A number of you have been patiently waiting for rules for overland travel in Torchbearer. Well, wait no longer. Here is a playtest draft of the rules. They are designed to interface with the weather rules in Middarmark.
Have fun and please send us feedback!
Sometimes, what you need is a born hunter.
Ripley: “And you, you little shit-head… you’re staying here.”
Some jobs are too dangerous to give to humans or require more precision than humans can handle. For those instances, the Company supplies synthetic technicians.
Bishop: “I prefer the term ‘Artificial Person’ myself.”
Sometimes the Company needs to bring in a little something extra. That’s when it turns to special contractors.
Johner: “I’m not the mechanic here, Ironsides! I mostly just hurt people!”
At last Middarmark.
Thor showed me this draft over four years ago. I told him it was amazing, but it wasn’t done. Since then, Thor has regretted that day and every day since. For I have born the lash against him, driving him to frenzy and madness.
But he finally did it. Middarmark is ready to enter this world.
Like all of our best work at BWHQ, this book has been a challenge for us. We’ve never done anything like it. Traditionally, we eschew setting and focus on evoking atmosphere through the rules. But Thor’s work is so powerful, so evocative, that it was worth breaking our own Beliefs. Even so, we made sure that every detail in the book is hooked back into the system in some fashion. Because, as ever, we don’t just want you to read, we want you to play.
We hope you like it.
Check out this sweet cheat sheet created by Oliver Granger to help Torchbearer players and GMs figure out what to roll and when.
In the days of old, a giant demon hand clawed its way up from the Pit to the mine of Whelcrag, scattering gleaming gold spoor in its wake. A man-eating ogre works for the Hand, bringing it souls to feed its demonic hunger! Will you dare the haunted mine?
Riddled with mind-bending illustrations, The Hand of the Pit, by writer and illustrator Todd James, is a new, 2nd level adventure for Torchbearer. You can download a PDF of the adventure for just $5!
Jared Sorensen has unveiled his new Astral Knights class for Torchbearer. Will you walk the Path of Light, the Path of Darkness or seek the Narrow Path of Void and Balance?
The Secret Vault of the Queen of Thieves – a 3rd level, city-based adventure scenario for Torchbearer RPG by Thor Olavsrud is now available via the Burning Store in pdf format, featuring cover art by Peter Mullen, interior art by Todd James and cartography by Dyson Logos!
Tamar, secretive master thief of the port city of Highwater, is dead. The rumors say she dropped face-first into a bowl of soup yesterday while supping with her lover, Lady Attar, at the Three of Cups in Saltown near the docks. It happened just days after she stole the fist-sized jewel known as the Jackal’s Eye from the sinister Cult of Maata Re, Mistress of Plagues. Her lover has not been seen since.
Amidst the stories of conspiracy and murder, the underworld of Highwater is abuzz with tales of the secret vault of the Queen of Thieves, where Tamar is thought to have kept priceless trophies of her many adventures, perhaps even the Jackal’s Eye, along with deadly traps to guard them. The race is on to find the vault; whoever does may become wealthy beyond their wildest imaginings.
The Secret Vault of the Queen of Thieves is a short city-based adventure geared for 3rd level and higher Torchbearer characters, though even lower level characters are viable if played skillfully. It should take a session or two of play. This scenario is set in the port city of Highwater, but you can drop it into your game whenever the characters visit a Bustling Metropolis or Busy Crossroads in your home setting.
This first “official” Torchbearer scenario since The Dread Crypt of Skogenby features fiendish traps, a new monster, a new town for adventurers to hail from and two new town locations – the Docks and the Thieves’ Guild!
Purchase PDF for only $5 via the Burning Store, right here: LINK