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.
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 🙂
Without much fan-fare Jamie “Trotsky” Revell’s Kingdom of the Flamesword, his companion book to the Book of Glorious Joy, about the Western Kingdom of Seshnela has been published as a no-art 214 page pdf.
Here’s what Jamie has to say about it:
Some of you may recall that, in addition to the Book of Glorious Joy, I was also commissioned by Issaries to write a similar book on Seshnela and the Rokari. That fell through, as ideas of what Seshnela should be changed. In the none-to-distant future, Issaries/Moon Design will be publishing the Guide to Glorantha which will include the new, canonical view of Seshnela, and we both agree that it’s important for any release of my material not to clash with that.
There was a hope that it might be published in some dead-tree format, but that’s all stalled, and I’ve had no reply to e-mails. So, since I do have permission from Issaries to post the material free-of-charge to my website (so long as certain legal disclaimers are included), and in the interests of not clashing with the release of official publications, that’s what I’ve done.
If you liked the Book of Glorious Joy, and wondered what I made of Seshnela, you can find my thoughts here. As always, the non-canonical nature of the work must be stressed, and no challenges to copyrights or trademarks are intended – this is just fan material, nothing more and nothing less. It will certainly be contradicted in official works, and, if that matters to you, this won’t be of much use. It’s also worth noting that at least some of it still written for HQ1, which was the current edition at the time, and may put some people off.
But otherwise – well, hopefully it will be useful to someone.
Just realise Continuum is zooming inwards very quickly, just over three months, in terms of getting epic Games of HeroQuest and new issues of Hearts of Glorantha/Gloranthan Adventures out.
Time to get my skates on…………expect more previews imminently!
Jamie “Trotsky” Revell’s long awaited supplement about the Gloranthan West, The Book of Glorious Joy is now available to buy
176 page book written by Jamie Revell, cover by Jon Hodgson, internal art by Peter Town, available in pdf ($15) , softcover ($30) and hardcover($40) from DriveThrurpg.com
This Book gives an overview of the Gloranthan West before detailing the heroic Kingdom of Loskalm. Where adventurous souls seek the Joy of the Heart and rise from the rank of Peasant to the lofty heights of Wizard-Knight!
176 of playable material, including character generation, history, mythology, religions, cultural and magical information, for a setting that is very different from the standard published Gloranthan settings.
Comprising of two parts, made up of the following chapters.
Book 1. Heroes of Malkion
Introduction – Overview of the West
Keeping the Faith – Mythology, history and occupational keywords.
The Divine Word – An Overview of Western Magic.
Book 2. Wizard Knights
Overview of the Kingdom of Loskalm – It’s history, culture and major personalities.
The Idealist Church of Loskalm. A full write up of Loskalm’s religions.
Gazetterof Loskalm – A full guide to Loskalm and its provinces.
Commonly encountered Non Player Characters.
The Parish of Haut Ussle -an example community.
Heroes: Lord Meriatan
Position: Lord Marshall of the Army of the Swallow
Magic: Idealist Church; Noble Adept of Saint Carpattia, unique heroquesting powers
Perhaps the greatest Loskalmi hero of his generation, Lord Meriatan was born the son of a knight in the city of Salona. From an early age, he showed a keen intelligence and an instinctive grasp of Loskalmi honor and chivalry. There was never any doubt that he would achieve great things, given the opportunity, and today, some even describe him as ‘Siglat reborn’. He became a wizard-knight at the age of twenty-two, an almost unheard of feat, and championed the cause of his kingdom as a knight errant, as well as serving in the Order of the Griffin.
Meriatan has always possessed an unshakable faith in the virtue and inherent superiority of the Loskalmi way of life. He has pursued this through the military, and, while he cares deeply for the common people he protects, he has little time for those who argue for peace or who extol Loskalm’s non-martial virtues above those that he himself typifies. Artwork, romance, and academic learning are all important, he argues, but they mean nothing without a strong army to protect them and to overthrow their enemies in foreign lands. He believes firmly that the armies of Loskalm are the greatest in the world, and that the Idealist creed is capable of creating the perfect man, supreme in all forms of endeavor. The road to ultimate domination of all Fronela will not be easy, and will require great strategists as well as armies of brave knights, but it is a road that Loskalm must follow, and one that, in the long run, it will be victorious in. For Meriatan, no other option is possible.
Five years ago, while campaigning as a knight errant in central Fronela, Meriatan saw first hand the atrocities of the Kingdom of War. He grasped immediately that they were his nation’s nemesis; the embodiment of all that Loskalm was not, save only for their great military prowess. He came to see the defeat of the Kingdom of War as not only a moral imperative, but as the great proving-ground from which Loskalm could launch its conquest of all Fronela. By defeating the forces of death and horror that the Warlords represent, Loskalm would prove itself worthy of rule, and demonstrate to all the superiority and inherent rightness of their ideals.
It became clear to him that the only way to achieve these goals was to leave behind errantry, and seek military command. He rose rapidly through the ranks, and, as Colonel of the Washland regiment, petitioned the King for permission to forge a special army to combat the Kingdom of War. After the fall of Perfe in 1619, he received his wish, and founded the Army of the Swallow. In the months since, the new army has grown hugely in size, and Meriatan has shown tremendous skill in marshalling its resources, and turning it into an efficient fighting machine. He has built fortifications along the Junoran border, using magic to raise them in a matter of months, as well as offering help to the Junorans themselves against their encroaching foe. He has gathered great heroes around him, becoming one of the most powerful and influential people in the Kingdom almost overnight.
And now, he is eager for the battle.
I post this as an appetiser for the upcoming Book of Glorious Joy, Meriatan is one of the excellent Heroes of Loskalm that are detailed in the book, which is currently in the layout wars – with numerous layers of polish being applied on the advice of the Grand Magus Ben Monroe (long time ally of Chaosium and now firm friend of D101) who is checking the final layout.
Soon my friends, soon 😉
Currently in the very last phases of layout.
Next week it will go out for final checking by my hand picked nit-pickers and then to print proof. When I’ve got the print proof, I’ll open up a special pre-order. Full details when I make it, but it will be the Book + PDF, with the option of picking up a very limited edition T-shirt with the following design by BoGJ artist Peter Town.
Swords for Malkion by Peter Town
Again I’ll post a proper preview of the book when pre-ordering opens, but here is the map of Loskalm
I anticipate the book will go on general release via DriveThruRpg (both Pdf & POD print) first couple of weeks of May.