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  1. Available now as PDFs and via Print on Demand. A couple of covers are not shown because they didn't fit in well and were, in a word, bland. Individual PDFs will be $2.49 each. The PDF bundle price for all 14 issues will be $24.99. We have not figured out the POD prices, but they would be a fair bit more.
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  2. Hi Folks, It's the Peter Cakebread half of Cakebread & Walton. Thanks for all the lovely words I can't really express how much the support and encouragement means to me, I'm passionate about our games and know that you all are too! Long story short, C&W is still on hiatus, although our stuff is still available. Whether I'll be able to resurrect the company and get back to publishing new material is very uncertain. I really want to find a way to move forward, but, as some of you have guessed already, things are not that simple. Long story, long... The really good news
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  3. Inspired by the map in "The Pegasus Plateau", and with the kind permission of Chaosium Inc., i made my own "Adventure Locations" maps. Map I. Adventure Locations in official RQG publications: Map II. Adventure Locations in Jonstown Compendium publications: Map III. Adventure Locations in official RuneQuest 2 and RuneQuest 3 publications (medium blue = RQ2 / dark blue = new in RQ3): Map IV. Adventure Locations in official HeroWars, HeroQuest, HeroQuest 2 and HeroQuest Glorantha publications (medium green = HW/HQ1 / light green = HQ2 / dark green = HQG):
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  4. Our next RuneQuest release is the scenario collection THE PEGASUS PLATEAU, and layout is almost done! It's going to be a fine-looking book; to whet your appetite here are a few layout spreads:
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  5. 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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  6. Great news! DriveThruRPG have let us know The Jonstown Compendium is going live this Friday (29th)! Here are the five initial releases from community creators - the first of many, exploring Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha:
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  7. Hi there, I discovered RQ when I tired of AD&D and saved up my pocket money to buy GW's RQ2 in 1980. My friends and I played RQ through Balazar and the Elder Wilds, Pavis and the Borderlands up to and through the AH RQ3 period and the wonderful RQ Renaissance of the early 90's - Sun County, Strangers in Prax, Dorastor. I went to Convulsion several times, met Greg and even landed up with a copy of Sandy Petersen's campaign notes from the Convulsion auction in 1994 (?). Great memories. Then I guess life got in the way. I moved to Australia in 2005 and all my RQ stuff has sat in b
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  8. Available now from the Chaosium’s Jonstown Compendium webstore: the revised and expanded Rough Guide to Glamour. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309765/A-Rough-Guide-to-Glamour?affiliate_id=392988 PRINT ON DEMAND version now available: premium colour hardcover, $29.95, comes bundled with the digital version. A Rough Guide to Glamour is your indispensible companion for any visit to the capital city of the greatest empire the world of Glorantha has ever known! This book contains: • A comprehensive map, gazetteer and guidebook detailing the capital of the Lunar Empire;
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. RPGs elevated to fine art: sculptor Eric Vanel has cast Gloranthan hero Jar Eel the Razoress in bronze, in the 'heroic nude' style of classical antiquity. This magnificent work is for sale.
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  14. And some people say ducks don't like necromancy... A peculiar little supplement for a peculiar little people, coming in a month or so! (When I finish a couple more pieces of art at my usual glacial pace.) It will focus on the DUCKS, the DUCKS AND and the MORE DUCKS counters of Dragon Pass (Chaosium, 1980). Included will be: the wyters and guardian spirits of the three duck counters, and their history, lore and mysteries detailed stats and descriptions of the duck warriors, their arms and armament, and insights into the secrets of duck warfare new Rune spells, spirit cult
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  15. Out now in PDF: The Pegasus Plateau & Other Stories Seven Ready-to-Play Adventures for RuneQuest https://www.chaosium.com/the-pegasus-plateau-other-stories-pdf The full color hardback print version will be out later this year. Buy the PDF direct from Chaosium.com now and get the full price of the PDF off the print edition. Also available at DriveThruRPG.
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  16. 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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  17. Nochet ba-doom-tish...
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  18. So I have been working on a master map of Dragon Pass, Kethaela, and Prax, as part of the RQ Campaign. The map is two A0 posters in size and consists of four A2 maps each. Here's some drafts of the A2s, complete with labels and vegetation layers. Some explanation of the colors: Dark green: heavy forest Light green: mixed woods and grassland Yellow: Either rich grasslands or SPECIAL (in the case of the print) White: Grasslands or cultivated land. Or areas that we haven't figured out a color for, like the top of the Shadow Plateau. Square with a dot: large city
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. THE ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF DRAGON PASS is one of the initial releases for the Jonstown Compendium. Within 24 hours it was the #2 best-selling title on DriveThruRPG and shortly after reached Silver Seller status. The work is magnum opus of Martin Helsdon. After meeting Martin at Dragonmeet late last month, we spoke to him about the book: https://www.chaosium.com/blogtalking-to-martin-helsdon-author-of-the-armies-and-enemies-of-dragon-pass-jonstown-compendium Martin Helsdon (L) presenting Chaosium's Jeff Richard with a pre-release copy of The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass at D
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  23. @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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  24. 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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  25. And we are live https://www.chaosium.com/questworlds-system-reference-document/ https://questworlds.chaosium.com/ Looking forward to what you all do with this. For errors that you've found, or other feedback, the best way to raise it with Ian is probably to use GitHub - see "How to raise an issue" at https://github.com/ChaosiumInc/QuestWorlds/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
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  26. Now available from the Chaosium’s Jonstown Compendium webstore: the revised and expanded Rough Guide to Glamour. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309765/A-Rough-Guide-to-Glamour?affiliate_id=392988 PRINT ON DEMAND is now available (premium colour hardcover): $29.95, includes the digital version. A Rough Guide to Glamour is your indispensible companion for any visit to the capital city of the greatest empire the world of Glorantha has ever known! This book contains: • A comprehensive map, gazetteer and guidebook detailing the capital of the Lunar Empire; • Portraits an
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  27. Based on the award winning fantasy trilogy by one of Science Fiction and Fantasy's greatest wordsmiths, Lyonesse transports you to the Elder Isles, where King Casmir plots to seize control of the Ten Kingdoms, assassinate his foes, and prevent a disturbing prophecy from being fulfilled. Elsewhere, the magicians Shimrod, Murgen, and Tamurello are locked in a private battle of wit, will and magical intrigue. All the while, the brutal, disdainful Ska are drawing their own plans of conquest. And in the immense Forest of Tantrevalles, the secretive fairies watch all that happens with wry amuse
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  28. Coming by Christmas Eve - The Smoking Ruins and Other Tales - a collection of scenarios and background material set in the South Wilds of Dragon Pass. Available in PDF (with the print edition coming later). Includes: The South Wilds The Wild Temple The Smoking Ruin (a multi-session scenario by Chris Klug of James Bond 007 and Dragonquest fame) The Lost Valley and Urvantan's Tower (the triumphant return of Steve Perrin!) The Grove of Green Rock Over 190 pages of Gloranthan gold! Available by Christmas Eve!
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  29. Chaosium is pleased to announce the release of the Basic Roleplaying System Reference Document (SRD). The Basic Roleplaying SRD is based on Basic Roleplaying, the simple, fast, and elegant skill-based percentile system that is the core of most Chaosium roleplaying games, including Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, SuperWorld, and others. Under the provisions of the Basic Roleplaying Open Game License (OGL), designers can create their own roleplaying games using the Basic Roleplaying rules engine, royalty-free and without further permission from Chaosium Inc. For further details and
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  30. Here is the second Rune Fixes: It gives more details on the Rune Spells Extension and Berserker, and for Aimed Blows, and Two-Weapon Fighting. Rune Fixes are also available to download from the Chaosium website, along with an assorted set of related free downloads for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, including Rune Fixes #1, the RQ2/3 to RQG conversion guide, errata for RQG's first printing, and information about Gloranthan metals and crystals from the forthcoming GM's book. All available to download free: https://www.chaosium.com/runequest-rune-fixes
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  31. The Smoking Ruin is at the printer and should be available for purchase on chaosium.com in printed form in about a month. The Pegasus Plateau is almost done with layout. PDF should be available for purchase THIS month. Then it goes to the printer. All other future books are still in the writing/editing phase, and so we shall not give ETAs on them.
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  32. I Came across this forum and thread while looking for something else on google. It makes me feel awesome. Convinced to join the forum now, seems to be lots of useful tools and information here. Looking forward to bantering with you guys. (I am the artist btw)
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  33. ... 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Yes, I've written the cults of Pavis, Fintnail, and Zola Fel for RQG. But they will appear in the Pavis & Big Rubble materials, where they belong. I also have written cults of the Bloody Tusk, Daruda, Seseine, Glamour, Geo, loads of material on the Draconic religion, and the beginnings of an Invisible God chapter. But those will all appear in other books. This book covers Dragon Pass, Kethaela, Prax, and Peloria in great detail. From here you can work out the contours of much of the rest of Glorantha. Other than gods of the East Isles, Godunya, Path of Immanent Mastery, and Tskanth, I
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  41. Greg contributed a series of campaign write-ups in the Wild Hunt APA. For those of you unfamiliar with the nature of an Amateur Press Association publication, basically you could be a contributing member or just a subscriber. They were published monthly, and would contain 100-150 pages of material submitted by the contributing members. Being before the internet, and even email, each contributor would type up their own pages on a stencil, and then mail them to the main editor. In the case of the Wild Hunt, that was Glen Blacow and Mark Swanson. They would use all of the stencils submitted to us
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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. Introducing the Questworlds System Reference Document (SRD), a roleplaying rules engine suitable for you to play across multiple genres. QuestWorlds is a rules-light RPG system that facilitates beginning play easily, and resolves conflicts in play quickly. It features an abstract, conflict-based, resolution method and scalable, customizable, character descriptions. Designed to emulate the way characters in fiction face and overcome challenges, it is suitable for a wide variety of genres and play styles. "QuestWorlds is meant to facilitate your creativity, and then to get out of your
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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. TERMS FOR RULERS RuneQuest uses the closest English words for the titles of Gloranthan leaders. However, these titles do not mean precisely what the English words mean and often have a different etymology and set of associations. Here are some notes that may help to better understand the title and its meaning. EMPEROR Dara Happan/New Pelorian. Term literally means “universal ruler.” Only one legitimate emperor can exist in the world at a time, although the title is also applied to Yelm. The emperor rules by right not only Peloria but the entire world and is responsible for mai
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  48. The current Gods of Glorantha manuscript is over 600 pages in length. The work done thus far required a lot of author time, and many of the cults in this manuscript already had a lot of their info already fleshed out (although it did have to be updated and edited, sometimes heavily). It is quite easy to imagine that the rest of the cults in Glorantha would require at least as big of a manuscript, and many of them have far less written about them. There is a very distinct tradeoff between getting a lot of Gloranthan Cults this year, or getting every Gloranthan cult two or three years from now.
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  49. Chaosium currently prints its books in the USA, China, and Lithuania. Where we print depends on several factors including cost, quality, format, and timeliness. For example, we print our B&W softcovers in the USA and Lithuania. We print our color hardcovers in China and Lithuania, and occasionally in the USA. Setting aside the hyperbolic mentions of sanity, cruel claws, and such, this isn't something we do on a whim. I spend a good portion of my "day job" at Chaosium trying to best source our print projects. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Most of the books we sell are
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  50. That duplication of paragraphs is exactly how the original publication was done. Seeing this (very understandable and appropriate) question asked motivates me to explain how these PDFs were created. Every page you see in the PDFs went through the following process: I own a complete set of the original Wyrms Footnotes magazines. In my 40 years of collecting, if I acquired an issue that was in a better condition than the issue I currently had in my collection I would swap it out for the better one, so all the magazines in my collection all in Excellent or near mint condition. Why do I
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