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RuneQuest Wiki?

posted Oct 06, 2012 16:42:15 by AmazingOnionMan
Have you guys considered putting up a wiki-like for this game?
A place where we can collect things like conversion-guides, worldbuilding, errata, combat- and magicstyles, scenarios etc? All under the DM's watchful eye?
There's already a whole lot of neat stuff on this forum alone, but it is not the most user-friendly tool.
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lawrence.whitaker said Oct 06, 2012 19:31:15
There are quite a few others things requiring a higher priority than a wiki at the moment.

Remember, we're two people, with families, jobs, and commitments. There are several other things we need to focus on first.

Its a good idea, certainly, but we haven't the resources to do it right now.
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DavidCake said Oct 07, 2012 19:01:36
I think the virtue of a wiki would be that it allows fans to work on things themselves, and so provide the support that a two person company cannot.

Would a fan run RQ wiki be welcomed by TDM?
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lawrence.whitaker said Oct 07, 2012 19:07:13
Would a fan run RQ wiki be welcomed by TDM?

Yes it would. As long as we could ensure certain things in line with the RQ Gateway license, we'd have no objection to it (it could not, for instance, carry any Glorantha material).
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DavidCake said Oct 07, 2012 19:16:32
Hmmm... ok.
It sounds like a project that would be very valuable and worth doing.

But a strict restriction on mentioning anything Gloranthan (not even, say, notes on how to make the TDM RuneQuest Archives products work with the actual published rules) makes the project significantly less valuable to me personally.
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lawrence.whitaker said Oct 07, 2012 22:25:00
The reason why Glorantha can't be included is down purely to our license with Issaries.

Sorry - but that's the way it is. If we (Design Mechanism) publish notes on making RQ work with Glorantha we can obviously use any outlet we choose; but fan material would require dispensation from Issaries.
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DanTrue said Oct 10, 2012 13:59:18
Hm, the domain www.rqwiki.com is actually available.

I would volunteer some of my time, to setting up such a wiki. My main problem however, is that I don't wan't to pay for it myself, as it can quickly cut a large hole in my Student's Stipend.

If TDM can host a domain, make availible a subdomain on this domain or we can make some effort to raise the money through donations, I can setup the wiki and do some of the administration work.

A place to upload Grimoires, inspiration, world-building pieces etc. would be invaluable for the game.

- Dan
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EricHaste said Oct 10, 2012 17:48:36
While a wiki would be nice I think Design Mechanism best use of their time and energy is developing the new RQ brand. They are a small company that are trying to establish a quality rpg brand and bring in new customers and old fans of RQ in a business enviorment that is full of other fantasy rpg games. I think the wiki as well as a RQ hardback should be pushed to a future discussion when the new RQ line has many successful books published.

As an alternate to a wiki is it possible to set up a section of the forum for peoples ideas on monsters,
new grimiores, and characters to be displayed.
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DanTrue said Oct 10, 2012 19:48:29
Eric: I agree, TDM should not have to spend time on this - they should be developing new books for us. However, some of us are prepared to work on a wiki, so that they don't have to. We could set one up at www.wikia.com or setup one at http://www.thedesignmechanism.com/wiki. As soon as it's created and the legal stuff is taken care of, the rest of us can do most of the work. If needed, I can help out with the technical stuff, and of course submit work from my own campaigns.

Ultimately Pete and Loz must decide whether the system needs it right now. If the wiki ends up being largely empty, it might hurt the brand more than it benefits it.

I like the idea of another sub-forum.. only the layout of this forum isn't optimal for quickly finding stuff. But it might serve until a more permanent solution is found.

- Dan
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TrentinCBergeron said Oct 18, 2012 11:11:31
I am working on a series of RPG fan sites, using a core that replicates across multiple parked domains. You can see my first run at it - www.unisystemfans.com (.org). This site provides forums, the ability to share completed works via downloads section, create articles, reviews, have themed discussion groups, etc. It's basically a social site (like facebook) based on Joomla and JomSocial.

I would be very interested in providing the same service to RuneQuest fans. So far, I only have one other active person on unisystemfans.com and it's not taking off like I had hoped. Running a fan site can be a lot of work. I can handle all the technical stuff, but to thrive it really needs contributors. There needs to be a steady supply of STUFF. Articles, downloads, and content.

I think if I can get say 5 - 10 interested people emailing me, I would consider the project worth starting. I am also open to ideas and of course any concerns.

You can contact me personally via email (trechriron10 with the at thingy plus yahoo tack on a dot with the com stuff). I will stop by and announce the site after I stand it up (after I see the interest level).
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Thalaba said Oct 18, 2012 14:38:03
It might be worth mentioning that BRP Central (www.basicroleplaying.com) is devoted to the entire BRP family and has a sub forum specifically for RQ6. That site hosts files (and in fact by now has a rather large library of them) if people have something to share.
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TrentinCBergeron said Oct 20, 2012 18:11:40
Yeah, I spaced on that and I visit www.basicroleplaying.com almost everyday. It really has some nice stuff on there, including a GM screen made by yours truly for BRP. :-D The only thing it's missing is an article/wiki like thing. I wonder if it could be plugged into it...
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StevenLeary said Oct 30, 2012 06:20:46
Re: BRPCentral...

Talk to Trif. A previous version on the host software had a wiki provision. I thought he mentioned at one point bringing it back.

SDLeary
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barry said Oct 30, 2012 18:25:57
I would happily help fund a fan based site with better functionality
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PhilHibbs said Dec 04, 2012 13:35:28
There is www.mrqwiki.com but the "m" stands for "Mongoose". I suspect that, if they really wanted to, Issaries or Moon Design could object to the use of the RuneQuest name in association with Mongoose, or the presence of a very limited amount of Gloranthan content for a system that is no longer licenced to be associated with Glorantha. However, it would seem a little churlish to insist that the entire internet be expunged of such fan material once a licencing deal expires. I'm sure that Loz wouldn't be aggressively pursuing any fan sites out there hosting ancient web pages devoted to 23rd Parallel Games's Luther Arkwright RPG. That's not how we roll(role?).

Also there is a lot of cruft on the site left over from the first edition of MRQ, the organization is a bit shabby, and the site has occasional bandwidth problems due to people deep-linking to some of the files hosted on it. I think I've finally got spam under control though. I had to implement a fairly draconian whitelisting of URLs. I think a new wiki is a good idea, as it gives the opportunity to make a clean start, and I would be happy to pitch in as an administrator based on my mrqwiki experience.
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lawrence.whitaker said Dec 05, 2012 00:14:38
There is www.mrqwiki.com but the "m" stands for "Mongoose". I suspect that, if they really wanted to, Issaries or Moon Design could object to the use of the RuneQuest name in association with Mongoose, or the presence of a very limited amount of Gloranthan content for a system that is no longer licenced to be associated with Glorantha. However, it would seem a little churlish to insist that the entire internet be expunged of such fan material once a licencing deal expires. I'm sure that Loz wouldn't be aggressively pursuing any fan sites out there hosting ancient web pages devoted to 23rd Parallel Games's Luther Arkwright RPG. That's not how we roll(role?).


Of course we wouldn't. The mrqwiki can go on existing quite happily for as long as it wants to. Neither do we object to fan sites. As long as appropriate recognition is given (and, where necessary, permission sought to use logos, etc) then everyone wins.
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