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  1. Mythic Adventure; Culture and Community; Unique Adventurers; Brutal Combat — Check out everything that's going into the new RUNEQUEST STARTER SET! Just a few final tweaks and then it's off to printer...
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  2. The original FB post is here: HeroQuesting notes But there's such good content there, and FB can be very difficult to search through after awhile, that I thought I'd repost here (and hopefully @Jeff you don't mind me doing so). "Some notes people mind find of interest or use: HEROQUESTING Heroquesting is a powerful and rare Gloranthan activity in which the participants leave the material world and enter the realm of legend and myth to interact with heroes and gods, gambling precious Life Force to gain miraculous powers. Heroquesting provides the method for advancement for
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  3. The divinations are correct: coming later this month... THE RED BOOK OF MAGIC! Behold Mark Smylie's beautiful cover for the book, which is the ultimate guide to spirit and Rune magic for RuneQuest.
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  4. Some notes people mind find interesting: WOLF PIRATES OVERVIEW In 1621 there are some 60+ Wolf Pirate ships, before Harrek's circumnavigation. Let's say that losses get replaced and by 1625, we have 60+ ships operating in the Choralinthor Bay, which comes out to about 3100+ Wolf Pirates. The average Wolf Pirate ship has on average 50 warrior-rowers, 1 captain, and 5 officers. Each ship has a small Dormal shrine and a protective spirit housed in the figurehead on the prow. <For comparison purposes, this is comparable to the total number of pirates in the Caribb
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Now up for sale. Men of the West The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period. Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict. This volume is a companion to The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass. Many mercenaries and adventurers from the West have been drawn to the conflict in Dragon Pass. Their homelands of Seshnela, Fronela, and Ralios are also fighting their own Hero W
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  9. LATEST NEWS: We are very close to having a Print on Demand (POD) version of Horror on the Orient Express ready. By "very close" I mean in a month or so. It's not going to be a big box full of 6 books and bling. We have redone the interior layout of the FIVE original main books and combined their contents, without cutting anything, into two books. Each of those books is about 360 pages. The first volume is a combination of Book I (Campaign Overview), Book II (Throughs the Alps), and Book V (Strangers on the Train). The second volume is a combination of Book III (Italy) and Book IV (Constantino
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  10. RQ1 debuted in June of 1978 and was totally out of print by some time in May of 1979. In all, according to company records, they printed 4000 copies of it at most. That means that less than 4000 GMs and their gaming groups played it for less than a year before RQ2 debuted in October of 1979. That was over 40 years ago. RQ2 really took the gaming world by storm in comparison. It outsold RQ1 within a year, especially when the boxed RQ2 set came out in October of 1980. RQ2 sold tens of thousands of units between 1979 and 1984 went it officially went out of print. I have only anecdotal evidence, b
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  11. @Nick Brooke was recently awarded the Greg Stafford Memorial Award for Gloranthan Fandom for 2020 for his passionate advocacy of the Jonstown Compendium. We're happy to formalise that advocacy with this appointment and pleased to have him on board to work directly with our growing band of independent writers and artists at DriveThruRPG.
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  12. Some useful notes from Jeff I thought I'd get cross-posted here on Kallyr: FB Kallyr Starbrow notes Notes on Kallyr Starbrow for the Homeland Book: Dark Season 1625, Kallyr is acclaimed Prince. In some areas she has a lot of support, in others, not much at all. She didn't liberate the Colymar, Lismelder, Locaem, or Balmyr tribes. She's got no backing among the Pol-joni or other Praxians. but she has deep support among the Kheldon, Culbrea, Aranwyth, Sambari, and I think the Cinsina. That's where she draws her companions from. When she is acclaimed, she needs a Ring who she trusts a
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  13. Hi, I'm French and I made Boldhome City Building Maps from Olivier Sanfilippo's card. the east gate I made the map of the temple of humakt, I made the Colymar mansion, and I made the sartar palace. (in level 22 from Olivier Sanfilippo's card)
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  14. The White Bull Campaign Follow a group of Gloranthan heroes on their way to Herodom. This is a continuous recording of the current Chaosium house campaign regarding RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. You can watch original airings on Chaosium Twitch. All episodes are availabe also on YouTube. (Bullet titles below (e.g. Episode 17) are direct links to the respective episode on YouTube.) The Cast: Enkala, Blue High Llama Apprentice Shaman - Linda Borgen Garan Grimseeing, Colymar Heavy Cavalry - Richard August Gina Gravedancer, Necropolis Funeral Dancer - Cla
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  15. 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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  16. Preview of the front cover. In a day or two I will be updating the file on DriveThruRPG.
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  17. Chaosium is pleased to announce that The Dragon’s Eye, a new sourcebook for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, is in development. Originally conceived as “Your Glorantha May Vary”, this collection of locations demonstrates the versatility of the setting, putting that phrase to work by showing new and veteran gamemasters alike how to customize and make the world of Glorantha their own. The Dragon’s Eye gives gamemasters more possibilities than they can possibly use. For each location, the book details multiple ways to interpret it and use it in a campaign. Adventure hooks and engagi
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  18. Some notes you all might find interesting. For centuries, Belintar was able to coordinate magical activity to everyone's benefit in the Holy Country. The gods were often manifest - so you didn't need tribal rites to have that contact. Belintar (or his stand-in) would invite the god to his palace, and everyone would enjoy the blessings. In Sea Season, big rites in Seapolis; in Fire Season, big rites at the High Temple in Caladraland; in Earth season, big rites in Ezel; in Darkness season, big rites atop the Shadow Plateau; and in Storm Season, big rites in Bullflood or whatever temple
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  19. To kick off this thread I thought I would start with the latest delivery by UPS this afternoon: A hardcover Beyond the Mountains of Madness, a 432 page campaign with a poster map of Antarctica. This is a reprint of the 1999 edition, which went out of print 15+ years ago. Thus, this is a 6th edition book, with a black & white interior. The layout was updated from 3 column to 2 column. No added, changed or deleted material, although a few typos were fixed. This will go on sale soon, as will its PDF. The books are almost ready to ship to the warehouse. This is a regular print run that will no
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  20. The Company of the Dragon is out. Andrew Logan Montgomery’s RuneQuest coming-of-age campaign Six Seasons in Sartar is the best book on the Jonstown Compendium. So what does he do for an encore? He only goes and surpasses it. The Company of the Dragon is a RuneQuest campaign about outlaws and freedom fighters, war and heroism, history and legend. Where Six Seasons was inspired by the feel of first encountering RuneQuest, The Company of the Dragon takes its lead from White Bear & Red Moon, the board wargame of the Hero Wars in Dragon Pass. Its heroes appear in these pages – Argrath and
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  21. Some of you may have already noticed Gloranthan runes showing up on this site. They are the same as the Gloranthan Core Rune Font (except with sorcery runes!) and available in two sizes: Large 50pt Small 20pt (suitable for use in a sentence) There are two methods of using them. METHOD 1 Click the Emoji button in the editing toolbar (may not appear on small screens, see method 2). Then click categories on the top right At the bottom you will find Big Runes and Small Runes: Select the size you want, then click on the rune to insert it: M
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  22. Yelmalio as he is known within Time never actually existed before it (well, he did, and he may even have been called by that title, but he wasn't the Yelmalio any of us would recognize as such); he was created in the First Age by Nysalor and/or Palangio as a sort of Composite Little Sun. He is essentially a synthesis (or maybe a Frankenstein's Monster) of the most commonly shared features of the Little Suns that were active in the Great Darkness, brought together into a single “Little Sun” god that can thus rightly claim to be any and all of the others. Yelmalio's followers can magically prove
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  23. Just a quick update. The Core Rules book is almost written. We are just working through the examples. We'll need to edit and proof-read etc. after that. I'd expect the SRD to be pretty close to 1.0 after the examples have flushed anything out. We may get some additional feedback from beta testers etc. There are unlikely to be significant changes at this point - there may be some optional ideas in the Core Rules that are not in the SRD. So progress continues. Whilst the examples our underway, I am moving on with Worlds and Quests are book about genre packs, writing scenarios etc. The 'Adva
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  24. 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
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  25. The Starter set: Book 1: Rules is 64 pages, and has some rules for experience and regaining rune points. Book 2: World of Glorantha is 64 pages. Book 3: SoloQuest is 60 pages, and has ONE soloquest. Book 4: Adventures is 84 pages.
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  26. If you want to know what the RQ Starter set will be like, it will have the same quality of box as the Call of Cthulhu Starter set. Being a 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick box, it will be rather full of booklets, maps, and such. The starter set is packaged in a box set because that is how most starter sets for RPGs are done. We aren't trying to appeal to veteran players who like a shelf full of hardcover books in slipcase sets. We are trying to appeal to new players who might have bought the D&D Starter set, or the Star Wars starter set, or the WFRP starter set, all of which are boxed. This isn't a s
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  27. This is the advice we give in the forthcoming RQ Campaign book: CHANGING HISTORY We encourage you to include well-known Gloranthan characters and events in your campaign. Their presence adds to the players’ experience and lends authority and authenticity. However, their inclusion always threatens the worst. For instance, what if Gunda the Guilty is facing the adventurers in battle and happens to roll a 00, while the adventurer rolls a critical success. What should you do? Here are some suggestions: You can fudge: “Well, a blow like that would have killed any normal mortal twi
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  28. Recent excavations within the Temple of Knowledge at Nochet have uncovered a variety of records by the noted scholar and traveler, Sorala, particularly of her exploits during the early years of the Hero Wars in the company of the Colymar thane Harmast Ernaldori of Clearwine. This scroll proved of particular interest as it recorded in detail an encounter with a dwarf, possibly of the variety commonly referred to as a "tin" dwarf, and particularly as this type is rarely recorded as interacting with humans. We believe the episode occurred in a section of Dragon Pass known as the Dwarf Run.
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  29. For whoever is not on FB (lucky you!):
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  30. Jack O'Bears have been a part of my Gloranthan gaming experience from almost the very beginning. They were in the RQ 1st ed. rulebook (page 79) in 1978. I did not meet them in play until late 1981 when they were featured in Griffin Mountain, out in the Elder Wilds north of Balazar. They almost killed me then, despite Gondo Holst's best efforts... I should have heeded the earlier warning displayed a few months prior on the cover of Wyrm's Footnotes #11 (Spring 1981) when I saw the cover of that magazine in a local game store (but wouldn't pay $2.25 to buy it). I had no idea that Jack O'Bea
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  31. For those who don't have Facebook accounts: Uleria by Loïc Muzy A Yelornan, by Loïc Muzy: Lodril, by Loïc Muzy: Grain Goddesses, by Loïc Muzy: Humakt, by Loïc Muzy:
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  32. Rick thought you might like to see the RuneQuest Classic titles that will be back in print, very, very soon... All will be available, print-on-demand, at Chaosium.com, very soon...
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  33. By Jason Durall, RuneQuest creative director As outlined in my initial Design Diary post, we had several main goals with the RuneQuest Starter Set. First and foremost was to make it a wholly accessible product for newcomers to RuneQuest and the world of Glorantha. But another important goal is to make sure the Starter Set also has value to our already-established player base. Too many starter sets are throwaway items or are of no use to veteran players. Not this one! Here's what you're going to get for USD$29.99: The Box We’re absolutely thrilled to have this as the first of
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  34. Because the 'Dragon Community' is so important in this, I have started creating a 'character sheet' for it. This is what I have so far - any suggestions for improvements gratefully received
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  35. How about we put it up for sale as a poster and such on redbubble.
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  36. Some of the cults in the The Red Book of Magic (coming soon!) are clearly up to no good. What evil magic is being done here, do you think? Art by Hazem Ameen.
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  37. It's surprisingly complicated. Greg had already written at least a little about just about every place except for what we now call Central Genertela (Sartar, Prax, Shadows Dance, Holy Country and Empire) but that material wasn't grafted onto the board games until the RuneQuest era, when the composite world became "Glorantha" and you could walk from Seshnela to the Vulture Country and back. If you want what we know and love about the West, East or South, it grows out of the freeform material, parts of which are vestigial and parts of which are intricately detailed. Otherwise, as far a
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  38. ... 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.
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  39. The current status is that we have no plans to reprint the Glorantha Classics. We are going to have print versions of the RuneQuest Classics available before the end of 2020. Thus, you will be able to get Pavis, Big Rubble, Griffin Mountain, Borderlands, Cults of Prax, Cults of Terror, and a number of other books soon.We are doing the final proofing on the POD process.
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  40. I'd already seen the lovely HeroQuest character sheet by KleiosCanvas, but @Nick Brooke posted a wonderful pic done of Heler over on Facebook, and checking out their site, I came across these pieces of the White Moon Legion and Teelo Estara. Great stuff! https://www.deviantart.com/kleioscanvas/art/Teelo-Estara-843794641 https://www.deviantart.com/kleioscanvas/art/White-Moon-Legion-843559688
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  41. Just notes, but worth sharing: BAGNOT SHORT HISTORY The city of Bagnot was founded by Arim the Pauper in 1330 in the ruins of a much older settlement. Bagnot was the main settlement of his people. Initially it was a sacred community and quite different from the settlers' former tribal life. It was ruled by Arim the Pauper, an Orlanth priest who became a sacral king, and later became the seat of power for his dynasty. Many refugees from Holay fled here after 1347, and Bagnot became a hotbed of anti-Lunar activity. In 1395, it became the capital of Yarandros' powerful Kingdo
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  42. We love this beautifully drawn character sheet for HeroQuest Glorantha! It's by digital artist/illustrator KlêiosCanvas and vibrantly describes the young Dara Happan noble Korissa Aramis and her retinue. https://www.deviantart.com/kleioscanvas/art/Korissa-Aramis-Character-Sheet-843206862
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  43. Here are some of my thoughts on Magic World. Most of its launch, support, and marketing efforts predate the current Chaosium management team. You can refer to us as "nu-Chaosium" if you wish, but it seems that those few who cling to that term use it in the pejorative. I can't really speak about what was done before mid-2015 because I wasn't involved in business decisions, and although I followed much of what Chaosium has been up to since about 1979, I can't remember anything related to Magic World showing up in my in-basket, social media, or similar. When I became involved with deciding what C
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  44. Hi, I finished the translation of my Lysang clan sourcebook for the JC. Lay-out is nearly done thanks to @Nick Brooke' help. I am waiting for the art as my drawing skills are SAN roll-inducing. But here are some pictures I composed for the "Glorious past of the Lysang" chapter. For two centuries and a half, the Arfritha Vale has been disputed between the warlike Malani and the proud Colymar. The clans settled in the valley, Lysang, Namolding, Antorling, Jensteli and Karandoli, struggled to survive. After Kallyr Starbrow’s defeat, the Lysang clan has betrayed the Colymar
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  45. A relic from The Chaosium archives... Rick came across the original layout board for page 134 of 1990's 'Cthulhu Casebook'. The Star Elder Sign – which first appeared as the 'Arcane Symbol' in Call of Cthulhu 2nd edition (1983) – is literally cut and pasted in, with glue. Kids, that's how layout was done back in those days...
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  46. In 1978, hot on the heels of the release of the revolutionary White Bear, Red Moon strategy game and the RuneQuest roleplaying game, Chaosium Inc. released Lords of the Middle Sea. This was a board war game, set in the post-apocalyptic ruins of a flooded North America, in the year 2401. Lords of the Middle Sea was Lynn Willis's first Chaosium title. Lynn went on to become one of the longest-serving members of the Chaosium team, co-authoring or contributing to such revered titles as Basic Roleplaying, the second and third editions of RuneQuest, the original Masks of Nyarlathotep (with
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  47. A question was raised over in the Facebook RuneQuest group: "Does anyone have any information regarding Hill of Gold, I have plans for my adventure group to visit the Hill but I would like if some one had some more detailed description!" and "are there any Maps or pictures available to start with, I understand it’s some kind of mountain or volcano with a city at the foot of the 'Hill'" Some very good material shared by @soltakss on possible quests (and there are a lot of variations possible - quite a few others written up in Enclosure 2). @Nick Brooke kindly posted the Yelmalio cult
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  49. Yes, the Roots of Glorantha series of books are one of the rarer and least known about items on the list of Gloranthan Publications. Published in 2007 and 2015, they only contain very early Gloranthan lore, both in terms of when they were written (1966-1976) and the eras of Glorantha they document (early, early stuff). Most of the maps related to these writings ended up in the Greganth Atlas, another very rare item, although not technically one of the Roots of Glorantha series. Each of the 6 RoG books is about 256 pages. The Atlas is about 100 pages. As for the 2007 "Rainbow" version, the cont
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  50. As I've alluded to previously, I've been noodling with mashing up Corflu and Sanctuary for some time. This conversation inspired me to take my colored pencils out and liven up one of my working drafts from a while back. Behold my highly non-canonical campaign map of Corflu c.1624. The premise is that there are several rocky outcroppings near the edge of open water (outlined in heavy black), the most prominent of which became home to Old Corflu (as seen in the original RQ2 Pavis and HQG's Pavis:GtA). Mostly through a series of ambitious dredge-and-fill operations (which are surpri
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