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The More You Nerd interviews our founder, Luke Crane!

Check out Luke Crane’s interview on The More You Nerd Podcast (Episode 162: Burning History with Luke Crane)!


“Luke Crane, creator of Burning Wheel and the Games Lead for Kickstarter,  joins Drew, Patrick, and Myles to talk about the culture of table top gaming before spiraling into an impromptu history lesson!”

— The More You Nerd Podcast

I like comics — especially when they’re about Burning Wheel!

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Well met, adventurers!

So, if you haven’t heard of Mythcreants​ and their bi-weekly comic strip, Roll Dice Already!, check it out right now!
RollDiceAlready! explores “the joys and absurdities of tabletop roleplaying” that we’ve come to know so well through our own adventures. Most recently, we’ve come to find that they’ve been playing Burning Wheel!
And as an added bonus, thanks to the crew at Mythcreants, we are able to offer all the strips featuring Burning Wheel in one PDF for free! So, check it out and thanks again, Mythcreants!

So, enjoy and happy adventuring!


Burning Wheel Presents Two New Adventures!

I bear glad tidings, adventurers! Two new Burning Wheel adventures are available in our store right now. You can download the free PDFs, and enjoy it today with friends around the table or over at Roll20!

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.56.34 PMTwilight in the Duchy Verdorben combines three introductory Burning Wheel adventures by Luke Crane and Thor Olavsrud; Trouble In Hochen, Dinner for One, and Your Day In Court. Art by Jordan Worley and Tony Dowler. Free PDF.


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 4.40.44 PMWords Remain Below is a Burning Wheel adventure that deals with superstition, fear, justice, and morality in the midst of a volatile situation as the fate of a young woman accused of being a witch rests in your hands. Written by Larry Bierworth & Patrick Riegert. Free PDF!

Burning Wheel Character Sheets Now Available on Roll20!

Hail adventurers! I’m Arlin, the new Guard Captain (Office/Project Manager) for Burning Wheel HQ and I am excited to announce that Burning Wheel Character Sheets are now available on Roll20!

Many thanks to Roll20 and special thanks to the authors, Steve K, Andrew Rehder (@arehder), Dominick D’Aniello (@netpro2k), Sean Kennedy (@seriouslysean), and Justin Dunlap (@hereticj), for creating them.

Don’t forget to check out Roll20’s overview by Adam Koebel, and looking forward to seeing more Burning Wheel games on Roll20!

Give us a helping die. Get a difficult test. Advance your skill!

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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.)