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Name Game of Thrones

I’m a Frey and a Whore FML… At least I’m not a King, that would really suck, and drastically lower my life expectancy.

I’m half tempted to throw together something that does this with a little more complexity allowing for more names/titles, it shouldn’t be too hard to generate a hash of name and DOB and then just get a modulus of the respective list counts.

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Kings Landing in Minecraft

This is Kings Landing the seat of power of Westeros from George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones created in Minecraft posted by Redditor pizzainacup. It took about 100 people a little over 4 months to create this, there are apparently 3000 unique buildings all with interiors. It can be accessed on www.westeroscraft.com.

It looks like they are planning on creating the entirety of Westeros and Essos, and are waiting on Minecraft’s Mod API so that they can release this as an open world RPG with quests and NPCs.

 

The Game of Thrones Coloring And Activity Book

I’m going to print these out when I have kids, hopefully there will be more of them by then. These Game of Thrones Activity/Colouring-in Book Sample pages from TV.com are highly amusing.

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25 Game of Thrones Magic The Gathering Cards

These 25 Magic the Gathering cards with a Song of Ice and Fire them are pretty cool. I don’t know what the original source of these cards are but I found them on Ufunk.net























Possibly the Best Scenes in Game of Thrones Season 2 so Far

I’m going to hide this behind a more tag in case you are just skimming my blog as it’s spoilertastic for Game of Thrones, but this scene towards the end of this weeks episode of season two is possibly one of the best in the series so far, and shows how strong a character Arya Stark is. Continue reading

Arya Stark and Nymeria Birthday Cake

If you are enough of a fan to name your firstborn after a character in a book series then you are geeky enough to have a cake for their first birthday themed after that book series. This cake was made by The Regali Kitchen for a little girl named Arya (Presumably not Stark that would be too cool). Arya is easily my favourite character in the series (Sorry Tyrion) so I heartily approve of this.

Also Check out these Song of Ice and Fire Themed cupcakes also by The Recali Kitchen.

Via Geeks Are Sexy

Game of Thrones The Board Game: First Impressions

I had a go at playing the Game of Thrones board game on Saturday, and from what I’ve seen I quite like it. The game centres about the battle for the control of Westeros, and you play one of 6 houses (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Tyrell and Martel)

Depending on how many players you have some of the houses aren’t available to play, we were playing a 4 player game so houses Tyrell and Martel were out of the picture.

The game lasts for 10 turns 3 phases:

  1. The Westeros Phase
  2. The Planning Phase
  3. The Action Phase

The in the Westeros Phase you deal with a set of random events that happen as described by drawing 3 cards from the Westeros Card Deck, these cards tend to involve a choice for one of the players, usually the player at the head of one of the three tracks (Iron throne, Fiefdoms, Kings Court) or they allow players to muster their armies or change their resource levels.

During the planning phase each player puts a token on each area he controls face down, the tokens signify what they want to do in that area, the options are:

  1. Raid
  2. March
  3. Defend
  4. Support
  5. Consolidate Power

Raiding essentially equates to screwing up other players order, marching allows you to move troops to another area or attack an area, defending enhances the defence of an area, support allows troops in one area to support troops in another area in defending or attacking, and consolidating power allows you to get power tokens or under certain circumstances build up your army a little.

Once everyone has finished putting down their planning tokens they are turned over and the action phase starts.

First you resolve raid tokens and then march tokens, this is done by resolving one token at a time starting with the player who currently sits on the Iron Throne then rotating clockwise round the board allowing each player to resolve a their raids and then their marching orders.

I think this order of play is actually one of the games great strengths, because the players aren’t taking turns all the players have something to do all the time, which means that it’s less likely that players will get bored while waiting for their turn to come around.

Combat is straightforward, you win if you have more armies than the territory you are attacking, otherwise you lose. Each player can play a card to modify the results of the battle, these cards also affect the number of casualties from the battle. When a territory is lost the losing troops retreat, to an adjacent territory owned by that player, if they can’t do this I think they all die, but I’m not sure and I don’t have the rules to hand to check.

The game continues like this until one player has 7 territories with Castles or forts in them or until the end of the 10th turn at which point the player with the most castles and forts wins.

All in all the game is fun and is quite quick to play, I’ve been playing the Battlestar Galactica game an aweful lot recently and because this game is by the same people (Fantasy Flight Games) I was a little worried that it would require the same epic time-scales to play thankfully it doesn’t.

My one comment is that the starting positions on the map and the layout of the regions seem to favour certain houses, specifically house Lannister and house Baratheon, Lannister is surrounded with both forts and resources, while house Baratheon seem to have easy access to a very large empty area of the map to conquer. This (I think) is only really an issue when playing the game with 4 players, as the empty areas of the map are taken up by the two houses that you can’t play unless you have more players.

Having played a friend’s copy of this game I’m very tempted to invest in my own, which I think speaks volumes for it.

 

George R. R. Martin Reads Children’s Stories

I thought this was going to just be George RR Martin reading children’s stories but it’s not, he reads them as if they were part of hi Song of Ice and Fire series of books. At least he’s self aware.

Game Of Thrones Valentines Cards

I’ve said before that I don’t post enough song of Ice and Fire stuff so when I saw these cards by Chris Bishop I figured I’d seize the opportunity to post them then I saw these:

 

 

 

 

Via The Young Wolf and these on Reddit:

 

Dinner is Coming Apron

It’s a shame that the BBQ pictured isn’t made out of the melted BBQ Tools of vanquished chefs… But still, I like the pun on the Stark family motto.

Via Super Punch