This Time It’s War (Take 2)

USCMC Field Operations Manual

In his excitement to get this document out to you, Luke forgot to include the Marine Nature questions in the last PDF. Here’s an updated version so you can make it clear what you think of this chickenshit outfit.

Bishop: Is there a problem?

Burke: I’m sorry. I don’t know why I didn’t even — Ripley’s last trip out, the syn-… the artificial person malfunctioned.

Ripley: Malfunctioned?!

Burke: There were problems and a… a few deaths were involved.

Bishop: I’m shocked. Was it an older model?

Burke: Yeah. The Hyperdine System’s 120-A2.

Bishop: Well, that explains it then. The A2s always were a bit twitchy. That could never happen now with our behavioral inhibitors. It is impossible for me to harm or by omission of action allow to be harmed a human being.



This Time It’s War

USCMC Field Operations Manual

How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?

Jared Sorensen and Luke have a present for you all.

All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!


Thor & Luke

Human Magician and Human Warrior (Levels 1-10)


Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We hope this finds you and yours well.

Today we present levels 1-10 of the last of Torchbearer’s eight classes. But they are in no way the least.

Screen_Shot_2014-11-20_at_10.57.11_AMMagicians offer their parties incredible versatility and power, while warriors tend to be the reliable heart and soul of any adventuring party.

When we first started working on Torchbearer, the initial conceit was that there would be three classes: the cleric, magician and warrior. Halflings and dwarves would be warriors while elves would sit squarely between the magician and the warrior. There would be no thief because any character class could play the role of a thief (particularly if they worked on skills like Criminal, Dungeoneer and Scout). All very old school (aside from the skill selection stuff, of course).

In development the classes started differentiating themselves and dwarves, elves and halflings became very much their own thing, though closely related to their previous classes. This also meant that the warrior, in particular, could become very much her own thing.

Screen_Shot_2014-11-20_at_2.11.30_PMWarriors excel at leading, but also at supporting. They are incredibly tough, capable of sacrificing their bodies to defend their friends and to remain standing when no one else can. A high-level warrior will be a force in your campaign world — she won’t play second fiddle to anyone (even a quadratic wizard).

That doesn’t mean we hobbled the magician to make it happen. The magician is one of our favorite classes and we hope you’ll agree. As some of you have intuited, the level benefits themselves won’t tell you much when it comes to the magician, since it really comes down to the spells at his disposal. Rest assured, we understand. The very next item on our agenda is to release a whole host of 3rd Circle spells (and some new 1st and 2nd Circle spells) to you so you can test them out and tell us what you think!

Anyway, enough chattering! Here are today’s classes:

Happy Holidays!

Thor & Luke


Halfling Burglar and Human Paladin (Levels 1-10)

SutaraScreen_Shot_2014-12-19_at_3.00.32_PMHello friends and Happy Holidays!

We’re on our third day of releasing Levels 1-10 of Torchbearer character classes. Today, Sutara the Paladin finally has her day! Along with the thief, the paladin is one of the bonus classes we released as part of the Torchbearer Kickstarter campaign.

I have to admit that at first I was opposed to adding more classes. As far as I was concerned, players who wanted to be a thief could do that with any class just by picking appropriate skills. And what difference is there really between a paladin and cleric anyway? But in the end, I think we did a great job of differentiating them. I think both are a blast to play!

Screen_Shot_2014-12-19_at_11.13.27_AMToday we also bring you the Halfling Burglar. This little guy is great! Having one in your party is a joy, and you really miss them if no one plays one.

Here you go:

Happy Holidays!

Thor & Luke

Elven Ranger and Human Thief (Levels 1-10)

MidTaika2_CopymidTiziriHello friends and Happy Holidays!

We came out of the gate strong yesterday with the dwarf adventurer and human cleric, but there are still three days of holiday gifts from BWHQ.

Like yesterday, we started the day off with a poll at the Torchbearer Google+ Community. The competition was strong (though still no love for the poor paladin — don’t worry, Sutara has faith she will win in the end.)

For a time, it looked like the human warrior would carry the day, but the human thief — one of the bonus classes that we promised during the Kickstarter campaign — stole it in the end.


So here we go:

Dwarf Adventurer and Human Cleric (Levels 1-10)!



Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We hope this finds you well.

We’ve been a bit quiet lately, but the BWHQ elves are always hard at work even when you don’t hear them. It’s a not-so-well-kept secret that one of the things we’ve been working on is something to allow characters in your Torchbearer campaigns to progress beyond level 5.

You are all on the ‘Nice’ list (except for Dro), so we’ve conspired to put together 4 days of gifts to show our appreciation. Starting today, and through the 25th, we will release beta versions of two Torchbearer character classes that provide you with level benefits through level 10.


If you play any of these characters at higher levels, we’d love to hear which benefits you choose, why and how you find them in play.


Without further ado, and by popular demand, today’s classes are:

Happy Holidays!

Thor & Luke

Grab a Bundle for Charity!


Here in the US we’ve just celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday. We at BWHQ are thankful for all of you and the way you’ve embraced and played Torchbearer.

To give a little back, we are participating in the Bundle of Holding Indie Cornucopia +2, which is raising money for Save the Children and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There are some amazing games included. The starter collection includes: Lords of Gossamer & Shadow, Rocket Age and Uresia: Grave of Heaven. If you pay more than the threshold price, you can get the bonus titles: Nobilis 3E: The Essentials (Volume 1), Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine and Torchbearer.

Check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thor & Luke

The Rune Casters Roll In

RC - Cover

Shane King and partner-in-crime Hayes Edgeworth have brought us a new Torchbearer magic system, Rune Casting, along with two new classes that use it: the Dwarf Wanderer and the Fisk Gambler!

An expert magic system for levels 1-5, Rune Casters contains the rules and procedures for the arcane art of rune casting. Also included are two sample character classes which are capable of such magic:

– The dwarf wanderer, who walks many paths.
– The fisk gambler, who presses his luck.

No longer are runes the exclusive domain of hidden wizards and proud dwarf clans. Whether you will boon your companions with unmatched strengths, or curse your enemies with confusion and withering, the power of rune casting is yours to wield.

But speak the phrases properly, adventurer, for the consequences of trifling with such gifts from the ancients are great and heavy!

The Rune Casters are available in PDF for $5 via PayPal:

Shane will be happy to answer any and all questions about the Rune Casters at the Torchbearer G+ Community.

Gen Con Bound!


Hello friends!

Luke and I will be attending Gen Con in sunny Indianapolis!

We are part of the Admagic Megacorporation, at booth 565. But we’re listed as Burning Wheel in the program guide!

We will have Torchbearer, the Torchbearer Player’s Deck, the Torchbearer Gamemaster’s Screen, FreeMarket, Burning Wheel and Bloodstained Stars for sale. If everything works out as planned, we’ll also be running short demos from the booth.

When I’m not at the booth, I will be inhabiting Games on Demand, running Torchbearer for all you lucky scoundrels. I’m scheduled to run Saturday from 10-2 and again from 6-10, but I won’t be alone! A bunch of awesome GMs are offering Torchbearer games at Games on Demand throughout the day every day of the con.

There are an incredible number of other cool games on offer (in both two-hour and four-hour slots) at Games on Demand as well. Check it out!

Luke will be splitting his time between our booth, giving panels and doing stuff for Kickstarter. Here are some things you may want to attend:

  • Luke and I are doing a Q&A on Torchbearer, Friday night at 8 PM: Torchbearer Explored, Crowne Plaza, Grand Central D.
  • Thursday at 3 PM (in Crowne Plaza Conrail), Luke is presenting a talk on how he stays productive while working a job and living life.
  • Saturday at 4 PM (in Crowne Plaza Victoria C/D), Luke is presenting on the Shadow Economy of Tabletop Game Design.

Hope to see you at the show!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @Burning_Luke and @Mimir9.