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    I started playing RPGs since I was a kid. My introduction to the hobby was through D&D but I moved hastily to Chaosium games like Call of Cathulhu and RuneQuest. After that, I tried as many games as I could.

    In the 21st century, my interest drifted to less crunchy games like HeroQuest, Fate, Powered by the Apocalypse.
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  1. Funny thing, the most I learn about western sorcery the most I think you'll basically end up playing Ars Magica: Glorantha. 😄
  2. That's intriguing. Can you elaborate?
  3. Sorry for not being clearer, I was trying to answer the "wasted mastery on a critical". My point is: It isn't wasted as the mastery bumps down your opposition’s roll. Unless the opposition rolls a fumble, obviously. But in that case it's a complete victory for you. In any case, QW method of handling masteries is way more straightforward.
  4. All rolls are opposed on HQG and QW. 😉
  5. I don't have the rules at hand, but the free quickstarter defines intelligence as: "Reasoning, memory, problem-solving, inspiration, knowledge, also useful for some kinds of magic." I'm quite sure you can improve a lot of those traits in real life. And, in any case, not all RQG rules are based on "real life." (Whatever real life means in a fantasy game.)
  6. Hi Jeff, Why is Int the only attribute you can't improve during gameplay? Thank you.
  7. I can't say anything about Conan as I haven't read the original books. But, In the case of Lancelot, he isn't a Mary Sue because he ultimately fails as a knight because he can't keep his pants on control his passions. He isn't perfect, he doesn't outdo every single other character and not everyone is ok with his antics. That character is Gawain. What I'm trying to say is: Powerful character =/= Mary Sue @Akhôrahilexplained it way better than me in the first page. Exactly, and it narrowly avoids the White Saviour trope because Sartarite people are based on ancient Eastern Medi
  8. Finally we found the answer for the OP question. 😂
  9. It's an interesting point of view, because my issues with Argrath are from a fiction point of view. As I said before, he shares too many traits with the Mary Sue trope. I'm starting to think one of the reasons "Argrath is bad" is so prevalent now is because people are more and more interested in the Lunar Empire. You know, the designated villains of the Argrath saga. Story-wise they are great: Seven conspirators tried to get rid of their oppressors manufacturing a new goddess, kickstarting a revolution that got completely out of control. She managed to conquer a patriarchy and feminised t
  10. I reckon my contact with the character is the Guide, the Glorantha Handbook and King of Sartar, so I don't know about the development of the character itself. But you made another good point about Argrath's Mary-sueness. He is Arkat, but better. He managed to gain all this powers and cool toys without alienating his allies. It's like Arkat confronting Nysalor in the battle of the Tower of Dreams with the support the of Brithini, the hrestoli, the trolls, the Orlanthi and a chap from Wales. But I'm starting to derail the topic...
  11. I must say, I'm so excited with QuestWorlds. The change to counting successes instead of using a matrix for challenge resolution is so ellegant and straighforward, I'm planning to use it in my current Eleven Lights campaign.
  12. My problem with Argrath, as a character, isn't about his assholeness. As other people has already mentioned, there are a lot of candidates for that position in Glorantha. My main issue is he screams Mary Sue to me. He was forced to leave his clan and was taken as slave by the Praxians, but he managed to set himself free and discovered a spirit society that unified the Praxians around him. He is a Draconic Mystic, equivalent to an Illuminate in all important matters, but with no links to Chaos. He releases Sheng-Seleris in Peloria but it was a just thing because reasons. And so on...
  13. I'm running the Eleven Lights myself, so any extra information regarding Kallyr's quest is more than welcome! On the other hand, why does the giant turtle have a penis rune? It's the first one on the left hand-side...
  14. I raised my concerns on the composition of the front cover of Man of the West, but this one it's just... Wow.
  15. I'm sorry my first post in the forum is about this topic. But I do agree with @g33k, when I saw the picture it didn't ring any Gloranthan bell, what I saw was a generic fantasy cover of an armored male warrior next to a female model in bikini and high heels. The drawing is terrific, though. And kudos to you @M Helsdon for your work on this.
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