Last night I watched the highly anticipated Game of Thrones premier on HBO. I am not a George R. R. Martin fan and only recently became aware of him from the 'A Song of Fire and Ice' Roleplaying Game (SIFRP) that was released a few years ago. For those with a deep love of fantasy and intrigue, this show looks promising indeed. I will not dissect the first episode, but I will say that it does not shun away from blood and gore.
Most of the story is character driven, with the various characters grasping for power before winter comes. The main issue with that? Winter can last a lifetime. Seasons are long and years go by before the seasons change. This changes the political aspect since not much can be done in the cold of winter. The first episode introduces the main players as well as some motives behind their actions. A quick list of what I liked about show; the white walkers, savages from the north who appear to be legend, probably cause they haven't been seen since the last winter; dire wolves, cause big wolves are cool; stones painted with eyes and placed on the dead; the wolf
armor of the north men; Ravens used as messenger birds.
Before the show, I journeyed to Half-price books to get out of the house and came across a copy of Peril at King's Landing, an adventure for the SIFRP. I have read through a third of it and it a nice adventure. It was nominated for the 2010 Ennie Awards for best adventure. Being of my own mind and opinion, I find the world of George R.R. Martin intriguing and refreshing, yet from a role-playing aspect, I only have one player that would invest the time into this type of setting. I look forward to more episodes of game of thrones, but fear I may never get to play the game.