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TellTale Games Releases Another Game of Thrones Teaser

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A brand new teaser (the third actually!) has been released for Telltale Games upcoming new episodic game, “Game of Thrones.” This teaser gives us a little more information regarding the setting and character of the highly anticipated release.

It should be noted that there are spoilers for the book and/or TV series if you are not caught up.

It appears that the timeframe and area for the game is in North and will focus on Stannis while he intervenes against House Bolton and House Greyjoy. However, there could also be a new story that we don’t know about being presented in the familiar territory.

IGN attempted to contact TellTale to confirm the storyline but were unable to get any information.

More information will likely release soon! For now you can watch the teaser below:

George R.R. Martin Wants to End “Game of Thrones” on the Big Screen

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“A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin recently told the Hollywood Reporter that there are currently discussions to end the HBO series, “Game of Thrones” with a film rather than with the television series.

The long running fantasy novel series was originally planned as a seven-part series, the latest installment being “A Dance with Dragons,” published in July 2011. Meanwhile, the HBO show is premiering its fourth season, this Sunday, April 6, which is said to begin by adapting the latter part of the third book. That means that the show could catch up with the books fairly soon not to mention that the actors are aging faster than the series is progressing.

Martin told the trade at the Lincoln Center premiere for the fourth season last night that the show may run longer than the books:

“It all depends on how long the main series runs. Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.”

According to THR, we might also see more adaptation from Martin as his three prequel novellas, “Tales of Dunk and Egg,” set in Westeros 90 years before the events in “Game of Thrones,” are also being considered for a film adaptation. The prequel’s characters including Ser Duncan the Tall are somehow related as direct ancestors to those in “Thrones,” according to the author, though he won’t reveal how.

Game of Thrones to Wrap Up After “Seven or Eight Seasons”

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With the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” literally just around the corner, Vanity Fair recently did a spread featuring the cast and news about the series.

There has been a lot of debate regarding what will happen when the series catches up with the novel series which is notoriously slow running. Show co-creator David Benioff says:

“Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”

Series author, George R.R. Martin also added,

“I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”

Benioff and co-creator D. B. Weiss revealed they would like to wrap it up after seven or eight seasons.

“It doesn’t just keep on going because it can. I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.”

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Confirmed With Teaser Trailer

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A few weeks ago it was rumored that TellTale Games was working on a “Game of Thrones” video game similar to their extremely popular “The Walking Dead” series. At the time, the developer remained quiet about the rumors but at this weekend’s VGX Awards event, Telltale announced it had two new projects on the way one of which is an untitled GoT project.

TellTales Games went a step further and released a teaser trailer for their two new projects which you can see below.

Currently, it is still not known whether the game would be based on the HBO series or the source material, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin. The HBO series is based on the novels from “A Song of Ice and Fire” written by Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in 1991. He published it in 1996. Martin gradually extended his originally intended trilogy to seven volumes, the fifth of which, A Dance with Dragons, took him five years to write before its publication in 2011. Martin’s work on his sixth, The Winds of Winter, is still underway.

I am pretty sure we can count on TellTale to give us something amazing.

Telltale Reportedly Developing Game of Thrones Video Game

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Telltale Games, the company behind the hugely successful “Walking Dead” video games series is reportedly developing a new game based on everyone’s favorite fantasy series, “Game of Thrones.” IGN has reported that they have heard from multiple sources that the developer is working on the game adaptation.

However, it is not currently known whether the game would be based on the HBO series or the source material, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin.

When asked, Telltale Games responded simply,

“We get these sorts of rumors about what we could be working on next cropping up all the time. Officially we have no comment.”

If anyone is going to make a “Game of Thrones” video game, I would want Telltale to be one of the developers. If it is anything like the “Walking Dead” season games it would be massively successful and masterfully well done (I am assuming, of course.) What we don’t need is another fuck up like the last “Game of Thrones” video game that failed both in the eyes of critics and fans.

The HBO series is based on the novels from “A Song of Ice and Fire” written by Martin. He began the first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, in 1991. He published it in 1996. Martin gradually extended his originally intended trilogy to seven volumes, the fifth of which, A Dance with Dragons, took him five years to write before its publication in 2011. Martin’s work on his sixth, The Winds of Winter, is still underway.

What Happens When Game Of Thrones Catches Up With The Books

 

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George R.R. Martin, the writer of the novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is acutely aware of fans worries that the HBO show based on the novels could catch up to his unfinished series. Frankly, we are all screaming, “write faster!” The worries are real however. ASOIAF still has two books remaining to be written with no release date in site for the 6th book and considering how long it took him to churn out the first 5 books, fans already know the wait is long and grueling. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: The Mobile Game Edition

If you are anxiously awaiting the new season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” you are not alone. However, there is a new mobile app that might help make the wait a little easier to bear. “A World of Ice and Fire” is a brand new iPhone and iPad app that helps fans of the book and television series keep track of the ever mounting list of characters, locations, and Houses throughout the series.

Although the app uses the book for references rather than the television series, fans of the “Game of Thrones” should have no trouble using the app.

The app is free, but without buying content the app only gives basic information on some characters and places. for $1.99, you can gain access to more information about the characters for the first book  and $0.99 for each subsequent novel or $4.99 for everything in the app. The $4.99 purchase saves $1 over buying the pack individually. After buying the “InfoPacks” users can tell the app where they read to in the series so they can avoid any spoilers.

The app seems to be most helpful to those reading the series as the ever growing character list can get confusing as well as the different Houses and the locations of Essos and Westeros.  The maps will help readers find where the characters are in relation to one another, which is especially useful when war breaks out in the realm.

A World of Ice and Fire is currently available for iPhone and iPad, though Mashable says versions of the app are coming for Android and Nook tablets sometime in the future.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Casts Mance Rayder

Fans have been waiting on bated breath for news on who would play the pivotal role of Mance Rayder in season 3 of HBO’s hit series,” Game of Thrones.” And finally our wishes are granted with the news that Ciarán Hinds has been offered the role.

The actor who is most known for his role on “Rome” will be playing a key role in the show and lives of it’s characters. Mance Rayder is a Wildling Leader known as The King Beyond The Wall. He has united much of the wildling clans and has one mission in mind: To Attack The Wall.

Up until now he has been frequently referred to but remained unseen. His first appearance was in the third book, A Storm of Swords, a part of the series written by genius George R.R. Martin.

Fan favorite character Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, was captured to be taken to Mance at the end of the second series. His role in the wildling society is about to get more complicated.

Hinds is no stranger to the climate of the show. He is a native of belfast where the show’s primary production is based (Thrones S3 is also shooting in Croatia, Iceland and Morocco). He’s appeared in films such as MunichTinker Tailor Soldier Spy and John Carter. But TV fans know him best from Rome, where he was a very imposing Julius Caesar. He recently also had an arc on USA’s Political Animals.

Game of Thrones returns March 31. (And yes I know that is far to long, but we will make do right fans?)

Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms MMORPG to be released in 2013

The massively huge world created by author George R.R. Martin for his series A Song of Ice and Fire lends itself well to a MMORPG and thankfully that is about to happen. A new video game (which begs to be better than the game released earlier this year) will be called “Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms.”  The fantasy genre massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.

A trailer was released on July 11th during Comic-Con and it appears that elements from the critically acclaimed HBO series will be included in the game such as the show’s opening credits.

The game will be browser based and will have players pledging allegiances to either the Stark, Lannister, or Barantheon houses to rule the land and the Iron Throne. One drawback is that players can only be human-sized characters, however more character types will be added at a later date. Player-versus-player combat will also be part of the game, as will stealth attacks and brutal sword play. The game takes place after the deaths of King Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark.

The world of the game, at least at the beginning, will include a playable area from the Wall in the north to the south beyond King’s Landing. You won’t actually join directly with a faction, though. Instead, you’ll join a lesser house in Westeros – your guild – that can align with one of the three great houses.Players can also possibly swap allegiance between fractions using bribes and swaying your guild.

Be aware though, once out in the open on the continent of Westeros, player versus environment content will be testing you. While the game is PvP driven, it is possible to level (at least a bit) without them.

In terms of controls, the mechanics of combat will include, “You’ll move with WASD and attack with 1, 2 and 3 keys, which correspond to light, medium and heavy attacks. If you combine the attacks in the right ways you’ll trigger combos and attack faster, and can perform special combo finishers. There isn’t really a strict class system. Instead, you select skills as you go, and there’ll be around 60 available at launch. There’ll also be a weapon leveling system, which should help out if you happen to find a weapon you really like,” according to IGN.

Don’t worry, Mac users! The game is not only free to play but it is will also be compatible for both PC and Mac operating systems. Bigpoint is developing the game with HBO and is known for developing popular games such as Farmerama,Battlestar Galactica Online, and SkyRama.

Game of Thrones Cookbook Fit For The Wall And Beyond

Recently, a love for cooking as taken hold of me that started with The Hunger Games Unofficial Cookbook. So a few weeks ago I received the The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew – More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond written by Alan Kistler for review. We over here LOVE the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and we love the hit HBO series based on it. So when I got the chance to review this cookbook, I was stoked.

The cookbook is broken up into chapters/sections for different types of food. I love this because when trying to decide on something to make, I enjoyed being able to just flip to the dinner section or breakfast section. Like 40 percent of this book has recipes that include bacon… and that made me happy (although I do substitute with turkey bacon, but it was still delicious).

The chapters included:

  • Chapter 1 – Heroic Mornings: Breakfasts for Warriors
    • 16 recipes mostly egg, oat, and bacon recipes.
  • Chapter 2 – A Morsel in a Moment: Appetizers and Snacks
    • 22 Recipes, there were some definite interesting recipes in here, but some of them seemed interesting.
  • Chapter 3 – Something Off the Sideboard: Sides and Bread
    • 20 Recipes, bread recipes are my favorite and this one has a ton.
  • Chapter 4 – Fireside Fare: Soups, Stews, and Salads
    • 28 Recipes, and the section of which I made the most recipes.
  • Chapter 5 – Feast for Friends & Enemies: Main Courses
    • 38 Recipes, Lots of meat and hearty recipes.
  • Chapter 6 – Deceitful Delights: Desserts, Drinks, and “Poisonous” Cocktails
    • 30 Recipes, my second favorite section because of its cocktails recipes.

There is also an appendix that explains the standard brewing process.

There was a lot that I enjoyed about the cookbook. Thankfully, there were only a few things that I didn’t like. I am not a fish eater, at all. No one in my household is either and unfortunately there are several fish/seafood recipes. But given it is supposed to reflect the time period, where fish eating is prevalent, I couldn’t complain. I also wished there were more chicken recipes. The one I wanted to try to the most, “Ghost’s Chicken” I wasn’t able to make because I didn’t have a dutch oven. Other than those few things, I really enjoyed the book.

Each recipe has a snippet from the novels above it, telling you where the type of food was mentioned and why it was important. I love this touch because it gives the reader a bigger connection to the story. Each recipe also has a “words of wisdom” section that gives you small helpful hints, or options for substituting ingredients. I found these very helpful.

The first thing I made was the “The Hand’s Daughter’s Pumpkin Soup.” I loved it, although, I did put to much onion in the recipe. But it was easy and nice to enjoy on a cool night at home.

I also really wanted to make some of the cocktails, but since I am not much of a drinker, I only got around to making one, “The Strangler” (although I do plan to make “Manticore Venom” soon). I loved that they included an alcoholic beverage section. Watching and reading the series, wine and drinks play a HUGE role in the story. So, its only fitting that there are recipes to fit the theme. Some of the other recipes for cocktails and alcoholic drinks included:  Tears of Lys, Manticore Venom, The Strangler, Direwolf Ale, Cersei’s Plum Wine, and Lannister Gold IPA.

I went on a quest to find crumpet/muffin rings to make the most delicious sounding recipes, “Arya’s Lemon Cakes.” However, I have yet to win that, but I have to say the recipe sounds fantastic.

One of the more delicious recipes I made out of the book was The Wall’s Breakfast Loaf. It was a large bread recipe that included fruit and spices baked into it. It took me a large chuck of the day to make but it was really good when it was finished. I ate some for breakfast and brought to remainder in to my office to eat, and it was gone within minutes. Very successful.

The stew recipes all seemed very delicious so I made one of them that turned out very delicious as well. The only problem was that the cayenne pepper used in the recipe was a little much for those who don’t like a spicier/hotter flavor.

But some of the recipes were just weird, and I don’t know if anyone would have eaten them (such as Bran Stark’s Pigeon Pie and Khaleesi’s Heart: this one is made with a real cow heart…. ugh).

Overall, there were some really great recipes. My favorites definitely were the breakfast, desert, and stews/soups recipes. It should be noted, however, this is definitely not the cookbook for those with picky eaters, or vegetarians in their life. I would recommend this to any “Game of Thrones” fan who wants to try something new.

Note: Review item provided in partner with this review.