All Sorts of Weird Stuff: News

All Sorts of Weird Stuff offers news and information about George R.R. Martin, in particular about his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

"When I was young, I read all sorts of stuff. One week it would be Lovecraft, the next Vance. It was all imaginative literature, or as my dad called it 'Weird Stuff.' It was all 'Weird Stuff.'"

George R.R. Martin

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BwB Katrina Fund and Birthday Greetings

Dave McCaman of the Brotherhood Without Banners Fan Club called for donations towards a gift for GRRM and Parris to mark the successful completion of A Feast for Crows. Hundreds of dollars had been raised, when tragedy struck New Orleans. George happens to go to Mardi Gras every year, participating with the Endymion Krewe (whose medallions have served as the sigil of office of Lords of the Brotherhood), and so we all know that he must be feeling this particularly deeply.

AFfC Australian Publication Date

Contrary to early word that Voyager Australia would be releasing A Feast for Crows on September 28th, two weeks prior to the U.K. release, the publisher has now confirmed that the Australian edition of A Feast for Crows shares the same release date with the U.K. edition: October 17.

ASoIaF RPG Approaching

Guardians of Order have recently made the Deluxe Limited Edition of their new A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game available at GenCon. Before that, contributors to the game (such as ourselves) and pre-orderers were given free access to PDFs of the deluxe edition. Now that we’ve finally had some time to look over the finished product, we thought we’d share some of our thoughts.

Miniature Game Info

One of the Testor Corporation’s A Song of Ice and Fire product lines will be its skirmishing-scale wargame, previously reported on here. Now Andy Chambers, a well-known designer in the gaming community, has begun to provide more information about the game on his Red Star Games website. Don’t miss the PDF at the very bottom of the page.

The Art of Ice and Fire

From Fantasy Flight Games, makers of the AGoT CCG and board game, comes The Art of Ice and Fire, collecting art from the card game, the board game as well as other sources. Some of the art has never been seen before, and the book also includes a foreword from GRRM.

Note: Although Amazon.com currently lists a date of August 26th for this book, we believe the date listed by Amazon.co.uk—October 21st— to be more accurate.

New AFfC Excerpt Booklet

Bantam has sent out free promotional booklets to stores throughout the U.S., to match the release of their new A Game of Thrones paperbacks priced at $3.99. These booklets contain a chapter from A Feast for Crows, titled “The Captain of Guards”.  It has been noted that not all bookstores have received these. Furthermore, some that have received them have not actually placed them out for customers to take. If you try some stores (particularly large chains) and find they don’t have it, ask to talk with their general manager and ask them if they know anything about it or, better yet, have any copies on hand.

More Info from Testors

On the heels of our previous post, Mikel Butterworth of the Testor Corporation has provided us further information as well as clarifications to our last report.

Official Site Update

At GRRM’s official site, the "For Collectors" section has been updated with information about GRRM’s early writings for fanzines.

GRRM On-Line Signing

If you would like a signed copy of a A Feast for Crows, but can’t get to any of the locations where GRRM will be signing the book, then the Signed Page has the solution for you. GRRM will sign 200 copies of the book for the Signed Page, and pre-ordering for these has now begun. For more details, head over to http://www.signedpage.com/.

Info from Testors

During the Worldcon, we had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Sims, a freelance artist who has been hired by Testor’s to work with George on the designs for their resin statues. He was scheduled for two presentations regarding Testor’s three lines of Song of Ice and Fire products, all quite suddenly, so it was rather hectic and all the things that had been hoped for did not quite materialize (particularly prototype miniature figures, which got stuck in customs, although there will be a report in the SSM collection from those who saw them on Monday).

The Quest of Thrones Begins

The Quest of Thrones online adventure based on the A Song of Fire and Ice novels of George R.R. Martin.

www.questofthrones.com

Deadline for registration: September 16, 2005

The momentum is building for The Quest of Thrones, a online adventure is based upon George R. R. Martins epic fantasy series that began with A GAME OF THRONES and continues to unfold with the-soon-to-be-released fourth novel A Feast for Crows (US on-sale date 11/8).  It is a Quest to track down characters from this bestselling series hidden across the Internet.  There will be successes and losses, decrees from on high, life and death, battles for dominance, and a multitude of kingdoms.  But only those who remain loyal to the Quest during its five-week duration may be rewarded.

For complete details visit the Quest of Thrones site at www.questofthrones.com.

Sign up now!

Once you register at www.questofthrones.com, you’ll be assigned to one of five kingdoms, given five characters to track down during the Quest, and a special web address to report to on September 19, 2005. The Quest of Thrones is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec), who are 18 years of age or older as of August 15, 2005. Deadline for registration is 11:59 PM, U.S. Eastern Time (ET) on September 16, 2005.

BwB Site Launched

With its opening officially announced before a packed room at Interaction, Worldcon 2005, the Brotherhood without Banners’ official website has started auspiciously. Jam-packed with information about past BwB gatherings and members, as well as information regarding collecting GRRM’s works. Sign up as a member and be entered in the club’s White Book today!

Last Lettered ACoK

This information comes from Subterranean Press:

The Quest of Thrones

From Bantam’s newsletter:

Read the book, Join the Quest!

The momentum is building for The Quest of Thrones, an online adventure based upon George R. R. Martins epic fantasy cycle that began with A GAME OF THRONES and continues to unfold with he-soon-to-be-released fourth novel A FEAST FOR CROWS (US on-sale date 11/8). There will be successes and losses, decrees from on high, life and death, battles for dominance, and a multitude of kingdoms. But only those who remain loyal to the Quest during its five-week duration may be rewarded.

Further details to be posted after 8/16.

Official Site Update

Hot on the heels of the previous update, GRRM’s official site has now received a bit of a face-lift as well as had several new sections added.