George R.R. Martin “largely happy” with Cyanide’s Game of Thrones RPG

Wednesday, 4th April 2012 02:59 GMT By Brenna Hillier

A Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin didn’t pen the story for the upcoming Cyanide RPG, but he did keep an eagle eye on it, and is pretty pleased with the result.

The author seems quite pleased with the game based on his series of novels (and made particularly famous by the popular HBO series), although he’s aware it won’t go down well with his entire fanbase.

“Of course I want fans to like it. But nothing pleases everyone, and you can’t let that control what you do,” he told Joystiq.

“Not everyone will like the game. You do the best work you can, and hope the world responds. I’ve sampled the work Cyanide has done, and I’m largely happy with it. I think many of my fans will share that feeling.”

Some fans are wary of the game because it was developed independently of the world’s creator.

“The entire game was written by Cyanide, including the plot and character dialogue. But I did have creative input at many points during the process,” Martin confirmed.

Some of this input included wielding an iron hand over the canon.

“What they’re doing is a parallel story to some of the early events in Ice and Fire, so my primary concern was that nothing in the game altered the events in the books,” the author added.

Not that Martin would necessarily let a few errors in the game creep back into his own works.

“Games can be a really fun way to interact with a literary world, but I can’t imagine any writer wants to then be shackled to events or decisions made in the game,” he explained.

As an interesting aside, Marting said he’s mostly into “thinking games” like classic strategy titles, and made some mildly disparaging comments about shooters and their ilk, for relying too heavily on reaction and reflex.

A Game of Thrones releases in mid May for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    That’s nice. I have the first series cued up on amazon, and the second series pilot cued on my laptop. Nearly finished book three too… Must have a look at the game now, wasn’t even really aware it existed until I read this…

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    I like how honest he is. “Largely happy” – not PR speak nonsense about how it’s perfect and everyone should love it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. jnms

    @Brenna; Martin really doesn’t seem to give a shit what his fans think. So in that sense the “Largely happy” comment is a lot nicer than he usually puts things heh.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    ^ How does he usually put things?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. jnms

    @ObritMonkey – To paraphrase him, “If you don’t like my stuff, I really don’t give a shit!” and “If you feel me taking 5 years to write a book is too long, then tough – I’ve got other stuff to be doing!”

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    I don’t know the guy, but I don’t think he spends a lot of time gaming.

    Judging from how Cyanide did on Blood Bowl… Yikes.

    I think he could’ve gotten a far better deal too.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    @jnms, I like it ;-) I mean you only have to look at Bioware to see what happens when you pander to the fanbase!!

    #7 3 years ago

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