And one very important clarification.
The Heartwood NEVER used the Basic Roleplaying System. There was an intensive investigation of the current gaming systems - and believe we, had a copies of every game system of the time from "Tunnels and Trolls" (Take That You Fiend!) to "Chivalry and Sorcery" (let's have a rule for everything).
Since that time, so many decades ago, the Heartwood was always RUNEQUEST.
Runequest was selected for several reasons:
a) the combat system was the best simulation of actual combat, having shared the same experiences the writers had on the SCA tourney and melee field.
b) The cult system. This was the heart of the decision, and what made it distinct from the basic roleplaying. One of Runequest's most intriguing facets was the integration of religion into culture and magic. It wasn't called Runequest - representing most characters' drive to become runelords and runepriests - for nothing. It was also pretty groundbreaking - few games had made any effort towards integrating the magic systems into the game world culture - where casting magic was more than selection spells from this book or that book.
While the Heartwood was not Gloranthan, if you ever got to look at any of the Heartwood's cult files you would have immediately seen how they built on Runquest's foundations, starting with lay membership, to becoming an initiate, to becoming a lord or priest or both. It also included the same series of signature cultic spells - very similar to what was in the original books and Cults of Prax.
c) Chaosium's original supplements were the best in the industry and provided an excellent model on how to set up and document parts of the world and adventures. These provided the examples used in creating the various portions of the Heartwood.
d) Yes, there were other influences, and these took the Heartwood even farther from Basic Roleplaying. Eastern Sorcery had deep Stormbringer roots. The Avalon Hill version provided the background system that's served for the template for creating characters in the game - though by the time we got to DL it had been watered down to better suit the player pool. Western Sorcery was straight out of AH Runequest.
So you can say many things about The Heartwood - but Basic Roleplaying?
Last edited by Wolf; Sun 31/05/20 04:07 UTC.