HBO launches The Maester’s Path website
By Winter Is Coming on in Marketing, News.

As part of their ongoing transmedia marketing initiative, HBO has launched The Maester’s Path website today. The site talks of walking the path and encountering five challenges, passing each challenge earns you another link in your maester’s chain. It also mentions recruiting five novices to walk the path behind you.

The Maester's Path Website

Winter Is Coming: So far only one challenge is open, the other four challenges will open up every Monday from now until March 28th. It looks like the package that was sent out last week is going to be the key to solving the first challenge. I suspect that every week a new package will be sent that will contain the clues to solving the following week’s challenge. How cool!

UPDATE: Just completed the challenge and the reward is AMAZING! Be sure to complete the puzzle to claim this awesome reward.


303 Comments

  1. burth
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    You want to know the reward for completing the challenge? It is incredibly awesome!

  2. Mormegil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Just watched the Reward now.

    Fantastic.

  3. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Pretty amazing, and enterntaining too! Don’t spoil it for anyone, please ;)

  4. The DarkStar
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Much cooler than tiny letters saying “winter is coming”

  5. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    this is indeed way better than supporting bottoms ;-)

  6. burth
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    I wonder if there are plans to continue this until the first episode airs since there are only five links in the chain apparently?

  7. Holger Bähren
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    This. Is. So. Awsome.

  8. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I have to say I expected we’ll need to find a pasword to get onto the site in the first place. This is so cool, though :)

  9. Jan Fennick
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Am I missing something? How is anyone supposed to play if they don’t have access to the spiffy HBO boxes?

  10. Mike V
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Jan Fennick,

    Most of the people who received the boxes have posted info and pics online, the clues are there if you look hard enough…

  11. Benjamin Symons
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Jan Fennick,

    The symbols for all the ‘scents’ can be found here: http://www.westeros.org/GoT/Gallery/Entry/2383/
    After that, it isn’t that hard to solve the puzzle, and the reward is great! It brought an instant smile to my face.

  12. Mormegil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Jan Fennick: Am I missing something? How is anyone supposed to play if they don’t have access to the spiffy HBO boxes?

    Just look at the pictures posted here or Westeros or any of the other Blogs to find what you need.

  13. Viktor Norberg
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Been wearing a silly grin ever since I watched the reward. So awesome!

  14. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Aaaaarghhh!!!!!!¨Wonna go home to play and get my Reward!

  15. Erik Sjöström
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Best. Reward. Ever.

  16. Mark
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    YES! Waiting has been well rewarded.

  17. Starkgirl
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I don’t want to be spoilered, so I’ll be avoiding the rest of the comments, but I can’t access this site at work (I’m surprised I can access this one), so I have to wait over 7 hours before I get home to visit the site. Wah!! I want it now! *pouts like a 2 year old*.

  18. Ryan Cordes
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Arghhh, stupid test and classes. I won’t be able to do this for hours and its killing meeeee.

    HBO has done an awesome job marketing this. The buzz just keeps on growing.

  19. Stupac
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I call dibs on being one of the five novices! It’s only fair WiC; I called it!

    Always support the bottom.

  20. Knurk
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Epic reward.

  21. Nick
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Holy crap at the reward! Better than any of the trailers or anything we’ve got so far! Squeee!

  22. durandal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Lucky my bottom was supported when I got my reward.

  23. The Winter Rose
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    OMG, just completed the challenge and got the reward! AWESOME! :D

  24. Mark
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    so how does it know that the people who i linked too will become my acolytes?

  25. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Ok, who wants to be my novice? http://itsh.bo/dIVXYC

    Join House Gatewatch! Always Support the Bottom!

  26. Spork
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Awesome! The reward is totally worth it. Can’t wait until the next step on the path.

    Let’s see, everyone received their boxes on Feb. 24th, and the site went live today, Feb. 28th. So that makes 4 days between. Think that means we can expect the next physical iteration to be released March 3rd, since the next step on the website is March 7th?

  27. Dominik Plewa
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    The Reward is better than any of the trailers we got so far. I can’t wait to see Hodor in the second Reward. You hear me, HBO?

    And remember: always support the bottom. I sent the links to my shortest friends :P

  28. Mike
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Wow. Speechless. What a great reward!!!

  29. Spork
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    durandal:
    Lucky my bottom was supported when I got my reward.

    Love it!

  30. Seithenyn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Solution for the lazy people here!

  31. Seithenyn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am | Permalink
  32. Dominik Plewa
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    BTW Do you think maesters’ chains will look like that in the series? I always imagined them more regular, varying only in what metal they are made of, not in shape and decoration. But still it LOOKS awesome.

    I also quite like the idea that since there are 5 trials, each will be connected with one of the senses – so there will be some hearing, some “eating”, touching (Shae’s nipples? :P) and something pretty to look at. Though it’s hard to imagine what they would do with tasting…

  33. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    durandal,

    LOL, this!

    And yes … the five senses come to mind.

  34. dizzy_34
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Now that’s how to reward your fans! What a cool reward.

  35. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Dominik Plewa, yeah, that’s what they look like. Huge links like that. Makes for a pretty impressive looking chain. Luwin’s was down to his waist. Can’t even imagine with Pycelle’s might look like.

  36. Anvil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Nice reward. Some kind of fan favourite too.

  37. Jackie MacPherson
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Yay first step complete and what a great reward! WiC I’d would have happily been a novice but I’d already signed up! Anyone wants to be my Novice they’re more than welcome … http://itsh.bo/gfl43N :) House Moofie!

  38. Quiet Wolf
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    OW….really cool!!!… Now wait until march 7.

    PS: thanks WIC for Post your scrolls ;)

  39. Nick
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Since only the die hard book fans are probably going to be following this promotion, HBO don’t really have to worry about giving out “rewards” that appeal to the common viewer (the sex and violence angle). I wouldn’t be surprised if all of the future stuff is aimed squarely at the fans.

  40. Lauren
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Awesome reward! I love it!

  41. Jason Wilkins
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Very cool. Can’t wait!

  42. Hodor
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Spork,

    I think the map already has some potential for a link forging. A maester must know geographies after all.

  43. Becky Wilson
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Seconded.

    Erik Sjöström:
    Best. Reward. Ever.

  44. grandmaFunk
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Anyone want to generally describe what the reward is for those of us that don’t want to register? with spoiler tags, of course

  45. MarshallBanana
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    awesome!!!!!

    come and join me there: http://itsh.bo/dPpAUQ

  46. Crotalidian (Paul)
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I have Chills. this is fantastic. I expected some fancy marketing campaign but nothing at this level. its basically an ARG. WHich I think are a lot of fun

  47. Crotalidian (Paul)
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    grandmaFunk:
    Anyone want to generally describe what the reward is for those of us that don’t want to register?with spoiler tags, of course

    Register. that is all

  48. Dom
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    The reward is BRILLIANT! Stupid grin on my face :D

    grandmaFunk:
    Anyone want to generally describe what the reward is for those of us that don’t want to register?with spoiler tags, of course

    It’s a clip of Jon giving Needle to Arya. What’s more, the dialogue seem to be straight off the book :D

  49. kris90210
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    It’s not letting me claim my reward :S

    I’ve posted the news to twitter and facebook, but when I click ‘claim reward,’ nothing happens! Help!!

  50. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Very, very cool reward. HBO is definitely doing a good job of promoting this.

    If there’s anyone that wants to become a novice to an acolyte not afraid to dabble in the dark arts they are welcome to walk this way: http://itsh.bo/gZHEI7

  51. Spork
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    kris90210,

    Try it in a different browser, maybe? I had no problem with Firefox.

  52. Niels
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Ow man that was pretty freaking sweet!
    I love HBO for this. Thx!

  53. tek
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    i needz novices!! http://itsh.bo/ezbCVj anyone?

  54. Rinso
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Pretty cool reward. Though the task was as tedious as one might expect from the Grey Sheep…

  55. tek
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    how does the novice thing work? i try to follow the links and end up in the same place as the others

  56. Evoldoer
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    FYI: the reward video won’t load in Chrome. Plays fine in Firefox though.

  57. Rinso
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Oh… yeah.. Someone want to become a novice of mine?

    http://itsh.bo/gWnGQS

  58. Seithenyn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Evoldoer,

    I have no problems with the reward video running in Chrome.

  59. Karikki
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Screw HBO for US only campaigns. There are (admittedly indirectly) paying customers here in Europe, too! And we wanna be part of the hype

  60. kris90210
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Video does not work in Internet Explorer for me either. And I can’t get it to work on Firefox. F-ing dreadful error testing on HBO’s part.

    Removed all rights now. I think I’ll wait till someone puts it up on youtube.

  61. Dominik Plewa
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Try Google Chrome, it works for me. And you’ll love it so much you will keep using it ;)

  62. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Ok I’m very frustrated. I solved the puzzle and 2 options came up. One was to share my success the other was to claim the prize. I went to claim the prize but nothing happened. I thought maybe you had to share your success before you claim the prize so I did that and then tried to claim the prize but still nothing happened I am very confused and pissed off, maybe someone can give me an idea of what I may be doing wrong

  63. Dominik Plewa
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    BTW, I’m writing a blogpost about HBO campaign so far – check it out here: http://tnij.org/azblog.

  64. John
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Love the reward, such a cool idea as well. I guess winter will have 5 novices in no time. If you haven’t signed up yet use this link please and you’ll help me with another stage of the path:

    http://itsh.bo/dOzTNM

    ty!

  65. trickyric
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Have sniffed out the direct url to the vid, do you think it might be possible to work out the URL of the other videos from it?

  66. Jake
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    That was awesome!

    Anyone who is having trouble…keep trying…it’s worth it.

  67. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m using firefox and pop up blockers are on allow, maybe my firewall isn’t allowing me to see the video. this sucks

  68. Flóra Ballabás
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Aww, I just watched the reward, it is sooooo good! Don’t spoil it to others please!

  69. Crotalidian (Paul)
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    http://itsh.bo/gZOTWl novices please

  70. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    tek, you have to recruit people to sign up using your referral link. Post it on your Facebook or Twitter or email the link to friends.

    trickyric, maybe. Although I wouldn’t want to see them anyway. That spoils all the fun!

  71. Ardaen
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    AMAZING! WONDERFUL! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! I AM DANCING NOW WITH JOY!!!! :DDDD

  72. Brandon Gower
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Totally geeked out during the reward! That was awesome!

  73. Derek Sharp
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Haha, this is awesome! Great stuff! HBO, the home of epic TV and epic marketing campaigns! :D

  74. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    ok so I had trouble getting the reward at first but finally got it. I had to refresh the page and do the puzzle again. It wasn’t as hard the second time around, it actually just took me 10 seconds or so, which actually was surprising. For some reason the second time around it just worked when I tried to get the prize

  75. Teresa Neves
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    This was amazing. What a wonderful marketing campaign HBO has going on; even though only a few people got the hands-on experience from the scent boxes, we can all share in the resulting rewards. Well done, and what a delight to be a learning acolyte of the Citadel :D

  76. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    join in my fellow lords and ladies of house gatewatch. help me with my novices: http://itsh.bo/f4OD9B

    always support the bottom

  77. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    interview with Elio Garcia from westeros.org at making of. wow… the marketing machinery is roling.

  78. Johan Sporre
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that was awesome! I started to laugh and cry at the end.

  79. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    not sure how this novice thingy works… @WiC, I clicked your link. did I show up in your collection of novices?

  80. Abyss
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    This is funny. When you upload the video to youtube it is only 0:17 long and broken. It seams like HBO has secured it in same way.^^
    Should I try to work around that or give them the points win?

  81. Mike Chair
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Gods! I’ve been looking at my reward over and over again. I don’t want to spoil. I loved it. I just wish it kept … a few more … so I could just … when … name it.

    HBO definitely supports the bottom.

  82. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I can’t access this at work, but my brain was shooting off with creative writing thoughts, so here, I contribute to the history of House GateWatch :)

    “Always Support The Bottom”
    The small boy with curly blond hair boy sat at the feet of his wizened old grandmother, hoping to delay bedtime for a few more moments. In his hands rested a small wooden box, filled with scrolls, bottles and other assorted trinkets.
    “Please, Granny Wykk, tell me one more time about our words!”

    The grandmother smiled down at the sweet young child, and knowing that the days they are willing to sit by your feet and actually listen fly by far too fast, she indulged him. Leaning forward, she began:

    “Always remember, child, the treasured words of House GateWatch. No one knows exactly when the words were chosen; there are whispers of the first men and women of House GateWatch, eons ago when the Internets still reigned the world, and there were no need for Ravens, since twitters were freely heard amongst all creatures instantly around the world. Yes, my child, it sounds strange, electronic Ravens tweeting but those were strange days, and they are no more.

    What caused the words to be chosen by these extraordinary first people of House GateWatch? There are rumors aplenty, for sure. Talk of Targaryens with eyes that were not purple, hair that was not silver-gold, and eyebrows dark as a storm cloud twisting down a Dothraki Sea. Of an Iron Throne where the swords were twisted in all the wrong ways. Of Starks being too old, Of names being pronounced wrong, of Direwolves far too small and too docile. Oh child, I see your eyes widen in fear, but do not worry, the loyal peoples of House GateWatch did their best to right all these wrongs in the world. And our words began with a box much like the one you have their, in your lap!”

    “From a large and hot desert on the coast of an old world called Calyfornya did the boxes arrive from, boxes sent out from a group of men called the Hubows. And only to a chosen few, did the boxes go, only to those that the Hubows deemed intelligent enough to understand the box and all its secrets. The Ancient Lord Wykk, First of His Name, called upon his scattered people to help him derive the mysteries of the box. And it was those loyal servants of Lord Wykk, after much thinking, contemplating, and testing, that did decide upon the true message of the box; “Always Support The Bottom” And how did they know it was true? Why, because “Always Support The Bottom” was a phrase that was correct in any situation, a phrase that no matter where you uttered it in the land of House GateWatch, ruled by the benevolent Lord Wykk, it made sense.

    When a lady would hand her lord a newborn babe, swaddled in the softest cotton, she whispered the words “Always Support The Bottom”.

    When a castellan handed a large basket of bread and cheese for the kitchen to distribute to the small folk out in the fields, he spoke the words “Always Support The Bottom!”

    When young girls spoke in hushed and giggled tones about the secret books left by Doreah, and the lessons she taught young Danerys so long ago, “Always Support The Bottom” was the most popular lesson of all.

    When Queen Arya of old taught her ancient armies of all women to fight, the second lesson with their Needles, after ‘stick them with the pointy end’ was “Always Support The Bottom”

    When young Maesters, fresh from the Citadel, came to House GateWatch, their welcoming ceremony always included a heavy wooden box, filled with many surprises, with the admonition to “Always Support The Bottom”.

    And when a loyal servant of House GateWatch would pass away, as the pallbearers carried the box gently to the graveyard, in hushed tones they reminded each other “Always Support The Bottom”.
    \
    The peoples of House GateWatch soon found that no matter what the situation, or where they were, the phrase “Always Support The Bottom” made clear and common sense. And now, my darling young grandson, before this post leans too far into the realm of Fan-Fiction, something that is abhorred by the Great God GRRM, I will stop this story, lest his wrath be brought down on House GateWatch, destroying us forever! Now off to bed with you!”

  83. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    marzman, it doesn’t say who my individual novices are, or maybe I just haven’t figured out how to show that. But I do have at least 5 and it is encouraging me to get more to rank on the “list of the Acclaimed.” They are making it into a game, see who can get the most novices. Very clever, HBO. ;)

    Abyss, I’d say “Let the Wookiee (HBO) win.” Half the fun of seeing the vid is doing the puzzle to get it! I’m sure these vids will be uploaded to MGoT once the whole thing is complete anyway.

  84. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    I can’t claim my reward!

    I click the link, and… nothing. Any ideas as to why? IE not good enough?

  85. tek
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    So do you think the rest of The Maester’s Path will be sense related? There are 5 items, so that fits. If so, I cant wait to see the Taste one!

  86. Hear Me Roar
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Evoldoer,

    Played in Chrome for me … plugins?

  87. Putter
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know if you can become a novice if you have already signed up and finished the puzzle? Wish I had gone through recruitment link :(

  88. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Putter,

    good question. I am not sure, if there is a way to find out. According to WiC, you can’t see who signed up as your novice.

  89. Matt
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Same here, I solved the puzzle, click ‘claim reward’ and nothing happens. Stupid.

  90. Ardaen
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the link if someone want’s to help me: http://itsh.bo/eu5uuY :)

  91. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    to those who are having trouble viewing the video, I’m sure the site is getting slammed right now so just be patient and try again later.

    Once you’ve solved the puzzle, you should be able to return to view the reward without having to solve it again.

  92. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Matt:
    Same here, I solved the puzzle, click ‘claim reward’ and nothing happens. Stupid.

    As I have said in a previous post I just had to refresh the page to get it to work. You have to do the puzzle over again which sucks. I had created an account to twitter and posted my success already before I refreshed the page. I don’t know if that had anything to do with the reason why it worked the second time around tho0ugh

  93. DH
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I hate puzzles. I got better things to do (or do I?)

  94. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    to those who are having trouble viewing the video, I’m sure the site is getting slammed right now so just be patient and try again later.

    Once you’ve solved the puzzle, you should be able to return to view the reward without having to solve it again.

    I hadn’t thought of a place were you could see your prize later on. So if there was one I just didn’t know about it

  95. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    once you solved the puzzle, you are able to revisit the reward (as I did it) many, many, many times. the site is just very slow, because of a lot of traffic I guess.

  96. Jay
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Just wow. I started the puzzle thinking the reward would be a wallpaper like these types of things always are, but no. That was awesome. =D

    Oh, and for those who can’t get it to work, you could try updating your Flash Player. Not saying that will solve it, just that it might.

  97. Peeter Talvistu
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    i have to say that watching the pilot of camelot last weekend i was a bit worried the GoT might look as meh as that god-horrible show. but after seeing my reward and the extended trailer all of those fears are gone! me -> happy :)

  98. Abyss
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    As you wish milord. You alone are the high lord of House Gatewatch and one has to act under your orders.^^

  99. paulgude
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    I suspect that those who have already signed in can’t become novices. It may be a good idea to put a note at the top with Winter’s link so that people who want to be his novice can click on it when the first sign up.

    Or, of course, they can always click on mine:

    http://itsh.bo/hjXXkM

  100. Krystyna Nahlik
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    The reward video played for me without any problems, in IE in the UK, on a secured network. Just make sure you allow pop-ups from the site!

  101. paulgude
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Of course, I *love* the reward.

  102. John Engedal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    *Kneels*

    As a lone traveller from the far north, I humbly seek permission to join House Gatewatch, and to one day utter the words in battle and feast, so that glory and legend may follow.

  103. SA_Avenger
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    actually got the link by accident while I was building the sequence so will have to redo later on lol But it’s really great that they build up such things and the reward is lovely.
    I just wish I would have gotten a scent box as well ;)

  104. Ax0r
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Bravo!

  105. Phoenix_torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    so how do you view the reward after you’ve solved it?

  106. Flouride
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Anyone want to be my novice?
    http://itsh.bo/dSxp20

    Always support the bottom!

  107. OldGran
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    kris90210,

    Same thing happend to me. I finally did it, then it wanted me to post to facebook. I did then it wont play the reward! I went back in and it will not let me register at all, and I don’t want to repost to facebook. So I dont see the reward.

  108. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Ax0r,

    Thank you so much :)

  109. fr0d0b0ls0n
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    http://itsh.bo/enh0Ah

    The first reward is great :D

  110. Luke likely
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Phoenix_torn:
    so how do you view the reward after you’ve solved it?

    you have to log in to the site before you go to the puzzle, then it should take you right to the prize page

  111. markotom
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    If someone wants to help….thx

    http://itsh.bo/gCig6U

  112. TheReader
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow….amazing. I love this campaign they are doing.

  113. Zack
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh this was just so cool. Lovely work, HBO.

  114. McSherrie
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    *raises hand* I would love to be your novice!

    And that reward was totally worth the first few minutes of my lunch hour. ;)

  115. Aurora
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I bet each REWARD will pertain to each puzzle or link we form. There are 5 puzzles, and 5 different scent experiences right? So I bet we are going to get a REWARD pertaining to each area. Just a guess. =D Loved the first reward.

  116. Abyss
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Btw, is this how the Maesterchain actual looks like in the show? It would be our first picture of it, I think.

  117. Porcupine Tree
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    no probs from UK using Firefox… why does anyone need acolytes, and how do you ask people?

  118. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Still nothing.

    Anyone want to/able to upload this to youtube?

  119. Mormegil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Just tried logging back in to the site and it does not recognise my log in details even though I forged my link and got the reward previously. Did people get an email confirming their log in details (as I don’t seem to have)?

    Also found that anytime I tried sharing something on twitter it never seemed to work.

    Abyss: Btw, is this how the Maesterchain actual looks like in the show? It would be our first picture of it, I think.

    I was wondering that, I would think it is.

  120. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Mormegil,

    You don’t need an e-mail confirmation. Do you have your cookies enabeled, then?

  121. dimitris7
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    We still didnt get a glimpse of the music.The scene looked like it was from a theatre or something.I dont know about you but for me the sound element is very important.I am eagerly waiting for a video about Ramin Djawadi’s work.I know it cant be done already but atleast give us some something.

  122. Ax0r
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly
    We should petition Ran at Westeros to add House GateWatch to the official heraldry. with some nice detail fleshed out =]

    I loled at Hubows. Classic.

  123. Phoenix_torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    so I’m giving up. I posted to facebook, twitter, facebook again, and can’t see anything and now it won’t recognize my login…

  124. Mormegil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Sjwenings: Mormegil, You don’t need an e-mail confirmation. Do you have your cookies enabeled, then?

    Created a new account with the exact same username and password and it let me in, did the task again and this time it does seem to remember me when I log out.

    Strange.

    http://itsh.bo/gRyacd if anyone wants to be my Novice.

  125. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Finally got it working. I guess theres no real trick to it. Just try, and try again.

    And.. Awesome reward! I am both exited and a little bit relieved. I had a lot of faith, but still.

  126. Arithine
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDtsYjNV0eI

    The first reward, for people who wanted the youtube links.

  127. saluk
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hey, look, it’s a Game of Thrones advent calendar!

  128. Alexander Dubrovsky
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    This is a whole different galaxy of AWESOME.

    Just a 1.5 month, only 1.5 month …

  129. Lina
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    EPIC EPIC YES at that reward!! :D

    When I saw what it was I started grinning and feeling really fangirly. Amazing amazing amazing. I totally don’t regret giving up my family/titles/chances at land or marriage for that reward! (Except I know I know, the Citadel doesn’t accept women…don’t call Maestergate!)

  130. Katja
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Just… Wow! I’d gush but I don’t want to give out too many hints…

    No probs watching the video from Norway using Chrome btw.

    And Purplejilly, that was truly amazing. Always Support the Bottom!

  131. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Katja,
    Thank you!! I am glad you liked it :)

  132. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Are we allowed to discuss this freely now?

    It’s out on youtube, as posted here.

  133. Phoenix_torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Arithine,

    Totally worth the aggravation!

    Lina

    Lol just cut your hair short and use you name backwards. :)

  134. Arithine
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Sjwenings:
    Are we allowed to discuss this freely now?

    It’s out on youtube, as posted here.

    I would use spoiler tags. If you want to talk about it without spoiler tags try posting comments.

  135. Lina
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Phoenix_torn,

    I don’t know if my name spelled backwards would sound as…elegant…as some others who have adopted the same practice ;)
    Alleras = nice, Anil = unfortunate :/

  136. Alex Dothrak
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome! Whoever has those cool boxes, did you try to mix the scents for each place of the puzzle? Must have been pretty cool :) And of course, whoever wants to support the acolyte and become a novice… :)

    http://itsh.bo/fa31nV

  137. anana
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    OMG, epic reward!

    http://itsh.bo/hYikvR

  138. jdp13
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! Was not expecting such a nice reward. Well done

  139. Richard
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Youtubelink:

  140. Steve C
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Arithine,

    Ehh, that’s kind of a shame.

  141. TastesLikeTheSea
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    OMFG got goosebumps, was grinning uncontrollably and felt somewhat sad all at the same time. EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

  142. Phoenix_torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Lina,

    Lol yeah I noticed that after i posted…hmm

  143. Richard
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What the… why didnt my youtube link appeared? Once again (and hopefully it will work this time): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETA9mjFyG54

  144. Mormegil
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Follow http://twitter.com/#!/GameOfThrones and you could win one of the Scent Boxes.

  145. trickyric
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Since the youtube is posted, here is the direct link to the reward that i sniffed out.

    http://cdn.themaesterspath.com/flv/scent/reward.mp4

    so this one was in the subdirectory ‘scent’ i wonder where the next one will be

  146. Rinoa De la Pica
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I don’t see myself able to express my eternal gratitude to HBO. This surpasses all my expectations, hopes, illusions and whatever I had. Wow, just… wow.

    purplejilly,

    You should be the bard of our House Gatewatch, milady, and compete among the best. It is known.

    A.S.T.B.

  147. vajlégy
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I usually don’t post, just lurk but The Maester’s Path just forced me to come out of the shadows to say: Thanks HBO, you make this series a real experience for me! I have never followed the creation of a movie or TV series before (and I don’t think I ever will in the future) in this detail and I feel utterly, utterly lucky to be following GOT, where the powers that be appreciate the fandom this much. i think I’m going to spend a lot on DVD’s! :) (This is how successful marketing is in the making BTW :) )

    Loved the reward!
    http://itsh.bo/gERVIK

  148. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Rinoa De la Pica,

    Thank you so much!!! I would gladly be our Bard :P

  149. SergioCQH
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    To comment on the clip itself, I think Maisie is trying a bit too hard to be a serious actor. She should let a little more of her childlike enthusiasm through to Arya. I doubt the real Maisie is this stiff and dour.

  150. OldGran
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you You Tube people!!! I just saw the reward and on my honor I promise to always support the bottom!

    ps
    thanks to HBO too

  151. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    SergioCQH,

    I saw quite a lot of childlike enthusiasm there. Really!

  152. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    The Youtube link kinda takes the fun out of it. But I guess enough people are having trouble getting the video to work on HBO’s site and for those people I can understand watching the vid at YouTube.

    But if you haven’t taken the time to at least try to solve the puzzle and view the video at The Maester’s Path than you are a cheater and will be kicked out of House Gatewatch!

  153. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Purplejilly, despite the fact that the Reward of the Maester’s Path is nothing short of sublime, your History of the Bottoms can rival it in full glory! Thumbs up for Bard Purplejilly, may your Bottom be Supported into all eternity!!

  154. Hollyoak
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I tried to solve the puzzle but couldn’t. I even went to Westeros and looked at the symbols and still couldn’t figure it out.

    I’m an airhead.

    I’ve always been terrible at puzzles. I just don’t get it. I know you’re supposed to line up the scents with where they come from, but I don’t understand all the rings.

    Whatever.

    I’m embrarassed.

    So I had to go to YouTube to see the clip. It was cool, but somehow underwhelming. I don’t know why. Maybe it would have been better if I had unlocked it myself.
    I may stop looking at any more trailers or clips. It will be hard, but I feel like we’re seeing too much.

  155. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah, I also got the link of course:

    http://itsh.bo/etfQ4a

    But what the heck does one do with that? How does one ‘gather novices’? I must have missed something, I’m stupid, so please give it to me nicely ;-)

  156. John Engedal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    John Engedal:
    *Kneels*

    As a lone traveller from the far north, I humbly seek permission to join House Gatewatch, and to one day utter the words in battle and feast, so that glory and legend may follow.

    *Still kneeling*

    I, ahem, think someone needs to fake accept my request, or my knees shall start to bleed.
    Anyways, I shall stop demanding attention and instead remark upon the beauty of this show, I like everything about it.

  157. Alex Dothrak
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Basically, if someone follows your link, registers and completes the puzzle, then you got yourself a novice. I wish I figured that out before i registered and would have helped out a fellow GoT fan. Oh well…

  158. Phoenix_Torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Finally saw the clip as a reward for solving the puzzle! But now the site won’t accept my login again lol This is the closest thing to sucess i fear i will reach.

    purplejilly: That was amazing.

  159. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    John Engedal: *Still kneeling*

    I, ahem, think someone needs to fake accept my request, or my knees shall start to bleed.

    Please, remain kneeled just a little longer. It was a tough day and I’d be very happy if you could support my bottom for a while…

  160. Markus Ecker
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Supernice reward! Loved it! Just loved it!

  161. Bene
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    i enjoyed this more than the reward.

    actually im a little bit disapointed by the acting of jon. there was so much distance…
    arya is extraordenary good ofc :D

  162. John Engedal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: Please, remain kneeled just a little longer. It was a tough day and I’d be very happy if you could support my bottom for a while…

    An honor! (Right?)

  163. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Alex Dothrak,

    Thanks for clearing that up! I also would have used someone’s link if I had known before… This board is now already filled with links hence not a good place to recrute, so we’re gonna have to ask other people to join. Smart bit of advertisement by HBO, kudos!

  164. Stupid
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Why are people making a joke about the “reward” being so awesome when there isn’t one! The reward button does NOTHING. It doesn’t even have a satisfying little “click” sound to let me know you press it.

    It’s a fun little puzzle game and worth the 5 minutes I spent figuring it out. But it is disingenuous to imply that there is a reward, when there isn’t one.

  165. marzman
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Alex Dothrak,

    if someone follows your link and registers, you got yourself a novice. no need for that person to solve the puzzle however.

  166. tek
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    so off topic, and not sure if it has been mentioned or not, but the HBO website shop now has House T-Shirts for sale!

  167. Lina
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Since we are now discussing the actual clip:
    I wish they had shown the “Don’t tell Sansa!” line (It better be in the complete scene!). And I’d also really like to see Jon ruffle Arya’s hair. I love their relationship: They always have each other’s backs because they know they’re both outsiders in their own way. I’m really, really hoping for a reunion!

  168. Sueden
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    can someone explain me how this thing with the novices works?

    i already followed the links of some of you a few times, but everytime i end up at the beginning of the maester site, with the trailer…

  169. Spork
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    tek,

    Link?

  170. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    tek:
    so off topic, and not sure if it has been mentioned or not, but the HBO website shop now has House T-Shirts for sale!

    First time I hear about that, going right over to check’em out!

  171. Alex Dothrak
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Stupid,

    Try using explorer instead of mozilla.

  172. Langkard
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m saddened that it was posted on youtube. Being handed things just takes the fun out of it, cheapens the reward. The same with posting solutions. Please don’t do so. The puzzle isn’t that difficult. Work at it a bit and the reward increases in value to yourself. Getting there is a good part of the fun.

    When our civilization finally falls, our collective tombstone should just have the whine, “It’s too hard!”

  173. dizzy_34
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    My novice link if anyone cares to join the dark side.

  174. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Spork,

    http://store.hbo.com/?g=1&v=hbo_shows_game-of-thrones

    I love the shirts for houses Greyjoy and Targaryen! The Baratheon ones are also nice, but I hope they’ll not get too popular amongst flemish-nationalists… (if you’re not from Belgium or closeby, that remark won’t mean anything) The Stark shirts should also be made in a darker colour, because that light one just won’t fit my pale hair and skin!

  175. Samantha Hirst
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    That was epically awesome. Though now I have my family wondering what I was squeeing about as I sat glued to my PC. lol.

    And anybody fancy helping a body out and being a novice? http://itsh.bo/dKoOuM

  176. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Alex Dothrak:
    Stupid,

    Try using explorer instead of mozilla.

    I had no problems whatsoever using Mozilla – I guess the server’s just a bit overloaded…

  177. Sueden
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…, I have Mozilla and Chrome but neither one seems to work for me ;)

  178. Tar Kidho
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    John Engedal: An honor! (Right?)

    Of course! Supporting the bottom and honour are as tightly associated as two coats of paint!

  179. Winter Is Coming
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    tek, wow, nice find! The house shirts are sweet. That Targaryen one is especially awesome.

  180. John Engedal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: Of course! Supporting the bottom and honour are as tightly associated as two coats of paint!

    Then I shall support until my back breaks, until my knees fail and the floors run red, in the hope of one day gaining entry to this most noble house of Gatewatch…

  181. Phoenix_Torn
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Langkard,

    I agree that posting the solution and the reward is less fun, a lot of us have had problems with the maesters site and haven’t been able to see the clip (even after solving the puzzle multiple times). I love that they’re given us puzzles. We have proven over and over again that we’re good at them, but its aggravating that some of us are having problems viewing the clip.

  182. clegane
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I think they have removed the Novices thing… I haven’t encoured it at all, even after completing the puzzle.

  183. clegane
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    *encountered (sorry)

  184. Reupel
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I so have to order a greyjoy-shirt; Fits perfectly with all my metal-T-shirts ;)
    I hope they ship to Europe

  185. tek
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    i ordered one of the Targ ones before I posted, that way i knew i got one. :)

  186. durandal
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    HBO should film this! :-)
    Well done!

  187. ezeqiel
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    The shirts are bloomin’ fantastic, love the Baratheon and Targaryen shirts particulary… checked the HBO UK store to order some and find that they’ve not been listed over here yet – boo, hiss!

    Will def snap up a few of these when (if) they do arrive this side of the water… any chance of a House Umber version HBO? pretty please? … c’mon, they’re in Season 1

  188. Jan Fennick
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your help, guys. Got the puzzle unlocked by neither Explorer or Chrome liked the HBO video which is frustrating as all get out since I haven’t had any trouble viewing things from them before on this computer (just on all the others in my house). Audio was fantastic, but the video was choppy and pretty much jumpy still frames. ARGH!

  189. Rinoa De la Pica
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Reupel,

    No, they are not shipping to Europe. :(
    I was trying to buy my beloved Lannister shirt and this is the message I got:

    “Please Note: If you are shipping your order outside of the United States, please be advised that you have one or more items in your cart that can only be shipped to addresses within the United States. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause”

  190. Spork
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Thanks for the link. Totally agree about the Stark shirts, they need a dark grey or black one. Though I guess they are accurate, grey direwolf on ice white field.

  191. wofat
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    So excellent. I am loving this build-up to the show. Awesome reward!

  192. Reupel
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Rinoa De la Pica,

    :(

    Let’s hope HBO UK offers them soon (and ships them to rest rest of Europe, since I don’t live in the UK)

  193. LivveHult
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Dear HBO – I loved your reward, and the puzzle to get it! And I hate cheats…
    But I can’t see your videos… Have Norton, Win 7, IE and Safari… think I enabled cookies and what not..
    what am I doing wrong?
    I don’t want to have to see the next reward on youtube, even though I’ll wait until I’ve mastered the next link..
    Help??

  194. JBJB
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    About the clip: Am I the only feeling underwhelmed by Jon’s acting? Didn’t see a lot of the bond between him and Arya in this scene, while this should be one of the key scenes in terms of the emotional bond between them. Would prefer some more feeling or even humour (Stick ‘em with the pointy end)

  195. LivveHult
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    oh and the vids are mostly just limegreen, and choppy and fragmented at best…

  196. LivveHult
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I second the Jon sentiment I’m afraid, but hopefully it will come out better seeing the whole eisode – plus remember it’s always a little so and so in the first episode… getting in role etc.. it will robably get better..
    though have to say he seems quite stuck up ;P our little “bastard” or whatnot… he sure has that flair around him that’s going to get him into trouble at the Wall!
    Looking forward to seeing him – AND ARYA! – in the first ep! Heck I’m looking forward to seeing the first ep PERIOD!! :D

  197. Dom
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    JBJB:
    About the clip: Am I the only feeling underwhelmed by Jon’s acting? Didn’t see a lot of the bond between him and Arya in this scene, while this should be one of the key scenes in terms of the emotional bond between them. Would prefer some more feeling or even humour (Stick ‘em with the pointy end)

    I actually think that the sadness of the scene is beautifully captured. It’s a very ironic scene, sure, but the two of them know they won’t see each other in a loing time.

  198. Ser Andrew Chair
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Don’t know if this will make the wait easier or harder but at least its something to look foreword to every Monday until the show begins.

  199. JD
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Talk about a really fantastic reward. I wonder if they were spying on our “top 5 moments we’re excited to see” lists? ;-) By the by, does anyone else feel like they are being courted? I swear, my heart starts fluttering every time that HBO chap comes around nowadays . . .

    JBJB: About the clip: Am I the only feeling underwhelmed by Jon’s acting? Didn’t see a lot of the bond between him and Arya in this scene, while this should be one of the key scenes in terms of the emotional bond between them. Would prefer some more feeling or even humour (Stick ‘em with the pointy end)

    I (respectfully) disagree. Jon is not an emotional, warm kind of a person. He’s very cautious. Everything I’ve seen from Kit Harrington has been very Jon-like in that respect, including this scene. When we only see a small piece of his and Arya’s interactions, and are unable to contrast it with other interactions, so I think it can make him seem colder than we might otherwise imagine. Afterall, in the book, we’re in his head, so we know what he’s thinking, but that doesn’t always match how he appears outwardly. In this scene, the way he smiles as he’s unwrapping the sword is perfect; he’s so please with himself and excited to give Arya the present! Then he turns around and he’s Ser Serious again. But the way he cups his hand around her and pulls her close . . . no, I think he’s great.

  200. Sjwenings
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I really like Maisie here. After watching it a few times, it just becomes better. I see a lot of small nuances to her expressions and body language. Theres no overacting here. And every little thing she does is different, and connects with the mood. She also very much plays her age. She acts as a very young girl, that when faced with an exiting present that she impatiently wants to try out, she tries to restrain herself from jumping, giggling and generally acting too exited/childish, though it very much comes through that she still is a child. Jon notices this and acts the grown up teacher figure. I think they play great off one another, and i am very happy that this iconic scene is so good.

  201. Johan Sporre
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Reupel,

    I’m afraid their current stock of GoT-merchandise doesn’t ship to Europe, so I wouldn’t hope for it, sadly :(
    It’s basically the only thing I’m not pleased with in the build-up to the premiere – the unwillingness of HBO to take my money in exchange for some t-shirts.

  202. Hollyoak
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    With all due respect, any comments on the skill of the actors without seeing more, is quite frankly, ridiculous.

    Seeing a scene out of context is no way to judge an actor.

    A person’s opinion on an actor in a role from a book, is only valid insofar as it measures up to their own personal view of what they thought that character should look/sound,etc.

    God, I sound like a freakin’ lawyer or something.

  203. Tywin's Bastard
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I disagree with the people that think Jon is played poorly. He’s a bastard, and the most Stark like of the children, so I think it’s correct that he’s somewhat reserved. He feels plenty warm at the end of the clip and anything more would be a change from the character in the book from my point of view. Maisie is also very good and they work well together in the scene.

  204. LivveHult
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    JD: Talk about a really fantastic reward. I wonder if they were spying on our “top 5 moments we’re excited to see” lists? By the by, does anyone else feel like they are being courted? I swear, my heart starts fluttering every time that HBO chap comes around nowadays . . .I (respectfully) disagree. Jon is not an emotional, warm kind of a person. He’s very cautious. Everything I’ve seen from Kit Harrington has been very Jon-like in that respect, including this scene. When we only see a small piece of his and Arya’s interactions, and are unable to contrast it with other interactions, so I think it can make him seem colder than we might otherwise imagine. Afterall, in the book, we’re in his head, so we know what he’s thinking, but that doesn’t always match how he appears outwardly. In this scene, the way he smiles as he’s unwrapping the sword is perfect; he’s so please with himself and excited to give Arya the present! Then he turns around and he’s Ser Serious again. But the way he cups his hand around her and pulls her close . . . no, I think he’s great.

    My point to the.. eh point… ;) though I confess I was a little disappointed at first glance. But like you and I said, it will only get better once we see the whole product and once the series has aired a few episodes.

  205. LivveHult
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Tywin’s Bastard: I disagree with the people that think Jon is played poorly. He’s a bastard, and the most Stark like of the children, so I think it’s correct that he’s somewhat reserved. He feels plenty warm at the end of the clip and anything more would be a change from the character in the book from my point of view. Maisie is also very good and they work well together in the scene.

    And I agree with you as well, come to think of it. Good point.

    But I wasn’t very good at articulating my ideas… ;)

  206. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,
    Thank you dear Tar! This makes my tender Bard’s Heart sing :)

  207. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    durandal,

    Thank you thank you! :)

  208. Jeremy
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Great reward, and a fun little puzzle. Here’s hoping future rewards focus more on people we haven’t seen much of in the promos yet, like Robb or Bran.

  209. Brona
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Arithine,

    Thank you so much for adding that to youtube! You’ll never know how excited I got after seeing that clip!

  210. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Jeremy,

    And I am still hoping we hear “he who must not be named” discussed, so that we can find out how to pronounce his name!

  211. MWads
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully I’m not over-stepping my bounds here and if I am I apologize, but to the couple of people that were unable to solve the puzzle I have a small hint: you really only need to look at Winterfell and the Dothraki Sea. Once you have those 2 figured out, the others will fall into place.

  212. Inkasrain
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I seriously almost choked on my dinner when I saw the reward. Well done, HBO. Well done, indeed.

  213. Aurora
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    SergioCQH,

    True- though I think her mood is appropriate here… I mean John is going off to the wall. The main person who actually understands her. She doesn’t know when… and truly; IF she will see him again considering there is one family member part of the Night’s Watch that is MIA…

  214. Lina
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    About the reward:

    I seemed to remember a more humorous interaction between Jon and Arya in this scene, so I went back to read the passage in the book. The dialogue in the show is mostly extracted right from George’s text, but they do leave a few bits out. Most of these seem to be things that could possibly make Jon seem warmer: Arya jumping up and hugging Jon around the neck, Jon joking about how Needle is sharp enough to shave with/Septa Mordane’s hairy legs, telling Arya to keep Needle hidden, calling her “little sister,” messing up her hair, telling her not to tell Sansa, and helping her name the sword Needle. Hopefully, we didn’t see the entirety of this scene and we will still get to see the little sister/messing hair/Sansa line/goodbye hug and kisses parts. I think if we get to see those moments, Jon will seem more like the lovable/affectionate older brother we’re all imagining and/or wanting him as being to Arya. To Kit’s credit, touches of it are already there though – the way he smiles at her, the way he bends down to be face-to-face to her. There’s also a certain somber tone that works well as foreshadowing for what we know will happen to the Starks :(.

  215. sareeta
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I just spent about 15 minutes working on the puzzle—WELL WORTH IT! Thanks for posting the symbols or I would have gone nuts trying to crack it!
    Thanks HBO!

  216. OhDanyBoy
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Lina,

    We certainly see the hug, as it is in another clip preview we’ve seen. I think it is safe to say there is plenty more of this scene that isn’t shown.

  217. GaR
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I had to solve the puzzle twice before it’d show me the video o_O

  218. Ser_G
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Note the editing in the bonus scene. It’s very crisp, very professional, a lesson in how to edit a dialogue scene. Camera cuts follow after the character starts speaking, and aren’t distractingly anticipatory like so many hack job shows. The scene flows very, very nicely and I think it will be even better in context.

  219. KG
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Awwww! ^_^ Very nice reward.

    Topic change!

    Did I ever tell you guys that I am a fencer?

  220. Lex
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Wow! This marketing campaign is the coolest thing ever! I LOVE how interactive it is. It’s fine if people want to cheat and watch the youtube link, they’re only ruining it for themselves. I will be looking forward to these each week!

    Guesses for the remaining links? At least one of them will DEFINITELY involve RAVENS!

    As for the reward: I was initially a bit unsure of the acting/emotional distance too… but this is exactly what I’ve been expecting, especially regarding our most anticipated scenes. Our expectations are too high, our mental images too vivid, and MANY scenes will probably feel “wrong” on the first viewing.

    I initially felt that both Jon AND Arya (especially Arya) seemed a little too sad/distant, but after viewing the clip a few times I can see warmth in Jon’s smile and excitement in Arya’s eyes. Plus, I think there was a clip in one of the trailers where Arya jumps into Jon’s arms. Remember that this is out of context, and both characters are probably feeling cautious/sullen/upset for various reasons.

    Anyways, wow… what a crazy GOT day!

  221. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Won’t tell a soul what the reward is. Cross my heart. Hope to die. Stick a…well you know the rest of it.

  222. Jarmez
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Funnily enough, house Arryn is also neglected on the map of Westeros, last I heard they were still one of the major houses were they not?

  223. Lex
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    It’s time to face the cold, hard reality… This show may simply feel “wrong” on first viewing. That includes all ten episodes!

    There will be a lot of mental-adjusting for most of us, and we may have trouble at first. I think it’s only on a second viewing of the entire series that we will really start to fall in love with the show.

  224. sareeta
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Now that I’ve watched it again—-I’m very happy with the acting. Maisie has nailed Arya in this scene.

    In the books I thought Jon was warmer around Arya, but I still like the interaction in this scene. Jon is trying to be very serious but when he’s turned away from Arya he cracks a smile.

    I’m excited form more puzzles (and more importantly the rewards)

  225. GaR
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Two years ago I’d have told you you were mad if you’d told me that this sort of thing would be happening. “Fuck off,” I’d have said, “you’re a liar and also a pillock.”

  226. Julian Budke
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    To the ones who are having trouble claiming the reward: Were you supporting the bottom the RIGHT way, huh? I guess you weren’t… ;)

  227. Zack
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    sareeta: Jon is trying to be very serious but when he’s turned away from Arya he cracks a smile.

    That was what stuck out to me the very first time I saw it, and I loved it so much. Good touch on the part of Kit Harrington there. The subtlest of smiles there as he’s preparing his gift. So happy with the acting in the scene.

    Added a spoiler tag there for you, LOL.

  228. Emily
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    So what happens if you collect five novices?

    Also, I think that the link they provide you doesn’t work 100%; despite the fact that I shamelessly plugged it to my friends (and got at least three people to click on it), I’ve yet to collect a single novice point. Only when I tried using an alternate email account and solving it there did I manage to add one to my first try/account.

  229. Kristen Weaver
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been a lurker for some time but now have to share my overwhelming joy at this reward with others who understand! This is, was, and will forever be my favorite scene in the book and I just found myself crying while watching it on screen!

    God I love HBO for this.

    Also if you have not joined yet…wont you be my novice?
    http://itsh.bo/f4tA7h

    And to:
    purplejilly,

    You are a true thespian, and I enjoyed this immensely :-)

  230. Franny Bee
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    GASP I CAN’T BREATHE! Just solved it now, gonna watch it omygod this is the awesomest thing ever omygod.

    See ya on the other side!

  231. Steve the Pirate
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Re: the reward. I’m very happy with the acting in the clip. Jon in the books is written as cautious and not particularly warm in his interactions. He’s very aware of the difference in his and his siblings’ stations. His affection is apparent in his actions like giving Needle, and in his thoughts, but he’s not a lovey dovey person. I think Kit Harington’s dead on so far.

  232. Franny Bee
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Okay. Watched. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    *dies*

    *reincarnates to watch AGAIN*

    So worth it. Brilliant surprise HBO. I am blown away. AND they’ve given us stuff to do while we wait!! I know have a new religion, and it is THIS shit! XD

  233. Franny Bee
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Franny Bee,

    know=*now

  234. AbstractPlain
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    I quite liked the reward clip, but I felt that they changed Jon’s character slightly, not just in terms of his age. This Jon to me feels more like the one in ASOS/AFfC and I think overall we will get a more mature Jon right off the bat which should be interesting.

  235. Franny Bee
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    saluk:
    Hey, look, it’s a Game of Thrones advent calendar!

    THIS! (yaaaaay awesome, I get to be 8 years old again!)

  236. purplejilly
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    KG,
    really, seriously?/You can fence? that’s my state sport!

  237. Chad Murphy
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Using IE I had to refresh a couple of times but eventualy got the reward. So worth the time, one of my favorite scenes.

  238. Katrina Miller
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Grrr I can’t get to the reward, even though I’ve solved the puzzle three times now.

    I click on the link it gives me to see the reward and nothing. Nada. Big fat zilch. Not even a little click noise to let me know I’ve clicked on the right thing.

  239. Lex
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    I had no problems with the reward, but there’s a youtube link earlier in this thread for those who can’t get it.

  240. Abendstern
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Loved it, so cool.

    If anyone wants to be my novice:
    http://itsh.bo/f2DM6Y

  241. Hear Me Roar
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    Emily,

    I also have problems with my link collecting novices – I had people registering using it, but so far none show up as my novices. We’ll see, there could be a long delay for some reason.

  242. KG
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Fencing is a state sport somewhere? Learn something every day, I guess. I know Maryland’s is jousting. (it’s true, look it up!)

  243. Sjwenings
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    It is important to remember that in this scene (which is just part of a longer scene) we see a grown up giving a little girl a deadly weapon. And between the unwrapping and the pointy end-comment, Jon has to act serious to get the message across that this is not a toy, and using it is not a fun little game. Arya is trying her hardest to be be adult and serious about it as well, and only half way manages to do so. I think it’s spot on and realistic.

  244. Sandra Gomes
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    OMG! I just got my reward, I was not expecting THAT! Goosebumps!

  245. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    For anyone who can’t play the video, I have it embedded on my site Game of Thrones

  246. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    btw some computers seem to be to weak to play those high quality videos in addition to all the scripting going on on the site, to that might be the problem as well…it should work on my site though…

  247. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    John Engedal:
    Then I shall support until my back breaks, until my knees fail and the floors run red, in the hope of one day gaining entry to this most noble house of Gatewatch…

    My appologies, I fell asleep on thee…what a great deed of bottom supporting you did! As a reward, and by the powers never formally invested in me, I hereby declare you Ser John Engedal of the House GateWatch, also known as the Kneeling Knight! May you support bottoms wherever the Seven take you!!

  248. Amir Mishali
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Anyone else having problems seeing his novices?

    I had at least one friend joining using my link, but nothing changes in my novices page…

  249. Rodario
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Hey there. If someone’s left please join me as novices http://itsh.bo/i8MaZq
    Thanks. I’ll will support your bottoms :))

  250. John Engedal
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: My appologies, I fell asleep on thee…what a great deed of bottom supporting you did! As a reward, and by the powers never formally invested in me, I hereby declare you Ser John Engedal of the House GateWatch, also known as the Kneeling Knight! May you support bottoms wherever the Seven take you!!

    ALWAYS SUPPORT THE BOTTOM!
    At last I rise. Thank you my Lord/Ser/Lady Kidho. And a knight as well! Amazing.
    As for Jon and Arya, LOVED IT! Although I suspect, like many others have, that in the context of the scenes with Sansa and Septa Mordane beforehand, Jon´s love for Arya will be felt even stronger.

  251. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I don’t have any novices either…does anybody have them?

  252. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    nope, even tried it with a second e-mail/account and it didn’t show up…

  253. purplejilly
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    KG,
    In the confusion on my new path, with huffing all the smells of Westeros, I meant to say jousting. LOL I am indeed from Maryland, and jousting is our state sport, and we have lots of fencers here too. We treasure the chesapeake, and the past here :)

  254. MarshallBanana
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    ALWAYS SUPPORT THE BOTTOM!!!!

    on the bottom of my novice-pit there is one place left that definately needs to be supported! join me plz: http://itsh.bo/dPpAUQ

  255. Mormegil
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Saso Alauf: I don’t have any novices either…does anybody have them?

    I’ve got a couple, thanks to whoever you are.

    Need Three more though :)

    http://itsh.bo/gRyacd

  256. MetalgoddessAMB
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    I did it! totally cool!

  257. Amir Mishali
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Saso Alauf,

    I have a hunch. Do you reside in the US?

  258. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Amir Mishali,

    No, Europe…but I can see the video normally…

  259. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    John Engedal: ALWAYS SUPPORT THE BOTTOM!
    At last I rise. Thank you my Lord/Ser/Lady Kidho. And a knight as well! Amazing.

    That would be ‘Tar’ Kidho for now, but hopefully will change to ‘Ser’ once. As I implied before, until now there’s no hierarchic structure installed yet for House GateWatch. Until then, if ever, feel free to call yourself an Unofficial Knight ;-)

  260. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Unofight for short…

  261. Amir Mishali
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Saso Alauf,

    This might be because we are not US residents.

    Anyone from Europe/Asia manages to see his novices?

  262. Geezer
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    For all the lazy ones like me ‘ere you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDtsYjNV0eI

  263. shyni lee
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Awesomne. Looking forward to it.

  264. purplejilly
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: That would be ‘Tar’ Kidho for now, but hopefully will change to ‘Ser’ once. As I implied before, until now there’s no hierarchic structure installed yet for House GateWatch. Until then, if ever, feel free to call yourself an Unofficial Knight

    Is “Tar” some sort of european title or something? Around here in MD, Tar is just this sticky stuff they use on roads :)

  265. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    nope, tar is tar :) except probably in klingon or dothraki :)

    @Amir Mishali:
    Could be, but there’s people in the US who don’t get them either I think…

  266. tek
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    As far as Novices go, I think your novices have to access the HBO site via the link you provide, create a new account, and also complete the puzzle in order to be counted as a novice.

  267. Amir Mishali
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    tek,

    Nope, I had three of them join through my link, out of which two completed the puzzle. Nothing.

  268. tek
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Amir Mishali,

    that is strange. I had no problems with mine.

  269. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    tek,

    same here, I don’t know how many actually used the link, but I used it myself through the incognito mode in chrome, created a new account with a second e-mail, finished the puzzle, watched the video and nothing happened…

  270. Josh
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Sjwenings: March 1, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink
    It is important to remember that in this scene (which is just part of a longer scene) we see a grown up giving a little girl a deadly weapon. And between the unwrapping and the pointy end-comment, Jon has to act serious to get the message across that this is not a toy, and using it is not a fun little game. Arya is trying her hardest to be be adult and serious about it as well, and only half way manages to do so. I think it’s spot on and realistic.

    This is my exact thought on it too. It’s why Jon smiles only when he turns from Arya. Let’s not forget we also have a scene with her hugging him, so I suspect that the ‘seriousness’ in this scene is supposed to lead up to that.

  271. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    purplejilly: Is “Tar” some sort of european title or something?Around here in MD, Tar is just this sticky stuff they use on roads

    Saso Alauf:
    purplejilly,

    nope, tar is tar except probably in klingon or dothraki

    Alas, I have to disappoint you both. In the world of Tar Kidho, Tar is simply my given name, and in that world often entitled ‘reality’, it is merely a pseudonym inspired by a certain tribe in ASoIaF… It was either that or ‘Rat’, and then I thought ‘Tar’ sounded much nicer. Wait a minute, I just realized I missed the chance to call myself ‘Art’ :-( Anyway, Tar is far more fitting, since I am renowned for sticking very close to my opponents during a fight, barely giving them the time to breathe! Not unlike falling in a tar pit…

  272. Franny Bee
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    John Engedal: ALWAYS SUPPORT THE BOTTOM!
    At last I rise. Thank you my Lord/Ser/Lady Kidho.And a knight as well! Amazing.

    I am still just the Castle GateWatch kitchen slut. Desserts and wine (and pie) for the handsome, brave, virile Lords and Sers. Luckily no one has asked me yet why I send out so many ravens…

  273. Jay
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Sjwenings,
    Perhaps that’s why I initially had doubts. I must admit I did feel the scene to be a little… cold, but as you say it might well be down to the seriousness of the scene. In fact, I felt much more warmth just after the ‘pointy end’ comment, so it’s probably just down to that scene and not their on-screen relationship. So thanks, I feel much more at ease with their characters now.

  274. CatelynStark
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Become a novice of mien? http://itsh.bo/e9W0dR

  275. Samantha Hirst
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Amir Mishali,

    I’ve just used one of my alt email addys and it works just fine and has my main account showing us as having a novice, and I’m in the UK so I don’t think it has anything to do with being outside of the US.

  276. Kanga
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    (Sorry if this has been answered already, I haven’t read through the entire thread)

    If we agree to be someone else’s novice, can we still recruit novices of our own? If so I’ll happily be someone’s novice if they need one. Support the bottom, and all that. :]

    and if anyone’s willing to be recruited…
    http://itsh.bo/fnAZJs

  277. Alex Dothrak
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Kanga,

    You can be someone else novice and then recruit your own. Unfortunately, once you register, you cannot “be recruited”.

  278. Chrysee
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Anyone else primarily using a mobile device and find a way to read the spoiler tags? I almost never use a PC at home and some topics, this one in particular, have so many “spoilers” that it’s difficult to follow without being able to read them.

  279. Chrysee
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    That said, I am glad that spoiler tags exist in some fashion. Although it is much easier over on Westeros where you can just click a button to show the spoiler. With all the black bars in this topic and the fact that the Maesters Path website used Flash, I’ve been forced to actually use my computer :(

  280. Marcus
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    THAT….was a great reward.

  281. Saso Alauf
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Amir Mishali,

    try it again, I just tried with a third e-mail, and I took my time and now there’s one novice showing :)

  282. purplejilly
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Hmmm. so should we call you Ser Tar the Sticky Wykky?

  283. Jeremy G
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow. Best reward possible!!

  284. Andrija Andrew P
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I completed the first task and nothing happened.. No reward, nothing! WTF? Did I do something wrong??

  285. Andrija Andrew P
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    never mind, frail nerves and all that :)

  286. Lex
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    Ok, regarding the reward scene… I re-read the passage in the book, and was surprised to see how similar it is. They followed the scene almost exactly (including Arya looking out into the hall to make sure no one is there). Very cool! The only real difference, though, is that Nymeria is supposed to be in the room helping Arya pack (and later guarding the door).

  287. Amir Mishali
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Not only was I not able to view my novices, I now simply can’t re-login to my maester’s path account!

    Hopefully their support will be able to solve this…

  288. Tar Kidho
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    purplejilly:
    Tar Kidho,

    Hmmm. so should we call you Ser Tar the Sticky Wykky?

    You are the Bard, purplejilly, so I guess if that’s what you decide I can’t do much against it…

  289. Stephanee Hargett
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Benjamin Symons,

    Thanks for posting this link Ben! I was clueless without it.

  290. purplejilly
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    I think that name sounds too silly for general use, so we will save that name only for late nights after long drinking at the pubs!
    Always Support the Sticky Tar Bottom!

  291. Blackfish Blues
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks to all those who posted hints. I’m a dumb trout, I could not have made it on my own.

    No idea about novices either. I signed up… then I wasn’t able to become anyone’s novice, all links led me to the main page.

    The reward: lovely.

  292. Nicole
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Lex,

    Yeah, I noticed that too. THus far I am super disappointed at the lack of wolves going on in these clips we are getting. HOnestly, the direwolves are one of my absolute favorite pieces of the story, without which I don’t think I would have connected to the story and the House of Stark as much. THey should be with these kids pretty much 24/7, especially in the beginning.

  293. The DarkStar
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Chrysee,

    Copy and paste the text into a text message. The black wont be there.

  294. DocBean
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I only knew Kings Landing and Winterfell and that was enough to solve it.
    Good thing I watched that guys box opening video the other day.

  295. Kanga
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Alex Dothrak,

    Ah, that’s too bad. I suppose that’s their way of getting us to include new people, and not just fellow preexisting fans of the series.
    Thanks for your help!

  296. Wastrel
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. Chain letters. Interesting approach to marketing there.

  297. Marius
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Love the reward!!

  298. Julian Budke
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Is there any reason why people don’t become my novices even after completing the task and using the correct link? (itsh.bo/f1J1Oy in my case)

  299. Hear Me Roar
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Julian Budke,

    Dunno, same problem. Hope it’s fixed or not too important.

  300. Samantha Hirst
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    Well judging by the T&Cs which state you have to be in the US, I reckon that if there is a competition for the most novices etc., it’ll be US only. So for me, my failure to gather novices isn’t too tragic.

  301. Hear Me Roar
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I hope that’s the case. Even so, some non-US users managed to gather novices nevertheless. Anyway :) I don’t think it matters much.

  302. Julian Budke
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Well, it looks like it doesn’t work that well when people are using facebook to log in. I just used the link to register with some fake email-adresses… so now have the 5 novices . Doesn’t do you any good anyhow. It just says that you proven yourself to be a worthy leader… yeah, well… :-/

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