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  2. Opiyel

    Spirit Combat and Parrying

    Today I ran my first Spirit Combat with a Bane Spirit. The question of parrying to minimize damage came up and I wasn't quite sure what to do. In physical combat, if you successful parry an attack and your weapon/shield size is of a greater size than the attacker, it can halve or even negate damage. Does something like that exist for Spirit Combat? Thanks for any help.
  3. Marc

    Summoning RuneQuest Gamemasters

    I think this is a GREAT idea. Even came up with one, only to find that someone beat me to it ( The ASL Corollary ). I'm wondering if all of these could be added to the wiki
  4. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    If the OP were on break, away from his desk (in a break-room, outside to enjoy a bit of fresh air, etc) and reading it on his own device... I would find that really serious overreach by the employer. Break is supposed to be personal time, read what you want, etc. Granted: if he were at his workspace, the appearance of being "at work" (while viewing personal content) might muddy the issue, or worse.
  5. g33k

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Can you expand upon this just a bit, please? If everyone was clear that some of the content was NSFW, what "response" was "particularly strong" in the women you consulted ... ? I ask because my gaming group is about 2/3 women. I have the PDF and am about to order the rulebook (presuming I get the Discount Coupon); nobody else has even the PDF (afaik). But maybe I should alter my "pitch" to the group...
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  7. David Scott

    Peaceful cut and butchering

    I'd go and read up about horse sacrifices first.There's some excellent RW examples that are Gloranthan gold. Of course the Pol-Joni use the Peaceful Cut, Waha is kin, they just don't hold him as khan. As for unfit horses, may be, although there's likely horse magic that makes lameness much rarer in Glorantha. You don't have to worship Waha to use the Peaceful Cut, as I said earlier There's likely a candidate somewhere on the second row of the Gods Wall and then it will be called something like "The Glorious movement of returning soul"... The Peaceful cut when used by a Humakti ensures the animals soul is devoted to Humakt. It's part of Worship Humakt and I still think he'd prefer a sword. "I am Humakt, I am Death personified and you may sacrifice anything to me, as long as it's a sword". I'd certainly use sword bog sacrifices as a model and certainly recommend both of PV Glob's books on along the way https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bog-People-P-V-Glob/dp/B003WSAW78/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mound-People-Danish-Bronze-Age-Preserved/dp/0801408008/ref=la_B000APTCQ8_1_2
  8. g33k

    Is barding a thing in Glorantha?

    Nevermind the barding, you fool! You just mentioned stirrups in a post about Glorantha! RUN FOR THE HILLS!
  9. Runeblogger

    Pavis Cult under new rules

    My advice is: ignore Pavis as a sorcery cult and keep it as a deity.
  10. Russ Massey

    Pavis Cult under new rules

    I'm hoping to convert the Grey Company campaign from the Tentacle Press series to the new rules. The main stumbling block is that the campaign was designed around the theistic Pavis Cult of Cults of Prax and Gods of Glorantha, but we now know (from the HQ supplement Pavis: Gatewat to Adventure) that Pavis is not worshipped as a deity but provides sorcery via grimoires. I'm assuming that Pavis won't be included in the upcoming Cults supplement, so do I need to create the sorcery spells from scratch or has there been any work done anywhere that would give me a start on this?
  11. Jeff

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Rejoice because you actually are wrong. RQG is not intended to go out to kids under 13. In this age of games like Witcher III, Dragon Age Inquisition and Mass Effect, television series like Game of Thrones and Westworld, the US market is not particularly troubled by nudity. Some folk won't go for it, but they are unlikely going to buy a lot of copies of a fantasy RPG where polytheistic cult membership and religious magic are a significant part of gameplay. As we've said before, we've never had a problem with the US market. The Spanish on the other hand..... Jeff
  12. Russ Massey

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    And yet... those Old Pavis fundamentalists searching for Man/Plant fetish sites are doomed to failure.
  13. Zozotroll

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    I would hope so. You have to be pretty inept to not be able to find more porn than you can imagine on the net. Chaosium should not compete with that. But I like bronze/early iron in all its flawed glory.
  14. Ellie

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Please Zozotroll, it's called the Directors Cut. It's artistic, not pornographic.
  15. Joerg

    Peaceful cut and butchering

    Sounds good. Using Waha's Peaceful Cut? Do the Pol Joni slaughter horses unfit to ride? Unlike the Pure Horse Folk, the Pol Joni do worship Waha alongside their Orlanthi deities, and probably a number of horse deities (Yelm Kargzant, Elmal, Yelmalio, Pure Horse Founder/Hyalor). Humakt certainly will accept the blood of animals spilled in his name. Will those beasts receive the Peaceful Cut or just the artful sword strike?
  16. Joerg

    Orlanth and the Invisible God

    I don't think that the Orlanthi artwork that has been done prior to the Guide has in any way been invalidated - if you look at the mural and the carvings in the image where the Vingan presents the (shaved, and more importantly severed) head of the clan champion to his chief and his advisers are completely in line with earlier representations. The city of Pavis was the only "Sartarite" city that we had aerial views of for a long time. While the aerial views of Sartar's cities in Sartar - Kingdom of Heroes and Sartar Companion probably are in some need for an update, this is the first time we get to see Esrolian-influenced architecture and art. I admit that I still have somewhat mixed feelings about the new representation of Clearwine, but if the Balazar citadels can have such architecture, why shouldn't Second Age Orlanthi cities have had it? In case of Clearwine, there should be an almost jarring side-by-side of woodcarvings and ancient, somewhat awkwardly restored frescoes or mosaics for their religious artwork (thinking of recent "vandalism" in Spain when local volunteers were not hindered restoring ancient murals or statues). The giant architect(s) of the Balazar citadels might have done similar work for the EWF a century or two earlier. We haven't seen enough votive ceramic and wooden/bone figures left at shrines or temples. Woven and stitched tapestries should rule. Heck, I want an image of the loomhouse, with unfinished works in the frames, ideally being worked on. I am a great fan of the Swenstown trading scene. I never wanted the Sartarite cities to look like Hedeby, and Manching with its rectangular grid of almost uniform standardized generous town houses is a bit too orderly for Sartar. On the other side, I can see the City of Karse layout (based on Edward's Caernarfon two peaceful centuries after walled city and castle were planted in the wild) expanded by some of the planned chaos of the contemporary Bergen Brygge as the wooden port district shooting up after the Opening and some rather idyllic fisherfolk village on skerries in the estuary, all of it slightly re-styled into Seleucid Phoenicia/Judaea or even Ugarit/Mohenjo Daro style architecture. (Leave the layout of Punic Wars Carthage for one of the Pasos Isles naval bases...) The Orlanthi do have a civilized past their back-to-the-roots emigrants into the Dragonkill-emptied homeland tried very hard to ignore. It took repeated assaults on the Colymar village to re-construct the "class 2" ruins (in Pavis Box categories) of Clearwine Fort. (There was a joke that the old Chaosium headquarters, prior to the Issaries-split-off, could have been described as such - a flat-roofed office/storage house with intact roof.) I think there should be a shrine in a pre-Christian stave-church predecessor type of temple to the clan wyter in clans outside of such inherited architecture. Even if the clan is worshipping Orlanth on some sacred hilltop, the clan regalia will keep better and are more easily guarded in such an edifice. Reconstructions of the Cape Arcona temple (to Svantevits) might be another good influence. The Lusatian/Hallstatt fortified town of Biskupin might be a good model for an all-lumber architecture away from easily accessible quarries. I am rather curious what kind of imitation of Heortling and Esrolian art styles in Grazer iconography ambitious Vendref artisans have come up with. While I think that the Grazers might have their own jewelers from their own culture, a lot of their material culture is going to be produced in the three trade posts instituted by Sartar. I would expect some scythian style gold work...
  17. Zozotroll

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    For you old farts, here is a supplement I have waited for since wyrms footnotes #6, yea many years ago "the X-rated supplement. this is slowly coming along but Isaac still needs more articles submitted......Its contents may be offensive to some, but I know many of you have been in or run occasional adventures comparable to the trollkin S&M bar run by the checkered Demon" I have been waiting for this lo these many years. Maybe Jeff can resurrect this one, then people will actually have something to be offended about.
  18. David Scott

    Summoning RuneQuest Gamemasters

    The Scott Principles: Never underestimate ingenuity of your players, never roll dice against yourself, never have a conversation with yourself, never expect the adventure to follow the written path and when in doubt, always make it up.
  19. Crel

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    I do honestly think the OP has a point here. I agree with others that the OP post was... a bit belligerent? but I did raise my eyebrows a bit at some of the content in the book. Now, I want to remark that I do not think RQG is pornographic, and I do think it is done tastefully, and in a way which at least feels aesthetically representative of ancient cultures. (At least, of the Classical Greece that I've got some small expertise regarding. Hard to say for sure for me if it represents the Bronze Age, since Glorantha's seems more honestly a "Bronze" Age to me when compared to Earth.) The art throughout is beautiful, and it's a huge part of why I like RQG. I haven't felt so excited about an RPG's presentation since the ostentatious spell-tome aesthetic of D&D 3.5, when I first started playing. However, if one of the goals of RQG is to spread itself to a wider, newer audience, I do think this art holds it back in that goal. It doesn't matter how stupid or parochial or patriarchal or subjective the opinions are, but a book with nudity (at least in the American market) is going to find less audience than one without. I struggle to imagine the game store in my area leaving RQG just laying out on shelves for people to browse through, when I ponder it, because some little kid will see a titty and some mother will start shouting and it's just not worth the trouble. The distinction here isn't the content. The content, honestly, isn't important. What matters is the context. The Venus de Milo is in a museum--therefore it's Art. A statue in the center of the town park, or a college campus, is set up specifically to say "This Is Art." Because of the legacy of the eighties and gaming's reputation (thank you Dark Dungeons...) nudity in a gaming book comes across as smut. Not because of the quality or sensitivity (or lack thereof) but because it is in an RPG book. I reckon that we can all more or less agree that RQG more or less doesn't involve content we believe is upsetting. I don't think the conversation about what is/isn't appropriate is productive, but I do feel like a conversation about what aesthetic choices will best help RQG grow is productive. Maybe I'm totally wrong about the American market--I'd certainly like to be mistaken. But I don't think I am. Reminds me of a certain book which was only hinted at within a certain game by a certain Ken Rolston... "The Lusty Argonian Maid," I believe it was called. Careful--I'm not sure this is a promise Chaosium can keep!
  20. Jeff

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    I'm thinking a glossy art book. With Runic chakras, tantric union of the polarities, subtle variations of myths as experienced through heroquests into the same event from different vantages, and cosmic awakening through understanding that every light has its shadow. That sort of thing.
  21. Zozotroll

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Kickstarter, or just regular publication? Sign me up either way.
  22. PhilHibbs

    Summoning RuneQuest Gamemasters

    I think he was making a "players vs characters" joke, the PLAYERS can't cast spells, but the CHARACTERS can.
  23. styopa

    The Interior Art Needs to Change

    Insane. Our gaming group in high school got kicked out of our after-school use of the library's gathering rooms (for which we'd signed up) because someone saw us through a window rolling weird dice. We were kicked out because "there is no gambling allowed on school grounds"...we asked if that meant literally any game with dice (ie Yahtzee, Candyland, etc) would be banned, they remarked that "well that uses normal dice, not the gambling dice like you have" showing so very many levels of ignorance simultaneously it's breathtaking. ...which is really a brilliant, thoughtful, and constructive approach. Well, no, it IS a fact. The images in the book (whether we agree or not) were found by his HR dept to be inappropriate. That's the fact he has to deal with. On a theoretical level, yes, he could protest/dispute it, but who's really going to do that. So yes, like a "the earth is round" fact its the environment he MUST work in. IMO I don't think it's spreading, but I do think it's ossifying and polarizing. The middle of the bell curve, where average people used to shrug and go "whatever" is evaporating, with more and more people (apparently) ending up in intolerant extremes where they push their personal worldview onto others, whether it's about nudity, violence, politics, climate change, etc. With nudity you have one extreme of puritans insisting nobody should ever see a nipple (female, apparently male nipples are non-threatening). OTOH you have the other extreme that don't have a problem exposing small children to (what I would call) ENTIRELY inappropriate content. And just to be clear this is all sides of the political fence(s). Sorry if this is deep and off-topic for this forum, but the OP's post touches on some fascinating, deep subjects and we have a really terrific mix of international viewpoints here, and generally cogent, insightful posters. So for me it's interesting. I'd guess that he gets that now. I don't think the startling level of sensitivity this individual displayed (to which HR *had* to respond, legally) was evident beforehand. Thank all the Lightbringers above. My goodnes these days are passing slowly.
  24. RuneQuest Bestiary, page 91: Unchanged since Borderlands in 1982. As for maturity, I'd say ASAP, so likely a year minimum, from impregnation. You'd want fast maturity to keep providing things for players to kill.
  25. g33k

    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    That line? The one between "genius" and "madness"? You just erased it, my friend. Well done.
  26. styopa

    Summoning RuneQuest Gamemasters

    FWIW Jason, this is a damned interesting and useful thread. I've been GMing for nearly 40 years and while a lot of these general principles have been floating around for a while, people are codifying them quite concisely here.
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