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About Oracle

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    Had some of my best RPG sessions in Glorantha several years ago.
    Always was fascinated by Glorantha since then.
    Did Fantasy role-playing over several years using a home-brew system heavily based on Runequest III and Hârnmaster.
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    Just started to run my first HeroQuest campaign in Glorantha.
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    Munich, Germany
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    After more than 15 years of role-playing hiatus I'm back in a much more intense way than expected.
    Started to translate HeroQuest Glorantha into German language...

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  1. Third Age Timeline - I Never realized that until now: the Red Moon was already in the sky long before chief Colymar led his clan into the Dragon Pass region ...
  2. map on p. 143: the last part of the line/arrow marking Dormal's voyage is marked with the year 1582, but the text on p. 142 states: So this seems to be an error in the map ...
  3. p. 133, middle column, last paragraph, last sentence: Mediate? Really? My guess is, that this is a typo, which changed the meaning of the sentence completely. If I'm not wrong, this should read meditate.
  4. I'm lagging behind a bit, but anyway this question popped up while reading this chapter in the guide: p. 128, The Gbaji Wars: Unity Council? What Unity Council? From what I know about the Unity Council I guess, this is the same council, which was named World Council in previous sections, but the term Unity Council neither mentioned nor explained before. So is this an omission, which should be marked as an error?
  5. Title says "RQ Design Notes #19", but the link goes to RQ Design Notes #18 ...
  6. Religions and beliefs do influence normal life with respect to motivation, cultural behaviour, etc. similar to (ancient) real life on earth. Gods and spirits do exist.
  7. It all depends on the real dates: If the reign of the Red Queen started at Freezeday, Disorder Week, Sea Season 1487 and ended at Godsday, second week Sacred Time, 1495, then you're right: reign of 9 years. But if her reign started at Clayday, Fertility Week, Earth Season, 1487 and ended at Waterday, Fertility Week, Earth Season 1495, then you have only 8 years. Conclusion: Year ranges without given exact dates are always fuzzy.
  8. Not sure if that counts as an online play from your point of view, but I know, that there are several PbF (Play by Forum) games running at I know of at least two, which are led by @jajagappa, and in one I'm lucky to be one of the players - and I've learned already lot about how a HeroQuest Glorantha session is working. RPG: HeroQuest (2nd Edition) » Forums » Play By Forum The Nochet Campaign - HeroQuest Glorantha The Colymar Campaign 2 - HeroQuest Glorantha
  9. For me it all started when I attended my firat Runequest (III) session on a small role playing fair in Berlin, Germany during the early mid-eigthies of the last century (that sounds weird ), where one of the prepared characters provided by the Game Master was ... a duck! I couldn't resist. (This duck had the best climbing value in the group, so you can guess, who had to go up all the time on the trees for getting a better outlook ...) This was one of my greatest game sessions ever! (I still own the character sheet!) Next point was, that religion is not just a more or less important add-on to the setting, which mainly provides the first aid staff needed in a world of constant fighting. It was integral part of the culture (regardless which one you used). It was the basic moral compass for actions of all people involved in a Gloranthan game in a much more differentiated way than the alignment system I knew up unto this point. Pantheons and Gods had relations, which motivated the actions of their followers. Much more to what religion was in our world than any other role playing system I have seen. Different nations, cultures, peoples could have quite different views about the same historical/mythical events, which was reflected in different legends/myths/stories. And members of these nations were absolutely convinced, that their view was the only right one. Last but not least: non-human races. Although the names sounded familiar (Elves, Dwarves, Trolls), they were so different from everything I had seen so far, so alien, that they made this setting absolutely outstanding to any other existing role playing setting - and still do so.
  10. Ok, so several lesser Elder Races are not listed in this section because of space constraints. That's fine with me. But the question still open is: Which are the more obscure races? As far as I can say, the (formerly) lesser Elder Races mentioned so far were not explicitly classified as Lesser Elder Races. So if I rely on the Guide to Glorantha only, how do I know, if e.g. Baboons or Morocanths are Lesser Elder Races or something else?
  11. Exactly!
  12. Yes, I've seen the entries about Baboons, Morokanths, Tusk Riders, etc. So I've expected to find something about the missing entries later in the Guide. But are they classified as Lesser Elder Races anywhere?. I don't think so. So the question is: Has the classification changed or was is it just not mentioned (the latter you could say is an error ...)
  13. As already mentioned in previous comments this section seems to be a slightly enhanced reprint of the respective information available under the same title in the Elder Races Book from the RuneQuest III box Elder Secrets of Glorantha. But there are some points, which triggered my attention: Beat Men/Centaurs: the Centaurs have their own entry in the Elder Races Book, although also mentioned there in the Beast Men entry. As Centaurs were alway considered as Beast Men (as far as I know), it is probably consistent to do without this extra entry. On the other hand the Mythos and History of the Centaurs entry in the Elder Races Book mentions, that Centaurs living now may be the result of some medical experiments performed by the Empire of the Wyrms Friends. And I think, I have read similar things about other Beat Mes subtypes too (but I may imagine that ). But no information in that direction in the Guide - at least not up to this point. Lesser Elder Races listed in the Elder Races Book but not in the Guide: Baboons Giants Grotarons Luatha (which are a race of immortals and therefore may not applicate for being a Lesser Elder Race) Ludoch (but are now part of the Merfolk section in the Elder Races chapter) Morocanth (do they not count any more as an Elder Race, because they are one of the Five Great Tribes of Prax?) Slarges Timinits Tusk Riders Voralans Waertagi Lesser Elder Races listed in the Guide but not in the Elder Races Book: Scorpion Men Any reason for these differences (besides space constraints in the Guide)? Also missing again: population table and distribution map.
  14. Seven Great Kindreds of the Triolini? This section lists the Ludoch and the Malasp each as one of the two Great Kindreds. Do I miss something here?