Guide to Glorantha - two volume slipcase set
14 pounds and 800 pages of gods, heroes, and mythic fantasy!
The two volumes of the Guide to Glorantha collectively make a complete encyclopedia of the signature setting of RuneQuest.
What is Glorantha
Glorantha is one of the oldest and most influential fantasy role-playing settings. It is the magnum opus of legendary designer Greg Stafford, who has accumulated Glorantha's myths, legends, and other lore since 1966.
Glorantha has been the setting for several role-playing game systems, including RuneQuest and HeroQuest Glorantha, and for the award-winning computer game King of Dragon Pass.
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Gloranthan Deep Dive
The cosmology, culture, geography, history, mythology, people, and places of Glorantha are all explored in never before published detail. Hundreds of maps and illustrations breathe life into the setting that will supremely amplify your games.
Although games and stories set in Glorantha have been in publication since 1975, until now the setting has never been fully detailed. Now with the Guide to Glorantha you can explore this classic fantasy setting in all its glorious depth.
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Each volume of the Guide to Glorantha is premium leatherette hardcover. Both books are housed in a dust jacket, and are complete with the signature Chaosium ribbon. A sturdy slipcase featuring stunning Gloranthan art hold the encyclopedia together.
The Guide to Glorantha will be the centerpiece of any fantasy lover’s home library.
A Fantasy Encyclopedia
The Guide to Glorantha is the only place where you can find answers to some of the most specific questions about the setting. Be it weather patterns, constellations, neighboring planets, and detailed descriptions of every human settlement in the world with a population of more than 1000.
This epic fantasy encyclopedia will instill you with visions and key inspiration for mythic stories to tell for years to come!
What The Critics Say
"Glorantha is Greg Stafford’s most famous creation. Countless tabletop RPG players have visited this strange land of gods and chaos... It is glorious. I am not sure there is a tabletop setting so richly detailed and strange... I love lots of tabletop settings, but they all pale in comparison to Glorantha."
— Vintage RPG, Glorantha is Greg Stafford's most famous creation/a>.
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This set of huge coffee table sized books is not for everyone! But if you want to dive deep into the geography, politics, and history of Glorantha with gorgeous art along the way then this is a must-have! The searchable pdfs are extremely useful, but if you are a Glorantha afficionado with deep enough pockets then you need these books! In no way essential to running any of the many games set in Glorantha, however!
I miss this product when it was a Kickstarter and longed to get a copy but was scared off by the price tag at first. I had an opportunity to look it over at GENCON and decided that I needed a copy. The book is packed with all the information you could ever want concerning Glorantha. I like to choose random pages to read, and quickly find myself absorbed in the material and the magic of the setting.
This is Epic! It feels real, the setting and the interactions within the setting make sense. After contless hours of going through these tomes, I can safely say that I have spent many other contless hours thinking about what I had read. It is exhaustive, yet it gives you the freedom to interpret the setting and make it your own. There is a few lifetimes of adventures contained in those tomes. This is what a mythic fantasy setting should look like.
Its difficult to believe the depth in this book. It's an absolute gem. Artwork is fantastic and really helps bring the text and world to life. Wish I'd known about it sooner.
It is products like this that make Glorantha stand out from other fantasy worlds. The Guide to Glorantha is a magnum opus of RPG world building, and no other system has anything comparable. The size and detail of worldbuilding that has gone into this document eclipses anything else on the market today. If you love the world of Glorantha, these huge volumes form an encyclopedia that demonstrates the poverty of imagination in other RPG worlds. This is art.
Sure, Runequest has a great rule system, but the real secret to its success, and devoted following decades after its release, is the rich background provided by the world of Glorantha. The Guide to Glorantha could have been called Encyclopedia Gloranthica, it's just... Wow! So much information. So many beautiful illustrations. So many great ideas for campaigns. Wow!