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
New to the series? Read our spoiler-free review of A Game of Thrones.
Last month, we reported on the forthcoming release of Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper than Swords (Pre-order: US, UK), part of the Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy series of popular philosophy books.
This week, we’re offering readers of Westeros.org a chance to win a copy, signed by editor and contributor Henry O. Jacoby.
All you need to do to enter? Leave a comment on this post, and we’ll select a winner at random! The winner will be announced on Friday, and the book will be dispatched soon after.
Keep an eye out in the next day or two, as well, as we’ll have an exclusive interview with Professor Jacoby and a chance to improve your odds of winning the signed copy by leaving a comment on the interview as well.
Busy, busy times. Thanks to an invitation from the excellent Amin of Podcast of Ice and Fire, yesterday I joined him, Alex from Tower of the Hand, Apocalypse Dan, and Stefan Sasse from TotH and Boiled Leather for the latest episode of the podcast (which mysteriously ended up with the episde number of 69… hrm!)
Lots of good discussion about the TV series and the books, but naturally it’s full of spoilers and the occasional off-color humor. Check it out!
Bigpoint, creator of various free-to-play, browser-based games, has opened up its official website for the licensed Game of Thrones massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. At present, all it features is a place for interested fans and gamers to sign up for their e-mail updates…
But Venture Beat has the very first images from the game, showing off the third-person 3D action. According to the article, Bigpoint will be offering a sneak peek of the game at next week’s Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco.
All in all, the graphics look pretty good, though the images seem small. But they’re fairly generic—nothing recognizably from Game of Thrones, not yet in any case, and we still know nothing about the gameplay. Something to keep an eye out on, though!
Dark Sword Miniatures has unveiled their latest addition to the George R.R. Martin Masterworks series of miniatures. This time, the incredible Tom Meier has sculpted all six of the Stark direwolves, four of which are now available and two more (Lady and Shaggydog) are being prepped for production. As always, these miniatures come at 28mm scale (sometimes Dark Sword puts them out in 54mm, but not in this case), which makes the level of detail just stunning (human-size figures are not much past an inch tall!)
Speaking of the miniatures, George has a poll asking fans to share which of a set of characters they’d like to see made into figures. Among the options? Khal Drogo, Ser Barristan Selmy, Prince Doran Nymeros Martell, Olenna Tyrell (the Queen of Thorns), Margaery Tyrell, and Davos Seaworth.
As we run the largest English-language wiki (and the largest wiki, period, in terms of total number of articles) dedicated to A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, it seems appropriate to point out that efforts are being made in a number of other languages to bring the wiki content to as many fans as possible. Some of these are very far advanced, and are already part of our interwiki scheme, while others are just starting up and could really use more help.
First, the two wikis that we’re already interwiki linking:
And now lets mention three nascent wikis that we’d love to see more support for:
Those that are being hosted at Wikia.com could not only use active participants, but we’d be glad to interwiki link them if Wikia would add the Wiki of Ice and Fire to their list of acceptable interwiki sites. Anyone who wants to learn more about that, or who would like to get advice about improving or even starting a foreign-language wiki is very welcome to visit the Wiki sub-forum where our wiki editors are happy to answer questions and provide advice.
We started seeing this buzzed about—a 64-page art book showing concept art and sketches, apparently printed to quite high standards, that will be included with pre-orders of the Game of Thrones RPG from Cyanide. Among those sellers is Amazon US, so mosey on there to pre-order the PS3 or XBox 360 editions (for some reason I can’t track down PC preorder links…) It’s unclear whether this initiative will also take place in Europe, as Atlus USA is the one putting out the press release… so, sorry folks, this may be North America-only.
Here’s the official press release from Atlus USA:
Here’s a 30 minute interview with Ted Nasmith, one of the celebrated “Big Three” Tolkien artists who has recently (and very successfully) turned his hand to depicting George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, with his series of castle paintings for the 2011 calendar (and The World of Ice and Fire book that Linda and I have co-written with GRRM). He’s presently working on the new A Game of Thrones limited edition. Among the topics of discussion are Nasmith’s approach to depicting the setting, and his career in general.
Thanks to the Tower of the Hand for sharing it!
Canadian band Irish Moutarde has turned their Celtic punk rock stylings to George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series ... and they did it using the lyrics to “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, a song that appears in snippets throughout the series. They just premiered it yesterday, and have even gone ahead and made it available for download from their site. Here goes:
Back in November, we shared the news that Dark Horse—best known by many for their comics, but also a top-notch producer of collectibles—had received the license from HBO to create collectible items for Game of Thrones. And now the first product has been unveiled.
Per their original release, Dark Horse’s license extended to, “statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles.” I guess we know what they went with first. The bust has already been unveiled at the International Toy Fair, will be appearing for pre-order in the March Previews (the leading catalog for the direct market), and will subsequently be released on June 20.
You can find the full press release below.
We’ve previously reported on Green Ronin‘s plans for their Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying system. One of the details they revealed was that they had hired Michael Komarck to return and provide the cover for their new “Game of Thrones” edition of the main rule book.
And now? They’ve unveiled the cover, and lo! it is good. Amazing piece of work, and yet another depiction of one of the most iconic moments of Robert’s rebellion. Now if only they had been on horseback (and Robert beardless), it would have been utterly perfect…
Preorders for the book will become available in April, after the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
George R.R. Martin shares the news that Gary Gianni will be illustrating the 2014 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar. Better yet, GRRM reports that the sales on the 2011 and 2012 calendars have been so strong that Random House has also contracted to create 2015 and 2016 calendars. Gianni is an Eisner-award winning artist, perhaps best known for having taken over the Prince Valiant comic strip in 2004 and for his artistic interpretations of Robert E. Howard’s oeuvre. Some truly beautiful artwork, both in color and black-and-white.
Gamespy has a good interview with lead game designer Sylvain Sechi and project manager Thomas Veauclin regarind Cyanide’s forthcoming Game of Thrones roleplaying game (Pre-order: X-box, PS3). The game is due to hit shelves in North America on May 15, and should be in Europe around that time as well.
They go into some detail about how they developed the story for the game, and the degree to which George R.R. Martin has been involved. According to them, when they presented their plans with some trepidation, Martin looked it over and told them he had been planning even bigger events to take place in later novels, so their plans were just fine. They also discuss the difference in philosophy between sandbox games such as Skyrim and more narrative-driven games, such as those produced by BioWare.
We sent this around on our social sites at Twitter, Westeros, and Google+ yesterday, and it’s been spreading like wildfire ever since. For those who’ve missed it, then, take a look at Chirtopher Bishop’s Valentine’s Day cards inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
In a similar vein, someone running a Robb Stark fan Tumblr had these Robb-centric Valentine’s Day messages to offer, which we thought rather cute.
For those who decided to wait patiently for Cyanide’s Game of Thrones: Genesisstrategy game at a lower price point, the game’s become part of Steam’s Daily Deals, with prices reduced 75% ($9.99 in the US, 9.99€ in Europe). Currently the deal has about 19 hours to go before it’s back to its regular price point.
Blackwell, an imprint of leading academic publisher John Wiley & Sons, will next month be releasing a new entry in its Pop Culture and Philosophy series: Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper than the Sword (Pre-order: US, UK). The book is due to hit shelves on March 13th.
The series uses popular culture to give philosophers a platform to delve into topics of philosophical interest in a way that’s relevant and relatable to a general audience. Part of a series edited by William Irwin, editor Henry Jacoby has gathered together twenty essays covering a wide range of topics from a distinguished group of philosophers. Also included? A short foreword from Linda and I, which we were very honored to be asked to provide.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.