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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. In general, I looked at playing an Assistant Shaman, but changed my mind because I couldn't see how it would work in typical adventures. Does anyone have any notes from actually playing Vishi Dunn or another such character in Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha?
  2. I am interested. I'm familiar with the game and the setting. Rob Helm
  3. I'll admit, I have always appreciated the tables "Modifiers to Magic", "Inherently Difficult Magic", and "Ritual Modifiers" on pages 100-102 of HeroQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha (the Steve Jackson Games publication). I know it's sacrilege to suggest using specific numeric benchmarks in HeroQuest anymore, but the list of factors and where the break points are (100 yards, 5 miles, etc.) are at least interesting. Rob
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  5. I was interested to see the following on page 245 of the RQG core rules: Ritual Practices An adventurer can increase their chance to successfully cast any spell (including ritual spells), use a Rune, or perform a Magic skill (such as Worship) through a ritual practice. It seems like these practices may _not_ be used to augment a resistance roll. In a lot of situations, it's the resistance roll that's the hardest to make. This seems a bit different from magic as depicted in HeroQuest. There ritual bonuses like community support, sacrifices, auspicious day, etc. could have a big impact on how effective a spell could be. Page 316 lists a bunch of similar factors that offer bonuses to the Worship skill, but not for other situations. Rob
  6. I'm curious how Lunar player characters get rune magic in RQG Sartar. For example, Vostor, the pre-generated Lunar Tarshite character I've been playing occasionally. Heroquest: Roleplaying in Glorantha seems to be set about the same time as RQG, and it implies that the Seven Mothers cult has been wiped out in Sartar after Dragonrise. (See the box at the bottom of page 192.) With no temples in Sartar, how can someone like Vostor renew rune points, etc., in an RQG game? Are there still some tribes or confederations that tolerate Lunar worship? Rob
  7. So, the basic idea: the GM will assign lingering benefits several times a session, based on the outcomes of important scenes. A player can choose to cement such benefits while they are still in force. So, for example, Oddi's party defeats the Greydog raiders and receives a +3 lingering benefit to combat abilities. Oddi's player can choose to cement the benefit and raise his combat ability by +3 at a cost of one Hero Point. But if a season passes and the GM says the lingering benefit has worn off, the opportunity is lost. I like it. I've never been crazy about having to choose between bumping rolls and improving characters with Hero Points, but that's a separate issue. Rob
  8. For what it's worth: The characters in David's Umathela campaign called their storm god and king of the gods Tyloque. At one point, the characters were stuck in southern Pamaltela and wanted to summon a wind to fly home. So they asked the locals to find a place that they avoided because Baraku the bad wind was powerful there.
  9. About the notes from David Dunham's game (all non-canonical): Halamalao played a role similar to Elmal or Yelmalio. His was one of several cults influenced by the Aldryami, who were ruling or had ruled in the Orlanthi areas of Umathela. Morlotes the boar was an important god with no equivalent in Genertela. I think the Umathelans in our game relied heavily on pigs and had ancestry tracing back to pig people (hsunchen?) in Slontos.
  10. Thanks, all. I guess the answer is probably "all of the above". Small groups probably go via Asborn's Stead as described in the Sartar Companion, if they have good relations with the steadholder and the Black Spear Clan. The king might do formal trips to visit the Runegate clans via the Colymar Wilds, with the support of the Black Spear Clan. Other small groups go via the Thunder Hills. But it seems like heavily laden traders would probably have an arrangement with Lismelder to travel on the trade road that starts at Quackford. Rob
  11. I just noticed something odd about the town of Runegate of the Colymar Tribe: There doesn't seem to be any path to travel between it and Clearwine through Colymar territory. Is that right? For what it's worth: on page 56 of the _Sartar Companion_: Runegate is the conjunction of three trade paths. The Jonstown Path leads east towards Apple Lane and beyond, the Northern Path leads to the Two Sisters ferry and from there into the Dragonewt Wildlands. The Good Ale Path leads south into Lismelder territory, eventually ending up at Quackford. So if the Colymar king wants to visit Runegate or vice-versa, does he go all the way around through Boldhome and Jonstown? Or through the lands of the Lismelder Tribe? Curious, Rob
  12. 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
  13. 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"
  14. @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.
  15. I started this on Netflix instant last night. Definitely Gloranthan.
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