Monday, September 18, 2017

Article Requests for Issue 2

We're looking for one specific article and a category of articles for Escalation! Issue 2.  Thus, we're looking to you, our wonderful community members, to spread the word, dust off the word processing program, and help round out the next issue.  Can you help us with the following?

  1. An article on how to run a horror game with 13th Age.  Horror requires a certain feeling of powerlessness, and 13th Age is a game that's typically run in a high fantasy setting with heroic characters.  A character in the Dragon Empire is generally anything but powerless.  What advice can you give GMs to run horror games using 13th Age?  Do you include house rules?  Nocturne is set in a horror setting -- do you use it to run your horror games?  If not, what setting do you prefer?
  2. Articles that are quirky and perhaps written from the perspective of a Dragon Empire local.  A couple of examples we came up with off the top of our heads are "Pumpkin Spice Lattes of the Empire" and "Interview with the Emperor: Where He Sits on the Koru Problem."

Friday, September 15, 2017

Escalation! Submission Guidelines

As we put together Issue 2 of Escalation! we thought it might be helpful to provide our imaginative and generous contributors with some guidelines for future submissions.  By standardizing the way we receive articles and art, it aids us in spending less time doing file conversions and more time making Escalation! the best fanzine we possibly can.  If you'd like to suggest an update to our guidelines, please comment below and provide a brief justification.


  • Please send the article or art as an email attachment to
  • Articles should be labeled, "Submission: [article title], [your last name]" in the subject.
  • Art should be labeled, "Art: [subject] (e.g., orc smashing things), [your last name]" in the subject.
  • Be sure to include your name in the article and as part of the file name for art.
Note: all contributions give permission for Escalation! to print the article or art, or excerpts from, in all issues of Escalation! and in advertising for the fanzine in perpetuity, unless other arrangements have been made.


Please send article contributions in .RTF format or as a Google Doc.


Please send art as a .JPG, 300dpi file. If a file is particularly large, consider sending it via, a free service for sending large files, or Google Docs. 
If you have any problems or difficulties, please contact us at

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Escalation! Issue 1 is Available

Escalation! the 13th Age fanzine is now available at
I'm pleased to announce that, thanks to the awesome imagination of the 13th Age community, the Escalation! fanzine is now available! You can find it on the Vault of the 13th Age.  There are all sorts of goodies from our talented contributors: GM advice, tiefling variants, a nastier bulette, 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 first issue come to fruition!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Progress on Issue 1

+Sherman S has graciously volunteered his time to help get Escalation Issue 1 out to the community!  While we're not quite ready to estimate the completion date, progress is being made.  I thought it was worth providing a quick update with the good news.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Escalation Seeks a New Chief

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the creator and editor in chief of Escalation is unable to continue in his role.  He asked me to reach out to the vibrant, wonderful 13th Age community to see if someone else has the time and know-how to step in and at least get Issue 1 out the door.  He's collected enough content for a solid issue, but needs to hand the reins over to see it through to completion.  Once Issue 1 is out, we can evaluate future issues.

I (Tim) am happy to continue acting in a supporting role, sharing information with the community.

If you're interested in the position or simply learning more, please contact escalationfanzine (at)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

ASH LAW Will Write About Tieflings

+Minor Illusion and I are super excited to announce that 13th Age's own +ASH LAW has generously provided us with an article focused on tieflings.  If you enjoy these often misunderstood, infernal-touched individuals, then you're in for a treat.

And as a quick reminder, please be sure to email escalationfanzine(at) your last-minute entries before March 31, 2017, if you'd like it to be considered for our first issue.

Image from Banzayaz on Deviant Art.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Races and Alternate Racial Traits

Feel like the Wood Elf's racial abilities are overpowered?  Want to give your players a reason to play a Half-Elf with a class that doesn't use Flexible Attacks?  Create a bunch of races for your homebrew world?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you very well may have content that would be useful to the 13th Age community!

Please send us your races and alternate racial traits for inclusion in Escalation!  There's a bunch of great content that I've seen floating around social media groups and on The Vault, so you may need to do nothing more than copy-paste something you've already written.  We'd love to get some more options out there into players' hands.

Image from Yaoi-Bear on Deviant Art.