13th Age Goodness

13thAgeAlthough I’ve just started my first 13th Age campaign, I’ve been following it for a while now, and I must say I’m really impressed with the quality of the products that are being released by Pelgrane Press for this game! Apart from the three ‘core’ books (Core rulebook, 13 True Ways expansion and the Bestiary) which are gorgeous hardcover products, lots other fun and exciting products have been flowing out the door. If you’re looking to get into this game, there is plenty of support for it!

At the end of the summer, Shadows of Eldolan came out. This is an introductory adventureShadows_of_Eldolan_cover_400 , and is what I’m using to start off my campaign. I’m going to do a full review of this product once we’ve played through it, but suffice to say for now that its looking really good. The gorgeous maps are by Pär Lindström, one of my favourite cartographers, who I’ve called out from this blog several times (e.g. here and here).

Then over the last few months there has been a small flurry of cool things. Pr13thAgeSoundtrackCoverobably one of the most interesting is the 13th Age Soundtrack. This an album of 30 tracks (yes 30!) by James Semple and other composers, keyed to 13th Age themes. Music isn’t something I have typically used in my gaming, but this product will change this! The music is awesome, and having something like this tied to the actual game is pretty special 🙂

Although it hasn’t made it out in full print glory yet, the PDF version of Eyes of the Stone 13a_stcover_oct2_v2Thief came out before Xmas for those that pre-ordered. This is a huge adventure, based on the 13th Age Living Dungeon concept. It is also  one of the most gorgeous modules I have seen – Pelgrane Press actually made a late decision to publish it in full-colour, and I certainly appreciate this. The art, the layout, the cartography (by Herwin Wienlink who created an isometric style for the Profantasy Annuals) are all stunning. The adventure covers most of the Champion Tier, and is a really original concept. Not sure how I could work this one into my current campaign, but it’ll keep!

Finally, Pelgrane Press have just launched the 13th Age Monthly, a subscription product which delive13thAgeMonthlyrs 4000+ words of 13th Age goodness every month, overseen by Rob Heinsoo and written by the top designers who have been responsible for most of the 13th Age products so far. The first issue was expansion rules for Dragon Riding, by Rob Heinsoo and Ash Law. Rules and story ideas are presented, and if you don’t find yourself dreaming up ways to fit dragon cavalry into your game after reading this, something is wrong 🙂

So there you have it, a whole slew of great additions to a great game – 13th Age is quickly becoming a really strong RPG with really strong support. Please keep it up! 🙂

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