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One-Shot RPG! - 13th Age

13th Age: Blood and Lightning

Game Master: Ben Roby

Player limit: 4

13th Age is a new fantasy roleplaying game, designed by Jonathan Tweet – lead designer of Dungeons & Dragons® third edition – and Rob Heinsoo, the lead designer of the fourth edition of D&D®.  13th Age honors old school fantasy role-playing values as it dives deep into rich story telling adventures.  The game features a familiar d20-style system, but it lighter on the rules compared to D&D which results in smoother, free-flowing combat.  An Escalation Die rule that keeps battles fast and exciting by giving characters an escalating combat bonus the longer they fight.

The game focuses on connecting players to the world they are in through the use of background-based skills as well as detailed relationships with the key movers and shakers of the world – The Icons.  Adventures will encourage creative and imaginative ways to solve the challenges set before them.

The adventure is crafted for 3-4 players and will focus on exploring a small corner of the Dragon Empire, the main setting for 13th Age.  The party will be tasked with the retrieval of an artifact at the remote Boltstrike Tower on the imperial frontier.  What begins as a simple courier mission will reveal new threats on the frontier.  Players can expect to immerse themselves in a rich fantasy world full of monstrous creatures, life-threatening challenges, and powerful magic.

The majority of mechanical character development will be completed in advance with 10 available pre-generated characters.  Players will be able to select from these and develop their background and place in their world before diving into the adventure itself.  The adventure is designed with aspiring role players in mind and will be very beginner-friendly.

Players will need to bring pen and paper and if possible, a small collection of dice (d4,d6, d8, d10, d12, d20).  Since character creation will be done at the table, a basic character concept is encouraged but not required.   If players would like to bring miniatures of their own, they are welcome to do so, but I will have a large variety available to use if you do not have any.

If you want to learn more about the game, you can feel free to read the Q&A found here:

http://www.pelgranepress.com/?p=8395

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Additional note from your Meetup organizers

Naperville Freaks, Geeks, and Weirdos is happy to welcome Fair Game customers to join us in enjoying this one-shot adventure RPG Meetup event.  Fair Game customers, you will need to join our Meetup page and RSVP yourself to the game of your choice if you wish to have a guaranteed seat.  We highly recommend you do this as games have limited seats.  If a game is already full, you are welcome to add yourself to the wait list and you will be notified if a spot opens up.

To all members:

Due to the limited number of seats per game, the attendance policy will be strictly enforced.  You are expected to arrive at Fair Game no later than 3:00pm and be ready to game until the game ends or the store closes at 9:00pm, whichever comes first.  Please review the Attendance Policy in the discussion thread if you have any questions.

You will only sign up to participate in one game of your choice.

For anyone questioning, "Why no Pathfinder or D&D 4E games?" - Most local game hubs already cater to running D&D and Pathfinder games.  We love those game systems as much as the next person, but it’s time to give some of the other games we love the spotlight for a change.

Finally, please respect the GM of this game.  This event would not be possible without them.  Thank you!

 

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  • Ben R.

    Hey folks, I just wanted to let all of you know that the recap of our session is now available on Pelgraine Press' site! I'm very happy that you were all able to partake in the adventure with me. If you'd like to read the recap, you can find it here:

    http://www.pelgranepress.com/?p=10336

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Marv

    I am. I've been looking at all of the options on kickstarter for the supplement. Certain options allow me also to buy the core rulebook as part of a package. Some have dice sets and/or a t-shirt. Confusing to sift through the choices, however. :-P

    February 24, 2013

  • Ben R.

    Excellent opportunity to demonstrate this new system! Every player brought something fun to the table. Hopefully you all will be considering buying the game when it comes out in April!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Anna

    Nice hook, with a world I think I'll get to like more and more as I become familiar with it; I definitely want to get my hands on the handbook so I can understand the thirteen icons better. One especially nice feature was that even first level characters had distinct contributions to game play; not sure if that means high level characters might get too powerful. :-o Combat moved along nicely without me feeling like I was stuck waiting for my turn. Every "scene" moved the action forward, and I get the feeling that a full campaign would have more cerebral elements. I did feel badly about the dragon. All that power and intelligence wasted due to a silly power artifact in the wrong hands....

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Marv

    Really an excellent adventure. Ben was a fantastic GM who knew the game system, worked well with the players, and kept the action going.

    February 24, 2013

  • Marv

    Just to chime in as well -- loved the whole experience. I'm still not certain that I can run 13th Age as well as you did, Ben, butI had a blast playing in the game. I suspect that it takes a session or two to really get the hang of which powers work best in which situations, and there were certainly a lot of things that our 1st level dudes could do. Kind of made my old-school D&D brain spin for a while, but once we started to get the hang of it the turns started to move along faster.

    Anyway, fantastic adventure and too bad that Mark and Demeter weren't able to stay for the end. It was action-packed and I thought we were going to die, then we knocked out the bad guys and won the day. Epic!

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Game system was very similar to 4th edition, but with the mechanics simplified for quicker encounters, and more focus on role playing and plot. Loved the experience!

    February 23, 2013

  • Anna

    Drat, I knew there was something we forgot. That poor tree still has the dagger in it! Oh, well. It can't be worth as much as the glove, and we got that plus dragonhide armor (as soon as we find someone willing to make it from raw materials). Good game. I think I'm getting to understand the thirteen icons and their world a bit better. I'm also understanding the game mechanic more, though I suspect each new character type will be a challenge.

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Demetrious T.

    Thanks for the great game Ben, I really had a great time. It was a pleasure playing with the rest of you as well! Don't forget to grab my knife from that tree on the way back home from your successful quest!

    February 23, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Thanks for running the game, Ben. My apologies again for having to duck out mid-game. I hope you guys got the glove back!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm the sister who has been gaming for two decades but still feels like a novice. (Hi, Marv.) I nearly went screaming in the other direction at the mention of pictures and news of the session possibly being passed along to the game creators... but... okay... No pressure, right? Just act natural. :-P

    February 21, 2013

    • Sarah

      Hey Anna. No worries, all the pressure is on Ben. ;) Kidding aside, this meetup is all about having fun and socializing in a comfortable environment. Not confirmed yet that we are taking photos, but if pictures aren't your thing we can make sure you're not in any of them. Same goes to everyone that wants to play. If no one wants photos we can politely decline Wade's request. I'm pretty sure he'd rather have you all enjoying the game than running from a camera. ;) Ben's play summary is not going to mention anyone's name either. Come, enjoy the game, and have a good time!

      February 21, 2013

    • Marv

      Or, we let Anna use the camera. That way she can duck being in the shot... ;-)

      February 23, 2013

  • Mark D.

    FYI, I gave One-Shot RPG! night some love over on the Chicago Gameday Facebook page. Maybe we'll generate a few more RSVPs.

    February 21, 2013

    • Sarah

      Thanks!

      February 21, 2013

  • Marv

    If the 4th spot doesn't fill up, I can try to convince my sister to fill in. She's not too experienced, but has played D&D off-and-on for a couple of decades.

    February 21, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Ed actually had to cancel - His family has come down with a nasty bug. So we're currently sitting at two. The game can run prefectly fine from 1-4 players, and your sister is more than welcome to come with.

      February 21, 2013

  • Sarah

    Wade Rockett who works with Fire Opal Media and Pelgrane Press on 13th Age just commented on the RPG Day website post at fairgamestore.com. Apparently it's the first time he's heard of 13th Age being run at a game store and he passed the news to the game designers Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. He'd like to see some pictures and news of how the game goes this Saturday. We're waiting to hear back from Fair Game first if they are on board with this, but I also wanted to share the news here to let everyone who is attending this event know this might be happening. We weren't expecting any press or for the news of this one-shot playtest to reach the creators of the game, but it's pretty exciting. Now let's see if we can get that last player spot filled. RSVP away! :)

    February 20, 2013

  • Sarah

    So the folks over at 13th Age got wind of Fair Game hosting a 13th Age RPG this weekend and gave the event a Twitter call out. How cool is that? :) https://twitter.com/13thAge

    February 19, 2013

  • Marv

    I clicked the RSVP button. Hope that means that I've reserved myself a spot in the 13th Age game. As an old-time D&D player, I'm excited to give this game a shot! :-)

    February 16, 2013

    • Ben R.

      Yep! You are the first member to sign up. Excited to be running a game with you!

      February 16, 2013

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