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Monty Lovering

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  1. I think the imagery of women is pretty OK in Chaosium’s RQG publications. I mean, look. Women wearing practical clothes or armour and standing like people. As opposed to what the hell and tilt hip. Yes there are bare chests which means bare breasts with women. But most cultures didn’t sexualise bare breasts in the way the West has sexualised them to the extent they are regarded as sexual display no matter what the context. As far as boob plate goes, the number of female warriors in periods where hard metal breast plates were a predominant for of armour was low. In periods w
  2. I vacillate between the cosmology and mythology being just as scientifically accurate as it was in the Bronze Age world (it’s a world mundane as ours but with the addition of magic, a real after life, and the ability of people to be apotheosised by gaining vast magical power), and Glorantha being a computer simulation of such advanced scale the background characters are self-aware. And it’s only gods and hero’s who are ‘real’, albeit 12 year olds playing online from Milwaukee. I’ve just got in my mind this grand reveal after a five year long campaign where they gain access to some ki
  3. Problem with the theory of Runic attraction is that without the use of magic, an Orlanthi priest and and Erithean priestess hit the ground at exactly the same time if you push them of a cliff together. Source; God Leaner scroll 67BD, “On the nature of falling”, Lhankor May library at Jansholm.
  4. Dogs can differentiate between sheep, horses, cattle, rabbits, birds... so if it's in an environment where the creature is known, it'll know what it is. Doesn't;t need to see one. Their counting is rudimentary. My bitch knows she has puppies. She has no idea how many. When we change the bedding in the whelping box and have out all the puppies back in the fresh whelping box she will check the blanket we put it in unless we wave it in the air and show her there are no puppies in it. But if a dog gets to use non-dog language on a regular basis then it can learn a lot. https://www.t
  5. They don't have INT, they might understand something but replying? A dog will sit but won't be be able to tell you a party of 5 Llama riders passed this way five hours ago. But 'Llama riders pass since last sleep'? Maybe.
  6. I agree. In fact, I'd say that 95% of NPC - all but star NPCs - can be boiled down to maybe six stat sets if you allow 'low, average, high' values for physical and magical characteristics, and then maybe assigning 25 or 50 or 75 or 95% in chosen weapon skills and adding spells to suit. PCs will neither or care trollkin 7 has an INT of 3 and a CON of 12, but trollkin 3 has INT 10 and CON 2...
  7. Version 1.0.0


    This Excel spreadsheet is intended to allow a GM to keep all the details of NOCs handy, especially in combat situations. No reason it can't be used by players for their own PCs either. It is only intended to be used on screen, not as a print out. There are tabs catering for most common hit location tables, and the tabs feature notes to help you get started. Enjoy!
  8. I know nothing about Google sheets so couldn't say but the formulas in it are pretty basic. Good tip about the filter I will try it. Ta!
  9. Here is a finished version of the battlesheet I have been working on. It caters for most hit location tables (in various tabs), and allows a GM to run a group of NPCs in an efficient and easy fashion if you know even a bit of Excel. There's also no reason why it can be used by players. Just plug in characteristics into the salmon-coloured cells and the black cells will automatically calculate. The cells for current HP will change colour to indicate disablement, unconsciousness, impending death or death. There are helpful notes on the sheets to help you get going.
  10. OK, here's the updated version. Available to download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Rgo-diPcwXW5iZnN6xUzjHrd4A_S6dj/view?usp=sharing Lots of changes based on feedback. Current HPs now change colour according to the amount of damage, there's less white space, etc. You can use filter to remove the un-needed lines. The light red highlight cells need input, the black cells with white text auto calculate. Be good if people can give me more feedback.
  11. I’m going to share the next version. This is only envisaged as a digital version to be used on a second screen for VTT or as a laptop on the side for IRL. So thus the landscape format. resurrected duck got me to thinking and I’ve reduced the width by compacting things which means magic is not below but next to weapons stats reducing the row count.
  12. Game Master's Battlesheet So a while back I realized that some DMs playing AD&D in its various incarnations were using an Excel spreadsheet to track NPCs in combat and I thought that this was a rather neat idea. Finally got around to working on one for RuneQuest last night. Below is the block that would exist for each character. Orange cells are calculated by the sheet, MPs and HPs are in yellow cells and the pale highlight is for cells you need to put values in. The column on the far left is designed to allow you to filter extran
  13. They do! I'm just setting up in Roll20 to run Borderlands so this is great. Thanks for your hard work!!
  14. I think the shorter version ("You wouldn’t like me") is probably enough.
  15. I like crunchy. This extends to SIZ too. For me, SIZ of an anthropoid is the presented target area and won't change appreciably if it gains strength. I'm a little shorter than most Running Backs, but 20kg lighter, but it's gonna be about the same chance of hitting me or the Running Back if we'd just stand there and take the hit. But if you have a higher or lower STR than average you gain or lose weight. That impacts things like knockbacks. But here are my house rules. Anthropoid SIZ height and weight. All characters are considered to live active life-styles and ha
  16. If there's an instant resolution, fine. But if people are hiding from them, then they won't know that they passed them three hours ago, or spend twenty minutes stalking a bear. I think a character thinking they've been insulted by someone who asked them to pass the salt plays better if the player thinks their character has been insulted by someone who asked them to pass the salt. And it's hard to play a character that you know has fumbled a knowledge roll and now thinks something totally wrong about the Thanatari they are about to attack.
  17. That’s the entire thing. If you roll and they fumble, then they think they’re tight about what someone said, or a fact. etc., and you misinform them accordingly.
  18. Good question and one I need to resolve before my next campaign. I am paying Pathfinder as a player at the moment and that’s got a Spot roll based on the Perception skill. And the GM rolls it. For RQ I’d make a roll based on the highest Scan skill of the party with a bonus based half next highest Scan skill or 2% x party size > max 20%. Things that were not in plain sight would need a roll of x0.5 of the above. Less obvious things x0.25. I’d treat Hidden things like Dodge to an attack. And in general I am totally down with the GM rolling skills where the pl
  19. I assume Oration-based attempts have been made to convince people. Maybe just targeting the women who were not blood kin, as the women of the village would know if he was a wrong 'un. As far as summoning a spirit goes, if it could be proved it WAS his spirit, even if the abductor was in their right mind, as the OP points out, expecting him to say "It's a fair cop guv, I done abducted her, I deserved being killed" is a bit of a stretch. How do you know if a spirit is lying? Dunno. So I say, isn't this what Divination is for? As there are no witnesses, she can challenge them; "Tak
  20. The performance is Orate for some types of poetry, and Sing for others. You can't deliver 'If' by Rudyard Kipling by singing. But arguably 'Sing' would be a better skill to deliver Beowulf with. I'd say just decide what from of delivery is used by a culture. For Orlanthi it's probably Sing. Either can be augmented as per normal by an appropriate Passion for the subject of the poem. For writing I would make new skills, maybe 'Lyricist' and 'Composer', Lyricist being used for poems and the lyrics of songs/
  21. In my house rules a special gives a choice of special attacks rather than just a damage bonus. So, for example a 2H spear user specialing can choose to have a follow-up attack (which takes place in the same MR), attempt a Knockback, inflict Maximum damage, or attempt a Trip attack. Other weapons offer different choices. I’ve also tweaked SRs so there a bigger difference between spears and other 1 or 2H weapons, and if an attacker misses and the defender has a successful parry, they can then choose to make a follow up attack. Basically any combat system should make spear
  22. No, that's lorica segmentata. Not what I meant. What is generally understood by the term splint mail is something like this: Basically thick leather greaves or vambraces with relatively thin strips of metal running along their length. In part the transition period (from full maille armour to full plate armour) they were very much a thing (along with brigantines) and as an ensemble would look like this. Obviously this is as Ancient as a grenade launcher (looks at Mostali), but equally obviously taking heavy leather vambraces and greaves and adding strips of metal is not
  23. Bronze Age rapiers are long blades optimised for thrusting but still with a cutting edge, and a thick central rib down the length of the blade to make up for the relatively poor choice of bronze for a thin pointy weapon (it's too bendy). The handle were simple, literally a handle. They were very distinctive in appearance and in use from the shorter cut/thrust blades with leaf-shaped blades that are perhaps what come to mind when one thinks of a Bronze Age sword. They share a name with the Renaissance rapier, which were longer, thiner, might not even have much of an edge, were made of stee
  24. I'd totally agree that studded leather was very much not a tin and is the result of the rivets in a coat of plates being misinterpreted in visual representations. But splinted armour - where strips of metal are added to a leather or linen base - was very much a thing, even if only for limbs and maybe helmets. I'll argue extensively about medical armour as that what I now a bit about. I don't know if there is any proof of splinted armour in the Ancient world. It is not exactly rocket science - making a cuttable material less cuttable by putting ruddy great strips of metal along
  25. Except ring is noisy and linen problematic in the wet or extremely hot environments.
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