A two-volume set of 10" x 12" color hardback books containing the geography, history and cultures of Glorantha. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 18, 2012.
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
If you want to pay with paypal, please visit the order page on our website:
All pledges made there will count towards achieving stretch goals. We have only put the most common backer levels on our website. If you do not see the one you want, please message me and we will add it.
The Super-detailed Genertela map crafted by Colin Driver is epic. We know some of you would like to get it on a set of 5 (approx. 18"x24") poster maps for easier use. We will fold them and tuck them into the Guide. Lay them out together on a table and you'll have a 24"x90" big view of it. As the number of backers getting these maps increases, so is the possibility that the posters will increase in size as well. These maps will not have hexes on them.
Kickstarter has limited capabilities for sending files and such. Please message me with the email address that you would like me to send the file to.
This is a set of 24 color poster maps (11 inch X 17 inch) unfolded, rolled up together in a very sturdy mailing tube. These are the Colin Driver and Simon Bray geographical maps, the same ones already in the Main Guide and in the Argan Argar Atlas. We know some people prefer their maps not bound into a book, for easier use on a table, or to hang on the wall. These maps will not have hexes on them. This item will be shipped separately from the books. The estimated shipping date for this map set is April 2013, since it depends on completing the super-detailing of the maps achieved via the stretch goals. The cost for this add-on is $95, which includes international postage.
How do I get this add-on? All you need to do is increase your pledge amount by $95. At the end of the Kickstarter we will send out a survey that allows you to specify your add-ons. You do not need to change to a different or higher $ Backer level to get this item, you just need to increase your current pledge amount by $95.
If you want to be guaranteed to get any of these products we strongly urge you to do so via this Kickstarter. Some of the core products, like the Main Guide, the Argan Argar Atlas, and their PDFs will be sold via the Moon Design website after this KS has concluded, at least for a limited time. At this time we do not know how many of these products will go through distribution to game stores.
Now that the Main Guide is a two volume matched set of hardcover books, we estimate the retail price (not the Kickstarter price) to be around $125 for the pair.
Roots of Glorantha: This is a collection of seventeen bound volumes of Greg Stafford's ORIGINAL Glorantha stories from the 1960s and early 1970s. These are the first stories about Glorantha Greg wrote and they established many of the basic foundations of the setting, especially the West. Scattered throughout the text are hand drawn maps, timelines, and genealogies. They have never been published and are available only to those who have made the Seven Mothers/Lightbringers pledge.
This is a collection of 8 high resolution color prints of Greg Stafford's original hand drawn maps - the master maps on which everything in Glorantha is based. These include Greg's master maps of Dragon Pass, the Holy Country and the Shadowlands, the Lunar Empire, Ralios, and the West, as well as maps of the Wastelands, Dagori Inkarth, and the entire world. This is your chance to own a copy of the original masters! They include details (some speculative) that did not make it onto the maps in the Guide.
Pledge $1 or more
WELL-WISHER: The Gloranthan Tribe thanks you for your support. Please visit our website for more freebies and more info on the world of Glorantha.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $12 or more
LAY MEMBER: PDF edition of the Argan Argar Atlas. Let your journey begin!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or more
TRADER: Softcover printed edition and PDF edition of the Argan Argar Atlas. All the geographical maps in one place.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
SCRIBE: PDF edition of the Guide to Glorantha.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or more
DWARF: PDF editions of the Guide to Glorantha and the Argan Argar Atlas, plus the Wallpaper & Background Art Pack. Technology is your ally!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $80 or more
INITIATE: Hardcover printed edition of the Guide to Glorantha.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
SHAMAN: Hardcover printed and PDF editions of the Guide to Glorantha. Your name will be listed on the contributor page of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
DAEMON: Printed versions of the Hardcover Guide to Glorantha and the Softcover Argan Argar Atlas. No PDFs. Your name will be listed on the contributor page of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $125 or more
RUNE MASTER: Hardcover printed and PDF editions of the Guide to Glorantha and softcover printed and PDF editions of the Argan Argar Atlas. Your name will be listed on the contributor page of the book. Immediate download access to the PDF “sneak peek” preview files.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
HIGH PRIEST: Rune Master reward level, plus Argan Argar Atlas upgrade from softcover to hardcover.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $200 or more
RUNE LORD/PRIEST: High Priest reward level, plus 4 folded Central Genertela Maps.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
GODLEARNER: Rune Lord/Priest reward level, plus personalized dust jackets for both books and a Godlearner certificate signed by Greg.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
ILLUMINATE: Rune Lord/Priest reward level, with faux leather cover upgrade for the Guide, personalized dust jackets for both books, and a Nysalorian certificate signed by Greg.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $350 or more
27 backers All gone!
UNHOLY TRIO: (Save $100) 3 Runemaster reward levels shipped to a single overseas address. You do not need to specify which of you is each member of the trio, unless you think that is cool.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
MASTER OF LUCK AND DEATH: Godlearner reward level, plus Greg "archival" Map set, plus the (11x17) Poster map set, and a MoLaD D20.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $800 or more
4 backers Limited (3 left of 7)
PATRON OF THE ARTS: MoLaD reward level, plus you can specify the topic of one picture (B&W or color), which must be significant and/or relevant 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. Free shipping included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
ETERNAL CHAMPION: MoLaD reward level, plus Jeff Richard will run a special 4 hour Gloranthan game for you and up to four of your friends at Eternal Con 2013 in Bacharach, germany. All your convention related costs to be paid by you. Free shipping included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
ROPED-IN: MoLaD reward level, plus Jeff Richard will run a special 4 hour Gloranthan game for you and up to four of your friends at RopeCon 2013 in Finland. All your convention related costs to be paid by you. Free shipping included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
DEMI-GOD: MoLaD reward level plus: Come to Berlin and see the complete archives of Greg Stafford’s original maps and Gloranthan files. Then play in a 3-4 hour Gloranthan game run by Jeff Richard and his HQ2 Gloranthan roleplaying group. You must provide transportation to Berlin, Germany, and must arrange for your own accommodations (although we will certainly suggest locations for every price range). Scheduling must work with our calendar. Email us to determine dates.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,250 or more
6 backers Limited (1 left of 7)
PROVINCIAL OVERSEER: You are large and in charge (of the Orlanthi provinces!). MoLaD level, plus a hardcover full color version of the GreGarth Atlas of Lunar Provincial Lore. This amazing collection of hand-drawn historical maps details: the history of Peloria from the Dawn to 1650 in 50 year increments; the history of Prehistoric Peloria; the history of the Lunar Wanes: and a variety of maps showing other important details of the Dara Happan and Lunar Empires. Includes attached notes and commentary from Greg. You can even help design the custom cover.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $3,000 or more
11 backers Limited (2 left of 13)
7 MOTHERS/LIGHTBRINGERS: MoLaD reward level, plus the ultimate 15 volume "Roots of Glorantha" series of unpublished Gloranthan monographs written by Greg Stafford. Each printed volume is approximate100 pages in length. You get to pick your favorite 7 Mother or Lightbringer for the cover theme and color. Free shipping included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $4,500 or more
1 backer All gone!
SHENG SELERIS: Who else would arrive unexpectedly as one great, last surprise! The Son of Morning - The New Celestial Power! He and his mighty horde have thundered in from across the vast, empty wastes to claim all that lies before them. You will claim a $4500 combination of rewards offered in this Kickstarter as your tribute.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer All gone!
THE RED EMPEROR: There can be only one! The Son of the Red Goddess, Lord of the Four Quarters, Staff and Pillar to God, Leader of the Egi, Shah of Shahs, and the Bright and Illustrious Emperor of Dara Happa. So powerful you can complete a stretch goal with but a wave of your hand. You will have your own personal shopping assistant to select your own combination of any of the items offered in this Kickstarter. Even though you want for nothing, we will also present you with a simple leather dice bag containing your own personal dice set cast in the finest Imperial silver.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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