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[Pelinore.org] Game Master Publications

Post by Havard » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:58 am

There were 5 issues of Game Master Publications. 4 of them are reviewed here:

GM1 A Flight of Eagles

Written by PelinoreRevived! Friday, 01 July 2011 09:59

GameMaster Publications, Issue 1, October 1985.

Presented in standard magazine format with cover art by an uncredited artist (if anyone knows who, drop us a line). In his editorial, Paul Cockburn points out that this is not a TSR approved product and he worries that TSR might send Rambo round to explain things to GMPubs in a "terminal fashion." Then a thanks is given to EGG in the credits at the right hand side of the first page. This probably wasn't enough to keep TSR from sending Rambo round, given that EGG at that time was in the process of losing control of the company he founded; but at least TSR saw fit to help fund this new publication with a healthy amount of advertising - claiming 3 full pages out of 60 in addition to their trademarks and logos being splashed about all over the place.

GM1 is Copyright GameMaster Publications 1985: All material in GameMaster Publications becomes the exclusive property of the publishers prior to publication; unless arrangements are made to the contrary in writing.



GM2 Find the Lady

Written by PelinoreRevived! Friday, 01 July 2011 09:59

GameMaster Publications, Issue 2, December 1985.

Appearing in the traditional staple bound scenario format with a loose cover, this issue (interestingly enough) gives "extra, extra special thanks to Tom Kirby, without whom Pelinore would be but a shadow, and who hasn't let us forget it." This is the same Tom Kirby who later went on to lead a management buy out of Games Workshop in 1989 and became Executive Chairman of that same company. An industry leader in the UK gaming industry, Tom left the UK in 2010 to lead Games Worksop's North American sales. Anyway, we digress. We would like to emphasise GMPubs' thanks, given 26 years ago, by adding to it our own:

"Many thanks, Tom, for giving us Pelinore. May it live in the minds and memories of the gaming community forever!"

The cover art of this issue, with a distinctly sci-fantasy feel, is attributed to Rodney Matthews.

GM2 is Copyright GameMaster Publications 1985: All material in GameMaster Publications becomes the exclusive property of the publishers prior to publication; unless arrangements are made to the contrary in writing.

GM3 In Search of New Gods

Written by PelinoreRevived! Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

GameMaster Publications, Issue 3, March 1986.

Shhh! Don't tell Mrs. Kneverwinter, but the inside cover of this 60 page issue features a map of not only the Domains but the lands to the South and West. It's a shame really that KneverwinterKnight had only just finished mapping the Domains on CC3 when he first saw this, otherwise he would have been able to incorporate the Kingdom of Adrani and the Lands of the Priest Kings (that's the Theocratic Principalities to veteran Imagine readers) at the same time.

In the editorial, the esteemed Mr Paul Cockburn announces that he is soon to begin employment with Games Workshop. Fans of GMPubs had nothing to fear, though, as he had succeeded in securing that production of GMPubs would continue and that GW would take care of the distribution.

This issue is all about clerics and religion. Within the perfect-bound covers you will find advice on role-playing clerics, paladins and druids; as well as guidelines for creating religious orders. We already had a taster of this theme with the presentation of The Order of the Blue Light in GM2. This is all useful information that gets put to good use in the Feature Scenario: In Search of New Gods.

Cover art by Peter Jones.

GM3 is Copyright GameMaster Publications 1986: All material in GameMaster Publications becomes the exclusive property of the publishers prior to publication; unless arrangements are made to the contrary in writing.
GM4 The Awakening

Pelinore.org wrote:Written by PelinoreRevived! Wednesday, 19 October 2011 00:00

GameMaster Publications, Issue 4, June 1986
It arrived a little late, but better late than never. Another perfect bound issue of 60 pages with cover art by John Blanche. The Editorial points to 'shake ups' across the role-playing industry on both sides of the Atlantic with the troubles at TSR leading to the reduction in staffing levels at TSR UK Ltd and the 'defection' of former TSR UK staff to Games Workshop. Games Workshop itself suffers from the loss of its editorial team and faces threats from the new Adventurer magazine and the soon to be released Fantasy Chronicles. Through all of this, we are glad to see that despite all the shake-ups, there was still some time left for the GMPubs team to release a mega-module mag chock full of Pelinorean goodness and, with Tom Kirby 'back in control' (see Special Thanks on page 1), it is sure to be a quality edition. So, without further ado, what did we have in store in this issue?

The inside cover features a map of the County of Cerwyn which ought to be familiar to anyone who had followed Pelinore in Imagine Magazine.

GM4 is Copyright GameMaster Publications 1986: all material in GameMaster Publications becomes the exclusive property of the publishers prior to publication, unless arrangements are made to the contrary in writing.
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