I’ve finally realized how regularly people ask me to explain RuneQuest, HeroQuest, the Chaosium, and Glorantha, specifically because they’ve bounced hard off the apparently extensive setting and apprently impenetrably insider-oriented fanbase. It’s usually private, and they often present the question as if it’s their last fatigued try at finding out what “there” is there.
After the latest event of this kind, I tried out some written work at the Patreon, then combined the result with some other material I had lying around from a past game. Then I asked some Chaosium people to look it over, re-wrote it, and then went to the social media haunts of people who say “Dagori Inkarth” or “Lhankor Mhy” as if that were normal, to get responses there.
The written version is attached and I kind of like it, although perhaps just a bit more sanding and slicing can reduce its length. Given permission for a little art, I might even put it out as a fan-love download. Since sanding&slicing can only do so much, I decided to try for a less-detailed but on-point video presentation too, for which the document would serve as the “full” version.
The video is still pretty rough, and I think of it as a work in progress for some later refinement, much like the Phenomenology presentation. Toward that end, I’d appreciate responses from people who fit the target audience: the “Glorantha-RQ-HQ curious,” who may have been put off in the past by the apparent volume and detail, or by all-too-expert internet venues.
Gloranthaphile feedback is only partly welcome. Since the document has already been combed over by those same experts, I can assure you that I’ve “forgotten to include” nothing; if it’s not in there, then I don’t want it to be. What I’d love from this zone, though, is to see more accounts of play.