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RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Quickstart

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Welcome to Glorantha

A mythic world of mortals and gods, myths and cults, monsters and heroes. In Glorantha, the Runes permeate everything, and mastery of Runes allows astonishing feats of bravery and magic.

Chaosium Unveiled: Inside the RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Quickstart

Watch the unveiling video to see the book for yourself. Remember that you get the PDF when getting the physical copy.

Glorantha is ancient, and has known many ages, but now it is at the brink of the greatest conflict it has ever known… the Hero Wars.

Glorantha is the setting of RuneQuest, one of the oldest and most influential roleplaying games ever published.

Welcome to Chaosium’s RuneQuest Quickstart Rules, a booklet that collects the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form. Use this booklet to play the new edition of RuneQuest immediately, and to discover the improvements to the system. These game rules and a new adventure—The Broken Tower—preview the new edition of RuneQuest, developed in close consultation with the original designers and creators of RuneQuest and of Glorantha.

The Broken Tower, set in the heart of the Dragon Pass, is suitable for up to 5 adventurers and one gamemaster, complete with all the rules needed to play.


Take a Peek Inside

Ready to play now, or looking for help?

We have some great guidance to help you run the adventure. Gamemasters should go here to read it online, but players should wait until they get a chance to experience the adventure.

The complete RuneQuest Quickstart is available as a free download. Click on the links below to get it.

Downloads for this Product

Complete Quickstart
Optional Adventurer - Assistant Shaman
Player Map - Colymar Region
Player Map - Broken Tower
Print Errata

Foreign Language Translations

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Note, this is an unofficial, but approved, fan translation.



What The Critics Say


  • "One of the classics, one of the most historical games out there is free of charge in a brand new iteration, showcasing not only the rule system but also serving as an introduction to one of the richest settings ever made. What kind of a roleplayer would miss a chance of trying it out and forming their own opinion?"

    — Antonios S., RPGNet Review.

  • "RuneQuest is still RuneQuest. The rules are derived from one of the best-selling editions of the game and use the Basic Roleplay rules that fans know and love. They are an interesting evolution of the second edition rules, currently available as the Classic RuneQuest game."

    — EB World, Free RPG Day.

  • "This is a book I will buy when it’s out fully. The combat is fun and new. The world is a novel place for me to throw my players... I want more, so this book’s got me hooked."

    — Throat Punch Games, Ringside Report.

  • "RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Quickstart and Adventure does exactly what it sets out to do does this not just for a single Free RPG Day, but for the foreseeable future."

    — Reviews from Rl'yeh, RQ Quickstart Review.

  • " excellent introduction to the core rules and basic gameplay"

    — Shattered Ravings, RQ Quickstart Review.

  • "Captures some of what makes *RuneQuest* special. It is much more “Clash of the Titans” or “Jason and the Argonauts” than “The Lord of the Rings” or “Dragonslayer.” And hey, one of the pre-gen characters rides a war bison. So. Yeah."

    — Matthew J Constantine, RQG Quickstart Review.

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    Quick and Easy

    Posted by Brian Sailor on 17th Oct 2023

    If your group is hesitant to play RuneQuest, pass out copies of this book. Also useful at the game table as as a quick reference.

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    Quickstart Guide

    Posted by Aaron Carpenter on 20th Nov 2021

    This is free! How can you go wrong? You can't. I love this start out pack and even purchased hard copies of it for my playgroup. It is informative but doesn't overwhelm the players just getting their start into Glorantha. THAT COMES LATER! haha! Seriously, it is a great product and has the basis of what you need to get started to create new characters and begin to run some adventures. Like I said, I picked one up for each person in my playgroup because the hardcopy is around $10 each.

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    Max product for min price

    Posted by Jorge Alonso-Colmenares Gualda on 18th Aug 2020

    This tool gives you all you need to start the RQ world and taste it. We started here... and never stoped

  • Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star 5
    Utterly outstanding presentation and mechanics, best of both worlds, with a REALLY interesting depiction of ancient age and a beautiful system that avoids attrition in battles[deadly strikes that may kill you in two rounds if you are not careful] and

    Posted by Andres on 18th Aug 2020

    I love it

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    Starter rules and a great little adventure

    Posted by Tim Clark on 18th Aug 2020

    The quickest way to get playing the newest version of Runequest