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Burning Wheel HQ is looking for help.

We’re looking to hire a part time office/project manager.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Updating the blogs, forums, social media with information about current projects
  • Booking events and travel
  • Getting estimates from printers and manufacturers about upcoming projects
  • Ensuring bills get paid on time
  • Assisting in planning Burning Con, our annual event
  • Occasional visits to the post office

You should be

  • interested in publishing games, books or comics. Working with us, you will learn how a small press games publisher works. We’ve been doing this for nearly 15 years now. We have a lot of experience and insight.
  • Available one day a week
  • Able to work remotely to answer emails and chats
  • In or around New York City

Payment will be reasonable for a day’s work, plus you’ll be compensated for any time spent working remotely.

Looking to get started in early June.

Contact us if you’re interested.

Torchbearer Spellcaster Character Sheets


In Torchbearer, spellcasters have a lot of information to manage. As I was playing my beloved 6th level magician, Sammas, I noticed that the lovely little spellbook at the bottom of the page isn’t all that helpful. So I 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. I’ll try to publish a comprehensive spell book in a similar format soon.

Torchbearer Spellcaster Character Sheets

The Terrible Price



The Terrible Price

Torchbearer’s second birthday approaches. By this time, 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.

Bits and Mortar


Torchbearer is now a part of the Bits and Mortar initiative. Pester your favorite local game store to snag you a PDF when you buy the book from them.

In Mourning

Burning Wheel Headquarters is in mourning.

We lost one of our own on 4/5/14.

He’s credited in all of our Burning Wheel books and Burning Empires. And while he never wrote or designed for us, many of the designs and concepts were at his suggestion, not least of all the entire concept for the Elves and their Grief in Burning Wheel.

It is strangely fitting that he himself died of grief, for otherwise he was immortal.

Please be kind to another. No need to post a condolences or offer apologies.

Thank you.


Hello friends,

BWHQ is exhibiting at PAX East this weekend. You can find us at booth C701 in tabletop. More of an encampment than a booth, really.

You can also find us with Adam and Sage of Dungeon World on Saturday at 1:30 for our “Playing Between the Lines” panel.

(You can find me on the Tabletop Deathmatch panel on Friday at 12:30.)

Too Weak Are the Spells of Old


Fearless occultists, wild elves and warrior priests all summon their powers from forces distant. We’ve collected more prayers and spells for you here. Use them to plumb the depths of ancient forgotten mysteries and return cloaked in glory and gold. Download the PDFs here:



Extrasolar Colonization Administration Handbook

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“Let’s go over the bonus situation. We haven’t- Can we just talk about the bonus situation?”

I see you’ve secured your ICC license and that you’re rated as a warrant officer for star freighters. Excellent. We’re in need of officers for our current run. Just sign here and we’re happy to have you aboard. I’m sure you’ve read the handbook, but here’s another copy for you to keep in your bunk. We’ll talk about the bonus situation later.

Download here: CM Civilian rules_r2


USCMC Field Operations Manual

Jared Sorensen and I 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!

Colonial Marines (v13)

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Any questions?

Torchbearer Classes Levels 1-10


Hello my brothers and sisters,
We all know that in the life, we’re not expected to live that long. Nonetheless, it is an incandescent hope that keeps us alive—and some of us do indeed make it out in one piece.

So without further ado, I give you the level benefits for all eight Torchbearer classes (the six from the book, plus the bonus Paladin and Thief classes).



Please note that this document is in beta and will change going forward, that it is also now canon. The reward requirements to level up have changed slightly and some of the level benefits have been tweaked to adjust their language and rules.