By Aecer's Light!

Created by Mad Jay

A zine for the Burning Wheel(and Dungeon World?) RPG featuring Roden, and Wolfen and bad Men, oh my!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Of Wolfen
about 1 year ago – Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 05:10:05 AM

Rackham's Confrontation game
Rackham's Confrontation game

Palladium did a couple of sourcebooks about wolfen decades ago. I remember my mind was blown, bipedal wolves with armor and swords --inconceivable!  Over the years there have been many versions of the Wolfen. My favorite of all time are the Rackham Wolfen from the miniature skirmish game Confrontation. Soooo HAWT! These Rackham sculpts are how I see the Wolfen in 'By Aecer's Light'.  

I mean look at these models/images!

Wolfen come from elsewhere, Elves brought them here to fight in the Elven wars then the Wolfen were abandoned after the songs of peace were sung. Wolfen are savage, for sure. They are a scattered people today, hostile to non-Wolfen, they do not trust easy and for sure not Elves. However, they make friends to the death. 

Wolfen are the closest neighbors of the Roden. They share river access mostly and are largely neutral toward each other. There are individuals that would see that changed!

The Wolfen will be a playable class in the Dungeon World, but not in Burning Wheel, that effort is a task for another day!

Until next time Kickstarters!

-Mad Jay

Dungeon World Stretch Goal!
over 1 year ago – Mon, Mar 04, 2019 at 10:03:40 AM

With the Dungeon World stretch goal we will join forces with Johnstone Metzger, the creator of the fantastic Dungeon Planet and the amazing Space Wurm vs Moonicorn! Johnstone will write By Aecer's Light content useable with the Dungeon World RPG --moving us one step closer to Burning Wheel World Apocalypse!! 

This stretch goal is for all backers.  It'll include using Roden (and Wolfen) as playable DW races. We'll set up fronts and dangers for the setting and some unique moves -because you gotta have moves!

Take care Kickstarters!

-Mad Jay

DW Inside!
DW Inside!

Why Roden?
over 1 year ago – Mon, Mar 04, 2019 at 08:55:01 AM

Rat folk have appealed to me since Warhammer's Skaven and their warp magics. In Burning Wheel I have wanted to know more than what the lifepaths tease at. In the different incarnations of gaming rat folk, they seem to me, be playing by a different 'rulebook' than other 'races'.  Where are Roden from? What do they want? What's the Society?

 I began running a Roden series of one-shots at conventions to explore playing with an all Roden group and what those 'stories' reveal.  The one major standout I've experienced is the sense of community in a Roden game is stronger than other fantasy scenarios I've run. Players have actively invoked the nest as motivation for some actions. Players have anchored many Duels of Wits or drastic actions around their view of what's best for nest life.

I had no plans to do stretch goals. I want to hit my delivery date with the best book I can. However, there are some obvious, low-impact things we can accomplish as we approach the 3x funding. I'll expanded the content to include sorcery and art magic from the Roden context.  I'm also talking with the Father of Roden and I think he's coming on board to say somethings about the Roden!

I've updated the KS with details of the poster map, it'll be 11x17 laminated, 100# matte white cover stock. 

Take care Kickstarters!

What's next?
over 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 01, 2019 at 11:29:21 AM

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You all are RockStars!!!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 01, 2019 at 01:06:45 AM

In the space of brewing coffee and a client call, you funded this project! My biggest thanks to you.

Coming up I'm adding a tier for running a game at BigBadCon 2019, and I hope to announce a nice surprise for you Roden fans, h/t to Thor Olavsrud.

Take care