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RuneQuest Starter Set


Magic, Myth, and Might in a Box!

The RuneQuest Starter Set contains everything you need to play the world’s best roleplaying game of gods, cults, magic, family, and fantasy!

In RuneQuest, everyone uses spells and anyone can be a warrior. The gods provide powers to their mortal worshipers, and can intercede on their behalf. Each RuneQuest adventurer is unique, defined by their Runes, culture, and cult—all chosen by the player.

What is Roleplaying?

In a roleplaying game, everyone works together in a team, each playing an adventurer character. One player—the Game Master—runs the game and presents the story and adventure plots to the other players.

Dice and the rules of the game determine the success or failure for your character’s actions—all while you are propelled into epic and adventurous situations! The emphasis is on having fun.

What's Inside

The RuneQuest Starter Set contains books, dice, maps, and enough content to keep a group engaged and entertained for several roleplaying sessions. The box also includes 12 pregenerated character folios, giving each player a wide range of playstyles and backgrounds to choose from.

Starter Set contents

Rules & Dice

RuneQuest Starter Set - Book 1 Rules - Cover

The RuneQuest Starter Set has four manuals broken into rules, setting, and scenarios. The package includes a set of premade character folios, maps of Jonstown and the surrounding areas, and a Strike Rank Tracker for epic and dangerous RuneQuest combat.

Shield Spell Example


Cover of the SoloQuest booklet

Learn to play in the best way possible—by playing! “The Battle of Dangerford” is a single-player scenario designed to teach you the rules of the game as you play. Take on the role of Vasana as she joins her Sartarite brothers and sisters in an epic clash against the invading Lunar Empire.

Soloquest option


Three scenarios designed for up to 5 players.

Adventurers entering a house

In A Rough Landing, fresh from the Battle of Dangerford, the adventurers run afoul of aggressive dark trolls, and must resolve a problem in a nearby farming community.

Buildings on Fire

A Fire in the Darkness sees the adventurers asked to investigate a string of fires in Jonstown. Clues lead them to the under-city tunnels in search of the source of the blaze— is it possible that the prime suspects are not what they seem?

Adventurers in the Rainbow Mounds

In The Rainbow Mounds the adventurers arrive at the mysterious cave complex to confront a group of Trolls menacing the nearby village. In the labyrinthine tunnels of The Rainbow Mounds, the adventurers discover an unimaginable new foe.

Maps & Handouts

Runes and Augments Reference

Each scenario has its own collection of maps and notes, each presented in full colour. These play aids enhance the RuneQuest experience, and help you immerse yourself in the mythic world of Glorantha.

Vasana Adventurer Folio

nb dice included in the physical boxed version of the RuneQuest Starter Set, available from and in retail distribution.

What's Next?

Once you’ve devoured everything the RuneQuest Starter Set has to offer, you’ll want to expand the world of Glorantha at your tabletop! .

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Front Cover

RuneQuest: Adventures in Glorantha: Everything you need to play RuneQuest, including rules for character creation, cults, magic, sorcery, managing your household, and growing your RuneQuest family.

RuneQuest: Glorantha Bestiary Front Cover

RuneQuest: Glorantha Bestiary: Over 180 monsters, beasts, and adverarys for your RuneQuest games, including new playable races, such as Ducks and Trolls!

RuneQuest Gamemaster Screen Pack

RuneQuest: Gamemaster Screen Pack: The Gamemaster Screen Pack enhances your games of RuneQuest with scenarios, setting information, reference tables, and maps that increase the flow of play!

The Pegasus Plateau

The Pegasus Plateau & Other Stories: Set in the mythic fantasy world of Glorantha, this features seven complete ready-to-play adventures, taking you from ghoul-haunted catacombs, into mystic ruins, across Prax, and up the Pegasus Plateau!

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Cover

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David S January 15, 2023 6:53 am UTC
Is this for the physical set or just the PDFs?
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Michael O January 15, 2023 11:30 am UTC
This is the PDF version. You can buy the physical boxed set at or in retail distribution.
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Jim P December 09, 2022 8:02 pm UTC
Just a pdf ? I don't need the dice, but it says dice are included.
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Michael O January 14, 2023 10:26 pm UTC
Yes, the physical boxed version comes with dice
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Jim P February 04, 2023 2:51 am UTC
thanks !
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John S December 22, 2021 10:49 pm UTC
I'm not seeing Mernyr’s Landing on the big Sartar map, it should be west of Jonstown. It's listed on page 61 of the World of Glorantha (book 2).

Are all the places listed in this section supposed to be on the map?

Otherwise a few small typos, but this set is incredible! (adventure book - page 16 - What's Going On sidebar - should be 'the' not 'they' - 2nd paragraph)
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Matthias B November 11, 2021 1:25 pm UTC
There is only one thing, I do not like: the illustrations of the pre-generated characters on the character sheets. These images of Vasana, Yanioth, Harmast, Vishi, Vostor, Sorala and Nathem do not look anything like the depipictions of them on all other illustrations. It looks as if both illustrators had to work only with a description of the characters or refused to look at the already existing illustrations of those characters.
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Drahcir N November 14, 2021 9:04 pm UTC
I believe one of the designers said that was intentional, to show that the pregens don't have to be entirely the same between things like one group and another, and that players should feel free to make their own changes if they want.
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Matthias B November 10, 2021 8:56 pm UTC
I've ordered a physical copy of the starter set, browsed through the free PDF version provived by Chaosium and already found the first error in the set: page 15 of the pregens (Aranda of Nochet) mentions a Status Rune.
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George F November 10, 2021 12:56 pm UTC
I just received the physical copy/PDF combo of the slip case core set from your webstore but have yet to dive into it.
Would this be of any help as I have no previous experience with any version of RQ, or should I just dig into the full set?
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Paul W November 10, 2021 10:09 pm UTC
The pre-generated PCs and mix of solo and group adventures are handy for GMs and players new to RuneQuest to get the ball rolling at a pretty attractive price.
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RM J November 21, 2021 4:32 pm UTC
I too purchased the Slipcase edition. I had no previous experience with Runequest. I have been playing in a campaign with Runequest veterans. I was continually struggling with the rules and setting. I could not seem to find my footing or really relate to my character.

Reading through the different Books in the Starter Set was absolutely helpful. Book 2: The World of Glorantha actually gave me a sense of place and something to connect to.

I wish I had this material six game sessions ago. I believe all players should read the books in this set prior to joining any game.

The Soloquest is an excellent method of learning the mechanics of Runequest which are different enough in many aspects from Call of Cthulhu, which is where I started with BRP.

I highly recommend this material! Unfortunately, because I purchased the boxed set directly from Chaosium, I am not able to give a rating. But it is definitely a 5+
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George F November 21, 2021 4:37 pm UTC
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