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About Tim Ellis

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    Been playing them for years
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    HQ - Feng Shui - 7th Sea - Gear Krieg -Star Wars
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  1. Tim Ellis

    Just some lovely figures for my game.

    Orlanthi Warrior Orlanthi by Tim Ellis, on Flickr
  2. Tim Ellis

    Just some lovely figures for my game.

    Durulz Warrior Durulz Warrior by Tim Ellis, on Flickr
  3. Tim Ellis

    Just some lovely figures for my game.

    I've not painted any figures for years (and was never very good at it anyway) - but I do have some nice Gloranthan figures painted by Niamh Brewer of Waylands Forge (my FLGS) Telmori Warrior Telmori Warior by Tim Ellis, on Flickr
  4. P403 "Inspire Scorpion Man" the second line says "it rerolls the attack using +15 on the attack roll" while the 9th line says "the attack bonus is +19" (I suspect it should be 19 to agree with the description given on p426 under Gagix Two-Barb
  5. The Humakti Level Progression table on Page 170 says "Although not listed on this table, this class gets three talents." - But they are listed on the table!
  6. Tim Ellis

    Tribal Edit Thread for Glorantha Sourcebook

    Page 134 - Canendrical Time Pretty sure they should be runes...
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    Tribal Edit Thread for Glorantha Sourcebook

    I am uncertain about this phrase on P6 (Frona) > such as the Rathori Bearwalkers or the Reindeer People ? or > such as the Rathori Bearwalkers and Reindeer People or > such as the Rahthori Bearwalkers or Uncoling Reindeer People or > such as the Rathori Bearwalkers and Reindeer People As it stands I think it invites misinterpretation that the either the Reindeer people is another name for Rathori Bearwalkers, or that the Rathori can be Bearwalkers or Reindeer people...
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    Does perception (or other) checks make sense in HQ?

    In some ways, the biggest challenge is that characters don't necessarily have an "obvious" perception skill. In RQ you can say "Make a Spot Hidden Roll" and only need to reveal to those who make it whether it was to spot the Troll footprints outside the inn, the darktongue graffiti etched into the lintel, the giant beetle in the end stable, or the fact that "Karrg's Rest" is an unusual name for a bar in a Sartarite town that gives away that there might be a troll inside. In HQ the players need to know they are "looking for trolls" even if the characters will only find out if the roll is a success. Otherwise it's down to *why* is this roll needed. If the players are actively looking for the troll then it's a "Find the Troll" contest which they may choose to use "Keen Eyesight" of "Master Huntsman" or similar. (and on the "Failing forward" principle, failing might not mean they don't find him, merely that he finds them first, or they don't find him alone, or by the time they find him it is night and he has an advantage in whatever contest follows). If it's effectively part of another contest then you can treat it as such ("Characters who successfully Spot Hidden notice the mob approaching them have weapons drawn and can act normally, those who fail are surprised" ) If failing the check is boring then they succeed "...Oh and in the corner, hidden behind a pot-plant is a secret door into the rest of the villain's lair..." (or if succeeding (now) would be boring, and they don't realise they should be looking, they don't notice (The merchant who is a lunar spy has a signet ring with a moon rune on - If the players specifically look they can find it, but if they don't say they are looking they won't spot it, at least in the early part of the adventure. If they run into dead ends later on, they might suddenly notice it then... But if it's a case of "If they know this then they have these choices, and if they don't they have these other choices" then the roll is as valid in HQ as anywhere else...
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    Can Warding be abused this way?

    on "protecting those inside the ward" Assuming you can create warding on a mobile frame and then drop this over an enemy, it would certainly suggest that they would take the disruption damage. However, assuming that they survive, it does nothing to prevent them from stepping out of the hoop, and does not have any effect on any magic that they cast from inside the hoop. If anything it may offer them a certain degree of protection from hostile magic you (or your allies) attempt to cast on them while they remain inside the hoop, and even cause anyone moving to engage them to take the disruption magic when they cross the boundary. - I'm not convinced that this is the best use of your magic in terms of creating an offensive weapon
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    Can Warding be abused this way?

    On Gondo Holst's Wagon. Every version of the spell suggests the protection goes as far down as the wands penetrate - so if it is the "Interior" of the wagon that is protected then you can crawl under the wagon without triggering the warding - but bursting up through the floor would cross the boundary - so for the "Hula-hoop of death" you would need to be able to throw the hoop so it landed on top of your foe (merely passing over their heads is not sufficient) - so you'd need to develop and train a "Throw Hula-hoop" skill, and the target would have the opportunity to dodge/parry (providing they struck the outside of the hoop...). The size of your hoop would be limited by your ability to carry and throw the device, and since moving the wards (we will assume "relative to each other") breaks the warding, the hoop can't really be flexible, since distorting it will cause the pattern to break.
  11. Tim Ellis

    Can Warding be abused this way?

    Gold Wheel Dancer?
  12. Tim Ellis

    Organic Skill Trees

    My preferred implementation of a "Skill Tree" would be to cap each level, and not allow specialisation until you reach that level - so if Firearms has a cap of 50% you can't take Firearms/Pistol or Firearms/Shotgun until you reach a skill of 50% (thus avoiding the problem of starting a specialisation then improving the base skill) . This would extend to all levels - Firearms(0-50)/Pistol(51-70)/Automatic Pistol(71-90)/Walther PPK (91-100+). This would also lead (where necessary) to some skills becoming specialisations - so if you "need" maths at 50% to learn Physics then you have Maths (0-50)/Physics(51-75)/Quantum Physics(76+) (other specialisations of Maths and/or Physics available as required) Which means your only "problem" is where a skill has multiple pre-requisites - which I think you can only handle by requiring the character to have those skills at some defined?) level in order to take the specialisation. But I'm not sure that that's the best way to approach things for a BRP game.... 1) Define the skills that matter for the game. Maths, trigonometry, algebra, calculus, set theory and probability might all be valid skills for a mathematician, but unless you really need that level of granularity for your game, a "maths" skill will be fine. 2) apply a penalty (or adjust the difficulty) for use of a related skill if the main skill is not available. (Solving the problem is an easy Maths roll. If you don't have Maths you could use a related skill (eg Physics) as a Hard roll. If you have no related skills you are defaulting to what you learned at high school - a Very Hard Knowledge roll) 3a) allow a personal, preferred weapon a +10% bonus (maybe limited to 1 weapon, or one per skill type) - using any other weapon will obviously not gain this bonus or 3b) apply a situational penalty when first picking up an unfamiliar weapon, until the character has time to "acclimatise" - so when your Sword breaks and you have to pick up an unfamiliar weapon from a fallen foe, or you steal a weapon from the unconscious guard while escaping from captivity, you will not be as proficient as you are with the weapon you normally use day in and day out. However once you have had chance to find it's balance, or allow for it's recoil, you can mitigate the problems.
  13. Tim Ellis

    How to teach Glorantha?

    The Clan questionnaire from Sartar:KoH is a useful tool for helping newbies grasp what is important to their Orlanthi culture...
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    Masters of Luck & Death Wargame

    It was Prior to me having a digital camera. so I'm afraid I don't. I do recall I was in the Caladraland faction, that we were, at one stage all Volcanoes, and we ended up singing the "Crazy world of Arthur Brown" song "Fire" - but not who else was in the team, or what anyone else did...
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    Using R-Maps for adventures

    I've not really used them - but I was definitely thinking while running the Colymar Campaign that I could/should have done more to get the PC's to have more defined relationships with other members of the clan (The players were all HQ (and Glorantha) newbies ) - something a bit like @jajagappa's Nochet campaign he describes above.