By Joseph Leray
One thing I’ve always appreciated about George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books were their detailed maps. Having a map of Westeros at your disposal while you read makes it easy to see, for example, why and where Robb Stark splits his army before re-taking Riverrun from Jamie Lannister’s forces. It makes the world feel more real and highlights how smart Robb is.
The second book, “A Clash of Kings,” features a particularly detailed map of the continent’s capital, King’s Landing. Getting to explore King’s Landing is actually one of the highlights of the otherwise mediocre “Game of Thrones” role-playing game that came out last year from Cyanide: you can see the way the slums of Flea Bottom butt up against the Red Keep in a way that isn’t quite replicated in the books.