It is time now to introduce you to the definitive incarnation of Burning Wheel, the Gold Edition. Burning Wheel Gold is contained in a single 600-page, hard cover volume. While it is the same game as BWC and BWR, Gold is also much more: It has been re-edited and reconfigured to reflect nearly a decade of intensive play testing. Every loose rule has been tightened down. Every missing piece has been carefully added.
Here’s what you can expect from Burning Wheel Gold: The entire text has been reedited for clarity; skill obstacles have been included for every skill; all traits and skills have been compiled into one list; all lifepaths list their requirements; Duel of Wits and Range and Cover have been clarified; Fight positioning has been simplified; and each Fight action has been explained; Sorcery was tweaked to make it simpler and less loonie; low obstacle Faith tests have been added; the Mounted Combat rules have been reimagined (and made useful).
Burning Wheel is an award-winning fantasy roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of vibrant, dynamic characters whose very beliefs propel the story forward.
Starting with a simple D6 dice pool mechanic, this game intuitively builds on its core concepts. The rules detail dramatic systems for task resolution, advancement, trials of belief, tests of nerve, searing social conflict, dangerous sorcery, miraculous faith, and brutal, gut-wrenching martial combat. Behind the dice, your decisions drive the game’s systems. Their choices tangibly affect every outcome—from glorious victory to ignominious defeat.
But there are consequences to every decision, ramifications to every action. The choices you make close off one path, while opening another. This philosophy underpins the character creation system for Burning Wheel. And it’s not just a matter of pushing a point here, or nudging a number there: As soon as a player decides to make a character in Burning Wheel, he is confronted with decisions about the character’s past, ethics, beliefs, scars, goals and dreams. Questions whose answers affect not only the player’s character, but the shape of the story as a whole.
Burning Wheel is presented in an easy-to-read writing style, with plenty of insight and advice from the designer. If you’re not careful, Burning Wheel will change the way you play roleplaying games.
The Gold Edition combines both the Revised Edition’s Burning Wheel and Character Burner. It has been reorganized for clarity and updated by the author.
Released: 01 November 2011