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Rune Stryders: Fantasy-Mecha RPG


The ORIGINAL Fantasy Mecha Roleplaying Game.

Classic Revised Edition (2021)

Civil war threatens to engulf the world of Rhun. While the peoples of the Divaros, Myndwar, and Zokili collectively control the northern lands as the Confederated Nations, the scattered lands to the south are held by the Outcast Nations of the Kantarin, Sivatagi, and Draslander. Driven long ago from their homelands into areas then deemed uninhabitable, the Outcast Nations wait impatiently for their chance to strike back at the countries that have enforced their exile for so many years. 

Political machinations, roguery, spying, assassination, and secretive military strikes against neighboring countries mean that the Confederated Nations are not nearly as united as their lofty name might suggest. And the Outcast Nations are hardly mere victims and refugees, representing a political, economic, and military force with which to be reckoned, both individually and collectively. 

Heroes versed in the magical power of Runes stand against the tide of chaos. For not only is their knowledge of magic great, they can use it to bring Stryders to life. These towering war machines come in many shapes and sizes, some forged from steel, others carved from stone, and still others grown from living plants and giant insects. All are mighty in their own right, highly prized and jealously guarded by their pilots, crews, and patrons. 

This is a complete roleplaying game including all the rules needed to create characters, resolve conflicts, cast Runes, and use and design Stryders. Featuring:

  • The easy-to-learn system utilizes 10-sided dice, and is optimized for tactical play, while offering a consistent and flexible gaming experience.
  • The modular yet consistent design means that you can easily switch between man-to-man combat, Stryder combat, Stryder-to-man combat, tactical Stryder combat, and Rune combat.
  • 45 main runes plus 5 control runes each create different magical effects, but can also be combined to create countless more.
  • 42 character templates (seven from each of the six nations) get you into the action quickly; simple customization rules give you the freedom to create your own original heroes or build them from scratch.
  • 10 stryder templates, ranging from the mechanical to the organic, put you in the pilot seat; easy-to-use construction rules allow you to customize stryders for your own needs.
  • History, geography, maps, and detailed information on the world's nations paint a vivid picture of the setting.

Note: this includes the same content as the 2021 softcover version.

"The combination of RPG and wargame helps give Rune Stryders an impressive scope... This is a nicely complex setting; politically I mean, and that means you can ignore it if you want..." 

"It opens up one of the best aspects of a fantasy RPG to all the players rather than limiting to a select few and then making them sacrifice something else in return... It's a flexible game..." 

"I like the look and feel of Rune Stryders...  Rune Stryders could become one of those cult classics..." 

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August 22nd, 2022
This states in the title that is is "Fantasy-Mecha". In the Section on "Stryders" it specifically states these are not Mecha, Robots, or Golems. They are extensions of the rider. I am calling it a rider, not a pilot. There is [...]
November 18th, 2004
Not being a mecha fan, I was reluctant to purchase this product. However, the high degree of quality that I've seen in other PIG products ultimately overcame my reticence and I took the plunge. I'm glad that I did. While it is unlikely th [...]
June 24th, 2004
Love the ideas. Interesting spell system. Not fond of the mechanics. [...]
April 28th, 2004
A well-realized world with a lot of opportunities for a variety of adventures, from political intrigue to epic battles. One of the best things is that the rune stryders do not overshadow the game as one would expect; while powerful, they really [...]
March 14th, 2004
This was okay, but only barely. I kept wanting more "good stuff" and instead would get something odd. The whole thing cried out to be a sourcebook for some other game system rather than having a system of its own - there was too many rules [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on December 12, 2003.