Ok….even though we are many days past Resurrection Day now, here’s the Good News about Hearts in Glorantha.
First off I’ve collected the first 5 issues into a Hearts in Glorantha Vol 1, issues 1-5 Collected. Coming in at 280 pages its a behemoth of a book that I’ve spent the good part of a year putting together. In addition to the old material cleaned up , and organised by subject (so all the Lunar stuff we published is in one block for example), there’s also 22 pages of new material about The Balkoth Tribe – a complete playable Sartarite Tribal Confederation by the esteemed Dr Moose. Here’s the cover by Jon Hodgson.
The overall aim of the collected edition is to gather up the significant chunk of fan output from the 2000s-mid 2010s in one place and make it easily available to people who’ve just found it, without them having to pay stupid collector’s prices in the future. The reason why it’s called Volume 1 is…..
…Hearts in Glorantha is coming back! Its been on hiatus the last couple of years while I’ve been doing other D101 Games projects as well as catching up with all the changes that The Guide to Glorantha brings to the table, but with the imminent publication of HeroQuest Glorantha, and 13th Age Glorantha and RuneQuest Adventures in Glorantha, I feel the time is right. After HiG Vol 1 Collected is out I’ll publish new submission guidelines for Vol 2 and talk about the new format of the ‘zine in more detail.
Also appearing in time for UK Games Expo in May is OpenQuest Adventures, a quick collection of 4 adventures including Tomb of the Empty Emperor that appeared in HiG#3 but isn’t going to in HiG Collected and an article by Simon Bray who regularly uses OQ to run his Gloranthan Games entiled “Gloranthan Runes for OpenQuest”, which covers how to use run Gloranthan Magic using OpenQuest.
Welcome to the Hearts in Glorantha Death & Resurrection Show!
Today according to established ritual is Death’s day, and suddenly without any prior warning all issues of Hearts in Glorantha 1-5 are unavailable in any form whatso ever be it from my usual POD outlets or directly from me.
But fear not….for Sunday is Resurrection Day and I shall reveal news that will gladden your hearts
I’d like a landscape, which is hilly and rainy,possibly very rainy,lots of little farmsteads (think long houses).In the foreground there is a Warrior flying out of the thunder and rain looking a bit worse for wear(Sartarite magic allows them to fly, since they worship Orlanth King of the Storms).
His bright bronze weapons and armour identify him as a Thane (noble). The armour he is wear has the air and movement runes (see http://www.glorantha.com/library/eurmal/intro-runes.html) either as tattoos or prominent jewelry on his person which identifies him as a worshiper of Orlanth.
He is fleeing the Lunar soldiers who have just defeated his warband (who may be on the page in the distance as hazy red figures waving swords and setting a farmstead)
What the Sartarites look like: One part Urnfield, one part Mycanean, one part Hittite, with a dash of Viking thrown in!
For the record its one of my favourite covers that Jon has done for me. I like the fact that it looks like an ordinary bloke who’s royally pissed off channeling the power of his god about to wreck havoc on the bastards who burnt his home
Just so you know Lawrence Whitaker is retiring the old MRQ1/MRQ2 material that is available over in pdf form for mere $1s this coming weekend (17/18th Jan) , last chance to pick up some Gloranthan goodness (I’d recommend Dara Happa Stirs, Pavis Rises and Glorantha 2nd Age) before it goes for good.
Just to let people know, we’ll be retiring the RQ Archives, which is where all the old $1 PDFs are available, this coming weekend (17/18th Jan). We’re looking at streamlining the RQ trademark which is currently split over MRQ, MRQ2 and RQ6. Although we could, in theory, keep these titles on DTRPG forever, this is part of a wider brand evaluation for both RQ and Glorantha.
So if you want to get these PDFs from the RQ Archives, do so now because they won’t be around for much longer.
I’ll be running this at 7 Hills in Sheffield 18-19th April.
Name of the game: The City of Ironsmash
Game Slot: 4 (Sunday Morning)
Number of Players: 6
The long lived Trolls of the Queendom of Halikiv have deep memories.
They remember the Gbjai Wars of the Dawn Age. How the men of light came out of the east over the mountains. How they conspired with Dwarfs and build a Forge-City on the Queendom’s borders, spawning iron armed and armoured warriors. If the Night Queen herself had not sent her son Arkat Kingtroll to lead the Black Legions against the city, how the Queendom would have been exterminated. Instead it was the Trolls who did the extermination and how the city is named after their deeds there. Happy memories of victory in the City of Ironsmash.
Now the storm scum are back in dark Halkiv and a small band of Black Legionaries travel to the city of Blackrock to ask for reinforcements from the Great Hag of the city. For they fear the forges of Ironsmash have been seized and once again good Troll hunting lands are threatened.
This is a big straightforward war story of Troll Warriors getting their Darkness on to trash Human barbarians. It requires no knowledge of the system or Glorantha. All will be gently introduced in an entertaining way over the course of the adventure. A Mega Gloranthan Fun game, so no basket weaving, sheep herding or anthropological discussions, only big fun adventure !
Tags: Glorantha , Trolls, Steel, Mega Gloranthan Fun!
If you can’t make it to the con, don’t worry this will be the main scenario in Gloranthan Adventures #3 out later this year
If you can make it to the con, there’s still places yet.
Worth noting the Glorantha Forum over at the Tavern, which I’ve added to the links section in the sidebar. In comparison to the official forums/G+ community its a lot more laid back and focused on the detail of the setting.
I’m declaring it the Unofficial Forum of Hearts in Glorantha, mainly because I hang out there and occasionally start up a thread or two.
This is a preview of the HeroQuest Glorantha Gen Con 2014 Draft. Its a 192 page artless document with a basic two column layout out iin pdf format. I got my copy because I was a high level backer of the Guide of Glorantha and while the draft is complete its currently in layout with a release date later this year.
Overall it is not a complete revision of the HeroQuest 2 system, but more a tweaking in line with how Jeff Richard and a close circle of Gloranthaphiles play it (playtesting seems to have been very closed, restricted to people who regularly play HQ). The adoption of the “As you go” method for character gen as standard (with some tweaks) is a good example of this. So if you are looking for a radical rewrite of HQ2 this isn’t it. Its not going to stop detractors being critical of it. but its a good attempt at streamlining it , like Mythic Russia, which should make it a happier remix for a lot of folk. Its also nice that Jeff has sorted out his Gloranthan Magic rules and stuck them in once place
Its 40% bigger than HeroQuest 2 and most of the ‘new’ content comes from is all the Gloranthan material. If you want enough background material so you can go play out of the box, this book actually does it. The rules light nature of the HeroQuest rules allows them to cram in lots of Gloranthan goodness and make this a bloody good go at an introductory Gloranthan RPG. Whether or not its a successful one depends on how newcomers take it to their bosom.
Ok looking at it in more detail chapter by chapter