Gelatinous Dragon

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Gelatinous Dragon

Here’s some art from the Gods and Icons Upgrade Pack, for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game. I was going to add a gelatinous owlbear, which seems so 13th Age, but I worried the fine folks at Fire Opal might do the same and then think of the confusion. 😉

This is obviously the huge version of the gelatinous dragon, but don’t worry, we have the stats for a large one as well.

21 new monsters make the Gods and Icons Upgrade pack the mini-bestiary you need now!

Art by Daniell and Garret Reeser

The Dread Unicorn Speaks

The Gods Have Spoken ships, The Gods and Icons Player’s Companion goes on sale, and a look at games to come.

The Gods Have Spoken

We’ve shipped The Gods Have Spoken, a supplement for 5th Edition D&D full of new gods, new domains, new character customizations, new creatures, new magic items, a holy weapon creation system, and a brand new set of rules for using factions in your games that let your players decide what factions come into play.

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What’s Next?

5E

Factions and Conditions Cards
Cards to track how factions feel about the PCs, plus cards that track conditions such as Blinded on PCs and NPCs. Less looking up rules, more fighting dragons! (in design)

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The Gray World
An introductory 5E adventure that showcases The Gods Have Spoken. Comes with pregens, and serves as an example of how to use the new faction system. (in editorial and playtest)

13th Age

Brightvarna Red

Flash fiction and epic poetry from the world of Gods and Icons. The last deliverable from the Gods and Icons Kickstarter. (in editorial)

The Gods and Icons Upgrade Pack

This supplement will include new artwork of the three pantheons, a list of saints to use in your games, and new 13th Age creatures that have ties to the gods and the icons from Gods and Icons. (in development)

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Numenera

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A transdimensional adventure focusing who, or what, is draining the power of The Sun Below. When PCs come up against adversaries that can’t be hurt, and won’t listen to reason, the PCs just might have to run a con game with transdimensional stakes! (in design)

On Sale Now!

The Gods and Icons Player’s Companion. On sale at DriveThruRPG

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Piggybacking Part II

Before we steal Piggybacking from GUMSHOE, check out how it works there in Piggybacking Part I.

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The Noisy Cleric Problem

The problem piggybacking solves can be found in all sorts of roleplaying games with all sorts of skills, but the example that comes to mind is sneaking into a castle in a fantasy game like Dungeons and Dragons. In fantasy books and movies, the heroes sneaking into places is a staple of the genre. In D&D games, sneaking is left to the rogue and the ranger for scouting. Once the GM tells the entire table to roll dice to see if they sneak into the castle, somebody always misses, and the exciting infiltration turns into a frontal assault.

GUMSHOE Roots

In games like TimeWatch, Nights Black Agents, or Trail of Cthulhu, the whole spend resources to piggyback fits perfectly, since they are all GUMSHOE games. Most of my players have points to spend in Infiltration, but some have zeros. Every general skill is like that. You aren’t giving the party something for free, they are spending resources they might need later to succeed now.

Let’s look at other systems. I haven’t tested these, but I will.

Cypher System Piggybacking

In games like Numenera, Predation, and The Strange, GUMSHOE style piggybacking is easy, since you’re already spending the resources of Might, Speed, and Intellect to do anything.

The expert spends from their pool as normal, but the difficulty is harder because they are pulling the rest of the party with them. For a sneak into the castle test, the expert has their difficulty raised (+2 sounds good, +1 for less than 3 followers) and uses Speed. While the expert can use their Edge to lower their costs, the followers can not. They each spend one point, no discount.

If the expert succeeds, everyone sneaks in. Move on with the adventure.

Nothing to Spend Piggybacking

In games as varied as Call of Cthulhu, 13th Age, and Dungeons and Dragons, you don’t have resources to spend to sneak into castles or climb up icy cliffs. You’ve got hit points, and while spending those might make sense in a few cases, usually not. Same with Sanity, Recoveries, or Spell Slots. These games are not about spending resources on skill tests, so it seems wrong to try and force them do that just for piggybacking.

In these games I’d boost the difficulty for the expert (+5 for d20, +25% for Call of Cthulhu), but then I’d require the rest of the party to roll just to assist. And if someone fumbles, well then, we’re right back where we started from. That’s the cost right there, the more players rolling, the greater the chance of a fumble. 🙂

 

Icons and Conditions Review

The Redacted Files Review

Icons and Conditions cards for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game has been reviewed by The Redacted Files.

“I really like using cards to track conditions… focus can stay on combat and not looking up rules.”

“Icon cards are a clever addition to 13th Age game play… These cards make it easy to track who you have a relationship with and what the roll was at a glance.”

Read the whole review here.

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Icons and Conditions

While I’m waiting on our editor to do a pass through The Gods Have Spoken, I’ve started designing the first Gods and Icons card deck: Icons and Conditions.

Icons and Conditions

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Art by Justin Wyatt

I love Adobe InDesign. This is design mode, the real cards won’t have all those guide lines.

Icon Cards

The icon cards are for when a player gets a 5 or a 6 on an icon relationship roll. You give them the card, and they put it 5 or 6 up, depending on what they rolled. If they got a 5 and a 6, they put it sidewards, and once a relationship roll is used up, they turn the card with the remaining roll up.

Even if you use different icons, it’s easy to map those from Gods and Icons to your own icons.

Condition Cards

Condition cards will contain text describing the nine conditions found in the 13th Age Roleplaying Game. You can pass these out to players who get stunned or whatnot, or put them in front of you to remind yourself how these conditions work.

Lots of Cards

Their will be multiples of cards so you can give out the same icon or condition to different players.

Coming Soon

We’ll be using Drive Thru Cards for printing these, and we’ll have print-and-play as well.