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Runecairn Wardensaga

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Runecairn Bestiary is now available, adding 100 new monsters to Runecairn

Strap on your bearded axe and linden wood shield, delve into the forsaken barrow and cleanse the draugr within. They will overwhelm you at first so prepare to die. But when you wake up at the bonfire, you'll know what to expect for your next attempt. Parry their attacks, disarm them, and hack them to pieces. Defeat the undead within and claim the soul remnant they protect.

DEATH IS NOT THE END

What is Runecairn?

Runecairn is a Norse fantasy tabletop roleplaying game written and designed by Colin Le Sueur and inspired by games like Dark Souls and Elden Ring. Based on lightweight new school revolution (NSR) systems Into the Odd and Cairn, Runecairn is designed for 2 players, one GM (the Warden) and one player (the Adventurer).

Runecairn Wardensaga Remastered is an 84-page full-colour rulebook filled with black and white and colour illustrations depicting the Norse fantasy world of the Nine Realms.

This book contains everything you need to run the game, from a quick one-shot, short dungeon delve, or epic campaign, including:

  • Streamlined d20 roll-under rules based on Cairn and Into the Odd.
  • Soulslike mechanics such as resurrecting at bonfires, respawning monsters, and dynamic combat.
  • Quickstart dungeon crawl adventure Beneath the Broken Sword, perfect for new GMs and players.
  • 4 standard backgrounds: the hearty Warrior, nimble Scout, cunning Seer, or spirited Skald.
  • 2 new advanced backgrounds: the devastating Berserkr and fiery Pyre.
  • Solo play with a rune-based oracle.
  • Delve generator for randomly creating dark fantasy dungeons.
  • Drop-in additional players for jolly cooperation or player-vs-player invasions.

Remastered is an updated and refreshed version of the original Runecairn: Wardensaga, published in 2022.

What's different in Wardensaga Remastered?

  • Sleek new layout, making it clearer to read and play.
  • Tightened up and clarified mechanics, to better convey to new players and GMs.
  • Brought in new mechanics introduced in the Runecairn Bestiary like toxic and dismembered status effects.
  • Provided answers to common questions like "how do I increase mead flask sips?", "what do rare items mean?", and "where should I place bonfires when playing solo?".
  • Brilliant new colour and texture for the illustrations, alongside all new illustrations like the dwarf and lindworm.
  • Typo and corrections pass to squash those bugs once and for all.

What People Are Saying

Chris McDowall (@Bastionland), designer and creator of Into the Odd and Electric Bastionland:

I absolutely love Runecairn! As soon as I read it I wanted to steal its ideas. It changed the way I think about the type of games that the Into the Odd system can run.

Rich August (@RpgAugust), designer and writer at Steamforged Games (Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game):

Thank you for such an awesome game - I loved reading Runecairn and it’s on my list of 2022 games to get to the table. And the layout is lovely too.

Richard Kelly (@SprintingOwl), designer:

If you’re looking for a moderately crunchy duo TRPG, or if you’re a fan of Souls games, or if you want to see a stellar adaptation of video game mechanics to tabletop, I would strongly recommend giving Beneath the Broken Sword (and Runecairn) a shot.

Sebrina Calkins (@EntwifeXP), reviewer:

This is a quality game, adapting Cairn to an apocalyptic Norse setting with a greater emphasis on arms, armour and combat without losing the deadly and considered tone of its forebear.

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Dean W September 20, 2023 2:46 am UTC
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I just got the softcover rules and I'm strongly considering getting the hardcover edition. Do you know when the Sling rules update will take place? If I buy the hardcover edition now, will it have the corrections discussed in these comments?
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Colin L September 20, 2023 12:34 pm UTC
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No, unfortunately. The most recent print run was done in March 2023 and this error was fixed after that. It'll be fixed in the third print run, however; this will likely be next year, sorry!
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Kyle S July 03, 2023 6:08 am UTC
If I already own the core and advanced rules and beneath the broken sword is there anything additional in this (other than the cool cover :P)?
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Colin L July 03, 2023 7:03 am UTC
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Nope, if you've got the three other books, there's nothing more in Wardensaga (other than the cover, as you say!).
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Marco T July 02, 2023 7:21 pm UTC
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Can fatigue occupy a used inventory slot? If so, what happens to the item using that slot?

Also, the sling has the "pummel" skill but I can't seem to find what it does. Does it just give damage advantage when used?
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Colin L July 03, 2023 7:28 am UTC
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If you've got no more free inventory slots, you can't use abilities that cause fatigue.

If you've got no free inventory slots and additional fatigue is forced on you, through an enemy ability or exhaustion, etc., you drop what's in your hands. Additional forced fatigue after that causes you to collapse.

Pummel should actually be Flurry. I'll fix that in a future update. Thanks!
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Michael B November 01, 2022 2:24 pm UTC
Played our first game at a friend's yesterday and I have to say, I'm looking forward to the next session!

One question, though: The Seer class lists the Greystone's damage as d4, in the equipment section it's a d6. Since the Greystone is cast "as if from a sling", and the sling does d4 damage, I guess the d4 fpor the Greystone is correct?
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Colin L November 01, 2022 2:29 pm UTC
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Glad you're enjoying it! Yup, d4 is correct. Thanks for flagging this, I'll correct it in a future update
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Michael B November 02, 2022 6:17 pm UTC
Cool, thanks for the quick reply!
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Chauncey P October 06, 2022 7:03 pm UTC
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I cant say enough positive things about this. We just went through a Hurricane here and this book has kept me sane. Well done with lots of options and character. Pick it up asap!
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Colin L October 06, 2022 7:09 pm UTC
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Thanks Chauncey, that means a lot! I'm glad it helped you get through a tough time.
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Jonathan H September 04, 2022 10:30 am UTC
Purchased this from Exalted Funeral, to get the hardcover. I have to say, this is an excellent system! I'm about halfway through Beneath the Broken Sword and am thrilled with how it's going. I believe this will be one, if not, my favorite systems thus far. Incredible offering and really enjoying it. Currently playing it solo, using some tables from solitary defilement and an oracle from perplexing ruins.
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Colin L September 04, 2022 6:40 pm UTC
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Hey Jonathan, thanks for the kind words! Glad you're enjoying the system so much!
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Ricardo Pedro Giro S July 21, 2022 11:50 am UTC
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Hey Colin, I love Runecairn and really want to grab a copy of this more complete and sick looking version! However, I can't seem to find an option to buy it over here in Europe. Are print copies only available from Exalted Funeral in the US?
I'd love to get it in print since I already your other PDFs :/
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Colin L July 21, 2022 3:19 pm UTC
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Hi Ricardo, Exalted Funeral is working on UK and EU distribution and so Wardensaga should hopefully have more Europe-friendly shipping soon!
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Steve B October 19, 2022 11:28 am UTC
This is good news(I live in the UK), just seen geek gamers play this and got me interested, however I would prefer a hardback copy, so hopefully this gets sorted soon ! :)
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Abraham Z March 24, 2022 6:33 pm UTC
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A true soulslike tabletop RPG experience with solo potential? Sounds pretty interesting! If you are currently handing out review copies, I would love to feature it in my Youtube channel; is there an email where I can contact you?
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Colin L March 31, 2022 12:11 pm UTC
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Hi Abraham, happy to discuss a review copy. You can email me at colin@byodinsbeardrpg.com. Thanks!
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