13th Age

Originally released in 2013, 13th Age is a d20 based fantasy role-playing game designed by Rob Heinsoo (lead designer of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition) and Jonathan Tweet (lead designer of D&D 3rd Edition). Though there are many familiar concepts from D&D that should allow players to get started quickly, 13th Age is more story-based.

The ‘backgrounds’ system for character-building replaces D&D skills, providing a simple, flexible skill system drawn from characters’ personal histories, while ‘One Unique Thing’ about a character offers exciting storytelling possibilities. Uses Escalation dice for fast-moving d20 combat.