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    Started RPGs in 1982 though we really started role playing the following year when we dropped D&D in favor of RQ2. RQ3 detracted me from Glorantha and I am now getting back to this wonderful setting thanks to HeroQuest 2. It seems I am bound with second editions as far as Glorantha is concerned.
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    I am currently running a few one shots from time to time using a house ruled version of Free Universal (FU) or a home made compact version of FATE.
    I currently have two projects, a Solomon Kane campaign (using my home made compact FATE) and after that I would like to run a HeroQuest: Glorantha campaign.
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    I am 48 years old and I am lucky enough to live with the most extraodinary woman in the universe.
    I like hiking, jazz music, reading and... guess what!

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  1. A combat happened around the middle of the game and Instead of throwing all the NPCs directly against the PCs, two of them were kept away from contact and started to shoot at the characters, one opponent even tried to take out a Companion. When one of the characters got rid off of his opponent, he had to choose between, helping another character who is far from being a good fighter or engaging the two pesky shooters so that they stop harassing them. The heavy weight fighter finally choosed to engage the two pesky shooters and the two other poor fighters of the group, who had the habit to rely on their stronger comrades to save their a**, struggled against their opponents. This raised the tension for every one. This a simple thing to do, and there are many others, but I was so concentrated on the game system itself (HeroQuest 2 is what I call a simple but yet difficult to master game) that I forgot to focus on the scenes themselves.
  2. We finally had the opportunity to play the final episode of our Hollow Earth Expedition campaign. I have tested two things, reintroducing some tactics through the actions of the NPCs and better descriptions, and an alternate difficulty table. Thinking about my previous games, I have came to the conclusion that I have been somehow blinded by the abstract nature of the rules. Though the rules are simple and abstract, a scene must be described well enough so that the players can visualize the playground and take informed decisions. Though I do that naturally in traditional games, I forgot to do that while playing HeroQuest 2, at the very least I did it far less than with other games. So when the players started a fight, I drew a small map on the fly showing them the situation and the place of the various protagonists. Each exchange, I then took the time to better describe the actions of the various opponents, encouraged the players to do the same and put an emphasis on the results of each die roll instead of just adding Resolution Points. I also played the NPCs better. The NPCs took better tactical decisions forcing the players to react and think about their next actions. I also reduced the number of opponents so that the conflict played faster. Those various enhancements did the trick and the players acknowledged that the conflict was more engaging than the previous ones. I suppose that the fact I am getting used to the game system also helped as I am better organized behind my screen. We also tested an alternate difficulty distribution with an added Extreme difficulty level : Nearly Impossible (Base + M2) Extreme (Base + M) Very High (Base + 12) High (Base + 6) It proved a good thing as the former Very High difficulty level (Base + M) was too challenging for half of the characters while the High difficulty level is too easy for the other half of the group. The gap between the High difficulty level (Base + 6) and the former Very High difficulty level (Base + M) is in my opinion too big, at least it is for the characters in this campaign. This session was very positive and I hope to apply my newly gained experience to another HeroQuest game very soon. Thank you all for your invaluable help. It's now time to go to bed, it is late in France. Please forgive me, I don't have the time to read my post again to track the various grammatical mistakes and typos.
  3. RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha makes its first steps in french. The baby looks very promising. I am usually very disappointed by the french translations, especially when it comes to Glorantha, and this one seems rather good (yes, it's me saying that, it feels as if someone else had written that).
  4. Thank you for your answer. It's cool to give us such options. This is how I like generic game rules. A set of core rules and options showing us the various possibilites and ways to customize our experience. 👍
  5. Thanks for the link. 👍 I like the layout and the rules seem to be better explained than in HQ2 and HQG. I hope Action Points are just an option though and that Extended Contests can also be resolved through the use of Resolution Points.
  6. Unless I am missing something, I see no difference between the List Method and the As-you-go Method. In the List Method, you have a Keyword (the other Keywords used in your campaign are free) and then pick 10 abilities right from the start. In the As-you-go Method, you start with a Concept that includes a Keyword and an Adjective and then add abilities while playing until you have a total of 11 abilities (your Keyword, the Adjective and 9 additional abilities). I assume that the Keywords used in the campaign are also free but it is not clearly stated though. In both cases you assign a score of 17 to your best ability and earn a basic score of 13 in all the other ones. This means that you end up with 11 abilities (with free additional Keywords) and can distribute the same number of points (20) whatever the character creation method. About the Breakout Abilities without a +1, I have not found what you are pointing at in the Creating Genre Packs section of HQ2. Can you give me a page number? In the Gaming in Glorantha section, are you pointing at the spells? If this is the case, the spells are not Breakout Abilities (and thus don't have a +1). However, a spell is part of a Grimoire that IS a Breakout Ability with a +1.
  7. As far as I know, HQ2 and HQG character creation are close but are each their own beast. The HQG character rules are not an option from HQ2 and are even different from the ones you can find in the Gaming in Glorantha section of HQ2. As far as I understand the rules, you don't earn another ability slot if you chose to make a flaw of your distinguishing characteristic. About the lack of trade-off, I would reply that the HeroQuest 2 rules are not about optimizing your character but about creating the character you want to play. You will find a summary of both character creation rules in the following file: HQ2G_Character_Creation_Summary.pdf
  8. This post is just the result of an Edit attempt gone wrong. 😁
  9. Thanks for this clarification. This is something I have done instinctively until Aprewett's questions raised valid points I didn't thought about before. It is sometimes as if the authors of HQ2 had forgotten to write things that were obvious for them but that are not for those that didn't playtested the game system. In my opinion, HeroQuest mainly needs a more accessible prose, some clarifications and a lot of examples, really a lot of them. This game system can be confusing because of its innovative concepts. So it needs varied examples showing us how it can be used in many different contexts and with conditions changing during contests of various scales. If the rules are the tools, I see the examples as an users' manual. And I think that there are not enough of them in HQ2 and HQG. I am the kind of persons that needs to be shown how things are working in order to grasp them efficiently. This is the reason why I am not playing any PC game that doesn't have a good tutorial. More examples in HQ2 would be a good tutorial. As far as I am concerned, HQ2's learning curve is too steep, especially if one considers the simplicity of its rules. I have played 9 long sessions thus far and I am still considering myself as a beginner. To my eyes, the complexity of HQ2 does not lie in its rules but in the way to handle them because of their flexibility and infinite possibilities.
  10. I don't know if it is still accurate but it seems to me that Conversion Guides, like the RQ Classic to RQG one, were considered at a time. That would be great and enough for me.
  11. @Aprewett, the players won because one of the characters was the last to stand up. A side wins an Extended Contest as soon as there are no more contestants on the opposite side. One of the Heroes is the last to stand, they win. Their goal was to defeat the Ghoul, it is defeated. You then look at the Consequence of Defeat inflicted upon the Ghoul to determine the Level of Victory, which means by how much they succeeded. If it helps, you can read the Level of Victories otherwise, like this : Complete Defeat > No, and... and... Major Defeat > No, and... Minor Defeat > No Marginal Defeat > No, but... Marginal Victory > Yes, but... Minor Victory > Yes Major Victory > Yes, and... Complete Victory > Yes, and... and... Your players earned a Marginal Victory. This is a "yes, but..." result. So YES, the players have defeated the Ghoul, BUT it managed to escape (or whatever @jajagappa gave as an example a few posts earlier). If we consider the Ghoul, this is a Marginal Defeat, a "No, but..." result. So NO, it didn't kill the characters, BUT it managed to escape, it is Hurt. @godsmonkey, I have read the Extended Contests rules of HQ1 this weekend. Yes, I agree that there is definitely something interesting in the HQ1 Action Points (AP). It could well fill my players' needs. If my first plans don't work, this is definitely something to test. I might even test it with a one shot someday. I also think that HQ2 and HQ1 are closer than what I thought. Many Tactical Options of HQ2 seem to me as if they were bids in disguise. I think that HQ2 plays faster than HQ1 though. It feels somehow more natural to me than HQ1.
  12. @Aprewett, the degree of success and the consequences are linked but are two things. When you frame a contest, the players state their goal and then their strategies.After that, do the same We then play the Extended Contest to determine who wins, the players or their opponents. The final Degree of Success then tells us by how much they succeed or fail. The Consequences are not directly indicating whether the Heroes succeed or fail, this is the Degree of Success computed from the losers' Consequences that does. In your case, the players earned a Marginal Victory. As the goal of the players was to defeat the Ghoul, the ghoul is defeated but is only Hurt in the process. May be as it managed to scamper away. If their goal had been to kill the Ghoul, the Ghoul would be dead, because it was their goal and they succeeded. The Ghoul is dead even if it is a Marginal Victory only.
  13. Thanks for the explanation @godsmonkey, I get it. 👍 As it has been said earlier: interesting!
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