Saturday, May 12, 2018

Additional Glorantha-Themed Articles Needed

As we mentioned in our post a month ago, the theme for Escalation Issue 5 is "Glorantha."  We've received some great entries already, but we'll need more to complete the issue.  I know Glorantha is new to many 13th Age fans, and that 13th Age is new to many Glorantha fans, so it's understandable that a lot of folks who are regular contributors to Escalation! are unsure how they can help with this issue.  If this describes you, here are a few ideas that I came up with:

  • If you're familiar with 13th Age, how can Glorantha monsters be modeled with existing 13th Age monsters?  There are lots of ideas in 13th Age Glorantha (13G), so select one and stat it out, coming up with imaginative names for features and abilities, so the monster entry is a good match for the Glorantha creature it models.
  • If you're a Glorantha expert, but are new to 13th Age, try taking one of the Glorantha races that didn't appear in 13G, and create a 13th Age race.  Races are quite simple in 13th Age, so this would allow you to dip a toe in the system with one of the easiest mechanical entries.
  • If you're familiar with Glorantha and understand the high-heroic nature of 13th Age, but don't know the system's mechanics, how about an article with heroic plot hooks that a GM who's new to Glorantha can make use of?
  • If you're a 13th Age expert and understand Glorantha runes, you could categorize Dragon Empire monsters by rune.  If you want something a bit more challenging, replace the handful of core class abilities that rely on icon relationships with a runic equivalent.

I hope this helps spark your imagination.  You don't need to be a master of both 13th Age and Glorantha to create an awesome article.  Having expertise in one, but only familiarity with the other is enough to help us—and the community—out.  Please spread the word and help us create a truly mythic issue!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Escalation! Issue 4 is Available

I'm pleased to announce that the double-sized Escalation! Issue 4 is now available! You can find it on the Vault of the 13th Age.  Inside, you'll find an in-depth look at cyclopes, a vivid new location related to the Dwarf King, several deadly monsters, magic items, servants of the icons, GM advice, and more!  It's free, so take a moment to download it and give it a read.

We love to hear feedback, so let us know what you enjoy and would like to see more of in the future.  What's missing that you'd like us to include next time?  What didn't work so well, and we should consider omitting?  This is the community's fanzine, and we want to make it as useful as possible for you.

Please consider submitting Glorantha-themed articles for Issue 5.  This is our first attempt to curate content around a single theme, and we could use some more submissions to make this a success.  See the information on the right side of the page if you'd like to submit an article or art.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Glorantha Articles Needed

In celebration of the release of 13th Age Glorantha (13G), the theme for Escalation Issue 5 is "Glorantha."  Here are some ideas to get you, our dedicated and helpful fans, thinking about content that you can contribute.


  • How can 13G classes, races, and monsters be used in 13A's Dragon Empire setting?
  • What Glorantha monsters and NPCs from other systems didn't make it into 13G?  Send us your conversions.
  • Do you prefer the rune system to the icon system?  If so, what's your advice to GMs?  Should they be adopted for 13th Age games set in the Dragon Empire?  Can the ideas and examples for runes presented in 13G be used to help GMs run games with the icon system?
  • Have you incorporated heroquesting (myth-crawling) into your Dragon Empire game?  Did you need to make changes, since the gods are more distant in that setting?
  • Have heroquest gifts inspired you to introduce similar bonuses that aren't reliant upon magic items?

Please spread the word and help us create a truly mythic issue!

Image from Merlkir.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Escalation! Issue 3 is Available

I'm pleased to announce that Escalation! Issue 3 is now available! You can find it on the Vault of the 13th Age.  What better theme than Festivals during the month of December?  Inside, you'll find a wide variety of festivals that you can add to your game, new talents for paladins, a monster that will keep players guessing, a new entry in the Dragon Empire gazetteer, and more!  It's free, so take a moment to download it and give it a read.

We love to hear feedback, so let us know what you enjoy and would like to see more of in the future.  What's missing that you'd like us to include next time?  What didn't work so well, and we should consider omitting?  This is the community's fanzine, and we want to make it as useful as possible for you.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible.  On behalf of the Escalation team, may you have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the winter holidays!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Article Requests for Issue 3

The theme for Issue 3 is Festivals.  While the issue's December release will surely evoke thoughts of Christmas, we seek to include a lot more than that.  Here are some ideas to get you, our dedicated and helpful fans, thinking about content that you can contribute.


  • What other holidays are celebrated in the Dragon Empire?  What events are being commemorated?
  • What do these celebrations look like?
  • Do other races have holidays of their own?  Or do they celebrate universal holidays in their own way?
  • The Dragon Empire is described as a big, flat disk.  Does that impact the frequency of holidays that would otherwise follow a solar calendar?  A lunar calendar?
  • What temporary or permanent magic items might best capture the feel of the Dragon Empire's various holidays?
  • What festivals aren't tied to holidays?  What do they look like?  Why are they celebrated?
  • Can you think of a one-shot adventure that fits the festival theme?
  • What monsters might take advantage of a festival?


Please spread the word and help us celebrate (get it?) the upcoming issue!

Image from Jean Charles Meissonier.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Issue 2 Has Been Updated

Gremlins. We hate them. A couple cropped up in the 2nd issue of Escalation, most notably the changing of Dax Thomas' name to Max Thomas. Sorry, Dax! Also, we incorrectly included the stats for the base Gelatinous Cube in the Especially Nasty Haunted Gelatinous Cube. These Gremlins have been squashed, and updated files have been placed in the Vault (13thage.org).

Single page version here:
http://www.13thage.org/index.php/tabletop-aids/676-escalation-issue-two

2 page spread print version here:
http://www.13thage.org/index.php/tabletop-aids/675-escalation-issue-two-spreads

See you all in December for Issue 3!

Image from kikicianjur on Deviant Art.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Escalation! Issue 2 is Available

I'm pleased to announce that Escalation! Issue 2 is now available! You can find it on the Vault of the 13th Age.  In this horror-themed issue, perfect for October, you'll find advice for running a horror game using 13th Age, rules for PC lycanthropy, a new monster that will keep players guessing, a fresh twist on the popular warlock class, and more!  It's free, so take a moment to download it and give it a read.

We love to hear feedback, so let us know what you enjoy and would like to see more of in the future.  What's missing that you'd like us to include next time?  What didn't work so well, and we should consider omitting?  This is the community's fanzine, and we want to make it as useful as possible for you.

Thanks again to everyone who made this possible.  It's exciting to see the fan submissions continue to roll in!