Episode 130 for the week of Jan 5th, in which we conclusively complete the holiday season by releasing our second Christmas Filks episode, continuing the yearly tradition. Ashley, Amin, and Kyle are joined by BOK and VOK guest host Leigh (Lord Manderblee) to cover chapter 48 (Arya IX) of A Clash of Kings. We thank Greg from Restaurant of the Mind books for sending us The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister.
Notes: For the full lyrics and list of writers and singers for this year’s Christmas Filks, check out the relevant forum thread. Congratulations to the Walking Dead Cast for winning the Entertainment category at the 2013 Podcast Awards. Thanks to all our fans and listeners for nominating us this year and voting daily for us. If there were an award for best podcast listeners, we are sure you would collectively win it!
Episode 129 for the week of December 29th, in which we cover The Princess and the Queen, or, 1000 Pregnant Rats and a Bear. In a spoiler filled episode, the four podcast hosts reunite to cover George RR Martin’s epic contribution to the anthology Dangerous Women.
Notes: Kyle emailed us about stone babies after this episode.
Episode 128 for the week of December 15th, in which we interview Jason Walden (Game Producer) from Fantasy Flight Games. We talk about FFG’s A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, 2nd edition, as well as the variants and expansions A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, in a shorter sequel episode to the massive Episode 92.
Notes: As usual, this episode has spoilers for all five books in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The fan mad expansions mentioned can be found here. Our Princess and the Queen episode will definitely be released in December.
Episode 127 for the week of December 8th, in which Amin and Kyle continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapter 46 (Catelyn VI) and 47 (Bran VI).
Notes: Pod’s Plight APOIAF theories artwork can be found here. Stefan Sasse’s ebook analyzing Season 3 of Game of Thrones can be found here. Christmas Filks are being submitted in our forum thread, get them in to us by December 18th, ideally. Our podcast store has free Amazon and other website affiliate links running for your holiday season shopping.
Episode 126 for the week of November 24th, in which Amin and Kyle are joined by another Vassals of Kingsgrave podcaster Julia (No True Lady). We continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapters 44 (Jon V) and 45 (Tyrion X).
Notes: We are collecting songs for another Christmas Filks episode this holiday season. Check out the forum thread and last year’s award winning episode for more information. Our podcast store has free affiliate links running for your holiday season shopping. Finally, check out the recap from the first ever APOIAF listener meetup in Australia.
Episode 125 for the week of November 17th, in which Ashley and Amin are joined by another Vassals of Kingsgrave curator, Katie (Lady Griffin). We continue our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapters 42 (Tyrion IX) and 43 (Davos II).
Notes: Supreme Court of Westeros decisions featuring Amin, Stefan, and guest judges (two decisions released so far) can be found at the Nerdstream Era. Thank you for supporting us with votes for the podcast awards! The results will be released in January. The first Australian listener meetup is scheduled for November 29th in Melbourne. Check out the forum thread or comment here if you wish to attend. Finally, if you have questions for our upcoming Fantasy Flight Games podcast episode related to A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, submit them here or in the forum thread.
Episode 124 for the week of November 10th, in which Amin and Kyle are joined by two of the Vassals of Kingsgrave curators, Bina and Vikram. We talk about the origin of VOK, before continuing our chapter reread of A Clash of Kings with chapter 40 (Catelyn V) and 41 (Dany III). We cover battle strategy, bedroom names, and Kyle’s hartred of zorses.
Notes: Voting on the podcast awards continues daily, with the last day being November 15th. Thank you for your support! The first Australian listener meetup is scheduled for November 29th in Melbourne. Check out the forum thread or comment here if you wish to attend. The BOK episode recorded after this one is a spoiler-full discussion of GRRM’s short story Unsound Variations.
Episode 123 for the week of October 27th, in which Mimi and Amin are joined by two guest hosts from our forums: Michael (Mordion) & Michal (Inkasrain). We react to our recent Podcast Awards nomination and some news, before continuing the longest running reread of A Clash of Kings, specifically chapter 38 (Theon III) and chapter 39 (Arya VIII).
Notes: Thank you for nominating us for the 9th Annual Podcast Awards, Entertainment category. Daily voting (rules listed below) will start on November 1st and end November 15th. You may vote once per day during that voting period. Winners will be determined entirely by vote numbers, so every vote counts! We didn’t get to cover it, but here is the chapter art for from A Clash of Kings in Paint for chapter 38 and 39. You may post your questions for the upcoming Fantasy Flight Games and Comicbookgirl19 interviews here as comments for this episode.
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Episode 122 for the week of October 20th, in which we complete our podcast tour of the Collector’s Edition of A Flight of Sorrows, currently available until November 1st. We review Amin’s A Feast of Vipers, before diving into the long awaited analysis of Mimi’s A Telltale Knight, freely available for reading at Tower of the Hand. We conclude with a discussion of Kyle’s afterword: Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations. We also learn about Mimi and Kyle’s recent meet-up in San Diego.
Notes: Thank you everyone for nominating our podcast and BOK for the Podcast Awards! Nomination slates (whether we made the initial cut) will be released on October 27th. Edit: APOIAF has made it to the final 10 for the Entertainment category! Daily Voting starts on November 1st.
Episode 121 for the week of October 6th, in which we are joined by returning guest host Laura (Cosmia) while Mimi and Kyle have their meet-up in San Diego. We discuss chapter 36 (Bran V) and chapter 37 (Tyrion VIII) of A Clash of Kings. We discuss Ice and Fire Convention stories in the aftershow with Carly.
Notes: Chapter Art from A Clash of Kings in Paint for chapter 36 and 37. Carly’s Cards Against Westeros game. If you would like to nominate our podcast for the Podcast Awards, each person may submit one (only one) nomination form by October 15th. If you nominate A Podcast of Ice and Fire, we suggest the People’s Choice + Entertainment categories (any podcast can be nominated for People’s Choice + one category). If you get the chance, please submit Bastards of Kingsgrave under the Cultural /Arts category in that same nomination form (website – (http://bastardsofkingsgrave.wordpress.com/). The 9th Annual Podcast Awards Ceremony will be Held at New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Sunday Jan 5, 2014. A Flight of Sorrows Collector’s Edition is available through our podcast store, only for sale in the month of October 2013 and then never again.
Episode 120 for the week of September 22nd, in which Amin is joined by fellow author Alex and editor Marc N. Kleinhenz to discuss the soon to be released Collector’s Edition of A Flight of Sorrows. We discuss Alex’s essay The Prince That Illyrio Promised and Amin’s essay A Feast of Vipers. This is the first of several episodes that will be covering material in the Collector’s Edition, as the full podcast crew will be discussing Mimi’s essay The Telltale Knight and Kyle’s afterword Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations in the future.
Press Release on the Collector’s Edition (From Tower of the Hand):
Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows – Collector’s Edition comes out on October 1st (Edit – It has been released). It’s a special print edition of the best-selling ebook, released due to popular demand, that includes a whole slew of extra content. And to celebrate the occasion, we’re happy to let you all in on a little secret: the Collector’s Edition‘s complete lineup (which, we’re delighted to finally share, includes a few extra faces from the Ice and Fire community).
Here we go:
Foreword – Remy Verhoeve, author of Waiting for Dragons
Bendable Joints and Removable Body Parts
Introduction – Marc N. Kleinhenz, editor
The Princes Kept the View
A full-length, behind-the-scenes essay that provides a fly-on-the-wall recounting of the ebook’s genesis and initial designs, including its original listing of essays and lineup of authors (a number of whom never made it to the finished product). Other tidbits include the very first attempt at creating Tower of the Hand: The Bookyears before and a sneak peek of what’s in store for 2016.
“Savoring the Taste?” – Stefan Sasse, essayist at Tower of the Hand and co-host of the Boiled Leather Audio Hour
On the role of revenge in songs of ice and fire
Why is it that so many players in the game of thrones seek revenge as their number-one priority? How is it that these plans almost always deny the revenge-seeker satisfaction, even when they’re successful? And what is George R.R. Martin telling us, exactly, about the nature of vengeance?
“The Prince Is Riding” – Miles Schneiderman, essayist at Tower of the Hand
Rebutting the identity of – and the aim of the conspiracy around – Aegon Targaryen
The ebook posited that Aegon was a “mummer’s dragon” and provided many details explaining the what, who, and why of the conspiracy. The print book refutes that conspiracy and explains how Aegon really being a Targaryen not only makes perfect sense, but how it tracks with all the other developments in all the other books.
“A Feast of Vipers” – Amin Javadi, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
Ethnic diversity, personal identification, and fandom theories in Dorne
A celebration of the diversity and solidarity of Dorne, the most unique of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s also an investigation into why Dorne is proving itself to be the most controversial of the Seven Kingdoms, getting caught up in debates of ethnicity, audience identification, and the role – or lack thereof – of stereotypes.
“The King’s Justice Is Mute, Not Blind” – John Jasmin
Why trials in Westeros are not what they seem
A continuation of the legal explorations into Westerosi society, expanding upon the original essay’s theme and scope both. What is the difference between the king’s justice and the King’s Justice, and how can one differentiate between the two? More importantly, how can the king?
Afterword – Kyle Maddock, co-host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire
Completed Songs and Frozen Conversations
All in all, we’ve added roughly 18,000 words to the overall count, expanding on the ebook edition by nearly a third.
In addition, all 13 chapters of the original A Flight of Sorrows are included, in a brand-new, re-edited version. Think of this as the director’s cut of the material, polished and improved for your total reading pleasure.
Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows – Collector’s Edition goes on sale on October 1, 2013, for one month only. Find it on CreateSpace.com for $15.99.
Come November 1, the Collector’s Edition will never, ever go on sale again.
Episode 118 for the week of September 1, 2013. After four years, What if? – Part 3 is here. Amin is joined by returning guest hosts Alex, Stefan, and Steven. We start with some chat about the TV show and Steven’s article, before jumping into the most detailed What If? episode yet. We chuckle over Eddard’s potential crowd surfing and have some heated discussion over battle strategy and marriage alliances. We spend most of the episode confused about ages and timelines.
Notes: This episode was recorded in July 2013, in the same weekend as GNO V. If you can’t get enough of the What Ifs, check out our subsequent crossover episode over at Boiled Leather (second half of episode 22).