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What would have happened if the story of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire had been told in the form of a role-playing game? This comic is based around this central premise using screencaps from HBO's Game of Thrones, in the style of popular webcomic Darths & Droids.

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Telltale's "Game of Thrones" Sons of Winter

I really don't have a lot of time right now, with exams and exams and... exams... so here are my thoughts on the latest Game of Thrones game by TellTale:


  • My favorite point in the episode was the confrontation at Highpoint. And I don't mean the actual confrontation, I mean the 'Game Over' ending where I attacked Lud and got absolutely smashed. It was a propper, Red Wedding/Hamet ending where every major character died. If that had been the end of the Ironwrath storyline I'd have been happy.
  • It looks like they're trying to set up Mr Friendly as the traitor (seeing as I've been nice to Gung-Ho) but I'm still sure it's the Maester. Even if he did get beaten up by Griff (it's a double bluff guys, that's fake blood all over him).
  • I like how fast the story's progressing now, we're over halfway through season 4, and I'm looking forward to some of the overlaps we'll be seeing next time (hopefully Tyrion's trial & the battle of Castle Black).
  • So it turns out Cotter was a wildling, and he has a sister, and his real name really is Cotter... I sure am not a fan of that.
  • Speaking of Wildlings, the tribe of Ygritte rip offs was alright, and it sure is good to see more female characters in the story who can speak for themselves (I'm looking at you HBO), and I liked the parallel's to Jon's story in Season 3.
  • I'm glad Senior FUCKING-Snow's back, it's helping put the Whitehill conflict into perspective.
  • The assault on Meereen was pretty cool, and unlike in the show the citizens are still speaking Meereneese (again, WTF show). Scarface's story was nice too, but I don't know why everyone seems to be annoyed at her for killing her old master. I mean, she's still an ex-slave. How is that any different to any of the other slaves killing their masters.
  • Although the episode took 13 hours to download (blame my wi-fi), there weren't as many glitches as previous episodes. I never missed a dialog choice and the only time I missed a quicktime event was when I had the audacity to take a drink during a quiet conversation with Scarface. I mean, it's not great praise to say "Well it didn't break this time," but hey, it didn't...


Alright, this'll be the last short review and I look forward to being able to play these games without feeling guilty for not working. Onto the predictions:

Prediction Time:

  • We're going to see the Red Viper. Nope, which is a shame from a storytelling sense, but I spoose it's understandable from a production standpoint.
  • Daenerys will barely feature, staying just long enough to provide a fetch and retrieve quest for the dragon.She was it it quite a bit, and if I'm honest, I think I was tricked into predicting this one by the 'next time' trailer. I guess it's Karma or whatever.
  • I will be a lot more excited about this game once it's release is in the wilderness between seasons, not only a few weeks from the start of one. Rather the opposite, I was more excited about this episode because it was released in the middle of a lacklustre, dissapointing series.
  • Jon will fail to put on any weight (seriously, look how skinny he is!) I'm not sure if Jon was even in this episode. I guess he was because I remember him from the trailer, but I can't remember what he said.
  • That Coal Boy (Tom?) is in for it. I'm frankly amazed he's still alive now. Nah, though there's still time.
  • The Maester's tretchery will be elluded to, but not revealed outright. There'll also be a red herring in the form of either Gung-Ho or Mr Happy. I think it would be a pretty confusing twist if the guy Griff was beating up, turned out to be working for him. But there's still time.
  • Mira and that trader bloke are going to hit it off... Buisness style! Yeah! Let's go all mergers & aqquisitions on their asses!
  • I stole the letter from Tyrion and I don't know why. This is going to be significant, and not in a good way. There was a worrying moment when I glanced to the side of my screen and saw I was still carrying it around!!!
  • Gared will overtake Rodrick/Asha in my affections if that friend of his turns out not to be a Wildling. Which one's Asha again..? Because nobody's going to beat Asha Greyjoy in my affections (unless they're named Brienne, Arya or Tyrion). Oh wait, the guy in Essos... Nah, he's still better than Gared. What's with that guy?,/i>
  • Long Term Prediction Time: By the end of the series the Wildlings will have attacked the Wall. Although I've realised that if Gared's gone off in search of the Grove, we probably won't see it... Damn you and your fetch quests Mr Friendly!


Weeellll... This one didn't go so well... It's getting harder to predict what's going to happen, but I've got a few ideas::



  • Tyrion's trial is fat approaching, and if we're going to see Oberyn at all in this game, it'll be there. But I don't think we'll be going inside, unless Mira's called to give evidence.
  • Ramsey FUCKING Snow's going to kill another Forrester, or at least stab them... y'know, a little bit.
  • That Wildling Girl knows more than she's letting on. I reckon there's more to the whole Cotter-Luna Lovegood lookalike relationship than it appears.
  • I don't quite understand the logic behind Dany giving Asha her Unsullied. I'm hoping he just stays in Meereen and explores some more of the city than the show.
  • There'll be some new blood in terms of characters. This time we met Laddict Lannister and Luna-Lovegood-lookalike, but there'll be more next time, probably some more from the show.
  • This traitor we've been hearing so much about is going to be revealed... finally... please?
  • The Next episode will benifit from coming out after a below-average season, while we wait for both the new series, and the book.
  • Rodrick's lady friend won't last that long now she seems to be into him again. I reckon Griff's going to screw things up and kill her.
  • Mira's bastard friend and her new bf aren't going to work out. she's lying to him and he's a dickface.
  • Long Term Prediction Time: By the end of the series the Wildlings will have attacked the Wall. And we're not going to see any of it.

    Posted by Fleak @ 27 May 2015 07:39 am

Filler, Fanart and F'ing Exams

As some of you may know, I'll soon be entering into a month of tedious revision, mind-numbing boredom and examinations, all of which may prevent me from keeping to my three a week schedule.
However, I don't want to leave you with nothing to read in the days where I'm pulling my hair out too much to upload a comic. If you'd like to submit a fan-written comic, one-panel joke or peice of fanart to be featured on the main site on a day when I've got nothing else to use, feel free to email it to me at IAmFleak@gmail.com. The best entries will be featured at some point (probably between episodes or during next years exam period) and I'll always be needing new filler so don't let the timing of this update hold you back.
I look forward to seeing what (if anything) I get.

Posted by Fleak @ 26 Apr 2015 02:43 pm

Telltale's "Game of Thrones" The Sword in the Darkness

I don't have a lot of time right now, with exams and whatnot so here are my very brief thoughts on the lates Game of Thrones game:


  • For an episode with all of it's marketing based around the Dragons, there sure wasn't much of the dragons in this episode.
  • The choice between Scarface and Uncle Posh-Voice (I don't have time to look names up, I'm busy) was nice, as it subverted the expectation that when you choose between two characters in a telltale game, it means a death sentene is being given out. All the same, I reckon Uncle Posh-Voice's days are numbered (I chose Scarface).
  • The stuff at the Purple Wedding was nice, although I think they tried to connect it with the show a little too much. Having the pie get taken away mid-scene was a nice touch (similar to the reveal of the Twins in Ep1) but we didn't need to overhear the whole scene, especially as the background character murmer continued even when the king was literally dying right ther in front of them.
  • I do not belive for one second that that guy is a wildling. If he turns out not to be BS-ing Garred I'm going to be really pissed off.
  • The tie ins to the events surrounding the world are cool, but they don't always make sense. Sure the Purple Wedding and the Seige of Meereen happen roughly at the same time; but why is this wildling looking longingly back beyond the wall? His entire culture is marching on the Wall and he's willing to just run off into the wilderness?
    At least open the gate first mate!
  • The more I play as Rodrick, the more I feel like it would have been more impactful if he's taken ethan's place as PC in the first episode who gets killed off in an OH FUCK moment. (On a somewhat related note, where the heck is R-F'ing-S? Why arse around with Whitehills when you've got a perfectly formed antagonist right there? Probably real life getting in the way I suppose, they can't have too many big characters, and if we're introducing Dany then the others are going to have to get less time in the sun.
  • Speeking of Dany, I thought that the art for this episode seemed to be a step up from the previous two. Compare Danearys and Cersei's models and you can see a clear impovement. (Drogon was a bit clanky though that might just have been lag on my end.)


Right, that's pretty much all I've got time for at the moment, so I'll get quickly onto the predictions:

Prediction Time:

  • We'll receive some sort of clue that Margaery isn't all she's cracked up to be. For some reason I sided with Tyrion despite knowing he would be imprisonned for the rest of the series. I'm counting this one because of the ultimatum she imposed.
  • The Forester's Maester is going to do something to betray the house. Called it!! We all know he's the traitor, and now even the characters are starting to suspect people. I'm sure Gung-ho is too obvious a choice and Mr Friendly's Gared's uncle. He wouldn't do anything against the family... right?
  • The Whitetree's son is going to be even more of a Dick than RFS earning him a similar nickname. Hmm... Because I didn't do a full review I can't really comment on this one, but I'd say he was at most as dickish as Ramsey FUCKING Snow so I can't call this a victory.
  • Another Perspective Character will be introduced in the next episode. Nope, turns out there are only going to be 4. I suppose Ethan counted as the 5th.
  • Asha will arrive in Meereen and meet Dany & the Dragons. Despire featuring prominantly in the trailer, Dany really only had one line, and Drogon was a bit of a let down. All the same, they were present.
  • Gared will take his vows and yet still be the least interesting PC. Yup, though if they don't start giving Asha some serious screentime soon, I'm going to have to take that back. Looks like things are picking up on the Gared front.
  • Something horrible is going to happen to someone I like (I mean come on, this is Telltale AND Game of Thrones). Unless you count Tyrion, I don't think this one worked. Damn, I put this in as an easy win...
  • Cersei make another attempt on Mira's life. Nope.
  • We'll see Joffrey's Wedding. If be see, you mean hear then yes we did. Counting it!
  • The game will lag out again and cause me to miss a conversation option. It happened again guys, at the point when I had to choose whether or not to 'stay down.'

    6 out of 10 that's over 50%!! What about next time:


  • We're going to see the Red Viper. It only just dawned on me that he's around in Kings Landing, sleeping with whores and stabbing the hands of Lannister guards yet we've heard nothing from him.
  • Daenerys will barely feature, staying just long enough to provide a fetch and retrieve quest for the dragon.
  • I will be a lot more excited about this game once it's release is in the wilderness between seasons, not only a few weeks from the start of one.
  • Jon will fail to put on any weight (seriously, look how skinny he is!)
  • That Coal Boy (Tom?) is in for it. I'm frankly amazed he's still alive now.
  • The Maester's tretchery will be elluded to, but not revealed outright. There'll also be a red herring in the form of either Gung-Ho or Mr Happy.
  • Mira and that trader bloke are going to hit it off... Buisness style!
  • I stole the letter from Tyrion and I don't know why. This is going to be significant, and not in a good way.
  • Gared will overtake Rodrick/Asha in my affections if that friend of his turns out not to be a Wildling.
  • Long Term Prediction Time: By the end of the series the Wildlings will have attacked the Wall.

Posted by Fleak @ 28 Mar 2015 10:48 am

This Just Got Real

As of Febuary 9th, 2015, A Game of Roleplay is officially a donator comic.
What does this mean you ask?
Well it means:


  • I can re-upload the full resolution version of comic #100.
  • And I'll be able to upload more multi-page strips in future.
  • If you look in the navigation bar you'll find that the web adress is now gameofroleplay.thewebcomic.com meaning I no longer have to explain to people what Jeeves has done to deserve smacking.
  • I'll be featured in some fancy featured spots on the website meaning there'll be more traffic coming in pretty soon from within the host site (I know most of my readers don't have smackjeeves accounts but it's a whole load easier to manage the community if they do).
  • I now have a real incentive to keep producing content or I'll have lost out on £12.50!!
  • I may be more incentivised by the idea of monetisation on the webcomic page. Not much, just enough to cover upkeep costs for GORP (and possibly FAMF, depending on how things go), maybe allowing me to upgrade to the next level of Premium content. Feel free to email me with opinions on this one, I don't know if it's for me.

So overall, things are getting (slightly) fancier. Hope you enjoy, and that all of the links I've sent out to the old adress re-direct properly...

Posted by Fleak @ 9 Feb 2015 02:21 pm

Telltale's "Game of Thrones" Lost Lords

You may remember my excitement following the previous episode of Telltale Games' Game of Thrones
JESUSCHRISTTHATWASINTENSE!

And while this episode wasn't quite as mind blowingly awesome, it did have some good moments. As before there are going to be spoilers for episodes 1 & 2 of the game as well as seasons/books 1-4.

I assumed this episode would focus more on Asha's experience in the East, (as most of the preview material focused on his journey) but the episode focused much more on Gared and his brother. i suppose this is largely the result of the trailers not wanting to reveal the plot twist regarding Rodrick. On the whole I liked what we saw of the Yunkai story but I felt the same way as I did about Gared's story in part 1 (which I may or may not have mentioned in my ramblings) in that it was mostly set-up with very little pay off. It wasn't enough to spoil what little of his story there was but I was left wanting more, especially as all (three?) of his scenes took place in the space of a few hours.


In terms of the gameplay I thought this game had an advantage over the previous in terms of the combat. I don't know if it was just the fact that I was more adjusted to the format or whether telltale has refined its system slightly but I enjoyed the fighting segments much more this time. There certainly was more fighting in this episode, and while I enjoy the non-combat segments more, the action is a welcome break from the scripted story segments (not that the combat is any less scripted). I wish there was a slightly more relaxed failure state however. The only times I failed to hit a prompt I was instantly killed without any chance to recover. Beyond: Two Souls, a far less enjoyable game in almost every way, changed the path of the combat depending on which prompts you failed. However this wasn't all that great a system as your character just ended up getting beaten to a pulp but still able to win 90% of the fights through random intervention from the game-world.


But back on the topic of games which don't play themselves, episode 2 of Game of Thrones shook things up a bit with the re-introduction of the character of Rodrick Forrester. It was one of my complaints of the first episode (which I may or may not have mentioned last time) was that the character of Rodrick existed only to die and create drama. I didn't even realise he was Lord Forrester's son until after he'd been killed, making the timeline of events at the Red Wedding seem confusing and out of order. I don't know quite how to feel about his recovery. One of the things I quite like about Game of Thrones is how damage dealt to characters has serious consequences. Jaime's hand and Bran's fall are major examples but almost all perspective characters suffer some physical damage which stays with them throughout the series. When people die, they tend to stay dead and so when Rodrick woke up in the cart I was ready to call BS on his survival.


However I did enjoy his story (despite it reminding me how bad I am at talking to women) and I liked the repercussions from last episodes meeting with the Whitetrees. He reminded me of Ned Stark post his fight with Jaime. He's broken, and that's an interesting thing for a character. My advisor (the more violent of the two whose name escapes me) was less of a dick this time around and he didn't seem to mind when I ignored one of his suggestions one time. He's clearly learnt from that one time he GOT HIS LORD KILLED!


Gared's story has yet to catch my attention (although if this story goes on long enough we'll get to see the Battle of Castle Black from episode 9). I don't like the structure of this interpretation of Castle Black. At this point, Jon's just returned from beyond the wall with two arrows in his leg, having killed his commanding officer. Nobody's really on his side and he's definitely not running the show. Where are Allister Thorne, Janos Slynt and Samwell Tarly? Thorne is supposed to be acting Commander but this Frostfingers seems to be running the show. Don't get me wrong, I think this game's at it's best when it's inventing new characters and plots rather than reusing the ones from the books but this segment just feels like Jon's training at the wall all over again.


I don't really have much to say about Mira's story other than that I really wish I'd known that my House wasn't going to be able to provide ANY Ironwood to the Throne. That's going to play out well next episode. Tyrion was a pleasure and he provided one of the two laugh-out-loud moments in his rebuke of the Whitetree merchants. The other was this interchange between the men of the Night's Watch.

"So what're you here for?"

"Fucking potatoes!"

"You fuck potatoes?"

Oh Gared, you so comedy...


In conclusion, this episode wasn't nearly as intense as the last but still had some nice twists and turns. I'm looking forward to next time and the conclusion of some of these plot points.




But first...
Prediction Time:

  • Talia will assume Ethan's role as perspective character in the North. No, *sigh* too hopeful for multiple female protagonists in a modern computer game.
  • We'll have a segment with Asha (yup) in Essos with Dany & Dragons and she will look like a hobgoblin on steroids nope.
  • Mira is going to get some more information from that coal delivery boy before he is killed horribly, (because... Telltale). I chose to save him, but only because he hadn't delivered any useful information yet and I didn't want to lose another prediction.
  • I will regret picking Gung-Ho man over Mr Friendly. Quite the opposite, I rather enjoyed Gung-Ho's attitude this episode. He gave some decent advice.
  • Ramsey FUCKING Snow will continue to earn his name, possibly with the addition of Reek and Roose Bolton. I actually felt myself wishing RFS was here this time. He wouldn't have let Whitetree screw me over and take my Ironwood... However he might have stabbed me in the neck again.
  • Lady Forester will go all Cat Stark and mourn her son/husband/other-son/how-many-more-people-can-this-woman-lose. YES I actually got one!! (although it turns out she only lost one son. Other son's just dandy)
  • Gared will go to the wall and have slumber parties with Jon and Samwell and everything will be magic. No Samwell, no slumber parties, no magic. I'm going to go with a loss on this one.
  • More characters from the TV show will be introduced Kit Harington and I will be unable to tell whether or not they're the official voice actors or not. I'm pretty sure that was actually Kit Harington.
  • Another Forester will have died by the end of the episode. Quite the opposite, we're actually one Forrester up than in the Last Episode.

    1.5 out of 11 with 2 unresolved. Not a great start for the predictions, let's have another go:



  • THIS TIME, we'll receive some sort of clue that Margaery isn't all she's cracked up to be. (I now have a bet with my Tyrell fan friend about who she's going to backstab first so I'd better get this right.)
  • The Forester's Maester is going to do something to betray the house. I'm starting to trust him a little more since he gave me some good flirting advice but If anyone's going to betray the House, it'll be him.
  • The Whitetree's son is going to be even more of a Dick than RFS earning him a similar nickname.
  • Another Perspective Character will be introduced in the next episode. I thought there were going to be 5 and there are only 4 so far.
  • Asha will arrive in Meereen and meet Dany & the Dragons. (What do you mean I can't have predictions from the next time trailer?!)
  • Gared will take his vows and yet still be the least interesting PC. At least he call pull off more expressions than Jon. (He can also do grumpy).
  • Something horrible is going to happen to someone I like (I mean come on, this is Telltale AND Game of Thrones).
  • Cersei make another attempt on Mira's life (I mean come on, she's just pure Evil)
  • We'll see Joffrey's Wedding in either this episode or the next. It's only two episodes into S4 and if Jon's back in favor in the Night's Watch we should have passed that point by now.
  • Long Term Prediction Time: By the end of the series the Wildlings will have attacked the Wall.
  • The game will lag out again and cause me to miss a conversation option. (Just some minor technical problems; I get them sometimes in Telltale games.)


Tune in tomorrow (or possibly last week) for Strip #100.

I do love me some milestones.


Posted by Fleak @ 4 Feb 2015 02:26 pm

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