All Hail Our Bardic Champion, Winner of the Torchbearer Adventure Pitch Contest!

Well met, dear adventurers!

This is a long time coming but we’ve finally picked our favorite Torchbearer adventure pitch! And our champion is…

Hand of the Pit by Todd James!

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There were a lot of really great submissions, and choosing just one was most challenging! Honorable mention goes to Jim Morris’s Mausoleum of the Moderate Monk and Paul Jennings’ A Rising Tide.

Thor Olavsrud of Torchbearer RPG (and one of our esteemed contest judges) encourages everyone who made a submission to work on their adventures and release it under the Torchbearer Sagas or Torchbearer Dungeoneers & Dragonslayers licenses! “And I’m happy to provide some feedback on submissions to anyone that does want to finish their adventure and release it.”

Many thanks to all you bards out there who took the time to create such epic adventures and submit it! Twas a pleasure and an honor to read them all.

Your fellow bard,


Torchbearer Sagas: Denizens of the Dark

Torchbearer Sagas: Denizens of the Dark by Jared Sorensen with illustrations by Todd James

Just in time for Halloween comes Jared Sorensen’s latest Torchbearer Sagas supplement, Denizens of the Dark! Death knights, goblins, witches and more are playable characters found within the 30 ghoulish pages, along with new monsters in the form of the Vampire Lord and its bloodsucking minions. All illustrated by Todd James.

Happy Halloween!

Do You Have an Idea for a Torchbearer Adventure? Want Us to Publish It?

Well met, adventurers; especially all you bards out there!

BWHQ wants to commission exciting, dungeon-based fantasy adventures for the Torchbearer RPG. Luke and Thor will commission their favorite pitch for publication as a PDF. We will work with the author in an editorial capacity to develop the adventure and edit the text, and we will commission art for the adventure, including a pretty map. And we will pay you for your work.

All you have to do is fill out this form to enter!

What are we looking for?

  1. The concept for the adventure
  2. Some background on the dungeon
  3. One or more hooks
  4. Your vision of the adventure’s climax
  5. A rough map of 10-15 areas

Feel free to e-mail with any questions or comments!

Would You Pay the Terrible Price?

If you’re playing Torchbearer, characters are almost certainly going to die. That’s the nature of the beast. But what then? By default, you start a new character at level 1. I’m a fan of that myself.

TB_The_Terrible_PriceBut there are alternatives!

Some of you have managed to raise your characters to level 5 or even higher. And some of you have met an untimely end in bad circumstances. After playtesting this a bit on our end, we wanted to give you a view into how we view death at Burning Wheel HQ. Behold:

Playtest rules for meeting death in Torchbearer.

Good luck. And remember, death is often a mercy.

New Character Sheets for Elves, Magicians and Clerics


In Torchbearer, spellcasters have a lot of information to manage. As Luke was playing his beloved 6th level magician, Sammas, he noticed that the lovely little spellbook at the bottom of the page wasn’t all that helpful. So he created something a bit more practical in the form of these new sheets. They’re not perfect—they’ll only last you a few levels—but they’re a good start.

We’ll try to publish a comprehensive spell book in a similar format soon.

The Lost Crown of Tesh-Naga

The lost crown

The fine folks at DDE Adventures have released their first Torchbearer adventure under the Torchbearer Sagas license. You can Pay What You Want for the PDF over at DriveThruRPG.

The Lost Crown of Tesh-Naga is a mid-level adventure for the Torchbearer roleplaying game. Travel to an ancient dungeon, once used by Hobgoblin paladins as a focal point for their divine communion with TIAMAT. Claim a powerful artifact forged during the height of the empire’s power. Fight with the feuding descendants of the paladins, their rebellious goblin and ogre slaves, raiding Dark Elves, and trapped corruption demons. Evade the insidious traps left behind by the architects of this unforgiving dungeon.

Come Forth Wanderers, Outcasts & Exiles!



Jared has just released Wanderers, Outcasts & Exiles, a new Torchbearer Sagas supplement!

A dozen strange heroes from distant lands, weird cultures and unfortunate origins for the Torchbearer roleplaying game. Includes 12 new classes (levels 1-10), new gear, new weapons and armor, new spells, new locations and two additional bonus character classes!

Just in case you’re confused by Jared math, that’s 14 new character classes all together, from the Human Assassin to the Halfling Thain. Get it today for $10!

Building Better Worlds



Marines aren’t the be-all-end-all when it comes exploiting the resources of the galaxy. That’s where civilian contractors come in.

Burke: I’m Burke. Carter Burke. I work for the company. But don’t let that fool you, I’m really an okay guy. I’m glad to see you’re feeling a little better. They, uh, they tell me that all the weakness and disorientation should pass soon. It’s just natural side effects of such an unusually long hypersleep, or something like that.