Help CakesCove reach its Kickstarter stretch goals!

cakescove kickstarterIf you haven’t heard of CakesCove yet, you are missing out on some geek-inspired delicious confections!

“I am a firm believer that geekdom makes the world a much nicer place to be,” says CakesCove creator Samantha Anderson, “and I’m honored to help you celebrate all of life’s best moments with a little geek inspired sweetness.”

Sam’s business is growing, and she’s moving into a new space,  with a personalized storefront, expanded kitchen facilities, extra storage space, and a new consultation room. She’s done most of the work to get her store up and running, but she needs our help to add the final touches. Her initial Kickstarter goal has been met (congratulations!) but she still has some more goals to meet–and she only has three days left! Check out the perks–and then head over to her online store and partake of some yummy geek confections!

Issue 2 is at press!

AresV1I2_cover_v1The second issue of Ares Magazine is at the print bureau! The issue includes seven speculative fiction stories (including the second installment in the ongoing novelette The Fall), an interview with voice actor Dino Andrade (World of Warcraft, Batman: Arkham Asylum), and an article exploring what it would take to build a space elevator by physicist Dr. Charles Adler (Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction).

The counters for Invasive Species—the game included in this issue—have already completed printing and are sitting in our warehouse. This two-player game pits a ferocious creature, an apex-predator on its home world, against the crew of a the military scout ship, Quicksilver. The creature uses its speed and stealth to hunt the crew. As it consumes crew and supplies, it grows and evolves, gaining new and enhanced capabilities. The human crew has an array of strategies to stop the creature. They can research the alien’s kills to discover its weaknesses or just try to chase it down and kill it. However, a corpo-government agent may be on board to complicate the crews’ efforts. Playing time is 60-90 minutes.

So, when will this amazing package arrive in mailboxes? Hard experience has taught us not to promise dates that depend upon the performance promises of printers and shippers, but we will let you know as soon as all the components are in house and ready to go.

Pre-order the issue now at—and while you are there,consider our three-issue subscription package (including issue 2) for $78, which saves you $12 off the cover price.

Stay tuned for more inside looks at issue 2 and Invasive Species!

Press Release: Girls Got Game Contest deadline extended and grand prize doubled Viejo, California (November 25, 2014) – One Small Step Games and Ares Magazine extended the deadline and increased the grand prize for the GirlsGotGame Design Contest, a competition that focuses on game designs by women.

“Since we launched the contest last month, we’ve received a lot of support and encouragement from people in the industry,” says OSS Games owner Michael Anderson, who decided to increase the grand prize to $200 and extend the contest through the holidays and to the end of January in order to give more women a chance to enter.

The Ares team hopes to publish a game from the contest in the fourth issue of the magazine. “Our plan is to highlight a number of science fiction and fantasy fiction stories written by women in the fiction line up for that issue,” says Executive Editor Carmen Andres. “Wrapping the magazine around a challenging and exciting game designed by a woman would strengthen the package.”

Designers receive $1000 if a game is chosen for publication.

Designers are free to use any format and components they choose, but Anderson notes that the purpose of the contests is to find games to publish in Ares.  Extra credit will be given to designs that use the components of games that run in the magazine.

The contest runs until midnight January 31, 2015. If more than eight designs are received, a runner up will be selected to receive $25. Entrants are limited to women.

Contest information, component guidelines, and the online entry form are on the website of Ares Magazine at To enter the contest, select Game Design Contest #2: Girls Got Game under the Ares Online menu. To subscribe to Ares, go to


Next Issue Teaser: Interview with voice actor Dino Andrade

Here is another look inside the next issue of Ares Magazine–our interview with voice actor and founder Dino Andrade!

dinoAndrade is a veteran voice actor who is best known for his villainous portrayals of Scarecrow in Batman: Arkham Asylum and the characters of Mimiron, Professor Putricide and High Tinkerer Mekkatorque in World of Warcraft. You’ve probably heard him at the movies, on television or in commercials – one of his gigs was voicing “Pop” of Snap, Crackle and Pop for Rice Crispies.

Andrade is also the founder and owner of SoulGeek, a geek dating website and community that seeks to give geeks a safe and fun place to find a soul mate. You can check them out at

The second issue will also include seven speculative fiction stories (including the second installment in the ongoing novelette The Fall) and an article exploring what it would take to build a space elevator by physicist Dr. Charles Adler (Wizards, Aliens, and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction).

Stay tuned for more teasers and inside looks at the second issue! And if you haven’t gotten a copy of the first issue yet, head on over to OSS Games and get a copy. While you’re at it, sign up for a subsciption! For a limited time, we are offering a three-issue subscription for $78 — that’s $12 off the cover price!

GirlsGotGame Design Contest: Deadline extended and first prize doubled! October, we launched the GirlsGotGame Design Contest. Why? While the gaming industry is remarkably inclusive, female game designers still face many challenges. We want to engage and bolster the participation and visibility of female game designers.

Since then, we’ve received a lot of support and encouragement from folks in the industry. A donor stepped forward and offered to double the first prize, so we’ve decided to extend the contest through the holidays and into the new year to give more designers a chance to enter.

Amateurs and professionals are both invited to submit designs, so spread the word. For more information and to enter, go to the Game Design Contest #2: GirlsGotGame under Ares Online at Good luck!


Are you going to BoardGameGeekCon?

bbg con 2014Are you going to BoardGameGeekCon in Dallas this week? Our staff can’t be there this year, but we sent our swag – if you see it, send us a photo and you might just show up on our blog! Email photos to

If you go to conventions like BGGCon with over 1,000 in attendance, we’d like to invite you to apply for the One Small Step Strike Team, an elite group of volunteers who promote OSS products and ideals at trade shows, conventions, and tabletop game events. Send an email expressing your interest to


Star Wars Beverages — No, Not a Drinking Game

SWAlcohol“Apparently, there exists a stout craft beer out of Connecticut named Imperial Stout Troopers, coming from Woodbridge’s New England Brewing Company. To be fair, it has been around since 2006, which goes to show how much we pay attention to craft brews. But, with Star Wars Episode VII in full production, this got us thinking: Just what will the fine folks of the Empire and the Rebellion be tossing back at the cantinas across the galaxy? We have it on good authority that several members of both the Empire and Rebellion will be lending their names to their own brands to appease their imbibing fans.”

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What? One Universe isn’t Enough?

Well, at least if you think this Universe isn’t big enough for the both of us, you have someplace to go.


“Could our massive universe be just one of many, like a bubble in a frothy stream of cosmos-spawning stuff? It sounds like something out of a 1970s British scifi novel, but it’s become a popular explanation for the origin of our universe. But how can we test this hypothesis, when we’re stuck in just one universe?”

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Your Chance at Owning a Piece of History…

AtariMost people would wish to leave things buried in an Alamagordo landfill buried.

But if you happen to love the movie E.T The Extraterrestrial

And you happen to collect geek memorabilia…

And you happen to own an Atari 2600…

And you can put up with really terrible games…

Your ship may have just come in!

After unearthing hundreds of Atari cartridges from the Alamogordo Landfill in April, the public will be able to buy copies of the games which include the infamous E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial through Ebay Monday.

The video games and other components from Atari were buried in the Alamogordo Landfill in 1983. The city through the Tularosa Basin Historical Society has made the decision to allow a limited number to be sold to the general public.

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Enjoy Ares? Going to the BoardGameGeek Convention in November? Then read on…

ossgamesIf you enjoy Ares Magazine and you’re planning to attend the BoardGameGeek Con in Dallas in November, then we’d like to invite you to apply for the One Small Step Strike Team, a small group of volunteers who promote One Small Step products and ideals at trade shows, conventions, and tabletop game events. We provide team members with a Supply Crate containing swag, promotional materials, and products for distribution, display, and sale—and we’ll not only list your name in Ares but we’ll also profile you on our blog! Interested? Email our executive editor at!