CHA4028 RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Chapter 18 Between Adventures Q&A

Official Answers by Chaosium

This covers Chapter 18, pages 414-427.

Experience (page 415)

Making an Experience Roll (Page 415)

Third paragraph, second sentence modified to “A modified roll of 100 or more is always a success…” (Part of Second printing corrections)

Does a modified experience roll of exactly 100 result in an increase?

p415 “Making an Experience Roll” says “A modified roll over 100 is always a success”.

p416 “Exceeding 100% in an Ability” says “A result of 100 or higher is always successful”.

Yes. 100 or over is a success.

Experience Between Adventures (page 416)

At the end of each season, an adventurer can select up to four occupational skills and cult skills to get an experience check. These experience checks are resolved at the same time as regular experience checks—if a skill had already had an experience check that season, it cannot receive an additional check through this method.

Example: Harmast is ready to improve more than the skills he’s used successfully while adventuring. At the end of the season, the gamemaster tells the players that they can pick four skills for experience checks.

Harmast’s player looks at his occupational and cult skills and picks the following: Bargain, Cult Lore (Issaries), Manage Household, and Orate. He can make experience rolls for each of these as if he had used the skills successfully during an adventure. Now, Lore skills are not tickable, that is to say not increasable by experience.  So is this an error in the example or is it intended to say that non-tickable skills get training or what? 

The example is in error.

“At the end of each season, an adventurer can select up to four occupational skills and cult skills to get an experience check.”

I assume that’s a total of 4 skills from both occupational skills and cult skills, and not 4 of each?


Training (page 416)

To have a chance at improving a skill though training, an adventurer must train with an instructor for an entire season, and can do little else.

Training (page 416)

Does that mean: No adventuring that season? 
No practicing your profession that season? (And forgoing the professional and cult skill improvement chances mentioned in the previous paragraph.)

You can make experience rolls, but you can’t do anything else that would take your mind away from practice.

No practicing your profession, no training other abilities, etc. It’s a full-time regimen of study.

Certainly not adventuring.

As I read the rules, nobody would ever want to take training, as that means you can’t do any adventuring that season, and you even lose the several normal experience rolls you would get otherwise if you don’t adventure during a season. And you only get a training check in one skill out of it, besides having to pay for it. Is my read correct and that was intended, or should this be clarified?

You can train skills you can’t learn from experience. Some of these skills may never come up in a play session. 

You don’t necessarily adventure every season. The gamemaster may tell players that the next game will take place several seasons from the current one, allowing for training. 

Increasing Characteristics (page 417)

POW Increase (page 417)

Increasing POW with Worship Rituals (page 418)

The Worship skill allows a cult member to participate in a
Worship ritual to the deity specified. If the Worship ritual is
held in a temple, holy place, or sanctified ground on a holy
day of the god, the presiding officials (High Priest, Rune
Priest, God-talker, etc.) receive a POW gain roll if they
succeed with their Worship skill.

Increasing POW with Worship Rituals, page 418

Do Initiates that have no priest etc available have the right to lead a worship service and gain a power roll? On a Seasonal Holy Day. Like at Apple Lane at the Temple of all Deities.

As initiates, they do not receive a POW gain roll, High Priests, Rune
Priests, and God-talkers only.

Does an initiate gets one or two POW rolls yearly. Is it one for (HHD + Sacred Time), or one each for HHD and Sacred Time?

An initiate can have one POW gain roll per season, counting sacred time as a season thats 6 maximum. Each season they qualify for a check if:

successful spell or spirit combat use

attending High Holy Day Worship rituals and/or sacred time rituals

leading Holy Day Worship rituals.


Once you receive a check, check your POW box. If it’s already checked you can’t check it again. If you have a HHD in sacred time and attend it, you check the box. You can’t check it again as it’s already checked in that season.

I think POW gain rolls need clarification. There is a place on the character sheet for POW Checks but there does not seem to be any POW Checks in the rulebook. The only mention I could find for POW experience checks is in the Battle Results Table (Page 176). The example for it, though, says that Vostor gets a ‘POW Gain Roll’ for his special success in Battle. Are there POW checks in RQ:G or just POW Gain Rolls? I think there are supposed to be

See below.

When do you get a POW Gain Roll for worship? The description of worship on page 184 says “A successful use of the Worship roll allows…and even attempt a POW gain roll.”, which I understand to mean the you make a POW gain roll each time you worship. On page 275, it says “Initiates…get an annual POW gain roll by participating in holy day and Sacred Time ceremonies as described…on page 315.” (Page 315 does not include anything about when worship gives you a POW gain roll).  This says that you get “an annual POW gain roll” (so once a year) but says you get them when participating in holy day or sacred time ceremonies. For most Cults there’s at least one holy day a season. Does that mean you are you limited to one a POW gain roll a year through worship? page 418 under ‘Increasing POW with Worship Rituals’ says that you get a POW gain roll from High holy days and Sacred Time, so I am not sure if the rule on page 275 is also supposed to read “high holy day” or if this one should read “holy day”.

See below.

Can you get multiple POW gain rolls in one combat? page 418 under ‘Increasing POW Through Spell Use or Spirit Combat’ I understand to mean that every successful spirit combat roll and POW vs. POW, gives you a POW gain roll. I assume those are both supposed to be cases where you get POW checks, but if you do get POW gain rolls, could you get multiple in one combat?

No. As with all experience checks, any after the first are lost. You cannot save them up.

Page 418 under ‘Making a POW gain roll’ it says that “POW gain rolls are made at the end of a season, as with other experience checks.” This is unclear as I am not sure which of the above rules are supposed to be when you get a POW check and when you are actually supposed to make a POW gain roll. If there are no POW checks, do you also get a POW gain roll at the end of every season?

Mark (tick, cross) the POW box on your Adventurer sheet when:

In Spell Use or Spirit Combat  you succeed on POW vs POW roll where the chance was less than 95%.

In a Worship Ritual on a High Holy day or in sacred time when you succeed in a worship roll.

In a Worship Ritual on a Holy day when you are one of the presiding officials (Rune level) and you succeed in a worship roll.

You have paid for Training.

At the end of every season [including Sacred time] if you have managed to check your POW (same as all skills that can be increased by experience), you may attempt a POW gain roll along with your other experience checks.

POW Increase, page 417

So there are six opportunities to increase your POW per year.

The only automatic POW gain is for assistant shaman who get 1 point per year (page 352).

Remember that when you succeed in your POW gain roll, you have the usual option for a fixed increase of 1 point or D3-1 (possibly 0, 1 or 2 points). I’ve seen many players get the 2 points!

Your GM may of course modify these rules to suit their game. I have played in many games where the GM has given a free point of POW / an extra POW gain check /extra skill check for extraordinary acts or excellent roleplaying (and will occasionally do it myself).

CHA Increase and Decrease (page 420)

Second bullet point changed to “Becoming a Rune Master, or shaman in the course of play or…” (reference to God-talker deleted) (Part of Second printing corrections).

Sacred Time (page 420)

Is the Sacred Time POW gain roll separate from regular seasonal POW gain rolls (assuming you managed to earn one)? Or is your Sacred Time POW gain roll merely resolved at the next end of season in the usual way (i.e. end of Sea Season)? That is, can you get a maximum of 5, or a maximum of 6, POW gain rolls in a year?

Sacred Time is effectively the sixth season, so six POW gain rolls, that includes one at the end of Sacred Time. 

Also, does an Initiate get one POW gain roll for each of HHD and Sacred time, or only one (in Sacred Time) for doing both that year? The rules point in different directions.

You only get to roll for a POW gain roll at the end of a season, so one. You cannot tick your POW more than once per season.

Adventurers make, in a normal year, just enough to maintain their standard of living. The Warriors make 60L, the noble makes 200L. 

Then they pay tithes.

Then they pay cost of living. 

Which means they are ten percent short each average year on what they need to pay Cost of Living and have to dip into reserves.

Is that what’s intended?

Yes. Adventurers should always be looking for means of bettering their financial situation, through adventuring, plundering, gaining or increasing their holdings, doing (paid) service for their clan/tribal leaders, and improving their professional skills to increase their chances of getting critical or special successes when performing their year-end income rolls as described in Determining Adventurer Income (page 422). 

The rules don’t call it out (or rule it out), but I tend to allow players to augment those year-end rolls where appropriate.

Can single people without families pay less than the rate of Cost of Living which is supposed to maintain a household?

The rules aren’t that granular, but assume that the standard of living cost applies to the household, even when it’s just one person. 

Manage Household (page 424)

Roleplaying in Glorantha p. 423 has the table for Occupational Income skills, and priest’s skill is listed as Manage Household, and their income comes from managing their tenants:

The Occupation Income roll assumes the adventurer is engaged in their occupation each season, gone no more than three weeks or so (“adventuring time”). If an adventurer is absent for more than that in a season, the penalty is a cumulative –20% per three-week period. No Occupation Income roll is possible if the adventurer is gone for the full year. At that point, they need a tenant or agent to work for them.

Additional Penalties to the Occupation Income Roll, page 422

Does this mean that priests and other tenant havers don’t get penalties to their Manage Household skill if they’re gone for more than three weeks per season, since their income comes from tenants?

No. See page 424 for the description and example of manage household: 

An adventurer with a tenant or tenants rolls their Manage Household skill to determine how much surplus the property generates.

Manage Household, page 424

See the example following the description.

Effects of Ageing (Pages 81 vs. 425)

On Page 81 the costs of additional experience for an adventurer “for each two-year interval or fraction above age 40 subtract –1 point from STR, CON, or DEX”

On Page 425 an adventurer upon reaching 40 rolls on two tables. As a consequence they might lose STR, CON, DEX or SIZ

Should page 81 be consistent with page 425 in this respect? Also should not the rate of loss be the same, for an adventurer (they differ in the rate of loss)?

The rules for adventurer creation are intentionally more forgiving (and more deliberate) than those for aging naturally over the course of a longterm campaign.

The first method is to allow players to create older characters who are not incapacitated out the door by aging rolls.

The second method takes place after the adventurer may have had ample opportunities to increase characteristics, and emphasizes the encroaching mortality that all humans must contend with.

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