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  1. I found it odd GPC never depicts an single battle that's ending depends on the rolls done by a Player or GM despite the default rules allowing for it. Therefore I can easily imagine the War In Cambria being an good addition to a GPC after tons of "railroaded" battles where your players are just pawns. My first impression was for it to be in the Conquest period (considering...it's a conquest period) or the Tournament period (Original assumption in Savage Mountains) but I didn't consider the Boy King period before! It fits quite well, mood wise, and is an fittingly dark place. But one may want to run some of the different adventures in the book during "peaceful" periods if players are getting bored of the constant Waring. Granted, players may be greatly wounded, after many battles, I imagine this option is only for very lucky groups. In particular, I enjoy it's Wine adventure, very weird and very cool.
  2. Okay, got it: Link. Sorry for my laziness in getting it out, but these are the files from the group, along with Images, and Links to sites that may or may not be useful, all in the easy .rar format. It should be noted that quite a fair amount of this old material's been shared on other sites before, like the Pendragon Treasures pdf, but there are still things in there I imagine people would find usage in, such as the adventures and Spanish Material, therefore it is worth preserving for the future to own. May the same terrible fate this info very nearly suffered not blight the Chaosium forums in our future.
  3. Good point. I was going with Zoroastrianism because of the vagueness of where Zazamanc is at and the fact the Sasanian Empire was very active at the time that Pendragon takes place. But really, I feel the fictional pantheon already used in BOKAL should be kept, but the section about Zazamanc should include and focus more on "historical" religions, due to the fact it's really just an gigantic anachronism in place of the actual religious practices, that would be easier to roleplay IMO. I know the default Paganism that's detailed is sorta like this too, considering the little information about what was worshiped in the time period in comparison to Christianity, not to mention we don't know ANYTHING about whatever was believed by the Picts. But there is actual info about the "Pagan" religions that was worshiped in those areas at the time that is available from what I can tell, and I feel it's a waste to completely ignore that, and the Trio of Termagant and Apollyon and Mahouri isn't as interesting to role play as something like an Greco-Egyptian pantheon (Playing as an knight who worshiped Ra would be interesting!) or the Pre-Islamic religions of the Middle East IMHO, I feel it's better when you've got something you can look up for more information beyond the statement of "some weird idea people believed about the middle east back in the day"! I just feel like the current presentation of the Zazamanc culture is like if they ignored Beowulf in the section for the Danes or something. I am surprised Zazamancs don't already have an option to start out as Christians in the book. I guess it's to avoid the idea of them not being Christians being inherently bad that is often suggested in the original sources, but considering that A LOT of other cultures in there are given options to become Christians, I don't think it's that far of a stretch to assume some people in the kingdom of Zazamanc are already converted to the new religion. Agreed! An source book about adventuring in North Africa and (part of) the Middle East during the time of Arthur would be very cool. I imagine Zazamanc to be to North Africa what Logres was to the land of Britain. An mythical land that embodied the best aspects of it's culture yet sadly fell to the folly of mortal sin as any government does eventually. And it would be interesting to see Ghouls appear in a Pendragon adventure, considering their origins in Arabic folklore, but they would probably be by Zazamanc's far border, as I doubt it's borders includes that area, and we don't want to mix up the different and diverse cultures of Africa. Off Topic to my post but on topic to our...Topic, it would be cool to see an resurrection of the Regional books, perhaps one about Cornwall detailing an alternative prospective to the campaign where your Knights follow the rule of King Mark, or one that explores ruined Rome? RE:Geography, I prefer to think Pendragon still takes place on a round Earth despite the many other intentional errors in the game, I feel it's important that not everything in the game is as people in the past "believe", as it allows for exploring more themes and stories than ones that were strictly in the words of Le Morte Da Arthur, I'm pretty sure there weren't any lady knights or many chivalrous Saxtons in it's fiction, but they are allowed in Pendragon since that brings up fun options to the game. I could be wrong, but still. I feel that America existing in the land of Pendragon is more interesting than it being a flat planet. It's unlikely that any players will go there to meet the Native Cultures (Unless it's an Vallant inspired campaign) but some people's ran WEIRDER campaigns. Not to mention accounts of the Inuits meeting Vikings for those running an campaign as the Danes. Final Subject: Anyone know anything about Codex Mirabilis' content beyond that you'll be able to create a Magician that's different from the ones included in 4th edition? I prefer Ars Magica for being a medieval wizard. But I'm still very interested in seeing it done in Pendragon...again.
  4. I feel so dumb for not finishing my sentence when I sent that in. Anyways, that is A LOT different from the image in my mind of a magical queen who rules the "Launds" of Ireland while riding on a Elk or Bear or something else magical and naturey. BUT the love potion does give me an idea of how to bring the PKs into the adventurey part of the tournament that isn't answered by "why doesn't one of the round table knights do it?" In my brain "The Adventure Of The Wooing Of The Lady Of The Launds" starts off with an tournament including many of the important figures from King Arthur's court and the famous warriors and poets mentioned in Pagan Shore, but then someone with an agenda against The Lady and/or Arthur and/or Anguish decides to send a leprechaun to sneak in an love potion during a fest in the middle of the tourney...that accidentally ends up being given to one of the PKs, forcing them to fall in love with Miss Lady Of The Launds, and vice versa. Clearly seeing the love is magically enchanted, Lady Of The Launds sends the warriors and knights of the Tournament to find a cure to the love potion, presumably it can only be cured by an ritual that requires the two cursed to be there. I imagine the word of this leads to the present Irish warriors to accuse the round table knights of treachery and so the player knights need to get the cure as fast as they can before things get to the point of bloodshed. This may also apply to the Druids and Cailleach* consoled for assistance. * Word used for the warrior women and witches who taught CĂș Chulainn the mighty Irish martial arts. Also: I feel there could be a lot of fun in a adventure where Player Knights from Britain need to follow the rules indicated by Irish warriors, namely, Geas. Perhaps to appease the many Irish warriors angry the "King Of Ireland" is celebrating the victory of that gutless "warrior" Arthur, it is instructed that warriors from Ireland are allowed to place Geas on those defeated by them, at the expensive of their foes being allowed to do the same. I could see fun roleplaying coming from that. As for an possible ending, I think it should be VERY difficult to get the Lady to actually marry the player knight unless they are REALLY good at battling the MANY warriors who are at the tournament...including Tristan. I feel the most likely ending is for the players to free the Lady and the player Knight from a love struck enchantment, but ultimately the lady shows no interest in marrying the player, and the actual winner ends up being...one of the mentioned knights in Pagan Shore I forgot the name of. Ultimately The Lady is in a loveless marriage but is clearly the dominant one of said relationship regardless. But perhaps it at least leads to the players being on good terms with King Anguish and The Lady. And there is all of the enemies who could've forced our protagonists to follow the Geas. Or vice versia. I'm sure players will want to get vengeance. It's expected. It needs a lot more fleshing out...but it's an idea. Sadly, I won't be able to run this for a long time due to the fact I don't have an active Pendragon campaign currently, but I am curious to see if people on this forum think any of what I've typed is a good idea, or if I am stupid for typing this crap and I should be ashamed for writing it. Maybe it's in a middle column. I just want validation for spending a ton of time on my ramblings made out of boredom.
  5. Late and off topic, but adding to BOLAK discussion. I would like it if the Zazamanc culture was changed into an more "accurate" mixture of the fictional kingdom from Parzival, and the actual cultures in existence at the time in the area, like the Sasanian Empire and Berbers. Why? Because Medieval West Africa is cool and generally ignored as an setting, and it would frankly be a lot easier to portray and role play if there was more actual historical sources to pull from than merely just Medieval Misconceptions, that are thankfully depicted in Pendragon as not being inherently evil or needing of being forced to convert to another religion as in the fiction, but still not very real. Case in point, I feel that it would be better if Zoroastrianism was directly discussed in the book instead of just the vague "Saracenism", considering it's an very interesting religion that gives an cool contrast to the many other "pagan" religions in Pendragon in it's embracing of Monotheism, instead of the implied or directly mentioned worship of multiple deities that is common around the world of Pendragon. Saracenism shouldn't be completely removed, and it needs to be noted that Zoroastrianism didn't really reach into that far into Africa due to the Sasanian Empire's limits, I just think it give some interesting roleplaying opportunities if there were more options for the culture. I'm not saying to completely remove the kingdom of Zazamanc because it didn't exist/isn't accurate either, since Pendragon is a game about KING ARTHUR, but I feel that real life can't be completely overlooked in pursuit of accuracy to literature, we wouldn't be allowing stuff like Female Knights if we were being completely accurate. But we do allow it. And Pendragon is better for it.
  6. I also got the downloads that IIRC aren't included in Idiotic Yahoo's data. I'll try to get them out to this place once I get the time. I'm new to uploading large batches of files that aren't in a zip file or something.
  7. Part of the reason why "Saracens" were popular as an villain was because the time when the Arthur legend became popular in Europe was also during when Crusaders were invading the Muslim Moors and Ottoman Empire, who were considered as EVIL as dragons and goblins were in old fairy tales, and they were believed to be worshiping an "evil" pantheon including deities like "Mahound" (I imagine you can easily figure it who's name they warped for that one...) and Abaddon, despite the fact that Zoroastrianism was FAR more popular in West Africa and the Middle East at the time King Arthur and the like were said to be alive. Zoroastrianism is very interesting, btw. And possibly inspired Judaism and it's successors in turn, ironically. An Medieval Zoroastrian would be an interesting concept for a player to be, actually.
  8. Can I get another source for a Kralorela sourcebook being an upcoming project? That twitter thread doesn't really give a lot of evidence for it beyond it being a place you can sail to from Nochet. IMO that doesn't really confirm or deny the idea of it being the topic of an source book either way. Is there an different source that gives more insight on it I'm missing?
  9. Too many battles. I understand why. But it gets ridiculous. Particularly in Early and Conquest eras. GPC Uther's FIRST year is an battle. And that's probably really annoying for first time players. That's better off being moved to a different year. Boy King features a LOT of battles but that makes sense. But the Conquest era also being an era full of battles feels very repetitive right after the Boy King era. That one can be easily fixed, at least, by just making it so Arthur allows some knights to stay behind to defend the realm from any Saxton Bandits who survived the massive battles during the Boy King Era/Bad Bandits in general/Weird magical monsters, that may use Arthur's business with invading Rome/Ireland/France as an opportunity to fuck stuff up. But still, not a great idea. I also feel there are too many years that describe a bunch of stuff that isn't all that interesting to be in for the players because they're mostly just talking to NPCs. There's a few years in the Boy King era where not much occur, but there's one where it's literally just going to random gatherings of important arthurian figures and all you do is view them talking, I understand the importance of "Plot" BUT not every player is going to be that into them to care about everything involve. In particular if it's just talking. If there is ever an GPC 2nd edition, I feel an focus on including different dates/ways certain events can occur would be useful for people who want to do explore different interpretations of it, or people who need an less long campaign due to real life issues. And to include it's Index. You can't forget a good index.
  10. The fact that a lot of people haven't actually done much with this book is pretty much just proof that old Chaosium really should've included an large scale adventure or two within it...Maybe there could be an Ireland set adventure in a future Pendragon book? Not necessarily based on Pagan Shore. But just generally inspired by Irish folklore. On a different note, does anyone know anything about the Lady of the Launds that is briefly mentioned in Malory that Tristram would've married if he accepted the lady? An adventurous part of me wants to run that as an adventure some day, in Pagan Shore it claims the warriors from Ireland were beaten badly because they weren't good at the usage of Lances, maybe in this timeline this causes an large upset (read:lawsuit) towards Arthur, forcing King Anguish to rewrite the rules into an more general contest that includes contests of Poetry and Sword Battles to allow the tribes and warriors of Ireland an better chance against the many powerful knights of Arthur's Britain. Perhaps Miss Lady Of The Launds actually has an agenda to this separate from getting married, maybe she's not please with Ireland possibly being even more Christianize by Arthurs' realm full of Christians, and the Tournament in some way is meant to teach Mr. Anguish and Arthur an lesson about trying to enforce their beliefs onto Ireland not always working, perhaps our Lady already owns multiple "lovers" and the winner will be gain nothing from winning? And then an bad magical thing would occur that only the PC's would be able to solve, but I've not figured that out yet, I guess I'll figure it out whenever I finally run a Pendragon campaign. But, does anyone got suggestions/pointers for my idea? Part of the fun of Pendragon for me is that it allows for exploring themes and subjects that weren't present in the legends but still fits with it's general origins. Don't worry about the idea being too silly. And what line? There's a lot of interesting ones in PS.
  11. Do you have any good ideas on using the Geas things? Personally I've got this idea of the players needing to give themselves ones in exchange for some sort of great power in order to defeat some kind of magical villain who isn't killable by plain ol' stabbing. Maybe a fairy court that only allows people who give out their Geas in?
  12. Sorta unrelated but: I always wondered what exactly the way they came up with coat of arms back in the day was? Was it just picking what felt right for the lord based on meanings and deep symbolism? Or was it just whatever materials of paint they owned and what ever came first to their brains that felt good? I would imagine probably a little bit of column A and B.
  13. I never noticed this part of the timeline since I usually get bored when medieval politics pop into Pendragon. TY! Very interesting!
  14. So, I like the Sourcebook Pagan Shore and the deep dive into Irish culture that it does. But it doesn't contain any major adventures. Just short ones. Really, more like ideas for adventures. This can REALLY be inconvenient for people someone such as me who suffers from GM's Block when confronted with extremely deep material that we (Read: I'm) not familiar with. I just don't get a feeling of what do actually do in the setting of Ancient Ireland aside from the usual "Fight in wars because the local Irish tribes people really want to cut the face of Arthur off" adventure that is very often used in the GPC already. I really wish that they included at least one major adventure in the book similar to what Beyond The Wall or Land Of Giants did So, I feel the best answer would be to ask all of the fellows of the BRP forums if they've ever strongly used the material that's in Pagan Shore in a campaign, and what exactly, did that entail that wasn't just "fight in a epic battle for 10 rounds"? I am already aware of the cool Castle Of Bones adventure that was featured on Greg's old website where you battle a bunch of skeletons in the old castle of...bones. I'm just interested in what concepts people's explored in the setting of Pendragon Ireland that makes use of the unique concepts that are present in it. Such as Geas, constant battles between the Tribes, and people stealing the crap out of cows. I am particularly interested in that idea suggested in Pagan Shore about the giant tournament to marry the Goddess that is briefly mentioned in the GPC. I feel there is a lot potential for an cool epic adventure in the idea of involving tons of famous warriors from around the world coming together to battle for the privilege of being an literal goddesses boyfriend. Maybe it could be fleshed out into a full adventure someday? Granted you find a way to give an proper ending to the quest that isn't the players watching someone else become the boyfriend. Or the players ACTUALLY winning in the tournament and then becoming practically demi-gods. It would break the campaign.
  15. Frankly I feel that a LOT of shit all of the major characters in Pendragon do are going to be seen as awful by most people with moral values. It's really something you're going to want to modify a lot as you play the game with people who aren't brutal warlords. I am surprised that Pendragon is the ONLY modern adaptation of the story of Arthur I've seen where drowning every baby born in May is mentioned at ALL.
  16. FUN FACT: There is an actual scene from Excalibur that is included in the GPC word for word. IIRC it's when "good ol'"* Uther decides to show off Excalibur and it's coolness. *Uther was an idiot and a terrible king.
  17. okay, cool ghoul but none of that answers my question about if parts of the cancelled "companion" is going to be part of this book at all.
  18. Will this include the material from the Malleus Monstorum Companion that was never released? https://www.yog-sothoth.com/wiki/index.php/Malleus_Monstrorum_Companion INB4 this book becomes similar to Pulp Cthulhu in that it ends up not being released for literally thousands of years. Ever realized that people who were probably excited for that book probably for sure DIED in the ensuring wait? THAT is the true cosmic horror story right there!
  19. It's sexy, that's what is up with it. After all, Orlanth was known for seducing the Ladies in a lot of his legends~
  20. I wish there were more stories in Glorantha about Ernalda being a sneaky piece of shit then there are currently.
  21. Will this book include options for the players to take the spot of doing canonical deeds that were "canonically" done by Argath and company? Or will they be forced to sit on the side while the "cool" npcs do all of the cool stuff? The same exact thing that EVERYONE criticized about the metaplots in the Forgotten Realms and nearly every other popular rpg setting in the 90's?
  22. ALLLLL the way back in 2005, Chaosium published a Monograph based on the Hawkmoon novels that reportedly was much better than the original rules in terms of setting details, but included almost NO stats, and to this day, it remains un-reprinted or released anywhere! Sooo, is there any chance that Lawrence Whitaker or Chaosium or somebody who was involved with the thing could post the thing on the net for archival purposes? Or are there copyright stuff that are preventing it from ever being brought to the light of day?
  23. Not that I have anything against the BRP forums, mind you, it's just that there used to be an official forum for Pendragon at http://nocturnalmediaforum.com/, which seems to have been removed! Now, forums moving around and dying happens all the time, but there were tons of posts there which I found useful for Pendragon games. (Adventures, House Rules, Discussion Of The Timeline, ect.) Quite frankly, it's removal, without so much as a word, is quite dishearting, coming so soon after the death of Google+'s RPG communities. Would anyone here know of any extra info relating to the lost of the forums?
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