I’m having a bit of a Gloranthan Renaissance writing RuneQuest 2 adventures for publication in the next Issue of Hearts in Glorantha.
Today I’ve cooked up a small treasure hunt under a mysterious hill…known locally as DUCK HILL!
Crontas The Duck by John Ossoway
The Legend of Duck Hill
Once upon a time, back in the God Time, the first tribe of Ducks arrived in Dragon Pass. It was a stormy time, and the Ducks were driven to the high ground by Orlanth and his brother gods. It is said that in those days, not knowing how to build hill forts, the Ducks took refuge in the trees. Chief Two Feathers, found a particularly steep hill with an unusually tall tree. What was interesting about this hill was that it had a cave entrance on its side. “Perhaps I can lead my people underground and find safety there?” he asked his advisors. “Bugger that” hissed the wise and wonderful Sage Brightfeathers. “Who’s to say some cheeky Troll isn’t in wait there already” he continued. But Chief Two Feathers was having none of it “Well sod you and yer tacky stick-on beard. I’m going to take my bodyguard down that hole and give it good checking out” he responded. So he got his warriors, the faithful five, and because he didn’t trust the rest of the tribe as far as he could throw them, he took the tribal treasure down the cave as well. He was never heard of again. So Sage Bright feathers became Chief Brightfeathers the Smug, who negotiated a treaty with the Storm Tribe and settled his people around the rivers and lakes of Dragon Pass.
The point of my tale? Well see that yonder hill, that’s the Hill in my story. Nobody’s ever found the first tribe’s treasure that Chief Two Feather’s took down there. Worth a look eh? Remember my cut for telling you is 25% of whatever you find.”
As told by Crontas the Duck, adventurer, warrior and blaggard.
Behold to the right is the cheerful scamp himself…Crontas The Duck Adventurer (creation of Guy Milner, author of Burn after Running, from one of his 13th Age Glorantha games at Furnace gone by), art by longtime d101 collaborator John Ossoway (Savage North for OpenQuest and Cthulhu Rising for Call of Cthulhu).
Duckmeister Stewart Stansfield has brought his immeasurable artistic talents to bear for the cover of Hearts in Glorantha Issue 6.
HiG#6 cover by Stewart Stansfield
Work on the magazine itself continues, with it being content complete and going forward into proofing and art commissioning.
I plan to have it out OCT/NOV 2016.
Well after a spell on the back burner, the fires of inspiration have shot forth and Hearts in Glorantha issue 6 is now content complete!
- Lightbringers Quest a different take on a familiar tale by Matt Ryan, which allows players and narrators new to HeroQuest and Glorantha dive right in and see what is special about the rules and setting.
- God Forgot, by Barry Blatt gives his take on this Zzaburi State within the Holy Country..
- Light and Death is a Lunar Adventure set in Dara Happa by Neil Smith.
- The Awakening is an adventure by Scott Crowder set within exactly 500 Years after the Dragon Kill in Dragon Pass, where the heroes face being trapped in the Dream of a Dragon.
- Why the Story is the Best, Mythological fiction by Dr Moose
- The Land of Flowers a mini-Kralora setting by myself, filled with Kick ass Kung Fu heroes and weird sinister adversaries.
Oh and Stewart Stansfield is back with his Ducks….
Mildred the Vingan Duck by Stewart Stansfield
More soon about release dates and previews of the content 🙂
Quick update on where I’m up to with D101’s Gloranthan efforts at the beginning of 2016.
Gloranthan Adventures #3 Defenders of the Dark slipped, in the face of all the work I had to do around Crypts & Things (which is now a huge and mysterious thing). Good news is the text is ready to proof by a dedicated proofer and the art is commissioned.
Hearts in Glorantha #6 (aka Vol 2 issue 1) didn’t take off as I planned. It seems that I’m back at the stage where I was with issue 1, where I have to build up a bull pen of regular writers. This means I’ve moved my adventure Dead Man’s Scrolls from GA#3 (which makes sense since it makes that book an all UZ book) into HiG#6. Fortunately HiG regulars Stewart Standsfield is back with a series of Caladraland articles while Jane Williams is working on an adventure.
I’m still looking for submissions for Hearts in Glorantha #6 so if you are interested please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gloranthan Adventures #4 is already on the cards. This is going to be a mega-adventure set in the land of Karia, an area in the East Wilds haunted by the legacy of Nysalor and Arkat. I plan to have this in a playable form by 7 Hills in April and be able to offer it at UK Games Expo and Continuum later in the year.
I had feared that the Gloranthan flame had gone out here at D101, due to huge work pressures of our other game lines, but after a bit of refocusing we’re back up and running. No idea when these books will be out (C&T dominates our release schedule because its a Kickstarter in fullfillment) but I hope to have something out by UK Games Expo, were we will be on a stall behind our friends at Chaosium 🙂
If you are interested in helping out with HiG or GA, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Hello all Glorantha Fans!
The time has come to open the doors to the Hero Plane and invite strong Fan Authors and Artists, and other esteemed Contributors (such as proof readers), to come to the Sacred Place that is Hearts in Glorantha.
Oracles have been consulted and it is time to put the wheels in motion, summon up the spirits, call upon the essences and Heroform the Gods to create a new issue of Hearts in Glorantha.
If our efforts are mighty enough will be the beginning of a new Volume of this fearsome fanzine.
1. Go read the submissions guidelines
2. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A small pre-annoucement, but I’m getting the gang back together to do a new issue (s) of Hearts in Glorantha.
If you are interested in writing or illustrating get in touch via email@example.com.
More details to follow.