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Bringing the iconic RuneQuest 2nd edition rulebook back into print to kick-off the 50th Anniversary of Glorantha celebrations in 2016.
Bringing the iconic RuneQuest 2nd edition rulebook back into print to kick-off the 50th Anniversary of Glorantha celebrations in 2016.
Bringing the iconic RuneQuest 2nd edition rulebook back into print to kick-off the 50th Anniversary of Glorantha celebrations in 2016.
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In July of 1978, the Origins Game Fair was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Over 3500 people attended what was the largest gaming convention in the US at that time. In the main hall gamers could pick up the latest games from all the major publishers: Cross of Iron by Avalon Hill, Atlantic Wall by SPI, and The Hall of the Fire Giant King module by TSR. In one small booth near a corner you could also purchase RuneQuest, the first Roleplaying game published by The Chaosium, a quirky 3 person company from the Bay Area. It sold out over the weekend, and every print run continued to do so for the next several years. 

RuneQuest took the young world of roleplaying games by storm; it cast aside many of the approaches most other games took. It had no character classes, no experience points, no levels, and far fewer restrictions on how weapons, armor, and spells could be used. Instead of a D20 it uses a percentile 01-100 system. It also has the built-in fantasy world of Glorantha. 

During what many consider to be the golden age of roleplaying, the second edition of RuneQuest enjoyed its greatest popularity, second only to AD&D in sales. It won numerous awards, starting in 1978 with the Strategist’s Club Award for “Outstanding Miniatures Rules”, which may sound quirky, but that was because the industry had yet to create award categories specifically for roleplaying games. 

The second edition went out of print in 1983, and the rules went on to be licensed to a series of other companies that published several more editions, but sometimes fate has a funny way of having things come full circle... 

Here we are in 2015, the 40th Anniversary of Chaosium as a game company. In a few months Glorantha, Greg Stafford's fantasy game world, celebrates its Golden 50th anniversary. We feel the time is right to bring the celebrated classic second edition of RuneQuest back into print. Gaming is going through a bit of an Old School renaissance as of late, and we want RuneQuest to be a part of it. We hope you’ll join in on the fun!

REWARDS:
The RuneQuest Hardcover Book - is 144 pages. It will have sewn binding. It contains all the 2nd edition text, but with all the errata incorporated where it belongs. Additional material has been added to the appendices at the end. If you want more than one copy of the book, add another $30 for each additional book (with PDFs too) to the level you are backing.

The RuneQuest Leatherette Hardcover Book - is 144 pages. It is in red leatherette with gold foil stamps on the front and spine. It has a color dust jacket. If you want more than one copy of the book, add another $50 for each additional book (with PDFs too) to the level you are backing.

The Player Handouts - are 20 pages of reference material for the players to use during character creation and ongoing play. 

The GM Screen - is two 11 inch x 17 inch (very close to A3 paper size) color cardstock panels with handy charts and tables from the Rulebook on the GM side, and classic Luise Perrene art on the Player Side.

The Old School RQ Source Pack - consists of four of the earliest RQ1/RQ2 supplements published: Militia & Mercenaries, Scorpionmen & Broos, Trolls & Trollkin and the Balastor's Barracks scenario. It also includes The Sea Cave, an unpublished Gloranthan scenario written by Greg Stafford back in the same era. Each is about 16-20 pages in length with a color cardstock cover. This OSR Source Pack can be purchased as an add-on for $50 (print and PDF). Just the PDFs of this OSR Source Pack can be purchased as a $25 add-on.

The Runequest Playtest Manuscript book - is a 250+ page hardcover book created from high resolution scans of the original playtest manuscript. This manuscript is the only known set of playtest notes in existence which were lovingly kept in a binder for the last 40 years. This playtest material was used to create the first edition of RuneQuest. It includes newly written introductory essays by Steve Perrin and Greg Stafford. Here's a few pictures of the original:

The 3 volume "Unpublished Scenarios and Source Material" set - is three hardcover books with hundreds of pages of unpublished RuneQuest material by Greg Stafford and other early authors. It includes a fair bit of Sorcery rules for the West, the Howling Tower scenario set in the Upland Marsh, as well as a wide range of other material, esoteric and otherwise. We will describe it in more detail in the comments section and the FAQ. This reward is only available as part of this Kickstarter.

SPECIAL ADD-ONS:
+$50 USD - The Guide to Glorantha PDF Bundle. This $50 add-on gets you the 800 page PDF of the Guide to Glorantha and a PDF of the Argan Argar Atlas as a bundled set. Click here if you want to know more about these products. That's a discounted price offered just for this Kickstarter. We are reprinting the Guide to Glorantha as well, and if you buy this PDF bundle you get a $25 credit towards purchasing the Guide and Atlas bundle of books.

+$10 USD - RuneQuest 1 Rulebook PDF. This $10 add-on gets you the 120 page PDF of the first edition Rulebook as released in 1978. We have not redone the layout. The $250 backer levels and higher have this included for free as one of their rewards. 

SHIPPING SECTION:
We hate the high cost of shipping, and have worked hard to set up the fulfillment of the rewards so they get shipped as quickly and inexpensively as possible. We do not expect to make any money from our shipping charges. However, we also cannot afford to lose money on shipping. The way it will work is after the campaign we will send out a survey to gather your addresses. We will use this data to get the most detailed shipping pricing we can based on our actual cost to ship your reward level to your home and then charge you that amount. We will ship from fulfillment centers in the US, Canada, the EU, and Australia. More locations may be added based on where backers are located. 

The Hardcover book, a GM screen, and the 20 pages of player handouts as a bundle weigh in at 1 kilogram. For example, the shipping estimates for that bundle (with tracking) work out to:

Australia: $13
Brazil: $30
Canada: $13
France: $13
Germany: $13
Japan: $25
New Zealand: $16
Norway: $24
Rest of Europe: $13
Switzerland: $24
UK: $11
USA: $11

STRETCH GOALS:
To simplify the Kickstarter and ensure a fast delivery, our stretch goals will unlock PDFs of the other books that can be purchased as add-ons. If there is enough interest we may print physical versions of the books, but we don't want to hold up the RuneQuest Classic Edition shipment. All of these publications will be in the same layout style as the RuneQuest Classic Edition.

ACHIEVED: $30,000 - FANGS FOR FUNDING US!
A softcover booklet of pre-rolled RuneQuest characters. We will include a free PDF to all backers getting PDFs.

ACHIEVED: $40,000 - APPLE LANE
A softcover classic adventure reborn. We will include a free PDF to all backers getting PDFs. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $50,000 - SNAKEPIPE HOLLOW
A softcover classic adventure in the caverns of chaos. We will include a free PDF to all backers getting PDFs. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $60,000 - RUNEMASTERS
The classic cult leader NPC supplement. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $5. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $70,000 - PLUNDER
The classic Praxian treasure supplement. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $5. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $80,000 - RQ COMPANION
The classic compilation of Gloranthan information. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $100,000 - CULTS OF PRAX
The classic supplement detailing the Cults of Prax. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will print a softcover book and make it available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $115,000 - CULTS OF TERROR
The classic supplement of Chaos cults. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $130,000 - SOLOQUEST CLASSIC COLLECTION 
We will combine the three SoloQuest books: SoloQuest, Scorpion Hall, and the Snow King's Bride. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $145,000 - GRIFFIN MOUNTAIN
The classic campaign set in the Elder Wilds and Balazar. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $15. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $160,000 - PAVIS
The classic city campaign supplement. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $175,000 - BIG RUBBLE
The classic campaign set in a ruined city on the River of Cradles. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $10. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

ACHIEVED: $190,000 - BORDERLANDS
The classic campaign for new characters set on the edge of Prax. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $15. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

$205,000 - TROLLPAK
The epic Troll supplement written by Sandy Petersen and Greg Stafford. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $15. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

$220,000 - QUESTWORLD
The classic Gateway supplement for RuneQuest. The PDF will be available as an add-on for $15. We will make a printed book available for sale in 2016.

REWARDS CHART:
We also refer to this as the "lower your resistance table". Here's what each backer level gets:

Risks and challenges

The RuneQuest Classic Edition book is done and ready to send to the printers. The PDF of the book is done and bookmarked. We will send out the PDFs of it and the handouts as soon as this Kickstarter has ended, provided that it is successfully funded. Moon Design has shipped books on a global basis and will be using fulfillment warehouses to send out the printed books from North America, Europe, and Australia. We've done our homework, so the risks are minimal barring meteor strikes and similar global catastrophes.

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    RUNE PRIEST-LORD - You will receive a Leatherette RuneQuest Classic Edition book with color dust jacket, printed player handouts, a printed GM screen, a printed Old School RQ Source Pack, PDFs of those four items, the Hardcover RuneQuest Playtest Manuscript book, plus the Hardcover 2 volume "Unpublished Scenarios and Source Material" set. You can purchase add-ons. HIGH PRIESTS and RUNE PRIEST-LORDS receive all achieved Stretch Goal related PDFs for free.

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    TEMPLE FOUNDER - You will receive a Leatherette RuneQuest Classic Edition book with color dust jacket, Hardcover RuneQuest Classic Edition book, printed player handouts, a printed GM screen, a printed Old School RQ Source Pack, PDFs of those five items, the Hardcover RuneQuest Playtest Manuscript book, plus the Hardcover 3 volume "Unpublished Scenarios and Source Material" set. You can purchase add-ons. TEMPLE FOUNDERS, HIGH PRIESTS and RUNE PRIEST-LORDS receive all achieved Stretch Goal related PDFs for free.

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