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Mucha Blondie Glamour, by Antonia DonchevaWinner of the Gold Ennie Award for "Best Organized Play" 2021!


A Rough Guide to Glamour is your indispensable companion for any visit to the capital city of the greatest empire the world of Glorantha has ever known!

This 111-page book contains:

  • A comprehensive map, gazetteer and guidebook detailing the capital of the Lunar Empire;
  • Portraits and descriptions of eleven Very Important People who can be encountered there, including Moonson, the Red Emperor, and the Lunar hero Jar-eel the Razoress;
  • A description and map of the Sultanate of the Silver Shadow, the throbbing heart of the empire;
  • Sweeping overviews of the geography and history of the Lunar Empire;
  • RuneQuest writeups for the cults of the Red Emperor, the immortal wizard-ruler of the Lunar Empire, and the goddess Glamour, the humble nymph who became the First Inspiration of Moonson;
  • Insights into the secrets of Kalikos Icebreaker, the Lunar College of Magic and the Imperial Monopolies of the Etyries cult;
  • Never-republished supporting material from the legendary fanzine Tales of the Reaching Moon;
  • Rumours, fiction, poetry, and more besides!

This is a thoroughly revised and expanded edition of the original Rough Guide to Glamour, written by Chris Gidlow, Mike Hagen, Nick Brooke, Michael O’Brien, Jeff Richard, Greg Stafford and friends, lavishly illustrated by Dario Corallo, Simon Bray, Julie Hudson and other artists.

Foreword by Jeff Richard, Creative Director of Chaosium Inc.

A Rough Guide to Glamour was first published as a players’ background book supporting Reaching Moon Megacorp’s Life of Moonson, a 50-player live-action role-playing game that debuted in 1997 and ran in North America, Europe and Australia.

Is this book 'canon'?

No. Like everything else on the Jonstown Compendium, this is a non-canonical fan publication: Your Glorantha Will Vary. The only "official" canon for Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha will be found in material published by Chaosium / Moon Design Publications. 

Jeff Richard, the Chair and Creative Director of Chaosium, Inc., has said some generous things about our book on public RuneQuest Facebook groups, citing it as one of the best sources on the Lunar Empire (alongside the Glorantha Sourcebook, the Lunar Empire chapter of the Guide to Glorantha, and the Lunar chapter of the forthcoming, unpublished Cults of Glorantha). In another discussion, he commented: "I'd say the Guide to Glamour is about 95% how I view it. And as all RQ players know, a roll of 96-00 is always a failure. As opposed to something like the Imperial Lunar Handbook books [for HeroQuest] which were closer to 25%. And as all RQ players know, don't go into combat with a 25% skill."

Revised & Expanded?

The 1998 edition of the Rough Guide to Glamour contained 29,000 words. We have cut out a third of the book: sections either reprinted in or made redundant by the Glorantha Sourcebook (The Lunar Pantheon, Dart Competitions & New Year Ceremony) and sections primarily written to support the freeform Reaching Moon Megacorp’s Life of Moonson (Recent History & a list of Sultanates, Provinces etc. and their rulers). So there are 20,000 words from the old Guide remaining.

The Jonstown Compendium edition of the Guide contains more than 50,000 words.

Most major sections are significantly expanded (eg: the Gazetteer is 60% longer, detailing 117 locations in Outer Glamour; the Rough Guide itself has two new pages on Holidays and Festivals). We have incorporated material from the Guide to Glorantha (a full writeup of the Silver Shadow Sultanate, with new maps by Colin Driver), from Tales of the Reaching Moon (Cult of the Red Emperor, Lunar Government, Satraps & Sultans, Letter from a Monopolist, A Visit to Glamour), and from the epic Yolanelathon (three interlinked stories by MOB and Nick, presented at various conventions in the nineties but never collected under one cover). There is a new 4,000 word writeup of the Cult of Glamour by Jeff Richard, plus obscure rumours, fragments and oddities scattered throughout (eg: Antiquities of Old Glamour, Red Empire, Pelorian Rhapsody, Annual Dinner of the Lunar College of Magic).

If you liked the original Rough Guide to Glamour, we think you’ll like this version even more!


Authors: Chris Gidlow, Mike Hagen, Nick Brooke, Michael O’Brien, Jeff Richard, Greg Stafford and friends.

Cover Art: Dario Corallo and Julie Hudson.

Interior Art: Dario Corallo, Simon Bray, Antonia Doncheva, Julie Hudson, BA Wayne, Dan Barker & Gene Day.

Cartography: Julie Hudson, Mike Hagen, Colin Driver and Phil Anderson.

Layout: Nick Brooke with Dario Corallo.

NOTE: Material in this book deals with mature themes.

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Howard F February 17, 2021 2:53 am UTC
Me on Facebook: "I am so impressed by The Rough Guide to Glamour hardback that I want the rest of my books like that!"

It's true. The hardback is great! I really wish the other books were the same format. Especially Life of Moonson, and the Armies book (don't forget Men of the West!)
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andrew T September 06, 2020 2:58 pm UTC
Because I have a publisher account, I cannot review this product. But if say, I could review it, I would give it 5 stars and say it is essential reading for any right thinking Gloranthaphile. 5 stars I say, yes that is the rating I would give.
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Nick B September 06, 2020 3:10 pm UTC
Thank you, Andrew! :-)
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Nick B July 14, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
If you bought the Rough Guide to Glamour before it became a Gold Best Seller, check your Library - you'll find two dozen pages of "Directors' Cut Bonus Features" there, ready to download.
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andrew T September 06, 2020 2:59 pm UTC
Excellent value add, thank yoo
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Andrew S May 19, 2020 7:39 pm UTC
Is there a way to upgrade my PDF to the POD version
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Nick B May 19, 2020 7:48 pm UTC
I really wish there was, but unfortunately there isn't. As sellers on the Jonstown Compendium we don't get any information about who's buying our books, so we can't do any of the clever voucher-type stuff those Chaosium folk can do. (I'm quite upset about it, too: how hard would it be?)
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Andrew S May 20, 2020 9:16 pm UTC
Thanks Nick
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Nick B June 01, 2020 4:47 am UTC
UPDATE: if you bought the PDF / digital version of our book and now want to upgrade to the beautiful hardcover printed version, contact DriveThruRPG Customer Services (using the red button in the page footer) and they will help you to do this at cost. We don't want anybody to have to pay for our book twice!
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Hyperlexic N June 18, 2020 10:40 pm UTC
I just did this - worked great! Customer service gave me a new link which I used to buy the print-only portion of the POD.
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Terry W May 16, 2020 7:31 am UTC
Following for the POD version!
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Nick B May 19, 2020 6:37 pm UTC
POD is now available.
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Torbjörn A April 20, 2020 11:36 am UTC
A more than worthy successor to the legendary 40-48 page rough guides to Glamour that have been out of print for decades. Make sure you grab the separate map pack that comes with the download.
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Nick B April 16, 2020 9:45 pm UTC
Following a suggestion from Joerg Baumgartner, a "Glamour Map Pack" has been added to this product, with all the maps in a separate PDF. Look in your Library - you should find a new file alongside the Rough Guide.
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Jonathan S April 16, 2020 10:03 pm UTC
Thanks a lot, that is really a good idea.
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Rory H April 13, 2020 9:19 pm UTC
OK, I make out Elvis, Danny De Vito and Eva Green on the cover. Who are the two at the back?
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Rory H April 13, 2020 9:22 pm UTC
There is also Margot Robbie and Cate Blanchett on the back cover.
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Kenny W April 23, 2020 8:38 am UTC
maybe Zienia Merton (Space 1999 ) ?
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Nick B April 23, 2020 9:00 am UTC
Dario's Italian, so we asked him for Sophia Loren as Great Sister, and he delivered the goods brilliantly.

Making sure there was a hammer and sickle on the front cover was a frolic of his own (and we love it).
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Andreas D April 13, 2020 4:35 pm UTC
Print on demand option, please?
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Matt S April 14, 2020 3:15 pm UTC
Jesus, it's been out a day. Give them a damn chance.
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Nick B April 14, 2020 5:44 pm UTC
Hi, Andreas: we'd *love* to be able to offer this as Print on Demand, but unfortunately that needs someone at DriveThruRPG to make changes to the way the Chaosium's Jonstown Compendium community content programme is set up. As soon as that happens, we'll get the ball rolling - and if everything goes perfectly, we'll have POD versions available a month later. More info on the timescales here:
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Andreas D April 15, 2020 8:59 am UTC
Excellent. Thanks Nick!
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Nick B May 19, 2020 6:38 pm UTC
POD is now available.
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Andreas D May 22, 2020 7:39 am UTC
Hardcover even? I'd be satisfied with a plain old softcover, but whatever. This will sit fine with the original on my shelf! :)
Thanks for the notification, Nick!
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