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Articles By Author - Wade Rockett

Midgard Icons: The Exarch of the Wastes

In this post, we’ll get an in-depth look at another of the 13 Midgard icons: Vermes II, Exarch of the Wastes! EXARCH OF THE WASTES Exarch Vermes II is the most influential wizard in the Wasted West, a land riddled with mysteries and horrors. Leader of Bemmea’s Ninemage Council, the Exarch has made that city into the foremost center of magical study in Midgard. Quote “Mastery of magic is mastery of the world.” Usual Location In Bemmea’s Spire...

Midgard Icons: The First Duke-Admiral

In this post we’ll get to know another of the 13 Midgard icons: Cadua, the First Duke-Admiral of Triolo! There’s an overview of the 13 Midgard icons here, along with storytelling mechanics you can use to connect player characters with their world more powerfully in 13th Age, D&D, Pathfinder, and many other RPGs. FIRST DUKE-ADMIRAL The first minotaur to serve as First Duke-Admiral of Triolo, Cadua is a polarizing figure even after 18 years...

Midgard Icons: The Dragon Sultan

Now, let’s look in more detail at the third of the 13 Midgard icons: Ozmir Al-Stragul, the Dragon Sultan! There’s an overview of the 13 Midgard icons here along with icon relationship mechanics you can use to connect player characters with their world more powerfully in D&D, Pathfinder, and many other RPGs. DRAGON SULTAN The scarred and cunning dragonkin ruler of the Mharoti Empire, Dread Sultan Ozmir Al-Stragul, is a general of great skill...

Midgard Icons: The Blood King

Now, let’s look in more detail at the second of the 13 Midgard icons: Lucan I, the Blood King! There’s an overview of the 13 Midgard icons here, along with icon relationship mechanics you can use to connect player characters with their world more powerfully in D&D, Pathfinder, and many other RPGs. Blood King Lucan is a powerful vampire who rules a kingdom where the undead reign, and humans serve in fear—a terror that the entire Crossroads...

Midgard Icons: Baba Yaga

Midgard is a place of war and intrigue, where powerful figures pursue agendas that have roots in the distant past. In some cases, their plots, alliances, and enmities are older than Midgard itself. In the 13th Age Roleplaying Game, these individuals are known as icons—and adventurers, even those just beginning their careers, are vital to their intrigues. Player characters can use their relationships with their chosen icons as a resource during...

Midgard’s Icons for 13th Age

Midgard is a place of war and intrigue, where powerful figures pursue agendas that have roots in the distant past. In some cases, their plots, alliances, and enmities are older than Midgard itself. In the 13th Age Roleplaying Game, these individuals are known as icons—and adventurers, even those just beginning their careers, are vital to their intrigues. Player characters can use their relationships with their chosen icons as a resource during...

Scaler’s Alley: A 13th Age Compatible Battle

It’s been my privilege to work with Kobold Press almost since its inception—first as a copywriter and marketer, and later as a designer, developer and editor. My favorite Kobold books to work on have been for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. So, to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Kobold Press, I’ve converted Christina Stiles’ Scaler’s Alley scenario in Streets of Zobeck for use in a...

Deep Magic for 13th Age Preview: Five Schools of Magic

Chapter 2 of Deep Magic: 13th Age Compatible Edition describes 30 specialty schools and magical traditions, each with flavor text to give you an idea of how the school fits into the world, a brief description of how they like to use their spells, and a list of their spells. Here are some of our favorites: The Daughters of Freyja, The Forlorn Elementalists, The Inklings, The Red Inquisition and the Zobeck School for Scoundrels. Any listed spell...

Deep Magic for 13th Age Preview: Duel

I’m busy editing the manuscript for Deep Magic: 13th Age Compatible Edition by ASH LAW, now available to pre-order. There’s so much cool stuff in here that I can’t wait to share with you. So I wont! Here’s a sneak preview from the book: a conversion of the duel cantrip. Duel You create an illusory combat terrain for magical duels, lasting 1 hour or until you end the effect. Duelists go through all the motions of casting...

Ravenfolk PC Race – 13th Age Compatible

With the release of Advanced Races 5: Ravenfolk (available at DriveThruRPG and Paizo), it’s time to take a crack at bringing this avian race into 13th Age. I enjoyed converting the darakhul and gearforged, but I’m especially excited by the ravenfolk because this book is my first solo design project for Kobold Press! Our ravenfolk are Western cousins of the tengu, shapeshifting creatures out of Japanese folktales. In Midgard these...

Gearforged PC Race – 13th Age Compatible

Advanced Races 3 : Gearforged is one of the most-requested releases from Kobold Press. There’s something about the metal guardians of the Free City of Zobeck that captures people’s imaginations — and of course there’s a sizable audience of people who just love playing living machines powered by magic. There’s already a PC race in 13th Age RPG that matches this description: the dwarf-forged, also known as the...

Darakhul PC Race – 13th Age Compatible

Advanced Races 2 : Darakhul gives Pathfinder RPG players everything they need to play as a ghoul of the Dread and Endless Imperium. Having chosen the Emperor of the Ghouls as my first Midgard Icon compatible with 13th Age, I couldn’t resist converting the darakhul to the ARCHMAGE Engine as an optional PC race. Each race in 13th Age has one cool racial power. High elves can teleport in combat. Dwarves can take punishing damage and come...

Midgard Icons: …And The Rest

Midgard Icons presents some of the Midgard Campaign Setting’s major NPCs as icons for use in 13th Age, the new fantasy roleplaying game from Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. Bring them into your 13th Age campaign; run 13th Age in the world of Midgard; or port the icon relationship rules into your system of choice. I recently wrapped up the 10-part Midgard Icons series here on Kobold Press. It was great fun to write, and the feedback on the...

Midgard Icons: The Oracle of Kammae

Midgard Icons presents some of the Midgard Campaign Setting’s major NPCs as icons for use in 13th Age, the new fantasy roleplaying game from Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. Bring them into your 13th Age campaign; run 13th Age in the world of Midgard; or port the icon relationship rules into your system of choice. In our 10th and final installment, we enter a mysterious temple where, through fogs of incense, we hear the rattle of giant...

Midgard Icons: The King of Bears

Midgard Icons presents some of the Midgard Campaign Setting’s major NPCs as icons for use in 13th Age, the new fantasy roleplaying game from Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet. Bring them into your 13th Age campaign; run 13th Age in the world of Midgard; or port the icon relationship rules into your system of choice. In our ninth installment we travel to the Northlands to seek audience with the larger-than-life king of a wild, strange realm…...

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