Intro

Episode 8 airs with a few weeks delay compared to our usual rhythm, as we wanted to feature our Glorantha Has Talent?-contest in this episode. We found the wait worth the while, and so did our judges.

Herald’s Podium

While we have moved the complete coverage of news about Glorantha to our Wind Whispers newsletter, we still pick a few items for our voice reporting.

Glorantha Fan Awards 2019 and 2020

In memory of Greg Stafford passing away in October 2018, Chaosium announced the laureates for Gloranthan fan activity for last year and this year, Congratulations to Martin Helsdon and Nick Brooke!

RuneQuest Classic (second edition) titles available as Print-on-Demand

The titles from the Crowd-funding for the Gloranthan Classics edition are finally available as print-on-demand hardcovers from lulu.com.

Art Packs: Gloranthan Stock Art for Creators on the Jonstown Compendium

Martin Helsdon started an experiment offering three packages of illustrations from his works “Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass” and “Men of the West” as illustrations for creators – Orlanthi, Lunars, and Hsunchen, Nomads and Beasts.

Dario Corallo followed suit with the character art he provided for Gianni Vacca’s Last Faction Hero.

The Pendulum and the Pit

A new free 48 pages product on Jonstown Compendium, a slightly horror scenario for Sacred Season and thus probably fit for a Halloween game.

Glorantha Games 2020 Experience

Ludo reports about his gaming on Pookie’s online convention and leaks tidbits from the Kralorela RQG project under development by David Millians.

Kraken 2020 as a hybrid convention

While we were recording this, a much reduced face to face convention in one of the remotest corners of Brandenburg reached out to the internet. We’ll try to get feedback from the organizer and attendants. There is a little digression about the history of Glorantha-themed conventions in Germany.

RuneQuest Glorantha German Edition Crowdfunding

Jörg reports about the success of the German Crowdfunding and his experience on German language platforms during the CF. We compare international editions, extras to be had, and errata to be included.

Glorantha Has Talent!

The first of our main sections, wherein we are joined by our three judges to listen to the entries, get their feedback on the submissions and announce the prizes and their ranking.

We talk about the rules for contestants and judges, and present our team of three:

For the whole list of contestants, entries and individual recordings (some in the original stereo) as well as some of the splendid supplemental material we received, follow this link. We don’t want to spoil the results just yet.

Heartfelt thanks to everybody who contributed to the contest, whether as judges, sponsors, or participants!

Artistic Contests in Glorantha

After enjoying the fruits of the contest, Bill, Jörg and Ludo plough onward to discuss how such contests can find their way into your games. We digress a lot, as usual:

The Garhound Contest – the growth of a myth out of a scenario

Bill shares his admiration for Michael O’Brien’s main scenario of the RQ3 Renaissance book Sun County, the Garhound Contest and Melisande’s Hand, and speculates how a contest which might have once been a way to keep the youngster’s energy away from trouble becomes a myth or gets caught up by myth.

Singing for the Ludoch – a Choralinthor Bay Myth becoming a ritual contest

Jörg presents another story about the Choralinthor Bay Ludoch and Fisherfolk and tries to provide artistic expression as another way to solve conflicts. (Transcripts of both these stories will be made linked as text soonish.) We also touch upon the uncanny attention that use of the term Ludoch creates for one of us….

A Look at Donandar

Ludo explores the cult of Donandar and its role in the world. We discuss Illusions, stage craft, and a Marvel heroine in the course of this.

Ten Pillars and Entrance

Glorantha Has Talent?

00:40

We announce our contest for audio takes on Glorantha.

A Ludoch Story

02;10

Another example (after last episode’s joke at the end of the podcast) of how such a 3 minute audio entry could sound

The Herald‘s Podium

05:25

Starting with an interruption announcing Wind Whispers, a newsletter collecting the news of the week (convention news, new products, new rumors, and occasional looks at cool topics on the interweb, current and older).

Conventions

08:35

Gen Con Online, and the Armageddon live conventions in New Zealand

RuneQuest Live-Play videos

09;30

The RuneQuest Live-Play videos on Twitch and YouTube
Should an official live-play be free of house rules?

Orkenspalter TV meets Chaosium

15:40

With Lynn Hardy, John Wick, Jeff Richard and sorry, not Mike Mason, but Jason Durall—bad Jörg, bad!

Some Jonstown Compendium products now available in Print on Demand

Only electrum sellers are going to get a Print on Demand, talking about the catch22 when some buyers hold back on supporting a new title hoping for a PoD bundle and electrum status possibly delayed or not reached.

Talking about reading in the bathroom (don‘t try that at away from home, folks)

What‘s New on Jonstown Compendium

26:00

The Sandheart Trilogy is getting a remake with more illustrations

The Secrets of Dorastor by Simon Phipp
Discussing Melo Yelo, the Yelmalian

John Wick‘s Blue Moon, White Moon
John Wick? No, not the one played by Keanu Reeves!

The Rumour Table

29:50

Mark Baldwin releasing some marble statue depictions of Sun County? There are some uncanny similarities with certain folk at Chaosium.

31:40

Campaign Coins – get your hard Gloranthan currency! (No, not live cattle, but actual bolgs, clacks, lunars and wheels.)

Feedback

33:40

BrentS on Cults of Prax and Biturian‘s Travels, and getting sweet on us

37:40

Pookie from Reviews from R’lyeh on how he listens to us on his walks, and a nod to our Cattle Raid proposals

Biturian’s Travels revisited – Part Two

40:00

A letter home to Esrolia, from a traveler in Prax

Bill gives one of our intrepid explorers a voice, dictated to a scribe at a Praxian Oasis.

Introduction

42:28

A thank you to Martin Helsdon of Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass fame for letting us use his imagery of the Paps, on the cover of Temples and Towers, his exploration of the architecture of central Genertela.

A Dark Season Ritual at the Paps

43:30

Starting with Bill‘s comments on the Eirithan Dark Season rites at the Paps, we take a look at various things on and off topic.

The Respected Elder (and Most Respected Elder) of the cult of Eiritha at the Paps

A digression about the Morokanth

The holy nature of the Paps and its importance to Prax, and how this is similar to real world earth worship for Earth worship in an underground location. Bill brings out the Hopi using the Grand Canyon as the hole in the ground around which their earth worship was centred.

Rituals and Heroquests, and how much Other Side is involved.
What do observers see?

Little love lost between trolls and the Earth worshipers of Prax.

Darkness attackers in the most holy place—why do we have Morokanth attackers?
Similarities between Morokanth and trolls
We mention Steve Purcell’s image of a Morokanth on the cover of RQ3 Bestiary, and how Jörg managed to mis-interpret it as a dark troll for way too long – illustrating an uncanny similarity between these Darkness Rune creatures of Eiritha and the Men of Darkness.

Ritual foes, and how heroquesters from all over Glorantha may be drawn into your quest (and vice versa).
We discuss worshipers taking on the ritual role of a foe of the cult.

Biturian making a profit out of his worship
Lay membership, joining other cults’ ceremonies

Bill points out the similarities and differences with the Paps scene in Vasana’s Saga in the RuneQuest Glorantha rules book.

A Humakti Duel at Tourney Altar

1:06:00

Ludo introduces us to Tourney Altar, where we get to witness a Humakt Duel.
Naimless— Sword of Humakt from the Temple of the Wooden Sword, and accompanied by dark troll worshipers of Humakt.

Troll initiates of Humakt
Digressing about the Chaosium RQ2 (and RQ1) house campaigns
A history of the Temple of Wooden Sword with the Sazdorf Clan

Breaking the stereotype of your cult
(and we didn’t even mention 13G’s “One Unique Thing” that each character has).

Fairness in Humakti Duels

Discussing the limitations of Divine Intervention and how gods interact with their worshipers

Ludo has us tell about and then make up unusual specimen of cultists.

Bill’s mentions a duck character that worships Polaris, “a bit of an odd duck”!

Jörg “in memoriam” of Onslaught (a Humakti character invented by Martin Laurie) and his antithesis

The Bodyguard” – a Humakti dilemma, in Ellie Akers’ campaign

Rolling a random cult – we improvise on Waha and Maran Gor.

The Etyries Market at Moonbroth

1:33:20

Biturian’s description of Moonbroth, and thoughts on why it spouts water every Wildday.

Like the oasis, Jörg spouts illuminating nonsense about “it washes away the red Chaos from the Red Moon”.

Not discussing the hydrology of Prax and the Wastes and the nature of the Oases

The Etyries market at Moonbroth

Creative use of Biturian’s allied spirit

The fate of horned children in the Lunar Empire

The nature of Rune Spells (e.g. Charisma) in Glorantha

A High Fantasy version of Glorantha, envisioned by Bill

The inevitable comparison of Charisma with Axe or Sword Trance

What’s the dark secret about the horned children in the Empire? Tell us your theories at tribe@windwords.fm (hell, tell us your theories of anything and if it comes as an audio file that runs for about 3 minutes, it might double as your contest entry).

And with that we sneak out at the break of dawn, just like Biturian…

As our team of intrepid explorers enters the capital of the Lunar Empire, we are joined by a team of professional historians..

Sit back, get a snack and something to drink, this may take a while.

First a short word about our tribe: at the time of publication, there have been more than 1111 downloads of the first three episodes in total. (That’s 1111 in decimal.)

The Herald’s Podium

As Corona Virus remains looming over us, we have to report more cancellations of conventions. This time it affects the two biggest ones of the year:

Rumours

Main Topic: A Guided Visit of Glamour

As a premiere, we welcome guests to our podcast, the team of authors behind the Rough Guide to Glamour, all long time RuneQuest veterans who met studying history at Oxford university:

  • Nick Brooke; long time contributor to Tales of the Reaching Moon, host of etyries.com, an award winning Glorantha website, co-author of the freeforms How the West was One and Life of Moonson, and co-author and publisher of both the original and the new, revised and expanded Rough Guide to Glamour
  • Mike Hagen: contributor to Tales of the Reaching Moon, co-author of the Rough Guide to Glamour
  • Chris Gidlow: designer of Credo, the game of dueling dogmas, author of Tarsh War, a mini-freeform published by Reaching Moon Megacorp, co-author of Life of Moonson and the Rough Guide to Glamour

After a warm-up exercise ducking rapid-fire questions, our guests relate a tale of how their bestselling publication came to be, with lots of behind-the scenes information.

How does the Lunar Empire work, and how does it fail to work? Chris talks about making the Cult of Yelm work as the cult of the Red Emperor, Nick explains the interaction between the Lunar Empire and the Lunar Way, and Mike mentions the cycles and the weakness of the Empire.

The city of Glamour does get a closer look – the movers and shakers, the cosmopolitan milieu, real world influences on the design, how a joint visit to Rome by our guests shaped their exploration of the imperial city, how the Junta boardgame influenced the design process, the shape of the Moon Rune as the dominant pattern of the city

We learn about the origin of the Life of Moonson freeform, from its origins as a mini-freeform “The Hunt for Red Storm Season” which was then expanded to a 50-person freeform.

There is a collection of the Life of Moonson characters on Nick’s Website – check them out. Mike, Nick and Chris expand on their favourites.

Ludo asks about the humour in Glorantha, and then we get to the influence of pop music to Glorantha, and especially Pelorian Rhapsody. After some evasion wherein we discuss why the Red Emperor resembles Elvis rather than Freddy Mercury, Michael O’Brien’s inspiration, Mike Hagen suggests a cyclical change of his appearance due to massive intake of Moon Rock, and Chris on MOB’s Maximum Game Fun principle, we get a musical interlude:

The Red Army Choir performing the first lines of Pelorian Rhapsody. Roll for Sanity.

Bill asks about which module our guests wished they had written. Nick offers his admiration for MOB’s Sun County for RQ3, Chris gets poetic about Griffin Mountain, and Mike Hagen reminisces about his first contact with RuneQuest through the early White Dwarf article on Dealing with Demons.

Our investigative reporting goes on to ask “What is the most Gloranthan thing you have ate”. Mike submitted a dish called Corflu Surprise as a winner to the first Eat at Geo’s contest at Convulsion (3 tbs cream of coconut, 1 tin of tuna, and 1 tsp Sambal manis, plus perhaps some black pepper. Adjust quantity of coconut and spice to taste. Garnish with seaweed if desired.). Nick tells about Walktapus seeds, and Chris celebrated the publication of the new Rough Guide with a most Lunar dinner consisting of ostrich steak (a type of bird that has been extinct in Peloria for centuries and may be illusionary), maize and pink gin.

We have a few more rapid-fire questions, sowing some dissent among our guests. and we let our guests answer the questions we failed to ask them.

Nick gives an account of the experience of publishing on the Jonstown Compendium. We learn why The Tide is High to Call Her, the goddess Glamour bearing a stunning similarity to Debbie Harrie. Mike gives an account on the art acquisition for the Rough Guide. Chris answers why one would explore the Lunar Empire.

As we ceremonially eject our guests, getting information on the sales numbers and a hint at the next project we can expect from our guests, learning about the banned Seleric Verses and what really happened in Torang in 1220.

Credits:

The lovely image detail of Mucha Blondie Glamour is by Antonia Doncheva. View the full image on p.99 of the Rough Guide to Glamour!

The performance at 1:27:20 is a parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen. Nick Brooke’s lyrics to Pelorian Rhapsody were inspired by Freddy Mercury’s original work. His group may have sung it better, but our version makes more sense as a Lunar hymn to the Seven Mothers and the Red Goddess.

For our third episode of Wind Words, we decided to have a look at the narrative in Cults of Prax.

But before that comes our regular look at the news and rumors.

The Herald’s Podium

Corona Virus-related news items:

Rumours

Main Topic: Biturian’s Travels (part 1)

Cults of Prax

The first Glorantha supplement for RuneQuest 2 for the setting of Glorantha, now available in the Gloran tha Classics series and also as part of the RuneQuest Classics Cult Compendium.

Presumably the first splatbook in the history of roleplaying products,

Ludo mentions Shannon Appelcline’s Designers and Dragons, a four volume history of roleplaying written by a Chaosium insider, and kept up to date over on rpg.net.

Biturian’s Travels

First stop: Hender’s Ruins

A Baboon Daka Fal ceremony observed by Biturian, manifesting the spirit world or even God Time to the observer.

Second stop: The Block

Talking about Truestone, Gloranthan honey, troll caravans, sugar and Aldryami syrup.

Third stop; Day’s Rest

A bison wedding, parallels to Sacagawea from the Lewis&Clarke expedition, slave bracelets, bolgs (not clacks), detection magics and hiding from them.,

Conclusion: a praise for the narratives in the rules books and supplements: Rurik Runespear (RQ2 rules), Biturian Varosh (Cults of Prax), Paulis Longvale (Cults of Terror), non-Gloranthan Cormac the Pict (RQ3), Jaxarte Whyded (Sun County), Samastina (HeroQuest Glorantha) and Vasana (RQG).

Letters to Wind Words

Please send your questions or comments to tribe@windwords.com or post it on the Podcast of Wonder thread on BRP Central. Feel free to comment or share on social media, too.

If you send us a sound file, we will make use of that.

And mentioning our friends in Finland: Episode 3 of Dayzatarin Tähtien Alla is out.

Now who left in that blooper?

Here’s our second episode of Wind Words, where we look at scenes in the Founders Market of Pavis. We hope our audio quality has improved somewhat, but we’re still learning and Bill has a terrible head cold which is why he sounds so bad.

Andrey Fetisov art used with kind permission of Chaosium Inc/Moon Design Publications for the background header of this blog post.

Introduction

We are not alone: there is a Finnish language podcast on Glorantha: Dayzatarin Tähtien Alla.

The Herald’s Podium

Our collection of news (up to date at the time of recording):

Rumour Table

  • Rick Meints Index to Gloranha 2020 update
  • The Night of the Quacking Dead!
    • That rumour is totally unsubstantiated. For Jörg’s and Ludo’s eyes only:

Main Topic: Scenes from the Founder’s Market of New Pavis

  • An experiment in setting up a scene for Game Masters, hopefully with ideas to build upon
  • Bill is setting the scene
  • A party out of the Rubble meets a pair of Grey Sages – Taking a rather ordinary piece of metal ornamentation found in the Rubble as a lead into more Rubble Running
  • Why you shouldn’t mess with trolls, they will mess with you. And does eating humans make you chaotic?
  • A beggar a bit out of place – the seedier side of the city. (Or maybe not.)
  • and of course we get into rambling with each, surprising each other with side issues – the very kind of side issues your average band of player characters will pick up and go haring off on in your sessions, too.

Letters to the Editor

A question from the audience – what materials do you need as a new player or a new GM in Glorantha?

Bill mentioned how he GMed with just the free to download RuneQuest Quickstart Rules, basic dice and stationary on Free RPG Day 2017, and here is the proof:


Thanks to Daniel Profeta, aka Dethstroke9, who has a very active YouTube channel about playing Call of Cthulhu.

Here’s a randomly grabbed episode that made us blush:

We also read out a few lines form other e-mails, thanks to Scott Martin and Minlister from BRP Central.

If you have questions you want us to answer or give us feedback, send an e-mail to tribe@windwords.fm.