One of the Mongoose writers, who doesn't know a whole heap about Glorantha, was assigned one of the books and sat down with Storm Tribe and Thunder Rebels to get a handle on the Orlanthi. Reading both almost made him wave the white flag of surrender because the sheer level of detail, and a great deal of obscure detail, linguistic, cultural and so forth, made the basics so hard to assimilate. He perservered, but had a certain feeling that the work he did with the Orlanthi wasn't going to be accurate enough, or detailed enough, because ST and TR was such a struggle to use and get through. In the end he did a really good job, but that didn't make the journey any easier.
So yes, I'm with Jeff, Simon and the others on this one: KISS.
2008/7/19 ileskela <ileskela_at_M0gEMgqLuykFjLeNJFg6enqVxtjolDdorLCpyeQMhrMNaVKtatFUp5DrnOuTpvouRnCHoj5AZrDs.yahoo.invalid>:
> Simon Phipp:
> > In my opinion, there have been far too many arty-farty terms
> > introduced into Glorantha for no discernible reason except,
> > perhaps, to show off the authors' knowledge of obscure language
> > or to show off their ability to create obscure jargon.
> Or simply, because such terms enhance one's experience of Glorantha. :)
> But yes, that would be arty-farty and elitistic, for those who don't
> share the fun, and for those who try to grasp the basics of the
> setting for the first time. Not having 'gyrda' or 'godi' in the
> forthcoming 'Cults of Sartar' is a wise move.
> But I find it strange that instead of Alison, John and me figuring out
> an answer to the actual question, the debate has become one of for or
> against. What nonsense. We're better than that.
> A friendly hug to you all. :)
-- One day I feel I'm ahead of the wheel And the next its rolling over me... Rush - 'Far Cry' [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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