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Kris J
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So I saw "A Game of Thrones" at the bookstore today, and, after having the game for a year, am now reading the book! I put it down four pages in so that I could post this question: How many people have read the book because of the game?

Or are most of you going the other way?

Or are most people, this being BGG, playing the game and forgetting this whole "reading" nonsense?

 
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I probably wouldn't have read the books if it wasn't for the game.


Well I bought a few AGOT ccg starters when the game first came out, played a few times then forgot about it for years. At the time never heard or seen the books and didn't care. The ccg just interested me at the time by its unique mechanics. Plus I'm a sucker for any new game.

I won the boardgame 'A Game of Thrones' at a boardgame convention this September. After now playing 6 complete 5-player games of the basic boardgame I thought I'd borrow the books from the local library. I just finished the first book and onto the second.

Not having read the books or knowing the story didn't detract at all from enjoying or playing the boardgame. Basically the AGOT game is a variant of the classic Diplomacy game with a different way of order writing. That being said I would describe the 'A Game of Thrones' boardgame as a classic in its own right. Very impressed.

I would say that fans/readers of the books are more likely to enjoy/pickup the expansions to the AGOT boardgame since they seem to add more 'storyhistorical' detail to the game, particularly the second expansion. That's an impression from somebody who has yet to play the expansions.

The boardgame has reinterested me in playing the AGOT ccg which is still in production and still going strong.
 
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The other way....

Sometimes reading the book is also quicker
 
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I read the first book just before I got the game on my birthday 2 years ago. I knew I might get the game & wanted a little backstory of the world in which it is set. I had actually been contemplating reading it for some time, but being a slow reader was a little peturbed by the length. I ended up going through the first 3 books at a voracious pace (for me) before eagerly awaiting the 4th. I've just recently started re-reading them while waiting for GRRM to finish writing A Dance with Dragons.
I think knowledge of the books does help make the game more enjoyable. Not essential, but I'd definitely recommend the books anyway. For me, the closest any books have come to rivalling my Lord of the Rings obsession.
 
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I had heard of the books before I played the game, but the game came first for me. Now if Melissa would find our copy of the third book I could then finish them shake
 
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ZiNOS wrote:
Sometimes reading the book is also quicker


At nearly 800 pages for the (thinner) first book, this is saying something!
 
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And 11 hours for just one game (that's what happens if you have 2 slow palyers together, we usually have one) is really long....

Unfortunately i didn't have a chance to play again after this disastrous game but just for info, all of the people that have palyed the game with the same actual copy (around 10-12 people) durong the last 2 years, have read the books first.
 
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I too played the game (several times) before picking up the book(s). It definately does put more of the game in context, and provides me some basis for knowing the characters, but it not necessary to play and enjoy the game.
 
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I just recently did the same thing. I think familiarity with the characters and the story greatly increases how much fun is had in the game.
 
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I am going to read it because of the game and the people who tell me I should read it
 
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I read the books before I played the CCG ... but I heard that a CCG was going to be made, so I went and found the books before it came out. I spent a bunch of money on the CCG before I got sick of it, but the boardgame I probably won't get sick of.
 
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I heard about the books because of the game. I now own the game but haven't played it yet, but I'm about a third of a way through A Feast for Crows. Hopefully the game is as good as the books.
 
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I'm on the bought game then bought books list.

But I have to say The Song Of Fire And Ice cycle is pretty much an epic work of fiction. I'm almost through Feast For Crows and the stuff that's happened to those poor Stark kids...
 
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I read the books long before I played the game. I started reading the series just before the third book came out. I enjoy both the books and the game immensely.

As to the 11-hour game that ZiNOS mentioned, I have to say that I've never had a game last even close to that long, and we tend to play games slowly. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, and I hope you can manage to give it another try.
 
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I read the books first (only two or three were out at the time), then tried the boardgame at a convention because I had enjoyed the books and the bits looked pretty cool. Both the game and the books are now among my favorites (even though I was Lannister on my first game and got completely crushed!).
 
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The people who caused your game to last 11 hours should be hurt physically. Pain WILL help speed their play.

Slow players have no reason to be allowed to live.
 
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I played the CCG a ton (e.g., local tourneys) before reading the books. I read the books to give the CCG more atmosphere; otherwise, I will let a series finish before I start reading it.

I like the boardgame, but, like most boardgames, the atmosphere is kinda bland that there is nothing visceral in the experience wrt theme even after I read the books.

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The funny thing is that we really want to play again the game but always somebody comes out and says "Remember the 11 hours"?


Well we are going to play tha game again sometime, hopefully with the expansions, but for the time being, since i constantly buy new games and the memory of the 11 hours is still fresh, we are going to play other games...lighter and quicker (SoE is coming on Saturday blush )

Anyway...read the books and after you crave for more, start reading the Ericksson books.... i hope we will get a boardgame for them also.
 
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Played the game first, then later read the books. (Because of the overwhelmingly positive things I heard about them. I dallied originally, because I'm not entirely fond of books that require series... first is always the best!)
 
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I started playing the game about a year and a half ago. I fell in love with it and it has become my favourite boardgame. I loved the boardgame sooo much I started reading the books. Sadly I hadn't read a book in 15 years but after starting the first book I was hooked and have finished all 4 and can't wait for the next one.
 
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I was looking for a Diplomacy type of game when I stumbled over AGoT. I bought the game then I got interested in the books and read all four of them.
 
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