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Posted: May 13th 2009 8:22AM (Unverified) said

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It is one of my favorite book series of all time and I would love to see an MMO for it. I would totally play a Black Brother of the Night's Watch.

Night falls and now my watch has begun...

Posted: May 13th 2009 8:29AM nomoredroids said

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It would have to be stunning in game play, but I'd definitely try it just because I loved the world Martin created. Also, if the game weren't infinitely brutal I don't think I'd be able to play; I don't think it would hold to the books' flavor if it weren't.

Posted: May 13th 2009 8:32AM Tanek said

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I, too, would love to see this as an MMO and would certainly check it out. If that is the direction Cyanide has chosen to take I will be keeping an eye on developments.

It seems that winter is coming on many fronts. Let's hope both HBO and Cyanide are ready to handle it. :)

Posted: May 13th 2009 8:35AM (Unverified) said

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ASOIAF is about the house dynasties, chivalry and the characters that bind it together. For a cycling and rugby game developer I've a hard time seeing they make a MMO out of it for the first game. My guess it will be some kind of turn-based strategy game with focus on building a family dynasty. However a MMO would be interesting...

Posted: May 13th 2009 9:32AM (Unverified) said

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MMOs have rarely proven to be effective storytelling devices, so I almost feel like this great world would be wasted on an MMO, unless it did something drastically different to make the player feel immersed in the intrigue.

Posted: May 13th 2009 9:47AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah I can't see that this world is well suited to an MMO.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the books - but it just doesn't seem like it would work well, unless they come up with some creative new game mechanics.

Posted: May 13th 2009 9:56AM (Unverified) said

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I'm not sure I have faith that they can develop ASOIAF into a good MMO.

Posted: May 13th 2009 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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I'm ambivalent about this as well. I absolutely love the books, and I'd love to play a game that really captured the essence of GRRM's storytelling, but I'm not at all sure that it's possible. In order to truly work, I think it'd definitely have to be 'M' rated, and quite graphically violent, because certain of Martin's characters are quite ruthless. This won't work as a WoW-style cartoony game, as much as I love WoW.

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Posted: May 13th 2009 10:24AM (Unverified) said

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I'd love to see a game out of this book series. The team at Cyanide have their hands full though. As an MMO I think the best way to enter as a character would be a hedge knight or some sort of free lancer. They could allow you to come from any of the areas, but you couldn't be directly affiliated with them from the start. It will be very interesting to follow the progress with this.

I also had no idea about the HBO thing. That's great and I'm sure HBO will do a good job with it.

Posted: May 13th 2009 10:49AM Scopique said

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Hmmm...My frist reaction was "hell yes!", but then I thought it through...the appeal of the books to me had nothing to do with "the world" per se, but the interaction of the characters. There ARE a lot of characters in the series, but not enough to cover an MMO playerbase. When you remove the character interaction, what do you have left: a world with limited magic, an impending invasion of "monsters", and a lot of swords and fighting. Sounds like a run-of-the-mill MMO to me.

Posted: May 13th 2009 10:53AM jpo said

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If it takes as long to finish this game as it's taking GRRM to write the next book in the series....this game will never happen.

I've given up on this series...HBO was/is supposed to be doing something too....that's been two plus years now and nothing has been said since.

Great author but epic fail on deadlines and actually getting stuff done.

Posted: May 13th 2009 1:43PM (Unverified) said

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"I've given up on this series...HBO was/is supposed to be doing something too....that's been two plus years now and nothing has been said since."

It was announced last week that HBO has signed Tom Mcarthy to direct and Peter Dinklage has been cast to play Tyrion. The fifth book is going to the printers in June, according to Martin.

Posted: May 13th 2009 1:40PM (Unverified) said

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I really can't see how this is a good idea. The world is really very generic for a fantasy MMO, maybe even a bit too logical for it's own good as a MMO: a MMO needs magic, monsters and heroes and the world is lacking in all aspects really. There's not much magic mentioned, there's very few monsters (what are you supposed to farm?) and there's no heroes that can slaughter 10 bandits singlehandedly. I can see three alternatives for the game: it is going to be absolutely groundbreaking and different from anything seen on the market, it's doesn't stay true to the world and becomes a more or less generic MMO or it fails to become anything at all. Personally I believe option one is very unlikely.

A lot, if not all, of what made the books good is the characters. And while they may be implemented to interact with in the game it's still not the same thing and a lot of the appeal of the books is lost.

I can't see how this can turn out well really, and neither can I understand why you would want to make A song of Ice and Fire into a MMO considering how unfit it is for the genre.

Posted: May 13th 2009 2:33PM Tom in VA said

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Martin said several years ago when the fourth book was published that the fifth was also nearly complete as well. Here it is years later and there is still no fifth book. Anyone even remotely following this excellent series has to take every assurance from the author that the next book is "nearly done" with a great big grain of salt. Martin ended Book 4 with a statement (dated June 2005) that Book 5 should be out "next year". That would have been, mmmm, 3 years ago. This "nearly done" Book 5 has not yet appeared in print. With (apparently) three books left to go, the "math" here is pretty discouraging.

Don't get me wrong. I think it's a great series and Martin is a great storyteller, but this is also one of the slowest fantasy productions I've ever seen in operation. Martin, bless his writing heart, seems to take more and more time to write each successive book. By my calculations the seventh (and final?) book in this series won't be published until heaven knows when, but if past history is any indication, it won't be till 2014 or 2015 at the soonest. It'd be great to get to the end of this series, provided the author (and I!) live that long...

So, anyway ... I wouldn't hold your breath on this series.

As for the MMO, I think it is even less suited to being an MMO than LoTR, because it is all about story progression and the ASOIAF world constantly changing and the interactions and interior thoughts of the principal characters. I do not think it would translate well to an MMO format.

Posted: May 13th 2009 2:56PM (Unverified) said

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I completely agree wtih everyone here. The appeal of the books is not the world, but the characters and their interactions.

Perhaps a RPG, but an MMO? LOTRO does the best job so far that I have seen of this genre, so why make another??

But man, oh man, WHEN is he going to ever finish the books? I am afraid he will die before he finishes the series...

Posted: May 13th 2009 3:19PM Ninevah said

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For it to be true to the books, you'd get a character that had flaws, yet great backstory and motivations...only to have him get killed from a seemingly stupid, random event. Then, start all over again with the next character...

Posted: May 13th 2009 3:47PM (Unverified) said

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A bear, a bear all covered with hair!

Posted: May 13th 2009 6:53PM (Unverified) said

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ASoIaF's world is even more low magic than Conan, which makes it even less suited to an MMO I reckon; and look how much they butchered the lore in AoC.

Posted: May 13th 2009 8:00PM (Unverified) said

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For the record, the HBO series starts filming in Northern Ireland in October. :) So it's definitely a go; HBO tends to pony up for 10 episodes or so, and it wouldn't surprise me to see the first 10 by the summer/fall 2010.

If HBO keeps this up with True Blood and now ASoIaF I might just have to pony up the ridiculous amount of money my cable company wants to charge me to get it. :)

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