Passed away October 10th. I found out via an online friend, and it reminded me of EGG's passing ~ the passing of the father of a role-playing game (as opposed to the grandaddy of them all, obviously, but still). I played RQ in my early teens (and online in more recent years) and while I never took to it like I did D&D, I still enjoyed it. I guess death (and taxes) come to us all.
Post by geneweigel on Oct 16, 2018 22:52:28 GMT -5
I know I had looked at different versions of RUNEQUEST at different periods but never got into it. Its too "WE ARE NOT D&D" so it distances itself from the good of D&D as an S&S thing in general for some kind of product identity. Plus it also has some of the stuff I don't like about the CALL OF CTHULHU as a game thing which I had actively tried to work with. Same for STORMBRINGER (and RINGWORLD which my brother had and we really tried to work the Chaosium system and it didn't cut it.). I look at the whole Chaosium scene as something that I distance myself from because its not in what I see as a good feel.
Yeah. I only played old RQ (RQ2 to be precise) and I like that era and the lore that came with Glorantha, but you're spot on as regards the distancing, which always grated with me. Stafford seemed very eager to shout that from the rooftops, when I'd have rathered he talked up his own game on its own merits - perhaps he got fed up with the comparison, I don't know. I liked the skills and training aspect of the game, but I think its main appeal was that it was something different for a while. I haven't had that urge in a long time!