Apr 232014

pirates_and_dragonsPirates like gold.

Dragons like gold.

When the terrors of the sea meet the terrors of the sky, there’s bound to be trouble!

They came from Albion, from Gaule and Esbania and Batavia, in search of the treasures of the New World. They found a menace older than mankind – dragons!

In their mountain lairs on the Dragon Isles, giant beasts – old and wise and malevolent – sit on their piles of gold, surrounded by their zombie minions. The natives have found ways of appeasing or evading them – the Dragon Tribes honour them with gold and human sacrifice, the other Islanders use their magic to hide away or resist. The Uropans must rely on gunpowder and cold steel.

And the pirates? The pirates will use whatever comes to hand in their battle with the dragons. Armed with science, sorcery, steel and superstition, they take the fight into the dragons’ lairs in their endless quest for gold.

Pirates & Dragons is a role-playing game of fantasy swashbuckling in a world of magic and treasure, of fantastical islands inhabited by strange beasts and vile necromancers, of treachery and heroism. Together with a group of friends, you take on the role of pirates, out for adventure and booty – raiding the treasure galleons of Esbania, the merchant fleets of Gaule and Batavia, the dragon-hunting ships of Albion, the ruins of lost Adalantas… and the gold-filled caves of ancient and evil dragons.

Gather your crew. Load your flintlocks. And prepare to plunder!

Pirates & Dragons features cinematic game mechanics based on the acclaimed Renaissance D100 system and is compatible with other D100 systems.

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/128665/Pirates–Dragons-Core-Rulebook now for $24.99, and get a voucher for $24.99 to be knocked off the price of the print editions (paperback, hardback, and premium hardback) when they become available in a few weeks! All versions are available in full colour and are a whopping 348 pages long.

Also available now, the PDF Dragon Isles Poster Map – massive map which is a must for any budding buccaneer. Only $1.99!

Plus, coming soon – Curious Creatures of the Dragon Isles, Gazetteer #1: Tales of Tortuga and Ships of the Dragon Isles.

Cakebread & Walton have been creating fine role-playing games since 2010, and working in the industry even longer. Our games include the critically acclaimed Clockwork & Chivalry line (“The best British fantasy setting since WFRP 1st edition,” says Newt Newport, author of OpenQuest) and the UK Games Expo Award winner and Origins-nominated Abney Park’s Airship Pirates, as well as the D100 black-powder rules system Renaissance Deluxe and critically acclaimed supplements such as the 18th century Cthulhu Mythos setting, Dark Streets.

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Apr 102014

order_of_the_iron_crownJoin the Order of the Iron Crown today and start earning rewards just for doing what you love – gaming!

THE ORDER OF THE IRON CROWN – Iron Crown Enterprises’ brand new loyalty scheme offers rewards to fans and followers who support the development of Iron Crown products and promote the play of Iron Crown products at game conventions and in game stores around the world.
As a thank you to these most loyal and helpful fans, the Order of the Iron Crown offers them the ability to earn rewards for their efforts in helping us spread the gaming might and power of Iron Crown Enterprises. These points can then be exchanged for a whole range of rewards including discounts on ICE products, ICE branded merchandise and ICE branded clothing and apparel.
To find out more and to join the Order of the Iron Crown, please visit the Order of the Iron Crown webpage.


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Mar 102014

Ace_of_SpiesWell, I’m in a generous mood and I am going to give a few things away.

Firs thing, a copy of Ace of Spies. A lovely little game designed by Michael Fox and Mark Rivera in which you take the role of spies completing missions in different cities around Europe.

A light card game fit for all the family.

So what do you have to do to get your hands on this?

Leave feedback in iTunes for our podcast channel and rate it.

Send me an email with Ace of Spies Giveaway in the subject to podcast@gmsmagazine.com letting us know you’ve left feedback.

That’s it! The first person to email will get the game.

There’s one caveat, though a very small one; I’m going to give away a few things in the next few days and I really can’t afford all the postage, so I’ll need you to pay for that. None of the games and books I’m going to give away are heavy, so the postage shouldn’t be a lot if you’re outside the UK, though. The last thing I sent was £15 and that was over a kg heavy. These things are nowhere near as heavy, so it shouldn’t be as much either.

Look forward to your feedback!

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Mar 072014

Dice & Slice is a new webseries currently in pre-production stage that’s all about games, gamers and food. The series aims to showcase how some tabletop games (boardgames, card games, wargames and roleplaying games) are played and how to cook quick and easy meals to eat with your friends.

Currently the project is gathering momentum and you can find out what we’re doing here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gmsmagazine/a-g-m-s-magazine-webshow-dice-and-slice-season-one

We need a new logo for this show and this is what the competition is all about.

The prize winner will get £100 sent via Paypal and will be credited in the credits of all the episodes of the series. The mention will be extended to future seasons of the series too and will continue until (if) the logo changes.

The Brief

Create a logo that is in tune with the existing look and feel of the website and logo, but that looks distinctive enough for people to identify the series with that logo.

The existing website is: http://www.gmsmagazine.com/

You can use any font you like (as long as you have the license to use it) and the name of the show must be included in the logo.

The logo must be supplied in Illustrator format (otherwise embroidery companies could have difficulties using the file.)

Uses for the logo are, included but not limited to

  • Show visuals

  • Website

  • Printed material

  • Embroidered in tshirts and the like

The competition starts as soon as you read this and it will go on until April 15th 2014. After that, a winner will be announced at the end of the same month.

How to enter

Entries must be emailed to submissions@gmsmagazine.com with the subject “Dice & Slice logo entry”. Entries received after the 15th of April will not be considered.

Only one entry per email and a maximum of 5mb in size.

The Contest is open only to individuals. The Contest is not open to companies, educational institutions, organizations, etc. or to groups associated with such institutions.

Entrants should take care to ensure that their Entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images.

All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.

The not-so-small print

By entering this competition you commit to adhere to the rules. I know this sounds like an obvious thing to say but there are some crazy people out there.

The winner of the competition grants perpetual reproduction rights to Dice & Slide and G*M*S Magazine. That means we’ll be able to use it as many times as we need to and for as long as we need to. If we need to alter the logo, we will but we’ll also let the author know. We won’t change the logo unless we totally have to.

The competition will be judged by the producers of the show and a selection of the viewers. If the judging panel feel none of the entries is of high enough quality to become the show logo, we’ll declare the contest void.

The judges’ decision is final.

Good luck to everyone and look forward to your entries!

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Feb 232014

animalsjpgArk of Animals – a brand new game by Historical Games Factory – is scheduled for release in March/April 2014. It is the first title by HGF targeted mainly at younger players and it has now an entry in the BoardGameGeek database: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/155113/ark-of-animals

In this game the players help Noah fill the Ark with animals and save them from Flood. They do it by simultaneously drawing animal tiles from the pool and placing them face down on their boards. Players score points for being the first to fill the Ark, collecting the most mammals, collecting sets of three different birds, reptiles or amphibians, etc. They should also remember not to place herbivores next to predators, as carnivores will simply try to eat other animals.

The game has various difficulty levels, introducing the possibility to balance the Ark’s sides and managing grain supplies. Therefore, it may also constitute a challenge for more advanced gamers.

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Feb 222014


Rising Sun, the keenly awaited expansion for Samurai Sword, will be available in the finest European game stores in April and will reach the U.S. in May. This expansion will lead players back into the Japanese world of Samurai and Ninjas. It will feature 12 new characters and 40 new cards and powerful weapons to make each match even more engaging. Thanks to the additional role card, you will be able to play with 8 players, too. Samurai Sword and Rising Sun are part of the successful BANG! Game System line, which has sold over one million copies worldwide.

Rising Sun will premier at Play’14, the most important Italian game fair, in the city of Modena, on April 5th and 6th.

Created by Emiliano Sciarra

Artwork by Werther Dell’edera

Includes Italian and English rules and components

Suggested Retail Price: 16.90€ / 17,95$

The struggle between the Shogun and the Ninjas has come to a turning point: Will the noble Samurai continue to protect the Empire at the cost of their lives, now that the fates of two Ronin are intertwined in their battle for Honor? Who will seize power in the land of the Rising Sun?

For more details and updates, contact us:



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