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About Oracle

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  • RPG Biography
    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.
  • Current games
    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. Oracle

    Greg Stafford Condolence Thread

    When I heard about Greg's passing yesterday evening, I did not find the right words (and if you know me, that tells you something already ...). Not sure if that has changed now, but I will try anyway. Although I've never had the pleasure to meet Greg Stafford in person, reading all the comments in this thread, I'm ... moved much more, than I would have expected only 2 days ago. And that tells me, that he has touched me and influenced me more than I was aware. I had my first contact with Glorantha in the beginning/mid-eighties of the last century on a small RPG meeting in Berlin, Germany. A young french GameMaster had prepared an adventure in the Apple Lane area for introducing RQ3. GM: "I have prepared some characters for you: a Humakti, i.e. kind of a warrior-priest, a nomad, a primitive and a duck." Me: "Wait! Did you say a duck?" GM: "Yes. You can play a duck in Runequest." Me: "Then this is my character!" And so I was hooked instantly to Glorantha. And this would become one of my most cherished RPG sessions as a player. From that point whenever I thought about a Fantasy world, which was not simply a copy of the other great fantasy setting, J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-Earth, I thought 'Glorantha'. At this time I was not able to use Glorantha for my own games, but after a long break I returned to the hobby some years ago, and I've decided immediately to use Glorantha now. And after detecting the Guide to Glorantha I was hooked even more. Also, I was always interested in the Arthurian Legends and the different versions to tell them (T.H. White, Marian Zimmer Bradley, Mary Stewart, etc.). And guess, whom I met again here. Greg Stafford and his King Arthur Pendragon! So obviously Greg Stafford has influenced me in several areas. He will be greatly missed. My sympathies are with his family and his friends at Chaosium as with all the friends, that he made all over the world. And all his fans I hail: Let's take up his torch and bear it further to honour Greg Stafford's memory by playing his games and researching and developing his worlds. The rest is silence ...
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    Tell me more about Queen Leika

    Ah, I did overlook that one. This answers several of the above question - and I stand corrected. She is not the chieftain of the Anmangarn Clan (Black Spear Clan): (p.17) She's of the Taraling Clan, but she's not even Chieftain of this clan: (p.19) She has access to the Black Spear, because she is the Queen of the Colymar (after Kangharl "Blackmoor" was eaten by the Brown Dragon).
  3. Oracle

    Tell me more about Queen Leika

    According to the description of her counter from "Found Counters of Dragon Pass", a extension of the board game Dragon Pass by Avalon Hill, which was available as a Fundraiser for the Kraken 2019: Guide to Glorantha, Vol. 2, p.735 So yes, I would say she became the Chieftain of the Blackspear Clan.
  4. The Leatherette version of Runequest Classic / Runequest 2nd Edition comes with a full color dust jacket. Is this also the case with the Leatherette version of Runequest - Roleplaying in Glorantha?
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    Elmal Yelmalio thing

    Because I'm quite intrigued by this discussion: where could I find this essay?
  6. I've just downloaded the file from the Chaosium site, and it still has the same issue ...
  7. Oracle

    How to translate God Learner?

    Another important point with respect to the interpretation of the term God Learner is probably, if they called themselves God Lerner, or if the term has been created by non-members of this group (with kind of derogative meaning maybe).
  8. I think I've found the answer: the Newtlings Distribution Map does only show the distribution of young (tadpoles) and adult Newtlings. This does exclude Bachelors (which contrary to my initial impression are not adult Newtlings), but this is the type of Newtlings, which you can find along the Zola Fel ... So you can ignore this entry. It's not a mistake.
  9. p.14 The old RuneQuest modules Borderlands and River of Cradels gave me the impression, that there live Newtlings along the Zola Fel. The Guide to Glorantha, p.440: Rogue bachelors of the newtling race live in the Praxian river valleys. This is not reflected in the Newtlings Distribution Map. So is the population at the Zola Fel too small to be shown in the Newtlings Distribution Map, or is this an error in the map?
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    RuneQuest Classic Edition Kickstarter status

    @Rick Meints: Thanks for the short update in the Kickstarter comments section! That clears the fog over the quagmire ... 🙂
  11. Although I hate doing this, I think I have to do it anyway. It seems, that @Rick Meints did not login to the RuneQuest Classic Edition Kickstarter since his last update at the beginning of May, so the chance to grab hold of him may be better here ... First let me express my excitement about the new RuneQuest version a.k.a. RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. I love, what I have seen so far, and I understand, that Chaosium currently is heavily concentrating on getting as much as possible for this new product ready and available as soon as possible. But on the other hand I would like to have the missing stretch goals available especially in this context, as I would try to use them immediately with the new Runequest. In the last update the main statement was Given the fact, that this statement is from May 3rd, and still nothing happened since then, I would say, it's a bit overdue ... Again, I understand the pressure, you're currently working on, but nevertheless I would like to ask kindly for an update (however small it may be) about the current state of this Kickstarter. This would move the state of my mind from guessing to knowing at least ...
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    RQG Sorcery

    Just being curious: What are the Western Novel fragments ... and where could you find them ...
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    Greymane, 1625 and beyond

    From the Glorantha Sourcebook, pp. 37/38:
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    HeroQuest SRD and OGL, genre packs

    "Heroes on a Quest" "Heroes' Worlds" But paraphrasing @JonL here: I'm not in marketing (and that's for a reason )
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    Apple Lane stats conversion

    For example here: So my guess would be, that one of the "three loosely linked scenarios" is the aforementioned new Apple Lane scenario.