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  1. FedEx delivered two boxes an hour or so ago. Please note that some of these items are the final printed versions, like the box itself, while others are printed on simpler paper, sometimes untrimmed with color matching swatches on the edges, and sometimes they have printer proof comments written on them. Everything is looking lovely and of high quality. The set will weigh over 3lbs. 8 oz. (about 1.5 kg). Please, no "what's with the weird white border" comments. That's what "untrimmed" means...
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  2. Both of the books you asked about, the Weapons & Equipment Guide and the GameMaster book, have not gone to layout yet. The Weapons & Equipment book is almost ready to go to layout. That is the most accurate status we can provide. There is a very good chance the PDF for the weapons & equipment guide will be available in a few months. We can provide a better date for the printed version of it once it has gone to the printers.
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  3. Classic Runequest RPG books (ca 1980-3) that hit the shelves today! Thought y'all would enjoy some old school cover art. Also updated most of the photos over at my RQ RPG Reference site page this morning.
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  4. I love that's a game that (apparently) doesn't have a point to prove. It's old school because it's based on a 1978 rules engine, not because it wants to be this or that flavor of old school game. It's immersive because it's fueled by the authors' passion for Glorantha, not because "let's create an immersive experience, etc.". It's neither designed from scratch to create the perfect true Gloranthan game, nor a deliberate nostalgia fest of RQ2 Praxian memories. Finally, despite its gorgeous production values it will never be a "mainstream" game. Maybe that's why it sometimes manages to dis
    8 points
  5. I love this. When we were kids we had a slogan, "the analogy stretches until it snaps." To the extent to which these are rhino-like creatures, experience and accounts of earthly rhinos informs and enriches our Gloranthan insight. We can even stretch that simile to derive new hypotheticals: they eat something like this, they breed something like that, the leather needs these techniques to work, the smell sure must be something. Sometimes experience reveals a point where the analogy breaks down. Greg didn't know something about rhinos and just made it up / quested deep into the true lozeng
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  6. Roll20 has recently released a Character Sheet Enhancement update. This update has made changes that effect the layout of a large number of community sheets. Changes will have to be made to all of these sheets to stop layouts breaking. Currently there is a setting that has been added so that custom sheets are not effected but as we have seen Roll20 can do things that effect users and creators with little or no warning. I am currently working on changing the sheet so that layout does not break in the future. I need volunteers who will test the changes to see if I have missed anything in
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  7. I started developing a handout generator because I needed one for my games. If anyone wants to give it a try you can test it out on https://handouts.cthulhuarchitect.com You can all help me build the best handout generator: If you have some old documents - you can scan them and send them to me to be added for free on the handout generator If you have some idea on how to make this better - your feedback is deeply appreciated. If you find any bug you can report it so I can fix it. NOTICE: If you use mobile devices - you may not be able to downlo
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  8. Ok, this is kind of a weird post. As a gamer I tend towards more realism and less fantastical elements in my games. I'm not a big fan of bikini armors and one-handed swords large enough to row a trireme, for example. A million years ago, before the advent of the internet, I played a Praxian Rhino Rider and decided to do some research into rhinos, their habits and so on. While I'm in no way an expert [I've only seen a rhino twice and I've never touched one], the research did give me some valuable insight on the breed and, by extension, the people who might use it as their totem animal.
    5 points
  9. Silver! plus 3* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ratings! Thank you everyone who purchased a copy. I am working on Part 2 but I'll follow Chaosium's lead and just say it is in the pipe line.
    5 points
  10. I always imagined a Rhino rider to be something of a mahout until the danged thing got moving, then a passenger along for the ride - a passenger with a nasty pointy thing...
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  11. Close Encounters of the Sartar Kind is now available at the Jonstown Compendium. It is an 11 pages supplement with encounter tables for Sartar.
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  12. Minor note for clarity: Phargentes II TakenEgi fights the "Great Talar of the West, who was oppressing the Arrolian Properties", who is in other apocalyptic material the ruler of three kingdoms. One of these is Seshnela, but the other two may be from any of Arolanit, Ralios/Safelster, and Loskalm/Frontem. That is to say, it's an entirely valid reading to have Phargentes the Younger arrive as a dashing hero relieving Loskalm from the conquering Great Talar before, eyes glittering scarlet, he proceeds to TakenEgi things up with demands for lavish tribute. It all depends on just what Fronela look
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  13. There is a lot going on in the later Lunar Empire. Like a mystical Napoleon or the Third Reich, the Lunar Empire engages in a whirlwind of conquest, only to collapse within a decade.
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  14. I tried to upload the images to the Gallery but this happened. Sorry, an unknown server error occurred when uploading this file. (Error code: -200) So I'll just share the links to my DeviantArt page. https://www.deviantart.com/ratgraphyx/art/SaturnineChalice1stFloor-878454757 https://www.deviantart.com/ratgraphyx/art/SaturnineChalice2ndFloor-878455941 https://www.deviantart.com/ratgraphyx/art/SaturnineChaliceRoofBasement-878456449 Thanks for looking. Robert
    5 points
  15. Different Worlds #1 was 1979! I'd forgotten that piece of William Church art:
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  16. You're not making me want a Shadowrun / Cyberpunk Glorantha less, you know.
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  17. I love the 'What's not in the box' panel on the back of the box.
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  18. Dark Tales and Secret Histories In churches and convents and other religious communities, sisterhood takes many forms, forged and tested by such mundane threats as disease and despair, but also by terrors both spiritual and existential—Satan’s subtle minions and the cosmic nightmare of the Cthulhu Mythos. Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories presents sixteen horror stories by some of the genre’s leading female voices. Their settings range around the globe and across the centuries, from 6th century Ireland to 17th century Virginia to Indonesia in the recent past. Contributors in
    4 points
  19. The Survival Covenant is not a hard and fast document. The general overview is that there wasn't enough food in the Wastelands for all the men and beasts to survive, so Waha went to his mother and made a deal. There would be winners and losers, all done on the pull of a straw. Losers get to live as animals, winners rule over them. As long as they don't all try to live off the land it's fine. The covenant was negotiated with the individual tribes not as a whole, and so everything said about it is from the view of the individual tribes. Hence all the human tribes say the morokanth cheated. Every
    4 points
  20. We have several pages at the back of Citizens of the Lunar Empire (p.156-161) about standards of living and paying the rent for an apartment in Glamour, but here's the thing: those rules are designed to propel adventurers into dire financial straits which will compel them to go adventuring, rather than creating an authentically-simulated Bronze Age economy. So unless you're one of the better-off citizens, you will grasp at any opportunity the GM gives you to make a few quick clacks, because the alternative is eviction once Ureus the Valued (backed by Yeltsov the Char-Un) comes banging on your
    4 points
  21. Nice to be back to running games again Chaos Crew!!! @MOB@Jeff@Scotty@Rick Meintset al. Thanx for making this possible before I died ( I was getting worried back at the turn of the millennium). Now, I just gots ta gets me a game! Oh well, one thing at a time. Ohh, playing ol skool RG 3 games with a brand new RQG chassis, and having a great time! Très cool!
    4 points
  22. I think you're likely to see small/tiny animal figures on crudes shelves / in alcoves perhaps gathered around an Ernalda / Eiritha figure (think the Minoan lady with the cat on her head) with an audience of her children in various local styles: (Silla figure) (Cypriot Hellenistic and Roman terracottas) referred to as mother and father (animal type). Some may have had personal experience of the horse mother, cow mother etc and so know them by their names. Have a look at some animal mythologies across our world. You'll often find the animals with very simple names,
    4 points
  23. Easiest route is to go to Quackford and then head to Wilmskirk, which takes another day. From there you take the King's Road south to Karse, which takes about 5 days. From Karse you can get a boat across the Mirrorsea Bay. So you be able to do it in about a week. That route has good roads the whole way - and Sartarite royal roads from Whitewall to Quackford, complete with inns and places to rest and feed and water mounts.
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  24. I was a young enlisted man serving in the US Army in Germany when the Twilight: 2000 game came out way back when rocks were still soft and fire was this new hippie thing that would never catch on. The game became instantly popular in the barracks for several reasons, but the main one was that we had all the toys immediately to hand or knew somebody we could ask about them. I mean, our wall lockers had our helmets, web gear, and 'go' bags on top of them. The motor pool was full of M1 tanks, a Bradley IFV or two, and other bit of military mayhem machines. But this was also the age Ramb
    4 points
  25. No. It isn't. Having read it, I think it's a good post. In my game, the way you harness a rhino is to attach blunt light hooks in its ears and nose. Nothing that could draw blood, but something you can tug on and elicit a response. These areas are more tender than other parts. In my game, there is a somewhat common plant called Bumpstalk, that is the rhino equivalent of catnip (or heroin), that you can feed to them along with certain cactuses whose peeled flesh they especially enjoy eating. Bumpstalk actually propagates in symbiosis with Rhinos. That renders them very fond of hum
    4 points
  26. PROTIP: Rhinos are not 'tamed'. They are 'negotiated with'. There are a lot of dumb things that happen in Glorantha [as with any world, real or mythical], but very few things are dumber than Rhino Rider thinking that spurs are gonna be of any help....
    4 points
  27. Well, clearly some fantastical elements have to be there and gaming would be a poor thing without some suspension of disbelief... We all joke about the Oregon Trail game, but nobody wants to game out a Donner Party Death March every freaking week 😁 But taking the time to learn a bit about horses, zebras, llamas, rhinos, lions isn't the dumbest thing you ever did as a gamer... you know, like that time you tried to use a pike as a pole vault 😂🤣 [there's an old SCA tee-shirt featuring Squire Alpo Dogmeat doing just that...] OK, seriously, there are legit reasons to know something about
    4 points
  28. Hm, realism on a cube that has a Sun rotating around it. In a land where people ride most any kind (ostriches and bola lizards?) of mount by divine fiat except horses (of course, the horse riders don’t agree). I don’t buy it. I am happy to use a mythic realism... Atoms as building blocks, pish posh, that would be runes, my good man. I am happy to use simulation. I mean realism makes the game easier to parse, but I don’t let reality ruin my Glorantha experience. The logic here is not earth’s and where they do align it is the result of the sense of humour of a bunch of hippies from the seventies
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  29. No. Although your GM may rule otherwise. Looking at the Attack & Parry Results table on page 199 Assuming a normal attack and a failed parry: Attacker rolls normal damage. Defender takes damage. Roll for damage location, gets left arm. Defender takes damage to the left arm, armour protects. A successful parry puts the shield between the Attacker and the Defender's weapon. A failed parry does the opposite, it puts the shield in a place where it cannot protect the Defender, in this case their left arm. Missile weapon cannot be parried, thrown weapons can.
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  31. A very minor Carmanian note- Carmanos, son of Charmain, might well have a name that's just "Charmain" plus a masculine ending. Perhaps the... whatever the opposite of dismembering the Red Goddess did to turn Doskalos Sword-in-the-Eye into the Red Emperor was something learned in the interim between Four Arrows of Light and Castle Blue, or at Castle Blue.
    4 points
  32. Not a tangent at all. I was just looking at the implied secret history of the West Reaches again. In a future that even briefly contains a Free Carmania, a lot of that history is going to rise to the surface like a strange woman lying in a pond distributing swords. Carmanian sorcery. Lunarized Carmanian sorcery. Spolitism. Entekosiad. Syranthir's achievement. Blue is a complicated color in the fandom . . . much of the chatter here points toward the western expressions (zzabur vadel) but the empire's historical relationship with water people is strangely fraught. A Hero War is our
    4 points
  33. Well that's the rub: with the Red Sword(s), we're dealing with a lineage of parthenogenic magical sword reproduction. My understanding of it is this: in the Gods War, Tolat fought what is termed a Chaos horror in the Sky and was nearly destroyed; this may or may not be his fight with Umath. At some crucial point in the battle Artmal saved his uncle from defeat. Afterwards Tolat gifted Artmal a sword, the offspring of his original Red Sword. Much later in the Gods War, when the Artmali people first descended from the Blue Moon, Artmal repeated Tolat's act and offered the offspring of hi
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  34. I see there’s an «export to psd» option, so I’ll try it. I don’t have Photoshop installed, so I can’t chech them afterwards - but I’m guessing it will work fine. *** I didn`t manage to upload them in this message - probably to large - but I put them here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Aq2R2IgB_oCwiKZB4j-DArAg_yARFg *** The jpg-versions fit in this message, so I added them. The psd-versions, with layers for easier editing, are behind the link.
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  35. By certain people. The rest of us just wait patiently, as we have done for nearly 40 years.
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  36. Well, according to the Website, Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA is a participant. I'll have to check back with them when it comes out. I've been accumulating game stuff for 45+ years now. Almost all of my purchases are ebooks these days because I don't have much room for anything else. I'll make room for this one though.
    4 points
  37. Probably not going to happen soon - I'll bet you a clack not - because Chaosium's explicit policy is that they don't begin talking about time until a book is laid out, and don't promise an in-store date for anything until the product is actually printed, and even then they are vague and don't give an exact date. They love to give dates, but have been burned by giving dates too quickly. Here, read this [Oct. 20 entry by Rick Meints], it's explanatory and also good for a chuckle: https://basicroleplaying.org/topic/4064-upcoming-glorantha-publications/page/13/?tab=comments#comm
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  38. What you are doing is covered under the Fan Use policy: https://www.chaosium.com/fan-material-policy Just put this statement on your work and you're covered:
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  39. I'm curious what role you all think the Red Sword of the Artmali Emperors, housed in the (apparently long disused) Temple of War at Spada in Loskalm circa 1618, will play in the Western hero wars. Given Hero Wars prophecies about other regions of the globe it seems that the Teshnan hero-sailor Gebel and the Veldang hero Gabaryanga are supposed to visit the area on their joint quest to recover the sword and restore Artmal, but I don't recall reading any reference to what events transpire in Fronela that see sword leave its current resting place. The sword was stored in that old barbari
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  40. It would take a bit more of an apocalyptic stage to invoke the magic of dancing with yourself.
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  41. Hello everyone I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest Jonstown Compendium title: The Ruins of Bonn Kanach Set back from the road to Blackwell and perched upon a jagged bluff sits the haunted ruins of Bonn Kanach. Abandoned and empty for many centuries this once great EWF city boasted fine palaces, an arena and a great temple. Even trolls fear the city that they once commanded and dare not pass within sight of its crumbling walls. But when a grazelander merchant offers you clean silver for any trinket or bauble pulled from the rubble your suspicions are swayed by t
    3 points
  42. Not going to grace "is it fun or a woke mess" with an answer.
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  43. I forget the reference but I recall Greg saying that most Praxian Beast Rider animals' preferred grazing was on different plants in the same grazing area. Bison preferred one layer of the grazing, sables another. So while they would need to keep the herds separate for coup-counting purposes, two tribes could graze one immediately one the other. Certain sacred places [the Paps and Hidden Greens mostly] were blessed by Eiritha's mother, Ernalda, with thicker growth in the appropriate seasons to support the presence of the tribes during Holy Days and Sacred Time. It's not hard to accept this
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  44. Here is some rhino porn so you can answer that question for yourself. 😉
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  45. What the Redbubble version looks like, dimensions are from 8 x 10" (20.3 x 25.4cm) up to 20 x 25" (50.8 x 63.5cm):
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  46. Well, what I'm referring to is the transfiguration of one of her demigod children (dead at the time) into, ah, her lingam/animus or a mobile representation of it. So less a dismembering, and more of a... membering? However you wish to put it.
    3 points
  47. Most of us are still grappling with scraps here, which is one of the deep ulterior motives behind these threads. The Empire only incidentally faces Argrath in the known 1621-5 window. Most of its sprawling attention is elsewhere, on transregional policies, politics and processes like the ones we are reviewing now. Half the time I am inclined to think the entire Monster narrative is an apocalyptic fragment that got copied into the more secular Argrath Saga (hail the harshax) and then traveled with it thereafter like Revelations appended to the Bible . . . or the non-synoptic Gospel of John
    3 points
  48. Technically, the Adventurers have the problem. Of course, even chaotic innkeepers wouldn't kill all their clientele. Just some of them, probably the ones who piss them off or are lousy tippers, or who looked at the barmaid funny. You see, I just don't like that attitude in Players or GMs. Anyone can set up a situation that results in a TPK or similar, so an adventurer gets drugged in a bar, wakes up a prisoner and then gets ritually sacrificed. Great, that took ten minutes and now I have to roll up a new Adventurer. What is the point of that? Where is the fun in that?
    3 points
  49. It's nebulous, which goes nicely with the metaphysical "this is a bardo experience, somebody's consciousness breaking down / stepping up" interpretation but is tricky to align with more simulationist models elsewhere. We know Godunya is still officially extant at this stage because his passivity is part of the frustration, so this is well before the Summer Land exit . . . but if the Circle of Infinite Power helps trigger 1625, then we know the emperor persists in his material form at least to that point. If I were gambling I'd say that the War starts in the 1622-30 phase so it might already be
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