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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.
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  1. Thanks everyone! Lots of great suggestions. Looking over the intro scenario, it seems like a good way to go for a quick out the door one off. I don't think we will be getting into a campaign just yet. I am going to do a few one offs and then we will see.
  2. I am going to run a super lowkey casual game of Pendragon next week. Myself and one of my players have played one game at GenCon. None of us have read the rules but all of us are experienced with RuneQuest so have some idea of the basic mechanisms. I have the rule book, and a copy of Tales of Chivalry and Romance, which I plan to run something out of. (But I have almost every published scenario and am open to anything) We will use pregens and wing most of the rules. Mostly we want to get a feel for the setting. So a few questions for those folks who know the game best: For a green to the system GM and party, which one shot would you recommend to play? and What is your number one tip for a new Pendragon GM? Thanks! :D
  3. Steward of the Intelligent Word This is a leather scroll case that is carved a simple depiction of the goddess Etyries with the runes of movement, moon, and harmony forming connected designs. Cults Associated: Etyries Friendly: Issaries Knowledge Common History First produced hundreds of years ago, these scroll cases aid travelers, merchants and messengers who find themselves far from the heart of the Lunar Empire. They are mostly used to translate simple communication, documents, and other straightforward writing into something intelligible. Procedure These cases are crafted in Etyries temples by carving the leather and imbuing it with magic during the creation process. They are generally only available to wealthy travelers or members of the Lunar bureaucracy. Powers Any scroll or parchment scrap placed inside the case will convert entirely into New Pelorian script. Simple phrases are quickly and accurately translated while long and complex text may take hours or even days to translate and have significant errors. Value 25L
  4. Bruvala's Armband This armband is made of verdigris stained copper and heavily inlaid with emeralds. It has been expertly crafted in the form of a glittering blue-green snake. It looks resplendent but otherwise perfectly mundane. If awakened Bruvala's Armband can move just like a living snake. Cults · Associated: The armband will only listen to followers of an earth goddess, and strongly prefers those who follow Ernalda. · Hostile: The snake will not awaken for anyone who does not follow a female earth deity. Knowledge Cult Secret, One of a Kind History Bruvala the Great, High Queen of Esrolia was given this emerald encrusted armband as a wedding gift. Rumors say she used it throughout her reign to spy on her rivals, though this has never been officially acknowledged. The armband became a House Norinel treasure and was worn by all Esrolian Queens of the Norinel line until it vanished upon the death of Queen Norina in 1551. While the armband is well known from historical records the ability for it to awaken is a deeply held secret. Powers When awakened Bruvala's Armband has the stats of a small earth elemental. Players should make a CHA resistance roll to attempt to awaken it. The armband has a passive resistance of 3 for Ernalda worshipers and 5 for the followers of all other cults. It will refuse to awaken for anyone who does not follow an earth goddess. Once awoken the armband will loyaly serve its new mistress and can complete many tasks such as stealing any object small enough to carry its mouth, spying on and repeating back conversations, and even suffocating the unsuspecting. These instructions must be successfully explained in earthtongue, and the snake can only be awakened for at most three hours a day. Value 1500L in gemstones. 3000L to a buyer that knows the use of this item. If House Norinel discovers someone has the armband they will stop at nothing, not even murder, to obtain it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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