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Now GenCon recedes into the distance, back to my RQ campaign at https://www.facebook.com/Dansbooksandgames?fref=ts.
Our heroes have defeated the scorpionmen nest and killed their queen, only for Melusine, inhabiting an underwater tributary that feeds the rock pools of the lair, to come and demand The Cleansing, as was promised to her. Cora tried to refuse, but her hand forced, Melusine reclaimed the jewel.
Escaping the nest the group trudged towards the edge of the Eiritha Hills and emerged into the wide plains of Prax dominated by The Block. Cora sneaked away from the party to remove the shame and danger, leaving the group to make their way towards the Block as various tribes of Prax gathered for the Great Herd Meeting.
The characters astounded the Praxians with their tales of defeating Chaos and when it was suggested by the Agimori who had been protecting Cora that some form of minor HeroQuest might help them discover what path to take, the tribes agreed, lending support so that the Shadow of the Block could be used. Here, Mother Eiritha herself came to thank the characters for defeating Chaos and then travelling to the Block to pay tribute. Each had a question answered and a Gift given. Vicious, son of the Zebra's ailing khan, helped his father to pass into Waha's halls and received his war panoply in return. Dread learned that Rootwater was no mere ancestor spirit, but possibly a fragment of Grandfather Mortal himself, and this discovered who his true father is. Leon the Basmoli was given a clue as to where to find the haunting melody that has invaded his dreams. And the brave Agimori who slew both Ssa Aba and the Scorpion Queen was brought into the worship of Waha. The entire group emerged as a hero band, charged with destroying chaos wherever it might be found. The Sons or Eiritha were born.
And hence to Race Around the Block (with all due acknowledgement to Gregory Privat), in which our dragonewt and Zebra rider, competed against a flying rhino, a stinky ostrich, a morokanth riding the equivalent of Usain Bolt (in the wrong direction), and an impala chased for glory around the base of the Block in an insane contest that saw excrement and ostrich eggs flung with abandon, dust-clouds billow and choke the opposition, and a fair amount of arrow and javelin play. Vicious the Zebra Rider won - a fitting climax to a session filled with epic, mythic drama...
This was a seriously and insanely fun session. Thanks to Shaun, Garrett, Oisin, Phil, Erick, Paul, Katherine and our host, Dan, for throwing themselves into Glorantha's abandon so wholeheartedly.
Next Week: The Dead Place beckons...
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Now GenCon recedes into the distance, back to my RQ campaign at https://plus.google.com/104900328580876140610/about?utm_source=bk&utm_medium=ha&utm_campaign=plusgeneralb2c-ca&utm_term=%2Bgoogle%2B&gclid=CLDlwbeoy7kCFahcMgodez0AuA.

Our heroes have defeated the scorpionmen nest and killed their queen, only for Melusine, inhabiting an underwater tributary that feeds the rock pools of the lair, to come and demand The Cleansing, as was promised to her. Cora tried to refuse, but her hand forced, Melusine reclaimed the jewel.

Escaping the nest the group trudged towards the edge of the Eiritha Hills and emerged into the wide plains of Prax dominated by The Block. Cora sneaked away from the party to remove the shame and danger, leaving the group to make their way towards the Block as various tribes of Prax gathered for the Great Herd Meeting.

The characters astounded the Praxians with their tales of defeating Chaos and when it was suggested by the Agimori who had been protecting Cora that some form of minor HeroQuest might help them discover what path to take, the tribes agreed, lending support so that the Shadow of the Block could be used. Here, Mother Eiritha herself came to thank the characters for defeating Chaos and then travelling to the Block to pay tribute. Each had a question answered and a Gift given. Vicious, son of the Zebra's ailing khan, helped his father to pass into Waha's halls and received his war panoply in return. Dread learned that Rootwater was no mere ancestor spirit, but possibly a fragment of Grandfather Mortal himself, and this discovered who his true father is. Leon the Basmoli was given a clue as to where to find the haunting melody that has invaded his dreams. And the brave Agimori who slew both Ssa Aba and the Scorpion Queen was brought into the worship of Waha. The entire group emerged as a hero band, charged with destroying chaos wherever it might be found. The Sons or Eiritha were born.

And hence to Race Around the Block (with all due acknowledgement to Gregory Privat), in which our dragonewt and Zebra rider, competed against a flying rhino, a stinky ostrich, a morokanth riding the equivalent of Usain Bolt (in the wrong direction), and an impala chased for glory around the base of the Block in an insane contest that saw excrement and ostrich eggs flung with abandon, dust-clouds billow and choke the opposition, and a fair amount of arrow and javelin play. Vicious the Zebra Rider won - a fitting climax to a session filled with epic, mythic drama...

This was a seriously and insanely fun session. Thanks to Shaun, Garrett, Oisin, Phil, Erick, Paul, Katherine and our host, Dan, for throwing themselves into Glorantha's abandon so wholeheartedly.

Next Week: The Dead Place beckons...
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GenCon next week, and The Design Mechanism will be there with our full range of books, inlcuding Mythic Britain, Luther Arkwright and Adventures in Glorantha Preview. We have Mr Chad Bowser running fast demos of the RQ6 rules, and we have panels too.

You can find us in two places this year! We're sharing space with our good friends Chaosium (#501) and Moon Design Publications (#2535). We look forward to seeing you.
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Runeslinger begins a suitable epic overview and review of 'Luther Arkwright' here...

https://runeslinger.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/luther-arkwright-roleplaying-across-the-parallels-part-1-2/
Part one of three looking between the covers and across the dimensions of Luther Arkwright: Roleplaying Across the Parallels, by the Design Mechanism. This installment, campaign support and develop...
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Ooh... look... presents from Argrath....
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I see the three Glorantha rulesets as quite complementary. They overlap but each have a distinct style and "sweet spot". 
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First of all, you should all go and vote for Guide to Glorantha...

Second, Design Mechanism has a nomination in the Fan's Choice for Best Publisher - so please go and vote for us (hint: low Is Good).

http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2015/ballot.php?category_id=23
You are voting for Fans' Choice for Best Publisher. Use the drop-down boxes to rank your favorite as 1, your next favorite as 2, and so on. Do not rank more than one product the same value. Do not rank products you don't like. Choose wisely--once you've voted for this category, you can't change ...
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The recent news that Moon Design Publications’ management team (Rick Meints, Jeff Richard, Neil Robinson and Michael O’Brien) would be taking over at the helm of Chaosium has naturally created a lot of interest and speculation. It has clear implications for the Design Mechanism, and Pete and I would like to issue a statement making clear where we stand as a company and where RuneQuest stands as a game system. We cannot and will not speculate or discuss Chaosium’s existing game systems such as Call of Cthulhu, Basic Roleplaying or Magic World.

We (Design Mechanism) license the RuneQuest trademark from Moon Design Publications. We entered into a licensing agreement that comes up for renewal around this time next year and part of the contract and business plan I proposed when first negotiating the license was to insist in a full review and assessment of our progress with RuneQuest as a property. Our license is not perpetual, and that review process had already begun before the recent announcement.
With Moon Design now becoming part of Chaosium, the RuneQuest trademark transfers to Chaosium – its place of birth. Until the license we have expires next year, RuneQuest will continue to be published by the Design Mechanism and the core rules will remain in print. From July 2016, the following will take place:

1. RuneQuest reverts to Chaosium.
2. Pete and myself will become the new lead writers for RuneQuest as a Chaosium brand line with specific responsibilities for developing the system and its supplements.
3. The Design Mechanism as a company will continue. Chaosium and Design Mechanism have signed a new contract whereby we can continue to write, produce and distribute our own RuneQuest supplements, and can continue to support the lines we have already started to develop. 
4. The RuneQuest 6 mechanics remain the core of the system, but as the trademark is now held by Chaosium, we have been contracted to develop a new version of the game based in Glorantha called, simply, ‘RuneQuest’. This game will appear in July 2016 (or possibly earlier). This new version will roll together all the work we have done on ‘Adventures in Glorantha’ into a standalone RuneQuest game.
5. At that point, RuneQuest 6 will go out of print as its own title. Design Mechanism will find ways of ensuring full compatibility across our supplements, the new version and RQ6.
6. Effectively immediately, Chaosium will sell Design Mechanism’s existing (and future) books through its various channels. Indeed, this increases Design Mechanism’s exposure, extends its reach and removes a huge administrative burden from the shoulders of a two-man team.

Pete and I are delighted to be working with Chaosium. We are pleased to be able to return RuneQuest to Chaosium stronger than it has been since it left home for Avalon Hill back in the mid 1980s. Even better, it comes back to a revitalised Chaosium that carries a clear mandate of excellence, transparency and commitment to its fans and creative contributors. We are especially happy to have the opportunity to work closely with Rick, Jeff, Neil and Mike and to become part of the Chaosium family. But what makes this even more special is that the Design Mechanism carries on as a company, continues to publish and support RuneQuest, and will always engage with its loyal and faithful fans.

More details will emerge as various pieces come together. We will communicate and discuss them with you just as we always have. Pete and I really are excited and happy with the new direction and we hope you will share our enthusiasm and optimism for the future!

Long Live Design Mechanism!
Long Live Chaosium!
Long Live RuneQuest!
Lawrence Whitaker and Pete Nash
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Thanks, +Sarah Newton! Good to hear!
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GenCon next week, and The Design Mechanism will be there with our full range of books, inlcuding Mythic Britain, Luther Arkwright and Adventures in Glorantha Preview. We have Mr Chad Bowser running fast demos of the RQ6 rules, and we have panels too.

You can find us in two places this year! We're sharing space with our good friends Chaosium (#501) and Moon Design Publications (#2535). We look forward to seeing you.
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Ha, ha, ha! Priceless, Loz... I like that kind of free service! Not to be ungrateful, I need to order more stuff from TDM!?!
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Look what's coming to GenCon...
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I'm really looking forward to the Kickstarter, and to see the final book in my hands with all the added new art into it.
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First of all, you should all go and vote for Guide to Glorantha...

Second, Design Mechanism has a nomination in the Fan's Choice for Best Publisher - so please go and vote for us (hint: low Is Good).

http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2015/ballot.php?category_id=23
You are voting for Fans' Choice for Best Publisher. Use the drop-down boxes to rank your favorite as 1, your next favorite as 2, and so on. Do not rank more than one product the same value. Do not rank products you don't like. Choose wisely--once you've voted for this category, you can't change ...
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I selected you guys as my #1 choice! Good luck!
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We sell a variety of books on Lulu. Between now and June 8, the code YOYO will get you a 10% discount...

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