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2018 ENnie Awards Nominee - BEST FREE PRODUCT

Welcome to Glorantha

A mythic world of mortals and gods, myths and cults, monsters and heroes. In Glorantha, the Runes permeate everything, and mastery of Runes allows astonishing feats of bravery and magic.

Glorantha is ancient, and has known many ages, but now it is at the brink of the greatest conflict it has ever known… the Hero Wars.

Glorantha is the setting of RuneQuest, one of the oldest and most influential roleplaying games ever published.

Welcome to Chaosium’s RuneQuest Quickstart Rules, a booklet that collects the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form. Use this booklet to play the new edition of RuneQuest immediately, and to discover the improvements to the system. These game rules and a new adventure—The Broken Tower—preview the new edition of RuneQuest, developed in close consultation with the original designers and creators of RuneQuest and of Glorantha.

The Broken Tower, set in the heart of the Dragon Pass, is suitable for up to 5 adventurers and one gamemaster, complete with all the rules needed to play.


Bonus items included

  • Adventurers Handout for Players
  • Optional Adventurer - The Assistant Shaman

If you like this book, please check out RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha for the full experience!

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha—Quickstart Rules and Adventure is a huge win for me, and I suggest giving it a look. If you’re new to RPGs, then snag this Quickstart and dive right in; you’re sure to have a great time. If you’re already schooled with other RPGs, still give this one a chance; it might just surprise you.
- Matthew Scott Baker, Shattered Ravings

RuneQuest Quickstart is a good product to start learning the rules of the new RuneQuest and the world of Glorantha. It accomplishes its goal by far and Chaosium's initiative of promoting the game in this way is commendable.
- El Runeblogger, Runeblog 

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Quickstart and Adventure does exactly what it sets out to do and that is provide a good introduction to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha..
- Matthew Pook, Reviews from R'lyeh

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Scott N September 20, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
I have this in print version, I'm talking about the full final edition in print or pod.
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Rick M September 20, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
The full print version goes on sale on on Friday the 21st of September.
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Scott N September 26, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
I just wish a full version book of this would hurry up and release.
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Michael O September 20, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Here you go: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is out now, and available on DTRPG, along with the RQG Glorantha Bestiary and RQG Gamemaster Screen Pack
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Bryon R August 27, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
I have loved Runequest since I found a copy of Apple lane at a game store with a picture of a hit location chart on the back. RQ-G goes back to it's roots, being based on the RQ2 model but adds in aspects developed for Pendragon - passions, and those modified for Runes. "Bringing the Runes back to RuneQuest." I have run the quickstart rules and scenario several times at Origins and GenCon this year, with plans to do so at others.
While some of the rules can be a bit vague or incomplete - it is a quickstart. It does give you everything to run the scenario in the back and set you up to run your own games. I can't wait for November when the full rule set will be available.
Great game, great setting - love it.
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Rune B July 02, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
I can't seem to be able to rate this publication but I'd give it 5 stars if I could.

I like this RuneQuest Quickstart and I think it is very well done to introduce the rules and a bit of the world of Glorantha to new players. Some of the new rules will be familiar to players of the 6th edition, and perhaps the authors have been a tad conservative (for example Call of Cthulhu 7th ed already does not use the Resistance Table and has characteristics from 1 to 100), but overall, this are the best rules right now to play RuneQuest in the setting that has always been associated with it: Glorantha.

I'm really looking forward to see more adventures published as well as the official rulebook. Don't forget to download the 6th player character with the basic rules for spirit combat! :-)

For a more detailed review, you can read my runeblog:
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