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Nick Brooke

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  1. Any new work I finish (inc. setting stuff on Lunars, Malkioni, etc. as well as RQG scenarios) will come out via the Jonstown Compendium, rather than on my old website, which has been dormant for about 15 years. I'll leave older web versions up there, because why wouldn't I? The URL is now: http://etyries.albionsoft.com/etyries.com/index.html
  2. Jon Webb {@Incendiary Pig)'s Sandheart is one of the outstanding entries in the Chaosium's Jonstown Compendium community content store: a sandbox campaign framework for police procedural investigations on the fringes of Sun County, the xenophobic Uptight Spartans in the Wild West setting with which Ken Rolston and Michael O’Brien launched the RuneQuest Renaissance of the early 1990s. Because I like what he's doing so much (hey! it's old school!), I reworked his B&W Sandheart campaign map, and the detailed map of Cliffheath from The Corn Dolls (not shown), into full-colour versions, which have just been added to your Library if you bought the books via DriveThruRPG.
  3. Jon Webb {@Incendiary Pig)'s Sandheart is one of the outstanding entries in the Chaosium's Jonstown Compendium community content store: a sandbox campaign framework for police procedural investigations on the fringes of Sun County, the xenophobic Uptight Spartans in the Wild West setting with which Ken Rolston and Michael O’Brien launched the RuneQuest Renaissance of the early 1990s. Because I like what he's doing so much (hey! it's old school!), I reworked his B&W Sandheart campaign map, and the detailed map of Cliffheath from The Corn Dolls (not shown), into full-colour versions, which have just been added to your Library if you bought the books via DriveThruRPG.
  4. Let's throw in some heroquest movies. The Bill & Ted movies, and A Chinese Ghost Story, are superb.
  5. Same ones you can get here, unless something weird is happening: https://www.chaosium.com/runequest-character-sheets/
  6. They're in the back of the core rulebook: the pages immediately after the character sheet. p.430 & 431. I guess they're bundled separately on DTRPG so it's easier to grab 'em and print.
  7. Then have a hunt around the Moonie Madness section of my old website, there's a lot of things there you might enjoy. In particular: The Evil Empire The Withering Away of the Empire The Arrolian Lunar Church
  8. I made editorial tweaks to some of the older Voices, but I didn't write any of them myself. I'm waiting to hear from @Jeff whether we can put a new edition of Gloranthan Voices together for the Jonstown Compendium - it'd have the same text Chaosium was giving away 17 years ago (non-Chaosium authors have been contacted and are all on board), all-new artwork, and hopefully a shiny print-on-demand hardcover to sit on my bookshelf.
  9. You may be thinking of this old piece I wrote: it's not canonical, but it was thoroughly sourced by cross-checking oddities from King of Sartar against primary Gloranthan sources. Triumph of the Lunar Cosmos
  10. By extrapolation, RW capitalism and nationalism (to name but two) are surely phenomenally evil ideologies that must be destroyed at all costs, even if it means putting lunatic ideologues in power and encouraging them to immiserate billions of innocents... After all, the flaws of our side are trivial, since our hearts are in the right place, even if our leaders are objectively maniacs and fanatics: when we kill billions, it’s an accident, easily waved away. And if anyone disagrees, we’ll kill them to shut them up — after all, they’re a willing mouthpiece for utter abomination. (Know a car driver? They’re destroying the planet. Kill that ecocidal maniac now, and plough them into the fields! It’s the only reasonable and proportionate response) ... well, that’s what comes to mind when people obsess about the all-consuming Evils of the Lunar Empire. The Roman Empire had evils of its own; and yet we call the grim period that happened after it fell “the Dark Ages” for plenty of good reasons. It was objectively a terrible time to be alive. (But mah Freedoms!)
  11. My homage to Andre, Goscinny & Uderzo:
  12. What, this little thing? No, that would be ridiculous. Profound thanks to Andre Jarosch, Michael O'Brien and Darya Makarava, for all sorts of reasons. Not forgetting the indefatigable Goscinny & Uderzo: "These Lunars are crazy!"
  13. Screw you, hippie. If you're seriously saying the Lunars didn't bring about greater gender equality than had existed in pre-Lunar Dara Happa, then I have no interest in anything else you write because you're clearly off your meds. You can conquer people without being culturally inclusive if you're prepared to be a total arsehole about it, which the Lunars aren't. I agree with you on c), but can understand why technophiles wouldn't - for me, social progress is more important than technological, and there is no doubt that the Lunars are terrifyingly progressive.
  14. Updated to include Vinga's Ford, with ratings and reviews refreshed for older books. Now 14 pages + cover, and still only 50 cents. If you bought it previously, you'll find the updated version in your Library on DriveThruRPG.
  15. I'd be inclined to push all the RQ3 Praxian stuff back to "1615-1620," myself, and treat RQ2 Pavis box's Cradle scenario (Sea Season 1621) as a capstone on that era. The Coders are in Prax before the Cradle, per MOB; Sor-eel gets replaced as Governor afterwards: none of the older RuneQuest books address that situation (or indeed the subsequent Great Winter that lasted into Earth Season of 1622) at all. So it seems to me that you're cramming an awful lot into one year if all those scenarios have to happen in 1621.
  16. MOB's thoughts about "Coders on the Cradle" Jane Williams' summary of our Sun County setting date conclusions: http://www.jane-williams.me.uk/glorantha/sc/sc_sh_01.cfm Cheers, Nick
  17. You have the chronology slightly wrong. Sandy came to the UK in 1986 and told us that American gamers with no previous exposure to Glorantha thought the Lunars were the setting's good guys. (Well-informed Brits were interested to hear this, as obviously the Lunars are baddies). This was a few years before the first issue of Tales of the Reaching Moon, which is the first explicit example of "Brits falling for this nonsense" (that is, if you read David Hall's editorials with a profound and inappropriate lack of irony) that comes to mind. Hope this helps.
  18. Source ref: Surandar the Warleader The ritual theme etc. are lifted from Georges Dumezil's pioneering work on Indo-European mythology.
  19. While recognising that there's a place for source fidelity, ancient and mediaeval sources, etc., I don't want to make Gloranthan marriages or courtships inherently rapey just because "that's the way it was in the real world." YMMV. (NB: In my old Carmanian History, the "Rape of the Pelandan Women" (when a bunch of them were married to Carmanians against their will) was a shocking one-off event, and didn't reflect or establish any cultural norms)
  20. Exceptionally violent bridesmaids, and men wearing dresses, immediately spring to mind. But I'm funny like that.
  21. When we worked on the “Secret History of Sun County,” we pinned the original book down to 1615 or thereabouts (look it up on Jane Williams’ website: there was a date in the Rabbit Hat Farm scenario which she weaponised). We needed a fixed date to work out when our soap opera protagonists were born, etc., to help fill in backstory. Canonically, the Lunar Coders visit Prax before the Cradle, are involved around the edges of the Cradle episode itself (this is per @MOB’s draft account of Sun County and related historical events from 1621-27), and then push off back to the Heartlands and essentially disband. I’m sure we’ll catch up with them eventually; I’m writing a convention scenario myself about Count Julan’s return to Prax. Cheers, Nick
  22. Thank you! I made it this morning, to delight you. The art is from the 1985 Voices: cool modern vaguely sci-fi levitating buddhist chick on the (political) left, who you'd love to hang out with, and some sinister shifty guy who looks like he's about to murder his uncle in a minor Shakespeare play vanishing into the shadows on the (far) right.
  23. When the Empire gets its act back together, Argrath loses a critical battle against Moonson and his capital is occupied by triumphant enemies. That's apparently what tips him over the edge into genocide and theocide, bringing back Sheng Seleris and eradicating the population of Peloria with snow hurricanes and chaos invasions. He let the Ice come, because it suited him.
  24. Polaris is lord of the dance, among other things. Hyraos Truetune, a son of Yelm, is the harper of the gods. Donandar is the cross-cultural deity of poetry, etc. Hope this helps.
  25. Only afterwards the Moon is still there. And Argrath kills all the gods in the course of his obsessive vengeance. So it's a good cautionary tale.
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