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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Suvudu Cage Matches

Suvudu (the official blog of Random House's Fantasy unit) runs an annual competition called the Cage Match. They pit characters from Fantasy stories against one another and readers vote on who should win. Realistically, yes, that makes it a popularity contest, though I'm sure some fans who take their Fabtasy very seriously take the time to weigh up the powers of the characters involved before casting their vote.

However, it sort of needs to work that way. This year the folks at Suvudu have decided to introduce some characters who are fun and have a place in readers' hearts but realistically would suck in a fight. Like Tasslehoff Burrfoot from the Dragonlance books. Tas makes everyone laugh but he would get stomped by almost anyone else in the contest. Here's Brandon Sanderson's thoughts on that very issue.

The best part is when the writers who own the various IPs referenced pitch in to provide descriptions of how the battles might go down. Here is the best example (in my opinion) from last year:

George R. R. Martin on the final bout between Jaime Lannister and Rand al'Thor (very touching, written in memory of Robert Jordan)

In conclusion, Suvudu Cage Matches are fun, check them out. Don't take them seriously. Please.

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