CHA4023 RuneQuest Companion (1983, 2019)

The Book

THE COMPANION is a sourcebook of articles, stories, and pictures useful to or entertaining to RuneQuest referees and players alike; its wide variety of subjects and forms will stimulate new adventures in any campaign or fill up quiet evenings at home.

The Companion fills a void left by the demise of Wyrms Footnotes, a magazine dedicated at the last solely to RQ articles; it was then the best source for RQ rules variants and steadily published new Gloranthan arcana.

Frustratingly to many, the earliest issues of the Footnotes were never reprinted, so that only savvy collectors had access to important material for RuneQuest® and White Bear & Red Moon (since retitled Dragon Pass). The most RQ-pertinent of those essays and illustrations appear here.

But the majority of the Companion is new material – a lot of research and writing has occurred since the first issues of WF in 1976!

Contents Include

Jonstown Compendium – excerpts from this massive chronicle make clear obscure mythic relations and reveal contemporary and ancient history.Expanded RQ Cult Compatibility Chart – updates and revises slightly the way that all Chaosium-published cults view each other.
Cults Index – this is an up-to-date list of all cults published by Chaosium.More On Trolls – Additional information about trolls which has come to light since Trollpak.
The Skullbush – a previously-unmentioned bush startles those travelers new to Prax.Walktapus Cooking – a gourmet’s guide to walktapus cuts, including a well-tested recipe; handy reference card.
Smell of a Rat – a story of fine detective-work in the Lhankor Mhy cult.The Maze of Shaxry Oborok – Take your favorite character (or the one you like least) into Shaxry’s domain. A RQ solo adventure, playable several times.
The Holy Country – including a 2-page map, this study relates myth and history of the land between Dragon Pass and the sea.Prince Argrath’s Entry into Boldhome – A personal record of the hero’s return to the Sartar capital.
A History of My Black Horse Troop – Sir Ethilrist tells of his battle with a very hungry foe.Cad Goddeu – the late Gene Day’s 2-page illustration of this ancient struggle.
Unicorns – a basic essay about these wonderful beings, including ecological notes.Dispatch From Fadabius – first-hand description of Dragon Pass events during the Hero Wars.

History, Stories and Play-Aids


Original Credits:

  • maps: Charlie Krank
  • editing: Lynn Willis
  • artists: Rick Becker, William Church, Gene Day, Kevin Ramos, Steve Swenston
  • authors: Bill Johnson, Sherman Kahn, Alan LaVergne, Jim McCormick, Ron Nance, Sandy Petersen, Greg Stafford
  • proofreading: Sherman Kahn

Classic Edition:

  • Proofreading by Susan O’Brien
  • Layout by Nicholas Nacario
  • ISBN# 978-1-56882-520-5
  • System: RQ2


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

CHA4023RuneQuest Companion1983
CHA4023-PDFRuneQuest Companion20192nd edition Classic PDF.
CHA4023-SRuneQuest Companion20192nd edition Classic Softcover.
CHA4023-S-PODRuneQuest Companion20202nd edition Classic Print on Demand (POD).

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