Hearts in Glorantha Attic Sale

I’ve got printed copies of Hearts in Glorantha 1-5 left over from the last time I was at Continuum, which I’m selling at a discount to clear some space.

£5/6 euro/$8 per issue, free postage in the UK and EU, add £6/$10 for postage worldwide.

Want all 5 issues?  £20/25 euro or $40 +p&p.

Limited numbers so once they’ve gone they are gone.

To order paypal me at mrnewt@gmail.com, stating which issues you are after and giving me the address you want me to send it to.

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Glorantha @the Tavern

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.

Check it out

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HeroQuest Glorantha Preview

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

Continue reading

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Hearts in Glorantha One Day 50% Off Sale

To celebrate me getting the Guide of Glorantha and my birthday, all D101 Games’ Gloranthan titles are 50% off in Pdf for the next 24 hours (that is from 12pm Sunday 26th today to 12pm Monday 27th tomorrow GMT).

That means you fill can out gaps in your collection or if you’ve not come across our Gloranthan offerings before pick them up at a bargain price :)

Also I’ve added a new  Hearts in Glorantha Bundle which includes issues 1-5, so you can get issue 1 free and issues 2-5 with 50% off (until the sale ends)


;O) Newt

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Gloranthan Adventures #2 Red Sun Rising now complete!

This one has been along time in the coming, it was started back when the Unspoken Word was still going as a prospective submission, but today I finished off Gloranthan Adventures #2 Red Sun Rising :)

Taking advantage of the draft copy of HeroQuest: Glorantha that I got as part of the The Guide To Glorantha Kickstarter, its bang up to date with that rules set, and as far as possible (since HQ:G has Lunar Magic and the Seven Mothers detailed) all you’ll need is that book to play RSR out of the box (although having the Guide will deepen your knowledge and enjoyment).

Here’s part of the the introduction to the book

Welcome to intrigue and skulduggery in the Lunar Heartlands!

Welcome to a tale of the city of Serris played out in four stories. Three of the stories take place in the city itself and the fourth takes place at the very edge of Empire, in distant and dusty Pavis!

This story has a Light and Dark side. Such is the way when Illuminates are involved.

The Light side that shines so obviously in the day is the everyday struggle between the three Associations of Serris for political power.  There are marriages to heal old wounds, sacred sandcastle building competitions, the funeral of a dead heir and the dispute over a placement of the tomb of a Hero King. All these are battle grounds of an ongoing war between the Noble families of Serris for control of the city.

The Dark side of the tale is more subtle and takes place in parallel. It tells of the conflict between the character’s Dara Happan upbringing and their adult Lunar religion. This conflict is brought into focus by the crisis of the heir of the Five Trees of Bounty, Yanis, becoming a Lunar initiate. Now for such a high-ranking Dara Happan Noble of a staunchly traditional Association this is unthinkable. The Five Trees of Bounty, has bowed to the reality of the political necessity by allowing some lower ranking nobles (of which the Heroes are some) become Lunars, but the Patriarch would rather ritually sacrifice his son to Yelm himself, than see him initiated into the cult of the Red Moon. But this is exactly what happens, and it sows the seeds of a crisis. It is part of a great Lunar plot to put Yanis on the Serrisan throne as the Red Sun, a magical ruler who would ultimately take full control of the city in the name of the Red Goddess.  A plot that quickly comes unhinged in ways that even Lord Tarsic the character’s patron and master tactician of House Cadzez could not believe.

Each adventure takes place a year or more apart, and Narrators can expand the narrative by adding smaller events in between the main set piece Episodes that either continue unresolved situations from the Episodes or reflect the politics and infighting between the three associations.

Eta: Hopefully before XMAS, since the intenal art is done (courtesy of Xavier Llobet and Peter Town).

Here’s the wonderful cover that Jon Hodgson has did for it :)


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13th Age for Glorantha

Well the mad crazy fools have finally done it. Effectively a version of D&D,  13th Age which has huge leanings towards storytelling, for Glorantha is coming.  So you can finally stop being Johny No Mates and run Glorantha for your D&D/Pathfinder chums.  The design team are Rob Heinsoo (4th Ed D&D), Jonnathan Tweet (3rd Ed D&D), both of whom are long time Gloranthaphiles with previous publishing credits back in the Chaosium days, and Jeff Richard (Creative Director of Moon Designs Publications).

If this has you going “Shut up and let me give someone my money” here’s the link to go back it:

It goes without saying that I’ve backed it, and I’ll give more commentary once I’ve settled down and had a lie down in a darkened room :)

Here’s the KS video, if you need more of a hard sell.

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Waiting …but not twiddling thumbs

So as a European backer of the Guide I’m waiting on a transatlantic boat to dock in Germany, while fellow Gloranthafans in the US and even oft forgot New Zealand and Australia excitedly post pictures of their copies.  ITS NOT FAIR I TELL YOU :D

At least I have the pdf copies to hug while I wait :)

Another thing that has been delayed is the HeroQuest Glorantha rule-set, but fortunately as a high end backer i have an artless draft (review of which is soon).

There is a silver lining to all this is that because I have the pdfs I’m using it as an opportunity to tidy up Red Sun Rising (the much delayed Gloranthan Adventures #2) so it is in line with the Guide and the new HeroQuest Glorantha. So if you are Glorantha curious or an old hand whose only played in Dragon Pass you’ll be up and going playing Sword and Sandal adventures in the Lunar Heartlands in no time at all :)

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Me and RuneQuest

A long navel gazing post over at my Old School blog about my journey through various editions of RuneQuest.


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Well my copy of the Guide is on the way …

… Or flying over the Atlantic or being man handled by a full fulfilment clerk. Mine is not the place to know such things, after waiting this long I’m not stressing any further.

HOWEVER i do have final pdf copies of both volumes of the Guide and the Argan Argar Atlas (can you see the gentle pun they’ve pulled there) which is a collection of all the full size maps in a single book.

Fingers xed the physical books arrive before my holiday in Pendragon country (The Cotswolds) :)

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HeroQuest 2 Gloranthan Edition to be released by GenCon

Over at glorantha.com Jeff Richard Creative Director of Moon Designs has just announced HeroQuest Glorantha

This is an updated and revised edition of the HeroQuest 2nd Edition rules that is designed to be the core rules book for play with Glorantha. It contains an introduction to Glorantha and the primary setting areas (Esrolia, Prax, Sartar, and Tarsh); how to create characters from those cultures; rules for Rune magic, spirit magic, sorcery, and Lunar magic; seven cult write-ups; community rules; heroquesting rules and examples; Gloranthan monsters; and an introductory adventure and suggestions on gaming in Glorantha. Plus lots and lots more.

He goes on to point out that the book is 40% bigger than the HQ 2nd rulebook.

More here

From a personal perspective this might just get me back up and going with HeroQuest as a system for Glorantha. After ten years of its quirks and vagaries I was beginning to drift off in the direction of FATE or even a Apocalypse World/Dungeon World hack.  I find the HQ book as it stands tries too hard to be a generic system, and while the bits that emerge from the HQ Glorantha (such as the character gen rules in Sartar & Pavis) make the system more coherent for Gloranthan gaming, it comes at the cost of having to refer to an additional  telephone directory sized supplement when they are needed. Having these bits included in a focused rule book is as good thing IMHO :)

UPDATE: Jeff has very kindly provided me with a draft copy (printing off as I type this) so expect a preview in the near future :)

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