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Jakob last won the day on November 22 2016

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About Jakob

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    Been a writer for German Edition of CoC; played lots of RPGs since 1984. Co-owner of fantasy bookshop Otherland in Berlin where we hold montly RPG nights.
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    RuneQuest - Adventures in Glorantha; Lots of one-shots with different systems, among them OpenQuest.
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    Berlin, Germany
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    Loves reading new rules, hates learning them!

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  1. Jakob

    Greg Stafford Condolence Thread

    I knew Greg Stafford first as the author of Pendragon, which blew my mind in all kinds of ways back then ... more than twenty years later, I finally made up my mind to take the dive into Glorantha, and again, Greg Stafford blew my mind. The first thing that came to this thoroughly blown mind of mine when I read the news of his passing was something selfish: I own a copy of the Guide to Glorantha signed by Jeff Richard; I always wanted it to become a copy signet by Jeff Richard AND Greg Stafford. My thoughts are with Greg's friends and loved ones. I can only imagine how much he has enriched their lives, based on how much he has enriched mine by his writing.
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    Chronicles of Future Earth

    I'll answer anyway: HeroQuest and Fate are totally different types of rpgs with a very different focus; I'm not even sure I'd say that Fate is for playing "story-telling wise". It is very crunchy, in a way, and while it's fate point economy tends to enforce certain dramatic rhythms, I really think that a comparision with HQ does a disfavour to both. They strive to do different things.
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    Chronicles of Future Earth

    Since Sarah Newton is quite simply an astonishing worldbuilder, I'll get this one regardless. I'm not the biggest fan of Fate (though I might give it a few more tries; I like the concepts behind it, but I seem to be unable to make them shine at the gaming table - it all seems so mechanistic ...), however, I'm an fan of the setting and have been waiting for it for a long time.
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    The big list of D100 settings

    I think the Dreamlands are missing.
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    RQG Release Party in Berlin!

    I, for my part, had a great evening, and I'm pretty sure that goes for all the other people who where there, as well. I'm still amazed how many rpg designers either live in Berlin or happen to drop by there. Not only were Jeff and Jason at the party, but also Gavin Norman, the author of the Dolmenwood OSR setting (as presented in the Wormskin magazine), and Francesco Nepitello, Designer of the The One Ring Roleplaying game, who happened to be in Berlin at the time. (I jumped at the opportunity to get a signed copy of the revised edition of TOR - it is one of miy favourite rpgs in terms of how the rules are designed to fit the setting.) It was a very rewarding evening for me and the Otherland staff in many ways - and in a way, the coolest thing was that the copies of RQG that Jeff and Jason had brought from GenCon were exactly the right number to meet the demand. By the end of the evening, they were all sold, and no one who wanted one was left without a copy. That really was an "everyone is happy" moment. We hope that we'll get the opportunity to host similar chaosium events in the future!
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    Where I'm up to with OpenQuest

    Jon Hodgson is certainly always a good reason to get a book ... (BDP cover is by him, too, isn't it? I think that's my favourite Hodgson cover yet!)
  7. Jakob

    Where I'm up to with OpenQuest

    Good to hear - I look forward to more OpenQuest adventures! Though I must confess that I like the new cover and was about to get that edition in addition to the deluxe 2nd ... now I'm not sure whether I shout wait for the next edition. EDIT: And BTW, even though this is not a BRP question - any indication about when the Beyond Dread Portals crowdfunding will start?
  8. Will the second edition also feature the Gumshoe material? Or will that be omitted?
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    RQG Release Party in Berlin!

    We actually didn't think about that yet ... I'll talk to our friends at chaosium about this, and I'm sure we'll be able to give you the discount; if you can, bring a receipt.
  10. If you happen to live in Berlin, Germany (or if you can make it there!) - we'll have a release party for the printed edition of RQG on August 11th at our Bookshop - Jeff Richard and Jason Durall will both be there, and if all goes well, they'll bring a box or two of the core rules and the Glorantha Sourcebook. The Otherland Bookshop is in the Bergmannstr. 25, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg, and the party starts at 6.30pm - for more information, follow the link.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    I guess you refer to the first movie of that title, and not to the whole weirdly interellated movie-tv-universe that stopped making any sense before even trying to start making sense ...
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    Actually not, I remember them announcing sometime around the beginning of 2018 that their license is at an end and that they will keep selling published material, but won't and can't publish anything new. I guess they'll try to make up for it with the Expanse license ...
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    Dying Earth Setting in the Works!

    Very cool! I recently played a Dolmenwood one-shot using LOTFP, but if I should ever get to set up longer campaign (which I definitely intend to - it is one of my favourite fantasy settings, period), I'll probably go with something non-D&D as well. Magic World might be a good fit.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    That was actually one of the things I was thinking about when I started this thread - what kind of Fantasy (or sf) setting from a book or a graphic novel or whatever is as radically different and yet easily accesible for most fantasy readers as the Elric saga was in the 70s and 80s? Elric, for some part, was pretty conventional Sword&Sorcery, but it also had tons of political subtext, and in the later Elric stories, especially the novels, Moorcock was doing more and more experimental stuff. It worked on many Levels. (However, it also turned into an ugly, unwieldy construct at some point at some point - as much as I love both Elric and von Bek, I wasn't at all a fan of the crossover - Now With Evil Chaos NAZIS! - in "The Dream-Thiefs Daughter". That one felt really forced and on-the-nose.) Anyway, I'm rambling ... I asked myself: What more recent fantasy novel series had a similar Impact and would make for a cool rpg setting. First thing I came up with was China Mieville's Perdido Street Station/The Scar/Iron Council, but maybe they're alread old news again. Maybe the thing to go for would be N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth series, which I haven't read yet, but which gets all kinds of awards and recognition and is supposed to be stylistically and thematically different from most of what came before in the genre.
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    If not Stormbringer, what then?

    I really love that one and had already thought about mentioning it here. A great Sword & Sorcery setting with lots of weird creatures and magic ... of course, the main thing is the beautifully tragical story of Bragon. I read them at a much too early age, which might be part of the reason why they stuck with me. I was really creeped out by these memory-sucking little creatures. I think these graphic novels are relatively popular here in Germany, too - or at least, they're considered a classic by most people who i know who care about "the funny books".