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What would have happened if the Targaryen story from 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 premise using screencaps from HBO's Game of Thrones, in the style of the popular webcomic DM of the Ring.

A Song of Fire and More Fire exists in the same universe as Fleak's A Game of Roleplay though it has its own cast, plot, style and author.

This Comic updates Tuesday/Thursday at noon GMT+13.

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Films of books (or The Will Smith effect) Part 1

Trying to get back on track here.

So, Game of Thrones is an astounding success in many respects. One of its more notable traits is the plain fact that it was a series of books, adapted for the screen, and it is halfway decent. It might not sound like much, but it's a rarity.

Being adapted to the screen is a traumatic phase for any novel, and it's common for novels to fall during this time, break both their legs, and never recover, so the series or movie suffers. At its core, adapting any book is a matter of balance. Balance between taking... liberties with the source, and sticking to it too dogmatically.

The tight-rope walk between these two opposites is tricky. Sometimes, you can do what Dave Lynch did, and turn an incredibly complex novel (Dune) into an utterly indecipherable film. Or they could take too many liberties with the source, and end up with something that makes devout fans tear out hair and cry themselves to sleep (See World War Z).

To be continued next week.

Posted by Sincere @ July 15th, 2015, 5:07 am
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Update- I don't even.

Well, I think it's about time we had a chat.
This chat is mostly about me, because I need to fuel my narcissism, and my utter lack of accomplishments makes this difficult, so let's talk about my failures.

Yes, I did mean to start a weekly update talking about Martins books, but this haven't eventuated because... yeah, sorry.
So, what am I going to do about it? I'm going to react to this problem with the same dignity that I always do.
I intend to cry, and cry a lot. And then cry some more. And then I'm going to try to update more often, because tears can't soak into my laptop.

Well, this was nonsensical. For those of you too busy to read my ramblings, here's the summary;
1. I'll try to update more
2. I will think of more topics to write about, because I need those.
3. My tissue budget has begun to increase exponentially.

Posted by Sincere @ July 8th, 2015, 9:44 am
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Missed Updates-Update

Well people, I assume most of you have noticed that I missed two updates in recent times. Well, to you, congratulations on your observational skills.
Now, I just wanted to let all my fans (all 3 of you) that I intend to catch up on this. So, starting from the 29th of June, I will be going through a ASoFaMF catch-up week super enjoyable super marathon, with not two, not four, but five comics in quick succession.
Lucky you.

Posted by Sincere @ June 19th, 2015, 5:07 am
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Weekly update

Well, this weekly update idea has gone wonderfully. And continues to go wonderfully.

This "week", I suppose I'll talk about... the Targaryens, because why not.

The Targaryens are a rather interesting take on the standard rampantly incestuous royal family, mainly in the fact that they spend most of their time riding dragons, in what I assume is some vast form of over-compensation for something.

The most interesting of the Targaryens varies by opinion, but I suppose I'm going to focus on... Rhaegar Targaryen. The worlds most prettiest man.

For those of you who don't recall, Rhaegar was the one good Targaryen, and to maintain the average, he is universally recognised as the most talented, charming, good-looking man in the entire multi-verse. The one who was talented enough to get his chest crushed in by a massive, bearded, hammer-wielding rebel.
I find Rhaegar to be a rather... flat character. He has no real interesting features, aside from the aforementioned perfection, in what I only assume is literally a balancing of the scales by Martin in relation to the Targaryens. He has no flaws, aside from being overly idealistic and romantic. He had no motives. He barely had a personality, aside from being the token good royal.

But this is going nowhere. The key thing to note is that the Targaryens as a whole are a rather dry concept to me. The entire "coin-toss of madness and greatness" is a rather difficult way to implement interesting characters, and since I personally hate Daenarys (because she is idealistic and caring, which scares me) I have no reference point for liking the Targaryens.

Posted by Sincere @ May 11th, 2015, 7:22 am
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Weekly Update

Well, two weeks in, already missed one update. This is going even better than expected. I suppose I ought try be both informative and entertaining, whilst making valid, thought-provoking points.
With that in mind, let's talk about the smelly horse-people.

You know them, the dark-skinned ones with a liberal approach to public intercourse, and rather fascinating hair styling tips.

The SHP are a curious blend of cultures, incorporating aspects of the Mongolians, the Huns (As in Attila the), and various Native American (and possibly some African) tribes. This ultimately led to a variation of the warrior/pillager cultural archetype that pervades several fantasy canons, though they do contrast rather well with the other warrior/pillager culture of the setting, the ironborn, who are more heavily based on Vikings, with the standard Westerosi undertone of incest and adultery.

Of course though, the SHP has one factor that clearly makes them stand out from the bog standard Mongol-esque horse-mounted warrior/pillock archetype, and that can be seen in the fact that (according to the books) they neglect the use of archery whilst on horseback. Whilst, yes, Drogo was gifted a dragonbone bow at the first wedding, throughout the series they tend to focus pretty much exclusively on the use of the Arakh (Which in the tv series, they stole from the Egyptian Khopesh. The Egyptians themselves wisely decided to not bother existing)

Well, I may expand on this more next-week, or I might lose interest and write a thousand word article about the television neglecting to make the Targaryens eyes violet, and how this has ruined their entire story, which it has.

Posted by Sincere @ April 20th, 2015, 4:22 am
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Feel like I should update this.

I should probably post on this more, so I'll start posting on a weekly bonus. Because I'm sure that everyone wants to hear me talking for extended amounts of time...

So, to start off. Some of you may have, whilst reading*, noticed that I reference the original novels far more than the HBO series. This is primarily because, controversially, I don't think the series is all that good. Whilst it does carry over some parts of the book well, it misses a few swings that the book simply does better. The changes that it makes in the story aren't really necessary, and half the time I wonder whether they actually care about the story, or are just trying to fit in as much gratuitous nudity as possible.

But with the majority of my tiny audience alienated by this statement, I'm now disappearing into the mist.


*That was sarcasm. Nobody reads the comic enough to notice these things.

Posted by Sincere @ April 6th, 2015, 4:50 am
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Honey-moon period over

Well, the first five comics are up, and now I will be settling down into a lazy two comics a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. This ought to keep me busy, and the comic going, for anywhere up to the next decade.

Great

If anyone has any feedback or comments for the comic so far, feel free to message me or comment, though you're not going to, because nobody cares enough to do that.

Posted by Sincere @ January 6th, 2015, 12:13 am
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First! (or probably second)

Hey there, Fleak here. If you've just been sent over here from the main comic never fear, Fire is coming. Comics begin January 1st at noon GMT+13 (Hopefully).

See you in the comments section.

Posted by Fleak @ December 27th, 2014, 6:38 am
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