13th Age News: Through the Scrying Glass: November

This is the second Page XX column featuring 13th Age specific news, in which the Escalation Die turns finally to 6, we look at layout, 13th Age compatible Kickstarters, the license and the future. It turns out the Archmage’s crystal ball is in need of vinegar and newspaper.

The Good – 13th Age Escalation Die hits 6

Escalation Edition v06 is the version we’re sending into final layout. There will doubtless be changes and cuts as a result of layout, and hopefully a few corrections along the way.   There are art placeholders, but the classes are complete, and the adventure has been rewritten. Rob can now move on to Shards of the Broken Sky. There has been more actual play of 13th Age than any other game we’ve produced, and it’s not even out yet.

The final book will be a mammoth 336 pages with beautiful full colour art and excellent production values. However…

The Bad – 336 Pages is the Limit

The 13th Age is much, much bigger than we ever thought it would be, and we now have to draw the line, and that line is at 336 pages – 64 more than we ever thought possible. We’ve reached the stage where we can’t afford to print the book and make a decent margin and not raise the price for future customers. So we took the decision to remove content, but made it as gentle as possible on our dear customers. So, Rob and Jonathan decided that Chapter 10 , the adventure, will now be a free download rather than part of the main book. This should give us just enough space to fit everything in, though there may be one or two other small sections which get diverted to download only. Plus, it’s easier to run an adventure printed separately.

In addition, we were not happy that the layout wasn’t matching Lee Moyer’s vision so we enveigled Chris Huth (Night’s Black Agents and Lorefinder) to take over layout duties. Chris’s involvement will also ensure that the line will have a consistent look in future and work as an ebook. This has delayed things considerably. We hope you aren’t too disappointed, but the scope of this book has exceeded our expectations, and we weren’t willing to cut any corners on the layout.

The Ugly –  Estimated Release is February 2013

You won’t be surprised to hear that the estimated release date has been moved, to February 2013 at least. I suspect the True Ways released might be delayed past the Kickstarter estimates, too.

The Rest

Gerald “the Gorilla” Linn has been working on the 13th Age compatible license wording. It should be out in the next couple of weeks.

Two Kickstarters with 13th Age compatible products have funded, the first The Reliquary which features new magic items and a dungeon, and hit a massive 13K, and Nightfall, a gothic horror setting. We are so pleased they have funded, if only because it increases the pool of experienced 13th Age writers.

The 13th Age forum is abuzz with talk, and Rob found the corrections thread very helpful. In addition, tell us there what supplements you’d like to see.


7 Responses to “13th Age News: Through the Scrying Glass: November”

  1. Aaron D says:

    “we were not happy that the layout was matching Lee Moyer’s vision”

    I assume you mean that it was NOT matching Moyer’s vision, right?

  2. Wade Rockett says:

    Ha! Yeah, I asked Rob Heinsoo about that. He confirmed that it’s a typo.

  3. Cool about the new Escalation update! When do us players get to take a look at that?

    And while it sucks that the game won’t be out til February, I’m glad that you guys are taking your time in making the best product possible. Y’all definitely have my money!

    Speaking of which, here’s a review I wrote up about the game…

  4. Kazekami says:

    Wonderful news!
    I think it’s the best decision to exclude the adventure and make it available as a free PDF.
    When the first preview PDF of the layout was released, I was really disappointed. But knowing Chris Huth’s work from Night’s Black Agents, I have no doubt this is going to be triple A!
    Will the final PDF be available (for Escalation Preorders) in January?

    • Simon Rogers says:

      @Kazekami. I wouldn’t like to say when the layout will be finished. Lee Moyer has produced the layout template in Photoshop and Chris is converting it to InDesign and adding his own touches.

  5. Mr. Bear says:

    I am very excited and eagerly awaiting the final product. That doesn’t mean rush to get it done though – take your time! I don’t mind waiting a month or two more if it means you can squeeze in a little more awesome.

    Removing the adventure from the book and converting it to downloadable content is a great idea.

    I have yet to be able to play test this; the guys in my group are leery to move from 3.5. However, I have swayed one person to give it a try. We’re aiming for next week at some point. Once one person is in your thrall, surely the rest will follow. (o:

  6. Brian says:

    Sorry to hear about the delay, but I’ve always believed that if it ensures the best quality for the final product, it’s worth it. At least we have the (pretty much) finalized text in EE6!

    Like others, I’m glad to hear that the adventure will be a separate PDF; I actually prefer it that way! I like printing out adventures myself so I can scribble in the margins (not something I’d do to my book!).

    Any chance the classes from 13 True Ways will be available to kickstarter backers before the product’s final release? I’m very curious about the Druid in particular, but all of the new classes sound very cool!

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