Where We Stand

This post likely isn’t directed at you. I believe that fans of BWHQ are aligned in vision and values. So this message is pointed farther out, at the faceless, writhing mass that’s poisoning my world and the world of my friends right now.

Last month, I was the guest of a conference called XOXO at which I had the pleasure to see Anita Sarkeesian speak. I also had the chance to meet her in person and have a short discussion with her. She’s a smart critic of games and culture. Any of you who know me know that I live for conversations with smart people who think deeply about matters close to my heart. And my brief conversation with Anita was enough to leave me impressed and excited for her future work.

In fact, I was so enthusiastic, I tweeted out my fannish glee. In my circles, this is a normal thing to do.

Within an hour, I received a dozen prank phone calls on my cellphone, in addition to a few ominous tweets. They even sent (inedible) pizza to my house.

At the time, it was an annoyance. These tools were running down my phone battery. I was not—and I am not—scared of them. More important, it was insignificant compared to the bile Anita received from them for speaking at that same conference.

But as the behavior has continued to spiral out of control over the past few weeks, I felt it was important for myself and BWHQ to say something publicly.

We stand with Anita and every other person who is being harassed online and off.

We stand against harassment, silencing, threatening and abuse.

And if you are someone who has tweeted hurtful things, angry things, offensive things at anyone because of the games they play or make, because of the way they express their thoughts…

We stand against you.

Burning Wheel HQ is made up entirely of men. We will never suffer the abuse and harassment that any woman in the gaming industry suffers in her lifetime—whether a part of this controversy or not. We are privileged to be able to absent ourselves from these discussions.

But not this time. This time we step forward to stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends and colleagues and say to you: If you hate them, then you hate us. Our mission and values are inextricably linked to theirs and diametrically opposed to yours.

If you number among those to whom this post is addressed, I urge you to stop and think. Dig deep. Reflect on yourself. Let go of your anger because it poisons you.

Stand with us instead.

Luke and all of BWHQ

Faith Conquers and Sheva’s War

I am republishing Chris Moeller’s Iron Empires graphic novels, Faith Conquers and Sheva’s War. If you are a fan of any of our games, you should support this project.

Without these stories, there would be no Burning Wheel.


Gen Con 2014

Hello burners,
Thor 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.

When he’s not at the booth, Thor will be inhabiting Games on Demand, running Torchbearer for all you lucky scoundrels.

  • Thor 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), I’m presenting a talk on how I stay productive while working a job and living life.
  • Saturday at 4 PM (in Crowne Plaza Victoria C/D), I’m presenting on the Shadow Economy of Tabletop Game Design.

(plus I’m doing a bunch of stuff for Kickstarter).

Hope to see you at the show!

Swords & Strongholds

s&s box art

David Petersen and I are making a Mouse Guard board game together. It’s a two player light strategy game based on a game that David developed in the Mouse Guard comics themselves.


Don’t know if you’re into Mouse Guard or boardgames, but if you are I’d love for you to check it out.


The game is a chess-like with a card component. Similar to M44, you have to build your move strategy based on the cards in your hand. To win, you’re trying to build a stronghold in your opponent’s back two corner squares.


It plays in about 10-15 minutes and has enough depth that it’s fun to play a few times in a row.


We hope you like it!





Hello my friends,

It’s that time again… PAX East time! The Burning Wheel crew will be in Boston this weekend to bring you all manner of excitements (if excitements are RPG books and cards).

We will have Torchbearer, the Player’s Deck, FreeMarket and the Burning Wheel.

We’re partnered with Rad Adam of Dungeon World, Meg and Vincent Baker, Joshua AC Newman, Epidiah Ravachol and Emily Care Boss. Look, a map!




You can find Adam, Thor and Luke in the Cuttlefish theater on Saturday at 12 noon for our presentation on Modernizing Fantasy RPGs.

Luke is speaking with Ryan Dancey and company about tabletop RPGs on Friday at 3 in the Cuttlefish.

And Adam will be playing the role of the anarchist upstart with Mike Mearls and company on Friday at 7:30, also in the Cuttlefish.


We’ll be running demos as much as we can. Hope to see you all this weekend.

News and Updates

Follow Luke and Thor on twitter for updates. Don’t follow Dro for any reason whatsoever.

Burning Con Is On!

Hello, hello!

Burning Con is happening right now.


In case you missed it, here’s the schedule for this year. So many amazing games happening!



See you at 440 Studios!


Vincent Baker’s Burning Con 2013 Art

Check out Vincent’s awesome illustration (and my hideous treatment) for Burning Con 2013! Vincent has done the art for the past three Burning Cons now. Each illustration features elements from each of the hosts’ games.


Burning Con 2013: The Pentaclagon!

Welcome to Burning Con 2013!
Once again, the event will be held at the labyrinthine 440 Studios in lovely Manhattan on October 18-20th. Our hosts this year are Jason Morningstar (Fiasco, Grey Ranks), Jared Sorensen (Inspectres, Lacuna, Action Castle), John Harper (Lady Blackbird, Agon), Vincent Baker (Apocalypse World and other games people play incorrectly) and Luke Crane (Burning Wheel, Mouse Guard).

The astute among you might have noticed that we’re skipping right over Burning Con 4 and heading right for the big 5! Welcome to…THE PENTACLAGON.

Date: October 18-20th
Price: $50

Register here.

Continue reading ‘Burning Con 2013: The Pentaclagon!’

Torchbearer Kickstarter

Hello friends,

Our Kickstarter campaign is ticking along nicely. Thank you so much for your support. Backers should have received access to the character creation rules by now and we’ll have more announcements starting early next week. Best place to follow along (aside from Kickstarter) is Twitter, Facebook or G+.



Torchbearer Launch, Sign and Stamp


Hello friends,

We’re launching our Kickstarter on Wednesday May 1st at 12 PM, New York Time. It’ll run for 30 days.

We plan on releasing 200 signed and stamped books, but we’ve limited the initial lot to 50 books to ensure that our friends across the globe get a shot at scoring one.

We’ll release another lot of 50 signed and stamped books on Thursday, May 2nd at 9 AM for our European friends. We’ll release another lot of 50 on Friday, May 3rd at 7 PM for our Australian friends.

We’ll release the final lot of 50 at a time to be determined by us based on demand.

Thanks again. We’re looking forward to getting this game into your hands.


-Luke and Thor