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About Rob Helm

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    Playing Runequest and HeroQuest for over 20 years.
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    HeroQuest set on Ygg's Isles
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    Glorantha journeyman

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  1. Rob Helm

    Photos of Sartar landscapes?

    The Glorantha Sourcebook has some really nice, specific descriptions of Sartar's physical geography. I'd like to run down some photos of real-world locations that resemble it. I know the topic has come up before, but search failed me. Any suggestions where on Earth I should look for such photos? Rob
  2. Rob Helm

    Tribal Edit Thread for Glorantha Sourcebook

    44: "He is one of the Companions of Argrath" is redundant in a sidebar titled "Companions of Argrath". 44: "climb primeval Spike" should be "climb the primeval Spike" (?) 25 (two instances), 32, 46: "featherd" should be "feathered"
  3. @Steve Thanks @jajagappa So, it does sound like something with total party kill potential. I'll have to think about how to work around that. It might have to involve escorting some very capable non-player emissary, rather than the players themselves trying to deal with the Tarsh Exiles.
  4. I started this on Netflix instant last night. Definitely Gloranthan.
  5. @David Scott Sorry about that. I will try to figure out how to edit the post title. Rob
  6. Yup, that was the idea. Who better to send baby back to sleep? I suspect a lot of worship of Maran in Sartar amounts to "O goddess bless and keep your children ... as far from us as possible." I figured that kind of ritual would work better in a power spot like Maranaba. But I don't know enough about Maranaba to say whether it's even remotely possible. They might just automatically round up foreigners and sacrifice them en masse. That's what the old _Dragon Pass: Land of Thunder_ implies in some parts, but it's not entirely clear. Rob
  7. I'd like to run another scenario premise past folks. Suppose your clan is beset by Adrima, the dark earth goddess of the Runequest: Roleplaying Glorantha Quickstart scenario. Would it occur to you to sacrifice to Maran Gor to put Adrima back to sleep? If so, would it be worth risking a trip to Maranaba, the big Shake Land Maran Gor center in Old Tarsh? I thought a trip along those lines could be interesting, but the premise might be just silly. I'm curious what anyone else thinks. Rob
  8. Rob Helm

    Dragonrise Aftermath in Sartar

    I'm working on adventures that depend on events in Sartar between Dragonrise and the end of 1625. What happened then? This is the period just before the start of the upcoming game Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. It must have been something between total bloodbath, and Lunars and sympathizers quietly slinking off. But how did it play out? For example: the Colymar Tribe had a pro-Lunar King (Kangharl "Blackmor") that was eaten at Dragonrise. Who had he left in charge? How did the tribe find out he wouldn't be coming back? What happened then? Rob
  9. https://laughingsquid.com/giant-pacific-octopus-carved-with-chainsaw/
  10. Rob Helm

    Sartar-Tarsh Armistice?

    I have a vague adventure idea for a Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha (RQG). I'd like opinions on whether the premise is viable. Premise: A priestess of the Clearwine Earth Temple sets out for Heruvernalda, the Earth Temple in Tarsh. She hopes to enlist the Tarsh temple to negotiate an armistice between Tarsh and Sartar. She performs the mission as an extended peacemaking ritual, and the adventurers participate as guards in ritual roles. Some questions about this premise: 1. Would an armistice even occur to the Clearwine Earth Temple as a possibility? It seems like the period where RQG is set is vaguely like that toward the end of the Korean War, where both sides are roughly back to the pre-war lines after having both suffered terrible losses. But maybe even a cold-hearted, clear-headed Ernaldan would not see it that way. 2. Would approaching Heruvernalda be considered? It seems like the Tarsh Earth Temple is infected by the Red Goddess. But if the Roman Catholic Pope can visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarch ... 3. Would it even be possible to travel from Sartar to Tarsh on a peaceful mission, by any route, even with the magical backing of the biggest Earth Temple in Sartar? Thanks for any thoughts, Rob
  11. Rob Helm

    Best Pavis one-shot?

    I am considering running another Gloranthan Runequest one-shot scenario for a small group of friends who are mostly new to both Glorantha and Runequest. Some of them have already played the Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha quickstart, so I can't play that. I do have several books around Pavis: The Gloranthan Classics Pavis & Big Rubble, Borderlands & Beyond, and the (HeroQuest) Pavis: Gateway to Adventure. Can anyone recommend low-prep, short scenario out of one of those? I'll do my homework and read over the options, but maybe something immediately leaps to mind for those of you more familiar with Pavis than I am. Rob
  12. Rob Helm

    Upcoming Glorantha publications

    How does Red Cow compare to the Colymar campaign in _Sartar: Kingdom of Heroes_? Is there a reason to run one versus the other for a particular group?
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    Esrolian Queen Job Description?

    Thanks, Harald, this sounds very interesting. It also sounds like Esrolia is very much in flux. Rob
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    Esrolian Queen Job Description?

    What's the job description of an Esrolian queen? I'm specifically wondering about the queens listed here: http://www.glorantha.com/esrolian-queens-list/ Is there some kind of Esrolia-level queendom? If so, what are her powers, and how is she chosen?? I ask because of something I read: "Cities are ruled by Queens, who are selected from among the traditional resident clans. Thus 'Queen' is the title of the temporary ruler of an Esrolian city" (_ESROLIA:The Land of The Land of Ten Thousand Goddesses_, PDF page 5) In general, this book makes an Esrolian queen sound something like a Doge of Venice -- an important official chosen by the notables of a city. Just curious -- I have some vague ideas for scenarios set in Esrolia. It was interesting to see several Runequest Quickstart characters have background experience there. Rob
  15. Rob Helm

    Free RPG Day at Games & Gizmos in Kirkland, WA

    We had a great time playing the new Runequest Quickstart at Games & Gizmos yesterday in Kirkland (Washington, USA). Five players with D&D and Pathfinder backgrounds thought the system worked well, particularly the way runes and magic were woven in to the setting. The combat system did prove "sufficiently deadly", maybe a bit complex, but people seemed to think they'd pick it up. Thanks to Chaosium for participating in Free RPG Day, and to Games & Gizmos for their hospitality.