Well waddya know – we at the G*M*S Magazine have won 2 Golden Pawn awards! Best Blog and Best Podcast.


Well waddya know – we at the G*M*S Magazine have won 2 Golden Pawn awards! Best Blog and Best Podcast.

From the Gaming Genius Awards website –

The Gaming Genius Awards recognize genius in every aspect of the hobby game industry, in a way that reflects expert opinion and not market consensus. The best-known awards in the hobby game industry awards currently are popularity contests whose results are frequently leveraged by manufacturers who are best able to mobilize the vote. Other awards are recognized in the industry as established institutions. The Gaming Genius Awards, although new, are intended to be in line with how awards outside the hobby game industry are given out and thus, representing the industry as a whole.

The Gaming Genius Awards are divided into Pro Awards and Fan Awards. The Pro Awards are for commercial products. They also recognize achievements in writing, artwork, game design, and commentary. These are voted upon by a panel of industry experts that are to be selected by the GGA Central Committee. The Fan Awards are for achievements by individual, rank-and-file enthusiasts of the game hobby. These are voted upon by members of the general public.

The many categories of Gaming Genius Awards cover roleplaying games, miniatures, wargames, boardgames, card games, LARPs, play-by-mail, and conventions in the Pro category. The Fan category recognizes genius in gamemastering, costume design, miniatures painting, organizing local conventions, and blogging.

The use of industry experts rather than general fan voting in all categories was the standard in the industry before changes were made to the best-known awards in the industry in the last decade. However, the Gaming Genius Awards judges will still need to be accountable to the fans, through regular feedback on the forums on the GGA webpage.



Press release – Les Editions du Matagot / Bombyx Takenoko in Essen, yes indeed !


Press release – Les Editions du Matagot / Bombyx

Takenoko in Essen, yes indeed !

Essen is approaching…

In collaboration with Asmodee and Bombyx, Matagot organised you a nice presentation of Takenoko. During four days, demonstration tables and a giant game of Takenoko will be installed in Asmodee Village. The players will be invited to test the new Antoine Bauza’s game in the best conditions. Notice that the game won’t be sold in Essen because Matagot and Bombyx want to have a common release for the whole games shops.

Meet you in Essen in the Hall 12 – 07 on Asmodee, Bombyx and Matagot stand.

Charlotte / Matagot


Press Release – Ares Games announces Sails of Glory, a game of naval battles in the Age of Sail

Press Release – Ares Games announces Sails of Glory, a game of naval battles in the Age of Sail

Based upon the “Wings of Glory” system, the new game will recreate naval warfare in the Napoleonic age and will be extended in the future to other historical periods

Camaiore, Italy – September 29, 2011 – Ares Games, the game publisher of the “Wings of Glory” series of aerial combat games, created by Andrea Angiolino and Pier Giorgio Paglia, announces a new game based upon that popular game system, with a completely new setting.

The game, to be called “Sails of Glory”, will recreate naval warfare in the Age of Sail (1650-1815). The “Wings of Glory” game system will be modified and expanded to represent accurately battles at sea between the large sailing ships of the past centuries.

Created by Andrea Angiolino and Andrea Mainini, “Sails of Glory” will merge miniatures, cards and board game mechanics, using the same intuitive system of “Wings of Glory”, which features a special deck of maneuver cards to represent the different movement capabilities of each model. The game will be supported by a range of painted and assembled 1/1200 miniatures.

”We’re very excited to publish “Sails of Glory”, and of the possibility of adapting the popular “Wings of Glory” system to re-create tactical ship-to-ship combat in the fascinating Age of Sail”, declared Christoph Cianci, CEO of Ares Games.

The first series of “Sails of Glory”, scheduled to be released in Summer 2012, will be set in the Napoleonic Age.”If the game has the success we expect, in the future “Sails of Glory” will be extended to cover other historical periods, such as the Age of Discovery, the Middle Ages and ancient times”, added Cianci.

Andrea Angiolino, co-author of both “Wings of Glory” and “Sails of Glory” declared: “Since the first release of “Wings of War” we were convinced that this game system could be used also in completely different settings. For years, the development was focused on the games of aerial warfare, but fans of the game created several variants on their own, inspired by famous animated cartoons, movies and books. With “Sails of Glory”, thanks to the creative contributions of Andrea Mainini, for the first time this is done in an official product, backed by the same attention to playability, historical accuracy and beautiful miniatures of the original game”, he said.

“It was very interesting to develop the Sails of Glory mechanics with Andrea Angiolino. The distinct character and the deep different behavior of a big sailing ship compared to a XX-century airplane allowed us to reinvent the game and to find innovative ideas, but keeping it coherent with the logics and principles that inspired “Wings of Glory””, commented Andrea Mainini, co-author of “Sails of Glory”.

About Ares Games

Ares Games is an Italian board game publisher established in 2011 to create quality hobby products for the international audience. Ares Games is the publisher of the award-winning “War of the Ring” board game and of the “Wings of Glory” range of airplane combat games and miniatures, recreating aerial warfare in WW1 and WW2.


For further information:

Ares Games – info@aresgames.eu

Andrea Fanhoni (PR) – andrea.fanhoni@aresgames.eu

Press Release – Essen preview of Dungeon Fighter from Cranio Creations

Here a little preview of the next game of Cranio Creations & Heidelberger Spierlverlag.

The game will be released in Essen 2011 and  LUCCA 2011 with a set of special card with monsters and items not available in the basic set of the box.
The game will be released in ITALIAN and GERMAN now after Essen also in French and English.
I am attaching a first version of the English manual, which should give an idea of the game.
From – Aureliano Buonfino, Cranio Creations
Draft English rules below

Victory Point Games Press Release – TC Tennis Expansion 1: World Class Women now on sale!

Victory Point Games Press Release – TC Tennis Expansion 1: World Class Women now on sale!


From VPG’s first successful sports game, TC Tennis, designer Terry Coleman brings us its first expansion: World Class Women. This first ever expansion of TC Tennis gives players a chance to pit 24 of the finest female tennis players in history against each other, in the same fun, fast-playing format as in the parent TC Tennis game.

With plenty of new players and strategies involved, make your way to the top and become a World Class Tennis Champion!

Included: 38 years ago this week, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in the famous Battle of the Sexes match. We at VPG just can’t resist the anniversary of such an historic event. So, when you order a copy of the new World Class Women Expansion for TC Tennis, you’ll receive a special player card for Bobby Riggs in 1973 (while supplies last)!

Note: This Expansion Kit is not a ‘stand alone’ game. You must own a copy of TC Tennis to use it.

Click here for all the details and to order TC Tennis Expansion #1: World Class Women.


Press release – from Les Editions du Matagot – Cyclades : Hades rules, just for you!

Press release – Board games Les Editions du Matagot

Cyclades : Hades rules, just for you !

Today, Matagot reveals you the whole rules of Cyclades expansion. It’s a great day for curious and addicted gamers of the original board game.

Now, close to Essen festival, everybody can study the rules and admire again Penthesilea, Ulysse, Midas, Perseus, Hector and Achille’s illustrations. These characters will accompagny gamers in this new adventure realised by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc.

We wish that Cyclades : Hades is gonna be a wonderful surprise for all as we personally had a great pleasure to communicate on it. We hope you’re gonna appreciate the four new modules of the game.

The rules are available right here, and the cards description here.

Have a nice day and see you soon,

Charlotte / Matagot

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