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Crimson King is a RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha adventure by Nick Brooke: a game of intrigue and conspiracy in the highest echelons of the Lunar Empire! Players take on the roles of the heroes and rulers of this Gloranthan superpower, confronted by treachery and betrayal on all sides.

The lavishly-illustrated scenario is a sequel to The Duel at Dangerford and Black Spear, and can be used as a stand-alone adventure or in an ongoing campaign. It builds on the Lunar Empire as presented in A Rough Guide to Glamour and Life of Moonson, but GMs do not need either book to run their game.

Cover art by John Sumrow. Illustrations by Dario Corallo, Katrin Dirim, Linnea Mast and Mike O’Connor. Maps and diagrams by Matt Ryan and Nick Brooke. Playtested at Chaosium Con in April 2022.

"Nick Brooke's Crimson King is simultaneously an exploration of ALL of the multiple facets of Glorantha's Moon goddess and completely, utterly, insane. Nuts. Bonkers. Deranged. Mad. Literally, quite literally, out of its mind…
Crimson King is distinctively a Nick Brooke Production. It is playful rather than stuffy, juicy rather than dry, and tongue-in-cheek rather than solemn... It takes the MGF concept ("maximum game fun") and runs with it.
“You will come to Crimson King for the phenomenal production values, gorgeous art, and trademark Brooke wit. You will remember it for the setting and the ingenious plot twist. Crimson King is lunacy of the highest order, absolutely insane. Yet for a hobby in which people sit around and have a consensual that really a bad thing?”

- from the review by Andrew Logan Montgomery (Six Seasons in Sartar)

NOTE: Material in this book deals with mature themes. GMs should adjust their presentation of this subject matter to suit their own and their group’s comfort levels.

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Adrian S February 27, 2023 12:23 am UTC
The price actually goes up if you order the PDF and Premium Book together!
No discount for you!

Admittedly it's only a penny, but it is funny.
Drivethru or someone, needs a basic maths lesson.
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Thomas L January 12, 2023 10:35 am UTC
So Nick is at it again. He's always been one of the few who actually gets the ambiguity of Lunarism in all its subtlety. He's also a pop culture buff who effortlessly blends Dune, super heroes, celebrities, James Bond, rock music and so much more in a harmonious blend that has the same "feels like going home" taste as early Star Wars. Buy what he writes. Read it with exhilaration. You don't even have to play it for it to be worth your money and time. Also the lunar arcana illos aloe are worth the price of admission : they're gorgeous and you need to read the captions. All things come to She who Waits...
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Roger M January 09, 2023 1:50 am UTC
I love Nick's take on the Lunar Empire and also being a huge King Crimson fan was greatly looking forward to this but found it somewhat underdeveloped, being part freeform and then part boss fight with a boss who seems seriously underpowered for who/what he is supposed to be - (but probably he has to be because RQ does break down when you have demigods and monsters with skills way way above 100% and a long list of spells and powers).

Still well worth buying though with some excellent new art from the brilliant Katrin Moondaughter and that great cover.
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