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  1. This is well articulated and reflects our own experience. Focusing on combat is a mechanistic approach and if that is the style of game desired by the GM and players, then having a pacifist healer as a battle support tool is probably destined for boredom and failure and best avoided. My wife plays a Chalanna Arroy Initiate in our campaign. This is something we discussed at length and it was a welcome challenge to all of us. Combat is a central feature of RQG, a legacy of its RQII roots, and this can't be ignored.....but Glorantha offers so much more. For me the goal of
  2. Hey yes. Good spot. Brent.
  3. I thought chocolate was Central American in origin, last of the world's six cradles of civilisation. Which would be the Olmec, from about 1500 BC. Giant heads, chilli and chocolate.....and I think chocolate definitely qualifies a people as civilised, no matter what your criteria are 😀 Brent.
  4. I've drunk wild luwak coffee and still have a sachet of the beans I brought back from our last trip to Bali. I have to say I was a little disappointed....it tasted like coffee flavoured coffee. I didn't have a transcendent experience, didn't meet my animal totem, luwak or otherwise. My wife won't touch it. ðŸĪŠ Brent.
  5. I'm not sure where else to post this and it's not directly podcast related but I'm loving the Wind Whispers newsletter. What a great way to keep those of us short on time up to speed about what's happening with the real world goings on for our favourite fantasy world. My favourite bits are the snippets of archaeological / historical / curiosity stories that have Gloranthan parallels at the end of each newsletter. A real pleasure to discover Wind Whispers #`10 in my inbox this morning and browse it with my morning brew. Thanks so much. Brent. P.S. I was curious if h
  6. I was fortunate to score an affordable copy of the Chaosium Dragon Pass in good condition earlier this year. We're setting up to play it soon. Fascinating to see how much of the Hero Wars material was already fully realised at that early stage. Top of my totally unrealistic fantasy wish list is Nomad Gods, or even better, an English issue of Les Dieux Nomades. It's been fantastic to have the pdf of the rulebook available but it would be great to have it in playable format (although it technically would be possible on Vassal). Brent.
  7. I would love to have these in fresh, clean editions as my originals of many have reached the point of disintegration, not to mention the horror of my teenage friends (and maybe myself ) having written notes in the margins ðŸ˜Ū......and Trollpak is long lost 🙁. However, the cost of getting any print material shipped from the US is prohibitive and I have only bought hard copy material that is available through local distributors. It is wonderful having pdf copies available directly from Chaosium but there's no substitute for the real thing. Rick, I'm not sure how it works, but is it feasible t
  8. Thanks. Unfortunately I work shifts week on, week off, so also work every second Thursday evening 🙁 . All my gaming is fortnightly. I guess it would only work if my involvement was half time, which would depend on your game and story requirements. That's a big ask so if that doesn't fit, no problem at all. Maybe I could be a silent Discord observer or even an occasional NPC if that works. Brent.
  9. Hi. I'm a bit late to this thread and may not fit with your regular play schedule, as I work every second Monday evening. I am, however, in Sydney, am very familiar with Runequest and Glorantha and know my way around the Roll20 RQG character sheet. If there's a spot and my schedule would fit with your I'd love to play. Brent.
  10. Following on from this, I had always wondered who wrote the excerpts from the travels of Biturian Varosh. I assumed it must be Greg Stafford as they exhibit a deep understanding of the mythos and tone of Glorantha, an understanding that probably only he possessed at this early stage in the development of the world. What did impress me at the time, and still today, is the quality of the writing. I'm not going to suggest it's Shakepeare, but it does have literary value. I admit to being something of a literary snob and was even more so when I was younger. While some fantasy writers had lite
  11. Another enjoyable episode, thank gents. More Biturian Varosh did make me very happy 🙂. The episode at the Paps is one that always fascinated me and raised many questions. Why did the sacred Earth ritual impose risk of a Darkness assault? Why Darkness rather than Chaos? Why would morokanth be involved, betraying their oath to the Covenant and their devotion to Eiritha? Where did the trolls come from, given the implication that there were tunnels leading deeper from the Paps, suggesting a much more complex situation than a well circumscribed centre of Earth worship? I rea
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    I think the difference between soft skills like Sing, Orate and Intimidate is that while they may be culturally important, they are not the focus of the game. This is an heroic fantasy game simulating an experience equivalent to our own ancient societies. Ancient societies placed a premium on warfare and, true to its wargame roots, RQG focuses on combat, a whole chapter on it. We celebrate Glorantha in all its detail, including its rich cultural setting, but for the majority of gaming this supports play focused on violence, or the possibility of it. You only have to look at the official publis
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    This is true of all pharmacology, with variable therapeutic ranges for each drug , and lack of efficacy or toxicity beyond each extreme of that range. The same would be true for herbal remedies, although in the real world that therapeutic range is much broader than it is for manufactured drugs. With a few exceptions, herbals have such low levels of active compound that you would have to suffocate the patient beneath a truckload of leaves before they would come to harm. My preference in Glorantha would be to have real but low level therapeutic effects for herbal remedies, subtle augments o
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