And the Winner is…

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,


Burning Raiments: BWHQ’s Hoodies & T-Shirt Kickstarter

Hail, burners, and well met!

Burning Wheel HQ has finally launched a Kickstarter for proper Burning Wheel habiliments for all our next Burning cult meetings; Tultex zip-up hoodies and Gildan Softstyle t-shirts printed by Liberated Images with our logo, designed and illustrated by Kurt Komoda. There are only 10 days left to initiate your pact with the Burning gods and help make these boons available for all!


It is time, my brother and sisters, to don our finest raiments and attend to important matters.

You see us in the streets, in darkened clubs, or huddled over tables strewn with arcane ephemera in dimly lit rooms. You know us by our sign: the mark of the Wheel; the Wheel of Five; the Wheel of Fire. 

You wonder, who are they? Their eyes burn with a lambent flame. And you are drawn like the proverbial moth. This is a cult of mysteries; these are learned and enlightened souls, you whisper to yourself. I wish to enter their compact, to become one of them. But how?

Now the gate is open. Pass through it and be cleansed. Pass through it and gain knowledge heretofore unattained. Pass through it and bear the mark of the Wheel.



Pledge, joinn ussss and much gramercy for the support, dear adventurers.

Zombies, Ghost and IRS Agents — Oh, My!

Well met, burners!

Halloween draweth near and what better to do than to play some horror-themed role playing games. Today, we spotlight a special Torchbearer adventure and an original game by award-winning game designer, Jared Sorensen.

Torchbearer Sagas: Denizens of the Dark



In the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve, Jared has developed and released, Denizens of the Dark for Torchbearer RPG. The supplement is generous with “zombies, witches, werewolves, robots, vampires, aliens and goblins” and “includes seven new classes (levels 1-10), the new Enchanter skill with rules for wands, rods and staffs, new Alchemical devices, vampire antagonists, magical familiars and BEES!”.

Priced at $6.66 at the Memento Mori Theatricks webstore.



Now available at our online store, InSpectres is “the critically-acclaimed game of ironic horror, tragic comedy and mind-blowing property damage. Battle the forces of darkness and try to keep your business afloat in a world of ghosts, demons, vampires and IRS agents.” It was a 2002 Indie RPG Awards Runner Up for Best Support and created by Jared A. Sorensen of Memento Mori Theatricks.

Part mystery game, party business simulator, InSpectres explores flourishing market that is the paranormal investigation and elimination trade. In this role playing game, you can try your hand at starting an “InSpectres” franchise, buying some stocks and playing as your intrepid and sometimes supernatural employees. It’s an awesome take on the whole Halloween theme!

Now available at the Burning Wheel Store!


Happy Halloween, burners!

Indie Adventures Now Available at the Burning Wheel Store!

Harken, adventurers — not all heroes are forged in the realm of medieval fantasy.

So, I’m really excited to announce that the Burning Wheel Store will now be carrying indie tabletop roleplaying games, debuting with two renowned RPGs that elegantly explore existential conflicts, galvanizing landscapes of the future, and magically powered mechs (enough said!).

Be sure to look out for more indie features in the future!

Lacuna Part I. The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City by Jared Sorensen



I’m enamored by this game. Mechanically simple and clean, it takes us on a straightforward adventure through a delightfully strange, war torn landscape built from billions of human minds and guarded by Arachnid-headed beings.

Lacuna Part I. The Creation of the Mystery and the Girl from Blue City comes to us from the award-winning game designer and creator of InSpectres, Jared Sorensen of Memento Mori Theatricks. Lacuna won the 2006 Indie RPG Awards’ Most Innovative Game Winner and has been received well by the gaming community.

“…fabulously cool.” – Ken Hite, Out of the Box

“…elegant and simple mechanics for resolving conflicts…the inclusion of the heart-rate mechanic is fantastic [and] it’s one of the best pacing mechanics that I’ve seen so far…” – Paul Tevis, Have Games, Will Travel 

“It is, in my view, the best work from Memento Mori by a considerable margin, and if you haven’t been paying attention, that means I think it’s one of the strongest RPGs in existence.” – Ron Edwards, Sorcerer 

“This game is amazing. I think, and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, that this is Jared’s best design. And I think Inspectres is one of the best RPGs ever written.” – Luke Crane, Burning Wheel 

“…one of the most unusual, thought-provoking, and limitless RPGs of the past 10 years.” – Zachary Houghton, RPG Blog

Check out Lacuna Part I. in our new Indie Games section!


Tenra Bansho Zero by Junichi Inoue, translated by Andy Kitowski


Tenra Bansho Zero transports us to the far future where feudal Japanese has another chance to permeate the political and cultural landscape, only this time with magical tech — and did I mention the mechs that run on magic?!

Hailing from the wonderful world of Japanese manga and translated for us by Andy Kitkowski, Tenra Bansho Zero “is a Japanese Storytelling Game of ‘Hyper-Asian Fantasy’, in the author’s own words. Conceived, designed and illustrated by famous manga author Junichi Inoue (and featuring gorgeous art from illustrators Hiroyuki Ishida, Rasenjin Hayami and others), Tenra Bansho Zero is one of the most recognized “Made in Japan” tabletop role-playing games.” It was nominated for the 2013 Golden Geek Best RPG Artwork/Presentation Nominee & the 2014 ENnie for Best Production Values Nominee.

Find Tenra Bansho Zero in our new Indie Games section!

Game School features Torchbearer!

Luke discusses Torchbearer with Game School and guide Game School co-host, Satine Phoenix through “an underground lair of unspeakable evil.” Click the banner below to listen!


Game Devs Play… Mouse Guard: Swords & Strongholds!

BWHQ’s Luke Crane at Pax Prime 2015

Luke will be in Seattle this week speaking at PAX Dev and PAX Prime!

 Kickstarter for GamesWednesday2:30 PM, Grand Ballroom
Design an RPG in 3600 SecondsSaturday11:30 AM, Sphinx
The Far Future of GamesSunday1 PM, Sphinx
When not speaking at events, Luke can be found in Gamma Ray Games’ room, demoing Swords & Strongholds.
Swords & Strongholds will be for sale at the Gamma Ray Games table, as well as a few remaining copies of Miseries and Misfortunes.
You can reach Luke in Seattle through his Twitter handle (@Burning_Luke) if you have questions about Burning Wheel, Mouse Guard, Torchbearer or Swords & Strongholds.
Luke also has one special secret surprise prize for one fan who can find him and answer some questions on Friday.
Follow him on Twitter for more hints on what’s up!

Harken, Bards! Last Week to Submit Your Torchbearer Adventures!

Hail, burners!

Tis your last week to submit your pitch for a Torchbearer adventure! Contest ends on this coming Monday, August 17th!


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!

Good luck adventurers!


Critical Success at GenCon 2015 (or at least we rolled fours and up)!

Luke (@Burning_Luke) and Thor (@mimir9) are back from GenCon 2015 and they bear only glad tidings! We sold all our stock and MouseGuard: Swords & Strongholds was a success!

Before you is Luke’s demo of Swords & Strongholds brought to us by the awesome, Team Covenant!

And their interview with Luke!

Speaking of bearing glad tidings… check out… TORCH BEAR featured in 100 Swords, the “2-Player Sword-Based Dungeon Crawling Micro Deck-Builder”!




Hope you all had fun! Maybe I’ll see you guys their next year T-T

Fare thee well,




Gen Con 2015!

Hail burners!

Gen Con Indy 2015 is finally upon us, and Burning Wheel will be there! We’ll be located in the Exhibitor’s Hall at booth 2545, where you can meet Luke and Thor, demo Mouse Guard: Swords & Strongholds (we’ll have copies for sale!), purchase our books, and try and snag a printed zine of Luke Crane’s Miseries & Misfortunes (only 22 printed copies will be unleashed upon the masses at 11AM on Thursday!)

In addition, Thor will be running a new Torchbearer adventure: The Secret Vault of the Queen of Thieves (see schedule below)!

Fair thee well, adventurers! See you in Indianapolis!