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My friend over at Inertial Confinement solicited posts about songs relevant to the transition from youth to adulthood. I submitted a post, and it was accepted!

(Even if I wasn’t a guest poster, their blog is worth checking out, you. Yes you!)

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Hello, Awesome Readers!

Today I have a special treat for you. The one and only Pat Sponaugle of I Can’t Possibly Be Wrong All the Time will be taking the proverbial reins today, continuing the discussion of what it means to cross over into adulthood. His blog is a favorite of mine, centering around A Game of Thrones. Go for the in-depth analysis of the TV show and the books. Go for the talks of war strategy, economics, and in-depth defenses of each character. Stay for the hilarious picture captions.

 

And now, without further ado, I present to you: Patrick Sponaugle! *applause*

 


 

 

I WAS AN ADULT THEN

Recently, the engaging host of Inertial Confinement posted an article featuring the talented Sarah McLachlann and her song Wait.

That post was about the transition from childhood to adulthood and about the kind of emotional…

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This post is going to use HBO’s excellent show Game of Thrones as a thinly-veiled framework for me to provide anecdotes about my misspent youth, playing fantasy role-playing games with my friends. (To clarify, these would be pen-and-paper narrative-heavy role playing games, and not Fifty Shades of Grey style role playing games. More D & D than S & M. Capiche?)

The show’s been on for four years, and if you’re reading an article about Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones, I assume you’re up to date on the show, so this is your unnecessary spoiler-warning. (I won’t be spoiling anything from the books.)

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If you are not averse to the Dungeons & Dragons aesthetic, the series might be worth the effort. If you are nearly anyone else, you will hunger for HBO to get back to the business of languages for which we already have a dictionary. – Genia Bellafante, New York Times 04/15/2011

The above quote was taken from Genia Bellafante’s rather ill-conceived review of Game of Thrones, published a week or two into the show’s initial run. Her review, although not super-negative, was pretty dismissive saying that HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire was “boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.

The “boy fiction” crack has clearly turned out to be crazy talk, as the show’s demographics are very broad and inclusive.

Genia, really.

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This post (like so many on my blog) will be discussing elements of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Let’s just assume this will be spoilery if you haven’t watched Season Four of Game of Thrones, or read A Storm of Swords. Imagine the Titan of Braavos captioned below is guarding you from seeing any spoilers, provided you don’t read further.

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Look at Nothing Beneath my Legs! Spoilers! Below! (I’m talking about the text. Keep your mind out of Flea Bottom. That’s the gutter, I mean. My iron bottom has no fleas.)

In Defense of Braavos? What’s the meaning behind this post? Am I going to bore people with the tactical strategems (do those words even go together?) of defending a Venice-like city?

Probably not. I mean, I might bore you, but my focus won’t be on the military defense of Braavos, although I might touch on that in a very shallow manner.

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This post will be discussing plot points from HBO’s excellent Game of Thrones (as well as some points in the books that cover show events.) I’m okay with anyone reading my posts who aren’t caught up on the story, but you might as well watch the show/read the books. Why have me spoil you on details?

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Being Spoiled Elicits the Stink-Eyed Gaze!

In the fourth season of Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister is on his way to an assuredly dreadful pre-wedding breakfast with his nephew, King Joffrey Baratheon. En route, he encounters Lord Varys aka The Spider, the eunuch equivalent of SHIELD’s Nick Fury for the crown. When Tyrion asks the spy-master if he’ll be attending the breakfast, Varys explains that he was not invited. People of his sort are not often welcome at such events.

Tyrion: Forgive me if I don’t weep for you.
Varys: No one weeps for spiders or whores.

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The Second Trailer for Game of Thrones S5 just dropped, and I enjoyed screencapping the first one, so I did the same treatment for this trailer.

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Stannis: Spoilers? I Never Cared for Spoilers.
Davos: I’ve Never Brought You a Spoiled Onion, Your Grace.

This will be a non-spoilery analysis, in that I will describe exactly what I see, and not what I know or can speculate from reading the books. I’ll save that for a more spoilery analysis.

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There’s this show on HBO called Game of Thrones. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s great (as is the book series it’s based on, A Song of Ice and Fire.) This post will be talking plot points from the show (but no spoilers from book materials that the show hasn’t covered yet.) If you’re not up on the show, it’s up to you if you want to read the following article. Consider this your warning.

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Rock. Paper. Scissors. Lizard. Stark.

In Season One of Game of Thrones, Lord Eddard Stark brings to the court the recently deceased King Robert Baratheon’s last written directive granting Ned the regency until Robert’s heir comes of age. This document is presented to Queen Cersei.

Cersei: Is this meant to be your shield, Lord Stark? *rips paper*
Ned: Hmmm, maybe I should have played rock instead…

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Anyone not familiar with the rules of Rochambeau? (Sometimes spelled Ro-sham-bo.) Rock-Paper-Scissors?

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I’ll have a new Game of Thrones post out in a day or so (Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Stark) but here’s something from my Orcish Views on Game of Thrones blog.

The orcs are getting excited about Season 5, and they have their own way of perceiving the promotional materials.

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(Orcish Envoy’s Notes: Spoilers for Game of Thrones. If you’re not up on the show, don’t complain to the orcs. They just don’t care.)


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