RuneQuest - Glorantha Bestiary - Hardcover

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A Myriad of Foes, Rivals and Allies to challenge your RuneQuest Heroes


The RuneQuest: Glorantha Bestiary contains almost 200 creatures native to the world of Glorantha or in the spirit worlds adjacent to it. These creatures range from weak to apocalyptically powerful, allowing a RuneQuest gamemaster to choose the right creature to suit any encounter or need.

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Entries are divided into Elder Races, creatures of Chaos, monsters, natural animals, dinosaurs, giant or unusual insects, spirit entities, summoned magical beings, and noteworthy plant types. Another chapter, Terrors, describes the most horrific and powerful entities walking the world of Glorantha, such as the enormous Crimson Bat, the three-bodied Chaos horror Cwim, the Chaos gaggle, and the Fiend of Cacodemon.

Each entry is presented in the same format as player adventurers, including attributes, hit locations and armor, weapons and special attacks, skills, languages, magic, and more. Sections in each entry include Myths and History, Subtypes, Description, Culture, Government, Religion, Region of Origin, and more, with adventuring races expanded in considerable detail.

Let your players be Trolls, Centaurs, or a different Intelligent Races!

Non-human species detailed for use as player character adventurers, ranging from multiple types of elves, dwarfs, centaurs, dark trolls and great trolls, all the way to unique Gloranthan species such as intelligent baboons and ducks, dragonewts, Men-and-a-half, trollkin, and Wolfbrothers, complete with their professions, cults, and magic.

What the Critics Say

"STYLE: 5. The revitalized Chaosium has been putting out some dazzling books, and this one is no exception - especially with the vivid and loving renditions of the various beasties and beings. SUBSTANCE: 5. Not just a compendium of creatures, but an indispensable companion, steeped in Gloranthan lore and thoroughly inspirational."—Paul StJohn Mackintosh review, RPGNet.

"The Bestiary is a treasure, a masterfully illustrated and produced tome that far and away surpasses any other monster guides we have seen for Glorantha… the most definitive and comprehensive look yet at Glorantha’s non-human cast of characters to date."— Andrew Logan Montgomery, Exploring the Otherworlds of Fiction, Magic, and Gaming.

"The RuneQuest: Glorantha Bestiary opens up the world of Glorantha and Dragon Pass... Its combination of background and stats, friends and foes, supports Game Master and player alike and together serve to make (it) an essential companion to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha."—Reviews from R’lyeh.

"I love [the Glorantha Bestiary's] selection of monsters. Many of them are super weird (Walktapus! Jackobears!), but they all feel like they have a place in the larger mythological ecosystem. Even conventional monsters seem fresh and exciting (see that Babylonian gargoyle). And there is something about the bronze age trappings of the world that makes things like giant bugs and dinosaurs super compelling (compared to D&D, where they get outshined by more exotic critters)."—Vintage RPG.

"A must for playing games in Glorantha… The interior art is as awesome as the cover. …It is no wonder that this book, together with the two others in the RQ slipcase, won an ENnie award for Best Interior Art in 2019."—Runeblogger, RPGNet review.

"The RuneQuest Glorantha Bestiary is not just a monstrous compendium, but a well-written tome about the things that live and breathe in Genertela. It does not restrict itself to the monsters-as-NPCs concept and provides something that few books of this type do: a vibe, a feeling about how the world of Glorantha functions."—Antonios S., RPGNet review.

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Full-color Hardcover
Greg Stafford, Jeff Richard, Jason Durall, Sandy Petersen
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  • 5
    Much more useful than you think

    Posted by Dan on 20th Aug 2020

    I was a bit doubtful about the need to publish another Bestiary. But this is a very useful book which really brings Glorantha to life. Highly recommended

  • 5
    You know what every good monster book needs? Distribution maps.

    Posted by Caleb Majeski on 18th Aug 2020

    The subject line is a bit of a joke, but I am making it to draw attention to the sheer level of detail that went into bringing the fantastical world of Glorantha to life. This book actually does have full distribution maps to show how the creatures contained within interact with and play a part in the world. Included are also detailed write ups and rules for the non-human sentient races, including the rules for non-human player characters. Many of the common fantasy tropes and stereotypes are simultaneously ignored, while brought more down to earth and grounded into the internal consistency of the world. Elves are more closely related to plants than animals, etc, etc. There are very few "generic" villains to be found, and every group of sentient enemies has their own culture and worldview, leaving players and gms with a plurality of options to use the information to design and build encounters solvable in a myriad of ways. Indispensable for play.

  • 5

    Posted by Dom Twist on 18th Aug 2020

    Not just a book of monsters ala certain other game systems. This book has details of plants, cultures and entire races....many of which are provided with rules to play as PC's. It also contains some of the most dangerous bad guys and monsters. One of Rune Quests strengths has always been "Monsters are People Too".

  • 4
    Impressively detailed

    Posted by Tim Clark on 18th Aug 2020

    This bestiary contains a lot of detailed information about the flora and fauna of Glorantha and is beautifully presented and illustrated. The only way it could be better would be to have even more pictures, but that's a minor gripe. Overall, a valuable resource.