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Monday, May 23, 2011

Runequest II news

Mongoose and Issaries have ended their agreement over RQII. Mongoose won't be making any more Glorantha books. They are going to reissue RQII as Wayfarer, in a smaller book format. I'm guessing it will be more generic.

I recommend at least picking up the main rulebook and Monster Coliseum if you are interested in the game line. The leather-bound books are really, really nice.

More news from Mongoose site:

We have recently announced that Mongoose and Issaries have mutually decided to part ways which, on the face of things, means no more RuneQuest and Glorantha (at least, from us). However, Mongoose retains ownership of the (frankly, absolutely cracking) core rules system which we intend to keep as our central fantasy roleplaying game mechanics.

We will therefore be republishing the current RuneQuest II core rules as the Wayfarer rules system (as Traveller covers science fiction, Wayfarer seemed the logical choice for fantasy!). We will be using the same ‘half-size’ format currently in use for the Lone Wolf Multiplayer Gamebooks, ensuring the rules system carries on.

The new Wayfarer rulebook will be 100% compatible with the current RuneQuest II range, albeit with some RuneQuest and Gloranthan-specific items removed/changed. In short, if you have any RuneQuest II books right now, they will be 100% compatible with Wayfarer. If you pick up Wayfarer, it will be 100% compatible with any RuneQuest II books available now. They are, after all, the same game system!

The Wayfarer rulebook will be appearing in the winter this year, and the current RuneQuest II range will remain available until this time – so if you want to grab the last of the ‘larger’ (and leather bound) format books, you can do so and be assured they will remain compatible with any new material.

There will be no more Glorantha books from Mongoose when Wayfarer appears, so if you want some Second Age goodness, get them before they disappear for good!

We will be moving Deus Vult, Wraith Recon, Eternal Champion and the forthcoming Age of Treason to Wayfarer, along with many books in the core RuneQuest II line, such as Vikings.


Akrasia said...

The MRQII PDFs are on sale at RPGnow (30 USD for all the 'core' books in a bundle). I suspect that Mongoose will be having a sale on the physical books in the near future.

I'm not at all optimistic about 'Wayfarer'.

Dan said...

I already have all the MRQII books I want, but thanks for the update.

I hope Wayfarer does well, or at least well enough that the setting they are talking about gets released and maybe a few supplements.