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"Taking Bronze Age authenticity to the next level": Chaosium announces clay tablet cuneiform edition of RuneQuest RPG

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Taking Bronze Age authenticity to the next level: Chaosium announces clay tablet cuneiform edition of RuneQuest

Ypsilanti, MI. April 1, 2021

Chaosium Inc., publishers of RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, have announced a special cuneiform edition of their popular heroic fantasy tabletop RPG.

“Unlike most fantasy settings, RuneQuest draws its greatest inspiration from the myths and literature of the ancient world, including such sources as the Iliad, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Epic of Gilgamesh,” said Chaosium's Wallace Trumble, who previously spearheaded work on the company’s innovative bacon dice tray and the more recent plant-based, but still robustly bacon-esque dice tower. “Accordingly, we’re excited to be producing our clay tablet edition of RuneQuest using Old Persian cuneiform. We're confident many of the game’s core fans will savour the extra verisimilitude this version offers.”

With the 60-page RuneQuest Quickstart now completed as a proof-of-concept (360 tablets, with a total weight of 10.08 kilograms) the transcription team in Ecbatana have their styluses poised to start on the three volume RuneQuest Slipcase Set itself, once sufficient supplies of clay are sourced. Negotiations are also underway with Chaosium’s partners in print-on-demand – or should we say 'kiln-on-demand'? – to make select Jonstown Compendium community content releases available in the format; "Eh. It's not the most impractical idea they've had," noted Meredith Gerber, Chaosium's company rep at DriveThruRPG.

Chaosium president Rick Meints could not be reached for comment, as he was occupied at Chaosium headquarters shoring up the foundations beneath the company archives and pricing heavy-duty wheels for his famous RuneQuest-dedicated suitcase.


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17 minutes ago, MOB said:

DriveThruRPG may be able to help us with 'Kiln-on-Demand'.

and then we can buy official Chaosium KoDpieces???

(actually, you may have more success here through your Redbubble partnership, than DTRPG...)

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17 hours ago, Ravenheart87 said:

That's my favourite April's Fool announcement this year so far. I wonder though what the writing on that clay tablet means.

It's a genuine passage transliterated from the RuneQuest Roleplaying in Glorantha rulebook, thanks to https://dumbcuneiform.com. And there's a prize going to the first ardent Gloranthaphile/Assyriologist who can decipher it!

(BTW for Glorantha context, Old Persian Cuneiform was very much the New Pelorian of its day, 525 BC.)

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