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  1. The Greg Stafford Memorial Award for Gloranthan Fandom was established in November 2018 in memory of Chaosium's revered founder and original creative visionary Greg Stafford. With the blessing of Greg's family Chaosium will occasionally and irregularly present the award to recognise a significant and exceptional contribution to Gloranthan Fandom in a current year. The inaugural recipient of the award, in November 2018, was Lev Lafayette, the driving force behind successfully bringing back RQ Con Down Under after a hiatus of twenty years. This week marks the second anniversary of Greg
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  2. Might be of use if you are using a virtual table top in the unlikely your drawing skills are worse than mine 🙂. Drawn as there isn't a map without the key and locations marked AFAIK. You can always tell your player that a Eumali with no fingers made a sketch for them. HTH
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  3. ... please please PLEASE provide un-keyed maps for GM's to hand out to players! This should be standard practice for ALL adventures, and MOST sourcebooks. Keyed and/or labeled maps/diagrams/etc for info that's easily/readily available (or common knowledge)... sure, I'm good with the "GM Map" also being a player handout. But any (moreover: every!) time a map has GM-specific info, but otherwise shows info the players want... that info should be available as a player-handout without the GM-specific info visible.. TYVM for considering this.
    16 points
  4. Men of the West now has a color wrap-around cover by Mark Smylie. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/325525/Men-of-the-West?src=hottest_filtered?affiliate_id=2310005
    14 points
  5. We at the Chaosium usually announce a book's definitive premier in the product lineup when layout of the final manuscript has begun. We have numerous books in the writing or editing stage, but we don't like to say "when" they will be done. We used to estimate "when" and ultimately ended up disappointing people when inevitable delays happened. We also spent a lot of effort providing "no update" on the status of these future publications, which then led to lots of "why" questions. Please use the following table to understand why Chaosium isn't telling you when a future book will be ready: 1D
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  6. The new revised map of Furthest is almost complete, I’m just making some changes to bring it in line with the original article in Tarsh in Flames. I’m also presently working with another writer to bring to life Copper Town. One factor that delayed this work was some of the comments made on this forum. Thank to those who defended my position. At the time I was Unwell for over six months and struggle to draw. Jeff saw the new map two days ago and approved if it. My aim would be to create an expanded gazetteer and notes to publish on JC. For now I’ll post a shot of several bl
    13 points
  7. This week Chaosium is marking the second anniversary of the passing of company founder Greg Stafford. On Sunday we will launch 'The Adventure of the Great Hunt', a special Quickstart preview of Pendragon 6th Edition Rules, his magnum opus. Greg started work on the new edition ten years ago. Since that time, it has gone through multiple development phases and is at last nearly ready for its public debut. He called this, and always intended it to be, his “ultimate edition” and we are proud to see it finally coming to fruition. #weareallus "Let us win glory for our king, who will r
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  8. Our newest Call of Cthulhu campaign THE CHILDREN OF FEAR will be out as a 416 page hardback early next year, and available in PDF later this month! Here's a look at the gorgeous cover art by Caleb Cleveland:
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  9. (written under the influence of something something) Big Talking Animal A Toad/Rat/Spider/Snake that begs the PC to help them. 1. THE GIANT TOAD tells the PC that it is a powerful wizard (or a virtuous princess/prince... who was tricked into kissing the toad, as often happens to royalty), trapped in the toad's stomach. It asks that the PC climb into the toad's mouth and help them get out. It will insist the PC not attack the toad because they might harm the wizard (please leave sharp objects outside). Option A- If the PC climbs into the Toad's mouth, the toad eats him (clu
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  10. Hello! I’ve been encouraged to post my Hiording clan work for my young campaign. The attached files are part of what I shared with the players at the beginning of the campaign. There is much additional information that they don't know (yet), but I don’t want to put spoilers that my players might see so if you want more details on any situation/person, just ask. And I'm happy to explain how any of the many oddities came about, if you are curious. And the topic title is misleading, this was fun and not work. I love world-building! A few notes on the information in the attached files: 1
    10 points
  11. Been a while since the last one. I found the lack of imagery on Gagarth to be lacking. Maybe he has not got a lead breastplate and maybe his skull is an actual skull and not a helmet, but hey.
    10 points
  12. Here's the canonical list of significant rebellions and other events: 1602 – Boldhome is sacked by Lunar Empire, its temple profaned, and its people slaughtered. The last known heirs of Sartar are slain or driven away. 1603 – Conflict between Telmori and other tribes. 1605 – A major thrust by the Lunar army to invade the Holy Country, striking at heavily populated Esrolia. Countering with magical strength, the god-king Belintar stopped the Lunars by inflicting a decisive and humiliating defeat. At the same time, a minor thrust of the Lunar army reached the city of Karse and laid
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  13. This week marks the 2nd anniversary of the passing of Chaosium's revered founder and original creative visionary, Greg Stafford. Stay tuned in the coming days for a major announcement about the King Arthur Pendragon RPG, which Greg considered his magnum opus. #weareallus
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  14. Free download marking the second anniversary of Greg Stafford's passing #weareallus This week Chaosium marks the second anniversary of the passing of Greg Stafford, the company founder and its original creative visionary. With the hashtag #WeAreAllUs, we commemorate Greg as one of the greatest game designers of all time; winner of too many awards to count; and a friend, mentor, guide, and inspiration to generations of gamers. While Greg Stafford's influence on the universe of tabletop gaming is beyond measure, he considered the King Arthur Pendragon RPG his masterpiece. And this year
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  15. My dumb theory is that we can discuss this stuff intelligently. Content warning: this post considers rape as an allegory for abusive imperialism. (Don't ever trivialise rape, kiddies! Don't play games with it, and never abuse your players by forcing it on them and/or their supporting cast of NPCs, while you snicker and frot yourself behind a screen, you monster) King of Sartar is a deep and complex book. There's a natural temptation to treat it as if it's nothing more a heap of unpublished manuscripts from the eighties that Greg shovelled into one paperback, using the wafer-thin excu
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  16. The Art Packs have paid about a quarter of the cost of the new cover for Armies & Enemies. Am starting to gather together material to give the regional military history of Peloria in much the same style as for Seshnela, Fronela, and Ralios in Men of the West. I have a number of sources that weren't used in Armies & Enemies because the page count was becoming excessive. And, today, I can mention that Armies and Enemies won the 2019 Greg Stafford Memorial Award for Gloranthan Fandom for which I am very honored and grateful. The award has been sitting on a shelf with my Glorant
    9 points
  17. The following RuneQuest Classic titles are now available in print! These are all fully-remastered editions, true to the original printing and presented in book form. Includes PDF. Apple Lane - Softcover - POD - $9.99 $7.49 Big Rubble - Softcover - POD - $29.99 $22.49 Borderlands - Softcover - POD - $29.99 $22.49 Cults of Prax -Softcover - POD - $19.99 - $14.99 Cults of Terror - Softcover - POD - $17.99 - $13.49 Gateway Bestiary - Softcover - POD - $9.99 $7.49 Griffin Mountain - Softcover - POD - $29.99 $22.49 Pavis - Softcover - POD - $29.99 $22
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  18. Because of questions raised on various fora, the following has been added to clarify usage: Permission is granted to purchasers to use these illustrations in Jonstown Compendium publications (with a credit to the artist), and to GMs and players solely for their own use in handouts and character sheets, but not for wider publication. The labels can be removed but no other changes can be made for publication without permission.
    9 points
  19. Beast Valley is populated by Muppets. Only the Puppeteer Troupe understands.
    9 points
  20. A free download on itch.io! – THE WHISPERING RUINS by Jason Durall and Jeff Richard is a RuneQuest:Roleplaying in Glorantha encounter location for your adventurers, or could be fleshed out as the setting of an entire adventure. https://chaosium.itch.io/the-whispering-ruins For this, and plenty of other interesting Chaosium content, check our itch.io https://chaosium.itch.io
    9 points
  21. For what it is worth, personally, KAP is a game of knights, about knights, for knights. Pretty much every published adventure assumes that the characters are knights. Having GMed campaigns with both female knights and Lady characters in it, it is WAY easier to have female knights than Ladies mixed in with the male knights. Granted, the adventures also assume MALE knights for the most part, but it is still a much smaller change than having to deal with a character who is neither male nor a knight. Greg has stated that the one reason that his version of Arthuriana has (Celtic) Paganism is b
    8 points
  22. Knights' gender is a matter left up to the Gamemaster, and the core rulebook includes a section discussing how to set your preferred version (up to and including "no women knights at all"). The important thing is that options are presented. Yes, there will be women knights depicted in illustrations in forthcoming material; the default assumption is that some regions of Britain (such as Salisbury, the Red Castle, or Din Eidyn) are more accommodating to trailblazing women knights, while in other parts they are vanishingly rare. Gamemasters can calibrate up or down from that baseline to suit
    8 points
  23. Rubble Redux: Insula of the Waning Moon is the first of a series of resource books for Runequest GM's detailing an insula or city block that makes up the ruins of the Big Rubble in Prax, set in the rich fantasy world of Glorantha created by Greg Stafford and friends. Based on real archaeological plans reworked for roleplay gaming, each publication provides a realistic and practical description of a section of ruins with accompanying floor-plans and suggested mini encounters ready for insertion into your campaign. Whether your adventurers are working for a patron charged with bringing
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  24. It is two years since the passing of Chaosium company founder Greg Stafford. As one of the greatest game designers of all time; winner of too many awards to count; and a friend, mentor, guide, and inspiration to generations of gamers, “the Grand Shaman of Gaming” influenced the universe of tabletop gaming beyond measure, and we still feel his absence. To honor Greg Stafford and with his family's blessing, over the next week on Chaosium.com, we'll be making several special announcements commemorating Greg and his legacy. #WeAreAllUs https://www.chaosium.com/blogweareallus-chaosi
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  25. I have put together an Art Pack for Jonstown Compendium authors and GMs and players. This is an experiment. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/331406/Art-Pack-1--Orlanthi?src=newest_community?affiliate_id=2310005
    8 points
  26. This is well articulated and reflects our own experience. Focusing on combat is a mechanistic approach and if that is the style of game desired by the GM and players, then having a pacifist healer as a battle support tool is probably destined for boredom and failure and best avoided. My wife plays a Chalanna Arroy Initiate in our campaign. This is something we discussed at length and it was a welcome challenge to all of us. Combat is a central feature of RQG, a legacy of its RQII roots, and this can't be ignored.....but Glorantha offers so much more. For me the goal of
    8 points
  27. More sketching. I suspect the upper version is most likely to give the composition I want.
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  28. Blue Moon Brothers The player characters are secret operatives for the Blue Moon Assassins/Blue Army in disguise as a group of traveling musicians, or they were, until they ended up involuntarily joining the Danfive Xaron cult to protect the secrets of the Blue Moon cult. Released from prison into a world that's rapidly changed, they learn that in their absence the Blue Army has lost so much ground to the Unspoken Word, Great Sister, etc. that the Blue Army secret training center where they were raised as orphans to be musician-spies is in imminent danger of having the Tax Demons unleashe
    8 points
  29. Hi, thanks to a sleep-deprived but still incredibly efficient Nick Brooke, the Lysang clan/Arfritha Vale Sourcebook, In a Merry Green Vale is now available on DriveThruRPG as a JC product. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/330010/In-a-Merry-Green-Vale?src=newest_community I hope you will enjoy it! Best,
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  30. As an aside, Greg's "Arthurian monomyth" allows us to experience and play through as much of the myth as we want. But to do that, it is not particularly historically grounded. Pendragon leaves our history with the Enchantment of Britain and enters a mythological and magical realm filled with plenty of ahistorical features such as plate armor. Or indeed chivalrous knights. Or even knights at all. None of this may have existed in history (and certainly not circa 520 AD) but it is all part of the myth.
    7 points
  31. The option exists for players to play a female knight if they so want and without getting constantly screwed over by the setting. Because there are lots of players who would rather play a female character. Just as there are lots of players who would rather play a male character. There is no reason to create barriers that prevent people from wanting to play in one of the greatest RPGs of all time. When we've had female knights, they have always been exceptional and noteworthy, but not so exceptional or noteworthy that playing them is a constant uphill battle. At the end of the day, Pendrag
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  32. Hello everyone! Jason @ Earl of Fife Games here to let you know we've released an adventure module fully compatible with Mythras under the Mythras Gateway license. You can get it --> HERE Coast of Thrall A group of adventurers are allied together on a voyage across the sea. There is a mysterious prisoner aboard who is locked in the brig. He is being transported to Soulbade to be executed for his heinous crimes, so when people start to end up missing who is really to blame? The journey takes the adventurers to the dark city of Soulbade. A city where the
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  33. Change the word glowspot to nimbus, and you can see Jar-eel has one: look in the Glorantha sourcebook page 146 and you will see who does and who doesn't - note she who waits. in other parts of the comic, it expands to be a full aureole:
    7 points
  34. Humakti who switch over to YT get to keep all their gifts (as long as they don't break their geases) and can continue to replenish their rune points at Humakti temples. And I'm just going to take off my tinfoil helmet to note that Humakti can replenish their rune points in YT temples too, though they do tend to get a bit self-conscious during the liturgy with all the tambourines, guitars, and group hugs.
    7 points
  35. I have one - not great but have used it on Roll 20... The background is from 2 minute Tabletop which I highly recommend (https://2minutetabletop.com/gallery/)
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  36. If you mean any one ITEM (sorry for the reflection on the glass) it's probably the original Jaquays painting used for the Griffin Mountain cover. It's labelled as "Harmony at Twilight" and it hangs on my office wall:
    7 points
  37. Here's my travelling in the spirit world example from a previous post that contains a spirit combat: Vishi Dunn is going to travel to the Sky World to contact the Twinstars to follow up on some troubling information. The obvious place to begin his journey would be in the Monkey Ruins, where the Fireground is close by. This would mean setting up a camp in baboon territory and hoping that the group is either not spotted and if so can hold off an attack. This is very risky, so he plans to do it from within his home camp. Before sunrise on Fireday, his assistants prepare the sacred
    7 points
  38. Hi all, I've finally decided to call time on the great D101 Games Gloranthan Fanzine adventure. Hearts in Glorantha/Gloranthan Adventures The End. As of 31st October both titles will no longer be available. Until then copies are available from my web store and drivethrurpg.com. This also includes the individual copies of issues 1-5 of HiG, for you completionists out there. Hearts in Glorantha/Gloranthan Adventures over at d101games.com.
    6 points
  39. Y'all are getting way too worked up about this. You're all making assumptions based on a single piece of art and an out of the way comment, in a document that's probably not even in its final form, for a ruleset that won't be out for months. Chill out, geez. It's not the end of the world regardless of what happens. Also, this has really gone far beyond the supposed topic of this thread...
    6 points
  40. Invitations to Adventure Seven ready-to-play adventures for RuneQuest! Set in the mythic fantasy world of Glorantha, The Pegasus Plateau & Other Stories features seven complete ready-to-play adventures, taking you from ghoul-haunted catacombs, into mystic ruins, across the arid deserts of Prax, and up to the rocky pinnacle of the Pegasus Plateau! Suitable for new and veteran gamemasters and players, each adventure spotlights a unique aspect or area of Dragon Pass. They can be used as introductions to Glorantha or as part of existing campaigns. https://www.chaosium.com/the
    6 points
  41. I think one thing to keep in mind that the PKs are exceptional individuals, so I would not use the PK gender distribution to infer the NPK gender distribution, personally. Female Player-knights have been possible since at least KAP 3, including the NPK female knights of Boadicea's Daughters. Every GM and group should feel free to set their 'frequency of female knight appearance' to what they deem desirable in their game, IMHO.
    6 points
  42. If you thought that only TDM produced Mythras material, you'd be mistaken. There is a steadily growing field of third party publishers creating new, innovative, Mythras books - everything from full games to campaign settings and adventures. We thought it time to draw your attention to these publications, and hope you'll give them your support.Aeon Games PublishingAeon Games Publishing is our official publishing partner serving the UK and European markets (and beyond). They produce most of our core titles under license, but are also gearing up to release two original Mythras publications of the
    6 points
  43. Roughly a year ago, I discovered LegendKeeper, a really cool tool that lets you zoom around your setting in a mad mix of Google Maps and a custom wiki. This is a private "world" instance that's shareable with my players. I don't actually upload much in the way of images, but I dug up this birds eye view of Jonstown and threw in some wiki article text so you could see how it works. A few months after my discovery, the Argan Argar Atlas was made free in support of Jonstown Compendium creations. I was dismayed to discover that AAA was a paginated PDF, and even more horrified to discove
    6 points
  44. I'm very excited to share that Treasures of Glorantha Volume One has earned its Electrum bestseller medal! Many thanks to everyone who's picked it up thus far. If you'd like to see what the fuss is about, you can pick up a copy yourself in PDF or Print On Demand here. If you've already purchased Treasures, I'd love to hear what you think. Ratings are wonderful support, and reviews are a great way to give me feedback for the next one. Once again, thank you.
    6 points
  45. That's a very deep question. Some people preserve vestigial memories of an era when the dominant elemental hierogamy was Earth and Water. Something happens to Water and the struggle to establish a successor sets up the "primal" (actually relatively recent on this time scale) rivalry between Storm and Sky. This is probably related to the flood but what's clear is that it's much older than a lot of the status quo we usually talk about. In the time when Earth and Water were united, they generated their own joint ecosystem. Snake forms were popular and beloved by both. The rivers were a sign
    6 points
  46. Adventure/short campaign idea: "Snowpiercer", but on one of those never-stopping/always-moving Doraddi wagons that continuously circle the Pamaltelan plains.
    6 points
  47. In addition to the use of high heels and platforms to increase the height of zzaburi and help them conform to caste stereotype, among Rokari there's also the use of artificial fingernails and wigs to demonstrate a zzaburi's lack of involvement in the duties of a dronar or horal, and distinct, obvious makeup styles to clearly delinate their wizardry in any situation, and flamboyantly colorful clothing to proclaim the wealth of their talar and communities. The frequent sorcerous debate and backbiting often latches onto deficiencies in this presentation as points of attack. No one is quite
    6 points
  48. Summoning the dead is a very easy way of ruining a murder mystery scenario. Some things to consider: Summoning the recent dead might be taboo, as they might stay as a ghost to haunt the living If you summon the recent dead before they reach the Halls of Silence, have to broken their path and thus condemn them to an eternity of walking the earth? The recent dead might be suffering from a form of psychic shock, so might not remember the events leading up to their death The ghost might not tell the truth, or might just rant on about how they were murdered How e
    6 points
  49. Yes, that sounds right to me. If you remember my Facebook post last month re: Orlanth worship in occupied Sartar (attached below), the Lunars initially worked to stop large armed mobs of Orlanthi gathering together at tribal mustering points to spread sedition. They couldn't care less what happens at clan level: clans are easy to enough to squish if they get out of line. (You can even get a friendly tribe to do it for you, with a bit of pressure applied in the right places) I used to speculate that joining the Seven Mothers might protect converts from the spirits of reprisal of
    6 points
  50. It's been a larger update of the forum software. It has chopped the banners, it's too bright and the layout is not optimal, but I'll try to improve and tweak that during the weekend.
    6 points
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