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Mythras

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Mythras Core rules

Mythras is the new name for an older game, but while the name might have changed, the system remains the same, but presented in an updated format with new interior artwork and layout design, along with some new content (Special Effects, small tweaks to the rules, and Spirit Combat Effects). In fact, we've managed to pack more into a smaller space, and reduced the price accordingly.

For those new to the game, Mythras is a percentile system. In Mythras your characters are defined by their culture, career, community, background, comrades, skills, magic and cults. Progression is through skill advancement – not levels or similarly abstract concepts. As your characters adventure and quest, their capabilities improve and their relationships deepen and strengthen. Players and Games Masters have complete flexibility over what can be achieved, and the way characters develop is entirely dependent on choices players make, depending on their characters’ aspirations and motivations.

Games Masters receive a huge amount of support through the Mythras rules. All the concepts and game mechanics are explained clearly with options and considerations explored and presented for ease of use. You need only this rulebook for many years of exciting and imaginative play.

What’s in this book?

Mythras contains everything needed for play:

  • Character Creation – building your character through the familiar characteristics, through developing culture and community relationships, choosing a career, and gaining basic equipment according to social class.
  • Skills – What they do, how they work, and how to handle many different circumstances (degrees of difficulty, critical and fumbled rolls, opposed skills, group skills, and so on).
  • Economics and Equipment – Arms and armour, tools, clothing, accommodation... everything your character needs as he or she begins on their life of adventure.
  • Combat – Mythras's combat system is unique, dynamic and geared towards adventurous realism. Gaining success over an opponent generates Special Effects that can rapidly turn the course of a fight. Copious advice is presented on balancing combat skills and styles, through to handling rabble and underlings.
  • Magic – No less than five very different forms of magic are presented and explored, with complete lists of spells and effects. How magic is defined and used in different fantasy settings and campaign worlds is examined in detail.
  • Cults and Brotherhoods – Religious, magical and secular organisations, as well as other kinds of societies are detailed the Cults and Brotherhoods rules. Cults are an important  part of Mythras, and they are covered in significant detail along with templates for many different kinds of cult, order, school and so on for Games Masters and Players to build upon for their own campaigns.
  • Creatures - Over 50 creatures are fully detailed, including several non-human player character races. This chapter also offers complete guidance on how to use creatures effectively in Mythras games, and notes on how to design your own.
  • Games Mastery – Copious notes, thoughts and guidance on how to Games Master Mythras games. Areas for consideration are summarised, options explored, and different ways of using the rules offered. An invaluable chapter for new and old RuneQuest Games Masters alike…
  • Anathaym’s Saga – Numerous examples of play and how the rules are used are provided through Anathaym’s Saga. Follow Anathaym, her sister Kara, Mju the Mystic and Kratos the Sorcerer as the Mythras rules are illustrated and explained.
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Mark G June 02, 2023 12:14 am UTC
Are there any plans for making a Bestiary for Mythras?
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John S June 17, 2023 10:45 pm UTC
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I haven't heard about any plans to make a Mythras bestiary, but most of the setting expansions (Mythic Babylon, Mythic Britain, Luther Arkwright, etc) all have a good number of monsters specific to that setting - plus there's a pretty good selection of monsters in the basic book.

If you play online, there's a fantastic tool built and maintained by a member of the Mythras community called the Mythras Encounter Generator which provides a database of THOUSANDS of NPCs and creatures which people have transcribed from older versions of Runequest and Mythras adventures. It sort of makes a bestiary unnecessary to run a game.
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James F June 30, 2023 8:14 pm UTC
Monster Island is the de facto additional bestiary for Mythras. It's an excellent supplement outside of the new creatures as well.
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Kyle L February 21, 2023 5:01 am UTC
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Just bought this and there's like 4 different files which one should I use?
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Daniel O February 22, 2023 4:53 pm UTC
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When in doubt pick the last one. That's effectively always the most recent one.
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James L February 22, 2023 4:54 pm UTC
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Yeah, its quite confusing. I love when the developer puts notes in or names the file with a date at the end. Like Mythras Core Book 22feb2023 for example.
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Paul L September 04, 2022 2:56 pm UTC
I’m going to order the pod, does it contain the latest errata? Thanks!
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Paul L September 04, 2022 3:40 pm UTC
Disregard saw the answer below, this is the latest, thanks.
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Benjamin S June 25, 2022 8:29 am UTC
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Hi, what is the difference between the POD hardcover on drivethrurpg and the hardcover from the store? Thanks in advance!
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Lawrence W June 25, 2022 1:15 pm UTC
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Both are POD. The version available from the TDM store direct is printed by Lulu and has a matte cover finish, but otherwise has the same print specifications as the DTRPG version.
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Joel B February 25, 2022 4:58 pm UTC
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Could the publisher offer DriveThruRPG a higher resolution file for Print, so that it can be ordered in Premium? The black and white paper weight and resolution really aren't the greatest...
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Michael S February 25, 2022 6:37 pm UTC
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It's not worth printing in Premium, because the main difference between premium and standard colour is the colour saturation. But I agree that it would be great to print in standard colour.
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James L February 25, 2022 6:49 pm UTC
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Honestly, until they change the font type to a more readable type, it's not even worth it. It's terrible font type. (sigh)
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Matthew T April 06, 2022 9:54 pm UTC
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Agreed. Although it looks like they might be taking steps forward with recent releases (like Fioracitta), readability remains an issue across much of the line. I have the 2016 printing of the core book and would love to buy an updated version, but I'm not spending another dime until we have a more legible font.
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Victor C January 11, 2023 12:20 am UTC
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Agree. If it was not for the pdf I will never read it. Their version of RuneQuest 6 had a better font type and size.
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Stacie W May 06, 2023 5:42 am UTC
Mythras is impossible for me to read due to it's small font size. And I wear glasses.
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Nicolas T February 06, 2022 11:36 pm UTC
If you buy the book what happens when a revision for it comes out? do you at least get a pdf or tough luck?
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Lawrence W February 07, 2022 12:22 am UTC
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If you buy the print version here, you get the PDF free of charge. You'll be notified if the PDF is updated, and the updated version will also be free. We keep major changes to the core rules to an absolute minimum and have no need for any further errata. You can buy the book with confidence.
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Stacie W December 15, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
Just wondering but will there ever be a color version of Mythras? And if Mythras ever gets revised again, could it be redone with a larger font? There are tables and charts that are hard to read.
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Andrew L June 10, 2021 9:53 pm UTC
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Is this system Directly compatible with RUNEQUEST GLORANTTHA, WHAT are the main differnces?
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Lawrence W June 10, 2021 10:49 pm UTC
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As I don't have RuneQuest Glorantha, I can't say with 100% certainty, but as both games have their roots in original RuneQuest, then there is going to be a reasonably good degree of compatibility (I'm sure people who have RQ:G and Mythras can comment further). There will be a lot of differences though. Character Creation, Combat and Magic will likely work quite differently. There will be differences in skill names and how some skills function. RQ:G does, I believe, use an additional degree of success (the Special) while Mythras has only Critical/Success/Fail/Fumble. Obviously RQ:G is tied very firmly to Glorantha, whereas Mythras has no specific setting, and is designed for you to create your own setting or use one of our published settings.
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Andrew L June 14, 2021 11:59 am UTC
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Ok so I get a feel of Like RQ 2-3 But more open like BRP, If its run's with Standard RQ Mechanics then thiers No difficulty using it with Anything Chaosiums published in the BRP Runquest range (I have RQ from 1st- RQ Glorantha, so Yeah I'll pick this up too) Thanks
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Andrew L June 05, 2021 9:05 am UTC
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So Is Mythras the Old Pre-RunQuest Glorantha Edtion of Runequest Franchise, Re-purposed as a Non world specific edition OR does it have its ouwn world theme ??
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Lawrence W June 10, 2021 10:55 pm UTC
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The lineage is a bit more complicated. For five years, our company produced RuneQuest under license, and we published it as a generic system without tying it to the world of Glorantha. In 2015, we rebranded the game as Mythras, but it's remained a relatively generic game. Sp while Mythras is an older, pre-RQ:G version of RuneQuest, RuneQuest: Glorantha is a different game with rules differences and, of course, the rich Glorantha setting.

Mythras has a healthy and wide range of settings, ranging from our Mythic Earth supplements (Britain, Rome, Constantinople and, soon, Babylon), to Science Fiction (Worlds United) and even taking in Urban Fantasy (After the Vampire Wars). It's fair to say that Mythras and RuneQuest: Glorantha have a common ancestor, but are on different branches of the family tree.
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Brandon B March 21, 2021 10:43 pm UTC
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I just purchased the PDF of Mythras. There are four different files. Two of them say, "Revision 3, October 2018". One has a file name with the word "Interactive" in it (9.87 MB), and one does not (18.5 MB). What is the difference?

Thanks.
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Lawrence W March 21, 2021 10:46 pm UTC
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This one.

TDM110_Mythras_3rd_Printing_031118.pdf
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Brandon B March 21, 2021 10:47 pm UTC
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Wow, you responded quickly! I was editing my question while you were replying. Briefly: two files say, "Revision 3, October 2018". One has a file name with the word "Interactive" in it (9.87 MB), and one does not (18.5 MB). What is the difference?
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Lawrence W March 21, 2021 10:52 pm UTC
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I have no life! :)

The 18.5Mb file with the 031118 extension is the one you want. It's long story as to why there are two files of different sizes like this, but the larger of the two is the bets.
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James L March 21, 2021 11:10 pm UTC
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Lawrence, can't you have the outdated ones removed? Or have the extension "old" added to the previous ones?
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Paul B December 08, 2020 1:56 am UTC
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I just checked the Aeon Games site for this title, and there it mentions that the book is 336 pages long, but here it's listed as only 304 pages.
1) Is that due to different printings with additions or errata or some such?
2) If there are multiple versions, which would be the most recently updated?
3) Is there a color version of this book?
4) And, finally, is the version sold on Aeon Games' site a traditionally printed book or a PoD?
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Lawrence W December 08, 2020 1:38 pm UTC
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Hi Paul,

1. It could be a typo: the Aeon printing uses the same files as TDM, so should be the same page count. It shouldn't contain any extra content.
2. We've updated Mythras twice with minor corrections and errata fixes, so the 3rd printing is the current version, which you'll find here on DTRPG. I don't know if Aeon have updated their printings yet; you should ask them via their website.
3. No, all printings are b/w.
4. Again, one for Aeon to answer. I believe its offset, but they can be more specific.
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Paul B December 09, 2020 6:41 am UTC
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Cool, thanks for the answers.
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Jamie B June 25, 2020 12:27 pm UTC
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I ordered this more than two weeks ago and it seems it hasn’t moved from “sent to printer”, or something similar. This did not happen for Lyonesse. Any idea on how long until it is printed and sent out? Thanks.
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Lawrence W June 25, 2020 12:35 pm UTC
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Drivethru's POD service is experiencing some delays due to COVID-19. You should raise a ticket via Customer Service so they can investigate. If it helps, I've only just received notification that a print copy of Lyonesse for one of our contributors, also ordered about 2 weeks, has only just shipped.
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Jamie B June 25, 2020 2:12 pm UTC
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That's fine, I imagined it was simply COVID related. Thanks, excited for the copy.
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Nathaniel C February 01, 2020 2:20 pm UTC
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Am I right to assume the 3rd printing is the one being purchased if I bought the PoD hard copy?
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Lawrence W February 01, 2020 3:30 pm UTC
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That's correct, Nathaniel. You are.
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Eric E October 09, 2019 12:49 am UTC
Can anyone speak to the quality of the current hardcover printing? Binding, resolution, print quality,etc.
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James L October 09, 2019 2:53 am UTC
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Quality is good, but the font size is too small, which if you read down the thread you'll see I've talked to them about with no luck. Also errata appears to be beyond them as well. :/
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Lawrence W October 17, 2019 4:22 pm UTC
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I'm sorry you find the font size too small, but it's not something that's increased easily without completely laying out the book again and increasing page count.

As to errata - Mythras is fully up to date with errata fully incorporated, as of November last year, so I'm not sure what you mean by saying that 'errata appears to be beyond us'. The actual errata list isn't very long, and we've even made available the changes in a separate PDF.
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Lawrence W October 17, 2019 4:41 pm UTC
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Oh, and as an aside, you can download the Errata and Clarifications list from the Design Mechanism's website on the home page.
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Sándor L November 19, 2019 10:49 am UTC
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Hi Lawrence - Just to make things clear, if I order the POD version will it be produced from the PDF that was updated with the errata last November or will it be the same 2016 version of the book that can be bought on the Aeon Games and Design Mechanism website?

Also, what is the difference (if there's any) quality wise (paper, printing, binding, cover) between the DriveThruRPG version and the one that can be bought on the Aeon Games and Design Mechanism website?
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Jeremy C July 25, 2020 7:03 pm UTC
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Wow I have to agree. The font size is way too small. I understand the layout and page count issues, but I would say "readability" is probably a more important consideration. And in regard to PDF's... who cares about page count?
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David G November 03, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
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The Third Printing updated PDF is a very small file (9.9mb) and I notice there are lots of artifacts in the graphic rendering. In short, it looks terrible! Please update it again.
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Lawrence W November 03, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
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Thanks for the feedback David. The source file is actually 40Mb, so something appears to have happened on the DTRPG end. I'll take a look for you.
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November 03, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
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It's still a 9.9 MB file even after your update to correct the problem; I didn't check for graphics quality.
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Lawrence W November 03, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
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I know. I've tried the upload about 5 times with the same results. Something being mangled on the DTRPG end, and if the current upload has the same issues, I'll be raising a trouble ticket. I'me very sorry for the issues; everything works fine on my end, and then goes awry at the upload end. I have no idea when DTRPG would be reducing a 40Mb file to a quarter of it's usual size.
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David G November 04, 2018 8:00 am UTC
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Right now the updated file is 18.6mb with correspondingly better graphic quality. Thanks Lawrence.
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Thomas P March 13, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
I bought this back when it was runequest 6, anyone know if there's a difference between the 2 other than name?
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Ralph T December 06, 2017 7:53 am UTC
Not trying to be mean, but the answer to your question is literally in the first sentence.

"Mythras is the new name for an older game, but while the name might have changed, the system remains the same, but presented in an updated format with new interior artwork and layout design, along with some new content (Special Effects, small tweaks to the rules, and Spirit Combat Effects)."
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