Pelgrane Press’ new tabletop fantasy role-playing game ‘The 13th Age’ comes with impressive credentials: Its creators are Jonathan Tweet (’Ars Magica’, ‘Talislanta’, ‘Over the Edge’, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ 3E) and Rob Heinsoo (Lead designer, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ 4E). ‘The 13th Age’ could be informally described as a 5th edition of D&D, as it seems to be a reconciliation of the baked-in balance of 4E and the character customization of 3E. Both of these system’s strong points had their negatives – 4E’s balance was achieved at the expense of player customization, and 3E’s customization was achieved at the expense of balance – and in their ‘13th Age’ system Tweet and Heinsoo have tried to utilize the best of both while avoiding the negatives.
Imagine, if you will, that someone threw 40 years of Weird Tales magazine, several moldy Dungeons & Dragons handbooks, and a tincture of the junk-infused nightmares of William Burroughs into some kind of haunted blender and set it on puree for a solid minute. Then imagine that same person feeding the mixture to a homonculus made of pure batsh*t crazy and then giving said homonculus a laptop. Carcosa might be the result – and I mean that as a compliment.
When I was a lot younger, I ran a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in which…
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When I was a lot younger, I ran a D&D campaign in which the world of the setting was vaguely egg-shaped, but the atmosphere was a globe, leaving the “tips” of [...]
We managed to get our hands on an advance copy of the new Gamma World role-playing game while we were at New York Comic Con. While we’re not at liberty to say how we got the copy, we thought that you’d enjoy getting a sneak peek of the newest incarnation of the classic post-apocalpytic RPG. [...]
Will Hindmarch is the contributor for this week’s Take Five, a semi-weekly series where we ask authors (or in this case, a publisher) to share five facts about their latest books. Hindmarch is a game designer, writer, and with Jeff Tidball, co-publisher of Gameplaywright press. The most recent title from Gameplaywright is Hamlet’s Hit Points, [...]