A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is the basis of a great number of derived works, both with and without the authorization of the author.
In March 2010, HBO greenlit a television series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, with David Benioff and Dan Weiss attached to write and executive produce. Called Game of Thrones, it stars Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey. The series will cover one novel's worth of material per season, and premiered on April 17, 2011. Game of Thrones has been extremely well received critically, and has garnered a loyal fanbase. On April 19, 2011, after airing only one episode, HBO announced that it had renewed Game of Thrones for a second season.
This is a collectible card game (CCG) produced by Fantasy Flight Games. A number of base sets have been released for the game, each with a number of expansions. The game's primary designer is Eric Lang and the lead developer is Nate French. The A Game of Thrones: Westeros Edition won the Origins Award for Best Trading Card Game of 2002. The Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire Edition won the Origins Award for Best Card Game Expansion or Supplement of 2003. It is an ongoing project consisting of five editions and eight expansions to date.
In 2003, Fantasy Flight Games released the A Game of Thrones strategy board game created by Christian T. Petersen. The Origins Award-winning game allows the players to take on the roles of several of the Great Houses vying for control of the Seven Kingdoms, including House Stark, House Lannister, House Baratheon, House Greyjoy, House Tyrell, and as of the expansion A Clash of Kings, House Martell. Players maneuver armies to secure support in the various regions that comprise the Seven Kingdoms, with the goal of capturing enough support to claim the Iron Throne. Two expansions for the game, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords have been released.
The A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game (2005), created by the defunct Guardians of Order company and published by White Wolf, is a roleplaying game using the d20 and the TriStat dX rules systems. The game consists of a single large, full-color rulebook featuring information on role-playing in the Seven Kingdoms and also background information to the series not found in the novels, including a detailed map of the Seven Kingdoms. The game was very well-received and was nominated for several awards, but this was not enough to save its parent company from closure in July 2006.
Released by Green Ronin Publishing, A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying was released in 2009 to fill the void left by the defunct previous roleplaying game. A custom game system was created by the publisher for use with the setting, and since it's initial much-acclaimed release has seen numerous supplemental adventures and information. The supplemental book A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide was released in 2010, and included detailed information on the setting.
- On May 13, 2009, Cyanide Studio announced they will be developing a series of video games based on A Song of Ice and Fire for the PC and consoles. Martin has since revealed that both an RTS and an RPG game are currently in development. Martin has since revealed that both an RTS and an RPG game are currently in development.
- Blood of Dragons is an online, text-based RPG MUSH and the only online game specifically authorized by the author. Blood of Dragons fully opened in 2007 and is set approximately 140 years prior to the initial series, during the reign of Daeron I and his conquest of Dorne. The game is maintained by the administrators of Westeros.org, who are collaborating with Martin on The World of Ice and Fire.
- Several unofficial fan-created mods have been created, however, for games such as Mount and Blade, Rome: Total War, Crusader Kings, and Neverwinter Nights.
The World of Ice and Fire
"The World of Ice and Fire", is a companion volume to the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. The book is being written by Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson in consultation with George R.R. Martin and will be published in the USA by Bantam. No release date is yet set.
The Art of Ice and Fire
This book, published in 2005 by Fantasy Flight Games, contains numerous works of art inspired by the series from a variety of different artists and illustrators. Some of the art previously appeared in the card game or on-line, but most of it was new. A second volume was released in 2011.
George R.R. Martin has announced that Random House/Bantam Books has acquired the rights to adapt the series as monthly comics, as graphic novels in trade paperback. Writer and frequent collaborator Daniel Abraham will script the series, and artist Tommy Patterson will draw it. The first issue is expected in late Spring 2011.
Models and figures
Testor Corporation announced that in late 2006 it would begin releasing model figures based on the series, to be followed by a tactical wargame. Only one product shipped, a Ruby Ford diorama. In April 2007, Martin announced that the licensing agreement with Testor had expired, and Testor's A Song of Ice and Fire product lines had been canceled. In December 2006, Haute Productions signed a deal to release a range of resin mini-busts featuring characters from A Song of Ice and Fire under the name Valyrian Resin. The company plans to expand the line to include resin statues and pewter chess sets. On August 13, 2007, Dark Sword Miniatures announced a line of premium pewter miniatures based on the world of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and sculpted by renowned miniatures artist Tom Meier.
On March 20, 2007, George R. R. Martin announced on his blog that he had "signed a deal with Jalic, Inc of East Lansing, Michigan, granting them a license to manufacture and sell full-sized high-quality replicas of the arms and armor from A Song of Ice and Fire", under the name Valyrian Steel, starting with the bastard sword Longclaw wielded by Jon Snow. As of early 2009, Jalic has had Arya Stark's Needle from "A Song of Ice and Fire" on pre-sale. Both Needle and Longclaw are currently listed and available in a Limited Edition of 2,500 each.
References and Notes
- Hibberd, James (March 2, 2010). "HBO greenlights Game of Thrones to series". THRfeed.com. http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/hbo-greenlights-game-of-thrones-.html. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
- greenlights Game of Thrones Stuart Levine, Variety.com, March 2, 2010
- Gaming Target. (05-13-09). George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire to become a video game series
- Not A Blog. (06-08-09). Videogame Rights Optioned
- (05-13-09). George R.R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire to become a video game series
- Not A Blog. (06-08-09). Videogame Rights Optioned
- Blood of Dragons MUSH FAQ
- Martin, George R. R. (2007-04-17). "Testor's miniatures cancelled". George R. R. Martin's Official Website. http://www.georgerrmartin.com/archive07.html#04-17b. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- Martin, George R. R. (2006-12-06). ""Valyrian Resin" to produce Ice & Fire mini-busts". George R. R. Martin's Official Website. http://www.georgerrmartin.com/archive06.html#12-07. Retrieved 2007-07-24.
- "Dark Sword Miniatures and Tom Meier to produce George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire premium miniature line". Dark Sword Miniatures Website. 2007-08-13. http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/gallery/GRRMline.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
- Not A Blog - Nothing Holds an Edge Like Valyrian Steel
- Valyrian Steel - Swords from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire"
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