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.
Hit Points 15
Armour: Chain Hauberk (5pts), Leather Sleeves + Greaves.
|Morning Star Flail
- 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.
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!
Hearts in Glorantha issue 7 is coming along very quickly indeed. After the painful stop-start-falsestart-stop-start of HiG#6, a small team of proofreaders and artists are helping me pull together what will be the magazine’s 10th Birthday issue (more on that later) that fingers crossed will see it in print by Continuum (a convention in Leicester July 20-23).
I’ll post content list and some preview art later on, but for now, I will leave you with Stewart Stansfield’s cover.
HiG#7 cover by Stewart Stansfield
When I started Hearts in Glorantha ten years ago*, we had Zin Letters ( as small but excellently produced fanzine by the Finish Kalikos Society) and the online One Rule (which was a lot more fanish and had more rapid production values). Gradually over the years, they both dropped away and now ten years on* HiG is all on its ownsome, which isn’t half as much fun
With the release of the new RuneQuest, 13th Age Glorantha and continued support of HeroQuest Glorantha, there’s a golden opportunity for fan publishers to blossom. So there now follows an exaltation for anyone considering it!
Read the Fan Licensing section on the Chaosium website. Work out what works for you in both a time and money sense. It doesn’t have to be a printed magazine, with even semipro layout standards. You can start by doing a website with pdfs. Which is what I effectively did, the pdf downloads of my scenarios I ran at conventions, plus the articles I published on the old Ring of HeroQuest Narrators/MoLaD website were the predecessors of HiG and Gloranthan Adventures. If you want to go down the printed route check out the tutorials and help at both Lulu.com and Drivethrurpg.com. Have a chat with MOB (firstname.lastname@example.org) who is in charge of licensing and was highly supportive of me when I restarted HiG after its five-year hiatus as was Jeff Richard during the early years (before he just became so gawdarn busy).
Just DO IT!!! 🙂
*HiG is ten this July! Come say happy birthday at Continuum if you are there!
In short: various RQ fans explain why they are excited about the new edition of RQ (pdf of main rules out Thursday via chaosium.com).
On page 13 it really kicks off though as line editor Jason Durall outlines the plan for releases.
I had to suppress a rather loud squee at this point 🙂
I’ve got a copy of the full pdf, for review purposes, and in short, if you wanted a RQ that is up to the quality of the current D&D 5th edition, and then some (plus ITS RQ!!) you’ll be more than happy 🙂
Pdf is out on 1st June via Chaosium.com (did I mention that?)
OK, its time for your humble Sorcerer to get well giddy again.
NEW EDITION OF RUNEQUEST TIME!
Sign up for exclusive early access to downloadable RQG content (art, wallpapers, the RQG character sheet) over the coming weeks as we get ready for the launch of RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha: http://eepurl.com/dtqE9T