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Michael Scott Rohan’s Winter of the World RPG

CoversCakebread & Walton are pleased to announce that they have just signed a contract to produce a table-top roleplaying game line based on the Winter of the World novels by award-winning British fantasy author Michael Scott Rohan.

“I have crossed a whole wide land, and sought out the duergar in their mountain fastnesses, and lived with them two long years; I have lived with the alvar of the forests, Tapiau’s Children, and escaped the forest’s power. I have sailed the Seas of the Sunrise, I have fought beside an exiled lord against the Ekwesh by land and sea, and when he won himself a kingdom. I have battled a dragon beneath the earth, and the Ice-witch herself on a palace stair – aye, and bested her! And yet I would far sooner be a man whole and at peace, in a land I made my own, with my true love by my side.”

  • Mastersmith Elof Valantor in The Hammer of the Sun

The chronicles of the Winter of the World echo down the ages in half-remembered myth and song – tales of the mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the Duergar, of gods who walk abroad… and of the Powers of the Ice, endlessly seeking dominion.

Michael Scott Rohan has told the tales of those times in six epic, award-winning novels. Now you can join the adventures! Fight against the menace of the ruthless Ekwesh raiders and their evil shamans. Join the corsairs of Bryhaine. Trek the sinister forests of Tapiau’la-an-Aithen. Explore the mighty ruins of Kermorvan the City. Sail the Sunset Sea and behold once more the High Gate of Kerys. Fight dragons in the cavernous kingdoms of the Duergar. Forge weapons of great might and join the fight against the darkly beautiful Louhi and the Powers of the Ice itself!

The game line will begin with two core games: Winter of the World: Adventures in Brasayhal, and Winter of the World: Adventures in Kerys. They will be lush, full-colour 256-page game books, each containing everything you need to start role-playing in the world of Michael Scott Rohan’s fantasy novels. Adventures in Brasayhal will concentrate on the great western continent, and focus on adventures of exploration and discovery; Adventures in Kerys will concentrate on the low dives and glittering palaces of the great city of Kerys and its strife-torn surroundings, and the plotting and squabbling of petty nobles. Both game books will be stand-alone, but will form a source book for the other. Using the simple, concise OneDice rules (suitable for beginners and veterans alike), they will plunge you into a world of powerful heroes, meddling gods, ruthless cannibal raiders, and an ancient icy menace that seeks the extinction of life itself. Further supplements will follow, providing adventures, new setting material, etc.

The games will feature cover art by Ian Miller, first seen on the UK paperback editions of the novels, and will contain original fiction by Michael Scott Rohan himself!

The Winter of the World Role-Playing Game is designed by award-winning game writers Peter Cakebread and Ken Walton, authors of Clockwork & Chivalry, Abney Park’s Airship Pirates, Pirates & Dragons, Dark Streets and the OneDice series.

Michael Scott Rohan’s critically acclaimed Winter of the World novels (The Anvil of Ice, The Forge in the Forest, The Hammer of the Sun, The Castle of the Winds, The Singer and the Sea, and Shadow of the Seer) were first published between 1986 and 2001 and are now available as ebooks from Gollancz under the SF Gateway imprint. The Anvil of Ice is to be reissued in print in the Fantasy Masterworks series in September.

“The dawns were always cold then, whatever the season, in the Long Winter of the Old World, in the dominion of the Ice.”

  • The Anvil of Ice

Curious Creatures of the Dragon Isles

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A collection of many monsters to add fearsome foes and forthright friends to your Pirates & Dragons campaign. Illustrated in colour, each creature is given a full write-up, with Renaissance D100 and retro-clone stats and encounter tables for the Dragon Isles’ varied habitats.
From giant scorpions to sage tortoises, death toucans to lurking horrors, anthropophagi to hupias, there are enough creatures here to make any scurvy pirate green about the gills.
Note: Players of the OneDice edition of Pirates & Dragons already have statistics for the creatures in this book, but the text adds much more flavour on the habits and customs of these curious creatures.
Get it here: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=144474&it=1
Or if you haven’t already dived into the Dragon Sea, why not pick up our Pirates & Dragons bundle – contains the core rulebook, the bestiary, the Dragon Isles poster map, and floor plans for a pirate frigate at 35% off the normal price: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/144476/Pirates–Dragons-Bundle-BUNDLE
And look out for the print edition of Curious Creatures of the Dragon Isles, coming soon!

OneDice Quickstart



For those of you still wondering about whether you’ll like the OneDice system, we’ve put together a Quickstart book, which contains most of the basic rules, plus a short fantasy adventure and a brief solo scifi adventure to get you going. It’s “Pay What Your Want”!


And if you’re already playing OneDIce, you might well be interested in a couple of freebies – Mooks & Minions, and Sanity & Insanity, optional rules in our new “OneDice Options” series!



January Update

So, where are we at? There has been a deluge of releases for the OneDice system – Universal, Twisted Tomorrow, Steampunk, Airship Pirates, Pirates & Dragons, Cyberpunk, Fantasy and Pulp. All, bar Pulp, are already available in softcover print and electronic formats – expect Pulp out in softcover print very soon! OneDice Airship Pirates is also available as a hard cover (and OneDice Pirates & Dragons should have a hardback option in the next day or two).

And we haven’t forgotten Renaissance! The Pirates & Dragons bestiary, Curious Creatures of the Dragon Isles, should be out shortly (and includes retro D20 stats, along with Renaissance stats); and Roger and Ade have written a splendid sequel to “The Depths of Winter”, which is all done and awaiting layout.

Writingwise we are on with Tales of Tortuga, OneDice Space, OneDice Urban Fantasy and OneDice WW1 – all ongoing – and we’re considering a Kickstarter to complete the Kingdom & Commonwealth campaign for Clockwork & Chivalry, once we’ve honoured all our Pirates & Dragons commitments. We’re also going to get Airship Pirates Heresy edition (the original) back out there, and errata-free, along with Under the Lamplight (in colour) and Ruined Empires.

Oh, and we better run another competition on Facebook soon – watch this space…

We’ve also joined up with some other small publishers to form the Game Publisher’s Guild. Hopefully this will give us more of a presence at conventions, and eventually in stores.

So we have a busy few months ahead of us!

As ever, we are grateful for everyone who has supported us so far and helped spread the word about our endeavours. If anyone without a vested interest can do some more reviews of our games on Drivethru, that would be groovy, and please help spread the word about the games we do – it really does make a difference – and, as always, feedback is welcome!

Now I better get on with writing some more about WW1…

Cyberpunk adds to OneDice range

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OneDice Cyberpunk is the latest game to be added to the OneDice system, and is now available in print! Each book in the series is standalone, but all are compatible, allowing for whatever cross-genre shenanigans you want to get up to! You can get them all here: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/browse/pub/4595/Cakebread–Walton

(Note: teapot not included).