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About Dimbyd

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    Old, decrepit returnee to the field of RPGs
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    GM/ play Heroquest and Runequest; Play Call of Cthulhu plus others
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    Cardiff, Wales/ Caerdydd, Cymru
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  1. Dimbyd

    HeroQuest SRD and OGL, genre packs

    This is something I have forgotten in my own GM'ing Heroquest- instead of one contest; I've have slipped into a round by round approach in a fight. This, partially, I suspect because the scenarios I've run use very little violence. Old habits die hard. (The players didn't mind, but I should have framed the contest better).
  2. Quick report back- ran the Runequest session for 4 people. Two were returnees from last year's Free RPG session; the other two had limited experience with RPGs - mainly D&D and one was considering GM'ing Fate. All were barely in their twenties- one dared to be a woman at RPG event- and they all enjoyed themselves. It felt like a good outreach experience all round.
  3. You can book by stating you want to play on the Rules of Play Free RPG Day event Facebook page- if you're on Facebook. If not, just tell me on the day that you expressed an interest on Basic Roleplaying.org.
  4. Just to let people know I'll be running Runequest- adapting a Coming Storm scenario for Free RPG Day in Saturday 16 June. My local FLGS Rules of Play is hosting the event at the Gate arts centre in Roath- Keppoch Street, Cardiff CF24 3JW . Two people have pre-booked, three spaces left: https://www.facebook.com/events/197248214407410/ It'll start around 12 noon. Andrew
  5. Dimbyd

    HeroQuest SRD and OGL, genre packs

    @Sky River Titan The Gaming Grunts did the Sartar Campaign on their podcast- some 20 episodes or so: http://www.thegaminggrunts.com/blog/?cat=12&paged=3 Hope this helps.
  6. Dimbyd

    HeroQuest SRD and OGL, genre packs

    Are there any gaming conventions close by to you? Playing Heroquest is the best way to understand it.
  7. Dimbyd

    Schedule for next publications?

    The GM pack & thevGM book are two different products.
  8. Dimbyd

    Schedule for next publications?

    Hard copies pre-Xmas; PDFs by Gen Con. GM screen; Colymar sandbox, impt NPCs stats for GM pack.
  9. Dimbyd

    The Coming Storm - rules errata thread

    Which reminds me; I really should write up some guidance on running the Coming Storm with Runequest. 3rd con game coming this Friday...
  10. Dimbyd

    New HQ products?

    Its next Saturday. Also I’m running a Heroquest game straight after the seminar. But there will be tales to be told.
  11. Dimbyd

    New HQ products?

    I should be at the Heroquest seminar.
  12. Dimbyd

    Free RPG day?

    A second Runequest Quickstart is in the works for this year, roughly around the launch of the new core book. Most gaming companies only put out one Free RPG publication per year- Paizo & Goodman Games being exceptions.
  13. Dimbyd

    13G at Chimériades

    Chimériades has an embarrassment of choice when it comes to great gaming and I had a huge amount of fun playing Herve the Trickster duck in the core book heroquest adventure "The Horn of Snakepipe Hollow" . It was a late night (10:30-1:30) session, so it was a little messy as we were all tired. Also the game was run bilingually by Jean-Christophe Cubertafon, as I was the only non-Francophone. It was an unusual group with I think 3 Troll PCs. With three points in "Song and Dance duck" background, there was indeed song and dance and used my bag of tricks with a succession of improvised weapons- a sacred vase of Ernalda; a dildo in the shape of the Red Emperor and a model of Kero Fen. I can confirm that taunt and fuster- cluck are fun additions to combat. 13th Age- putting the fun into F20 gaming.
  14. Dimbyd

    That Chaosium seminar from Chimériades

    Oliver Sanfilippo has produced a number of evocative maps in the new core book, with a new take on the classic maps.
  15. So I took a few notes from the Chaosium seminar at Chimeriades convention in the beautiful South of France countryside. There was some discussion on Runequest core book- which they hope to open pre-orders later this month- which is as detailed a date they were willing to commit to; with the aim of a Gen Con launch. A black and white print out of the laid out book was circulated at the con and it does look beautiful and evocative. The core book will have a conversion guide as an annex for previous edition adventures to be adapted and run under the new rules. Jeff believes that the RQG core book looks more beautiful than the Guide, and that there were more artists available with a feel for Glorantha. The art is designed to reflect and enhance the uniqueness of Glorantha. The Bestiary is entering layout- it is a simpler layout than the core book, so it will go to production at a faster pace. One challenge is making stat blocks more interesting The Bestiary will allow you to play a number of different Gloranthan races including Trolls, elves, Telemori, and the most noble of all Gloranthan races- the ducks. (Hoorah!) Some 150 different RQ creatures are covered including dinosaurs & mega-fauna Next up is the GM pack- which is really a setting pack- a Colymar sandbox setting with 3 adventures which can be linked or play separately. Some 100 pages with lots of stated NPCs which can give GMs template for what a Clan Chief may look like stat wise. An impressive map of Clearwine by Oliver Sanfilippo was circulated to help GMs and players visualise locations. Boldhome appears in Dragon Pass campaign pack. No rolled maps will be produced by Chaosium- shipping costs to blame Apple Lane will be a default base for players for post 1625 setting, reflecting the power vacuums following Dragonrise. Apple Lane buildings have housing maps to help give the feel of a base for players. 12 books in advanced production to support RQG- reflecting the work of the past 2 years. The new edition will be well supported to help time pressed GMs to run adventures for groups. Source books are likely to be statted for RQ, as it will be easier for Heroquest Glorantha GMs to adapt than the other way round. GM book magic items, treasures guidance- Heroquest & hero rules Gods of Glorantha will feature 50 gods with 8-12 page write ups of each cult. Orlanth will be expanded in coverage. The Red Goddess will be featured, with new Lunar magic. It will be a very God Learner book and designed for GM to use. Issaries is a god/ cult which will see little expansion. The invisible God will be covered in a separate project. More regional gods will be covered in regional sourcebooks- such as Pavis- Jeff ran a Big Rubble scenario at the convention. Art is being ordered for the book. Jeff explains that he goes back to the oldest Greg sources & then work out what to keep & reject. Keen for returning players feel comfortable with Glorantha. Chaos gods are not PC gods so not in the upcoming book - A separate gods of chaos pack with scenarios being worked upon. Therefore GM only. Default 1625 early 1626 setting for the line Sarah Newton is at the advanced draft stage for Barbarian Town - Wild West themed bronze age- opens up mixed group of PCs.. Another project by Sarah will be announced when it is further along. Steve Perrin is writing old school feel scenarios to contrast with Sarah’s more modern approac And finally on RQG, Jeff opened up a little on the heroquest rules- Getting the feel.. River of Cradles campaign is a Heroquest- they are looking to get a toolkit of myth structure/ special effects to reflect hero-questing REWARD- Guidance how to handle that hq gifts & Levels wider than a cult... needs a Mythic restriction power with obligations. The hero should be embarrassed to use the power outside of the key needs. (Ken Rolston was animated on this point) Building package of rules after Heroquesting & becomes Hero with capital H. The Hero not super skilled not always effective- eg various Greek myths. Developing immortal self- 2 different things. Hero & shaman archtypes. Two different stat blocks. Fetches are always on hero plane. Gifts & powers come from that. Depletable resource- that be recovered through GM tasks & they have to develop cult to be worshiped. Develop a community eg Harrek is worshipped by communities who don’t want a visit from the Beserker(!) Switch of perspective Dragonewts don’t want the obligations.... Finally, Q-Workshop will be producing official Runequest dice- which look both stylish and legible- even on the mobile phone pictures I saw.
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