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The Runewild Campaign Setting

The Runewild Campaign Setting

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Beyond the kingdom of Aruanda, there is an untamed land. It is a place where witches walk, where goblins cavort, where the borders between the mortal and fey realms grow thin. For some, it is a place of unspeakable wonder; for others, only madness and death lie within its trackless depths.

It is the Runewild, and it is beautiful and cruel.

The Runewild is a dark fairy tale sandbox setting for use with the 5th Edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. Designed for character levels 1 through 10, it provides locations, encounters, and NPCs to support a campaign lasting months or years, or to be adapted into other campaigns. This book includes:

  • A history of the Runewild and its surrounding settlements
  • 150 detailed encounter areas for player characters to explore
  • 21 maps (included as separate files for virtual tabletops)
  • 8 new Backgrounds and a new Feat: Fey-Touched
  • 21 unique magic items (like witch embers and the staff of clarity and confusion)
  • 32 new monsters (including clockwork dwarves, fey lions, giant forest sloths, and the terrifyingly beautiful Golden Bodach)
  • Detailed descriptions of the histories, motivations, and weaknesses of the witches of the Runewild, including the Whitebone Sisters; Missus Switch, the swine hag; Korthsuva, the Witch of Hours; and the Hag Queen Griselda, Mother of Ogres
  • New optional rules for exploration and resting
  • Advice for running a sandbox campaign
  • Dozens of random tables designed to help GMs make a Runewild campaign their own

For preivews check out:

Missus Switch, Swine Witch

Highvale Baldes and the Twisted Tome

Beasts that Lurk in the Runewild

NOTE: We hope to have a POD version ready in a few weeks. When we do, we'll send everybody who purchased the PDF a coupon for the print book equal to the cost of the PDF.

 
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Esteban M May 16, 2020 7:05 pm UTC
Hey, any chance this is coming up in PF2e? I was ready to buy it, but then was wondering if it would work.
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Matthew H May 16, 2020 7:19 pm UTC
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It's very likely yes. We've already put out three of the four Seasons of the Runewild adventures for PF2, with the final one coming this summer. We'll probably convert the main book too, though we're not sure when yet.
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Mark B May 08, 2020 5:45 pm UTC
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Hi Bill (if you check this or get email notifications from here), few questions:

-I have a group of brand new players to 5e and have homebrewed a world literally Fey+Fairytales, called the Lorewood (which was my very on the nose name for the storywood, where FT's and fey magic co-exist). I saw your product (as well as Grymmworld) and am planning on purchasing both to supplement my HB.

My questions are thus:

1. Because my PCs are brand new, I wanted them in a forest to sort of 'railroad' them into encounters/plot, since sandbox can be very risky with newbies (when they are expecting a lord of the rings story to chug chug along, lol). Will I lose much in the way of mechanics, if I ignore the hex system altogether for my current group?

2. How much Fairy Tale Vs. Fey would you say Runewild is? Are the references so subtle that the average non-literary nerd might miss them?

3. Could you (if it's not a spoiler I guess?) list which fairy tales from contemporary...See more
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May 09, 2020 2:03 am UTC
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Mark B:

Thanks for checking out the Runewild!

1. Most of the hexes include connections to other hexes, so you could easily pull those out and string them together into short campaign, if you're not interested in the sandbox approach. (My home group, for example, spent most of their lower levels pursuing the infamous bandit king, Ianto the Red, who's mentioned in a dozen or so hexes.)
2. The Runewild draws heavily from fairy tales, but I tried to make the setting evoke the feeling of fairy tales without referencing any story directly. So, while there's no literal Sleeping Beauty, there IS a beautiful maiden in an enchanted slumber (spoiler: you may not want to wake her up).
3. See #2. If it's a fairy tale, it's probably in the Runewild's DNA. Sometimes the allusions are subtle, sometime less so.
4. Unfortunately, the Runewild Campaign Setting + Seasons of the Runewild "omnibus" was a Kickstarter exclusive. I'd suggest picking up one of the Seasons adventures...See more
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David R April 22, 2020 2:24 pm UTC
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Got it, have skimmed all and read some, and it looks great. Some really creative thinking went into it. I love how it has that "fairy tale" feel, but it's also dark and gritty, without being gratuitously so.

Big question: is there a forum somewhere for discussing it, other than here? A Discord chat channel? I'd love to share questions/ideas with creators and fans.
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April 23, 2020 7:40 pm UTC
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Hi David!

This is Bill Fischer, author of the Runewild. Thank you for the kind words! That mix of darkness and whimsy was exactly what I going for when I created the Runewild, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I know that Sneak Attack Press has some plans in motion, but in the meantime you can check out my blog at www.niznocspeaks.wordpress.com or email me at niznocspeaks@gmail.com. I'd love to hear more feedback!
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Matthew H May 01, 2020 8:51 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Sorry for the delayed reply. I'm looking into some possibilities. Thanks!
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Carly I April 12, 2020 2:33 am UTC
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Late KS Backer here. So far it looks great! Thank you for the hard work.

My only request at this stage is a 'clean' world map without the encounter event numbers. If this would be possible that would be great!
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Matthew H April 12, 2020 3:35 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Just added that to the Player Map zip (two in fact, one with grids, and one without.)
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CIARAN O April 09, 2020 10:06 pm UTC
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Is anybody else simply getting an error message when they download? Frustrating after the long wait! I've contacted drivethrurpg for a fix.
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Kevin M April 09, 2020 7:54 pm UTC
Is this available in print anywhere? If not, any chance of a POD?
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Matthew H April 09, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It will be. We normally release the PDF first and give it a few weeks to get a chance to spot any typos before dong finalizing the POD version.

When print is available we'll also send a coupon to anybody who got the PDF version with a discount equal to the PDF price, so customers who get the PDF early don't end up paying more.
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Jeremy E April 14, 2020 2:17 pm UTC
That's generous and makes picking this up an easier decision. Is there something similar made for the Shadowfell?
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Matthew H April 15, 2020 3:50 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Not currently anything for Shadowfell, but that's an good idea of something for us to think about.
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Aldrich W April 09, 2020 3:30 pm UTC
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Does this include basically all of the previous runewild settings? Goblin Market? Seasons of the runewild?
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Matthew H April 09, 2020 5:34 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It includes the Goblin Market, but does NOT include the Seasons on the Runewild adventures.
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Aldrich W April 14, 2020 11:58 pm UTC
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Thanks, I've bought it. Any chance of a POD?
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Matthew H April 15, 2020 3:49 am UTC
PUBLISHER
POD should be available in a few weeks. When it is we'll also send a coupon to anybody who got the PDF version with a discount equal to the PDF price, so customers who get the PDF early don't end up paying more.
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