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  1. Personal NPCs

    Players who create personal, named NPCs for regular or semi-regular usage need to submit these to the CDB so that their name and any other specific details can be approved and so that they are preseved in the event of a player switching characters. See +HELP CDB SUBMIT for how to do this. Note that tier for such characters will default to V unless the player asks for something else and provides a reason for why it should be higher. More than IV is very unlikely to be approved. Visit the Site!
  2. To help us maintain a record of the history of the game and to help new players get into the game more easily, it is very important that everyone keeps their characters as updated as possible. As it stands now we often find ourselves forced to close—or even kill off—characters when they are abandoned because it is too difficult to piece together their past history. Keeping your character updated also affects your progress on the game. If you want to switch to another character or request an alt, we will first request that you update your current character, so doing it regularly makes it much easier for everyone. We also take into account how good a player has been about keeping their character(s) updated when considering applications for Restricted or Limited characters. Finally, when tier advancement is sorted out, how well updated a character has been kept will be an important criteria. The two most important things to do is to add Events (+HELP CDB EVENTS) when something significant happens and to add or update Relations (+HELP CDB RELATIONS) to other characters. It is also important to regularly look over your History. It should function as a summary of both what is in your character’s background and a summary of significant developments since then. Occasionally, you can also take a look at your Persona and Notes and see if anything needs to be adjusted. For those of you who like to be mentioned in the Tidings or the Chronicle (and who doesn’t!), adding Events is particularly important; if you haven’t added one for a particular scene, you are much less likely to show up in the writeups done about that scene. Visit the Site!
  3. As we speculated with the release of new images from Season 6 of Game of Thrones, it looks like this Sunday HBO will air a new teaser for the season at 8:59PM, just prior to the premiere of Vinyl. There seems to be a very short extract from the teaser in the tweet announcing this:   Visit the Site!
  4. New Season 6 Stills

    HBO has released 20 brand new images from the forthcoming season 6, featuring a number of the key actors in the series, as well as one new-ish addition in the form of the legendary Max von Sydow in the role of the “Three-Eyed Raven”. While we’re working on getting them into our gallery, you can find them all at the official Making Game of Thrones website. Here’s a sample of the images:   Given that HBO’s new big series, Martin Scorsese’s and Mick Jagger’s Vinyl, is premiering this Sunday, this photo release does make it feel as if the first official season 6 trailer for Game of Thrones could well be making an appearance this weekend. Game of Thrones, season 6 premieres April 24th. Visit the Site!
  5. Stat Modifiers

    T: CHANGES: Stat Modifiers We have just completed a modification to the CharGen which means that stat increases and stat decreases are no longer a one-off addition to or reduction from your stat pool. Instead, they are persistent percentages, just like skill increases and decreases. They also apply to single stats rather than stat groups. To give an example, if a player used to have a Stat Decrease: Physique, they had their pool of Physique points reduced by 5% in CharGen. Now, the flaw will be modified so that their Physique pool is untouched in CharGen but instead they will have a permanent -10% to one of the stats in their Physique pool. This will display the same way on their sheet as skill modifiers do today. We will start by changing over currently unplayed characters, then we will either approach active players who are affected or ask players to input +jobs with how they want these changes done on their characters. This change is the first of a few planned CG changes which we hope may make it possible to implement Tier Advancement. Visit the Site!
  6. New Season 6 Promos

    Today, HBO’s official Game of Thrones Twitter announced the start of a new promotion for the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones with this intriguing tweet: And the masses did just as they asked, flooding the account with their allegiance. What followed were three, individualized tweets whose responses included a very brief teaser video with voice overs from actors Iwan Rheon (Ramsay), Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow), and an unidentified actor playing a Dothraki. We’ve embedded these three responses below: read on >>> Visit the Site!
  7. For those keeping track, Game of Thrones has added to its bevy of Creative Arts Emmys: nominated fo 16 awards, it took home 8 of them. Bear in mind, in some of those categories there were several Game of Thrones entries, most notably the Cinematography in a Single-Camera Series category which featured six nominees, four of which were from Game of Thrones (HBO sister show Boardwalk Empire‘s season 5 premiere actually won there, however). This continues the show’s tremendous run in creative arts and production categories, which is understandable given both the expense, the complexity, and the terrific amount of talent involved behind-the-scenes in producing the visuals, effects, stunts, and more. With the 2015 Emmys, the show has been nominated for 88 awards so far, of which it has won 19 so far. More Emmys are pending for the Primetime Emmy awards airing on the 20th, while FXX will broadcast last week’s Creative Arts Emmys on the 19th. For the full list of Emmy nominees, see here. [url=http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/Game_of_Thrones_at_the_Creative_Emmys]Visit the Site![/url]
  8. The occasion of the wedding of Ser Aidan Dayne, the famed Knight of the Twilight, and the lady Aisling Ryswell was an unusual one in some respects. For one, King Baelor himself presided over the marriage, in his capacity as a septon of the Faith. For another, despite neither being a great lord or lady, not one but two tournies were arranged for the occasion; a rarity in these more austere and pious times. The reason for it had more to do with the Dornish embassy to the Iron Throne, of which Ser Aidan was a part, than to any native desire of theirs to make such a showing. Regardless of the reasons, however, the tourneys drew a deal of attention for a city starved of spectacles. The first of the tourneys, following the wedding vows being exchanged, was the more modest affair, with six-and-ten knights of various reputations competing. There were no great shocks or upsets in that contest, save the fact that the Dornish knight Ser Tamlyn Toland—cousin to Ser Aidan—carried the day after being defeated by Ser Joffrey Caswell, the heir to Bitterbridge, before rallying to defeat him in his final opportunity to carry the day. The feast that followed was similarly modest in scope and atmosphere, and indeed, when it came time for the bedding the bride and groom were conducted out with a deal of decorum, and none of the usual ribaldry which is more common. Some present thought that perhaps it was the Dornish custom, but truth be told most guess it was due to the role of the king in the marriage (both in the making and the effecting of it). The next day, Ser Aidan Dayne would ride out to ride in the more extravagant of the tourneys, the Tourney of the Tower of Devotion as it was called. Rich prizes of hundreds of gold dragons were named, and it is said that the Martells and the embassy were the chief sponsors of the contest, a show of pageantry and chivalry to remind the Kingslanders that the Targaryens were not the only ones who could arrange grand events. Named after the wood-and-plaster tower raised in the tourney fields which served as a place to mount miniature shields bearing the arms of the contestants, the tournament drew a very grand field of more than several score knights, and some of the most famed in the realm were present: Ser Argett Prester, the Tailcutter, and handsome Ser Joffrey Caswell, the royal steward Ser Conrad Arryn, the kingsguard knights Ser Aleyn Florent and Prince Aemon Targaryen. What followed was a great day of jousting, with notable deeds performed, and great upsets such as the defeat of Aleyn Foxglove at the hands of the Warden of Crackclaw Point, Ser Dermett Corbray, or the dozen lances and more broken by Ser Conrad Arryn and Ser Aidan Dayne. But in the end, as if destined, was another meeting between the Knight of the Twilight and the Dragonknight. Several times before had they met in the lists, and each time there has been great displays of arms and chivalry. This proved no different, as both men unhorsed one another, and then fought with swords until Ser Aidan Dayne managed to defeat Prince Aemon to the shock of the watching crowd. Declared champion, none could be surprised when he crowned his new bride the Queen of Love and Beauty. [url=http://www.westeros.org/BoD/Tidings/Entry/A_Wedding_and_Two_Tourneys]Visit the Site![/url]
  9. As Variety reports, the venerable Swedish actor Max von Sydow—the list of credits for the actor is very long indeed—is taking over the “three-eyed raven” role originated in the fourth season by Struan Rodger. As Variety notes, much like the Ian McShane casting, this role is relatively brief in screen time, but it will be important—in his case, Sydow’s role will be described as a “major” one. Given that Isaac Hempstead Wright has admitted he’d be back for season 6 after a 1 season hiatus, it looks like we’ll be seeing how Bran has gotten along beneath the weirwood with his new mentor. [url=http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/Max_Von_Sydow_Joins_the_Cast]Visit the Site![/url]
  10. Like the title says, EW has the exclusive revealing that Ian McShane—best known for his role as Al Swearengen in Deadwood (one of the finest TV shows ever made, by the by)—will be joining the cast for season 6 in a role described by EW as having a “relatively small amount of screen-time during the season” but that the ” character is of key importance.” Let the speculation begin. [url=http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/EW_Scoop_Ian_McShane_Joins_Cast]Visit the Site![/url]
  11. The news ran wild last night with the report from the Television Critics’ Association summer session panel where HBO executive Michael Lombardo spoke about Game of Thrones and remarked the following: âSeven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation. The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously weâre shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [David & Dan] feel like thereâs two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but thatâs what weâre looking at right now.â On top of that, when asked about potential prequels, Lombardo expressed strong willingness to further delve into the Game of Thrones story once the main series was done. read on >>> [url=http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/HBO_Execs_Expect_More_than_7_Seasons]Visit the Site![/url]
  12. <p>The latest episode of the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/330840/"><em>Gameof Thrones</em></a> game from <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com">Telltale Games</a> is just around the corner, with a release date of July 21st on PC, Mac, and Playstation 3-4, XBox versions on the 22nd, and iOS/Android on the 23rd.</p> <div class="ImageMiddle"> <iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BJ2pyM-lSIE"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> <p>Titled “A Nest of Vipers”, the episode looks to feature pit-fighting action with Asher, young Lady Mira visiting Tyrion Lannister in his cell, and a significant amount of Ramsay Bolton’s nastiness. And speaking of Asher, an image released by Telltale Games serves as a bit of a spoiler regarding where his story takes him…</p> <strong><a href="http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/Game_of_Thrones_Game_Returns_This_Week">readon &gt;&gt;&gt;</a></strong> [url=http://www.westeros.org/GoT/News/Entry/Game_of_Thrones_Game_Returns_This_Week]Visit the Site![/url]
  13. Extended Downtime Tomorrow

    With the latest stable release of the Invision forum software—to version 4.10—we have decided that we can now finally get the forum upgraded. The upgrade will bring many new features, not least of which is a responsive skin design which should allow users on mobile devices to easily use the forum with all the features they’re used to on desktops without having to download separate software (such as Tapatalk). However, because this is a substantial upgrade, it will require changes to the database in the process. This means that it will very likely take, at minimum, 8 hours to complete the whole process… and given the size of our database, it could be easily twice as long (or, indeed, even longer). So this Tuesday, at around 9AM GMT/ 5AM EST / 2AM PST, we will shut down the forum to begin the upgrade process. Updates on the process, if and when we can provide them, will be made available via our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts. We do not expect to need to take down the wiki or Westeros.org website while the forum is being upgraded, but it is possible that that, too, will be required, so please bear with us. Visit the Site!
  14. The Storm

    Ser Orson Baratheon’s wedding to Lady Ryone Prester at Storm’s End would prove to be ill-omened. Attended by many of the court’s great and good—Prince Aegon among the former if not the latter, accompanied by Ser Kenric Darry of the Kingsguard—the festivities began well enough. But the wedding joust would see scandal with Prince Aegon carrying the field and and crowning another man’s wife Queen of Love and Beauty in a manner meant to insult him; Lady Jyana Lannister, married to Ser Jonn, heir to Casterly Rock and a man who had earned the prince’s disfavour. Far worse than scandal would follow the next day when a great storm swept in off the sea during an archery contest, causing a near stampede and taking lives as it drove people within the safety of Storm’s End’s curtain walls. For a day and a night the storm raged, so fierce that none had seen its like in a generation. Within a day of its ending, ravens from Lord Corwen’s bannermen had begun to reach Storm’s End with dark tidings. The storm had wrought such a devastation upon the Stormlands that the lives it claimed were a mere prelude to what was to come. Entire villages had been destroyed. Livestock had been scattered. Their bloated corpses dotted fields and woods along with those of smallfolk. Grain reserves had been ruined, a death sentence in winter. Disease and starvation were but days away, the Stranger’s heralds. That those of the court who had sailed for the wedding were now trapped at Storm’s End, their ships greatly damaged at anchor and the road all but impassable now, was a minor trouble in comparison. Lord Corwen wasted no time in opening his granaries and sending out his men to aid where they could. But more was needed, grain and men beyond his ability to provide, and so the proud lord sent ravens to King’s Landing asking King Baelor for aid. And received it two weeks hence, for King Baelor had moved swiftly, ordering Admiral Dagur Saltcliffe south with ships hastily loaded with grain and carrying healers, septons, septas and Silent Sisters besides, led by Septon Elwood, to tend to the needs of the devastated smallfolk, both temporal and spiritual. And he sent word as well, bidding the lordlings and knights of the court trapped at Storm’s End ride out with those of the Faith and earn the favour of the Seven—with his cousin Princess Naerys adding an injunction for the women to show their devotion to the Gods to be no less strong. [url=http://www.westeros.org/BoD/Tidings/Entry/The_Storm]Visit the Site![/url]
  15. With season 5 completed (see our episode guide on the final episode for some of our thoughts), there’s a lot of discussion about what the show did right or wrong this season, interviews with various members of cast and crew, and more. But Random House—publishers, through their subsidiary Bantam, of all things A Song of Ice and Fire—asked us to provide a list of 11 reasons why fans of the show might want to give the books a try if they haven’t already! You can find the article here. read on >>> Visit the Site!