Is Games Workshop looking at the Game of Thrones licensing for a tabletop game? I am going to first call this bit to be way out in left field. Especially since the Hobbit is going to have a few more years of inspiration with its movies.


For those that do not know, the Game of Throne HBO series is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels. The first book of which is called, A Game of Thrones. Quite literally HBO has years of content if they so wish, so it is quite possible down the road  I would think.  Unless GW is simply trying to lock up the licensing now, this bit seems to be interesting, but speculation.


via Wookiepelt on Heresy Online
During a conversation with one of the GW fellas recently, there was mention that the people behind the GW group are now looking into taking on the "Game of Thrones" series after the licencing for the "Hobbit" runs out. Could be an interesting development if this does materialize!!!

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  1. It would be strange, I think, to see a much lower-fantasy miniatures game.

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  2. I would love a Song of Ice and Fire tabletop game, just afraid GW would ruin it with horrible models (like the hobbit models)
    I love low fantasy, (usually i run my warhammer armies as low fantasy) and think it would be good.
    Bet the licencing will cost a bundle.

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    1. What models are you looking at for the hobbit? I'm flamin' confused, good likenesses all, even the starter set is good quality!

      I can honestly say that the prospect of a GoT game with citadel models gives me what my friends and I like to call "Hobby Wood". If only to paint up a Tyrion Lannister spanking some poor sap with a shield!

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    2. It wouldn't be low magic all the time. With the birth of the dragons, magic was reborn, but some was still around, just not as 'common'.

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    3. Eh?? There's next to no link between 'magic' and dragons in ASOIAF, it's mainly the priests & priestesses of R'hllor who can practice such arts and while they worship the god of fire and shadow they don't as yet have any tangiable link to dragonkin.

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    4. Mauler, you ought to reread the books. The link is from the existance of dragons. Magic was little more than parlour tricks until the birth of Daenerys' dragons. Its also not primarily the priests who practice, theyre merely covered more.
      Even the alchemists in Kings Landing say their arts improved significantly at the same time the dragons were born...

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    5. I've read the books recently, all of them last year for the first time. I may not have it as covered as someone who's read them multiple times but I don't remember reading any tangible link between three infant dragons and magic. Maesters don't practice it, the alchemists in King's Landing are more fantasy chemists practicing under the thin fabrication of using magic to falsely inflate their own status; I remember Tyrion not being particularly impressed by them at all.

      Martin needs to get on with the next/last book instead of faffing about wuth new concepts for HBO, then we may get some clarity and closure!

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    6. The books are long, but yes, it is mentioned. Each book increases the use of magic. Agreed, been waiting for the next series of books for far too lon. I started reading the series when it was first published, and although I appreciate the HBO series, the books are far more better for detail and insight.

      Some Maesters even dabble in magic, but eventually realize its trickery and non-existant and get a circle for it on their chain. Will it change now? Depends if Martin goes into it. Martin, when he finished the last book, was near done with the next one as he was doing them together, why its still not out yet is very annoying and hope its not 5-6 years to go.

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  3. I think there's already a Song Of Ice And Fire boardgame...not sure how the legalities of that pan out :S

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    1. Yup, but done through Fantasy Flight, and Fantasy flight do a number of GW boardgames so don't think there will be much of a problem there.

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    2. Guess they're covering the market now with Game of Thrones. I left working for Bigpoint just before the layoffs happened, but not before taking a peek at the Game of Thrones mmo they're working on.

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    3. Ah, nice Crimson, thanks :D

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  4. I don't mean to be an ass, but I feel the need to point out that you guys are using the term 'low fantasy' wrong :(

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    1. Hahaha, I was literally just about to post this.

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    2. Please elaborate. I've no idea of the different styles of fantasy. To be honest it's not my genre but still I'd like to know.

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    3. Please elaborate. I've no idea of the different styles of fantasy. To be honest it's not my genre but still I'd like to know.

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    4. Think these people are trying to express how A Game of Thrones does not make use of such overt magical elements as most other high fantasy (and it is high fantasy) stories do. The difference between low and high fantasy is that High fantasy is set in a completely fictional world, and acts rationally according to the fictional rules and laws set up within that fictional world. Low fantasy can be set in either the real world, or in a fictional one, but the events act contrary to the rules set forth in the world. A good example of low fantasy, as I understand it, is Alice in Wonderland, as it is technically set in Victorian England, and the events that unfold are contrary to what the laws of the real world would allow.

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  5. For Christ sakes just bring back BFG.

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    1. I cannot, in anyway shape or form, find any fault with this comment.

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  6. This would actually seem to make a lot more sense than a Hobbit-based game. I mean, the Hobbit is based on a very small band of adventurers making their way across a fantasy world to face off against a "Boss."

    That's a classic fantasy RPG there, rather than a skirmish game. That's true for Lord of the Rings, too, but at least you do have a couple large armies squaring off.

    For Game of Thrones, there's a multitude of powers and armies with different capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, so GW taking it on would make a lot more sense than trying to retcon every minor character out of the Sillmarillion or Tolkein's notebooks.

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    1. Unless the hobbit was deliberately trying to bring the lotr system back to skirmish sized games (like fellowship of the ring) and leave wotr for large battles?

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    2. And yet after someone outside of the company defeats the 'boss' they have the Battle of the Five Armies. I think the Hobbit has plenty of scope for larger games as well as smaller skirmishers.
      I'd would love to see GW take up other licenses though and I certainly wouldn't object to fleshed out tabletop game based on Game of Thrones/ASoFaI.
      The Fantasy Flight games, there's a few different board games for GoT they do, are fun, but relatively shallow compared to a fully fledged tabletop game so there's definitely room for improvement.

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  7. I predict GW will trademark both 'Ice' and 'Fire'

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  8. This would be amazing if it came true!

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  9. Most likely I would never play it (40k is expensive enough), but how should this work? There is rarely any battle described in detail, the large armies consist of dozends of subfactions and there are not realy "Wow!" type units (three dragons in existance and not even adults) so they had to settle with big kits like a mammut.
    One of the biggest challenges a leader has in GoT is to keep his vassals from stabbing each other (or you), no clue how this should be represented in a TT game.

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    1. They could possibly get ideas from military tactics used during the War of the Roses, which ASoIaF has some basis in if I recall correctly.

      The first edition could be focused solely on Westeros with the Starks and Tullys, the Lannisters, the Vale, the Tyrells, and Dorne all being possible factions.

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    2. It'd be fairly easy, Stark's, Tully's, Lanisters, Baratheon, Dothraki, the Greyjoys, there's a lot there.

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    3. I don't know. In the first three books there only about four battles which are mentioned (even then only in the scantest detail).

      It would be quite interesting when it comes to the fights between the Others and the Nights Watch, but that won't really start properly kicking off until later in the series.

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  10. I can imagine the immense cost to gamers for any game they develope using this license now.....

    No thank you very much.

    Besides, I thought Darksword already have miniatures production license for Tale of Ice and Fire?

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    1. Yeah as far as i know they've been at it for a while. if people are just after the mini's and not a game on it then check out Darksword miniatures website or even CMON. And at least the darksword ones are a somewhat reasonable price.

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  11. Maybe they will use that to update the Bretonnians, considering that the armies of the Seven Kingdoms are basically Brets....

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  12. The FFG Battles of Westeros is wonderful, we do not need of a GW game more.

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    1. I was thinking that. I own BoW and it would be difficult to sufficiently distinguish another miniatures based battle game in that world, especially if they just take an arrogant "But these miniatures are incredible, and look at all this awesome terrain you can buy from us too!"

      But I admit that I am intrigued by the possibilities if they think out of the box and come up with something unexpected.

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  13. Great, more models to collect dust on the shop shelves next to the Hobbit boxes. Not like there aren't plenty of 40k and WHFB armies which haven't gotten new models in a decade or more.

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  14. GW sells amazing, fantastic characters, and them kills them. Each month you can buy more, kill them and move on, just like the novels.

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  15. GW sells amazing, fantastic characters, and them kills them. Each month you can buy more, kill them and move on, just like the novels.

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  16. I always wanted GW to have a look at producing miniatures for the 'Redwall' series by Brian Jacques. I guess its not grimdark for them, or it didn't have enough skulls :/

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  17. Yes, yes, yes, oh God, yes. Who doesn't want a badass John Snow and Ghost miniature?!

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  18. Back in the day Citadel made LOTR mini's among others. But by the time GW got around to doing this GoT is gonna be on the down ward end of there series. Plus GoT is a very R rated show and does not target the pedophile nature of GW.

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    1. Whatever point you are trying to make is lost in the trollishness of your post.

      Try again, 0/10.

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  19. It'd be interesting to see if their minis were based on the TV show, of if they'd do their own designs. Also the scale. I far prefer the 28mm heroic rather than the Hobbit size.

    ~Muninn

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  20. I doubt we will see a Games of Thrones GW wargame as it will compete to directly with WHFB with it's many large battles and such. LotR and the Hobbit don't really compete as they are marketed as skirmish games. That being said I fully expect GW to rip of Game of Thrones when they redo the Bretonnians. And yes, pleas bring back BFG GW!

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  21. There were two companies making statues and minatures for game of thrones. One was Blue Mountain Minatures, cannot remember the other. I remember they were in discussion of a table top minatures but do not think it went anywhere othere than minatures of the characters and select others.

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  22. I'd buy this. FOR THE KING IN THE NORTH!

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  23. I would love to run a House Lanister Army led by The Imp. His model would be the funnist of all because he's small and dwarf like.

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  24. Let me guess - another licence agreement that forces GW to make the minis in 25mm truescale instead of 28mm "heroic" scale, so that the components from the two lines cannot be combined (and you would be thrown out of GW store/event even if they could if they see even one bit cross over because "combining our IP with another"), whereas similar scale and more relaxed terms of licencing would encourage those not interested in the other system buy the models for converting/counts as anyway. Also, another game that saps resources from both Core and Specialist games. I think we've been down this path before and look what it has come to. It's all right, peeing on the electric fence might not hurt this time so GW must try one more timeeeegggggghhhh

    Re GOT and War of the Roses similarities, they ARE rather obvious and most likely meant to be so, starting with GW-esque puns on the names: Lannisters and Starks, Lancasters and Yorks, for starters.

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  25. This will not happen, pinch of salt required I think

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  26. It's truely easy enough to field Westeros armies now in WFB. Brettonians work well for most of the Seven Houses but so do the Empire. My friends and I once refought the Siege of Kings Landing using Empire and Brettonians. Epic weekend.

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  27. I have always wanted to see gw do a 40k style star wars game. As I would love all those tanks and flyers and to see how powerful darth vader would be.

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  28. I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet, but Game of Thrones already has a line of licensed miniatures from Dark Sword Miniatures Inc
    http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/grrm.htm

    Not sure why GW would want to spend the money to get the license when it's already been done by somebody else.

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    1. has been mentioned a few times actually.

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