CHA4022 Big Rubble (1983, 2019)

The Deadly City

The BIG RUBBLE is the perfect hunting ground for prospective and veteran adventurers. From the relative safety of the frontier town of New Pavis, exploration parties may venture forth into the Rubble to once again tap the treasures and magics in its ruins. They will be aided and hindered by the guards and bureaucrats of the occupying Lunar Empire.

The Big Rubble is a vast area enclosed by giant-built walls of solid stone. Once it was the site of Robcradle, an ancient Jrusteli city, and then it held the magnificent capital of the hero Pavis. Only thousands of acres of ruin and destruction
now remain, full of robbers, outcasts, and inhuman monsters.

The Rubble Guide provides background describing the creation of the ruins, tells of major areas within the giant walls and of 49 points of interest within those areas, examines the vegetable guardians of the Elven Garden, hints at how to get in and out of the Rubble, illustrates four types of Rubble ruins, contains general and specific encounters, and reveals the cult of Yelorna.

The nine scenarios in the Episodes book explore some of the many exciting places within the Rubble. Griffin Gate is the main entrance for legal adventuring parties, and this scenario includes three separate episodes occurring within the gate area. Wolfhead’s Lair, Raid on Yelorna, The Devil’s Playground, Krang’s Table, and the Puzzle Canal introduce the manifold tribes and gangs who survive through incessant raid and plunder within the Rubble. Temple at Fedora takes the adventurers south, beyond the walls, to the mouth of the Zola Fel River. Each of these adventures requires one or two evenings to complete. Dozens of additional scenarios will develop as sidelights from then nine given here or from the plentiful descriptions provided.

Several “official” Lunar Empire forms have been included to license and annoy hapless adventurers. No one is allowed back into the safety of New Pavis without his Adventurer’s License, and few except for trolls, elves, broos, and ogres dare to live in the Rubble.

Big Rubble Players’ Guide,
Big Rubble Guide for the Gamemaster, Episode book,
11×17” map of the Rubble.

The RUNEQUEST campaign-mate to the Pavis scenarios


Original Credits:

  • Authors: Steve Perrin, Greg Stafford
    • Common Knowledge for the Players
      • Greg Stafford and Steve Perrin
      • Cult of Yelorna – Michael Trout
    • Guide for the Gamemaster
      • Greg Stafford and Steve Perrin
      • Lunar Patrol – Sandy Petersen
      • Garden Guardians – Mark Lukens
      • Additional Troll Material – Gordon Monson
    • Episodes for the Gamemaster
      • Greg Stafford and Steve Perrin
      • Griffin Gate – Steve Perrin and Steve Henderson
      • Wolfhead’s Lair – Oliver Dickinson
      • Raid on Yelorna – Michael Trout
      • The Devil’s Playground – Ken Rolston
      • Krang’s Table – Brian Marick
      • The Puzzle Canal – Sandy Petersen
      • Temple at Feroda – Marc Willner

Classic Edition:

  • Proofreading by Susan O’Brien.
  • Layout by James Sutton.
  • ISBN# 978-1-56882-XX
  • System: RQ2


The RuneQuest Classic Edition Kickstarter recreations are identified as Classic editions.

CHA4022-XBig Rubble – The Deadly City1983boxed set
CHA4022-SBig Rubble – The Deadly City20192nd edition Classic Softcover.
CHA4022-PDFBig Rubble – The Deadly City20192nd edition Classic PDF.
CHA4022-S-PODBig Rubble – The Deadly City20202nd edition Classic Print on Demand (POD).

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