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New fantasy RPG classes, monsters, and lore from Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, with art by Lee Moyer and Aaron McConnell.

Check out our Updates for more information on the 13th Age roleplaying game and the 13 True Ways expansion book!

We are Still Providing the Try before you buy offer: All backers at the $50 level and above will be sent a link to download a PDF copy of the 13th Age RPG Kickstarter Edition, including:

  • A fully playable beta draft of the rules
  •  A full-color map of the Dragon Empire
  • Character sheets

That's right, you'll get a full copy of the game-in-progress without being charged a cent. We're confident that when you read 13th Age, you'll want to keep your pledge in place (or even increase it.).

Also, the Icon Influence Die (a d12 with symbols for all the Icons except the mysterious Prince of Shadows) will now be given to all backers at the $25 level and up. Here's a photo:

Want to kick in a few dollars for an extra cool thing? Here are a few add-on rewards you might like. Add the appropriate amount to your pledge and when the Kickstarter campaign is over, you'll be asked which add-ons you want.

Add-On Rewards

$3 - Fuel Rob: Buy Rob Heinsoo an energy drink to speed up his productivity on 13 True Ways.

$6 - Escalate It: Get a custom 25mm 6-sided Escalation Die (Must be associated with a reward level of $25 or higher)

$10 - Cast The Shadow: Get an Icon Influence Die that reveals the truth: the Prince of Shadows is behind everything. Check out the image in Update 22 (Must be associated with a reward level of $25 or higher.)

$10 - Gain Influence: Get a second Icon Influence Die. (Must be associated with a reward level of $25 or higher)

$15 - Choose a Side: Get three 3"x3" temporary tattoos of the Icon of your choice.  (Must be associated with a reward level of $25 or higher)

$25 - What This Town Needs is More Dice: Get a D4-D20 13th Age branded dice set designed by Lee Moyer and Aaron McConnell.  The D6 is a normal sized version of the Escalation die!

$35 - Copy That: Get a second copy of 13 True Ways. (Must be associated with a reward level of $50 or higher)

The Game

"After all the glowing reviews I heard at PAX, I have to get my hands on [13th Age] as soon as it comes out." - Mike Krahulik, Penny Arcade

13th Age is a new story-focused, dungeon-crawling, owlbear-fighting roleplaying game co-designed by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet with art by fantasy illustrators Lee Moyer and Aaron McConnell. It features:

  • A d20-style system that has familiar classes (fighter, rogue, barbarian, etc.) but with unique features that make them distinctively fun to play 
  • Gridless, free-flowing combat 
  • An Escalation Die rule that keeps battles fast and exciting by giving characters an escalating combat bonus the longer they fight 
  • Innovative, story-driving character rules such as icon relationships, backgrounds and One Unique Thing, that enable GMs and players to co-create the world 

You can play 13th Age as a standalone game, or use it a source of house rules for other RPGs.

"I have to admit there is a lot to like about 13th Age, and I can see many 4E fans meeting Pathfinder/OGL fans on common ground with this game." - Neuroglyph, Pre-Release Review of 13th AGE

"The combination of a streamlined system with fun and unique character creation and an interesting high fantasy world have completely won me over." - Robot Viking blog, 13th Age RPG is a Roiling Broth of Intrigue

The Kickstarter

Rob, Jonathan, Lee and Aaron want nothing more than to keep working together and create the first expansion book for 13th Age. But they need your help to do it. That's where the 13 True Ways Kickstarter comes in.

13 True Ways will offer new options to make your character more badass, like this awesome wizard.
13 True Ways will offer new options to make your character more badass, like this awesome wizard.

If this campaign meets its funding goal, they can cheerfully turn down other rent-paying freelance projects and focus on what they love best: designing and illustrating more great monsters, magic items, locations and NPCs for you to use either with 13th Age, or adapt to your favorite fantasy RPG. Yes,  just as you can with 13th Age itself, you can treat 13 True Ways as a collection of house rules for your game of choice. 

In 13 True Ways, Rob and Jonathan will take the monk class from the playtest and build it into an engine of kung fu destruction.
In 13 True Ways, Rob and Jonathan will take the monk class from the playtest and build it into an engine of kung fu destruction.

When 13 True Ways is complete it will be released by 13th Age publisher Pelgrane Press in a full-color edition with the same high production values as the core game.

The Expansion

Here’s what you'll find in 13 True Ways:

For Players:

  • New classes including the druid, monk, and chaos shaman
  • Multiclassing rules
  • New summoning rules and summoning spells
  • Rules for dragon-riding. (Note that this pretty much implies that there will be rules for riding horses too, but screw horses. Dragon-riding!)
  • Racial feats (probably)
  • Feats associated with the icons (probably)

For the Setting:

  • Details on the world’s forests and woods that make them as diverse and distinct as the cities
  • Details on monasteries, each of the monastic traditions and the proxy wars between competing orders
  • More about living dungeons
  • A short guide to the Empire’s finest, most distinctive or most dangerous taverns
  • Illustrated comparisons of what an adventurer tier, champion tier and epic tier environment should look like
  • Fantastic maps of the overworld and portions of the underworld
  • A cutaway map of a typical elven wood
13 True Ways will make your players wish they'd brought a bigger spear.
13 True Ways will make your players wish they'd brought a bigger spear.

For GMs:

  • Stats for the 13 icons so that various types of campaigns can bring them on stage
  • Gladiatorial games from the imperial city of Axis
  • Playable dungeons and flying realms in a quick-hit format designed to provide the high points the GM needs most, with suggestions for the rest of the experience
  • Monsters with monster tiles including summoned creatures and fan-created creatures
  • More cursed treasures that will make players hate themselves for wanting them so badly. Also possibly some normal non-cursed treasures.
13 True Ways will be published as a sturdy harcover that you can use to ward off falling rocks. Smaller rocks than these, but rocks nevertheless.
13 True Ways will be published as a sturdy harcover that you can use to ward off falling rocks. Smaller rocks than these, but rocks nevertheless.

All this in a 180+ page book lavishly illustrated by Lee Moyer and Aaron McConnell. Become a backer today, get some cool rewards, and help expand the world of 13th Age! (Updated! We've heard you, and now we are committing to 180+ pages, instead of 160+)

The Crusader, demon-fighting fist of the Dark Gods, wants YOU to join the 13 True Ways Kickstarter.
The Crusader, demon-fighting fist of the Dark Gods, wants YOU to join the 13 True Ways Kickstarter.

Stretch Goals

$33,500: Monster Art +5 - FUNDED

Want to see even more monster art in 13 True Ways? Maybe a swarm of kobolds ambushing a party, or an owlbear ripping off a limb? If we meet this stretch goal, backers at the $99 level or higher will be invited to make the case in 130 words or less that a particular monster from the 13th Age core rules or the OGL SRD should be gloriously illustrated in 13 True Ways. They can tell a story about the existing monster they want to see illustrated in the book, argue for it, or provide background details -- whatever they think will convince the team that this monster should be chosen for an illustration. 

Rob, Jonathan, Lee and Aaron will review the mini-essays, and choose 5 of the proposed monsters to be specially featured. If your mini-essay was the one that persuaded them, you will receive an illustration of the monster you championed. (Note that this is not a call for monsters of your own creation. The monster must already be in 13th Age or the OGL SRD.) 


$37,500: Necromancy! - FUNDED
The designers will add a new necromancer class to 13 True Ways, bringing the total number of 13th Age classes to 13. 

We will add the Battle Captain to the game. 13 classes is a nice number; 14 is better. We've heard you were interested in playing this class and we're happy to oblige.

$42,000: Monster Art +8 - FUNDED
Even more monster art! We'll expand Monster Art +5 to include backers at the $70 level and above, and increase the number of new monster illustrations to 13. That's 13 more illustrations in the book, each featuring your favorite monsters. Authors of the mini-essays that persuaded the team to feature a monster in the book will receive an illustration of the monster they championed.

$46,000: The Devil? - FUNDED
Just a short while ago 13th Age had demons, but no devils. Now all that has changed! Who are these evil adversaries from the nether realms, and -- more importantly -- how do you defeat them? Jonathan, Rob, Lee and Aaron will bring devils into the world of 13th Age in style!

$50,000: Ready for Battle? - FUNDED

We will add the Battle Captain to the game. 13 classes is a nice number; 14 is better. You have proven you are interested in playing this class and we're happy to oblige.

$53,000: Paint the Town - FUNDED

Axis, Horizon, Drakkenhall, Concord, Glitterhaegen, Santa Cora: six of the most exciting cities in the world of 13th Age. Since we have reached this goal, you, the 13 True Ways backers, will get to decide which one of these cities gets featured in 13 True Ways. The winning city in a poll will have a detailed section in the book that includes at least one full two-page map of a section of the city, and which will focus on some of the coolest places PCs might visit.

$55,000: I Hate This Town - FUNDED 
The last place city in the voting for the $50K reward gets a slanderous in-world write-up from Kullis the Cynic and a one page map detailing the city's gameable lowlights.

$57,000: Paint the Town 2 - FUNDED
The full two-page map and city writeup will be given to the city that comes in 2nd place in the voting for the $50,000 goal.  

$60,000: This One Goes to 15 - FUNDED
The occultist class joins the game to complement the Diabolist as the necromancer complements the Lich King!

$64,000: Laws & Deviltry - FUNDED
Rob & Jonathan & Robin D. Laws have collaborated before, but not all on the same project at the same time. 13th Age devils are idiosyncratic monsters. Robin will go over the top with 16 pages of their Deviltry (this is on top of the already planned Devil stats you unlocked earlier). To be illustrated by Aaron & Lee. 

$67,500: Three Courts- FUNDED 
Another 16 Pages by Robin, illustrated by Aaron and Lee, this time detailing the diverse courts of Axis (empire), the Queen's Woods (elves), and Drakkenhall (monsters!). As an added bonus, Robin's commentary joins the already scheduled back-and-forth between Rob & Jonathan.

$72,000 Tweet's Terrors
Jonathan wants to be sure that we stay in touch with our roots. He's going to design eight new pages of exotic monsters that channel the spirit of Arduin and other old school games we loved. Jonathan's write-ups will go a bit beyond our usual 13th Age style. Lee will provide monster tiles. Rob may be too intrigued to let it go without doing his own.

$76,000 Necropolis Unveiled
Robin Laws writes 16 pages on malevolent but strangely lawful undead and the island which is the Lich King's center of power.

$82,000 Necropolis Mapped 
Profantasy Software creates a giant full-detail map of the Lich King's domain, the Necropolis at the center of the Midland Sea.

$93,000 Adventure!
After 13 True Ways is done, Rob writes a 32+ page adventure that focuses on one of the six classes in the book as chosen by a vote of Kickstarter supporters. To be delivered as a PDF to all supporters of $50 and above. Illustrated by Lee and Aaron.

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    ALCHEMIST - Pitch a 13th Age style magic item -- alive and strong willed! -- to Rob & Jonathan and they will turn your concept into a magic item to be included in 13 True Ways with a two-paragraph description. Rob will then figure out how to use your magic item as part of an illustration in the book and include it in the art order. Your name will appear in the credits of the book, you'll get both books (signed) plus PDFs, the 13th Age dice set, the icon Influence die, the postcards, and a 13th Age T-Shirt with the illustration on it. You will also receive a print of the illustration signed by Lee Moyer and Aaron McConnell.

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    DUNGEON MAKER - Pitch a dungeon or flying realm to Rob & Jonathan and they will sculpt your concept into a dungeon or flying ream to be included in the expansion book, 13 True Ways. Your name will appear in the credits of the book, you'll get both books (signed), the 13th Age dice set, postcards, and a 13th Age specialty T-Shirt with your dungeon/flying realm. You will be the ONLY one with this T-Shirt! You will also receive art associated to the dungeon or flying realm signed by Lee Moyers and Aaron McConnell.

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    DIABOLIST - You pitch a monster you've made up to Rob & Jonathan, they will will sculpt your concept into a monster for the 13 True Ways book. Your name will appear in the credits of the book, you'll get both books (signed), the 13th Age dice set, postcards, and a 13th Age specialty T-Shirt with your monster. You will be the ONLY one with this T-Shirt! You will also receive art associated to the monster signed by Lee Moyers and Aaron McConnell.

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    LEGENDARY BARD - Tell us about your character or an NPC you created and Rob & Jonathan will massage it into the expansion book! Your name will appear in the credits of the book, you'll get both books (signed), the 13th Age dice set, postcards, and a 13th Age specialty T-Shirt with your NPC. You will be the ONLY one with this T-Shirt! You will also receive art associated to the NPC signed by Lee Moyers and Aaron McConnell.

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