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    He’d also be a bit cack-handed as bison riders get -2 DEX, so he could have a Dex of 1 at an extreme...
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    Joerg posted this in a thread here a few years ago: “Those Humakti and Yelmalian obligations/restrictions are pretty much a form of failed mysticism - reaching a certain state of consciousness and then reaping the reward, without any further advancement, except through further advancement in the cult hierarchy going hand in hand with a second, and deeper, iniitiatory experience. A true mystic wouldn't claim their reward but go on to master another of the restrictions. Both Humakt and Yelmalio are about intimate contact with Death, Humakt becoming it, Yelmalio avoiding it. Either way, this is quite close to a severe austerity as practiced by the Kralori (as has been told about Sheng Seleris' rise to mystic power).” As I said there, Joerg nailed it.
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    18 size and 18 str. Bison rider gets +2 size. Air rune for +2 str. Darkness rune for +1 size. So 20 str 21 size for 2d6 dmg bonus. He would drive his enemies before him and listen to the lamentations of the women. Of course, in the Dino De Laurentiis Glorantha the Lunars capture him and put him in the Gladiator pits, eventually sending him to Kralorela to learn. And he hates Ernaldans cuz, you know, that snake thing.
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    page 164 issue with Agility Skills title.
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    An inability to dextrously dress himself may explain why he is eternally 'naked, save for a loincloth'. Dex 1 looking good
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    You get to augment once per session WITH A GIVEN ABILITY.
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    Page 18 Timeline of Key Events 1916–1926: My eyes aren’t what they once were, but I can’t tell at a glance whether you’re using en-dashes elsewhere. If you are, one of the best places for them is between a range of numerals or dates. It’s a fine point, and these days many typesetters don’t bother with them, which is a small pity. I won’t mention them again unless you want me to look out for them. While I’m likely not to proof the handouts carefully, I noticed both lone hyphens and double hyphens where em-dashes should be, sometimes both in the same document. It would be worth searching for those and making them consistent, preferably with full em-dashes, since the handouts replicate handwriting. Lowercase “t” in ‘the “Carlyle” Expedition’ to make it consistent with the other entries that don’t begin with a proper noun. Page 19 Third entry, change “alternately” to “alternatively.” (You use “alternately” correctly in other instances, so beware of a search-and-replace, but here it should be “alternatively.”) 15th January 1925: Lose the comma. Page 21 Last graph of the first section, another case where you want “alternatively.” You want a comma after “end of the spectrum.” At the end of this column, “alternative” is used correctly. At the top of the second column, consider using the understated “and so on” instead of the ugly “etc.” with its period bracketing the closing parenthesis in such an uncouth manner. In the penultimate graph, you might want to insert a definite article: “…and draw a veil over the investigators’ failure…” It’s not wrong; it’s just awkward compared with the general style of the other prose. Page 22 Graph 1, penultimate sentence, lose a comma: “…where the investigators choose to go in terms of…” In the following graph, omit “ending in” before “China.” Under Historical and Setting Descriptions, adjust the punctuation: “Key locations have at least baseline Depictions, and the Keeper should feel free to add in further locations as events develop.” I see someone beat me to it, but for completeness’ sake, I’ll mention the sidebar should read “While the main text is written in U.S. English, certain…” Page 23 Please consider eliminating “etc.” from your written vocabulary. It’s puny and ugly, and it smells funny. Just before the section on Lethality, please adjust “The Keeper is advised to only pull such stunts…” to “The Keeper is advised only to pull such stunts…” Make the first paragraph after Lethality more elegant by deleting “with great frequency.” Restore the missing comma: “Certain encounters have been moderated for classic Call of Cthulhu play, but, for…” In the second graph of the next column, “mitigate against,” delete the second word. In the next graph, hyphenate “high-stakes.” Page 24 After If the Gate Opens, do you mean “Mythos activity swells” rather than “wells”? That seems to make more sense. In the last sentence of the same graph, omit the superfluous comma. In the next graph, there’s another “towards” you probably want to be “toward.” In the third graph after PREPARING FOR PLAY, last sentence, that semicolon needs to be a comma, em-dash, or colon, definitely not a semicolon. I would suggest the em-dash. Page 26 Top of the first column, add “in”: “…is provided in Appendix E,” Same sentence, add missing “to”: “as each has reasons to venture to or be in South America…” Third graph, correct to singular “interest” and add possessive “investigators’”: “In the interest of the investigators’ being able to communicate…” In the second full paragraph of the second column, make “playtests” one word. Page 27 In the third column, first graph after the heading, make “hand over” two words (verb form) rather than the one-word noun. I’m noticing increasing use of “player character” instead of “investigator.” If that’s by design, no worries. But if you prefer to use “investigator” and “hero” instead, it might bear a careful search and edit. Page 31 Viewing the kerning on the second line of the “Cowley, Professor Anthony” entry requires a SAN check. The final line of Jackson Elias’ entry wants a comma: “He gets wind of Nyarlathotep’s plan, but cultists chase him down and kill him.” Page 33 In Sir Aubrey’s entry, change “towards” to “toward.” Page 36 Under Skills, correct the spelling of “dialect”: “Language (Alngith Dialiect*) 45% (22/9)” [I understand it’s excruciating to run multiple spellchecks on such long game documents, but it’s worthwhile to do at least one more.] First graph after Backstory, change “it” to “its”: “… despite its being frowned upon…” Last sentence in Backstory, add a comma after “leader”: “Having corresponded with the expedition’s leader, Augustus Larkin, she packed…” Lose a comma, add a comma: “Description: white Australian with dark-brown hair, fair skin, and green eyes.” I’m not checking the character builds for game accuracy. That arithmetic I leave to better folk than I. Page 38 Near the bottom of column 1, add a comma: “Since returning from France, he has worked as a mechanic, but better engineering jobs have eluded him.” Page 39 Near the bottom of column 1, the semicolon after “New York Public Library” should be a comma or an em-dash. Page 40 Near the bottom of column 1, hyphenate “silver-spoon.” Page 41 First graph of Backstory, upgrade comma to semicolon: “Book-learning wasn’t Perry’s style; he preferred getting his hands all bloody…” Revise the last sentence of the backstory, omitting a word and adding another: “…to Lima to arrive in time for the expedition’s departure.” The “Traits” entry is missing its bullet. Page 42 At the top of Backstory, lose the comma after “family.” Near the end of Backstory, change “towards” to “toward.” After “Traits,” make “foolhardy” one word. If you’re going to use “i.e.,” include the comma. Alternatively, use “that is,” instead. Page 45 In the Backstory, delete “of some renown” to avoid redundancy. Revise the description to avoid suggesting the hair is smiling: • Description: white French; wavy blonde hair and a broad smile.
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    SCRITCH SCRATCH is now available in general release! You can download a free copy of the PDF here: http://bit.ly/2tNtnvb Or, if you'd like a print copy, it is available POD at Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/shop/lynne-hardy/scritch-scratch/paperback/product-23635572.html BTW you can still get our Free RPG Day releases from previous years POD at Lulu: The Derelict RuneQuest Quickstart
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    Here are stats for the Tiger-sized Siamese cats that Corwin encounter in Guns of Avalon, and that I hope to use in them in the campaign. I used the RQ3 Tiger stats for a baseline, and wrote them up using the rules for Demons in SB 5. They cost 66 MPs to summon. STR 6D8 (27) CON 3D8 (13-14) SIZ 5D8 (22-23) INT 2D8 (9) POW 3D8 (13-14) DEX 4D8 (18) Hit Point (26) Move 9 Armor (Fur) 1D3 Bite 50% 1D10+2D8 Claw 50% 1D8+2D8 Snout 65-70% (CONx5) Leap 2 Skills: Dodge 40%, Jump 50%, Hide 80%, Sneak 80%
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    Credits page Paragraph 2: Make “Playtesters” one word. Under Clear Credit, graph 2: change “as well as creating” to “as well as creates” for parallel consistency. Or revise it the other way around with a bit of rewriting. Graph 3: change the full stop before “John French” to a semicolon. Throughout: Search on “toward” and decide whether you want “toward” or “towards” as your standard. (If you’re aiming for American style, it’s “toward.”) Page 7 At the top, add a couple of commas: “Greetings, Gentle Reader. If you are reading this, you have purchased…” Under A Classic reanimated, the final sentence of the second graph is stronger if attached to the previous sentence with a comma or an em-dash. Change “loving” to “lovingly.” If you are a stickler, as I know you are, you’ll want to capitalize Internet. I’d encourage you to omit “and further” after “dig deeper.” (If you must include it, the metaphor is more consistent with “farther,” but you don’t need it. Sometimes you’ll use two adjectives when one of them is clearly superior and would be stronger alone.) Before “building on firm foundations,” reduce the semicolon to a comma. If I were editing this passage for style, I’d have more advice to offer. Page 8 At the top, hyphenate “less-than-professional approach.” Under The Campaign, after the quotation, change “where” to “when,” since it follows a date, not a location. In the second graph of the second column, don’t you want to specify Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition? Every previous edition was also written for Call of Cthulhu, so it’s not a distinction as framed. Page 9 Under Introduction, second sentence, lose the “s” from “parts” or “provides” (but not both) for agreement. There are a number of style issues an editor would address, but I’ll try to limit myself to actual corrections. Still, I’d like to stress that a more rigorous editorial pass a few months before release would be a shot in the arm for publications that have such strong substance. Last paragraph: You can omit the “to” in “lead to,” since “where” already takes its place. Add the possessive apostrophe to “the players’ doing something unexpected.” Page 10 After SUMMARY OF EVENTS: THE PUBLIC VERSION, that first sentence could use reconstruction. The key is that you want “led by 24-year-old Roger Carlyle” adjacent to, “The Carlyle Expedition.” The simplest way is to start the sentence with the former phrase. Second graph: Again, you want “who” and “Sir Aubrey Penhew” much closer. The simplest fix is to make the last phrase its own sentence with a pronoun: “He then joined the team.” Page 12 Graph 2: omit the word “being” to make both “intractable” and “immune” agree with the verb “proved.” In the last graph of column one, omit the hyphen in “sickly sweet.” (Adverbs ending in “-ly” don’t take a hyphen. No one knows why.) Under PREPARING THE GREAT PLAN: NOW, the colon in the first sentence ought to be a comma or, perhaps better, the word “and” preceded by a comma. In the last graph, omit the comma after “millions of years ago.” This is really a question of style, but omitting it makes it consistent with the sentence that follows, which doesn’t use one in a similar position. Page 13 In the sidebar, after Roger Carlyle: no need to hyphenate “far-gone.” If parallel structure matters to you, you might consider revising a few of the descriptions to match the verb-led structure of the majority. Thus: Roger Carlyle: is confined… Jack Brady: remains in hiding… Hypatia Masters: has become a babbling… Page 14 In the two parenthetical notations in the second graph, you use a semicolon once and a comma in a similar position the second time. Neither is wrong, but they ought to be consistent. I’d stick with the comma, since it’s clear without the added emphasis of a semicolon, which you might need in a later, more complex notation. (The third one in the next graph also uses just the comma.) Page 15 Second full graph, make “Elder Gods or Great Old Ones” plural to match “they.” Graph at the bottom of column one, add a comma: “Nyarlathotep’s forms vary greatly, and the keeper…” Same graph at the top of the next column: lose the superfluous comma. It’s not worth changing, but except in rare instances of providing clarity, you needn’t put “in order” before a verb phrase like “to realize.” Empty extra words. If you can shed them, your prose becomes a little more muscular. Page 16 Penultimate graph, add a comma: “for average cult members, and these…” Also, add a full stop after “Contact Nyarlathotep.” Omit “and,” and instead begin the next clause with “Should.” Page 17 At the top, “led by M’Weru” needs to be closer to “cult.” Likewise, in the next sentence, “which was set up” wants to be closer to “branch.” In the first sentence of the second graph, omit the comma after “avatar.” That final sentence is also a bit messy. Consider this revision: “An enormous and horrific monstrosity, nearly ten times the height of the average human. With rending claws and, in place of a face, a single long, bloodred tentacle that stretches upward, as if reaching for the stars.” Note that this version puts the modifying phrase after “tentacle” and uses the American “upward.” You might want to do a careful search on the several -ward/-wards and make them consistent, either American or British. Omit the comma after “human”: “The Black Pharaoh is an Egyptian-looking human dressed…” In the penultimate line of column one, make that semicolon a colon. Under Cult of the Sand Bat, add a comma: “had all but died out, and it was only…” You could also lose the commas on either side of “nevertheless.” In the next graph, the semicolon could be a comma or an em-dash, but not a semicolon. Lose the comma after “Nyarlathotep.” The semicolon near the end is fine, but add a comma after “instead.” Under Order of the Bloated Woman, lose the comma after “(270 kg).” Lose the comma after “exclusively Chinese.”
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    p. 7, A Classic Reanimated section, paragraph 2, last sentence: Change "loving captured" to "lovingly captured". p. 7, A Classic Reanimated section, paragraph 3, second sentence: Change "Not only has the original text been revised and edited, primary research has been undertaken to bring new insights into the various locales and historical period" to "The original text has been revised and edited, and primary research has been undertaken to bring new insights into the various locales and historical period." ("Not only" implies a "but also" balancing clause which is not present.) p. 22, Spelling Conventions sidebar, first sentence: Change "is written is U.S. English" to "is written in U.S. English".
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    It might be the complexities in determining the odds as opposed to any mechanical difficulties. Mechanically, bonus/penalty dice are simple, but from a "how does it affect my character" standpoint they are more complex that a fixed modifier.. Bonus/Penalty dice do not affect all characters equally, being more significant for the success chances the lower your skill score is. They also have a big effect on the special and critical chances. I'm not advocation one method over the other here.
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    They are wonderful stories and certainly under consideration though we have to ascertain where the rights reside. @Runeblogger - we are looking for Gloranthan short fiction to publish in Wyrm's Footnotes.
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    Anyone know if there are rules for Knocking someone out, or non lethal damage?
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    Harsh yes, probably a bit unfair, but I got a laugh out of my friend back when it happened. She probably is smarter than he is though. She figured out a couple of things and pulled off a clever idea or two that surprised me. For example, I made up a simplified RPG for her where she got to play Asoka Tano from the Clone Wars. It was a quest type of adventure where she had to open various containers to find something, and it was possible to find R2-D2 and have him tag along and help with things. In one game R2 opened up a contain that was trapped with a ECM grenade and got fried. She loved R2 and was horrified that he got zapped, so from that point on she would use the Force to open up containers with telekinesis so that R2 would never get hit by an ECM trap again, ever. That was her idea, at age 6.
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    @Jason Durall just said posted literally the opposite of this in this thread seven hours ago. (I mean, as far as I can tell.)
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    On the NPC Portraits file. Page 6, bottom right portrait of Dr. Mordecai Lemming is out of alignment with the rest. Also, not an error, but could we get a portrait of Roger Carlyle as well in there? Love handing my players these as they piece the clues, for note taking, and would love to have one of him
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    About reprints. Would there be any possibility to get a reprint of The Widow's Tale by Chaosium? Is there even a theoretichal change?
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    It's been fixed. We're working at getting the updated .pdf available.
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    Subsequent parries get a -20% per attempt modifier, cumulative, regardless of which hand the weapon or shield you're using is in.
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    I fancy d4 dices made of steel, which could be used caltrops as well. Those served as such quite well already, but you can always do better...
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    Guardian Games in Portland, OR hands out tickets and you roll a D20 to see what item you get. You get a ticket just for showing up to the store, and two more if you run any RPG adventure. I happened to roll the '16' needed for a copy of Scritch Scratch on my first try. There was a guy there that ran Scritch Scratch THREE times (two hour sessions) that day. I know the store bought three boxes of Free RPG Day stuff, and it was all long gone by the time 5PM or so rolled around. Talking with the store manager toward the end of the day, he seemed pretty happy with all the games ran and the number of people that played (6-7 per table was common). This seemed to include a larger number of kids than I saw the last two years (I had three 10-12 yr old kids and three adults for the Tales From the Loop game I ran and one 11 yr old for the Gamma World adventure). I want to believe that bodes well for the future of table top RPGs.
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    Page 189, was "Jar-eel the Artess" intended? (She is usually "the Razoress").