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    Run and played mainly: Runequest, Traveller, Call of Cthulhu and HeroQuest, but many others too.
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  1. simonh

    Great Runequest Campaign

    The nearest equivalent I can think of would be a campaign centred around a single clan or Tribe, extended over several generations from before the Lunar occupation, about 1590, through to after the liberation of Sartar and the coronation of Argrath as King of Dragon Pass in 1643. We have clan and Tribe based campaigns for the Red Cow and Colymar but they’re much more constrained temporally.
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    Download section @BRP

    Exactly. A wiki is a much better format for a resource repository, but they usually have limited storage as well. For example fandom, which hosts the RQG wiki, limits uploads to 10MB, it's really just intended for images but makes for a good way to organise and annotate material. I'm just saying file storage itself isn't a particularly good match to the Forum format as forums don't really give you the tools to organise and present it. But then organisation and presentation is a different problem to storage anyway.
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    Download section @BRP

    From my experience, forum download sections are where files go to die. Nowadays anyone can have a Dropbox or google drive account to share stuff from, so there isn’t as much of a need for a shared repository.
  4. I’ve no particular dislike of points buy and have used it occasionally. I select which skills to spend which points on and choose spells and such, so why not? Stats are just another aspect of the character. In fact the stats themselves don’t really matter, it’s the derived values that actually make a difference anyway - Hit Points, Damage Bonus, Magic Points, Strike Ranks, etc. The underlying stats are incidental.
  5. simonh

    Greg Stafford Condolence Thread

    At first I had no words. Now several hours later I don’t think there’s any way to say enough. I met Greg about half a dozen times at various conventions, and once at Chaosium HQ while on holiday in the US. He was a hero, mentor and friend to me since my teens in the early 80s. I used to read Gloranthan myths and stories to my kids at bed time and they loved it. My great regret is that they will never know him.
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    Sorcery and the Magic Rune

    Just use whatever rune you like when casting Drain Soul. I don't see anything that contradicts that.
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    So many errors and contradictions

    I may well be pretty out of date. I hope so, I'd be very happy to be wrong.
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    So many errors and contradictions

    From looking at the reviews it's the cults, homelands, runes, passions, magic, etc that are selling it. It's the fusion of BRP and Glorantha that brings the magic, there's a special alchemy there, but I don't think the specific iteration of the BRP combat mechanics is a differentiating factor.
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    So many errors and contradictions

    RQG is in the odd position where it's probably the most complex iteration of RuneQuest ever published, but most Gloranthaphiles are more into rules light systems. I like the form and shape of RQ and BRP for Glorantha, but the internal mechanics of RQG are way too intricate for my tastes. Even if it was all super consistent and complete, I could never hold it all in my head anyway, so there's no chance I'd be able to run it as written without checking the rulebook every combat round, and that's not happening. So for me I use the rules as a toolkit but not proscriptively. I use it to assemble an experience in play, but it's what seems right in the moment that matters, not what it says on page 192 in the Strike Rank Modifiers section, or whatever. If you want an example of how stripped down and straightforward this system can be, check out the free downloadable Basic Roleplaying Quickstart. One way to get a handle on the complexity might be to start with that as a minimal replacement 'combat chapter' and adopt in combat rules for RQG that you like bit by bit. I think what RQG could really do with is an alternative minimal core combat system implementation. Like a drop-in replacement combat chapter that strips it down to a playable, balanced but consistent subset of the rules.
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    Sorcery Create (illusion) spells

    I there’s something above for it to be attached to, an illusory rope might work.Or for extra daring do, and illusory tightrope.
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    Lunar Earth Priestess

    Plant tendril. Definitely not a tentacle. Nope, definitely not.
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    Assassins?

    As a general point on making up your own cults, Glorantha is pretty big and there are a lot of migrations and upheavals going on. It's quite possible entire cults and ethic groups might show up in Nochet, Karse, or Pavis (or all three) from distant and unfamiliar corners of Glorantha. If you have an idea for a cult or secret society or whatever just have them be refugees from Kralorela, the East Isles, Fonrit, etc. You don't necessarily have to bend and twist your idea and bend it to fit into a pre-existing Glorantha shaped mould. So for example you could come up with a political faction that has had to flee Fonrit in Pamaltella. There have been Fonritan enclaves in the Holy Country from before the Closing and recently this faction has come over and now they make up the majority of Fonritans in the greater Dragon Pass area. So you have Some Fonritans who have maintained their traditional heritage but somewhat assimilated due to have ancestry living in the area for many generations, while there are many newcomers all from this one faction. This new faction can have whatever religious, magical or cultural traits you want to introduce. Faceless man death worship, peculiar school of sorcery, whatever. It could also explain why your PCs aren't familiar with Dragon Pass culture and practices, since your players are new to Glorantha. It's your game, own it. Glorantha has a very specific flavour and lots to offer, but it doesn't have to crush your own ideas under the weight of it's uniqueness. There's an old saying round here, your Glorantha will vary.
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    Chronicles of Future Earth

    Sarah’s also said that the FATE variant she’s developing for this is intended to be a lot grittier and dangerous than default FATE, because she didn’t want to lose that aspect from the BRP edition.
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    Chronicles of Future Earth

    If you happen to have the COFE supplement for BRP, that would probably give you a really decent start at a conversion for the FATE edition.
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    Reskinning Cults

    As long as the player of the troll understands they are just as responsible for the story as everyone else. They can’t just blame ‘the story’ for not coming up with a reason. “So Dave, Trolls are the natural enemies of Elves but also are symbiotic with them in some ways. They have allied or co-existed with them before in various councils and empires. How come your character has good reason to tolerate or even ally with the Aldryami?” Much better than imposing reasons by GM fiat.
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