Roleplaying and GM notes mostly in Gloranthan context
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RQ Encounter Generator (for RQ6) (the creation of skoll at thedesignmechanism forum) has grown lately to have quite a bit of new features and content. Content is crowd sourced.
Need new feature that does not exist – there is a discussion thread at the Design Mechanism forum to discuss new features.
RQ Encounters in a recent version
Main new features:
You can create and save a party of enemies encountered together. For example “Dragonewts on a Warpath: 2d3 dragonewt scouts, 4 dragonewt beaked warriors – skilled, 1 dragonewt beaked warrior elite, 5 demibirds”. Party can have notes as well.
PDF export of the generated results
Filter the enemies by “All/Glorantha/Monster Island/General fantasy”.
Generate button to all the template pages.
Improvements in printing
Able to generate spirits
Able to generate Shamans (Monster Island, Thed and Mallia)
Able to generate Thanatari with priest and acolyte templates
Able to generate Black Fang assassins
broos – try the chaos feature early access with Broo – Raw Desert Raider or with any of the Broo shamans
Content has also grown quite a bit. Currently there are over 350 enemy templates including 60 group templates for available and you can easily create more from scratch or from existing ones. There are now parties and enemies both for Glorantha, Monster Island and Generic Fantasy. Most of them fit for Glorantha but can be used also outside.
Many parties can be generated
Quiet Night at Gimpy’s
Bar at a port city
Raiding parties for all major tribes in Prax
Lunar parties for cities and outside cities
broos, lots of broos and their Shamans (Thed, Mallia)
create your own
Many Monster Island parties and enemies added
Primitive islander hunting and war parties
Primitive islander village scenes day and night
Serpent People parties – in the jungle and in the air
The tool is under constant development – random encounters for a region is on the backlog – might come in later.
RQ Encounter Generator (for RQ6) (the creation of +Erkki Lepre) has grown lately to have quite a bit of new features and content. Content is crowd sourced. So for the hard working GM’s there is now an easy way to generate many types of enemies.
You need a herd of allosaurs – click, select number press generate and unleash doom. The characters finished them off – need a bigger reserve herd – click a number and generate again. Other beasts got attracted to the noise – perhaps a tyrannosaur – click a number and generate again.Endless supply of Lunar more what you need – pick from the list – generate again. In units nicely formed of up to 40 individuals – they will march to restore peace and order in the name of the Moon again.
Town guards noticed your character’s getaway from the second story job – click a number and generate.
Serpent People to fill your jungle with silent death – select from the list.
A number of templates have already been created for Gloranthan, Monster Island, General Fantasy settings by the users of the system.
Runequest 6 by Design Mechanism and Guide to Glorantha by a kickstarter campaign have woken up quite a bit of activity for Glorantha.
RQ6 is excellent ruleset for the game masters and the most fun edition of RQ so far. It has two excellent scenario books already out – Book of Quests and Monster Island both of which can be set on any universe. Monster Island especially is a magnificent tome for the GMs.
RQ6 is still missing the Glorantha parts that are coming in Adventures in Glorantha later. For those that can’t wait there are at least two fan efforts to bide you thru
Rick Meints and the crew at Moon Design Publishing are having a Kickstarter for Guide to Glorantha. The goal is to increase the print quality of the book. If enough is pledged we will get additional detailed info also on the remote corners of Glorantha like Pamaltela. It is a worthy cause to support. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/224590870/the-guide-to-glorantha
iPad can be a useful tool for GM. One of my favorite programs there is Soundboard.
Soundboard is basically a DJ tool for mixing sound sources. This can be good for evoking a bit of atmosphere to your game. Create a playlist in iTunes for appropriate music depending on the stories or encounters you have. In Soundboard create one or more soundboards for the music. Import the playlist as a whole to individual soundboard – you can have 32 songs per soundboard visible. Name the soundboard so you can easily find it.
Purchase or create some sound effects for example. There are quite a few commercial ones available from iTunes or Paizo website. Create new soundboards for the effects for example – drumming, ghostly sounds, combat etc.
During the game select from soundboard good background music for your particular situation, for example something from Lord of The Rings, Ennio Morricone, Epic Score or Midnight Syndicate. When you need sound effects just flip to the soundboard that contains the proper effects and click on each one you like to play for example growling and combat sounds. The advantages of Soundboard are that you do not need to search and click on iTunes playlists and that you can play effects, even multiple effects on top of each other and background music.
If you need more volume than iPad speakers supply, you can connect the iPad either to a stereo system wireless or to external speakers via bluetooth. Usually the iPad speakers are enough.
This blog is occasional notes about roleplaying and gamemastering. The notes mostly concern gaming in Greg Staffords’ fantasy world of Glorantha.
We kickstarted our Glorantha campaign for its belated 30 year anniversary. We did a detour for awhile running Glorantha with Herowars rules but players never really got enthusiastic about that system. After an interlude of running Call of Chthulhu I purchased the Mongoose Publishing’s RQ II rules and we returned to Pavis last December.
MRQ2 is a clean, enjoyable set of rules . Combat system with Combat actions and maneuvers is a lot more colorful than it used to be with old RQ rules.
There probably has never been a better time to get Gloranthan background material than now as DriveThruRPG has a large selection of them as PDFs at discount.
Moon Design Publishing is going to come out with Pavis supplement end of January and Design Mechanism is promising their RQ 6 ruleset both to be compatible with MRQ2 and available soon…