We’ve gone a bit batty in HiG#7

Joining the ever-dependable Peter Town and Peter Frain (who did the marvellous Tonk The Chaos Duck, see the post earlier in the week) on art for HiG#7, is Daniel Barker who old-time Glorantha fans will remember from his work in Tales of the Reaching Moon. More recently Dan was part of the two man team, along with Peter Frain, who did the outstanding work on Monkey the Roleplaying Game.

I’ve long been a fan of Dan’s work and I feel honoured that he helped out by providing some unused pieces from his archives. One piece was quite timely, an illustration of the Red Goddess riding the Crimson Bat (which I provide a detail from below, you’ll have to buy HiG#7 to see the full illustration 😉 ), which goes along quite nicely with Lev Lafayette’s and Erica Hoehn’s  story, How A Rubble Runner Destroyed the Crimson Bat at The Battle of Iceland.

A detail from Dan Barker’s Red Goddess riding the Crimson Bat.

Our 10th Anniversary Issue, featuring 48 pages of Myths, Articles, and Scenarios (13th Age Glorantha and for RuneQuest 2) in softcover A4 format, is now available to pre-order.

Tonk the Chaos Duck

All said and done there are five ducks mentioned/illustrated/given stats for in the upcoming Hearts in Glorantha issue 7. This is one of them, Tonk the Chaos Duck who appears in the RuneQuest Classic adventure The Temple of the Golden Gorp.

Tonk The Chaos Duck, by Peter Frain

Tonk the Duck, Champion of Chaos

He is typical of his species but has a bright spikey Green hair (which glows in the dark). He carries a small shield with skull embossed with skull, wears a chainmail hauberk, with leather greaves and vambraces and is armed with a morningstar.

STR CON DEX  SIZ  INT  POW   CHA
10 15 14 6 10 18 5

Move 5

Hit Points 15

Armour: Chain Hauberk (5pts), Leather Sleeves + Greaves.

Roll D20 Hit Location Armour Points Hit Points
01-04 Right Leg 2 5
05-08 Left Leg 2 5
09-11 Abdomen 5 5
12 Chest 5 6
13-15 Right Arm 2 4
16-18 Left Arm 2 4
19-20 Head 0 5

 

Weapon SR Attack Damage Parry Points
Morning Star Flail 7 50% 1d10+1 50% 12
Small shield 50% 8

Chaos Features

  • Can reflect spells up to 4 Power back at the caster
  • Tonk regenerates 1d6 hit points per melee round in hit points until dead.
  • Explodes after he dies, doing 3d6 damage to within three metres – armour helps against this damage.
  • He Befuddles 1 opponent per turn in addition to other attacks.
  • POW+1d6.

Rollers of the Dice that determined the chaos features: Kevin Dale, Chris Hart, Jonny Gray, Andrew Jones, Iskallor via G+

Skills: Swimming 90%.

Languages: Hisses and spits!

Suddenly HiG #6 is a happening thing!

Hearts in Glorantha is speeeeeeeeeeeding along!

After a long period stuck in production hell, issue 6 of Hearts in Glorantha is suddenly whizzing along.

Peter Town (who did the art for Book of Glorious Joy and numerous bits for previous issues of HiG) has just turned in the last batch of art, and Steve Hammatt has been helping me with proofing/editorial. I reckon we are at least two-thirds of the way there. Also Ian Cooper (HQ line editor, author of numerous Gloranthan works, both official and Fan) has a five-page interview in the bag, which covers his full career.

Today I’ll spend some time with it and see what I need to get it finished, but I reckon a release by the end of this month is not unreasonable 🙂

In the meantime here’s some of Peter’s art from Matt Ryan’s excellent HeroQuest scenario The Lightbringer’s Quest.

Before the HeroQuest, by Peter Town

After the HeroQuest by Peter Town

The story behind the New Beginnings cover

ga1-newbeginingsA few folk on Facebook recently speculated about the story behind the cover of Gloranthan Adventures # 1 New Beginnings.

Here’s the art direction I gave to Jon Hodgson.

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 🙂

Holy Gloranthan Zombie Cow!

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Krova The Zombie Cow by Greggor Hutton

A Chaos Undead Cow thingeee by Greggor Hutton (indie games designer & author of 3:16 & Best Friends) inspired by a Gloranthan game he played in.