshots from the game accompanied by compelling text and commentary from the game’s developers. The book will also include rare behind the scenes materials, like a portrait of the development team signed with a special message from author George R. R. Martin himself. The art book-measuring 8.5″ wide and 11″ tall-is hardbound, meticulously composed, and printed on premium stock, a true labor of love worthy of the series and its fans.
“‘Game of Thrones: Visuals from the RPG’ represents one of the most elaborate, expensive bonuses we have ever offered,” commented Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ATLUS. “Everything about this premium art book is above and beyond the typical pre-order bonus, and all at no additional cost to the customer. Its larger dimensions, page count, hardcover binding, and exceptional print quality are more in line with what fans would expect from a Deluxe Edition extra or a separate purchase, which is why it will only be available at select retailers and quantities will be extremely limited. The A Song of Ice and Fire series of books and the Game of Thrones TV series are as special to us as they are to the millions of fans around the world; we are thrilled we can offer this unique bonus to complement the first major video game release based on the franchise.”
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Tell Tale x Episodic Star Wars Game
Tell Tale Games is riding on high of critical, and financial success with their episodic “The Walking Dead” title. So much so that in a discussion with Red Bull UK, they spoke about their interest to touch other properties.
“For other media we always look at the best episodic series out there – obviously the Walking Dead TV show, but also Game of Thrones and Mad Men, for the way they handle characters and are able to present them with so much depth.” “We always felt we could do a great Star Wars story game. We also love the idea of building out a deeper story to a great game franchise, something like Half Life Stories or Halo Stories.” There is no doubt in my mind that Tell Tale should be tackling two more projects of this ilk. They are in the right grove, and seeing something on a next gen system would really be a cool as a launch game to play.