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3 hours ago, Nick Brooke said:

As a special "Thank You!" to all our devoted subjects, every Illuminated buyer will find a couple of dozen extra pages - "directors' cut bonus features" - added to their Library on DriveThruRPG.

Nice addition! Enjoying the background notes, and the Art Showcases are really great to see.

One minor correction for p.13: "Yara Aranis, the Third Inspiration of Moonson, Goddess of the Reaching Moon" - she should be listed as the Second Inspiration.

 

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Now available from the Chaosium’s Jonstown Compendium webstore: the revised and expanded Rough Guide to Glamour. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309765/A-Rough-Guide-to-Glamour?affiliate_id=

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It's been a while since I dropped in here: feels like a good moment to give you all an update. A Rough Guide to Glamour is quite literally 99.115 percent done. We are just waiting for one beautif

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 The thirtieth ️ rating for our book A Rough Guide to Glamour is rather special: it came with a review by the celebrated RPG historian Shannon Appelcline, author of Designers & Dragons:
 
 
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This could have been just another roleplaying sourcebook. At the hands of Gidlow, Brooke, Hagen, and others it still would have been brilliant. But instead of taking that staid, traditional route, the group did something entirely different and better.
 
A Rough Guide to Glamour is a hodge-podge of materials about the capitol of the Lunar Empire that, like the best material on Glorantha, tells its stories through both the intersections and the absences in a series of overlapping materials. (At one point, I thought this could have a been a 21st issue of the long-gone and much lamented Tales of the Reaching Moon magazine, a Lunar Special, but it's actually something much more than that.)
 
The major article is a rather extensive Gazetteer of Glamour, but rather than being the sort of thing you'd find in LE1: The City of Glamour, it instead reads more like a tourist guide — and it turns out to be a pretty wonderful way to view a roleplaying city, because it's full of plot seeds and ideas that you could turn into real gameable moments if your players somehow make it all the way out to Glamour.
 
The other most gameable part of the book is a pair of cults. The Red Emperor is one of the most extensive cults in all of RuneQuestdom, while Glamour is a fine example of a mischievous, rebellious city god. These materials could easily be used for any RQ game.
 
The rest of the book is made up of the rather joyfully overlapping stories that give all of this depth. There's some fiction that provides some rather interesting insights into the Lunar Empire and the Red Emperor. There's a bit of song that's more of an ode to the Queen than the Emperor but is still hysterically funny. There's also information on history, peoples, governance, and the nearby regions that's everything you wanted to know about the Lunar Empire but were afraid to ask.
 
Overall, a wonderful bit of Glorantha lore, highlighting the Lunar Empire as seen by its biggest fans in the '90s.
 
Oh, and it's wonderfully produced with beautiful art and great design. Get the POD, it's a great looking hardcover."

 

 
 
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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Out now in Print and PDF: A Rough Guide to Glamour (& en français bientôt)

Vivien Prigent writes: ”Oui, Moonson est assez délicat à traduire. Ce n'est pas un titre mais un nom propre donc Fils de la Lune ou autre était exclu. LuneFils est abominable. Du coup nous avons opté pour un décalque du nom propre d'un autre souverain historique nommé d'après la majesté de sa mère: Henri II Plantagenet dit FitzEmpress. Les noms en Fitz dénotent une naissance hors mariage, ce qui correspond à l'Empereur Rouge qui est le "fils parthénogénétique" de la Lune.”

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3 minutes ago, Nick Brooke said:

Vivien Prigent writes: ”Oui, Moonson est assez délicat à traduire. Ce n'est pas un titre mais un nom propre donc Fils de la Lune ou autre était exclu. LuneFils est abominable. Du coup nous avons opté pour un décalque du nom propre d'un autre souverain historique nommé d'après la majesté de sa mère: Henri II Plantagenet dit FitzEmpress. Les noms en Fitz dénotent une naissance hors mariage, ce qui correspond à l'Empereur Rouge qui est le "fils parthénogénétique" de la Lune.”

Merci beaucoup. C'est magnifique.

I suppose the English double-meaning there is in the same spirit as explaining Moonson's role as the masculine aspect of Sedenya by calling him "an enormous prick".

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Out now in Print and PDF: A Rough Guide to Glamour (maintenant en français aussi)

Disponible dès à présent dans le Jonstown Compendium: le Guide pratique de Glamour, edition français. 12.50€ pour 135 pages en PDF (+ 7 de cartes).

Le Guide pratique de Glamour est votre indispensable compagnon de voyage pour toute visite de la capitale du plus grand empire que le monde de Glorantha ait jamais connu !

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Just had a class about the medieval islamic world and the picture the teacher used to show 8th century Baghdad reminded me instantly the Glamour depicted in this book. Wondrous cities both, and cheers to the artists that made the representations. Culturally there are resemblances too, as both are very exclussive cities, home to the emperor and his palace and top religious sites for their respective religions. Baghdad no loger looks like this at all, nor has that religious importance, in case you were wondering. 

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