Hacking Blood & Lightning for 13th Age RPG

6 Sep

boltstrikeattack_72dpiOver at the RPG Talk Slack 13th Age channel, redman808 asked,  “what do you all think of the starting adventure presented in the core book? Is there anything you all would change about it?”

I’ll share some of my thoughts on hacking Blood & Lightning here, because I suspect plenty of other people wonder the same thing.


  • I’m not second-guessing Jonathan Tweet and Rob Heinsoo here, nor am I “fixing” the adventure. 13th Age is designed to be customized for the needs of each group running it, so I’m adjusting it to fit my preferences.
  • I’m not going to do the actual work of hacking the adventure (reskinning monsters, building new battles, writing variant icon text). This is just how I’d approach the task. I hope it helps other GMs think about how they might customize this adventure, and other published 13th Age material, for their tables.

I’m hiding the rest of the post because spoilers.

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Gen Con 2016: Where to Find Me

22 Jul

GenCon2016It’s convention season again, and Gen Con Indy is right around the corner. If you see me, say hi! If you’re with the media, I’ll gladly put my PR hat on and help you wrangle interviews with folks from Pelgrane Press and Kobold Press.

This year is especially exciting for me, because the 13th Age Game Master’s Screen & Resource Book, which I co-wrote with Cal Moore, is nominated for an ENnie award. It would be very cool to win, but I’m proud just to be on the slate of nominees.

Here’s where you can find me at the con, when I’m not at Pelgrane Press booth #419:

Wade_GM13th Age Games I’m Running

  • Burning Love—Thursday at 8:00 a.m., ICC : 245 : 2
  • Burning Love—Friday at 8:00 a.m., ICC : 245 : 2
  • Swords Against the Dead—Saturday at 9:00 a.m., ICC : 245 : 6 (but we’re looking for an alternate GM so I can join the 13th Age Monster Workshop)

Seminars I’m On

13th Age Adventure Design Workshop on Thursday at 11 a.m., Crowne Plaza: Grand Central Ballroom A

13th Age GM Roundtable on Friday at 11 a.m., Crowne Plaza: Grand Central Ballroom B

13th Age Monster Workshop on Saturday at noon, Crowne Plaza: Grand Central Ballroom B (If a GM takes over my Swords Against the Dead game)

Swords, Spies & Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza: Grand Central Ballroom B

Gen Con: Where You Can Find Me, and What’s In My Backpack

26 Jul

Gen Con 2015Gen Con starts in just a few days. Hooray! Also, aiyee!

I’m on multiple panels this year, and will cover a shift at the Kobold Press booth (#2639) Saturday morning. The rest of the time you’ll find me at the Pelgrane Press booth (#609), running around the convention center doing PR stuff, or — fingers crossed — actually gaming at least once.

Here’s my panel schedule — all 13th Age panels are in the Crowne Plaza hotel, room Pennsylvania Station B:

11:00 AM -SEM1568531: 13th Age Adventure Design Workshop
1:00 PM – SEM1572186: 13th Age Organized Play: The New Season
11:00 AM – SEM1568533: 13th Age GM Roundtable
Noon – SEM1573683: What’s New At Kobold Press (Crowne Plaza, room Grand Central Ballroom C)
11:00 AM – SEM1568532: 13th Age: State of the Empire
Over on Facebook, Bill Collins listed the contents of his backpack, and asked what his fellow Gen Con attendees were packing for the trip. Here’s my Gen Con travel kit:
  • Laptop computer
  • Device cables in a Grid-It organizer
  • Two fully-charged device chargers
  • Sharpie pens and a pencil
  • A clean handkerchief
  • Super absorbent camping towels from REI
  • Spry peppermint gum
  • Extra lip balm
  • Dental floss
  • Moist wipes
  • Travel snacks
  • Airborne
  • Nexus 7 tablet with roleplaying game PDFs loaded
  • Business cards
  • Index cards
  • iPhone tripod
  • Small bag of dice
That’s what I’m bringing on the plane. When I’m on the show floor, I might pare this down considerably.
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