Post by spacemonkeydm on Jul 24, 2010 16:59:40 GMT -6
I just wanted to say I stumbled across runequest 3, first read really solid game. Still have yet to solve how many spells initiates get but only had it for a few hours. In the book on Gloranthan really peaked my interest.
So back to the books I go, Also I was surprised by the lack of forums and stuff online for this game. Did it just sort of went poof?
My understanding is that the rights to the game (RuneQuest) went to one company, and the rights to the setting (Glorantha) sent to another company, and neither one is the original publisher (Chaosium). Hence a lack of rallying-point, I guess.
Also, the rarity of the old Chaosium products makes collecting D&D of any edition seem like child’s play. (But that could be because I have been collecting D&D so long that I know the ins and outs.)
Last Edit: Jul 24, 2010 17:09:53 GMT -6 by Falconer
Post by James Maliszewski on Jul 25, 2010 11:17:29 GMT -6
As Falconer points out, the history of RQ is rather convoluted after its heyday in the 80s. Right now, there's a version of the game being produced by Mongoose Publishing, but it uses a new Gloranthan setting, the Second Age. Another game, also set in Glorantha, and dealing with the Hero Wars but called (confusingly) HeroQuest, is available from Moon Design under license from Greg Stafford's company Issaries.
Neither of the current RQ-descendants are, in my opinion, adequate substitutes for the original game, although the Mongoose RQ is solid enough if you don't have access to the original materials. However, I'm not very keen on the Second Age setting, which lacks many of the distinctive Gloranthan elements I so strongly associate with the game (like the Lunar Empire), but that's more a matter of taste.
Post by spacemonkeydm on Jul 25, 2010 13:11:34 GMT -6
yeah that is something i heard allot about the mongoose version. I read a little of the hero quest rules today and was like ya not for me. I read the history, yeah sort of long and crazy. Like I said it is a great game, I would to love to run. Me and my small group of merry players thou are deep into dnd and i think this might be a little too confusing.
I would concur with what Falconer and jamesm have to say above.
Monggose RQ is very well supported both in terms of number of players and presence on the Mongoose website. The older versions of RQ are very poorly represented on the web, mainly by rather old websites - although some of these are very good it has to be said.
RQ3 never really took off. I think there are several reasons for this but I won't go into them here. Gringle's Pawnshop is primarily aimed at promoting / supporting Chaosium's RQ2, however there has been some discussion of RQ3 and certainly some of the people there have played RQ3. If you're interested in finding out more go over and check it out.
And one frustration about Mongoose RQ (called MRQ in some boards) is that they went from one edition to another so quickly. I hear great things about Mongoose's new edition, but many folks think it happened too fast.
Also, don't forget that GORE (a free download) is very close to RQ.
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