'Game of Thrones' the new Farmville?

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  • It's no FarmVille: HBO smash to get social gaming treatment
  • Martin says to expect 'treachery, marriages, murders'
'Game of Thrones' the new Farmville?

George R.R. Martin has written a lot of great stuff. In particular, the novels which would become HBO's epic "Game of Thrones."

But we're declaring with something approaching certainty that he has never written anything better than this sentence explaining his disinterest in social gaming heavyweights like CityVille or FarmVille:

"Surely, I thought, there must be something one could do on social media that would be more fun than growing turnips and feeding chickens. Like, say, scheming and plotting, murders and marriages, contesting for power."

Does Zynga let you purchase Wildfire to obliterate rival farms?

No, they do not. Which is why Martin and the developers at Disruptor Beam have teamed up to create a "Game of Thrones" social game for Facebook. And judging by the author's comments, "Game of Thrones: Ascent" will feature crops and town squares only in the sense that you can invade and seize them and then marry your dead rival's daughter inside of them.

What was that again about having to be at least 13 to be on Facebook?

Martin said he's seen some early versions of the game and "alliance building, treachery, marriages, murders" will be all be part of the action.

Players will take on the role of a noble in the fictional realm of Westeros and decide which of the several houses competing for the throne to align themselves with. And to further integrate the game into the HBO series, Forbes reports "Game of Thrones: Ascent" will be continuously updated with features to match the developments in the TV show.

So if this thing were around today you can bet that, yes, you would be able to purchase a few jars of Wildfire. And perhaps a couple dozen extra wine glasses for Cersei as well.

As befitting a game based around a show whose plots are draped in intrigue and secrecy, there is no definitive word when "Game of Thrones: Ascent" will be released. But a Facebook page is already up which will post updates and followers are eligible to be selected to participate in the game's beta testing. Which, presumably, will not include a single turnip garden.

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