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The Red Book of Magic

The Red Book of Magic


Dive into the ultimate guide to magic for RuneQuest!

Summon Spirit Teacher

What's Inside

Penned by Zzabur, the Sorcerer Supreme himself, The Red Book of Magic is the indispensable source for expanded Rune and spirit magic. It’s an essential expansion to the RuneQuest experience for players and Gamemasters alike.

A Tome of Spells

Entrall Spell

Over 500 spells for both Rune and spirit magic. These spells can be used by adventurers and NPCs alike. Also detailed are rules for Gamemasters to devise their own Rune spells.

Spell - Breath Air/Water

New Beasts & Monsters

Summon Ice Nymph Spell

An array of new monsters to compliment those found in the RuneQuest Glorantha: BestiaryMagical creatures such as War Trees, Manlings, and Luxites are detailed to pit against your adventures, and each can spawn a new RuneQuest adventure of your own design!

Luxite Statistics

New Rules

Summon Entity Spell

A wealth of new information on Rune metals, healing plants, and illusions. Special rules for ritual casting, and new methods for increasing your chance of successful spellcasting. The Red Book of Magic also contains the esoteric secrets of Hepherones’ Statement of Magic.

Spirit Magic

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Jose M July 09, 2021 7:25 pm UTC
Complaining about partial nudity in a game describing a world with this level of technology and those kind of cultures..

Dear me, when they will explain to you how little broos are made, your hypocritical panty will get a twist.
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David B August 05, 2021 9:48 am UTC
Having a few points put into Chao Lore will give nightmares.... Death to Chaos

If it is warm enough to go bear legged Aldryami style or the Earth Goddess High Priestess has the girls out ( even thought maybe it would be better she didn’t), its their culture not ours..... we should not judge... next thing Uz will be banded from all you can eat is a thin end of a very thick ( but tasty) wedge.
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Adam S June 24, 2022 12:11 am UTC
Frankly, the op was more maturely written than your reponsem Jose.
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David B January 10, 2021 9:40 pm UTC
I have resevered a notification that there was a revision, what has changed?
May Darkness ⚫️ Protect you all.
Join Uz ( we have snacks)
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SIMON LUKE E January 04, 2021 5:36 pm UTC
I can´t buy it via the Chaosium site (for credit card reasons). If I buy it via drivethru, will I still get the code for the discount on the physical version?
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SIMON LUKE E January 06, 2021 11:27 am UTC
I asked Dustin of Chaosium and he said no. So asked and answered.
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Adrian S December 26, 2020 12:24 am UTC
I can't review it as I bought it on the Chaosium site so this will do.
Love Runequest, love Glorantha. So I was very pleased when this was announced fairly recently and then shortly after, published. I would rate this as 7 out of ten or 3.5 stars.
The Art work is variable but over all good [but not great], I found it some of it a bit 3-D printerish with the lines just too clean, other pieces were outstanding. Chaosium has the annoying habit of not titling its art in its recent RQ stuff, sometimes it's obvious what (spell) it is, but often not. I understand one of the other poster's point about the nudity, I am not offended, but some warning or disclaimer could be added. If RQ is going to grow it it is going to attract younger players.

There are lots of spells which will enhance any game, many of which newer players will have never seem, and even quite a few for long time players. To call it the book of magic is a bit misleading, it is much more a book of spells and those of the Dragon...See more
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Robert T December 22, 2020 3:35 pm UTC
This book delivers exactly what it claims. It is a wide-ranging collection of Rune magic (and to a lesser extent spirit magic) for HeroQuest: Glorantha GMs and players. The content is clear, informative and well-written. It is a must for anyone playing in the system. P.S. The partial nudity is a very minor component of this book and if you have any previous experience of HQ:G, you should not be surprised at this point.
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Manuel M December 22, 2020 2:37 pm UTC
Runequest is all about magic and this book is all you need to know about Runequest magic all in one book. It gives all information and spells related to spirit and rune magic. The content is very useful and the Art is gorgeous. The Runequest line art is gorgeous and Chaosium treasure us with arts both refreshing and made for Glorantha. This book is a must for players and GM alike. (And nudity is well done. Always natural and never sexist)
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Ben B December 22, 2020 1:39 am UTC
Which version of Runequest is this for?
Does it also work with the Design mechanism edition?
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Michael O December 23, 2020 12:40 am UTC
It's for the current edition of RQ, RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, published by Chaosium. RQG is very backwards-compatible with RuneQuest Classic (2nd edition). Less so for other editions, though you could still use it.
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Ben B December 25, 2020 12:13 pm UTC
Thank you.
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Robert M December 18, 2020 1:32 am UTC
Very disappointing.
Waited for new content for Runequest for years.
This was very bad.
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Todd T December 20, 2020 12:29 pm UTC
How so? Can you be more specific?
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Robert M December 21, 2020 5:57 pm UTC
Very disappointing purchase.

Todd, this is the review I posted. The product looks like a fragment of a really good idea that needs to be completed.

The section on rune metals could have been expanded to the level of detail that various magics have. Where is the metal, how is it found, some measure of context and story. More differentiation of general categories of enchanted and unenchanted rune metals. As it stands, the category of rune metal appears to lack cohesive form as a species of thing. Some unenchanted rune metals have magical effect, some do not. In a consciously Bronze Age setting, far more should be done to detail the power of metal.

The additional spells lacked context with an example being the additional runes associated with Invisibility compared with RQ Role Playing In Glorantha. Looking at the Summon Ancestor spell, it and the tables are not significantly different from the spell as presented in RQG. Rules for illusions, highlighted as a selling point, are...See more
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Michael O December 23, 2020 12:48 am UTC
If you're looking for brand new RQ content you should check out The Pegasus Plateau and The Smoking Ruin. These scenario supplements were both released by Chaosium earlier this year. Plus there's also all the amazing community content material released for RuneQuest in the Jonstown Compendium; new stuff from independent creators is appearing there literally every week.
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Robert M December 24, 2020 1:55 pm UTC
Thank you for the suggestions!
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Francesco B December 17, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
It's me or there is no beast section in the PDF?
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Robert M December 18, 2020 1:30 am UTC
Nope. The few presented are among the spells.
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