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    I've backed all of MadKnight's kickstarters so far, and am super thrilled with them. The main thing that I am hoping for, is the exotic cavalry -- Sable Riders in particular. Beetles kind of qualify, but I was much more excited for the Troll Shield wall, trollkin, and Zorak Zoran based family unit. Trolls are a super common enemy for players, and those guys are very hard to get any type of reasonable miniatures for.
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    Guide to Glorantha, page 702 I have been looking for a description of the Naga, but couldn't find any in any of my various RQ/HQ books. Did I miss anything?
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    The slarges probably are the Pelmre of the Pamaltelan creation sequence, and a stage older than the Agitorani. Now a lot unflattering and negative has been said about the Agitorani, and the failure to participate in the wars against Jraktal might have been one. However, we know that the mortal descendants of the drinkers, the Agimori, did fight against Chaos. Two migration groups eventually turned up in Genertela, one inside Godtime, the other in the Second Age. And even Therophis acknowledges the role of humans: Meaning the Agimori, and possibly the Men-and-a-Half as the newly created ones? (Always assuming that Therophis is relating reliable sources...) But there were even more recent additions to the population of Pamaltela, e.g. the Veldang who disembarked from the moon and allied with chaotic forces in the later parts of the Gods War, the Zaranistangi who departed without taking a recorded stand against Chaos anywhere, or the Durba antigods (of whom the Gorgers may be a part). The term Ivamali doesn't occur anywhere else in the Guide, either. Now embyli and their nymphs are sufficiently different from the green and brown elves the Jrusteli would be aware of, except for those in Eest. That conquest occurred fairly late, though (775). But then Errinoru's circumnavigation occurred between 734 and 751, and may have brought the embyli to Therophis' attention. Both Gbaji and Jraktal come pretty much as surprise in the enumeration of Chaos enemies of the Gods War. Jraktal the Tap was a foe of Ompalam (Garangordos quested to liberate Ompalam from Jraktal), and the Umathelan God Learners would have encountered Jraktal in interaction with Fonrit fairly early on. But the Naga aren't the only enigma in that "Secrets of Chaos" text. In Genertela, the author tells us about a victory against Gbaji under Mostali leadership. The Greatway dwarves were in all likelihood unknown to the author, but the Nidan dwarves and their satellites like Belskan would have been well known. Now the Nidan dwarves as leaders in a fight against Chaos are an unexpected concept, to say the least, but the old friendship between (elder) giants and Nidan dwarves prior to Gonn Orta's mission to liberate the Jolanti might go back to this.
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    Wow. Did not expect that. So the "South" being spoken of here is not specifically Pamaltela, or is it a throwback to maybe when the southern lands hadn't quite been differentiated yet or something? I wouldn't exactly mind seeing stereotypical naga (lower body snake people) around in the tropical rainforest regions of eastern Pamaltela or East Isles, although I'll admit I'd imagine them more as chaos beings akin to Genertelan Scorpionfolk than an "orderly" race. EDIT: Not that the RW Hindu naga are evil, so maybe that's doing them a disservice. It could be a neat way to play with the intersection of Earth and Sea as elements in Glorantha, since snakes are largely associated with Earth in Genertela, but Water in Hindu mythology, so maybe they were some kind of races created by the union of those elements, much like Storm people are Earth and Air... Just thinking out loud here.
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    Wow, you're right. Not even the Entangling rules. So, digging into the BRP book... Whip (Other Type, 1H) Base Skill 05 STR 9 DEX 10 Damage 1d3-1 {Special: Entangle) HP 4 ENC 1 Length 0.2 / 3 SR 0 Entangle A whip may be used to entangle a foe on a special success. An entangling attack cannot be made from close range鈥攊t must be made with at least 3 meters of space between the attacker and target. A successful entangle immobilises the particular hit location and prevents movement or attack by the target for the rest of this melee round and into the next melee round. A successful Dodge roll or Grapple roll negates a successful entangle. A critical parry negates a critical entangle, but an ordinary parry success has no effect. On the round following the successful entangle attack, the entangled target can attempt a Dexterity Check to free him- or herself, or make a STR vs STR resistance roll to attempt to pull the entangling whip from the attacker鈥檚 hand(s). Alternately, if the entangled target is able to, he or she may attempt an attack on the entangling weapon itself, cutting through the whip. If the target's attempts to get free of the entangling whip are unsuccessful, the attacker can declare one of the following effects, based on hit location: Immobilise Limb, Disarm Target, Knockdown Target, Injure Target (roll damage again), or Strangle Target (see Drowning and Asphyxiation, RQG p.156), as appropriate by hit location. A target remains entangled until, during a subsequent melee round, a successful Dexterity Check or STR vs STR resistance roll is made to free him- or herself from the entangling whip, or the target or another individual succeeds in attacking the whip to sever it. During each melee round in which the target remains entangled, the attacker can again declare a special effect as appropriate by hit location. It could probably merit some polish, but there's a start. !i!
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    All, Just to let you know the thrust of our announcements at UK Games Expo. HeroQuest OGL and SRD We are going to release the HeroQuest engine under an OGL There will be an SRD soon (before end of July) The OGL engine will have a different brand name, we will reserve HeroQuest for HeroQuest Glorantha. It is a Gloranthan term, and by calling it HeroQuest Glorantha we avoid collision with the boardgame "HeroQuest" Genre Packs We want the ODL to make it easy for folks to produce 'genre packs' for "HeroQuest" either relying on our core rules, or including them as our Glorantha genre pack, HeroQuest Glorantha does To show what we think it can do, we plan on releasing a number of genre packs Ron Edwards is going to do a supers genre pack for us We are in negotiations for a pulp license We want to do a SF genre pack We want to do something the breaks new creative ground We are very open to pitches for new genre packs If you want to write of us, this is a good starting point.
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    Hello Agents! Very good scenario from BRIDGET RENOUX and most important it is free for download from: https://www.patreon.com/posts/amanuensis-dolls-23570691 and You can hear this scenario running by Bridget for RPPR crew here: http://actualplay.roleplayingpublicradio.com/2019/01/genre/horror/delta-green-amanuensis-dolls/ I've run this scenario and it is very good.
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    If they are all the same type of critter, you could just give them all the same average stats. So a STR 3d6 monster would tend to have 10-11 strength. Why make more work for yourself by rolling them up individually? 馃槈 The exception would be if you wanted your opponents to have an especially capable leader or a particularly wimpy comic relief member of the team.
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    It's a God Learner text and since it doesn't mention Vovisibor probably refers to events in Fonrit during the Great Darkness (simply because Pamalt has already acted and unmade Vovisibor at the beginning of the Age - I think - and Jraktal is not named in connection with Vovisibor). Hence the Naga/Agi are not helping because they have already acted. What is happening there is a minor skirmish.. The Ivamali IMO are not elves but Hroolar which would explain there being few in number. .
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    I read through @Ian Cooper's thread from last year about advancement/rewards, but sort of lost track through it. I understand the dilemma involved in spending Hero Points for either in-play bumps or meta-play improvement, splitting one currency between two different types of transaction. I also understand the drawbacks to introducing an additional currency in the form of Experience Points for improvement. Has anyone suggested that HPs, if spent in-play, can also buy an improvement at the end of the session/scenario? Not just getting a Major/Complete victory by virtue of a successful roll, but as a result of bumping up with HPs. It still doesn't necessarily address the rationale for buying a new ability at starting level, but neither do straight XPs. And it does create an added incentive for spending HPs in play instead of hoarding them for advancement. !i!
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    You should listen to actual play. Helps flesh out the mood and scenery.
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    I just read this. Very interesting and evocative!
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    Huh. I just assumed the Naga were slarges. (Or maybe lascerdans). Too simplistic, I guess.
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    I always assumed that this was a God Learnerism, based on serpent-based Earth imagery from Seshnela- but I'm not opposed to it, snake people are indeed cool.
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    There is a lot going on here to reward questing! All I know is that when I see "naga" or "nagi" I usually strike the "n" to translate to our modern understanding of Glorantha. Pamaltela emerges remarkably early (roughly as fast as Kralorela, only a few years after the West) but at that stage Greg is more interested in figuring out the tribulations of the Artmalites. Even so, we have "nagitori" and "nagimori" from almost the beginning. In terms of theories to adopt it's interesting that Pamalt is sometimes depicted as a serpent giant. I originally wanted the "naga" to be the earth race that becomes the "serpent mothers" or likiti but they interact as separate groups so if there is a direct relationship it's more complicated. "South" may be the place where the primal snake nation was more successful and remained "naga" (keeping horns, for example, maybe wings) whereas in the Genertan disaster that particular spirit people faded from the landscape. Of course people rarely think of Pamalt in these terms in the modern travelogues. Maybe they should but this is a secret. The Pamalt complex is weird. It's also possible that Therophis got a source garbled or failed to translate the term. I think some have pointed at the pelmre (super old in the texts along with the jelmre and "hular") as an overlooked southern reptile nation too young to help. The informant is also silent on the Artmalites. Snake people are cool. There were even miniatures.
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    I just found and greedily consumed this thread, and wanted to join in the heaping of praises! This is a fantastic work.
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    VSHOOOMM!! (courtesy of KillSixBillionDemons.com)
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    Err Mike M is the Chaosium Line Editor for Call of Cthulhu and can be considered the official authority. Examples are only that and cannot be expected to cover every situation that might arise and the Keeper is the only arbiter that matters in his or her game.
  20. 1 point
    I have played the newest version of Mythic Iceland (now called RQ Mythic Iceland) at The Kraken.
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    No, I meant rolling 08 or less if your skill is 8X%, or 15 or less if it's 15X%. I like that characters with skill over 100% have benefits other than being able to succeed at tasks with high difficulty.
  22. 1 point
    If these creatures have a voice magic (Bene Gesserith style, or manifest mantra, or such), ok. It is not about eating, but it is about natural weapons in a physical fight. The bite attack of the Manticore? Good thing it has paws and a stinger.
  23. 1 point
    just to add some confusion I want to share the Revolution D100 dice trick as an additional suggestion. If your ten dice rolls higher than your unit dice it's a special (they call it advantage). the higher your skill the higher your chance to roll a special. (it's not a straight 10% of skill but grow from 0% to 50% of your skill chance as skill goes from 0 to 100%)
  24. 1 point
    Another supplement would have been so nice, lowering the bar to starting a Ringworld campaign. I've done some online searches for Ringworld resources/campaigns and most seem to date back to around 1999-2004. Nothing really active, but if anyone has a nice resource feel free to post it. What would it take to revive interest in Ringworld? Announcing a movie or streaming service TV series would certainly help, but some company would need to develop another RPG to go along with that. Just the rights to create another Ringworld RPG would be a big risk without something to raise awareness of Ringworld compared to its heyday back in the early 80's when it was pretty much mandatory reading for sci-fi fans. A Kickstarter campaign might mitigate that risk though, and maybe Ringworld is still fairly well known among the millennial crowd? Speaking of reading though, I sorted through my paperback books and found I had more Know Space books than I remembered. The first three Ringworld books, volumes II-VI of the Man-Kzin Wars, Flatlander, Crashlander, Tales of Known Space (a great title for a more comprehensive Niven-based RPG), Protector, and World of Ptavvs. I also had a copy of the Oct/Nov 1995 Omni Comics issue that included a story based on The Ringworld Throne. I'm still trying to dig that issue out from where ever it was stored.
  25. 1 point
    I am using Safehaven as a base for my characters (see Pirates and Dragons Ye Legacy thread) as this gives good rationale for having a variety of different nationalities and factions being in the same place. Historically even if some nations are nominally at war trading and contact could take place at Freeports and in neutral territories to ensure that life's necessities continued to reach those who could afford it. Haven't actually gone to the bother of fleshing out the port or drawing any maps for it as yet because I tend to run a loose style of campaign with a framework plot with some set pieces but where a lot is made up on the spur of the moment (mainly by the players - I just nick their ideas). I just tend to have a load of NPC ideas with a name, profession/faction, reason for being in the Dragon Isles and picture (I use a lot of 17th/18th century portraits etc. to provide a period feel (see example attached), then develop full stats etc. as needed. I have also found that Heroic Maps on DriveThru have a good selection of pirate/sea/coast/ship themed battle maps etc. As background reading into the whole pirate thing (I like using historical references as they provide period flavour and detail but also give me some ideas for settings etc. real life can be weirder than anything I can make up) the following I found quite good - Pirate Nation (Elizabeth I and her Royal Sea Rovers) by David Childs - Earlier period but does give a good insight into the development of pirates and buccaneers along with clue to their tactics and explains why the English Navy was so rubbish until the 18th century. Spanish Gold by David Cordingly - Gives a good history of the Golden Age of Piracy and its major players. The Pirate Hunter by Richard Zacks - Though the writing is a bit hit and miss gives an insight into the life and times of Captain Kidd and shows how fine the line is between pirate and privateer and how this line moves according to politics and profit margins. Dramatis Personae Richport.pdf
  26. 1 point
    Advancement & escalating resistance are one of the big warts on HQ2/G as written. Laws's "Why advance Characters at all?" side-bar in HQ2CR is a totally legit approach if you're leaning more towards "Ratings are relative measures of abstract problem solving power" and away from "Ratings ratings reflect in-fiction capabilities and effectiveness." In that context, I'd let players shuffle points around between ratings over time to reflect what aspects of their character they wish to emphasize in play, (Many Fate-based games take a similar approach.) In HQ1, the static resistance TN benchmarks made for a more traditional RPG power scale against which to compare your heroes, and the broader range of ratings gave more room for fiddling with bonuses & penalties for various things. Some still prefer it for that very reason, but that approach also carries more cognative load, prep effort, etc. like any other medium-crunch game. HQG splits the difference though, as rating-thresholds in your runes & grimoires gatekeep tiers of magical status, so the tension is somewhat baked in. In QuestWorlds, Ian is discarding the resistance-rising-by-session-count idea in favor if the resistance-rising-at-the-end-of-each-season/arc idea he sketched out here. Games built on its generic foundation may of course implement a different approach that suits their specific focus.
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    My note on how conflicts are handled at the lowest relevant structural levels was taken from Evans-Pritchard's account on how traditional conflict resolution occurs among the Nuer people in South Sudan, although the sources are from the 1920s-30s, so things might've changed since then While the Nuer lack the more formalized corporate clan structure that the Orlanthi have, they did have a system of "wergild" which involved members of ritually (but not politically) powerful third-party bloodlines/lineages intermediating and sacrificing cattle to end feuds, as did/do their neighbors, the Dinka people. Basically, as outlined by others above, less serious infractions are likely to be solved at the smallest possible scale, played by ear and relevant tradition, and with an attempt to keep most people happy, or at the very least keep the most powerful happy and things running smoothly. If the stakes are higher, people are probably going to try and activate their social capital by drawing in as many family and lineage members, and possibly ask for favors from close friends or patrons/clients. If these third party members fail to mediate the conflict, only then do I see the Clan Ring getting overly involved in an official capacity, but this is mostly speculation. All of this might of course be avoided provided the offended party is sufficiently intimated to shut up about the incidence. A cottar might refrain from making a ruckus on fear of being beaten up by the extended family of their carl patron, for example, over some grazing rights or misappropriated calfing or somesuch infringement. I'd assume stuff like that happens.
  28. 1 point
    To be fair, that could happen. Just because one is at point blank range doesn't mean that the target didn't move at the last moment, or flinch, or the shooter didn't anticipate the recoil or instinctively flinch from murder. The outcome? The bullet clips the scalp and ear of the intended victim, but they are alive and able to retaliate, even if they have temporarily ringing ears and damaged hearing from having a firearm discharged too close to them. Nah, always roll damage, it can only reinforce the point, and who knows? They may (remote chance) somehow survive.
  29. 1 point
    Replace the word "bloodline" with "extended family" and it helps to clarify things. Close kin are responsible to and for close kin. So if Jon Jaranosson kills someone from another clan, his brother Jaran Jaranosson is just as responsible as him as far as the law is concerned. But if Jon steals from or otherwise harms Jaran, there is no outside group Jaran can go to for compensation - it is up to Jaran and his extended family to deal with their wayward brother. At least until Jaran harms someone outside of the kinship group. The two things an Orlanthi court can do is: 1. Order payment to the victim (aka ransom, life price, restitution, etc.); or 2. Exiles the perpetrator. The first can be in whatever amount the judges decide is appropriate and it is up to everyone involved in the court to enforce that. Usually the perpetrator's kinfolk immediately pony up the amount to minimise the dangers inherent in enforcement. Exile opens the perpetrator up to being killed by those he injured, without the protection of his own kin.
  30. 1 point
    20 cows as property not directly available to clan purposes sound like a big deal to me. These cows would be exempt from sacrificing in clan ceremonies unless the owner(s) feel the need to show generosity or personal piety, for instance, they would be exempt from weregild payments caused by another household's clan-member's misdemeanor, and also for tribute demands. This is borderline possible for a thane household. The vast majority of a clan's cattle should be owned by the clan (or, as RQG appears to formulate it, the temple) and basically assigned or leased to the herder families or dairy-producing cottagers. A rancher stead (say a dozen adults) with 80 heads of cattle (including a number of oxen and likely a bull) would own maybe five or ten of theses outside of the clan herd. A semi-free stead with maybe 6 adults might have a few oxen (probably less than a half team) and a few dairy cows kept nearby while the majority of the cows is on the summer upland pastures - clan-owned cattle, under supervision of the delegated herders. The Seattle Farmer Collective used to be quite enthusiastic about cattle-loans and similar traditions borrowed from the Old Irish. My model isn't much different from that - those who get assigned cattle get the duty to bring them through the winter, to provide some of them for the sacrifices and tribute, and get to reap the benefits of having been loaned these cattle for themselves (mainly milk and rarely supernumerary calves). Stable capacity is a factor here, limiting the amount of cattle that can be kept through the winter. Hay storage (or other greenery forage like young branches from bushes) is part of the duty the recipients of clan-owned cattle need to fulfill. In places with mild winters, cattle might spend the winter outside, requiring increased protection against predators (both mundane beasts, foes and magical entities). In the end, Heortling society isn't that socially mobile. An individual may gain status by becoming a companion of a VIP, and might become a VIP or at least eligible for the jungle camp be able to start a wealthier household than he was born in from that, but that takes a lot of dedication, good luck, and a timely end of such individual service while on the winning side. Imagine your players manage to become the thane of Apple Lane through some unlikely plot cheat. That post involves five cottagers' homes with nine tenant farmers some of whom opted for limited freedom in exchange for a secure existence whereas others appear to have born into those roles, and probably a number of conventional cattle and even a few horses or similar mounts assigned to the thane's manor. The cattle etc. are bound to belong to either the Colymar tribal temple or the Hiording clan the hamlet is associated with. If your players are from the Ernaldori clan of Clearwine, it seems fairly unlikely to me that the Hiordings would have a vested interest in providing cattle for them. Horses and some weaponry, yes - basically they become something like sworn warriors, although it isn't clear whether to the Hiording chief or to the Clearwine Temple. I suspect the latter, with probable interesting consequences when the Hiording chief wants something from the thane of Apple Lane. So, if the players gain some ransom from their activities in the shape of cattle, those cattle might be the basis of their private herd. They might even stable a number of these with their tenants, establishing themselves as the local nobility, expecting little more than some dairy and the return of a healthy yearling cow and/or oxen a few years later (some of which might be loaned away again). Few players will wish to keep close tabs on this, other than "cows owed to my character" on their possessions sheet - these cattle are basically money in the bank, paying a small rent. They do help create some loyalty of the followers, which might be worth more than having the cows as four-legged cash.
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    The Fall semester at Taylor U has passed the half-way point, and the seven students in the Tabletop Game Writing Lab are deep into the writing of their Call of Cthulhu RPG adventure, 'Refractions of Glasston'. Here's an update from their teacher, Prof. T.R. Knight: https://www.chaosium.com/blogat-the-halfway-point-our-call-of-cthulhu-collaboration-with-taylor-universitys-professional-writing-course
  32. 1 point
    Just had a chance to look over the myth. The missing god is uncapitalized which means it's not a title but refers to a god already mentioned. Earlier Kimantor calls upon the War Lord who surrounds him with his powers and defeats his enemies. Then one time the War Lord does not come and so Kimator goes to his temple in the Shadow Plateau.
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    Agreed poor wording choice. In fact I'd say I was off on intent there too. At least as far as that sentence goes, not in the over all effect. What I should have stressed more was that unlike the various other horrible things that can happen in RQ and other RPGs rape and forms of sexual abuse are something that sadly, were more likely to have happened in real life to a player or someone they know, and therefore Broo could hit too close to home. It's not that it is worse than the other horrible things that monsters and villains do in RPGs and fiction, it's just that this is something that is more common in the real world, and thus can tap into a pre-existing trauma, although the Broos version is now more like an alien infestation that actual rape. Still the sense of violation is there.
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    This is actually something of a truism for most of not all RPGs. What happens is that the characters adventure and improve, but then get tougher missions and opponents, so the character improve even more, go on even tougher missions and face even more tougher opponents, and the process keeps repeating. So in the en d character improvement leads to higher difficulties to compensate, which can make you wonder what the advantage there was to improvement. It's more oblivious in HQ2, where the difficulty is set to the length of the campaign and character advancement, and in level based games, where everything is designed realtive to the level of the PCs, but it exists in some form in most, if not all, RPGs, and for a good reason. Namely to keep the game challenging. Now some skill based games, including most BRP derivatives can sidestep that somewhat thanks to the inherent risk with their game mechanics. In a game like RuneQuest of Call of Cthulhu, a good spear hit tot he chest almost always has the chance of killing a PC in one hit, so there is less need to escalate the opposition, and its' possible to use an absolute scale of competency instead of a relative one (like HQ1's scale of masteries as mentioned by soltakss). This is also why some RPGs, such as some of the FUDGE/FATE derivatives don't have character improvement as it is a net zero game, especially in a game system with opposed rolls and a bell curve. If both the PCs and their opponents get a +1 to their rolls, it cancels out, so why bother? I think the real point of abilities and advancement in HQG is that some sort of improvement system is expected by players., and not having one would not be received well. It might be better to replace character improvement with a way for players to change abilities around and maybe award more Hero Points.
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    I played RQ3 back in the 1980-ies. I remember running Apple Lane and Trollpak. I also remember the PCs all died when they attacked a Dream Dragon on their way to Pavis. I returned to Glorantha with the new edition and ran a play-by-forum game for awhile. We ran through the Apple Lane scenario of the Gamemaster Screen Pack, and I was hooked. Having found five interested players I've now decided to start a new tabletop campaign. We will play by the new rules, but I've decided to run the old Borderlands campaign set in 1615. As some of the players are new to rpg:s and almost all are new to Glorantha I decided to reduce the number of variables and make them all Sartarite exiles from the Red Cow clan. They will be siblings or cousins, and we will generate their family history together when we meet for our first session tomorrow. I decided on the Red Cow to leave open the remote possibility of having the PCs eventually return to their homeland to run through the Eleven Lights campaign. The probability of the campaign lasting that long is low, but one can dream. The campaign starts ten years earlier than the standard RQ:G-campaign, so I had to rewrite parts of the family history section. With help from the BRP forums and some Glorantha blogs I added events for earlier years. I also decided to replace the personal skill bonuses with added language skills, in order to make the characters be able to communicate in Prax. My plan for the first session is a short intro talk about Glorantha (bronze age, runes, gods etc) and Runequest (skills, deadly, etc) followed by Daine's Briefing. After any questions, we'll do the actual character creation. That might take the entire evening, we'll see. I use Kanka.io to store my information. I've also prepared a Discord server. At the first session we will talk about our attitude to online activities between game sessions.
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    The thing about forests is that they mean different things. In medieval England, and parts of medieval Europe, a Forest was a n area of land set aside for hunting. It normally contained trees, but also contained clearings, grasslands, shrubs, wasteland and so on. Peasants could live in the Forests, using fallen trees and collecting fruits and nuts, they could keep pigs which fed on acorns.some people even fenced off parts of the forest and had villages there. Other areas had massive forests that are large wooded areas. I think the Black Forest was more like this than a hunting forest, but am not sure. Places such as Russia have vast endless forests, the Taiga, that cover many thousands of square miles. However, even they are not continuous woodlands and have farmland, grassland and other areas dotted around inside them. In England, we have Spinneys, which are small woods, probably with only a few hundred trees in, or Copses which are even smaller. They would be too small to show on a map of a large area, but might show on a map of a village. Rivers would have trees growing along their banks. Areas around woodland might contain bushes and shrubs, the outback in Australia isn't known as Bush for nothing.
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    Ok, here is my take on Balazar Deities, from our old RQ3 Campaign, which had one of the PCs becoming King of Greater Balazar, adopted son of the Red Emperor and Lord of the Stool. Yelmalio - As normal Yelmalio, but with pretty crappy Sun Dome temples. Balazar - Hero Ruler cult and Yelmalio Subcult, grants little magic due to him having been eaten by a Dragon in the Dragonkill. Found Child - Hunter Deity Votank - also a Hunter deity, also found as a child and raised by Hearthwoman. Personally, I think of Votank as being Foundchild, but also the Founder of the Votanki clans. He could have an ancestor-worshipping part to his cult, but I reserve that for Firshala. Hearth Mother/Hearth Woman - An analogue of Mahome, but more a case of the Old Woman or Mother of the Clans. She found Votank after he was Exposed and raised him as her own son. Her cult is quite weak, as she can only teach her worshippers a single cult spell every Sacred Time, in their special rituals. Rigtaina - The Wild Woman is a Nymph of Nature. I remember reading an old description of Genert where it said that Genert had many daughters, including Rigtaina and the Lady of the Wild. Now, we know that the Lady of the Wild is a nature goddess in Dragon Pass and Rigtaina is her equivalent in Balazar and the Elder Wilds. She is the Girl who Runs Away, symbolising fleeing prey animals, also the Girl Who is Caught, symbolising hunted prey, she is also Mother of Animals and the hunted animals go back to her when they are killed with the Peaceful cut ritual said over them. Mralota - The Pig Idol brought to the land by Balazar. The citadel Dwellers raise her pigs in farms, the Votanki Clans hunt wild boar, descended by those pigs that Balazar set free for the hunters to hunt. Her cult is about the raising of pigs, with pig health magic. Brother Dog - Foundchild's Helper, his Brother, and gives magic to help with raising, training, understand dogs and hunting with them. Firshala - A trapped Fire Nymph with Ancestor worshipping spells. She is a mystery and I had her as being the other side of ancestry, with Votank only having power over the Male Line and Firshala having power over the Female Line. She was trapped by Arkat or Gbaji or both and is hostile to Aldryami. I had her as a analogue to Oakfed, who burned the trees of the Elder Wilds down, in the same way that Oakfed burned the trees of Prax. Granny Keeneye - A chaos Spirit who inhabits the bodies of people until they become so corrupted they die, allowing her to pass onto a new body. I have her as being the manifestation of the Primal Chaos of one of the Chaos Nests of Balazar/Elder Wilds. Cacodemon - This was listed as one of the cults of the Balazar/Elder Wilds region, which is odd. I had a tribe of Ogres living in the mountains to the east of Balazar.
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    The full range of Lance and Laser Glorantha minis is listed at http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=HeroQuest It's easy to cross reference with figures still available from the Armorcast range https://armorcast.com/miniatures/lance-laser/?sort=featured&page=1
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    Does anyone have more information on the Temple of the Wooden Sword? My Google-Fu is apparently lacking severely when it comes to finding anything other than, it is a thing. I know there was some writeup in a fanzine but, I wouldn't know where to even start looking for an old magazine.
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    A'Ha Me Hearties and other piratical expressions etc. Here be attached part two of the saga, along with the aforementioned treasure map fragments and the letter the characters have received for their ancestors written 45 years before the events unfolding. We are still very much in the plot set up stages here but hopefully the story will start to unfold a bit from now on as everybody seems to be settling into character, especially 'Crimson' Jack who wilfully misinterprets the spoken word at every opportunity. Pirates and Dragons Ye Legacy season 1 part 2.docx Pirate Pact.docx Treasure map obverse.pdf Treasure map.pdf
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    Early Modern Controversies - Part Two Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:27 AM Continuation of a non-exhaustive list for potential agitators (most of these controversies existed prior to the Thirty Years War, the time of my own campaign). Please add as you see fit. 路 Should the Archbishop or the town council (Geffeln) rule over the affairs of the Free City of Koln? 路 Does the wandering Commedia dell'Arte corrupt the morals of the common people? 路 Does the shift in trade from the older Mediterranean to the newer Atlantic routes and its effects on the fortunes of cities in the Mediterranean - Barcelona, Marseilles, Genoa, Venice - and the Atlantic cities of Seville, Amsterdam and London, along with the globalization of trade to include the spice ships of Asia and the silver ships from the New World, represent a change in the balance of power toward the West? 路 Does a lack of Investment of the profits from international trade in the infrastructure of the nation (e.g. waterways and roadways) represent a "squandered opportunity"? Is the nobility more concerned with its own past times and pleasures than with the economic welfare of the common people? 路 Does a lack of efficient postal service stymy the flow of correspondence so crucial to the flow of ideas between the sages of many lands? It takes six weeks, for example, for a letter to make its way from Paris to Venice. 路 Are the Catholic confraternities to be found in nearly every urban center growing too rich and powerful, smug with material piety; are they being used by the religious orders, such as the Jesuits with the Marian sodalities, to fund dubious activities, and are they, in fact, despite the support of the Church, promoting a cultic element with their dramatic rituals of flagellation, lavish public processions and periodic feasts rather than promoting the charitable virtues originally intended? 路 Are the Genoese banking interests ensconced in Galata, near Istanbul, actually entering into an unholy commercial alliance with the Ottoman Empire with its capital in Istanbul, are the bankers selling out Western Christianity to the Turks? 路 Should the people be ruled by a constitution of laws applicable to everyone, from the King to the poorest peasant, or is the natural order based on the absolute sovereignty, established by God, of the monarchy? 路 Is the changing definition of consumer, from that of one who eats his or her daily bread with gratitude to that of one who spends and spends though desire is never fully met, necessarily a corruption of the devil by which men and women lose their souls and is the merchant the high priest of this religion of consumer goods, a servant of a mercantile Satan? 路 Have the pure blood statutes of Toledo, designed to keep conversos (converted Jews) out of the ranks of the nobility, actually debilitated Spain economically by driving a hard-working minority to pursue pedigree and status rather than the prosperity of the nation? 路 Does the telescope of Galileo, by confirming the heliocentric model of the universe proposed by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, represent a device of the devil to undermine the teachings of the Church? 路 Is the cosmology of Aristotle based on imprecise measurements? 路 Are the courtiers of the princely courts the uomo universale of Baldassare Castiglione or are they fawning favorites of the crowned heads, vying for attention from their masters, like dogs, and do they rather distract the ruler from matters of state? 路 Are criminals sinners who have strayed beyond the boundaries of society and religion, or do they constitute a deviant underworld determined to pull down society and probably in league with the Devil? 路 Does the state's reliance on capital punishment reflect its lack of an effective police force, relying instead upon terrorizing would be criminals? 路 Does the continuation of an antiquated feudal social order represent an impediment to commercial development? 路 Is the average life expectancy of 30 in the seventeenth century the result of unhealthy living conditions created by the wealthy to suppress the poor? If the German saying, Der Mensch ist was er isst (A man is what he eats), be true, then a peasant with no food is nothing, another corpse by the side of the road. 路 Is Deism, the belief that man may know the truth through his own rational capacity, without reference to the supernatural, and that there are natural principles common to all religions more than non-conformity, is it heresy, and should people like Lord Edward Herbert be burned at the stake for espousing such beliefs? 路 Is the argument from design, which started in ancient times, but was changed by Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century to assert that the teleology, or purposefulness, of the natural order evidence of God's existence or is the inclusion of final causes a departure from the scientific, as Roger Bacon contends? 路 Is the human will determined by efficient causes or is it free to act as it chooses? 路 Are the ambassadors sent to this capital or that diplomats or spies? If quid pro quo (something for something) is the norm among the crowned heads of Europe, still there is the question of how much information should be given and how much should be received. 路 Has the replacement of cavalry with infantry on the battlefield by the advent of black powder weapons resulted in the rise of dueling among aristocrats more than ever sensitive about their status as "those who fight" in society? 路 Do nobles who engage in dueling, affairs of honor, place themselves "above the law" and should dueling be punished by the authorities to reduce civil disturbance and maintain the social order? 路 Does the Dutch Republic, particularly in Amsterdam, grant too much freedom to the Jews who have emigrated there from Spain? 路 Can the Twelve Years' truce brokered between Spain and the Dutch Republic by Henri IV in 1609 last for even 2 years given the two sides have been at war since 1566 - 43 years of fighting? 路 Should the government intervene more in the economy to avoid the recurring famines and crises or should laissez faire policies in support of capitalism be pursued? 路 Should education be compulsory and universal, as argued by Luther? 路 To what extent has the Jesuit involvement in education fueled the counter-reformation (eg the Jesuit education of Ferdinand II)? 路 To what extent should girls receive education, as well as boys? 路 To what extent is Empiricism, the belief that experience is the best teacher, coincide with the writings of Francis Bacon and represent a threat to religion, among whom only the mystics claim first-hand experience of God and their experience, they say, is largely ineffable? 路 Are the so-called mathematics of the Mechanical Engineers actually magical formulae proscribed by the Church? 路 Are the tools of the Military Engineer fashioned in the Devil's workshop? Are the mathematics of gunnery magical formulae?
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    Let me begin by saying I really do like the way Renaissance Deluxe has created Professions to go within social classes and provide characters with many different options for role-playing. I am not a rules lawyer, that is not the point. Rather, I would like to elaborate on the various Professions from my historical readings for the common weal. I will begin alphabetically with the Agitator. Of course, the great religious controversy of the Reformation must by considered. The Early Modern period was also rife with pamphlets that were a by-product of the printing press introduced by Gutenberg in 1450. Protest was generally more prevalent than I think is credited and i was also inclined to think the lower classes were more or less docile subjects of the ruling elite, but in one book I am reading about urban protest in France during the 17th century "It took a variety of forms, ranging from isolated grumblings to clandestine threats, gatherings of angry citizens, harassment of targeted scapegoats, rock throwing, pillaging, seizures of public places, armed forays through the streets, expulsions of purported traitors, sometimes mutilations and murders." Rather more intense, perhaps, than the student protests of the 60's! So, I invite all and sundry to add their thoughts on the Professions listed in the Renaissance rule book, either from the perspective of history, actual experience role-playing the profession in a game context, perhaps by sharing non-player characters (there are many excellent in Clockwork and Chivalry, for example) one has designed, pure imagination and/or literature. In this way, I hope we can collectively flesh out the professions that we can all make use of in a Renaissance campaign.
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    I was going to move on to Alchemist, but I guess I will have rather more to say about Agitators. They are really a pivot point, I think, of the Early Modern, stirring up the factions in the streets and factories of the growing cities, the peasants villages that have become more autonomous from their Lords to better facilitate the productivity of agriculture in meeting the requirements of a growing urban population, starting to question and even defend themselves against the well-armed and landed aristocracy with few democratic scruples. Some of the books I am looking and will probably add to this topic: History of Peasant Revolts by Yves-Marie Berce: the Tardes Avises who if they got it that Henri IV had converted to Catholicism maybe didn't believe it. The troubles in Quercy. The Croquant. Riots over the price of bread. Riots in response to the poor behavior of soldiers - some were eaten. Soldat Tartare? Riots against excisemen and their agents - some rich folk would hire agitators to stymy the tax collectors by arousing the sentiments shared by more humble taxpayers. Urban Protest in Seventeenth Century France by William Beik. Everyday resistance. The culture of retribution - don't get mad, get even. The unenviable position of the magistrates. Notable uprisings in Montpelier, Dijon, Bordeaux. Uprisings in the time of Louis XIV. Factional parties and popular followings - Beziers and Albi, Aix-en-Provence. Princely leaders and popular parties. The Loricards of Angers. The Ormee. The German Reformation and the Peasants' War by Michael G. Baylor. Many assume that the Reformation was the principal cause of the Peasant's War in the 1520's, the largest popular uprising up until the time of the French Revolution, but perhaps both the Reformation and the Peasant's War in the 16th century surfaced deeper under-currents that spilled over into the 17th century. This book offers many of the original documents from that period of conflict for review and perhaps with them a better understanding of the social transformations that make the Early Modern such an interesting period and game setting. Obedient Germans? A Rebuttal by Peter Bickle. Der Untertan, The Subject, is almost an article of faith regarding the German culture. Viewed politically, the German was and is they embodiment of the "subject" in the word's most poignant sense - Max Weber. Certainly the defense at Nuremberg, in which it was claimed the Nazis were just following orders tends to support this view. But is this the natural outcome of the German social order or its perversion? An interesting discourse ensues... So, I will linger a bit over the Agitator. I have more possible controversies to list. More to add. But in the end, it is the agitator who provides his or her energy to the factions which I think are such a great component of the Renaissance rules. I want to know these rabble-rousers, flesh them out as Peter's perfidious pamphlateer has done in taking refugeunder a table in the tavern where his character glibly incited a row, elaborate and integrate them into my campaign. Conflict is where drama comes from! I welcome any ideas on the Agitated and those who Agitate them in Early Modern Europe, whether gentrified disturbers of polite society in drawing rooms or mercenary thugs in the streets hired by the supporters of a political or religious faction to obstruct the parade or procession of a rival faction.
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    In one game I played, rather than ran, my Adventurer was a rather annoying pamphleteer. I put together a newsheet ("The Righteous View", from memory), using some woodcut images and Gutenberg style fonts, which I offered around whenever the occasion arose (then my Adventurer hid under the pub table while the inevitable inter-faction fight broke out).
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    Wow - what an excellent list In the narrow sense, this might be useful: "By 1647 the first major phase of the English Civil War was over, and Parliament was well aware of the heavy cost - and threat to stability - of maintaining a large army in the field. Parliamentary leaders proposed to disband the army, without giving the soldiers back pay that they were owed, and without granting them indemnity for damage committed during the conflict. The army protested bitterly against the proposals. To represent their views, the soldiers elected two agents from each regiment. These agents, also known as 'Agitators', effectively acted as a secondary commanding force, and sometimes wielded more power than the army's own officers. They tended to represent a more radical outlook than the army leadership, and there was strong support for the extreme social radicalism of the Levellers among the Agitators and the troops they represented. The Agitators imprisoned Charles I at Newmarket, and took part in the so-called 'Putney debates' of October and November 1647, which was essentially a discussion with the less radical leadership over what next steps the reforms brought on by victory over the king should take. The influence wielded by the Agitators quickly waned, and by 1648 the army officers were back in charge of their troops." In a less narrow sense, the Agitators might well take up issue with any of the causes you've listed - I guess it's a broad term for political activists/agent provocateurs. While the Ranters might urge the crowds to consider issues, the Agitator has an active agenda (of course, the Ranters aren't so simple either - as they also consist of the broad movement from which only Quakerism really flourished, as well as a whole raft of individuals with their own specific religious and political ideas, some of whom were influential in other social movements that briefly reared their heads). One thing about the Early Modern Period - with the lid blown off the old order, it's easy to think that there were simple alternatives, such as Calvinism vs Catholicism, but the reality was a massive raft of dissenting ideas, which makes hard and fast definitions really difficult to assert.
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    I wondered how the Agitator fit within the period of the ECW. With so many factions, everyone involved in the ECW seems some kind of agitator! Didn't realize it was so specific a role in the ECW. For my part, I have have taken a rather broad view and done a little research in an Encyclopedia of Early Modern History for anything I could imagine stirring up controversy, attracting agitators, that might even provide a seed or two for an historically based adventure. I plan to add more as I go along but I wanted to get this first chunk posted because it might spawn some ideas...I realize most folks are concerned pretty much with food, housing, clothes, but the Agitator is a bit different. 路 Absolutism - what are the limits of potestas (absolute power) and auctoritas (absolute authority) that should be allowed the crowned heads of Europe? 路 Agriculture - who owned the land, who farmed it, and who had rights to it? 路 Augsburg, Religious Peace of - should the subjects of a prince be forced to conform to his/her particular faith or emigrate (cuius regio, cius religio - whose the regime, his the religion) as provided by the Peace of Augsburg 1555? 路 Augsburg, Religious Peace of - should Calvinists, Anabaptists and other dissenters be excluded from the protections provided by the Peace of Augsburg (they were excluded)? 路 Augsburg, Religious Peace of - has the Peace protected the Reich from the religious wars of France and the Netherlands or is it storing up tensions like a powder keg? 路 Baconian philosophy - should the natural philosophy of Francis Bacon, first published in The Advancement of Learning 1605, which relies on observation, the compilation of natural history and inductive reasoning supersede Aristotle, Neo-Platonism, Empiricism, Alchemy and Atomism as the most modern approach to natural philosophy? 路 Balkans - is the preoccupation with religious matters by the crowned heads of Europe ignoring the advancement of the Ottoman Empire through the Balkans, now on the very doorstep of Europe? 路 Baltic - is the collection of a toll by the King of Denmark on all ships entering or exiting the Baltic that must pass under the guns of Helsingor castle the practice of "legalized piracy" as the Danes are accused by the Hanseatic League? 路 Banditry - should bandits be treated as criminals and social outcasts or are they still part of peasant society, representing heroes, avengers and fighters for justice to the oppressed peasant classes (e.g., Robin Hood)? 路 Banking - do letters of exchange, a staple of early modern commerce that allow a merchant to buy in one currency and pay in another actually usury because the profit is disguised in the difference of exchange rates? 路 Bankruptcy - does the seizure of property and the arrest of individuals who cannot pay their debts represent injustice? 路 Baroque - does this form of art and architecture represent self-aggrandizement by the wealthy? 路 Bavaria - are the Bavarian dukes in league with the Jesuits to promote the counter-reformation in Germany? 路 Does the Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit author of the Controversies, a famed counter-reformation document refuting Protestant doctrine, represent a saint or a devil? 路 Was the King James version of the Bible in 1611 royally authorized, or does the enormously popular Geneva Bible first published in 1566 still represent the best English translation? 路 Does the succession of the Valois dynasty by the Bourbon dynasty of Henri IV, King of France, represent a coup d'etat by the Huguenots? Was Henri III assassinated on the orders of Henri IV? 路 Are the bourgeoisie, who do not fit well the traditional tripartite division of society into those who fight, those who pray and those who work represent the corruption of God's natural order? 路 Did Johannes Kepler pervert the valuable data gathered by the late great imperial astronomer Tycho Brahe (d. 1601) to bolster the foundation of a Copernican heliocentric cosmology opposed to the teachings of the Church that the earth was at the center? 路 Does the English East India Company founded by Elizabeth in 1600 represent a threat to the interests of the Dutch East India Company? 路 Was Giordano Bruno a heretic and magician deserving of execution by the Church in Rome in 1600 or was he a visionary in understanding the metaphysical implications of Copernican cosmology in his statement that there was really no such direction as "up", 路 Is Henri IV, King of France, intervening in the mayoral elections of towns in strongly Catholic Burgundy? 路 Is their truth in the Cabala introduced by Isaac Luria in the 16th century that men serve the forces either of good or evil in successive incarnations until perfected in service and finally freed from the cycle of rebirth and eternal struggle? 路 Is Jakob Boehme, the mystic, in secret league with the Cabalists as his writings might suggest or is it true, as Pico della Mirandola claimed, that "no science can better convince us of the divinity of Jesus Christ than magic and the Cabala". 路 Is the Julian calendar followed by most Protestant states better than the Gregorian calendar named for the Pope Gregory who introduced it in 1582? 路 Are pastors called by God, as Calvin contends? How can a Calvinist resist a tyrannical ruler? Does the Genevan Consistory of the Reformed Church exceed their prerogatives in providing oversight of doctrine and morals, excommunicating and even executing (eg Michael Servetus in 1538) the heterodox? 路 Is wealth a sign of God's favor, as many capitalists seem to believe? 路 Is the Carnival celebrated in the days preceding Lent a decadent holdover from pagan days or is it still needed to chase away the demonic followers of the Winter King of the Dead and to encourage the return of the sun, the fertility of beasts and field? 路 Is the new Cartesian philosophy not only a challenge to Aristotle but also a challenge, however veiled to Christianity? 路 Are the Spanish mystics, like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, right to insist that the human soul must be purified before it can attain union with God or were they minions of Philip II who affirmed the Inquisition when it destroyed the body to save the soul?
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    To me, Agitators in the ECW have a pretty specific role - they are almost shop stewards, particularly in the Levellers regiments, representing the concerns of a politicised soldiery to their military superiors. They were a double-edged sword, as far as the powers that be were concerned - because they tended to be more of a feature of the later more professional (and often more effective) units - but would not always follow orders as expected (or, at least, negotiations would be required to get them to commit to attacking those that they perceived as allies/non-hostile to their wider cause). In the end, they were a liability in the new Commonwealth, which was always going to support a different agenda to the original aims of the Leveller faction. That said, I wrote them crossing over with Ranters and the like, so they might be active fomenting unrest or pushing their agendas outside their regiments (or as non-military acitivists) or in completely different settings. Outside the military, Agitators whip up the crowds, often creating the spark that transforms anger into action. I certainly agree that protest was far more commonplace than most histories emphasise - and in the ECW, with the cap off press censorship and the existing order being questioned, the mob was becoming a real force to be reckoned with.
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