12 APRIL 2014
In what will doubtlessly be the most popular Comic-Con contest this year, HBO is toying with your Game of Thrones fever and asking you to enter their #TaketheThrone sweepstakes. Yes, the winner gets a trip to San Diego Comic-Con, but daily prizes are handed out too. I can't think of another contest that can say that.
How to play: Tweet #TakeTheThrone or like and comment on their Facebook page with the same hashtag, along with the reason YOU should take the throne.
Deadline: 18 April. Act fast.
Prizes: the usual 4-day badge/hotel/airfare, along with a 7-inch Iron Throne replica, a letter opener and plaque. No word on if the throne comes with a 5-inch Joffrey voodoo doll. The runner-ups will get all that same stuff except for going to Comic-Con. The grand prize winner also gets a fat check and, if there's any justice in the world, a front-row seat at the GOT panel without waiting in line.
Open to: US residents only - sorry, international friends. You have to be 18 too.
Unlike a lot of contests that ask you to get creative and clever for a brand you've never even bothered to yawn over, this actually gives you a chance to put your existing fantasy life to good use. So be ingenious and make George R.R. Martin proud.