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. 
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