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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.'"

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Wild Cards Books From John J. Miller

We recently had the pleasure of meeting John J. Miller—one of the many fine writers involved in the creation of the Wild Cards series of books—in Glasgow during the Worldcon. When we heard that he had some books for sale, we decided to contact him to ask about that, as well as any news we have. First, news about forthcoming Wild Cards books:

Excerpt Booklets Via Fantasy Flight

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they have a limited supply of the A Feast for Crows  excerpt booklet (containing the chapter found here), thanks to Bantam Spectra. While supplies last, they will be including a copy in every A Game of Thrones CCG e-commerce order, and will also be including copies as part of the prize packages in officially supported CCG tournaments.

More Targaryen Kings

Amok has finished posting the first five of his portraits of the Targaryen kings, and promises to put up more after the Art of Ice and Fire artbook is published. He has also posted the descriptions that GRRM sent him regarding the appearances of those five kings. Expect to see the descriptions for the rest of the kings right here, at Westeros.org, after the artbook’s publication!

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with a detailed schedule of his UK Book Tour in late October. Also, it appears that the US tour signing at Half Moon Bay is back on. The Calendar has been updated accordingly.

Guardians of Order Forum Returns

Following the process of moving to a new host, Guardians of Order is pleased to announce the resumption of their forum. Previous users will have to re-register before posting.

Amok and the Targaryen Kings

Amok, perhaps the best-known of the ASoIaF fan artists thanks to his contributions to Fantasy Flight Games’ Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game and the second edition of DB Pro’s "The Hedge Knight" graphic novel, has released the first of nineteen images depicting the line of the Targaryen rulers, from Aegon I to Daenerys Stormborn, which are part of his contribution to FFG’s forthcoming Art of Ice and Fire art book.

The first two images, of Aegon I with Blackfyre in his hand and his son (by his sister/wife Rhaenys) Aenys I, can be found here. Amok will post the first five in the series prior to the publication of the book, with the resting following after publication.

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with a number of new pieces of information. First, the cancelling of the Kepler’s signing has been confirmed; the other signing scheduled for the same day in Half Moon Bay has also been dropped. Further, George will not be appearing at NECon 26, but has appearance at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. is back on. Our Calendar will be updated accordingly.

Finally, GRRM puts out a reminder that Subterranean Press’ Shadow Twin deluxe limited editions are running out fast. The books cover and interior art is provided by Michael Komarck. The regular limited edition can also be purchased via Clarkesworld Books.

Quest for Thrones Reminder

Bantam Spectra has sent out a reminder to newsletter subscribers regarding the Quest of Thrones. Part of the text follows.

Winterfell Releases New Album

Winterfell, a heavy metal band who has drawn inspiration from the A Song of Ice and Fire series, has released their first, full-length album, The Veil of Summer. One full song and two clips are available here.

More information, including how to purchase it via their on-line store and other outlets, can be found on their news page.

New AFfC Excerpt Available

Following reports that an excerpt booklet containing a chapter of AFfC was being given away free at Barnes & Nobles in the U.S., it’s now come to light that the same excerpt is now available at Barnes & Nobles on-line store. You can find the excerpt here.

AGoT RPG PDFs for Sale

For those interested in perusing Guardians of Order‘s RPG for its setting information (particularly the tidbits of new stuff), PDFs of the Standard Edition (using the d20 system) are now available for purchase at only $24.99, half the price of the yet-to-be-released published version. 

To purchase it, go here.

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.