Fantasy Flight Games may be making a name for itself beyond the core hobby gaming community by producing games based on hit properties such as "Game of Thrones" and "Star Wars," but that doesn't mean these products are designed without serious competition in mind.

From November 9th to 11th, gamers will converge on the Fantasy Flight Games headquarters and event center in Roseville, MN, to participate in the inaugural World Championship Weekend. They'll be hoping to claim titles in the following games: "A Game of Thrones: The Card Game," "Android: Netrunner The Card Game," "Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game," "Dust Tactics," "Dust Warfare," "Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game," and the "Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game."

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MTV Geek chatted with "Game Of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin and acclaimed author Neil Gaiman at Worldcon 2012 recently...and the two revealed some very interesting backstory behind Martin's "Wildcards" anthology!

Martin had orginally invited Alan Moore to participate in "Wildcards" -- but the writer, who was working on "Watchmen" at the time, never responded! However, another young comic creator named "Neil" was interested in contributing to "Wildcards," and pitched a character that would go one to be one of the most famous in comic book history! Read More...

Special effects may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "Game of Thrones," but the second season was full of computer generated goodness. Not just dragons and direwolves either. Many of the sprawling locations required a lot of CGI work to feel as expansive as they appeared. Now a video from Pixomondo, the Creative Arts Emmy Winner for outstanding special visual effects for their work on the series, is giving us a different look at season 2.

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If Marvel is fishing for a new "Doctor Strange" writer any time soon, "Game Of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin is definitely interested! The acclaimed author explained to us at Worldcon 2012 how The Master of the Mystic Arts was always one of his favorites, and that he would love to write the comic book series. But there is a big "however," however...

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Because getting your butt kicked in the Battle of the Blackwater just once is not nearly enough, Game of Thrones fans will soon be able to take the reigns of House Baratheon and re-create the epic conflict again and again. Perhaps they'll even have a chance to write their own ending to the conflict between Baratheon and Lannister, or better yet, stage a fan fiction-esque battle of Baratheon versus Stark.

All of the above are possible with the Battles of Westeros tactical board game system from Fantasy Flight Games, which is about to receive its first major addition in the form of a House Baratheon Army Expansion. Game of Thrones may not be returning to HBO until March 31st, but with the luck of the dice and a skin of hot mulled wine, you just might yet survive the winter.

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MTV Geek is pleased to give you your first look at Dynamite's "George R.R. Martin's A Game Of Thrones" #12, hitting stores in September:

 GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S A GAME OF THRONES #12
32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature
Written by GEORGE R.R MARTIN
Adapted by DANIEL ABRAHAM
Art by TOMMY PATTERSON
Cover by MIKE S. MILLER

In Winterfell, young Brandon Stark, though crippled by his near-fatal fall, is finally able to ride again, with the help of a gift from Tyrion Lannister. As thanks, the Imp has been imprisoned by Catelyn Stark and her sister, Lysa Arryn, in the forbidding sky dungeons of the Eyrie, and charged with Bran’s attempted murder. Now, in a desperate bid for freedom, Tyrion demands the right of trial by combat. But what chance does a dwarf have against Lysa’s chosen champion? Differences in size are not the only reason for an unequal fight, as Eddard Stark learns in King’s Landing, where his investigation into the death of Jon Arryn takes an unexpected—and deadly—turn. Read More...

by Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood


These Na'vi hate life. Deal with it.

We've come to the end of the road for the second season of Game of Thrones. For those of you who were hoping at some point to see Robb Stark chop Joffrey Baratheon's head off, you were probably disappointed. For those of you who were hoping to see Daenery's dragons f@#$ up the people of Westeros, you were probably disappointed. And for those of you who were hoping to see Jon Snow be a boss beyond the wall, you were probably disappointed. But it wasn't all bad! You have a new character to hate in Theon Greyjoy, you learned that shadow monsters lurk in the darkest areas of Melisandre's nether regions, and most of all, you know that the Whitewalkers are coming, and they're bringing winter with them.

And so, for the last time, we recap.

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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

And the wildfire's green glare, the Davos' son bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that King's Landing was still there.

Similar to last season's ninth episode "Balon", where Lord Eddard Stark gets his head lopped off (spoiler alert?), the ninth episode of this season titled "Blackwater" is one that leaves pretty much everyone floored. The wildfire explosion has to rank up there as one of the top "swag" moments of the show, right there with Daenerys' dragons first appearing, Viserys getting his golden crown, and the just mentioned beheading of Ned. In other words: It. Was. AWESOME!

It's been a long time coming, but overall we feel HBO did a solid job at adapting the Battle of The Blackwater for television. Of course we also have a few gripes, so lets get into things.

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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Oh, hey, sorry we missed last week (and that we're late this week). We were off in the shade on vacay, making pina coladas pay the Iron Price. But we're back and feeling refreshed, though we still haven't gotten all the sand out from the wetness between our legs yet.

War is almost upon us in the Game of Thrones universe, and we're getting a little antsy. Not a whole lot has been happening lately, but we know it's all been a setup for the final two episodes (hopefully). Theon and his Iron Island posse are still hanging out in Winterfell when Yara comes rolling in, pissed off that Theon allegedly murdered the Stark boys.

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We're guessing HBO is killing a little bit of time until next week's Blackwater blow-out - and if there isn't an "I Survived The Battle of Blackwater," or something on a chain (you book readers no what I'm talking about), we're be sorely disappointed. But, in the meantime, the Map of Westeros takes center stage in this week's featured items from the HBO Store. We're sorely tempted to make some Dora The Explorer jokes, but the Venn diagram for Game of Thrones fans and Dora watchers probably just has us in the middle of two circles, and that's it:

First up is a shirt with a slightly more subtle map design, and the perfect way to work the phrase, "Hey baby, wanna check out my spicy pepper down near Dorne?" into conversation. Note: Never work that phrase into conversation, ever. Read More...

Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Last week we told you guys that if you haven't started hating Cletus The Slack Jawed Yokel Theon Greyjoy, get ready. See what we meant?


Buzz Theon's sides and the resemblance is uncanny

Anyway, at this point in the season, so much is happening on the show that doesn't happen in Clash of Kings we're basically out of analysis to give, but we think we've figured out what's going on. This season is actually just a dramatic allegory of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. Theon Greyjoy, acting as an entitled trustafarian who thinks he represents the 99%, has finally had it with those rich Starks up in Winterfell, so he "occupies" the castle, and then makes some confusing and pointless demands, like having everyone refer to him as 'Prince Theon'. So this #occupy metaphor is breaking down pretty quickly, but we're sure some academic, with way too much time on their hands is already writing their comm studies dissertation on this subject. So, uh, let us lexus-nexus that for you?

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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Jake Busey Says Hi

This season of Game of Thrones has been heavily focused on expanding the world of Westeros and beyond the Narrow Sea. We've met a ton of new characters so far, but surprisingly a lot of the old characters have done a good job at staying alive. That was until last night, when last week's cliffhanger (Melisandre's vagina shadow) crept into Renly's tent and drove a blade through his back, to the horror of both Brienne and Catelyn Stark. Huge plot twist, especially since it sounded like Renly was leaning towards making peace with Robb. Just a heads up from two guys who have read the books, don't expect anything you want to happen in this story to actually happen because George R. R. Martin will never do it. We won't elaborate on what we mean by that, but in a few years when the show is all said and done, you'll get it.

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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Well we made it through another Spring Sunday and if you're reading this that means two things: One, you probably survived some torrential rainfall (it was really coming down shadowcats and dire wolves in NYC, are we right?) and two, we 'received' a new episode of HBO's Game Of Thrones where characters corrected each others' pronunciation and grammar, and the show producers 'corrected' George R.R. Martin's apparently too straight forward plotting. And that's weird, because what happens in the books still happens (like the big things), they just keep changing how those big things happen, and we're not sure why. Anyway, let's see where we're at after the fourth episode from Game Of Thrones Season 2, 'Garden Of Bones'.

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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Much like Obi-Wan and Yoda giving advice to a young Luke Skywalker, elders were dishing it out left and right in last night's episode of Game of Thrones. From Lord Mormont with Jon Snow, to Maester Luwin with Bran, to Yoren with Arya, the teachers were giving the students a real what's what on life. It makes you think that when the show finally comes to an end, there's going to be a scene where Jon, Bran and Arya are looking off into the distance at something like this:

Yoren's already gone, so we just need two more deaths to make this moment possible.
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Written by: Brandon Freeberg & Charlie Norwood

Another night of Game of Thrones and another night of HBO greatly deviating from the story line of the books.  We're not complaining (really, we're not), it's just we started reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books shortly after season one last year and seeing how they're all around a 1,000 pages in length, we wouldn't have wasted our time had we known that reading them wouldn't really give us any insight on the show.

Anywho, here's our recap of episode two, which basically is just a list of all the MAJOR changes to the story that have been made so far. This episode starts off where the last one left off with Arya (Arry) and Gendry on the road with the Night's Watch. While making camp, two members of the Goldcloaks approach looking for Gendry.  Some words are said, some feelings hurt, and all of sudden Yoren has his dagger drawn, ready to get all surgical on some leg arteries.  Since we first met him in season one, Yoren has been just a delight.  A grumpy, bitter, delight.

After a quick brush with the law, Arya spills the beans to Gendry about who she really is (because, ya know, women be talkin'), and then they both stare off into the distance like that one shot in Bad Boys (and Bad Boys II).

That scene was pretty accurate, but the next one isn't.

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