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Updated again, with Austin's latest Rune Master of the Month: Grungnak Fearless, a brutal Death Lord of Zorak Zoran.

But wait! There's more! The premium colour sale is over, the premium colour price hike has happened, and new standard colour editions of many print-on-demand titles are now available. Full details are in the Index: please note that the prices of premium colour books may be adjusted further by creators: that price hike was crudely implemented by robots, and it may be that us humans have a better idea of how things should end up.

Standard colour printing is flatter and fuzzier than the crisp, deep, rich premium colours we’re used to, as you’d expect from a cheaper format, but the books are perfectly serviceable if you don’t mind the loss of print quality. The photograph below shows a side-by-side comparison of the print quality (standard colour on the left, premium on the right). You'll see that the red of the Red Moon isn't as deep, the colours look somewhat flatter (check out the differences in how the detailed pattern on Glamour's veil and dress show up), but in my opinion the quality overall is fine for a 'cheaply printed' version.

If you just bought our books in June’s 25% off premium print sale, please note that these new editions cost more (about 10% less than the old premium prices) and are more cheaply printed than the ones you acquired: congratulations, you got yourself a real bargain, there!

It is more expensive for creators to offer multiple print formats: there is no guarantee that any future titles will be available in both standard and premium colour print.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 4 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021
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Updated again, with the Beer With Teeth collective's return to the Colymar tribal capital: Cups of Clearwine, detailing a small corner of the middle city, considerably more up-market than the Dregs, and fleshing out the everyday lives of the residents of Sandy Corner (or “Elisanda’s Grove,” as older and more aspirational locals still call it). Every household comes with a big box of plot-hooks, profiles inc. RQG stat-blocks for the more interesting residents, and insights into what makes these people tick and how they all get along (or not). A wonderfully-imagined community for your adventurers to visit, complete with price lists, bronze age crafting tips, and gorgeous illustrations. 63 pages in PDF format for $10.00.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 5 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021

Updated again, with Holiday Dorastor: Spider Woods by Simon Phipp & Leon Kirshtein, detailing the inhabitants of Spider Woods in Dorastor: spiderlings, arachnaurs, giant spiders and worse. There are rules for creating spiderkin adventurers, tasty cuisine, and a campaign arc for adventurers who want to learn to live with the denizens. As with the first Holiday Dorastor title, this is an ideal companion to Secrets of Dorastor or RQ3’s Dorastor: Land of Doom. There are detailed suggestions for integrating this book's five scenarios with the adventure seeds from Dorastor: Land of Doom; three of them include heroquests.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 7 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021

Updated again, with a two-page Davide Quatrini minimalist scenario outline, Underwater Quest. No random encounter table and no statblocks: 50 cents gets you a flooded dungeon map (from Dyson Logos), plus a hook to get you there and some suggested inhabitants. The author notes that you'll need the RQ Classic Gateway Bestiary to get the most out of this, as it uses monsters you won't find anywhere else.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 10 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021
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Updated again, with Alakoring's Legacy: like its predecessor Heort's Legacy, this gives variant HeroQuestWorldWars clan creation questionnaires, this time for northern Orlanthi (Tarsh and Aggar) and Tusk Rider characters.

There's also a Japanese translation of Davide Quatrini's Trinkets from Dragon Pass by Kazuki Nakamura: ドラゴン・パスの小物・装身具 

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2 hours ago, AndreJarosch said:

It seems that Davide Quatrini has read your comments: 
His latest two publications are just $ 0.50 instead of the $ 1.00 he charged for his prevous works. 

Still over-priced, in my opinion. But it's not expensive to find out for yourself.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 17 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021

Updated again, with Davide Quatrini's The Avengers of Earth Temple. Two pages of minimalist scenario notes for $0.50 (no stats, no random encounter table); you'll need the Call of Cthulhu supplement Ye Booke of Monstres II for the monster stats.

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21 hours ago, Nick Brooke said:

Updated again, with Davide Quatrini's The Avengers of Earth Temple. Two pages of minimalist scenario notes for $0.50 (no stats, no random encounter table); you'll need the Call of Cthulhu supplement Ye Booke of Monstres II for the monster stats.

This is the first one of Davide's supplements that I didn't like.

The cover is a nightmare, it doesn't fit on the page properly and the boxed looks as though it has been plonked on the page. Another 30 seconds of fiddling in Word would have fixed that.

And he uses Call of Cthulhu monsters in Glorantha. To me, that is just wrong. I have strong feeling on Call of Cthulhu, although it would be a cracking pulp or detective game, the Mythos just leaves me cold and I detest Call of Cthulhu monsters in Glorantha.

So, not a fan of this one, by any means. 

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 24 July: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021
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Updated again, with Joel Kumpulainen @Jokum's Night in the Meadow and other spirit encounters: three short pastoral encounters that each kick off while herders watch their flocks by night. They do a good job of introducing non-combat skills and Gloranthan weirdness, and can be resolved imaginatively. While they're written for new players, it would be straightforward to involve non-herder adventurers (e.g. as the first people the NPC herders turn to for help), and to ramp up the challenge posed by each encounter.

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  • Nick Brooke changed the title to Updated 1 August: Jonstown Compendium Index - 2021

Updated again, with Austin Conrad's Petty Spirits 2: a return to the original Monster of the Month format, $2.00 gets you three quirky new bestiary entries, taking up seven pages in all: the Bookwyrms, Children of Daga and Child's Fortune.

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