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  1. How to get into RUNE QUEST: Role-Playing in Gloratha If you are new to the system, welcome! I recently started playing and running RuneQuest Role-Playing in Glorantha (RQ:G) and decided to create and compile some useful resources for those just entering the gates into this Mystical world of ancient powers, exciting yet lethal combat, and mythical Gods... Be forewarned: adventurer or storyteller, this is a path from which once followed, there is no turning back. Excerpt from Chaosium's website: "Glorantha is a world with a deep and rich setting, drawing influence from the Bronze Age and other ancient world cultures and mythologies, created by Greg Stafford in 1966. From its first appearance in print as a strategy boardgame titled White Bear, Red Moon in 1975 by The Chaosium (as it was then called) to the first edition of the roleplaying game RuneQuest in 1978, Glorantha has been used as the setting for roleplaying games, computer games, boardgames, novels, encyclopedias, comics, and other creative expressions, with a dedicated and global fan base. Now, Glorantha is firmly established as one of the most popular original game settings ever, and the influence of RuneQuest is everywhere in roleplaying and computer game design." The Quick Start Guide If you are completely new to the system and don't know where to start, fear not! For Chaosium has conveniently created a free guide to the important rules, which comes with everything you need to start your gaming in Dragon Pass, as well as a pre-made adventure module. Download the Quick Start from Chaosium's website to begin your journey and to see if you enjoy the system or not. Another thing you should definitely do is watch my currently on-going mini series on YouTube: How to get into RQ:G, and subscribe to the channel to join the Legion! Shameless plug aside, I really do cover a lot of ground and encourage you to check it out. Next is the- The Core Rules The main rulebook to obtain after discovering the power of this system and setting. Unlike some similar fantasy TTRPGs, RQ:G is set in the Bronze age and draws the majority of its inspiration from Mythology. This single book contains everything you need to run incredibly enjoyable games, and create deep, varied characters within the world of Glorantha. Inside you'll find... Fast paced, lethal, and variable combat which is both exciting and tactical. Deep and involved character creation that roots your character in the world and ties them to clan, cult, and family. Unique magic system with rules for spirit combat, sorcery, and shamanistic traditions. One can purchase a physical version of these rules here for $54.94 (at the time of writing). You could also get the PDF from the same site, but if you buy the rules as a physical copy Chaosium will give you the PDF free. Alternatively, if you buy the PDF, Chaosium will take the PDF price off your purchase of the physical. All rather convenient and useful. Next Steps So you love the rules and setting and are wondering how this could get any better? It can:) The next steps to take can include the Glorantha Bestiary, which includes both powerful and ancient monsters and Chaos Beings, but also many different races and rules on how to create characters of different styles. Along with lots of rich history and culture surrounding each entry. The Game Master Screen Pack is a handy and beautiful addition to your collection. Not only does it come with the gorgeous GM screen, but it also has a 100+ page booklet featuring some lore and cool pre-made adventure modules/scenarios, a Gloranthan Calendar, assorted collection of Gloranthan maps (some of which are quite large, and character sheets. Among even more stuff... And that is just the beginning. There is even more, and you can browse the various RQ:G source books and modules at https://www.chaosium.com/runequest-glorantha/ Other Assets and Resources I already mentioned my own channel, but there are even more useful and helpful articles and assets you can utilize as a Game Master of Player. Here are just a few I enjoy... English Gloranthan Podcast Wind Words RuneBlog on getting started on Glorantha RPG Imaginings YouTube Videos on making a RQ:G Character Jonstun Compendium on DriveThruRPG (community content creations) As I find stuff, I will probably add to this list, but currently these are my favorite assets. I hope you found this list of some ways to start RuneQuest useful. For reference, I began with the SlipCase set you can find on Chaosium's site. It comes with the core rules, the bestiary, and the screen pack. After my recent acquisition of the Rune Quest Glorantha Slipcase set, RQ:G has very much impressed me. Thank you to the community members who got me into this system!! And thank you for reading. And also, remember the two most important things (imo) about these Role-Playing games: 1. As they say in RQ:G, MGF. Which means, Maximum Game Fun. That is the end all be all, and very important for each and every game you play. 2. (Just gonna copy and paste this from a different post of mine): No matter if you're a Game Master or an Adventurer, the one thing all role-players need is imagination. At the end of the day, statistics aside, all RPGs are collaborative narrative exercises and you need to understand how a story or character works. One should discover all the richness of storytelling first, then purchase all the rulebooks and supplements. Learn about character arc and the three act story, solid backstory and world building, and anything else you can! Life is short, don't waste it on a sub-par role-playing experience.
  2. Hello my friends, I am officially the proud owner of the RuneQuest: Role-Playing in Glorantha Slipcase Set! Woohoo!!! What follows is a brief summary of what I like so far from just a quick flip through, and my unboxing and first impressions video (more Gloranthan? content to come). First off, I love the fact that this system is what inspired BRP, and the fast paced and deadly combat system. These two things along make this game better than D&D, which is my main comparison point since it is the only other fantasy game I have played. Next, the magic seems very involved and varied, with far more potential than most other systems I've played for staying unique and engaging with spirits, cults, and runes added to the mix. I found the lack of classes quite interesting and felt it was a step in the right direction for getting the focus off stats and onto creating a fun engaging story. In fact, all character creation seems like it deeply involves PCs in the world, which will make for very interesting role-play. The bestiary seemed a touch frugal to me, but perhaps I will warm up to it in time. It mainly seemed small compared to my collection of 4 books which hold hundreds if not thousands of monsters for D&D 5E, but I enjoy creating monsters and beasts and believe I will be able to convert some of my collection into RuneQuest rules. Please let me know if this line of thought is on the right track or if I'm just not understanding something about the apparent monster manual. The Game Master screen pack was a pleasant surprise as it contained awesome maps, a calendar, and a bunch of scenarios and adventures for any aspiring Game Master to start with. It was a collection of resources which I did not expect, and which filled me with a burning desire to run a game (will be getting my family to play with me so I can hone my GMing craft with this new system). Here is the actual video: All in all, this system looks exciting and innovative and I can't wait to try it out and get deeper into both the system and the lore of Glorantha. I would like to thank Chaosium for making this game, but also the WindWords podcast for getting me interested, and @soltakss for putting the game on my radar. We are all us.
  3. I am loving this system, and so felt it was time to go back to my roots and create a new "How to get into" mini series, this time focusing on the unique and awesome system/game/setting RQ:G
  4. HEORTLINGS OF SARTAR This month's installment of Monster of the Month is now live! Monster of the Month is a series of new bestiary entries for Chaosium's RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. In addition to statblocks and behavior, most entries include supplemental detail and advice for gamemasters and/or new adventurer options for players. Heortlings of Sartar is a collection of game aids for gamemasters of RuneQuest. Included in this supplement are 23 generic non-player characters, provided in a printer-friendly format for use at the game table. They range in importance from minor Rune Masters and clan elders, to humble bandits, stickpickers and thralls. You can find it here on DriveThruRPG. (Disclaimer: this is an affiliate link. If you buy anything over on DTRPG after clicking, I'll get a small percentage, which inevitably dribbles back into my art budget.)
  5. Six Seasons in Sartar, a coming-of-age RuneQuest campaign by Andrew Logan Montgomery, is available now from the Jonstown Compendium (144 pages, $19.95). And it’s brilliant. If you are at all interested in RuneQuest or Glorantha, buy this book. It’s an introductory campaign to get new players into RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, extensively playtested and beautifully presented. It contains episodes and scenarios that can be plugged into any game set in Sartar: you don’t have to be children of the Haraborn clan to use this book. It contains background on and fully worked examples of heroquesting, one of the more confusing aspects of Gloranthan games, fully integrated into the life of the Haraborn clan - which is presented in cult writeup format, because cult is culture, don’cha know? (Genius idea) It has neat tricks for presenting NPCs, inc. a Rune-rating based personality notation schtick I will shamelessly steal for my own future works, and is framed within a wonderful metafictional conceit that has liberated me to think the previously unthinkable. tl/dr: Buy this book. Thank me later. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/313871/Six-Seasons-in-Sartar?affiliate_id=392988
  6. Just added to the Jonstown Compendium webstore: my short 4-page index (UPDATED: now 15 pages) to all the RuneQuest scenarios on the Jonstown Compendium, inc. an analysis of page counts (split between scenario, stats, setting, maps, etc.), characters, settings and complexity. Yours for the low, low price of 50 cents. If enough people find this useful, I'll update it regularly. Link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/308209/Jonstown-Compendium-RuneQuest-Scenarios?affiliate_id=392988
  7. Jonstown Jottings #1: Tales of the Sun County Militia: Sandheart Volume 1—A review of Jon Webb’s scenario for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha published by Chaosium, Inc. http://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/2019/11/jonstown-jottings-1-tales-of-sun-county_29.html #reviewsfromrlyeh #rpgreview #rpgreviews #rpg #fantasy #Chaosium #RuneQuest #JonstownCompendium #JonstownJottings
  8. Version 2.1

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    The Second Way (TSW) is a set of homebrew freeform magic rules for Chaosium’s Magic World setting. The goal of TSW is to provide a definitive yet flexible way for crafting and scaling spells. Inspired by Chaosium’s Deep Magic and Atlas Game’s Ars Magica, TSW changes Deep Magic’s spheres and glyphs and adds rules for specifying spell range, area of effect and duration as well as for affecting mass, affecting character condition and casting spells against multiple targets. For maximum benefit readers will want to purchase Chaosium’s excellent Advanced Sorcery book.
  9. Does RQG have the concept of an Extended Contest? I can't find it in the Core Rulebook. However, I seem to remember something at the back of my mind that has something about a Resolution Pool.
  10. Hi, As with the post about the French covers of RQ and HQ, I've now compiled all existing RQ and HQ covers of the German edition. 👈 (Except for those which look the same as the original editions). I hope you enjoy the read (remember to use Google translate to transmute the text into your language of preference) 😁 and let me know what you think.
  11. So I saw there stats in the bestiary but was more confused on who had access to them? I personally feel that Lunars wouldn't have access to them due to it being a separate Moon/Goddess entirely but it still begs the question who know/uses these elemental? Note: I do know that these are from dead goddess who was killed.
  12. Two months to go until Glorantha Games 2020, the one-day convention dedicated to Greg Stafford’s Glorantha to be held in Birmingham on April 25th, 2020. We are looking for both players and GMs, with the day including two gaming sessions and a charity raffle with all monies going to Shelter. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glorantha-games-2020-tickets-74628996337
  13. Version 1.0.0

    32 downloads

    This is a simple character sheet inspired by the character sheet of Rurik Runespear on Pg.143 of Runquest 2nd Edition, Classic Edition (printed January 2016). I feel like everything which is important to know can be jotted down neatly on this sheet, without skill spamming, makes for a very easy-to-read simplistic approach.
  14. Glorantha Games 2020: #WeAreAllUs! We did it in 2019, so on Saturday, April 25th, 2020, Darren Happens and Pookie will be hosting Glorantha Games 2020, a one-day roleplaying convention dedicated to the world of Glorantha. Games will include HeroQuest Glorantha, 13th Age Glorantha, and of course, RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, all set in the fantastical, myth-infused world created by Greg Stafford. Many of the games will be run by the RuneMasters, the team of Game masters who debuted at Continuum 2018. Held at the Geek Retreat cafe in Birmingham city centre, less than ten minutes’ walk from each of Birmingham’s three train stations, the event starts at 10 am and finishes at 8:00 pm and will include two four-hour gaming sessions, a charity raffle with some great prizes, and good company. Charity: Shelter (https://england.shelter.org.uk/) Venue: Geek Retreat gaming café (come play, order lunch and have it delivered to your table) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1131792383646493/ MeWe: https://mewe.com/group/5bfd1eabe03c6911de99f1c6 Online: Event Brite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glorantha-games-2020-tickets-74628996337) Just search for Glorantha Games 2020.
  15. It’s complete! Yes, Play from Ponape has completed its playthrough of The Broken Tower, the scenario from the quick-start for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. https://anchor.fm/play-from-ponape/episodes/PfP--RuneQuest-Roleplaying-in-Glorantha-1--The-Broken-Tower-part-1-e4eb0g
  16. I have made a stab at adjusting the attackers from 'Gringle's Pawnshop' in Apple Lane from RuneQuest II to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. This is in advance of my running the scenario for my Monday night group. Your feedback is more than welcome. Gringle_Pawnshop_Attackers.docx
  17. Retrospective: Cults of Prax—A 40th anniversary review of the classic RuneQuest supplement of gods and cults published by Chaosium, Inc. http://rlyehreviews.blogspot.com/2019/08/retrospective-cults-of-prax.html #reviewsfromrlyeh #rpgreview #rpgreviews #Fantasy #Chaosium #RQ #RuneQuest #Glorantha #ClassicRQ
  18. Having run The Broken Tower, I am planning to run a session dealing with its aftermath when the characters return to the tribe with the cattle. The characters are an Orlanthi Noble, an Ernalda Earth Priestess, an Eurmali Entertainer, a Humakti Warrior, and an Old Tarshite Herder. They returned with both cattle raiders captured, a good two thirds of the cattle surviving, and the Ernalda Priestess having sacrificed to the Stone Woman. I have specific NPCs interested in what some of the characters learned. So the chieftain’s wife will ask general questions and will primarily be interested in dealing with arranging ransom and repayment from the offending tribe. She will general questions and take advice, but will be primarily interested in what the Orlanthi Noble has to say. The Lankor Mhy priest will want to know more about the Broken Tower and want to get up there soon. He will ask everyone questions The Maran Gor priestess will demand to know more about the Stone Woman and want to go there immediately. She will have lots of questions for the Ernalda Earth Priestess. Which leaves the other three characters. I want to involve them, but am not sure how. Anyone have any suggestions?
  19. Hey there, A few months ago I heard on the KARTAS podcast that Ken Hite's own custom hellenistic 13th Age campaign featured only "in character" maps, i.e. either the players draw their own maps based on the GM's description of their travels (or what NPCs tell them), or, if they want to see some cool hand-outs, they need to go find some cartographer who has maps to sell (or steal). I thought that this is pretty cool -- it's kind of a shame to hold off on maps, because frankly everybody loves maps, especially Gloranthan maps which are often super cool, but on the other hand, this also makes maps even more special since players have to do some work before the GM lets them see any. So of course I figured "what if did that for my upcoming RQG campaign?". But first I have some questions: 1. Did anybody do that? (even if it's for other games) Any feedback? 2. What is, even, the general availability of maps in Glorantha? I assume that you probably find maps for sale at any good Lhankor Mhy temple, but where else? How expensive would they be? How common would they be? (for instance, there are probably maps in Boldhome's palace, but what about, say, Queen Leika's residence? Or Apple Lane's thane's house?) 3. How detailed would Gloranthan maps be? How far would they cover? For instance, would Queen Leika's maps feature landmarks in other tribes' territories? Would they have a lot of information on, say, Lunar Tarsh or Esrolia? Is Prax even accurately mapped out, or would it be mostly vague maps that convey the general knowledge that "it's a couple days' ride South from Pimper's Block to the Devil's Marsh"? Etc... Thanks!
  20. Anzugud

    Ralios

    Version 0.1

    53 downloads

    A fan based character creation guide for Ralios. Currently only includes Homelands. Version History 0.1 Homelands initial pass done.
  21. Version 1.1.0

    139 downloads

    Previous Versions 0.2b Updated to include better rune affiliations, cults, rune points, skills (including some corrections). Tried to get as much practical information on the front page while keeping the same general layout as before. 0.3b Updated to include combat skills, addition of shield to combat silhouette, adjusted passions to allow better usage, and some minor rearrangement. It should be pretty function at this point though you might need reading glasses. 0.70b This is probably about the best I can manage short of the final game. Added all known skills in list, adjusted font sizes and styles for readability (if over 45 you may still need glasses), updated layout, many minor tweaks. Two versions of this one with a splash of color and one solely in black and white. Final version until the release of the full game barring any glaring errors. 0.75b One more with some minor fixes discovered while using during play. Fixed track skill percent which was incorrect and too high. Changed Point to HP on listed weapons to avoid confusion based on new players feedback. Everything else is the same. 0.76b Fixed the glaring error of wrong hit location number for chest on the homunculus. 0.78b Added an approximation of the new RuneQuest logo and did some minor layout fixes Previous versions can be found here: https://basicroleplaying.org/files/file/581-runequest-roleplaying-in-glorantha-character-sheet/ Current 1.0 Updated to released version of RuneQuest. Contains three varieties, black & white, color, and textured. This version supersedes the previous ones above.
  22. I am thinking about taking RQ2 scenarios and updating NPC stats to RQG. If we cloud source it we can get some real traction. I know RQG is great but the old scenarios were awesome. As a group we can pick a starting scenario and then divvey up the NPC'S. Then we can all use them with our groups. Whats your thoughts. We could do it all in a forum thread.
  23. Version 1.1

    105 downloads

    These are my edited first two pages of Chaosium's human Character Sheet for RuneQuest: Glorantha (RQG). These two pages should be sufficient for players who prefer to write their own backgrounds/biographies. I kept the overall look of the original sheet while shuffling things around and adding some things I thought were missing: Removed weapon category skills (only kept "natural weapons"), moved equipment to the first page, moved Rune Affinities and Passions to 2nd page, added 8 rune affinities (Chaos, Plant, Law, etc.) added "Original" and "Current" characteristic lines, added armor type/ENC/SIZ per location lines and a move speed line, added blank lines (at least one) to most skill categories, including weapons and Sorcerous Magic, divided the long lines in equipment and spells sections, moved Mount/Ally section to 2nd page (from 3rd), and probably other minor things I forgot about.
  24. Version 1.0.0

    24 downloads

    These are my edited first two pages of Chaosium's elf Character Sheet for RuneQuest: Glorantha (RQG). These two pages should be sufficient for players who prefer to write their own backgrounds/biographies. I kept the overall look of the original sheet while shuffling things around and adding some things I thought were missing: Removed weapon category skills (only kept "natural weapons"), moved equipment to the first page, moved Rune Affinities and Passions to 2nd page, added 8 rune affinities (Chaos, Plant, Law, etc.) added "Original", "Current", and "Species Max" characteristic lines, added armor type/ENC/SIZ per location lines, added a move speed line, added blank lines (at least one) to most skill categories, including weapons and Sorcerous Magic, divided the long lines in equipment and spells sections, moved Mount/Ally section to 2nd page (from 3rd), added a "Race" line (replacing "Ransom", which was removed), added race-specific color and pretty pictures to the frame, and probably other minor things I forgot about.
  25. With just two days to go, there are still spaces left for Glorantha Games, the one-day gaming event in Birmingham dedicated to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, HeroQuest, and 13th Age Glorantha. Suitable for both dedicated Gloranthaphiles and those new to the world of Glorantha, we are running twenty games and a charity raffle with all monies going to Shelter. Now with added helmet (and some really great raffle prizes). https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gloranthan-games-2019-tickets-51814039186
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