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Unread 29th of April, 2014, 04:10
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13th Age - 3e and 4e have FATE's baby

Okay, the thread title isn't really accurate but it got you in here didn't it?

While I'd heard the name before, only recently did I bother taking a look at the game. For those of you that don't know, 13th age is "a d20-rolling fantasy roleplaying game by Rob Heinsoo and Jonathan Tweet, lead designers of 4th and 3rd editions of the Worldís Most Famous RPG" published by Pelgrane Press. As you might expect, it incorporates things from both 3rd and 4th edition of D&D. However, it also makes an effort to streamline everything and focus on the storytelling aspects of the game, and in doing so it ganks some indi style mechanics reminiscent of FATE.

One of the nice things about it is that it leverages the OGL and features an online SRD. You can find a nicer version over here.

At any rate, I've spent a bit of time reading up on the rules and I quite like what they've come up with. I have no idea how it plays, but my gut reaction is they've taken the nice elements of both 3e and 4e and made them into something that seems very much like D&D without a lot of the mechanical complexity that comes with it. And, of course, I think the concept of backgrounds instead of skills is a nice touch in the tradition of FATE. I don't particularly like the "13 icons", as they are a setting feature shoehorned into the mechanics of the game, but I think it's easy enough to adapt the icon relationships to something different in a specific setting.

Anyone have any knowledge / experience / interest in the system?
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I have no idea at all.
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No idea about 13th age? That's why I provided a handy link to the SRD . On the other hand, if your confusion stems from some other source I can't help.
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What I meant is I have no knowledge or experience about the system that you don't already have, and cannot offer anything additional to what you've provided.
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Ah, well, you could always have a look and share your thoughts .
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