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).
GenCon 50 starts today. If you are there, run, don’t walk over to the Chaosium booth and pick up a copy of the RuneQuest Preview edition, which is the main rule book without art.
While I won’t be there since I’ll be chilling out at D101 HQ on the other side of the pond, I’ve been very privileged to receive a copy for review purposes from Chaosium ( like I did for HQ Glorantha) which I shall do shortly once I wade through all 400 pages!
The short version
- It’s RQ2 on steroids! Like Jeff Richard has been promising in his design blog posts, it’s based on RQ2 which extras, like Sorcery, built on top and integrated.
- The main rule book is comparable to the Pathfinder Core Book, ie. its got all the rules for the players/gm. But no GMs advice, deep setting info and Monsters, those are going to be separate books that follow on from the core.
- Glorantha is baked in at every step and like the HeroQuest Glorantha book, it gives enough to robustly play in the setting.
- It’s extremely clear and well written, despite being a beast of a book. Even in its no-art form.
- Damnit I want to play this!
The long version…coming soon once I digest the beast 🙂
Cover by Jon Hodgson
After a couple of years of inactivity, D101 Games presents not one but three Gloranthan Fan titles.
Hearts in Gloranthan vol1 Collected. This is 280 pages of the first five issues of Hearts in Glorantha (HiG), a fanzine dedicated to Greg Stafford’s mythic fantasy world of Glorantha, that were published between 2008-2012. The original articles, which cover setting information, creature write ups, adventures, homelands ,fiction, and rules guidance for both HeroQuest and RuneQuest, has been tidied up and 22 pages of new material about the Balkoth Tribe of Sartar has been added exclusively to this collection. Features articles on the Lunars, Chaos, Oceans and Seas, Sartar, Dragonewts, Dwarves & Ducks??!?!
Gloranthan Adventures 2 Red Sun Rising. A complete mini-campaign set in the Lunar Dara Happan city of Serris, a tough independent city which lies in the shadow of the Red Moon. Although written for HeroQuest it has converstion guidelines for RuneQuest.
OpenQuest Adventures. This book is an eighty page collection of scenarios and articles designed to show how OpenQuest can be used for different flavours of fantasy gaming. Within its pages you’ll be able to visit Ancient Rome, enjoy a short dungeon crawl, experience the horrors of a small hell and even the joys of the original D100 adventure setting Glorantha!
Also Gloranthan Adventures 1: New Beginnings is now available in print via DriveThruRpg.com for the first time.
Go grab them at these following outlets
A long navel gazing post over at my Old School blog about my journey through various editions of RuneQuest.
Loz and Pete were kind enough to give me a pdf of their new RQ 6 core rule book. Here’s my first impressions over at Sorcerer under Mountain
…and its coming home 🙂
Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash, authors of MRQ2, are going to be writing it (as the Design Mechanism) and Moon Design is going to be publishing it.
Glorantha for RQ6 is on the cards, but not until the core game and some generic supplements are put out, so we are looking at 2013 or so the bits that are coming out of the horse’s mouth on their forums.
Pop over to the The Design Mechanism’s site for more details.