WHAT IS RUNEQUEST?— PART TWO: an RPG with a difference

Posted by Michael O'Brien on 13th Jun 2018

If your roleplaying gaming has mostly been in the D20 sphere, here are some interesting ways you might find RuneQuest is different.

RQG - Storm Khan fighting broo at the Block1. RuneQuest is part of Chaosium’s D100 Basic Roleplaying system. It is intuitive and easy to play: virtually all rolls determining success or failure of a task are determined via the roll of percentile dice.

RQG Hunter2. RuneQuest has no character classes or alignments; characters are defined by their culture, the gods they follow, and the Runes that inspire them.

RQG - Climbing3. Nor does the RuneQuest system use levels; instead, characters advance in skills and abilities by using them in course of play. Anyone can try to pick a lock, cast a spell, or decipher some ancient runic script. Or indeed, try to climb a wall...

RQG - Combat4. Combat in RuneQuest is exciting, immersive, visceral and always potentially deadly; players should be mindful even the lowliest trollkin can take out an experienced warrior with a lucky blow. 

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha

Try out a skill-based percentile system that balances experience-based progression with deadly combat! 

RUNEQUEST: ROLEPLAYING IN GLORANTHA is available now! An all-new edition of one of the world’s most influential and acclaimed fantasy roleplaying games—"one of the most stunning RPG books ever made", says

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Art Credit: Simon Roy

13th Age Glorantha PDF

The 13th Age Glorantha Option

And if you love D20 but are looking to play in Glorantha to benefit from the deep world setting, then also check out 13thAge Glorantha from lead designers of DnD 3rd & 4th editions, Jonathan Tweet and Rob Heinsoo!