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  1. The continuing collaboration of Game of Thrones with a wide variety of creators and brands continues with today’s announcement of a Game of Thrones capsule collectiom from men’s fashion designer John Varvatos. Some of the pieces in the 11-piece collection are featured in this video below, released today to promote the collection: For more information about the collection, read below for the press release with quotes from Varvatos and information about where and when the collection will be available. read on >>> View the full article
  2. Fans have been wondering whether Game of Thrones, its final season just around the corner, will release art and photography books along the lines of those seen for The Lord of the Rings. Well, they need wonder no longer thanks to Insight Editions which is publishing not one, not two, but four separate books delving into all manner of aspects of the show’s production. And all of them can be pre-ordered now on Amazon. Here’s a rundown: Game of Thrones: The Storyboards - Due Summer 2019, this 320 page art book contains storyboards from artist William Simpson, who’s worked on the show from the beginning. The Photography of Game of Thrones - Another 320 page book, this one due November 2019, collecting Helen Sloan’s extensive photography across all the seasons of the show. The Art of Game of Thrones - 320 pages, due October 2019, devoted to production art for the series. This would include things like matte paintings, character and location designs, and more. Game of Thrones: The Costumes - The shortest of the books, listed at 224 pages due November 2019, this will undoubtedly present photographs and design sketches of Michelle Clapton’s award-winning costumes on the show. View the full article
  3. HBO has released a video from behind the scenes, focused on the award-winning work of the makeup and prosthetic team on Game of Thrones. A lot of close looks at White Walkers, children and the forest, and more: And on the same day, EW released a pictorial focused on the weapons of the TV shows, with comments from Tommy Dunne, the weapons master on the show who oversaw the armoury that produced the weapons seen in the series. View the full article
  4. The recent announcement that long-time HBO head Richard Plepler was leaving the company following word that the recent merger of AT&T and Time Warner meant some significant reorganization caused something of a stir. The rumors that Bob Greenblatt, formerly head of NBC, would come over to take over have panned out, with HBO and Turner now being folded into a new entity, WarnerMedia. This has led to fans of Game of Thrones and HBO in general wondering what the future holds. Greenblatt has provided some interviews, and one in particular to The Wrap touches directly on the topic of the potential of a Game of Thrones franchise. The headline that goes with this might seem alarming—“New HBO Boss Bob Greenblatt Doesn’t Know if Doing 2 ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs Is Feasible – Let Alone One”—but reading the actual quotes suggest that it’s overstating Greenblatt’s remarks. read on >>> View the full article
  5. Hot on the heels of EW‘s reveal of their dedicated special issue for the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO has upped it all a notch with the first official trailer. See it below: View the full article
  6. EW has begun the onslaught of Game of Thrones promotion with a bang, unleashing a special issue with sixteen different covers—pairing pretty well with the twenty official photos HBO released over the weekend. The special issue, their largest yet at 78 pages, features a lot of behind-the-scenes details about filming of the final season. As a taste, EW has a lengthy set report filled with anecdotes, veiled hints, quotes, and more. Here’s a teaser: “What we have asked the production team and crew to do this year truly has never been done in television or in a movie,” says co-executive producer Bryan Cogman. “This final face-off between the Army of the Dead and the army of the living is completely unprecedented and relentless and a mixture of genres even within the battle. There are sequences built within sequences built within sequences. David and Dan [wrote] an amazing puzzle and Miguel came in and took it apart and put it together again. It’s been exhausting but I think it will blow everybody away.” View the full article
  7. This is a pleasant surprise: publisher Devolver Digital has announced that developer Nerial has updated the diverting Reigns: Game of Thrones with over 100 new cards which include a “disasterous” trip to Casterly Rock. These cards add more emphasis on the Lannisters and the westerlands, which is quite interesting because it might suggest there might well be more updates planned centered around houses, regions, or perhaps even organizations. The game is available on iTunes App Store, Google Play Store, and on Steam. For more about the game, see our post where Linda and I livestreamed some gameplay and answered some questions from viewers. View the full article
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    Dealing With NPCs

    It is important to keep in mind that the public areas of the game are always quite likely to be populated by various NPCs—courtiers, knights, guardsmen, servants, stablehands and so on in the castles and the general populace of the cities in other areas. If events out of the ordinary take place—events that would be disruptive to the normal day-to-day operation of the castles or cities—it’s entirely likely that some NPCs will get involved one way or another. If there is significant violence, with weapons being drawn, the gold cloaks of King’s Landing and shariffs of Sunspear would interfere, even if those involved are nobles. Players should feel free to @emit such cases where violent or criminal action involving one or more parties get broken up by the City Watch. They’re there to keep the peace, and while they may hesitate when it’s their betters breaking it, they won’t hesitate forever. Another important category of NPCs to keep in mind are the escorts that may accompany various characters, especially younger ones. Unmarried girls in King’s Landing are unlikely to be without a septa as a chaperone, for example. Players should be mindful of this when roleplaying behaviour that is, again, out of the norm and/or transgressive—NPCs, even those who might be in their train, are often not likely to agree with this behaviour and may even be in a position to tell them so. Finally, when it comes to NPCs in general (rather than a specific NPC), it is important to be careful in regards to how their opinions are characterised in roleplay. How NPCs at large feel about an event or about a character should generally be determined by Staff. Visit the Site!
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    Dealing with NPCs

    It is important to keep in mind that the public areas of the game are always quite likely to be populated by various NPCs—courtiers, knights, guardsmen, servants, stablehands and so on in the castles and the general populace of the cities in other areas. If events out of the ordinary take place—events that would be disruptive to the normal day-to-day operation of the castles or cities—it’s entirely likely that some NPCs will get involved one way or another. If there is significant violence, with weapons being drawn, the gold cloaks of King’s Landing and shariffs of Sunspear would interfere, even if those involved are nobles. Players should feel free to @emit such cases where violent or criminal action involving one or more parties get broken up by the City Watch. They’re there to keep the peace, and while they may hesitate when it’s their betters breaking it, they won’t hesitate forever. Another important category of NPCs to keep in mind are the escorts that may accompany various characters, especially younger ones. Unmarried girls in King’s Landing are unlikely to be without a septa as a chaperone, for example. Players should be mindful of this when roleplaying behaviour that is, again, out of the norm and/or transgressive—NPCs, even those who might be in their train, are often not likely to agree with this behaviour and may even be in a position to tell them so. Finally, when it comes to NPCs in general (rather than a specific NPC), it is important to be careful in regards to how their opinions are characterised in roleplay. How NPCs at large feel about an event or about a character should generally be determined by Staff. Visit the Site!
  10. We’d like to remind people to use the +vacation command (+help +vacation) to set themselves on vacation when they expect to be absent or inactive for a period of time. We’d also like to remind people to make sure you are familiar with the rules for idling outlined in INFO POLICY PURGES and INFO CHARACTER IDLING. These files include information about the activity requirements for important characters (Restricteds, characters in important positions at court, etc). Visit the Site!
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    Advertising the Game

    We would very much like the help from our players to advertise the game in venues outside of those that we frequent ourselves, whether these are MU*s, livejournals or forums. An official ad can be viewed using ‘+display nymeria/ad’ (this will give you an evaluated version suitable for forums or livejournals) or ‘ex *nymeria/ad’ (this will give you an unevaluated version suitable for other MU*s). Players can feel free to modify this as they deem appropriate for the venue in question, or to write their own ad, as long as it does not give the wrong impression of the game. The following points should be kept in mind: 1) Make sure that the venue in question allows advertising. 2) Only advertise in venues where you are a member of the community, unless it is a pure advertising MU*/livejournal/forum. 3) Make sure someone else has not already advertised the game in this venue. 4) If reciprocal advertising is required, we have an ElseMU* board setup for this purpose. However, the other venue would have to allow you to make the reciprocal posting, as guests cannot make use of it. We’d also appreciate it if you page us or drop us a +mail to note where you have placed the ad, so we can keep track of where the game has been advertised. Visit the Site!
  12. We have implemented one of the changes discussed during today’s Q&A, namely how access to the Guest and Newbie channels works. You no longer need to be a Greeter to join these channels and help out guests and visitors, instead it is enough for you to have been on the game for 3 months. We will keep the option to become a Greeter, at least for now. The idea will be that those who sign up to be Greeters will remain more likely to be paged for help from new players since they can be looked up via the +greeters command. Because of this, we will continue to look for a little more experience with the game than just having been around for 3 months as a criteria for becoming a Greeter. For those who just want to join the Guest and Newbie channels to be able to welcome new players, here’s a few things to keep in mind: *Keep talk with other players to a minimum on these channels. They are for answering questions, not chatting. *Be honest about what the game offers and what it doesn’t offer. It is not for everyone. *Don’t try to recruit family members, spouses, etc for your own character(s). *If you aren’t certain about the answer to something, say so rather than take a guess. *Keep the talk to the channels, do not move it to pages. That way, others can help out if you don’t know something. Visit the Site!
  13. According to EW, the Game of Thrones prequel/successor headed by Jane Goldman is set to begin production in the early Summer. James Hibberd reports that Casey Bloys, HBO’s programming president, has previously indicated that a new show won’t air until at least a year has passed from the airing of the last season of Game of Thrones, so a late 2020 or 2021 premiere for the show if it’s ordered to series. Whether “The Long Night”—as George R.R. Martin unofficially calls it—will make it that far is anyone’s guess, but the pilot’s cast has shaped up, with Naomi Watts headlining. View the full article
  14. We have made some changes to the server configuration and the webclient is now working again. We are not yet certain that these changes won’t break other functionality on the site and if this happens the webclient may be turned off again. But for now it is available. You may need to clear your browser cache for it to work, however. Visit the Site!
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    Webclient Broken

    Unfortunately, the webclient we link to in the left sidebar is currently not functioning. We moved the site from http to https and we have been unable to get the webclient to work with https. It has support for it, but our server is not properly configured and we have not been able to sort that part out yet. We do not currently have any estimates for when this will be fixed so for now the only way to connect is via telnet or a telnet-capable client pointed to bod.westeros.org, port 3000. Visit the Site!
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