So in my previous post, I listed my A0 texts. These are the texts that everything else is built off and that I constantly refer to in world building, rules building, etc. So here’s that list:
- Guide to Glorantha (published)
- Glorantha Sourcebook (published)
- RuneQuest Roleplaying in Glorantha (RQG, published)
- RuneQuest Bestiary (published)
- White Bear and Red Moon (published)
- Nomad Gods (published)
- Cults Book (in art product, target of 2021 release)
- Sartar Book (in art, target of 2021 release)
- RQ Campaign Book (in final writing)
- The Master Map series (internal reference, with the Dragon Pass map in the Sartar Book)
Then there are the A1 texts. I don’t use these all the time as they are built off the A0 texts. But sometimes they have information present nowhere else:
- RQ GM Pack and Screen
- The Smoking Ruins
- The Red Book of Magic
- Pegasus Plateau
- Pavis and the Big Rubble (RQ2)
- Dorastor (RQ3)
- Sun County (RQ3)
- King of Sartar
- Trollpak (RQ2 version)
- Griffin Mountain (RQ2)
- Borderlands (RQ2)
Then there are a collection of early drafts from Greg that I consult regularly but mainly for ideas and inspiration (and can cheerfully contradict):
- Glorantha Encyclopedia
- MoLaD boardgame draft
- Holy Country Campaign original
- Epic (much of that is now incorporated into RQG and the Sartar Book)
- The Orlanthi Gold Sheets (but most of that is now incorporated in the Sartar Book and the Cults Book)
I find this much more useful than discussions about “canon”.
Obviously that list is notable not only for what it includes, but what it does not include.
Now one thing that should be clear – there really isn’t that much A0 text. And that’s from a writer/world-builder/editor’s perspective. And pretty darn soon all of it is going to be available to everyone.
King of Sartar is not A0? The parts of King of Sartar that is A0 are available elsewhere. And lots of KoS is not – and intentionally so.
WB&RM and Nomad Gods – you mean the rulebook, don’t you? I don’t because those maps are actually drawn off Greg’s original “master maps”, which Greg continued to refine over the next 20 years or so. Greg’s maps are the Master Maps, not William’s.
Runequest companion? The A0 stuff in the RQ Companion is already in the Guide or Sourcebook, or worked its way into the Cults book. So I rarely actually consult that anymore.