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  1. jrutila

    Advice running my first HeroQuest game

    To make things a little more complicated sidekicks (Companions in HQG) can have three own abilities that the PC can use in contests and they have their special rules (for example 3RP and out) in extended contests and other places. Retainers are "more or less anonymous servants or helpers" and easily replaced. For starters, you should probably stick to Retainer model (single ability to use) as was in your example and later, when the system is more familiar, start dealing with actual Companions.
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    Ancient Imtherian cheese discovered in Pavis

    Somehow I immediately hoped the "nytimes" would've pointed to some new Glorantha "news site" (you know, not news about but from Glorantha). I was hoping the "nytimes" comes from Nysalor Times or something... Could someone please create that. I would like to read those.
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    Advancement in Questworlds. Some ideas.

    Regarding the Character arcs discussion I think this is good input for that too. Cementing a lingering benefit is about the character changing in some way thus creating the character's arc. And yeah, I like the new name.
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    Clever Dice Tricks

    I've tended to move to run Group Simple Contests one by one. Even though the individual contest happens simultaneously it usually makes story sense to roleplay each contest. That way the last person rolling might turn the tables of the whole contest. About the tricks you requested. I made this handy table to use with players new to HQ. It has been really useful and the players get the system better. Maybe someday I can write it into a printable format.
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    How to translate God Learner?

    You are spot on with your Finnish grammar. One thing to note. The direct translation would also go to "jumaloppinut" (learned about god(s)). But that would have rather theological sound in it. So that's why it probably had the "tietäjä" which has the nice double meaning and an oldish sound. From our national epic: "Vaka vanha Väinämöinen, tietäjä iänikuinen". Väinämöinen is a shaman figure (tietäjä). After reading about the ambuigity I see that the current translation doesn't really have anything for that.
  6. I am all for these kind of initiatives rising from the fans. I think my question is boiling to: How can I, too, become a RuneMaster? It is interesting to hear from Continuum.
  7. Can I ask what does this collective mean in practice? Are you providing them with scenarios? Dice? Something else? I am asking because Finland is strong Glorantha country and our Ropecon convention will this year have nine Glorantha events (8 games, 1 talk). Okay, we are not short about providing the events but could it be more "organized" with this? Also having Glorantha stuff in other cons in Finland, too. Hopefully, we hear how it went in Continuum.
  8. I have been reading and thinking about character arcs lately. HQ quite nicely supports the story arc with resistance fluctuation and rising and climactic contests. I think that the players, at least some players, would like to play the story of their character with ups and downs. But how to play a character arc inside the story arc (let's call it a session now). Reading different blog posts about this you could say that the character arc stems from a change of the character. The hero overcomes his inner obstacle to save the day or finds something new inside them. I started thinking how this could work in HQ. Of course, you can build the PC's story during one session so that in the end there is a nice change in the PC. The hero could've given up something valuable to achieve the final contest. "Losing" the session could also lead to a meaningful character arc, with a possible down note. So I started to think about how to play this change of a PC in HQ. And then I thought about Flaws. Flaws has always been something to add color to the PC. The GM is urged to bring them up to actively resist the PC or giving a negative bonus to a contest. But overall they are second-class citizens and stay fresh only for a small amount of time. There has been the house rule of getting an extra Hero Point for playing your PC's flaws. That was a good idea but the flaws could be used for something more: character arcs. After all, they might be the easiest things to change regularly in the PC. And building up the Flaw and then overcoming it has character arc written all over it. So, hear my initial ideas how to use the Flaws for character arcs. The flaws are either in two states: growing or pushed down. When the flaw is first introduced it starts to grow. It starts with low value (either base resistance or PC's lowest ability value). When the flaw is growing it should mainly be used to augment contests. Yes, the flaw is positive. After every use, the flaw gets higher (second lowest ability and so on). This represents how the flaw is taking over of the PC bit by bit. Think of flaw "Greedy". The PC can use it to get victories in contests giving himself to the greediness. After the flaw is used like this five times (it is somewhere in the highest ability rating) it will act as a Flaw in rules: in a negative way. Now, every time the PC is negatively affected by their flaw (be it active opposition or penalty), it is reduced. This is the story of the character overcoming his inner demons that have grown too big. After four times the final overcome should be during or before the session final contest, closing the arc of the flaw. After the PC overcomes the Flaw last time it is removed and thus the PC has changed again. Next time if there is no Flaws (or under three) the player should get a new one that starts to grow again. Concentrating to single or multiple flaws this way would spark more storytelling from players and GM to the contests. I was thinking how this idea would work in certain types of flaws. Greediness and drunkness are easy to think of (growing and pushed down) but how about something like "Hated by lunars". That is kind of an "external" flaw and not probably suitable as is. So, what are your suggestions about character arcs in HQ and this Flaw-based idea of dealing with them?
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    Fiction Line Announcement

    About reprints. Would there be any possibility to get a reprint of The Widow's Tale by Chaosium? Is there even a theoretichal change?
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    Questions about lunarized Dara Happans

    I have to mention this product: http://d101games.com/product/gloranthan-adventures-2-red-sun-rising/ It is an adventure campaign of Lunar heroes in Dara Happa. It depicts the city of Serris (not canon, btw) where the inner tension rises from the three associations. One of them is a fully Lunar association, one is conservative and strictly non-Lunar and the last one is the leading one for the heroes. It is accepting Lunarization but struggles inside with the influence balance. The city is built before Lunars and all the Lunar action is packed into their own part of the city (actually it is outside the city walls). The military, on the other hand, is fully lead by Lunars. This setting is great for gaming purposes as there is always someone fully embracing the lunar way, someone oppressing it and someone in the middle. There is no full rebellious activity like in Dragon Pass. We have ongoing PbF game of Red Sun Rising campaign at http://rpol.net/game.cgi?gi=70164 if you are interested in reading about lives of aspiring Lunar nobles in a Dara Happan city.
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    RQG image captions

    Not sure if I missed something or having faulty pdf (or reader) but does anyone else have captions in, for example, those whole page illustrations? Or where can I find the description for the page 22, for example.
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    Framing the Contest

    There is this method of "5 whys" to get to any root cause of a problem. Somehow these two statements are in two different levels of whys: - I want to swing my sword to chop the orc's head off - I want to get into the temple but the orc is blocking my way In the first one I might want to ask "why" and get the second answer. The second I think we have clear understanding what is the prize and not go further. If the adventurer would have been tasked by the witch to bring orc's head then the prize would already be present in the first statement. But even then it should be: I want to get the orc's head (okay, how?) by using my "Head-chopping sword 3W". I always try to frame the contests so that they can be resolved wuth multiple abilities. If the framing is "I want to swing my sword" it is pretty much nailed to one ability. Go up one why and try again.
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    HQ 2 G stuff in HQ 2

    As far as I know, they are quite similar. I have seen the "difference list" sometimes and it is really something like four bullet points. HQG is based on HQ2 after all. I am not sure what you are looking with this? Of course, there are the magic systems that are specific to HQG. You could expand the question to other HQ-based games like Nameless streets. Those I don't have any experience.
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    Nochet - pronunciation

    Please, can someone explain this Corflu thing? I tried but really don't get it.
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    What older edition things do you miss?

    It works both ways. If the GM tries to lower the resistance then it is frustrating that the player might not succeed. But yeah, I think you had an interesting point there. I somewhat liked the Common Magic idea from HeroQuest Roleplaying in Glorantha (I think?). I never got the change to actually play with it but reading it made sense. On the other hand, you can still allow usage of "common magic" abilities that are not necessarily under a rune in HQG, too.
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