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Victory Proclaimed: Triumphs in the Realm

15 June 2024

Lords and ladies,

Sorry for the radio silence since Longwelwind stepped back from development. I just couldn't find the muse to write until now.

I've got some exciting updates to share. I've been busy behind the scenes, and I'm thrilled to announce that all three official expansions —  Dance with Dragons, Feast for Crows and Mother of Dragons — are now fully integrated into the platform! 🎉 But that's not all; I've also added a bunch of custom variants to keep your games fresh and exciting.

One of the coolest new features is the Dragon War mode, where each house starts with their very own dragon. This is sure to add a fiery twist to your strategies.

In addition to these expansions, we've rolled out several fundamental features to enhance your gaming experience:

  • Modular Integration of MoD Elements: You can now enjoy elements from Mother of Dragons like the Iron Bank in any scenario, even without the Essos side board.
  • Draft House Cards: A fan-favorite that lets you draft house cards and influence positions before the game begins, adding a strategic layer from the start.
  • Live Game Clock: Keep the game moving with timed turns, just like in chess.
  • Ingame Replacement by Vote: Seamlessly replace players during ongoing games.
  • Vassal System as a Player Elimination Mechanic: Available in every game, this is the official solution for handling players who leave or can be considered eliminated in live games.
  • Animations, Sound, and Ingame Music: Special thanks to Lilianne Coeverden for contributing the sounds for the 8 houses.
  • Many More Fun Variants: Explore exciting options like House Card Evolution, Blind Draft, and more.

Thanks for your patience and continued support. Enjoy crossing swords and mastering ravens!

Happy gaming,

An update on Swords and Ravens

22 March 2021

These past few months have seen the introduction of 2 major features to Swords and Ravens: the Dance of Dragons expansion (courtesy of mmasztalerczuk and Gereon), and the Vassal feature from Mother of Dragons (courtesy of Gereon). You can now create a game and toggle these features to test them out! Remember though that they are still in Beta, and that bugs might still happen.

This month also marks the 1-year anniversary of S&R! More than 1400 games have been played up until now, and the platform draws around active 300 players every day. 🎉

If you've monitored the activity of the GitHub repository, you might have noticed that I, Longwelwind, have not actively contributed to the project for a few months now. Indeed, while I greatly enjoyed coding S&R at first, my time and my motivation for the project diminished over time, and I'm now at a point where I'd like to move on to other projects. I've handed the keys to the kingdoms (i.e. admin rights to the production server) to Gereon, who has been contributing to the project since its beginning and to whom we can thank for all the recent additions to the platform.

As for me, I'm not done with online board games! I've learned a lot while developping S&R, and I'm currently experimenting on Ravens, a library that would allow anyone with coding skills to develop their own online-multiplayer board game. While it's still in the prototype phase at the moment, I hope I'll have a working beta for those who are interested.

Swords and Ravens after 2 months: some numbers and what's to come!

20 May 2020

Swords and Ravens launched 2 months ago, and a lot of things have happened since then. 1416 users registered and more than 500 games have been played to completion!

The game also evolved a lot since launch: variants for games with less than 6 players have appeared, a forum has been added to discuss everything about the game, a lot of UI improvements were made and a ton of bugs have been squashed. Around 800 commits were made on the codebase, available on GitHub, some of them done by external contributors. All the changes done can be found in the changelog.

The forum has been launched, to discuss everything related to the game and the development of Swords and Ravens, don't hesitate to check it out!

It's not over, obviously. The Vassals mechanic, which appeared in the MoD extension, is progressing and will be playable in the coming months. Multiple other meta-game features such as abuse reports, player statistics and localization are also planned, and should be available once I find the time to work on them. 😛

Thanks to all the players who made this possible, and I hope S&R will allow many more games to be played!

Welcome to Swords and Ravens!

14 March 2020

Swords and Ravens is a platform to play the board game "A Game of Thrones: Board Game - Second Edition", edited by Fantasy Flight Games, online with players around the world!

At the moment, this website only features the base game. Extensions (with Mother of Dragons) are currently planned to be implemented.

Feedbacks, bug reports and other remarks can also be posted on the Discord! The source code can be found on the Github of the project.