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    Started playing RPG's in the early 80's. A friend ran an Original D&D campaign, I started 2nd Edition RuneQuest, and another friend ran Traveller. When the 3rd edition of RuneQuest came out, I started a campaign in the Harn universe. Things sat for many years after that. Just recently started a 3rd edition game set in Dragon Pass.
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    I've been running a 3rd edition Runequest game, we're planning on switching to the new version when it comes out. Looking for the PDF's to start with
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    North Central Missouri, USA
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  1. Marc

    Change log for updated PDF's

    I've done a bit of searching, and found a couple of options for comparing 2 pdf files. I'll give them a try, and see if I can generate some kind of change log. Not sure how it will work out, but worth a try. I knew Chaosium was a small company, but I didn't realize how small. Frankly,given their manpower availability, I'd rather have them working on new supplements, and answering rules questions( thanks @Jason Durall!) than trying to come up with a change log after the fact.
  2. Is there any chance of getting some kind of change log for the updated PDF's? Even a list of the pages changed would be helpful.
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    Sorcery Questions

    Thanks for the feed back. I did notice in RQ3, it explicitly limited a Sorcerer to 1/2 meter/strike rank, which would have been 5 meters/melee round, of movement.
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    Sorcery Questions

    I've got some questions about the Sorcery rules. I've got one player in my online game running a Sorcerer. There are a couple of areas where I felt the rules were incomplete, and have decided to come up with some house rules. Obviously, there are several areas where the Sorcery rules are incomplete, just two that I've house ruled so far. They both relate to casting a spell. Even though I can find nothing at all about moving while casting a spell, it seems to me that you shouldn't be able to( or at least not very much ). I've also decided that any significant distraction should require a concentration check, not just receiving damage. My player objects, strongly, to both of these. I'm trying to be reasonable, so I thought I'd see what others have done, if anything. My justification for not being able to move is the statement in the rules that while casting, the sorcerer is in a semi-trance. That seems to me to preclude moving. The player happens to have a cavalry mount, and also feels like he should be able to ride the animal while casting a spell. I disagree with that as well. I've no problem with him sitting on a motionless mount. As for a distraction requiring a concentration check, that just seems to make sense to me. The player points out, correctly, that the rules only specify receiving damage as a trigger for a concentration check. My gut feel is that it seems like an experienced Sorcerer could be a very powerful spell caster. I am concerned about play balance without these house rules. Another question is regarding to the time it takes to cast a Sorcery spell. This is an area where I'm tempted to house rule to reduce the time, by either eliminating the 1 melee round delay, reducing the SR cost to 1 SR per MP, or maybe both. I'm curious to know what the rationale for those rules is. My player seems pretty upset about these house rules, and I'm trying to be fair. But I am concerned about play balance in the long term. Marc
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    Summoning RuneQuest Gamemasters

    I think this is a GREAT idea. Even came up with one, only to find that someone beat me to it ( The ASL Corollary ). I'm wondering if all of these could be added to the wiki
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    RuneQuest Glorantha Charts & Tables

    It would be nice if they would tell us when the GM pack woukd be available. It was supposed to be before Gen Con, but tgat was almost a month ago. I understand that "stuff" happens, but this far past, with no idea of whats going on is a bit crazy.
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    RQG Preview - more of the Bestiary

    Ok, its been more than 2 weeks now since Gen Con ended. Can we get an update on what's happening with the GM Pack?
  8. I hadn't really paid a lot of attention to the Sorcery rules at first, because I didn't think I would need them right away. Now, however, I have a player that wants to run a Sorcerer, so I've taken a close look, and have a question( actually, I suspect I'll have many questions 😁). I saw in several spell descriptions references to ivercoming a targets magic points. I thought in RQG spell were resisted with POW, not magic points. Are Sorcery spells handled differently? Marc
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    RQG Preview - more of the Bestiary

    Now that Gen Con is behind us, I wondered if we could get an update on when the GM Pack & screen would be available for purchase as a PDF. I assume it will be several months before it's available in print.
  10. Ok, with the Bestiary PDF available tomorrow, I've decided to try to kick off an online RQG campaign, assuming there's enough interest. I'm planning on twice a month, my preference is 1st and 3rd Thursdays, other Thursdays are possible. Start at 7 or 8 US Central time( UTC-5 in the summer ), each session 3-4 hours long. We'll use PhilHibbs Google Sheets character sheet. I'll store them on my Google drive, and share to the players. I don't have anything specific in mind. The campaign will be based in Dragon Pass, with possible forays to Prax, Dorastor, other places that I have old RQ2 and RQ3 supplements for. As we go on, I'll probably come up with things based on character family history. We'll start out using Skype for audio, and rolz.org for dice rolling. May move to roll20.net at some point. Marc
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    Active Fireblade?

    I haven't seen any mention of it ending when damaged in RQG. However RQ2 said "If the character using the spell takes physical or magical damage the FIreblade goes away". I'm trying to remember, but when I ran an RQ2 campaign back in the early '80's, I think we kinda missed that part of the rules, and the Fireblade was maintained. In hindsight, I think some kind of roll would be appropriate. Maybe a resistance roll of INT vs damage?
  12. What time zone are you two in? I'm in US Central( UTC-6, UTC-5 in the summer ).
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    Editable Character Sheet

    I seem to recall in one of the discussions prior to the release of the core rules that an editable pdf character sheet was going to be made available. Is that still the plan? I did find a downloadable sheet on Chaosiums website, but it wasn't editable. Unless I was doing something wrong.
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    Really high skills (skills over 100%)

    The way the rule reads( if I've understood it correctly ) is that you have to either split attacks, or reduce both combatants skills. I can definitely see scenarios where I would MUCH rather keep the higher chance of a crit or special. Say to get past the iron plate with Protection 4 and Shield 2 on the Rune Lord you're fighting, which means any normal attack success just bounces off.
  15. Anyone thinking/planning on running a game on a VTT? I live(literally) in the middle of no where( ~100 miles east of Kansas City ). I'd love to get into a game, but the chances of a face-to-face game out here are virtually non-existent. I did run an RQ2 game back in the early '80's, so I could run one myself, but I'd really rather just be a player. Anybody?