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    I have been a Glorantha fan for many years and have started my RuneQuest experience with RQG. I am half the writing team of Selkana's Saga on the Chaosium.com blog.
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    North American Convention Coordinator for Chaosium Inc.
    Merchandising Coordinator for Chaosium Inc.
    Equine Expert in Residence
    Owner of many very fine hats

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  1. And to be clear, everyone here has always been so very friendly. This is a community to be really proud of. We do not want to tell anyone they can't post passionate tomes about the setting they love. We just want to keep those wonderful academic posts where they can best be appreciated, and make it easier to get started in Glorantha.
  2. Hey all, it's Ellie, your friendly neighborhood Chaosium convention coordinator. At conventions a lot of my job is talking to new people about Glorantha and introducing them into the world. Helping new people fall in love with Glorantha is a passion of mine but it wasn't that long ago that I knew next to nothing about the setting either. Glorantha has a massive learning curve. The amount of material available is daunting and that means being a newbie to Glorantha is a tough gig. I know first hand! Not only do you have to navigate all the massive amount of both current and out of date setting information you also have to learn how the Glorantha community aka the Tribe works. We are all here because we love Glorantha but sometimes we love it a little too hard. Sometimes the way the setting gets talked about is pretty unwelcoming to new members. We at Chaosium want to make sure Glorantha is accessible to everyone and hope you want to see it grow and thrive as well. What helps new people? Keep it RQG focused. Ask yourself if a new player actually needs to know this to play before hitting post. If it’s not in the main RQG book the answer is almost always no. (Or HeroQuest book given the circumstances.) The old stuff might have been great, but new players don’t have it, so it’s not helpful to tell them about it. Don’t argue semantics. If it is not a direct answer to something they asked, it probably is not helpful to post. Keep deep lore out of newbie threads. If you can’t say it in one paragraph it’s not appropriate for a new user post. Deep lore threads are awesome places to learn, but only when you are ready for them. Help new members by linking to existing deep lore posts with “Here is some more information if you are interested.” Have more in depth info to add? Make a new thread and link to it. Remind your fellow experienced members to continue the conversation there. Keep it upbeat. This is a game and should be fun. General negativity brings the whole Tribe down. Say hi! Being the new kid can be lonely and everyone wants to feel welcome. ____ The biggest take away here is to keep your answers simple. If you have more to say put it in its own dedicated deep lore thread. The big essay responses really drive new members away. I personally found them overwhelming and they made me not want to participate in the forum. It’s the responsibility of all Tribe members to make sure this is an inviting place. Let’s work together to keep Glorantha around for another 40+ years by helping new people fall in love with it just like we did.
  3. https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/This is the best sale RedBubble has had all year and it ends tonight. Don't miss 30% off everything. Looking for the brand new Elder Sign and Yellow Sign items? Click this link! 🐙 https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/collections/1010308-call-of-cthulhu-signs-and-symbols?asc=u
  4. https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/ This is the best sale RedBubble has had all year and it ends tonight. Don't miss 30% off everything. I have added tons of new stuff to the store recently including shirts for ever single god in the upcoming Gods of Glorantha. Sneak peeks of the book text for each god too! Also, brand new this morning is "Sheng Seleris, the Little Angry Prince" by Kalin Kadiev!
  5. Have you seen all the new stuff in our Redbubble store?. Lots of gods going up so you can rep your chosen cult! https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/collections/975143-glorantha-divine-depictions?asc=u New maps from Darya Makarava and Olivier Sanfilipo in the cartography section https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/collections/586570-glorantha-cartography?ref=carousel_collection&asc=u Art from Andrey Fetisov and others also going up. https://www.redbubble.com/people/chaosium/collections/580597-glorantha-assorted-art?asc=u
  6. All these new books mean tons of new art, and I am getting ready to overhaul our Redbubble store so all that art can be YOURS! I have a super short survey (only 5 questions) to help me figure out what sort of things you would like to see in the store. Thanks so much for helping me out. (Also I will personally give a high five to anyone who completes this.) https://goo.gl/forms/KAMlAKN8uxLjRaaB2
  7. This was my very first time in a proper RQG fight (oh back in the innocent days of June). Scott and I co-ran the monsters here at first but after a round or two, I was running them on my own. It's a testament to how initiative this system is that someone with limited GM experience and zero d100 system experience can be up and running in minutes. I would say to anyone worried that the system might be complex to run just get in there and play a few rounds. It all snaps in place very quickly.
  8. I balenced a 5 versus 3 fight in my very first combat encounter ever with RQ. I dont mean my first time running RQ as a GM. I mean my first time ever facing a fight in any d100 system in any way. You dont need years of experience. You don't need a guide for this. Just common sense and some basic flexibility. Just adjust the fight as needed, as you go. (We had one of the monsters panic and flee in that fight) This is an improv friendly levelless game. There is never going to be a CR equivalent system and it plain doesn't need one. If you are finding that too difficult to figure out just run one of the many already released scenarios were the authors have done the work for you.
  9. The depiction of women in this book is in celebration of the divine feminine. The breasts aren't there for the sexual excitement of men. They are there in celebration and acceptance of womanhood. Glorantha has no shame and no guilt about woman's bodies or in the varied ways, women can be women. Heck the book puts the sisters Vasana and Yanioth front and center showing women in both very feminine and very unfeminine rolls and depicts both as something to be celebrated. With RQ:G you don't have to play a generic fighter or a priest that just happens to be female you can play fully fleshed out female characters that are unapologetic in their femaleness. That is why I love Glorantha. I have made that exact pitch to women more than once in a busy convention hall, and shown them this art (yes topless ones) and sold them this book based on how it treats women. I can't think of any women I know that would be scandalized and upset by this art (we know what breasts look like), and frankly, I don't think I would get on well with them in any game, RQ or otherwise. I am right there with Jeff Jerwin. While my daughter is still too young to understand the art (2.5) she has seen it and will absolutely be allowed to see it as she grows up. Because there is nothing wrong or shameful about breasts and they don't need to be hidden. Not everything is the right fit for every workplace. So be it. Painted nails and dyed hair aren't ok in every workplace either. But I want a gaming experience that celebrates women as women and doesn't act like a woman's body are something to be ashamed of. I want my daughter to grow up with those experiences too. If the book isn't a good fit for work, don't bring it to work but please also recognize that Glorantha is very important to many people for many different reasons. I would find such a removal of the celebration of womanhood to be tragic.
  10. Please Zozotroll, it's called the Directors Cut. It's artistic, not pornographic.
  11. He might have votive images at a secret shrine, allowing him to replenish even when he can not go to the shrine himself. Would probably be the easiest way to handwave it.
  12. Some time ago I was discussing with Jeff about hospitality rights as they relate to Humakti. Kitha has a geas where she can eat nothing but meat. Many hospitality rights in the real world involve food, particularly bread. If Kitha can't participate in hospitality she must refuse it, which has all sorts of social implications. Jeff told me about the story of the famous King Saranthos "everyone knows his tale!" who had to accept hospitality to all and make war on anyone who might refuse it. I was intrigued. A Gloranthan hero I had never heard of but clearly I should have since everyone knew about him? (I wasn't going to admit to Jeff had no clue who this famous guy was.) So I went hunting for references to him. I go through our library, can't find anything. I recruit Scott, he also looks and can't find anything. We get Jenx involved. He goes through his sources, can't find anything. We even go so far as to ask people on the Chaosium discord channel. No one has heard of this guy, no one can find anything about him. Finally in desperation I ask Jeff who on earth this is... and ... he had made him up. There is no King Saranthos. It become a running joke. When it was time to write up this blog entry I went looking through my notes for what I had named this king. Turns out that section had been lost. I needed to call him something so used King Saranthos as the replacement name. So what's the story of King Saranthos? There is none. He doesn't exists. :D
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