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The reviews are coming in over at DTRPG. As the last poster says, "LOL some people"

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The pig in question:

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Moderator Hat: This thread is for reviews of RQG. Please start a new thread to further discuss the merits of RQ Fantasy Earth.

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4 hours ago, MOB said:

The reviews are coming in over at DTRPG. As the last poster says, "LOL some people"

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The pig in question:

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There isn't a big enough palm for my face after reading that... maybe tell him that the pig is only sleeping (as I like to tell kids and anyone listening when I see roadkill).

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Nice comprehensive review, thanks!

It seems that no review mentionned that RQ:G is the perfect introduction to the Glorantha Sourcebook.
Outside the same layout and fonts, we understand now GSb choices and why some "basic" information was considered missing for complete newbies.
Hats off Jeff!

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1 hour ago, soltakss said:

Here is my review.  Very short summary: I liked it and may well use most of it as my default RuneQuest, but with Revolution skills.

The 'gaining shamanic abilities' makes more sense if you read Sandy Peterson's Shaman doc from ages back, from which this system was entirely lifted.  (I know, because I'd stolen it earlier to use in my game).  https://web.archive.org/web/20091018044347/http://www.snark.freeserve.co.uk:80/docs/ (you may have to try a few times, it's DEEP in the wayback archives, I timed out twice before it came up).  In that version not all taboos are equal, they only provide SOME reset based on how substantive they are.  So if your next point-buy is 2 characteristic points, you could drop it to 1 with a rather trivial taboo (don't eat bison meat - because who actually plays out what KIND of meat they're eating?).  But if your next point-buy was 4, that trivial taboo would only drop it to 3.  You'd need something major like 'never use a missile weapon' or somesuch meaningful to drop it from 4 to 1.  Make sense?

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Juegos y Dados (Spanish) says, "Appearing almost 40 years ago for the first time, RuneQuest returns with the vitality of always".

And Bell of Lost Souls says, "if you’re looking for a fantasy game that gives you a taste of something different, then check out RuneQuest. Or if you’re looking for more of Glorantha, I’m morally obligated to mention King of Dragon Pass–a hero’s journey-esque exploration of the world that cast you as the ruler of a people in the valley of Dargon’s Pass–every time I mention RuneQuest. Happy Adventuring!"

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"A game steeped in both real-world and fictional history, where wild myths meld with a realistic approach to rules… Ultimately, RuneQuest succeeds in carving out a powerful niche in the crowded world of fantasy roleplaying, building something that is truly unique."—Tabletop Gaming Magazine

https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/reviews/runequest-roleplaying-in-glorantha-rpg-review

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2 hours ago, MOB said:

"A game steeped in both real-world and fictional history, where wild myths meld with a realistic approach to rules… Ultimately, RuneQuest succeeds in carving out a powerful niche in the crowded world of fantasy roleplaying, building something that is truly unique."—Tabletop Gaming Magazine

https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/reviews/runequest-roleplaying-in-glorantha-rpg-review

That's got to be one of the best leading-paragraphs I've read in a long time:

In a market stuffed to the gills with fantasy RPGs, RuneQuest offers something a little different from the heroic norm – something a little deadlier, rooted in a time of bronze and barbarians, where historic realism mixes with raw, primitive magic that hangs in the air like early morning mist.

...and a great closing too:

 The world of Glorantha won’t be for everybody, but those who give it a chance may find its blend of earthy realism and heady mysticism utterly intoxicating. 

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RPGNet says:

"Greg Stafford's supreme creation brought fully up to date with the presentation it deserves and tremendous added depth. A fitting memorial.

STYLE - 5/5: Chaosium is producing some of the best-looking books in gaming right now, and RuneQuest Glorantha is not only probably the best of the best, but also both a superb representation of its setting and a fitting tribute to it.

SUBSTANCE - 5/5: Can it go higher than 5?"

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On 9/18/2018 at 5:04 PM, styopa said:

That's got to be one of the best leading-paragraphs I've read in a long time:

In a market stuffed to the gills with fantasy RPGs, RuneQuest offers something a little different from the heroic norm – something a little deadlier, rooted in a time of bronze and barbarians, where historic realism mixes with raw, primitive magic that hangs in the air like early morning mist.

...and a great closing too:

 The world of Glorantha won’t be for everybody, but those who give it a chance may find its blend of earthy realism and heady mysticism utterly intoxicating. 

The reviewer stopped by at the Alexandra Palace show in London last month and played in the RQG demo session I ran.
Seemed like a nice guy and it was a really fun game.

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"The RuneQuest flavour that made every version of the game from its inception so refreshingly different is fully on view. The Introduction warns: "every creature is an individual. Even a trollkin or a rubble runner might get a lucky critical hit against a far more skilled and better equipped foe." No mookish cannon fodder for murder hobos here, but that's always been the RuneQuest way, and more power to it. Your inner 12-year-old is not going to get an outing at Chaosium's expense." —from the glowing review of the RQG Bestiary on RPG.Net

STYLE: 5. The revitalized Chaosium has been putting out some dazzling books, and this one is no exception - especially with the vivid and loving renditions of the various beasties and beings.

SUBSTANCE: 5. Not just a compendium of creatures, but an indispensable companion, steeped in Gloranthan lore and thoroughly inspirational.
 
 
Review of Glorantha Bestiary - RPGnet RPG Game Index

 

https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/17/17808.phtml

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A great new review of the new RQ!

White Box and Beyond says of the new RQG: "…this is a very impressive book. The art, binding and writing is all first rate. I would say it is the most attractive book I own. Looks are great, but the real value goes deeper than appearances. The content of RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is up to the standards set by its appearance."

http://whiteboxandbeyond.blogspot.com/2018/10/jeff-richards-runequest.html

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"...one of the best examples of using mechanics in a tabletop RPG to create and reinforce setting and tone... just let the game carry you along into the high-magic, mythology-focused, Bronze Age fantasy game you never knew you wanted to play."

In part 2 of their series looking at roleplaying in Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha, The Play To See What Happens blog says the new RUNEQUEST is "a beautiful product and the beginning of a very promising re-birth or reinvigoration of a tabletop RPG classic."

http://playtoseewhathappens.blogspot.com/2019/02/gaming-in-glorantha-part-2-runequest.html

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Good on Chaosium for structuring its pricing in a way that is fair to both creators and consumers.

It's good to see Chaosium being recognised for this in a review. Please don't change your PDF/print pricing policy. It is greatly appreciated.

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"Review Summary: Guess which setting and system will win every award imaginable by the end of 2019."—Antonios S. review, RPGNet

"RUNEQUEST: ROLEPLAYING IN GLORANTHA is a work of art." says RPGNet. "It is a gorgeous book and an engrossing game in one, the future of the RuneQuest system superimposed on the most detailed RPG setting of them all. The design dynamically delivers the impossible, turning crunch and fluff into one. Its capability to create stories even before the characters are presented to one another, and its crunchiness when the going gets tough and hard decisions are required, have already earned it a place in the pantheon of gaming. Veterans will feel right at home, while new fans will wonder how come a game like this didn't exist up to now. Everything the new Chaosium touches turns to gold. Buy and play, immediately!"

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As long-time fans of RuneQuest and the newly Glorantha-curious receive their RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Slipcase Sets in the mail some have shared the excitement of opening their package in unboxing videos. We've gathered together just a sample of them:

https://www.chaosium.com/blogunnatural-selections-21-unboxings-of-the-new-rq-slipcase

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RPGNet really likes the GM Screen Pack:

"Congratulations: you have reached the pinnacle of what a gamemaster pack should include, screen included… If you play Call of Cthulhu and you are already using the Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen Pack, you know what kind of screen supplements Chaosium is capable of producing. Now take that concept to eleven."
—Antonios S. review, RPGNet.
https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/18/18055.phtml

And "For those complaining that there were no creatures or monsters in the main rulebook, behold: 208 pages of PC and NPC goodness":

"The RUNEQUEST GLORANTHA BESTIARY is not just a monstrous compendium, but a well-written tome about the things that live and breathe in Genertela. It does not restrict itself to the monsters-as-NPCs concept and provides something that few books of this type do: a vibe, a feeling about how the world of Glorantha functions."—Antonios S. review, RPGNet.
https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/18/18052.phtml
 

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1 hour ago, Runeblogger said:

I would like to add a review of the Glorantha Bestiary, done from the POV of a veteran RQ3 player (me):

https://elruneblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/review-of-runequest-glorantha-bestiary.html   ;)

I didn't include Teshnan elephants for the same reason I didn't include Fronelan woolly rhinos. They are outside the main focus of the book.

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3 hours ago, Jeff said:

I didn't include Teshnan elephants for the same reason I didn't include Fronelan woolly rhinos. They are outside the main focus of the book.

I understand that it is far better to have a bestiary now, than a really exhaustive bestiary in 2 years.
Will the rest of the creatures be included in a "Bestiary 2" or in their respective regional supplements? For example, woolly rhinos in a future Fronela book?

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"Cheaper than its constituent parts, easier to assimilate, faster to run... this is the best-researched setting that fantasy roleplaying has ever seen, topped by a robust system that meshes integrally with the fluff."—Antonios S. review of the RQ Slipcase Set, RPGnet.

https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/18/18064.phtml

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1 hour ago, MOB said:

"Cheaper than its constituent parts, easier to assimilate, faster to run... this is the best-researched setting that fantasy roleplaying has ever seen, topped by a robust system that meshes integrally with the fluff."—Antonios S. review of the RQ Slipcase Set, RPGnet.

https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/18/18064.phtml

This line from the review most emphatically describes my experience: "If anything, exploring RuneQuest Glorantha should be a pleasure in itself."

Oh, yes. I -love- what RQG has brought to my table.

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