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The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass


The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period.

Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict. 

Focused on Dragon Pass and the surrounding regions (Peloria, Pent, Prax and Maniria), this volume presents details of the warriors, soldiers and mercenaries of the opening periods of the Hero Wars, their arms and armor, their cultures, histories and organization, the terrain they traveled, the battlefields on which they fought, their fortifications, their magic, and their gods.

Army Lists provide details of the regiments and other entities that fought in this epic conflict, supplemented by numerous illustrations of the participants.

Warning: adult themes - some aspects of Bronze Age warfare may be distressing.

By Martin Helsdon with invaluable assistance from Jeff Richard.

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Martin H January 02, 2020 8:31 pm UTC
The latest version corrects some errors and typos, and should have a bonus two new pages at the back about Lunar recruitment.
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Gyles H December 08, 2019 10:31 pm UTC
Just left a review. The only flaws to this work are minor ones concerning the layout really, and nothing that would make me drop it from the five-star review I gave it as they are only niggles from the point of view of someone who has a little professional experience in DTP.

Off the top of my head, the title text needs to be higher on the page as it crowds the figures on either side of it; the text boxes appear crowded as there is not sufficient padding (so the text is too close to the edge); some of the colours used for textboxes are a little harsh - like the bright red - and should be toned down a little and made more earthy and coordinate with each other better rather than stick out as separate choices of colour; the illustrations have what look like visible edges or drawn-in margins to separate them from the text - this, unfortunately, makes it look like they were stuck to a printed page containing text and then scanned in, which they obviously were not. There's no reason to have any such seperation....See more
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Martin H December 09, 2019 9:25 am UTC
Thank you for your comments.

The book was 'laid out' in Word, and sadly several of the things you mention are artifacts of that - especially the 'borders' around the sketches, which I can't see on the screen or on the black and white printing - there's nothing I can do about them. The fuzzy edges aren't in the pictures ported in, but seem to be caused by allowing text to impinge upon the image. I may alter some of the text box colors, probably the red. The layout of the front cover was a 'design' decision and is my fault, but I wanted it to be reasonably 'tight'.

Afraid I don't have any other way of laying out a document than using the facilities in Word.
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Evan F December 06, 2019 3:23 pm UTC
This is an amazing piece of work with depth of scholarship and imagination! I say much more in my review, but, in the end I just want to say thank you Martin Helsdon!
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Martin H December 06, 2019 8:14 pm UTC
You are welcome.
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Evan F December 07, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Thank you for your reply to my review. Your work is amazing.

I certainly meant no implicit or explicit criticism in my comments on the limits of the book. I greatly appreciate that much of what is know about the West of Genertela is covered or easily imagined from the base of information you already offer in the book. It is amazingly helpful (especially to me as I am working on a long term project, likely never for real publication, just myself, on Fronela).

I agree that fully including the West would also beg the question of the East, and while Dragon Pass and its neighbors have received the vast bulk of development in Genertela writings in the past 40+ years, then followed by the amount written about the West, the East has definitely received the least.

You now, however, are the premier military scientist and historian for Glorantha. Congratulations!

I'll prsume to speak for all your fans by saying, we now hope you will devote more of your life to making...See more
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Martin H December 07, 2019 7:45 pm UTC
Hi Evan,

Yes, I had to impose boundaries, and accept that in an ideal world the book (in several volumes) might cover the West (and East). No criticism was taken, and thank you for your review.

Am currently assessing the material I have on the West, and suspect that a sixty page book might be created (but then, this book was intended to be Osprey-sized, at one point), with perhaps a year's work, so we will see. One obvious problem is that Ralios, of itself is so complex that it would be impossible to do justice to, and the Orlanthi of Jonatela are significantly distinct from the other Orlanthi.

The East is another matter...
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Evan F December 08, 2019 9:00 pm UTC
I wish you continued success! Take. My. Money.
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Torbjörn A December 05, 2019 12:30 am UTC
Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass brings back memories from reading the WRG books in the 80ies, but this is pure Gloranthan Gold. It's not a book for the beginner but any Gloranthaholic should find good use for it.
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Christopher A December 04, 2019 1:30 am UTC
Do the army lists and characters have stats or is it more of a background book?
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Martin H December 04, 2019 7:31 pm UTC
It is systemless - the Army List entries include stats not dissimilar to those in the original 'White Bear and Red Moon'/'Dragon Pass' board game. My understanding is that the RQ GM book/campaign book will include examples of stats for soldiers etc. I did not wish to preempt that.

The book provides the arms and armor and style of fighting for each unit, so creating stats would be be difficult. It is basically a background book.
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Martin H December 04, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Sorry - should be 'would not be difficult'.
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Dale J December 03, 2019 10:01 pm UTC
Will this be available as a POD in hardcover please? Great job, and nice to meet you at Dragonmeet!
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Martin H December 04, 2019 7:28 pm UTC
MOB and DriveThruRPG are currently assessing the POD option.

Thank you.
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Jamie W December 05, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
The printed version I saw at Dragonmeet looked awesome, hope they okay it soon.
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Martin H December 05, 2019 8:37 pm UTC
I have no experience with DriveThruRPG POD so cannot say if it will be similar.
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Robert G December 03, 2019 5:58 pm UTC
How many pages got the book?
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Martin H December 03, 2019 8:29 pm UTC
380 pages, plus the front and back cover.
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