Cogs, cakes & Swordsticks

By Dan Vasile, 2014-12-03 16:28

What could be more relaxing then settling back in your favourite tea shop with a cup of tea and a large slice of cake. Just through the window you can see the constables running this way, your disguise is not going to hold for long!

With one gulp the tea is gone and quicker than the newest horse drawn carriage you are off running out of the back door came still in hand. Shouts from being and shrill whistles let you know it's not quite the sneaky getaway you were hoping, perhaps stopping for that slice of cake wasn't such a great idea but to late now. In the distance at the end of the street you can see the airstrip and yes just waiting for you at the far end is your ride the aptly named Last Chance. Gulping in air you run that little bit faster to your airship.

Cogs, Cakes & Swordsticks is a roleplay pulp steampunk adventure written by Lynne Hardy and published by Modiphius entertainment. You can find there website here:


What’s it all about?

This brand new edition contains the core rulebook which explains the rules quickly and easily and also information on Her Majesty's flying city the HMFSC Atlantis the perfect place to run a campaign. In addition to this it has a feature length adventure preferred to give the game ago and is complete with some pre-made characters. As with most roleplaying games someone needs to take the role of the GamesMaster and there is a more detailed section for them.

The system itself had been created to be very versatile and quick to pick up. In fact as the back of the book says ' designed to be played in the comfort of your favourite tea shop with your friends, and requiring nothing more than your imagination, a pen, napkins and a sugar cube'.


Players: 2+ players
Time: 1 hour onward
RRP: £18.99
On it’s spotlight days the game costs: £9.50
For the rest of the 12 Days of Gaming the game will cost: £15.30



What we liked!

The book is well written and split into easy sections that means you don't get suddenly overwhelmed with information. The style is in keeping with the steampunk genre and with skills (attributes) like 'I'm sure I read that in a book somewhere!' And 'OK, Look - Shiny Things!' You know you are in for something unique and very entertaining.


What’s coming next in the 12 Days of Gaming?
The gleam of gems has you digging for more but can you become the wealthiest merchant in town?