In celebration of Runequest Gloranatha: Quickstart Rules and Adventure coming home with ENnie Gold, and because RuneQuest Glorantha is now available in PDF and soon to be available in print, and because I’ll be running the Quickstart at a local convention at the end of the month I decided to take the Pregenerated Player Characters and build little booklets for each PC.
Each booklet contains the relevant Rune Descriptions, Rune Spells, Spirit Magic Spells, and short descriptions of the respective PC’s cult, as well as all the other information contained on each of the PC’s character sheet from the Quickstart.
My design goal was to build a little booklet which would allow a Player to flip through the booklet and find the relevant information for a specific rule or topic on a given page.
I’m a big fan of the A5/8.5×5.5 format at the gaming table. They take up less space, you can hold them in your hands easily when flipping through them. The PDF is in a A5 format. You can print the PDFs using “booklet” formatting and get a 20 page doc on five sheets of paper. (There’s a short table of contents after the coverer page. The whole idea is to make an easy to use, easy to access document for someone sitting down to play RuneQuest Glorantha for the first time.)
The pages were built in A5 format. But you can easily print them in 8.5×5.5 format with only the slightest shrinkage to the text and no real effect on presentation.
These is a format that i came up with for myself, of course. Which reflects my own thinking and design principles. But I hope people might find them helpful for getting new demonstrations of the game up and running.
I haven’t done a final proof on these yet, so if you notice anything askew, please let me know!
Let us know how it goes. Personally I bought the new Runequest but between ongoing love affairs with Traveller & Monster Island (Mythras), I haven’t had a chance to play it yet. I watched the first live stream and, while I enjoyed it, was a tad disappointed they didn’t find a way to show us the combat system, even briefly.
It turns out I made an error — sort of.
I built the booklets off the character info in the Quickstart. But the rules changed by the time the core book was published: The list of Rune Spells should be different. (This is reflected in the sample characters in the RQG Core Book.)
If I have time I’ll be adjusting the spell lists in the booklets to reflect the new rules.
I’m not familiar with pandoc
Pandoc – https://pandoc.org/ – will convert from one of a variety of markup languages to PDF. Well, it’ll convert pretty much any document format to any other, really. Very handy. I was wondering if that’s what you used to build the PDFs.
I used Pages.
I had to reformat everything, so it wasn’t an easy conversion.
A brief look at couple of the characters looks good. Even though a brief run through, easy to read, easy to get a sense of character, and a sense of history and environment. A good example.
I’d be interested in knowing how you go with this. My play group are interested in doing RQ2 glorantha, or perhaps the new rules. As a change from Traveller and Over the Edge. I find RQ2 combat a bit time consuming these days so I’m experimenting with Cthulhu Dark Ages and a simple short non-gloranthan game to see if I can adapt it. Which I think would be ok for an RQ2 based sort of game. But if you’ve got the new rules I’m looking forward to anything you have to share about your experiences.