A Game of Thrones: Genesis’ plunges you into the heart of the battles and intrigues between the Families that shaped the Kingdom of Westeros. However, victory does not necessarily result from brute force. The innovative game mechanics provide players with numerous paths to success: will you opt for a military, economic or diplomatic approach? Trickery, treachery and deceit are widespread and you will constantly have to watch your back if you want to avoid a bitter defeat!
Peacefully or forcefully annex surrounding territories, besiege enemy castles, send spies to infiltrate behind enemy lines, assassinate trouble-making officers or capture them to ask for a ransom… When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground!
What part of ASOIAF seemed like it would be a great basis for a strategy game? I mean, sure, it might be a good game, and if it is I’ll probably get it, but ASOIAF isn’t exactly a property I’m eager to see people make videogames with.
Actually there’s a boardgame based on the books that’s pretty good:
and there’s a pretty good card game as well. Just basing something on the boardgame is a possibility, or something similar to the total war series of games with some richer diplomacy and hero unit mechanics would do nicely.
You’re thinking of urban fantasy. It’s easy to get confused because they usually throw dark into the title or the subtitle, or the subtitle to the subtitle. Also, they’re pretty much just pure erotica at this point.
Oh, sure, you can make a good strategy game with ASOIAF trappings. It’s just not exactly begging for an adaption.
“Would you like to fly an X-Wing?” Yes, yes I would.
“Would you like to be a Jedi?” Yes, yes I would.
“Would you like to be a colonial marine dealing with xenomorphs?” Yes, yes I would
“Would you like to be a SPESS MEHREEN!” Yes, yes I would.
“Would you like to be in charge of the Starks?” Well, no, not really. The things that are awesome about ASOIAF (characterization and plot development, basically) don’t strike me as readily translating to a strategy game. Or any game, really. Which isn’t to say, again that you can’t make a good strategy game loosely tied to the series (admittedly, it’s possible the board game is a much stronger adaptation than I give it credit for. I wouldn’t know, I haven’t played it).
But hey, HBO’s doing a series, might as well make some money.
I’d like a game like Romance of the Three Kingdoms X which combines RPG and strategy elements. Let me play as any character, with the possibility of becoming the ruler of my own faction and the ability to interact with other characters, as well as command armies and oversee domestic policy. If it’s just realtime Civ with more emphasis on diplomacy and spying, I won’t be all that interested.