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Sironomandidi: Hero Wars in the East Isles - Vol 4
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/24/2024 04:45:33

"Sironomandidi" is a sandbox setting for the Hero Wars in the East Isles campaign, detailing the large island of Sironomandidi, famous for its cave cities and rival factions of humans and Elder Races. Like "Griffin Mountain," the book introduces an exotic setting providing everything a game master needs to run an extended campaign here, with extensive rumour tables and encounter charts (for the Korolan Islands as well as Sironomandidi) and dozens of pages of more-or-less fleshed-out adventure ideas. Every NPC encounter has tips that could set up a session or more of play. The book is integrated with previous volumes in the series, cross-referencing each NPC’s previous appearances and statblocks. If you’ve followed the Hero Wars in the East Isles campaign so far, you won’t want to miss this latest instalment, which also serves as a great model for creating a character-led sandbox. It’s a remarkable achievement!



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Treasures of Glorantha: V2 — Relics of the Second Age
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/23/2024 00:33:10

A second collection of plunder for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. All of these treasures originated in the fabled Second Age, being creations of the sorcerous Middle Sea Empire, the draconic Empire of the Wyrms Friends, or stranger powers yet: a handful even come from distant Pamaltela. An opening chapter has rules allowing any adventurer to swear mighty vows and gain powerful boons, effectively creating their own gifts and geases or heroquest rewards. After that are thirty new magic items, each described using the classic Plunder format. These items originated all over Glorantha: an appendix gives the last known or probable current location of each Treasure.Every item is woven into Gloranthan myth and history: many are unique (e.g. Alakoring’s sword Dragonbreaker; Tolat’s Red Sword of Victory), some are more common (potions of Liquid Hate, brewed from distilled tears; Mythographic Wheels, running permutations of mythology as they spin), others can vary in power (did you merely inhale the breath of a True Dragon, or the greater Inner Breath of Arangorf?), and most bring as many potential complications as advantages to their users. Reading this collection provides many valuable insights into the wonders of the lost Second Age, the abuses of the God Learners and the perils of Draconic self-mutilation. The book is beautifully illustrated throughout, comparable to Chaosium’s own publications; one picture of the Machine God Zistor is a work in progress sketch, and I can’t wait to see it finished!



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I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the book. Thank you for the high praise!
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Vol. 2 — Old Pavis: The City that Time Forgot (RuneQuest)
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2023 12:28:59

This eagerly-awaited second volume in the reissued “Pavis & Big Rubble Companion” series moves into the Big Rubble big time: the first half of the book describes the people and places of Old Pavis (with adventurer creation, new cults and organisations, and oodles of local colour), while the second half concludes the epic adventure from Volume One (plus plenty more). Highlights are the map and gazetteer of the Real City and the fully-detailed New Flintnail Temple, with 13 pages on Dwarf Drinks!



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Nochet: Adventurer's Guide (RuneQuest)
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/20/2023 12:22:52

A superb companion and expansion to Harald Smith's comprehensive tome "Nochet, Queen of Cities," two-thirds of the material in this book is entirely new and covers adventurer creation, new cults and occupations, in-world narratives for both newcomers and residents introducing the city, and a fully-detailed example of an Enfranchised House and its clients and friends. The reprinted material is all player-facing: in particular, the "Getting Around" section (which summarises every district and its neighbourhoods in a characterful page or two, without detailing every building) opens the City up for players to explore, while preserving all the GM’s secrets.

New occupations include Laborer, Overseer, Sailor, Servant, and two specialist types of Warrior: Marine and Militia, plus Background and Recent Events tables.

Short-form cult writeups for Delaeo (Beauty and Good Fortune), Delaina (Music and Wisdom), Durev (the Everyman), Ernalda Talosa (Mother of Serpents), Imarja (the Creatrix), Irillo (the Good Defender), Kadone (the Grounder), Ketha (Land Goddess), Lyksos (River God), Auntie Nym (thieves’ spirit cult), Orana (Fertility, Pleasure and Marriage), Panaxles (the Builder), Serdrodosa (the Earth Witch), Sestarto (the Artist) and Vogarth (Strongman), plus two pages of cult special Rune magics.



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Islands of the Lost: Hero Wars in the East Isles - Vol 3
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/14/2023 10:29:24

A gazetteer and book of adventures for the “Hero Wars in the East Isles” campaign, detailing two more islands of the Korolan group (Tamoro and Luvata, both presented with settlement maps, prominent NPCs and parental advice in the traditional format) and two other, more remote islands (Bhat-Nupu and Cwat-Bajat, the titular Islands of the Lost). The longest scenario, “Pirates on the Horizon,” stands alone; the other three make up the “Islands of the Lost” sequence, in which adventurers search for the Korolan Queen’s daughter among the lost islands of the Bezarngay Boil. Encounters include cruel pirates, sea monsters, shipwrecks, and a lost temple. The book also contains brief rules for ships (modelled on RQ3), six short-form cult writeups, and an overview of the authors’ plans for future volumes, to help game masters plot the arc of their campaign.



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The Sanctum of Sarkath Han - A RuneQuest Adventure
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/07/2023 00:51:30

Inspired by Steve Perrin’s short Magic World scenario “The Vault of Sarkath Han,” this classic sword-and-sorcery sandbox adventure gives players an environment filled with denizens and challenges, from the Aldryami and other creatures of the Iron Forest to the demon-haunted sanctum of a long-dead sorcerer. It’s beautifully presented.



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Hydra!
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/30/2023 00:55:10

A beautifully-presented adventure, “Hydra!” sees a crack team of chosen Lunar warriors* executing a well-conceived and foolproof plan to deliver a vital strategic resource to the Lunar College of Magic. Venturing beyond the rosy glow of the Glowline, they will encounter chitinous allies and beastly foes, while experiencing all the tensions of the Tarsh Civil War.** Thoroughly detailed and bursting with character, the scenario is richly illustrated throughout by Dario Corallo and comes in two downloads: 65 pages of scenario plus 106 pages of RuneQuest statblocks and bestiary entries, including many deliciously deviant scorpionfolk variants. ($15.00 for 176 pages)

  • Who may include unwilling conscripts or disgraced veterans from disbanded regiments, and who were perhaps even selected by lot for the ‘special honour’ of participating in this mission... but that’s still a sort of “chosen,” right? The supplement “Hydra - Adventurers from the Lunar Provinces” will be invaluable for creating a diverse band of Provincial Army veterans.

** There is no Tarsh Civil War: loyal citizens are urged to denounce anyone spreading malicious Orindori Clan-inspired rumours to the Royalist faction immediately.



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Ships & Shores of Southern Genertela
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/06/2023 05:59:17

Martin Helsdon’s first book Armies & Enemies of Dragon Pass became the keystone of the Jonstown Compendium as one of its launch titles: no mere RuneQuest scenario or sourcebook, his magisterial tome packed with scholarship and artwork gave insights into countless aspects of military life in the imagined fantasy Bronze Age world of Glorantha. And now he’s only gone and done it again, except with out-of-this-world production values for the same low price. Ships & Shores contains everything you could possibly want to know about sword-and-sandal seafaring. Between its thematic chapters are a roster of nautical RuneQuest characters (with glorious full-page group illustrations by Mark Smylie) and seven chapters of the travelogue, A Periplus of Southern Genertela, which knock Biturian Varosh’s travels into a cocked hat. Katrin Dirim’s art is perfect, as always, from full-page mythological views of port cities to cheeky marginalia and the Dormal’s Saga sequence. An appendix includes RuneQuest statistics for ships, expanded seafaring rules based on those in Magic World (themselves a lift-and-drop from RQ3), and notes on sailors’ professional skills. This is a work-in-progress digital release; a few illustrations are still line-art sketches, and once these have been completed the final book will be loaded to all customers’ libraries and we can begin work on the inevitable print edition. (POD THEN.)



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Thank you for your comments. The Periplus was very much inspired by and a tribute to Steve Perrin's classic Travels of Biturian Varosh.
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Nochet: Queen of Cities (RuneQuest)
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/24/2023 02:13:11

A phenomenally detailed, beautifully presented sourcebook for adventures and campaigns set in the Queen of Cities. Nochet is a sprawling ancient metropolis, and this 280-page book brings it vividly to life. After an introduction and overview, the main body of the text (over 150 pages) describes ten major districts of the city, including what local residents and outsiders make of it, prominent personalities, local legends, an overview of the many neighbourhoods in each district, and specific details for practically every building shown on the city map. The book is lavishly illustrated with well-chosen public-domain artwork of ancient cities and temples, for the most part, and comes bundled with a set of high-resolution maps. The last sixty or so pages introduce several established Houses of Nochet that could serve in various roles for adventurers in the city, whether as patrons, kin, allies, rivals or villains; a roster of common city-folk, complete with personalities and catchphrases; a detailed system for generating random events by hour, day, week and season; more than 400 rumours; and a playable outline for the Lunar siege of Nochet, laden with adventure hooks and event tables. It is quite impossible to conceive of anybody running a game in Nochet without referring to this rich, lovingly-crafted and eminently play-centred resource



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The White Upon the Hills
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/01/2023 04:20:26

This is a very nicely-done adventure for RuneQuest: there's a myth, a monster, and a mystery. Plenty of opportunities for the adventurers to get stuck in, ranging from mundane clan rivalries to high Gloranthan weirdness, all bound together with the annual ritual of the Great Hunt. The story works in much the same vein as The Dragon of Thunder Hills and The Broken Tower, showcasing what makes Glorantha such a great setting for Bronze Age fantasy role-playing. Recommended.



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Edge of Empire (RuneQuest)
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/29/2022 02:40:01

Thirty years in the making, Harald Smith's campaign pack for the Kingdom of Imther is now available via the Jonstown Compendium community content programme. In the smallest of the Lunar Provinces (just next to Balazar, of Griffin Mountain fame), followers of Sun, Moon and Storm compete as their once-peaceful kingdom plunges into civil war. This extensive sourcebook contains everything you’d expect: adventurer creation (with localised clan and family history tables), new cults and spirits, prominent personalities, seasonal events, campaign themes, adventure seeds, a rumour table, myths and legends, encounter tables and of course an extensive guide to the local cheeses. The author has developed a deep lore for this bucolic land, whose mythology, history and customs richly adorn this highly-playable book. Strongly recommended!



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The Indagos Bull
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/06/2022 12:12:23

A one-shot scenario set in Pavis County, Prax: when Farmer Jyles’ prize bull goes missing just before the Earth Season County Fair, the adventurers must investigate. The scenario is presented in a loose sandbox style with several suggested resolutions, some of them hilarious. It's a classic Bronze Age tale of rustic folk and the cattle they love, beautifully localised and spliced with high Gloranthan weirdness. Recommended.



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Eyes' Rise
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/04/2022 03:46:48

It's Seven Samurai, south of the Borderlands. Jamie Revell's deceptively-simple sandbox is packed with character, and delivers the complex history of its Gloranthan setting largely through NPCs' back-stories. After the Lunar Empire's ignominious ejection from Prax, some of the settlers it forcibly relocated to the frontier find themselves threatened by resurgent nomad raids. Could they be desperate enough to recruit adventurers to defend their riverside village? The diverse NPCs' backgrounds include adventure hooks as well as plenty of meat for militia training montages, negotiations with hostile nomads, or long nights reminiscing about distant homelands. Five Eyes Village is described in enough detail to become an attractive future stronghold for the right party, while an appendix gives cultural background and character creation guidelines for the River Folk of the Zola Fel Valley. A lovely add-on for any Pavis, Prax or Borderlands campaign: it'd be simplicity itself to rope in the Sandheart Militia, or have an overnight stop to recover after that "Black Spear" encounter.



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The Lottery
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/08/2022 08:40:09

"The Lottery" is a folk-horror story set on the fringes of the Lunar Empire that pits a party of foreign travellers against a sinister demon-worshipping cult. The inciting incident is wonderfully Bronze Age, echoing the tribute Athens sent to Knossos. Key NPCs are described in detail, and there are several suggested resolutions. The scenario is lavishly illustrated throughout with Dario Corallo's characterful clip-art, and includes a party of six pregenerated adventurers.



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Kanthor's Islands - Glorantha Area Maps
Publisher: Chaosium
by Nick B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/03/2022 04:51:41

Cartographer Mikael Mansen is creating really beautiful maps of Gloranthan regions in Photoshop. They hit a sweet spot between the "just the facts" precision of Colin Driver's Argan Argar Atlas (whose details they replicate) and Matt Ryan's Dragon Pass (as seen in the RQ Starter Set), and the beauty of the more artistic maps created by Darya Makarava, Olivier Sanfilippo and William Church. They look very much like satellite photographs of the Lozenge, if the Mostali would ever share such artifacts, or (more pleasingly to this reviewer) like the view from the surface of the Red Moon. The premium price is IMO justified by the effort that goes into creating these, and Mikael responds quickly to feedback, correcting typos and even expanding on previous map collections as his coverage grows. Highly recommended, if the AAA leaves you wanting more. Visit www.mikaelsmaps.com for samples and commission details.



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