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  1. I wasn't, Brankist was. Imagine D'Artagnan from the Holy Country, middle aged, telling long boring stories about "When I was in the Cavalry", now imagine him naked and blue. I think he was more embarrassed about being blue, to be honest, looking like a Smurf Musketeer. He became a Thanatar Hero in the end, subtly combining his love for Lhankor Mhy with his hatred of Thanatar and gaining control of a Thanatar Great Temple beneath Dorastor.
  2. They don't in the rules, but most people I know will send an Ancestral Spirit to help for a Divine Intervention. Firshala and Mistress Sazdorf get DI, but the DI just incarnates Firshala or Mistress Sazdorf. Maybe that's the way to go. Your Wyter incarnates the Hero or Founder.
  3. I think that it means you get a point of Spirit Magic that you can choose. So, if you have Bladesharp 2 and Farsee, then you could get Healing 1 at Sacred Time, for example, or you could increase Bladesharp 2 to Bladesharp 3. There has always been a difference in how people interpret variable spells, certainly from RQ2 times and into RQ3 and RQG. Some people think you learn Bladesharp 3 as a completely new spell, some people think you just add it to the Bladesharp 2 spell that you already have. Personally, I think that each extra point of a variable spell is a new 1 point spell that just adds to the others. So, if you have Bladesharp 2 then you learn the (one point) Bladesharp 3 spell, that way you can cast Bladesharp 1, 2 or 3 easily enough. To learn Bladesharp 3 from scratch you have to also learn Bladesharp 1 and 2, although I play that you can learn them all together as one spell. The cost of the spell works that way, you have to pay for Bladesharp 1, 2 and 3 in order to get Bladesharp 3 from scratch.
  4. Really glad you enjoyed RQ. The current edition is probably the best one. You could use the RQ Classic scenarios and supplements with RQG fairly easily. You might have to handwave some stuff and might need to give NPCs Rune Pools, Runes and Passions, but apart from that it should work OK. They are available as PDFs, so are nice and easy to get hold of.
  5. Brankist Farlow, one of our PCs, gained a Heroic Ability of Permanent Woad, which only manifested when he was naked and gave him Woad = POW. Although he had POW 15, which was more than his normal armour, he was so embarrassed about fighting naked that he very rarely used it. He tried to use a loincloth or various ways of hiding his manhood, but to no avail.
  6. Gbaji, or Nysalor, faced down the Great Eater and Kyger Litor, was eaten by Kyger Litor and ripped its way out of her belly, through her womb, with his Adamantine Claws, damaging Korasting in the process. Following that, many trolls were born stunted and deformed, Trollkin. Some HeroQuestors tried to fix the Curse and one caused multiple births of Trollkin instead, which became the best way to tell who is a Trollkin or not, although it made Twin Births count as Trollkin. Because Trolls are pig-headed, stubborn and immensely conservative. There are two main ways to stop the Trollkin Curse, according to most Trolls: Stand between Gbaji and Korasting, fighting him and his Admantine Claws. That always ends badly for the Trolls, as the Adamantine Claws are pretty much fatal to Trolls. Heal Korasting's wounds and restore fertility to trolls. A lot of trolls have tried this and they often give their own fertility to Korasting, losing it in the process. Many gain HeroQuest curses that they can only give birth to Trollkin. For me, the Swallowing of Gbaji and the Ripping of the Womb are so closely intertwined that they are effectively the same action. Trolls don;t understand this. They think that they MUST swallow Gbaji and MUST stop him from damaging Korasting. Even the idea of not Swallowing Gbaji would be against everything they believe in. So, they continue to HeroQuest against Gbaji, swallowing him each and every time, strengthening the Trollkin Curse each and every time and wondering why they can't stop the Curse of Kin. Cragspider famously came at it a different way. Instead of preventing the attack, she strengthened Troll Mothers by infusing them with Dehori Spirits, making their Darkness more powerful, in the hope of allowing them to resist the Curse of Kin. That partially worked, as it gave them Great trolls rather than Trollkin. It shows how a different approach could work.
  7. Originally in Cults of Terror. Vivamort was not included in Lords of Terror, as there was a problem with RQ3 Divine/Sorcery Magic and Vivamort being a sorcerous cult. It will hopefully appear in Gods and Goddesses of Glorantha. I haven't checked the Bestiary to see if it is mentioned in the Vampire writeup.
  8. Wyters of Temples are initiates, as they are Temple Guardians. I always give the rune Lord DI. Wyters of Clans, Herobands and Sacred Societies tend not to be Initiates, so probably cannot DI, but some could be, depending on the situation. The wyter of a Troll Clan might be an aspect of the clan founder, for example, so the Saxdorf Clan was founded by Grandmother Sazdorf and their wyter could be an aspect of Grandmother Saxdorf, or perhaps a daughter of Grandmother Sazdorf, in which case it would have DI (unless you play that Ancestor Worshippers don't get DI).
  9. There was a thread on RPG.NET where someone was trying to convert his PCs from another system to HeroQuest. After some toing and froing, he came up with a nice set of stats. One of the things he had was Flaws as Breakouts, with Flaw: in front of them. Nice and easy, no drama, recognised that it was a Flaw and could be used any way the GM or Player want. I thought it was a nice way of doing it. So, someone might have Detective 10M (Observant +1, Relentless +2, Flaw:Alcoholic +3). In this case the Flaw:Alcoholic would be a penalty to the Detective and would reduce the skill. It might even be applied to other areas, if it is important to the game. They could be a separate ability, in which case you might have Detective 10M (Observant +1, Relentless +2), Alcoholic 20 (Abusive +2, Reformed +1), with the amount in the Keyword determining how much of a Flaw it is and the Breakouts describing what the main effects are.
  10. Unfortunately, the dislike for Mongoose's line meant that RQG was originally referred to as RQ4, which causes whole storm that has only recently calmed down. There has been a trend of rejecting what was done before, either as non-canonical or inferior. I understand that from a business point of view, but dislike it from a personal, fanboy point of view. As far as I know, they are amicable. By the way, ranting is fine, as it gets it out of your system. You won't win this one, though, as opinions are very entrenched. I just take the best bits of the systems and use them in my games, do it doesn't matter to me what the official line is.
  11. Just had an image of a Vingan feeding her baby with bread soaked in blood instead of with milk. Probably not very nutritious, though.
  12. soltakss

    cacodemon

    Derak the Dark Troll, one of our RQ2 PCs, had The Hero Stone, which was a 4 point Crystal that gave access to any reusable runespells from any cult that was Enemy (0) to Chaos on the Cult Compatibility chart. So, in RQG terms, it would be a 4 point Rune Pool to all cults enemy to Chaos. It regenerated on a weekly basis. So, you could cast Shield 4, or Berserker, or Face Chaos or whatever. Once Derak went on a HeroQuest and, as a result, the Hero Stone was infected by Chaos, so instead of just Cults Enemy to Chaos, it also allowed cults Associated (4) with Primal Chaos. By that time, we had got hold of Gods of Glorantha and Elder Secrets, so he cast Vomit Acid a few times.
  13. soltakss

    cacodemon

    But much, much more fun!
  14. Wetnurses were very popular in the past. There's no reason for a Vingan to have to nurse her baby herself. Better to drop it off at an Ernalda temple and get a wetnurse to do that. Plenty of time for bonding when she gets back.
  15. soltakss

    cacodemon

    Thanks David. RQ3 Fiends are like RQ2 Cacodemon. I like the idea of summoning Cacodemon itself, our PC have fought Cacodemon several times in a couple of campaigns, it always goes well. Shame about Vomit Acid, though.
  16. soltakss

    cacodemon

    It's in Elder Secrets, sorry, my mistake. Vomit Acid should be included in every version of RQ, in my opinion.
  17. I used SuperWorld for my very short Thatcher's Britain campaign and found it didn't really suit what I was aiming for. For me, having Characteristics completely ruins a Supers game. If someone has a high POW with mind-affecting powers, they just trash any PCs, unless the PCs have a high POW themselves. Same with STR, someone can be super-strong, which gives them a large Damage Bonus which means they can smash things, that's fine, but if you say "My PC can smash through a concrete wall" then the GM must work out what damage needs to be done, work out a reasonable Damage Bonus and then work out a reasonable STR, which is likely to be very high indeed. I much prefer something like HeroQuest for Supers, as all those problems go away. You get new problems, but hey-ho!
  18. This isn't really the right thread for this discussion, but it hasn't been for a while. MRQI was OGL, RQG isn't, so there is a problem with incorporating MRQI mechanics into RQG. MRQII wasn't OGL, but Jeff doesn't think the way it is going suits Glorantha particularly well, so it's unlikely that its mechanics will appear. That's fine by me, as I can use bits from here, there and everywhere to make a better RQ for my games.
  19. Dorastor is a fun place. In our shared-GM RQ2 campaign, I often set scenarios there. In my RQ3 campaign, much of the campaign was set in Dorastor. My recent River Voices campaign had a few things in Dorastor. What I normally do in Dorastor is not make it ultra-deadly. By which, I don't mean make it just another wilderness campaign or chaos nest campaign, but instead make some bits fairly straightforward. So, the bits of Dorastor near Riskland are fairly safe. Sure, they have Broos, Scorpionmen and Ogres but that's normal for a Chaos Nest. Areas around Forts are patrolled and safe, or as safe as anywhere in Dorastor can be. Anyone holding a Ralzakark Token can be sure that if they present it to a group of Chaotics, they will be left alone, or maybe not. So, lull them into a false sense of security as to how dangerous Dorastor is. Have a few scenarios where it is just like a wilderness or chaos nest. Clear a few chaos caves out, fight some Broo, find some human-looking Ogres, that sort of thing. Then hit them with a Monstrosity of some kind. Monstrosities can be of varying kind: Chaos Monster - An random Chaos Monster that is utterly gross, imagine Cacodemon, The Crimson Bat, Cwim or something equally as dangerous. Have it come along and scare the bejaysus out of the Party and let them escape. Intelligent Chaos Foe - far more dangerous than the Chaos Monster, these are intelligent and well-organised Chaos Foes. Not the personalities, but perhaps a Rune Lord or Priest of a Chaos Cult and companions. These should be used to fighting and might be hostile to the party. Personality - Far more dangerous than an Intelligent Chaos foe, these are the named people of Dorastor, Ralzakark, the Giant King of Never Dead, Queen of the Tower of Lead, anyone out of the Dorastor or Lords of Terror supplements. These may be friendly, may be hostile but are always very dangerous. Terrain Feature - There are some bad places in Dorastor, Ghost dirt, Slime Pools, Ash Flats, Rolling Hills, Acid Lakes and so on. Be as mean and nasty as you want, after all it's Dorastor! Ragnaglar's Breath - One of my favourites. Ragnaglar's Breath rolls around Dorastor in various forms. Acid Rain, Fear Storm, Mist of Madness, Poison Cloud, List Wind, you name it you can have it. Basically, it is a wind or cloud or weather that is incredibly nasty. Each area of Dorastor is dangerous in its own way. Poisonthorn is full of nasty, non-chaotic but evil human-hating elves. Hellwood is full of Chaos-embracing elves. Both Poisonthorn and Hellwood are full of nasty, warped, hungry plants. Slimestone has the Gorpgod, a gigantic gorp that just rolls over you and absorbs you. The Tower of Lead is full of vampires and other undead. Ash Flat is full of ghosts. Some places have broos, some ogres, some Telmori, some scorpionmen. make them all dangerous and difficult. Leaving the PCs stranded in an area is fun, watching them fight their way out is much more fun.
  20. soltakss

    cacodemon

    The Cult Compendium has a writeup of Cacodemon and I think it is more recent as it contains Vomit Acid, which is one of my most favourite spells. If not, Lords of Terror has a writeup, I think, but is out of print.
  21. Jrustela has God Learner 101, which is interesting. Glorantha the Second Age touches on HeroQuesting. Trolls A Guide to Uz also contains some information about HeroQuesting against the Trolls, according to my review.
  22. I'm not sure about that. I started playing RQ with RQ2 in 1982 and liked a lot of the MRQ material. Sure, the initial rulebook had a lot of issues, but had some good ideas and the supplements were certainly usable.
  23. Nearly 20 years after our campaign, but yes, same kind of idea.
  24. Exactly! Our Duck PC just didn't like the game, for some reason.
  25. 05 HOME 10 SEE "Dragon" 15 RUN
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