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About Gallowglass

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    I've been into tabletop RPG's since college, mostly D&D, with some other systems and story games along the way. Typically I am the GM for my group. I occasionally write about and review games about my blog, Castle Mordrigault. I've also done some freelance game writing for End Transmission Games, and Menagerie Press.
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    I don't get to play as often as I would like, but most recently I have run campaigns for 5th edition D&D in the Planescape setting, and for Unknown Armies 3rd edition.

    My current game of Runequest: Glorantha takes place among the newly reforged Dundealos Tribe, and follows a Sartarite clan of my own creation struggling to rebuild and survive the challenges of the Hero Wars.
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    I am interested in gaming, fiction, history and mythology.

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  1. The descriptions of childhood are also really cool. So basically troll children are raised the way I am raising my 3 year old in a pandemic. Instead of low-key heroquesting I'm just making pillow forts and pretending to be a talking truck.
  2. There is also some good stuff in Trollpak about the differences of growing up for girls and boys. Hopefully it's okay to share this...
  3. I agree with this. After looking at Trollpak again, it sounds like the initiation into KL's cult as a lay member is something that happens gradually throughout childhood, with many tests and magical experiences. The adulthood rites are more about leaving the protective darkness of your family cave and meeting the rest of the community. Becoming an initiate (in Runequest terms) would likely happen soon after that. I don't think you necessarily get rune points from just becoming an adult.
  4. Thinking about the merfolk now. I'm not sure who their main gods are, but I would think most men initiate to Magasta, and most women to Triolina. I would also think that most merfolk would have a third gender option, because the primal water gods had three sexes and genders (Framanthe, Daliath, Sramak). That isn't mentioned anywhere though, just my own musing. I think it would make sense for young merfolk to reenact the stories of their tribe's founders. Not sure if this would be male/female/etc sort of thing. Maybe the implied gender fluidity of the Water Rune applies itself here, and th
  5. Right, so the Aldryami are interesting because sex and gender doesn't seem to be as important for them. Each variety has some combination of males and females, but it seems like anyone can choose to do what they want in terms of occupation, and serving the forest. So maybe there isn't really a male/female initiation dichotomy, but just a basic initiation to Aldrya and High King Elf's cult.
  6. I realized I wasn't being very clear, so I edited my post. I meant heroquest rituals to initiate children to adulthood, as featured in "Six Seasons in Sartar" and other places.
  7. We currently have some excellent descriptions of Orlanthi adult initiation rituals for Orlanth and Ernalda, as Heroquests. I was wondering if there is something similar for Uz, Aldryami, and other species in Glorantha. I have read Trollpak, but I don't have my pdf handy so I can't check at the moment. My memory is that there is a very detailed description of Uz childhood and initiation, but this was written before "adult initiation Heroquests" became a thing. Were I to throw some together for Uz males and females, I think having them based on Karrg and Korasting would make sense. Like Heo
  8. I'm running an RQG session in about 90 minutes. One of PC's will almost certainly use a chariot, and I just realized I don't know how many hit points chariots are supposed to have. What is reasonable??? Do they have armor??? Can't find this in the book.
  9. I think this is for Vangono, as an associated cult of Pamalt.
  10. This might be better for the corrections thread, but I noticed that the rune spell Fleetfoot does the same thing as the spirit magic spell Mobility, minus the strike rank decrease. So this would make Fleetfoot kind of obsolete. Was this intentional?
  11. I am starting up a new campaign concerned with the Locaem Tribe and it's unique political situation. I'd like to develop their neighbors a bit more. Does anyone have any information or recommended sources on the Balmyr Clans? Also, do we know if they have a king as of 1626, or did their leader also get dragon-chomped?
  12. I think it just comes down to immersion vs. what’s fun for the average player, especially if they’re coming into Runequest from D&D, like many new players are (and me). In general, I like how the design of RQG provides a deep simulation of how things work in Glorantha. Paying POW for rune points is fine for me, because magical power should have a cost. I just think a lot of people have trouble with the cost being time, meaning in-game time and the players’ actual time.
  13. If the long casting times are a hard pill to swallow, one solution that someone posed in the forums a while back was having a “quick-cast” house rule in place. This would mean that a sorcerer can can use INTx5 or POWx5 or something like that, and cast a basic, un-boosted version of a sorcery spell. I’ve been thinking of allowing this in my next game.
  14. I'm thinking of starting my next campaign among the Locaem Tribe. The political conflict taking place within the tribe seems like it's worth building a campaign around, plus you have Pegasus Plateau as a good starting point. I'm debating which clan to make the PC's "home clan." The Owl and Raven clans both seem interesting, but I have a lot of questions about their patron spirits, clan history, etc. I think the story from Pegasus Plateau is that Raven led the original settlers from the Locaem clans into their current lands. The Owl, Raven, Salvi, and Ulanding clans are considered the "or
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