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13th Sage: Running the Siege in Make Your Own Luck

The Free RPG Day adventure Make Your Own Luck (get it here!) begins with an army of trolls and goblins besieging the town of Harrowdale. As written, the siege is a jumping-off point that gives the events in the adventure context. If you want to explore the ongoing tension and danger of defending a town […]

13th Sage: How to Create an Adventure Using a PC’s Background

In the 13th Age Facebook group, a new GM asked for good examples of PC backgrounds. I offered some, but couldn’t help also giving advice on what makes a good background. (It’s one of my favorite mechanics in the game.) I said that a good background doesn’t just outline your character’s backstory in three or […]

The GM Screen of Narcissus

I ran a 13th Age one-shot for some wonderful authors as a part of the online TBRCon (check out the full set of panels), and the fact that it was recorded gives a chance to talk about one of the most important but most ephemeral aspects of rpg play – gamemastering decisions. As a GM, […]

13th Age Books Queuing Up

Crown of Axis The arena officially opens in a month! In the next Page XX, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase Wade Rockett’s PDF-only intro adventure. It’s in the middle of layout now and has been slotted into the schedule as Pelgrane’s March 1st release. Until then we leave you with Simone Bannach’s illo of […]

13th Sage: Behind the Scenes of Crown of Axis, Part Two

In part one I described how Crown of Axis began with an invitation to write the next big introductory adventure for 13th Age, and my idea to set it in the Emperor’s city of Axis. I just had to convince Rob Heinsoo this was a good idea! First, I read everything ever written about Axis in […]

Behemoths: Paths of the Koru

The earth shakes as the Koru Behemoths make their great circuit around the Dragon Empire. Even the icons must adapt or be trampled! Fight off the creepy menace of the Shambler and its fungus-encrusted rot elves! Climb Skyveil’s spiral shell up into the overworld! Join the Scavenger’s Parade to four magical markets in the far […]

13th Sage: Behind the Scenes of Crown of Axis, Part One

With Crown of Axis out of its design and development phases and currently with the editor, I thought See Page XX readers might be interested in hearing how the adventure came about—a behind-the-scenes look at how one adventure came to be, for aspiring RPG designers or anyone who likes to hear how the sausage gets […]

13th Age Community Use Policy

Fire Opal Media Inc. 13th Age Roleplaying Game Community Use Policy Last updated April 21st, 2016 This policy relates to non-commercial activity only. For details on the Open Game License and commercial applications, please visit the Licensing Overview. Applicable to Non-Commercial Activity The 13th Age community is an intelligent, creative, dedicated, and enthusiastic group of […]

Treacherous Treasure

By Julian Kay In the early days of our hobby, before players learned to yearn for lofty quests, adventurers’ motivation was simple: treasure was what we needed. Using wealth to draw enemies towards a trap is a standard real-world and literary trope, but early fantasy games went a step further, turning the wealth into a […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Resource Saves

Usage Dice are an F20 innovation for tracking consumables. The short version: a particular resource, like arrows in a quiver or burning torches, are rated by die size. When you use that resource, you roll the die – on a 1-2, the die drops one dice size. Roll a 1-2 on a d4, and you’re […]

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