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[PRESS] White Wolf and Guardians Of Order Join Forces on "A Game of Thrones RPG"


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Philippe Boulle, Marketing Director
White Wolf Publishing
404-292-1819 x203

Mark C. MacKinnon, President
Guardians Of Order

White Wolf and Guardians Of Order Join Forces to Publish “A Game Of Thrones RPG”

Guelph, Ontario and Atlanta, Georgia; 13 June 2005 — White Wolf Publishing, Inc. and Guardians Of Order, Inc. announced today that they have reached an agreement to publish the A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game, based on the bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel series by critically acclaimed author George R. R. Martin.

White Wolf will publish and distribute the game under its Sword &Sorcery imprint, while Guardians Of Order remains in charge of creation and design. The A Game of Thrones Roleplaying Game will be available in hobby and bookstores in the fall of 2005, in time for the release of Martin’s A Feast For Crows, the much-anticipated fourth volume in the series.

“We look forward to working with White Wolf in this joint venture,” said Guardians Of Order’s President, Mark C. MacKinnon. “The exceptional reputation of the Sword & Sorcery imprint and White Wolf’s extensive distribution network together mean we can get this magnificent game to many thousands more of George R. R. Martin’s fans than we could have reached on our own. Creating the A Game of Thrones RPG has been a massive undertaking for Guardians, and we have found the ideal publishing partner in White Wolf.”

“We’ve long admired George R. R. Martin’s novels and Guardians Of Order’s games,” said Mike Tinney, White Wolf’s President. “As fans, we’ve been looking forward to this release along with everyone else. That we can help bring it to market is a real treat.”

George R. R. Martin’s epic series “A Song of Ice and Fire” began in 1996’s A Game of Thrones, and continued in 1999’s A Clash of Kings and 2000’s A Storm of Swords, both of which appeared on the New York Times’ bestsellers list. Detailing the lands of Westeros and the warring noble families who rule it, Martin’s epic has garnered legion of fans, been called “extraordinary” by Publisher’s Weekly and “brilliant” by Robert Jordan. A Feast For Crows is already the #3 fantasy title on Amazon.com based on pre-orders.

This series gets the high-quality treatment it deserves in two gorgeous editions of the A Game of Thrones RPG: a mammoth 576-page deluxe limited edition and a 496-page standard edition. Both of these authoritative reference guides and roleplaying games include full-color printing on premium-quality paper, hardcover binding, a poster-sized color pull-out map of the continent of Westeros, and a host of stunning artwork and graphic design by a team of exceptionally talented artists.

The standard edition includes full rules for playing A Game of Thrones under the Open Gaming License (using the “d20” game mechanics developed for Dungeons & Dragons).

The deluxe edition contains two distinct game systems: the same rules as the standard edition and Guardians’ own popular Tri-Stat System. It also includes an abundance of upgraded features, such as a foil-embossed leatherette cover, an exquisite dust jacket with art by Mike S. Miller (The Hedge Knight graphic novel), an oversized cloth bookmark, silver gilding on all edges, and an exclusive interview with George R. R. Martin.

“This will be one of the most talked about RPGs of 2005,” added MacKinnon, “and we are all thrilled to present this exquisitely comprehensive guide to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ to roleplayers and George’s many fans worldwide. We spared no expense in its creation and worked closely with George to ensure accuracy and authenticity, adding additional background information from his personal notes when appropriate. Every fan of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ will want this gorgeous tome adorning his shelf.”

A Game of Thrones Rolplaying Game—Deluxe Edition (OGL/Tri-Stat)
WW08346; ISBN 1-58846-941-7; MSRP $99.95 US
Full-color deluxe 576-page hardcover available in September of 2005

A Game of Thrones Rolplaying Game—Standard Edition (OGL)
WW08345; ISBN 1-58846-942-5; MSRP $49.95 US
Full-color 496-page hardcover available in October of 2005

George R. R. Martin, A Feast For Crows
(A Song of Ice and Fire, Part 4)
Bantam Books; ISBN 0-55380-150-3; MSRP $28.00 US
Hardcover available in November of 2005

For more information and previews visit http://agot.guardiansorder.com or http://www.swordsorcery.com/

About White Wolf Publishing

Since its entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf Publishing, Inc. has grown, maintaining an average market share of 26%. With collective book sales in excess of 5.5 million copies during this time, White Wolf is one of two undisputed worldwide publishing leaders for pen-and-paper roleplaying games. White Wolf properties have been licensed for television series, comic books, action figures, console and computer video games, coin-operated arcade games, professional wrestlers, replica props and weapons, interactive media events, and a myriad of merchandise. More information on White Wolf can be found at http://www.white-wolf.com.

About Guardians Of Order

Founded in 1997, Guardians Of Order, Inc. is a Canadian publishing company specializing in Japanese anime and superheroic roleplaying games, as well as licensed resource and reference books. In addition to their Origins and Ennies Award-nominated BESM d20 anime RPG, they publish licensed fan guides and RPGs based on popular anime series (Trigun, Hellsing, Fushigi Yugi, The Slayers, and others) and DC Comics’/WildStorm’s acclaimed superhero series, The Authority. Guardians Of Order is headquartered in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, contact Guardians Of Order at info@guardiansorder.com or visit http://www.guardiansorder.com.

About George R.R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is the award-winning author of eight novels, including Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag. He received a B.S. in
Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in 1970, graduating summa cum laude. In 1986 he signed on as a story editor for
Twilight Zone at CBS, in 1987 he became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast, and by 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising
Producer. George Martin has won numerous awards for his novels, novellas, and short stories, and his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series
has captured the imagination of fans across the world. George currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a member of the Science Fiction
& Fantasy Writers of America. For more information, visit http://www.georgerrmartin.com.

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Surprising, yet... not. I'm also torn on whether or not I should be disappointed.

As long as the game is released, I'm happy. I HAVE to pick up a copy. Did you get a chance to playtest it? That's how I met shellefly.

Playtest it and write part of it. That's why there's a little disappointment; the rest of me will be happy to see it released at all.

I didn't know you worked on it. That's so cool. I think I submitted my art portfolio but i never heard anything back. Jason did some of the artwork though. I was hoping he'd get the cover (I love his artwork for the CCG) but they got someone else.

I just wrote some of the setting material. I think it'd be more disappointing if I'd written any of the rules. :)

It's too bad you didn't get any word back regarding art; maybe your style just wasn't what they were looking for. Have you ever submitted a portfolio to White Wolf or FanPro, though?

I haven't actually. They are on my "hit-list" for this show. WW wants artwork portfolios via snail mail and I've been a slacker about getting my stuff to them.

Ahh. Well, with those snazzy business cards and a copy of your portfolio to at least show the line developers and art directors, it'd be difficult to go wrong. (And I don't know about Rob -- the guy you may want to talk to for FanPro -- but I think your work would be awesome for Shadowrun.)

I'm going to make the rounds with my personal portfolio and the studio portfolio too (if I finish it!). I'd love to do some Shadowrun stuff. I'm a fanboy. :)

I just bought A Game of Thrones, I'm so curious about it, until Ctrl+Alt+Del had a story arc about it I had never heard about it. I hope it's as good as people seem to say it is :)

A Song of Ice and Fire is currently my favorite fantasy series.

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