About this project
Two Volume Guide to Glorantha
This is the comprehensive guide to Greg Stafford’s Glorantha, one of the most influential fantasy RPG settings of all time, and the world used for the award-winning computer game King of Dragon Pass. The Guide is written by Greg Stafford, Sandy Petersen, and Jeff Richard, and incorporates over forty years of Greg’s work on the setting.
The Guide details the history and cosmology of Glorantha, and its major human and Elder races. The entire world is mapped, with the places and people of interest for every region, as well as directions as to the future history of that region. Over 20 regions have population and political maps. This Guide is written without reference to any RPG rules system and can be used with equal ease for HeroQuest, RuneQuest, or any other system.
The Guide will be published in various editions, available through the pledge levels in the right-hand column. The physical product will exceed the high reputation for excellence established by Moon Design with books like Sartar: Kingdom of Heroes, Sartar Companion, and Pavis: Gateway to Adventure.
PLEASE NOTE: Many backer levels on the right have additional rewards added to them through the achievement of various stretch goals. Unfortunately, Kickstarter does not allow us to edit the backer text once people have selected that backing level. Please see below for additional free stuff you get!
The book is designed, written, and ready to go. All we need to get it over the finish line and into your hands are funds for creating the main Guide, the Argan Argar color atlas, and also the 11 x 17 inch poster map set.
NOTE: If you want to pay with Paypal, please scroll down to the FAQ at the bottom for instructions on how to do so.
This book is lavishly illustrated with maps and stunning interior pictures by various artists including Jeff Laubenstein, Daniel Barker, and Mike Perry, samples of which are shown here. Jan Pospisil has provided eight full-page color illustrations in the style of Angus McBride’s Osprey military history books, samples of which are also shown here. See Glorantha as it was always meant to be!
The crowning glory of the Guide to Glorantha is the comprehensive set of color maps done by Colin Driver and Simon Bray. A supplemental atlas with over 96 pages of full color maps compliments the guide. This covers all of Glorantha! Due to the completion of a number of map related stretch goals almost the whole of Glorantha will be super-detailed with hex maps five miles wide (the same scale as the classic Griffin Mountain and Trollpak maps and the White Bear Red Moon boardgame) that show every settlement of at least 1000 people.
The Guide is a pair of 10"x12" hardcover books with the main text, all the art, and all maps. A supplemental book is the Argan Argar Atlas, consisting of approximately 96 full color pages, possibly longer, depending on whether certain stretch goals are met (see below). This Atlas presents the same Guide maps in an easier to use stand-alone format, much like a modern day road atlas.
UPDATE: Now that we have reached our base funding goal we are including the "Art and Wallpaper" pack to all reward levels starting with LAY MEMBER on up. This pack consists of a dozen or so of the best art pieces and snippets of the maps in a format easily used for your screensaver or background wallpaper.
UPDATE 2: Now that the 75K Stretch Goal has been met, the RUNE LORD/PRIEST Backer level and above now gets 5 posters of Genertela instead of 4, as it states in the backer text.
Understanding the Main Products:
NOTE: Kickstarter does NOT let us edit the backer text in the right column once people have selected that backing level. I can update, as needed, the MAIN PRODUCTS table shown below. The table is more accurate than the Backer Reward Text.
+ $20: an extra copy of the softcover Argan Argar Atlas. Postage included if shipped with an order that already includes other printed books.
+ $25: Upgrade a softcover Argan Argar Atlas to hardcover. Postage included.
+ $50: 5 Genertela posters (18" x 24") folded map set. Postage included.
+ $85: an extra copy of the (two volume) Guide (US Shipping)
+ $95: 24 posters (11" x 17") map set rolled in tube. Postage included.
+ $100: an extra copy of the (two volume) Guide (non-US Shipping)
+ $250: Greg Archival 8 poster map set rolled in tube. Postage included.
+ $300: Draw This! - You can specify the topic of one picture (B&W or color), which must be significant and/or relevant to the material in the Guide to Glorantha and must be approved by the art director. The backer can be named in the guide as the patron of that picture. You'll also get a high-quality print of your picture, autographed by the artist. Postage included.
+ $350: The BIG KAHUNA - If you have a bare wall that needs covering, or just want a huge map to cover a whole table, this is the map for you. You can get the entire super-detailed continent of Genertela color map printed on a vinyl banner that is 1.5 meters high and 3 meters wide (approx. 5' x 9'). Shipping included.
PLEASE NOTE: Delivery of the main Two Volume Guide is expected to be shipped in May based on additional material added via stretch goals.
$40K: (ACHIEVED) More colorful – We will add 4 more color plates from Jan Pospisil detailing the Elder Races. Jan has the green light!
$50K: (ACHIEVED) Even More Color! – We will add another 4 color plates from Jan Pospisil detailing the other human cultures of Glorantha.
$75K: (ACHIEVED) Go East! – We will super-detail Kralorela and Teshnos down to the small city level. This map info will get added to the Argan Argar Atlas as a special travel section.
$85K: (ACHIEVED) Super-size my Fonrit! – We will super-detail Fonrit down to the small city level! This map info will get added to the Argan Argar Atlas as a special travel section.
$90K: (ACHIEVED) Super-size my Umathela! – We will super-detail Umathela down to the small city level! This map info will get added to the Argan Argar Atlas as a special travel section.
$92K: (ACHIEVED) Add Places of Interest for Kralorela and Teshnos to the Companion Gazetteer.
$94K: (ACHIEVED) Vampires in Glorantha monograph by Mark Rein-Hagen added to the Companion Gazetteer.
$96K: (ACHIEVED) Add Places of Interest for Fonrit to the Companion Gazetteer.
$98K: (ACHIEVED) Add Places of Interest for Umathela to the Companion Gazetteer.
$100K: (ACHIEVED) Head South! – We will super-detail all of Pamaltela down to the small city level! This map info will get added to the Argan Argar Atlas as a special travel section.
$102K: (ACHIEVED) Mythed Me! - Add a gazetteer of the locations on the 8 maps of the Mythological Ages to the Companion Gazetteer. Finally a complete map to the Heroplane!
$105K: (ACHIEVED) Eastern Art - The gazetteer entries for Kralorela and Teshnos look awful bare without some awesome art to bring the area to life. We will commission at least 4 illustrations from our artists so that Eastern Genertela is as visually distinctive and evocatively defined as the rest of Genertela.
$110K: (ACHIEVED) Jungle Time! - Add Places of Interest for Errinoru, Jolar, Kothar, Maslo, Tarien, and other significant Pamaltelan locations to the Companion Gazetteer.
$115K: (ACHIEVED) More Penguins, Please! - The Guide already has 3 Penguin Atlas of World History style maps of Gloranthan history. We will commission 5 more to fully illustrate the history of Glorantha!
$120K: (ACHIEVED) All the Bricks in the Wall - We will name and provide details on every god appearing on the Godswall, as well as provide even more detail on the Godswall illustration itself. This information will either be in the Companion, OR (if we can make the layout work right) in the Guide itself.
$125K: (ACHIEVED) The Lure of the Far East – We will super-detail Vithela and the East Isles down to the small city level. This map info will get added to the Argan Argar Atlas if time permits, otherwise it goes into the Companion Gazeteer.
$130K: (ACHIEVED) Outer Atomic Explorers! - We'll commission a map of the Outer World, showing the lands of Luathela, Altinela, outer Vithela, and the Nargan Desert. We've even try to get it included in the Guide if time and layout permits, otherwise it goes into the Companion Gazeteer.
$135K: (ACHIEVED) Pamaltelan Art - The gazetteer entries for the rest of Pamaltela look rather lonely without some awesome art to bring the area to life. We will commission at least 5 illustrations from our artists so that the rest of Pamaltela is more visually distinctive and evocatively defined.
$140K: (ACHIEVED) Secrets of Jrustela - we will super-detail Jrustela, including an expanded history and gazetteer. We will provide insights into what this ruined island continent was (and better ideas about what might be in those Elder Race infested ruins).
$145K: (ACHIEVED) Exotic Glorantha! - We will commission at least 4 more illustrations that show of the rich and unique character of the world of Glorantha. These highlight the unique setting at its finest.
$150K: (ACHIEVED) Secrets of the Vadeli - we will add more information on one of Glorantha's most fearsome and misunderstood cultures. Find out how colorful the Brown and Red Vadeli really are, how frightening the Blue Vadeli really are, and why the rumored Yellow Vadeli should haunt your nightmares....
$155K: (ACHIEVED) Secrets of the Waertagi - This seafaring race was almost destroyed by the Godlearners and their Firebergs. Find out the full story on who they are, topped off with a full color Dragonship illustration by Jeff Laubenstein.
$160K: (ACHIEVED) No Upgrade Necessary. We will reformat the Guide and the Companion into a two volume set of 10" x 12" color hardcovers. Everyone who has purchased the printed version of the Main Guide ($80 INITIATE level and above) will get BOTH volumes in hardcover at no additional cost other than the additional cost of shipping this FREE extra book filled with new material. This will result in an estimated ship date of May (so we can get all the new material in), but we think getting TWO hardcover books for the price of one is worth the wait. (ps: the Argan Argar Atlas is still its own nifty map book)
$166,666: (ACHIEVED) Secrets of Chaos - The most feared, loathed, and misunderstood concept in Glorantha will be detailed, both on its nature and its upcoming epic place in the Hero Wars.
$170K: (ACHIEVED) Dark Side of the Moon - learn much more about the orb that sits above Glorantha, its origins, and its powers, including a map of prominent places on the Moon. Shine on! and wish you were here.
$175K: (BROKEN) Secrets of the Broken Council - It was Glorantha's last, best hope for peace, and it failed. Learn why the Gbaji Wars shook Glorantha to its core, with maps of the Dawn Age and the First Age Unity Council.
$180K: (ACHIEVED) Heaven and Hell - We will do a full color depiction of Glorantha showing how the underworld, oceans, earth, middle air, and the heavens all fit together. You will be able to see how the whole Lozenge becomes the greater Cosmos. A Heavenly depiction of exactly where the Hell you are.
$185K: (ACHIEVED) Blow me down! - We'll include more information on the major weather systems and the ocean currents of Glorantha. Be swept away by the details instead of feeling all adrift.
$190K: (ACHIEVED) Made your Bargain Roll - We will create a Penguin Atlas style map of the major trade routes of Glorantha, plus throw in a few "trade secrets". Find that pesky merchant when you need one!
$195K: (ACHIEVED) Turn the Lights on - We will outline the secrets of Illumination, including the epic relationship between Nysalor, Gbaji, and Arkat. This allows us to best showcase the recently commissioned Nysaloran illustration requested by one of our Patrons of the Arts.
$200,001: (UNMASKED) The Hero of a Thousand Faces - Greg and Jeff will add a section revealing the secrets of Gloranthan heroes; how they reshape the world of Glorantha, and, in doing so, become gods themselves. Gain insight into the mythic underpinnings of Gloranthan events and history. The path to becoming an immortal hero unfolds before you!
$205,000: (ACHIEVED) Secrets of the Hero Wars - This "spoiler alert" appendix will describe many of the major events of the forthcoming Hero Wars, and will provide an overview of that world-ending conflict. Sit back and watch us wreck the place! Why? Because it's wreckable, alright?
$210,000: (ACHIEVED) The Hero Wars in Dragon Pass - Our "spoiler alert" fest will continue with specific attention to what happens in Dragon Pass. Although, what happens in Dragon Pass, doesn't stay in Dragon Pass...
$215,000: (ACHIEVED) When Dragons Rise! - We conclude the "spoiler fest" trilogy with Heroquesting in the Hero Wars. Using the celestial maps of the Guide we'll show how the Sartarite rebels exploited the structure of the Sky in order to raise the True Dragon that devoured much of the Lunar might. Never in the course of Gloranthan endeavor have so few, done so much, to so many...
$230,000: (ACHIEVED) IT'S A STRETCH: At long last, in the book best positioned to contain it, we will provide an essay on the Secret of the Godlearners. This will not be trite, nor pithy, and it will bump the size of the book up way more than 4 words.
$237,500: (ACHIEVED) ART FEST! Jeff thinks there really should be even more art in this book. We will commission up to 5 more pictures of anything he thinks would fill in the gaps, and you are welcome to send in suggestions. Maybe Beast Folk, maybe the Tower of Xud, or the armor of the Tournament King, who knows? But really, let's just go nuts with art! Help us not worry about the Illiteracy Era.
$242,500: ART PART DEUX! Jeff thinks the art list should get bigger and bigger. We will commission up to 5 more pictures of anything he thinks would fill in the gaps, and you are welcome to send in suggestions. Maybe Hellcrack, maybe Arkat's Last Tower, or the Castle of Lead, who knows? Help us not worry about the Illiteracy Era.
$250,000: ART PART 3: While we scramble to think up another cool goal to spring on you nearer to the end, we'll go with more art! We will commission up to 5 more pictures of anything Jeff thinks would fill in the gaps, and you are welcome to send in suggestions. Maybe Sog City, maybe Ducks, or maybe the cover of a Vadeli grimoire, who knows? Help us not worry about the Illiteracy Era, and maybe worry a little more about the Vadeli...
Greg Stafford Interview
Jeff Richard Interviews
Rob Heinsoo Interviews
Mark Rein-Hagen Interviews
Risks and challenges
The text is already a complete, edited draft, pending only the inclusion of any additional material created as stretch goals. Art or expanded maps can introduce the sort of scheduling uncertainties that Moon Design is accustomed to and can accommodate. Our worst-case scenario: modest slippage in the release date and order fulfillment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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