Congratulations To George R.R. Martin On Completing A Blog Post About Elden Ring

Congratulations To George R.R. Martin On Completing A Blog Post About Elden Ring
Photo: Amanda Edwards, Getty Images

Having begun his work on From Software’s Elden Ring years ago, around 2017-18, A Song Of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin has now completed what may be his last piece of writing on the game, publishing a post on his personal blog.

Titled Long Long Ago…, the blog post clocks in at two whole paragraphs, hinting that Martin, renowned for starting epic pieces of writing he cannot finish, has perhaps learned to reign in his ambitions a little in order to see something completed and published.

Here’s the post, in which he drops both Railroad Tycoon and the original Master of Orion mentions, which rules:

A few years back, Hidetaka Miyazaki and his incredible team of game designers, the creators of the DARK SOULS video game series, reached out from Japan to ask me to help them create the backstory and history for a new game they were working on. Now, video games are not really my thing — oh, I played a few back in the dawn of time, mainly strategy games like RAILROAD TYCOON, ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, and MASTER OF ORION — but this offer was too exciting to refuse. Miyazaki and his team from FromSoftware were doing groundbreaking stuff with gorgeous art, and what they wanted from me was just a bit of worldbuilding: a deep, dark, resonant world to serve as a foundation for the game they planned to create. And as it happens, I love creating worlds and writing imaginary history.

So I did my bit, and handed off to my new friends in Japan, and they took it from there. And years passed. Video games are as big as movies these days (bigger, actually)… and take just as long to create.

But the day of ELDEN RING is finally at hand.

And I’ve got to say, it looks incredible.

Please note he also concluded the post with this, which I’ve had to capture as a gif because it’s not an actual emjoi:

Gif: NOT A BLOG Gif: NOT A BLOG

Elden Ring is out on February 22, 2022, but you Elden Ring freaks knew that already.

 

Comments

  • I deeply appreciate the pettiness and savagery in this article. I laughed far too hard for what it was, but it was great all the same.

  • I love the utter confusion from the author at how he ended the post. That’s just a feature of LiveJournal and how most LiveJournal posts end. Because GRRM still uses to LiveJournal blog in this the year 2021.

  • I know you write several 500 word articles a day, Luke, but as a snarky website writer you’re really out of your depth taking pot shots at an author who has written several award winning 1500 page books.

    I want GRRM to hurry up and finish WINDS OF WINTER too, but I’m willing to accept it’s pretty hard to get a book like that right. Oh, i could judge him for taking so long but like you, I’d be way out of my depth and frakly as long as it gets done eventually and it’s not Season 8 of GAME OF THRONES, I’ll be happy.

    • It’s not that hard to pump out a 1500 page book when you’re competent in planning a basic draft. The hard part is editing all of it, so how GRRM hasn’t even made it to that point yet suggests serious professional failings on his part.

        • I’ve written three GoT length works in the time it took him to write one, but don’t particularly feel like doxing myself to randoms who seem to think that writing genre is a high art form instead of putting words on paper. It’s not exactly a notable achievement on his part when writing is constructing a draft and progressively filling in the blanks. It’s only an “artistic” endeavour to those who suck at the most elementary part of writing – planning. Once planning is complete, writing to fill in those gaps is the easy part.

          • It’s so easy you don’t want to share your work…….

            Fairs fair, privacy is important but when you make that kind of unbelievable flex and follow it up with the kind of child like avoidance that’s usually saved for imaginary girlfriends from another school, you kill your own point and desecrate it’s corpse.

          • Bahaha “works”. You’re killing me man. Brilliant stuff!

            Unbelievable. It’s like you really do believe that becoming a published and highly successful author is all about “planning”. Amazing!

          • Why would anyone who’s published dox themselves to you when PR might have an objection to a shit slinging match on the internet over a hasbeen? The fact that you have to be told this further confirms that you have no idea how the industry works, how writing works, how getting published works and certainly no idea what the job entails. Like all other creative fields, writing is a learnt field and GRRM never learnt the basics for reliably writing a series. Maybe one day you’ll die on a hill for an author that isn’t inept at the bare basics of his job. But that would require you to understand that it’s a job in the first place, wouldn’t it? You all seem so fixed on the idea that it’s an art form and not a job with objectively judged requirements and that’s a you issue.

            Furthermore, neither of you have managed to refute anything I said about the methodology and I doubt either of you would have the literary talents to analyse my works even if I did show them to you. Such responses already exclude your opinions from mattering, but whatever helps you sleep at night. You’re allowed to like his works, but much like JKR with Harry Potter, that doesn’t mean that GRRM’s writing is any way remarkable.

        • I hope you apply such a solid take on everything in life: unless you’re an expert in any given area, you’re not allowed to comment. Sport, movies, books, games, food, unless you earn a 7 figure income from it, you can’t have an opinion.
          Also, you very much come across as an “I know you are, but what am I” person in an argument, but if you’re under 19 I suppose you can have a pass.

          • What does this strawman fallacy have to do with anything? If this is your level of comprehension, then it’s no wonder you’re such an easily offended fan of Martin.

      • It might be harder for GRRM to “pump out” this particular 1500 page manuscript following the events of the preceeding five 1500 page manuscripts. Making sure that the timelines of multiple characters spread across multiple locations in his fictional world all mesh together nicely and that continuity is at the very least passable would be a tricky job for anyone, let alone someone with the multiple other committments GRRM has.

        There’s also a going theory in ASOIAF fandom that GRRM had actually almost finished WINDS a few years ago but lost the manuscript because of his ancient PC that probably has no idea what “cloud based backups” are. There’s some evidence to support this but ultimately, I think that finishing a book like WINDS is still going to be quite a bit harder than the job old mate Luke has.

        • Yeah, no. When you are writing a series, competent writers plan the series in advance for the largest plot details and main character development points. It can be dot points, it can be snippets of scenes, it doesn’t matter, but a competent writer will have those details sorted out well in advance of writing the next installment of a novel. No major details will change in that unless an editor has a panic attack at some point during writing, the author has a sudden revelation that the editor missed or other considerations arise like “hey, can we order more books?”. If he has time to write an irrelevant prequel that was unrelated to his contractual agreement, then he has time to write what he was paid for the first time around. That’s how the job works.

          Also, every single character in every single book operates on their own unique timeline, from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings to the pulp erotica you can find on Amazon. Nothing GRRM is doing is revolutionary in the timeline management department – it’s a core feature of all novels that, again, is dealt with through planning. As for the manuscript issues, even if he lost the full manuscript, he (and his editor) should’ve either already had a copy on backup, or remembered enough to broad strokes rewrite it. Him sucking at his job is still the most logical explanation for his inability to write what he was paid for years ago.

          • I legit wish you could say this stuff directly to GRRM. I can picture the look on his face. Priceless.

          • When artists pass away, relatives often find loads of unfinished works. I’d love to see what’s hidden in GRRRRRRM’s bottom drawer. Very possibly nothing.

          • I don’t doubt his editor has already had this exact conversation with him so many times that GRRM has become emotionally dead to it. Do you seriously think that authors can do whatever they like without any input or criticism from their publishing house or other writers? Or do you, more probably, simply have no idea what you’re talking about?

            As for you @jarr, most authors have enough basic skill to finish the works that are commissioned from them before they drop dead. Sadly GRRM won’t exist in that category, for lack of planning.

    • Might be, but don’t look down on world building, it’s a legitimate skill and often far more complicated than folks give credit for.

      And let’s be honest, folks don’t go nuts over his work because he’s bad at world building.

  • “renowned for starting epic pieces of writing he cannot finish”

    Yes… Let’s purposely forget the 47 completed pieces of fiction (and 42 literary rewards).

    I don’t even care if you thought you were trying to be funny. You sound like a bad rendition Veruca Salt (The character, not the band).

    As my old mate, Neil Gaimen, said, “George R. R. Martin is not your bitch.”

  • It’s fine that Martin is taking is time with his art, and it’s fine to make jokes about it.

    Love seeing people who live to slobber on his elderly knob come out of the woodwork every time the later happens.

    • He’s going to die before he finishes the series. If he is even bothering to write.
      He’s a multi-millionaire after being a mildly successful writer and screenwriter for nearly his entire career.
      I suspect he’d rather watch football, put movies on at his cinema and go to cons than sit down and work.
      He should get a ‘co-writer’ to help him finish if he cared.
      None of that makes him ‘my bitch’ just facts.

  • I gave up on GRRM finishing ASOIAF a long time ago; if I want to read fantasy, I’ll stick to Sanderson at this point. The amount of vitriol towards him is fucking hilarious, however.

    Looking forward to Elden Ring irrespective of Martin’s involvement, Miyazaki has earned the hype many times over at this point.

    • I thought Sanderson did a great job finishing WoT. So after going through LoTR (5 books), then Dresden (17? books) and finally The Lightbringer Series (5 books), I started The Stormlight Archive (Through Audible… Listening while I work is fantastic and has really helped me get through the last 2 years, when I started audiobooking. Was never much of a reader). Just finished Edgedancer. I found it to be a bit hard to chew at first, but once I got used to his style, I’m really enjoying it. Sanderson is a phenomenal writer

      • Not sure if you’ll ever read this after over a week (as message notifications have gone the way of the dodo for all I know), but do yourself a favour and get onto his Mistborn series by yesterday.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!