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Game of Thrones Style Memorial Day Feast

Summer unofficially kicks off with the celebration of Memorial Day. Beaches and pools are open, the weather (generally speaking) starts to cooperate, and grilling related commercials dominate television. For the first time, we can actually say that “winter is NOT coming.” No celebration would be complete without ample food and drink, but sometimes we’d rather just skip the menu planning and move onto the part where we devour delicious food in between the clinking of glasses.

This year, we’re going to try and make your party planning easier, by designing a feast suitable for any party celebrating the beginning of the summer season. And when planning a feast, where else would we take inspiration from than Game of Thrones?  What does George RR Martin’s epic have to do with Memorial Day? Nothing, but who says  we can’t celebrate both? Also, considering what is on the horizon for that show, we may all need a bit of a pick me up afterward.

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Castles and Cooks Holiday Gift Guide

Buying gifts for gamers can be a real challenge. They are constantly picking up the newest games, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering might as well be foreign languages. So the Castles & Cooks brain trust joined forces to come up with 25 fantastic holiday gifts in a variety of price points.

Chocolate Dice – $8
If you need a stocking stuffer for any tabletop player, get them a delicious treat in the shape of a set of dice. It’s cheap, adorable and delicious. Available in white, 6o% and dark chocolate.

Bag O Zombies – $10
This is a bag of 100 zombies for $10, how is that not awesome? Any self-respecting DM can find a reason to use these, but when don’t you need a bag of zombies? It doesn’t matter if you play ZOMBIES or not – and they come in regular zombie gray or glow-in-the-dark!

LEGO Gandalf Arrives – $13
Lord of the Rings holds a special place in almost every geek’s heart, but as a desktop decoration, they don’t get more perfect than this. Gandalf’s cart is adorable and full of fireworks and a LEGO Frodo may be the cutest thing in the world.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter – $15
Even if it didn’t arrive on your 11th birthday, getting a personalized acceptance letter to Hogwarts will bring a smile to any wizard’s holiday.

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Nerdy Music Video: Game of Thrones theme by Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens

While not truly a capella, this piece is absolutely amazing – even if you aren’t into Game of Thrones (if you aren’t, you’re banished from Castles and Cooks). Lindsey returns again by being the most amazing violinist ever (and she must have like a +10 to cosplaying). Peter is new to me, but I am loving his work and I strongly advise you subscribe to his channel.

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Drinking is Coming: Game of Thrones Inspired Cocktails

To say that we’re horribly jealous of the girls over at Inn at the Crossroads would be the biggest understatement. With their phenomenal book, A Feast of Ice and Fire, they’ve become the greatest culinary experts on Game of Thrones inspired cooking – surpassing even Tom Colicchio! But I’ve got to say, while I love their recipes (over 200 of them), sometimes you don’t want to eat – you want to drink.

Mulled wine is delicious but hardly in season year around, so Tom and I tasked ourselves with crafting a series of drinks inline with our other attempts to remind everyone that winter may be coming, but you should cool off while the summer still lasts. Unlike most of our drinks though, many of these manage to have non-alcoholic varieties as well. Just omit the alcohol.

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Nerdy Music Video: Write Like the Wind by Paul & Storm

Sorry for starting the week off with this, because nothing will be better than this. Ever. Between Paul & Storm’s excellent harmonies, George R. R. Martin being referred to as a bearded glacier and Vork doing Vork things, I think I have to give Geek & Sundry all my thumbs up.

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Nerdy Music Video: Game of Thrones Theme by Camille and Kennerly, the Harp Twins

The lovely Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly, have returned with another excellent arrangement played on electric harps – the Game of Thrones theme!

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Arena Review: A Song of Ice and Fire RPG

In Brief

The ever-increasing popularity of George R. R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire book series finds its home in the sturdy and functional Green Ronin RPG of the same name. It uses its own classless system and has a steady emphasis on noble houses and the sweep of history. Green Ronin is a solid company with a good reputation and it’s simple and elegant Song of Ice and Fire system is definitely something to try out, especially if you want to make a big event of Sunday’s Season 2 launch with your gaming group.

Genre: Heroic fantasy-realism.
d6-based original system.
Potential Library: Small (3 sourcebooks and 2 adventures).
Publisher: Green Ronin Publishing.

The lands of Westeros sit upon a brink. Robert Baratheon sits the Iron Throne, having taken it in a rebellion against the Mad King, Arys Targaryen. The seven kingdoms are hardly at peace, however, when the Ironmen of the western islands are still fuming over their recent rebellion, the Dornish in the south still smart over the death of their beloved princess in Robert’s rebellion, the Riverlands lords and the Westermen constantly squabble, and the North and the Eyrie remove themselves as much as possible from supporting the king. Everyone wants the Iron Throne and they will need to go through King Robert to do so. But in the Game of Thrones you either win or you die.

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Arena Review: Game of Game of Thrones

OK, so this game is really called the Game of Thrones Board Game, but ever since a friend (shout out to the Cherv!) coined the phrase “Game of Game of Thrones” it’s stuck more than the original. And yes, since I know you’re wondering, there is a Game of Game of Thrones Throne (or, alternatively the Throne of the Game of Game of Thrones). I got this wonderful baby for Christmas and I’ve been talking friends into playing it since I can’t get enough. With the second season of the Game of Thrones series on HBO starting on Sunday, I thought I owed it to our readers to get a review together so you can get excited in earnest. And a blogger always pays his debts.

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Game Of Thrones: Season 2 Teaser – “Cold Winds”

I am very, very excited about the next season of Game of Thrones. Maybe excited enough to finally get around to reading the books. Either way, everyone needs to catch up – like by preordering season 1.

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Nerdy Music Video: Game of Thrones – You Win or You Die

Excellent piano cover with decent enough lyrics, this isn’t half bad (also I figured I needed to take a break from plugging Meekakitty all the time).

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