Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Glorantha as a model fantasy setting

News from
The legendary game world of Glorantha has been transferred to Moon Design Publications. This world has spawned outstanding games for 40 years and is one of the best-known and best-loved places for games and gamers. The roleplaying games of RuneQuest, with over 50 outstanding supplements, and HeroQuest, as well as boardgames and a computer game, have entertained and challenged gamers for a generation. As of August 12th, 2013 Greg Stafford has transferred ownership, creative control and all related intellectual properties to Moon Design Publications.
(Much more at the link.)

I confess I was never much of a Runequest fan myself, although I'm familiar with the basics. Ditto for Glorantha itself. One thing I do like about it was the way they integrated different types of games and non-game products into the setting.

I particularly like the fact that it wasn't just a role-playing setting. There were straight-out hex-and-counter wargames like White Bear and Red Moon (later republished as Dragon Pass), as well as what would today be called a "domain management game" called King of Dragon Pass, made for computer in 1999 and later released as an iOS game. Plus there has been fiction (five books), a comic book series, and, of course, a myriad of role-playing adventures, setting books, and other supplements. And several lines of miniatures.

That, to my mind, is a model for the way a fantasy setting should be handled. Not just as a fantasy roleplaying setting, but a fantasy setting that can be used for a variety of different purposes.