Random Battle: George RR Martin Interview

GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin

GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin © 2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

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Tangent podcasts are tangent. The Random Battles are short mini-shows that will show up in your feed as we discuss one topic at a time. Yes, the do fit into the continuity of the SideQuest.

We have a terrific episode of the Random Battle this time around — well, they’re ALWAYS terrific, this one is just quite possibly more terrific than the rest. We’re joined by one of our literary heroes, author George RR Martin, to talk about his incredible career. Points of discussion include the process of creating a giant world and how that ties into the story development, the challenges of moving from book to television screen, and how the IP stays focused across books, comics, table top games, and video games.

We also do a little celebratory dance for the New York Giants winning the SuperBowl.

Please pardon us for some of the audio quality issues. We had some initial technical difficulties. We’ll follow up with a full write-up of the interview tomorrow, including recorded questions that didn’t make it onto the podcast.

Battle Party:

Dali Dimovski (Lvl 1, 1/3), Shaun Norton (Lvl 1, 1/3), Steven Strom (Lvl 1, 1/3), George RR Martin (Lvl 1, 1/3)

How does scoring take place and what does it mean?

For completing a Random Battle, the party member gains XP. For every 3 battles, the player levels up. At the end of the season, the highest-level player gets a SideQuesting surprise gift. The XP then resets at the beginning of the next season.


White Noise Lab – Game of Thrones Theme Cover

Digitapp – Videogame of Thrones

Image credits:

HBO, Helen Sloan


George RR Martin’s web site

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Special thanks to Michael and our friends at Cast of Thrones, the BEST podcast about all things A Song of Ice & Fire and the Game of Thrones television series.

Thank you to everyone for submitting questions via the website or Twitter. We used many of them in our interview.

Author: Dalibor Dimovski

Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.

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  • Lezu Zius

    Always good to hear George, but typing during an interview it’s a bit annoying for two reasons: it means you are not 100% listening to your guest, which is not nice + the phone sound quality wasn’t perfect anyway but listening of typing sound also didn’t helped.

  • kewlrats

    Yeah, when editing it I noticed the same thing. I apologize for that. We had last-second technical difficulties that forced us to change how we were calling/recording the phone call, resulting in the less-than-ideal quality.

    At least George was courteous enough to help us plow through it. :)

  • Wowtcgvg

    Бре, бре. Брао дечко!

  • kewlrats

    Thank you! Blagodaram! :)

  • Kromsanani

    The typing aside, I enjoyed this. Nice of you guys to think of questions he hasn’t been asked before.

  • Fal

    2 years and still no interview writeup? OR am i missing a link on the page?