CHA4028 RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Chapter 08 Runes Q&A

Official Answers by Chaosium

Using Runes (page 227)

An Elemental Rune may be used to augment the adventurer’s
chance with a single non-combat skill within its skills category

Using Runes, Elemental Rune, page 227

In the following example given it states that Vasana is going to try to augment her Broadsword skill by becoming inspired by her Air Rune. Which clearly isn’t a non-combat skill. I’m confused.

Ignore the use of the word “non-combat” in this instance. In this case, the Air Rune governs all Manipulation skills, which fundamentally overlap with combat skills. Furthermore, swords fall under the influence of the Air Rune (see page 49) so they would use that Rune.

Becoming Inspired (page 229)

Finally, once a Rune is successfully used for inspiration, it cannot be used again that session.

Becoming Inspired (page 229)

Is the phrase Rune affinity (which is how success at casting Rune spells is determined) a “use” of a Rune?

No. Using a rune to cast rune magic is not inspiration.

The mechanics of Psychic Turmoil imply that casting “Rune magic based on that Rune” is a “use” of the Rune.

 No. It says if under the effects of psychic turmoil

During this time, the adventurer cannot use that Rune at all (including Rune magic based on that Rune).

Becoming Inspired (page 229)

Conflicting Runes Example (page 230)

In the example on page 230, right column, the Pendragon rule of “high roll wins a tie of opposed rolls” seems to be used.

But that isn’t right, is it? Considering that the updated pdf has changed the ambiguous wording on page 144.


Vasana ties her Harmony and Air rune rolls, yet the Air rune is the winner. Opposed Rolls says she tied, but this rule seems to say the high roll wins, as in Pendragon.

The result is a tie under the opposed rules, but the player, for MGF, can choose the outcome for a roleplaying opportunity if the result is not immediately clear. The Harmast example on 144 has clear results.

Personality Disputes (page 230)

Typo in the 4th sentence of 1st paragraph, 2nd Example (Vostor Son of Pyjeem is traveling…) on page 231.

“Vostor s uncertain.”     >>>    “Vostor is uncertain. “


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