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A Land of Ice and Blades

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A Land of Ice and Blades: beta version 2


A game about intrigue and adventures, about the deeds of single characters and the struggles of entire populations, about the fate of lonely heroes and the destinies of nations and tribes.

A Land of Ice and Blades was born to try to emulate epic grand stories (ASOIAF?) by using the engine of Apocalypse World (and its S&S/dark hacks such as Dark Age and Fallen Empires and A Storm Eternal).

It starts with some world-building done all together at the table, then the game runs with a set of "table moves" that dictate the times of scenes, episodes and seasons, and with a rotating Game Master.


The game has been playtested and it works, but it's far from perfect. It could benefit from significant polishing and improvements, but it has been sitting for too long in my hard drive without getting updated, until I decided to release it as it is. So, here it is: it's a beta and therefore potentially problematic; but it's also free (PWYW).

A note: I haven't worked on this for a while and I don't know if I will again. Don't pay money hoping for the game to be finished or updated.

Do pay if you played and enjoyed the game and/or want to show the author (me) some generic support! :-)


Someone has called this "a land of crunch and blades". It is true: the game contains a lot of material and a lot of moving parts, and it is not as straight forward and immediate as other AW hacks.

If it's too messy, complex or crunchy for you, no problem. The good thing is that you paid nothing for it :-)

If on the other hand you enjoy the multiple variants it offers, if you appreciate the countless options for the characters, if you fancy its complex structure with rotating GM and drama-style play, then the game has enough material to keep you and your group busy for a while.

Note that the game requires all the players to have a look at the rules at least once, so that everyone can run as Game Master when their time comes. As an alternative, one single player might sit out of the game, make NO character and take the GM role only occasionally, while facilitating for all the others. In this case, this one player must study the rules and guide the others, while enjoying the story as it unfolds.

Final note: requires a lot of printed material :-( but a lot of it can be recycled if you play more than once.


First of all Vincent Baker's Apocalypse World, then: AW:Dark Age by Vincent Baker, A Storm Eternal by LaTorra, Riddle, Riddle, Harper, Dream Askew by Joe Mcdaldno.

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Stéphane A January 15, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Hi. I wanted to discover Land of Ice but despite several attempts, I keep downloading a version of the manual which seems to be either damaged or not compatible with macOS Preview. Unfortunate as it is the main file (numbered 0) and as all the other files work fine. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for your help
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Davide P January 15, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Hi Stéphane, I apologize for the issues you're having with the PDF.
I uploaded a "0b" version of the manual, printed to PDF with a different driver, which I hope will work correctly.
I do not use a Mac currently, so I cannot test the file... but I hope it will work. Please let me know.

I recall that in the past, when I had a Mac and had problems with macOS Preview, sometimes a different PDF reader app would work fine.
If the "0b" fails to open in Preview, could you try also a different application?

(You can also get in touch at davide.pignedoli at if you need additional support)
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Stéphane A January 15, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Thanks for your swift reply and... solution, Davide ! The 0b file opens correctly on my mac. Will now begin to read it ^_^
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