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13th Age: Fighting Your Way

With the release of 13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers tomorrow, we’ll be back next week with our regularly scheduled Traveller vehicle next week. Today we are bringing you a pair of class options for the 13th Age fighter.

Not long ago, I approached Richard Moore, our resident 13th Age expert, with the idea of a new series of class options for the game, each consisting of 13 new abilities. Now, PDF supplements focused on class options are nothing new. Many companies made their names doing just that for Pathfinder. However, 13th Age supplements covering individual classes are much rarer. He thought it was a great idea and give it a go. Here are two of the options in the first in the series he turned in.

New Fighter Talent

First To Arms

At the start of a battle, you may spend a recovery in order to go first (effectively claiming the highest initiative). If more than one creature in a fight uses this maneuver, the creature with the highest Dexterity modifier goes first (roll 1d20 to break ties).
Adventurer Feat: You gain a bonus to your AC equal to the higher of your Dexterity or Wisdom modifier until the escalation die is equal to your level.
Champion Feat: You also gain a bonus to your PD equal to the higher of your Dexterity or Wisdom modifier until the escalation die is equal to your level.
Epic Feat: You may spend a recovery at the start of a battle to take a full turn before everyone else does and then still roll initiative normally, taking your usual turn on that initiative count.

New Fighter Maneuver

Left You An Opening (3rd-Level Maneuver)

Flexible melee attack
Triggering Roll: Any natural even miss, when the escalation die is 2+
Effect: You forego miss damage against the targeted enemy in order to give a nearby ally double the escalation bonus on their next attack roll against that same enemy.
Adventurer Feat: The targeted enemy also becomes vulnerable to your affected ally’s next attack.
Champion Feat: The affected ally also gains an extra WEAPON die to their next damage roll against the same enemy.

13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers comes out tomorrow for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game. Download all our 13th Age products at the JBE Shop. You can also find them at DriveThruRPG/RPGNow and the Open Gaming Store.

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“Death” In The “Family”

You may have seen my post on social media that my computer died Monday. What exactly happened and what does it mean for JBE. First, what happened: the hard drive went. The boot sector is dead and nothing I do is bringing it back. “Have I tried …” My wife is a computer adept. She tried it. She was able to bring it back enough to copy any files that weren’t backed up online to a thumb drive. There’s still a few more things she wants to try, but what we lack is time to do them immediately, with Thanksgiving being this week and family obligations filling our weekends for the next few weeks. More than likely, I’ll be buying a new computer sooner rather than later.

What does this mean for JBE? Fortunately, there’s good news: my old computer works perfectly fine. It’s been sitting on my desk since I got the laptop and I’ve been wondering what I should do with it. Well, now I know: put it right back where it use to be. Sure, it has lots of updates to do, but beyond that there was nothing wrong with it. I just couldn’t play Skyrim on it. Oh well…

Next bit of good news: earlier this month, I decided to pay for online storage earlier this month and set up the computer so it would auto-backup anything in certain folders. So every file for JBE is saved, and when I left for the day job this morning, I was syncing it with my old computer. I even have the cover backed up that I was working on the night before the hard drive bit the dust. Grand total of files lost: zero.

That’s the good news. Any bad news? Well there will be two things lost: time (syncing, digging out activation numbers, working on an older system, computer shopping, trying to get the old one repaired) and money (new computer/repairing computer cost). How much, I don’t know yet. This much, I am sure about: I will not compromise the quality of our products because of this. If I tried to publish Deadly Delves: Nine Lives for Petane for Pathfinder RPG in December, it would be rushed and may not be up to our standards. Instead, I am delaying it until January 2018 and bringing 13 Fighter Talents and Maneuvers for the 13th Age Roleplaying Game up into December’s slot. The first in our 13 Class Options series is going to be significantly shorter and will require less time than a level 12 adventure. This should be completed before Christmas with the computer delays without compromising quality. I will admit, this is not how I wanted to show off the cover for it to you, but I hope you like it nonetheless.

As far as the rest of the schedule goes, I do not anticipate any issues, but I will keep you up to date should any such issues arise.

Have a happy holiday.