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Over on the G+ Group @Steve has been reading the Guide to Glorantha. I asked if anyone was interested in taking part in a group read and discussion of the Guide to Glorantha, so here's my proposal.

I've split Volume 1 up in to 16 weeks worth of reading. I've tried to keep it even and not too taxing - this is reading an Encyclopaedia not a piece of roaring fiction. This will also help us in the discussion here as too much stuff will get lost if we read too much. Just like a book circle/reading group, every week we will read a section on our own. Please make some notes, you might like to base them on some that book circles use (i edited this down, but it should give you an idea):

  • What is different from your own culture? What do you find most surprising, intriguing or difficult to understand?
  • What are the implications for the future? Are there long- or short-term consequences to the issues raised in the book? Are they positive or negative...affirming or frightening?
  • Talk about specific passages that struck you as significant—or interesting, profound, amusing, illuminating, disturbing, sad...? What was memorable?
  • What have you learned after reading this section? 

We won't be limiting the chat to just the text, it will cover art and maps too. I've also all the stuff that went into making the guide, not limited to just the sections I worked on. I may be able to show some scrappy maps, hand drawn art and bits that were left out along the way - no promises though! 

At the beginning of the week, i'll start a new thread and list the sections at the top. If you want to comment / add you opinion / etc, all I ask is that you've actually read the section. Coming in from the outside without that is not the point of this, but you can of course just go and read the section or join later, drop in and out etc.

Here are the weekly sections (Page counts approximate!):

Week 1 17 Pages

World Structure 7 

Introduction 8


Week 2 19 pages

Major Cultures 18 

Hsunchen Culture 18 

Doraddi Culture 22 

Praxian Culture 26 

Orlanthi Culture 31


Week 3 20 pages

Pelorian Culture 38 4 pages

Fonritian Culture 43 5 pages

Western Culture 48 6 pages

Kralori Culture 54 5 pages


Week 4 18 pages

Elder Races 59 

Aldryami 59

Dragonewts 70

Dragons 77


Week 5 21 pages

The Mostali 81

The Uz 91

Merfolk 103


Week 6 18 pages

Lesser Elder Races 106 

Time in Glorantha 111 

Mythos & History 113


Week 7 24 pages

The Dawn Age 125

The Second Age 132

The Third Age 140 


Week 8 12 pages

Major Pantheons 150

The Hero Planes. 154

Beyond the Middle World 158

Regions of Glorantha 163


Week 9 34 pages

Genertela 166 

Dragon Pass 168

    Sartar 172

    Tarsh 175

    The Grazelanders 175 

Elder Wilds 191


Week 10 32 pages

Fronela 199

    Kingdom of Loskalm 203

    Akem 212

    Junora 215 

    Janube River States 216

    Jonatela 222

    Northern Fronela 229


Week 11 14 pages

Holy Country 234

    Caladraland 243

    Esrolia 244

    Shadow Plateau 244

    Heortland 245

    God Forgot 248


Week 12 31 pages

Kralorela 260

    Boshan Province 268

    Hanjan Province 272

    Hum Chang Province 275

    Jaubon Province 279

    Puchai Province 281

    Shiyang Province 283

    Wanzow Province 285

    Chen Durel, the Bliss of Ignorance 286


Week 13 29 pages

Lunar Empire 292

    The Lunar Heartland 299

    First Blessed 307

    Darjiin 309

    Doblian 310

    Karasal 311

    Kostaddi 313

    Oraya 314

    Oronin 316

    Silver Shadow 317

    Sylila 319

    Carmania 322


Week 14 23 pages

    Lunar Provinces 328

    Aggar 331

    Holay 335

    Imther 338

    Vanch 339

    Talastar 341

    Dorastor 342

    Lunar Allies 344 


Week 15 22 pages

Maniria 350  

Pent 363


Week 16  24 pages

Ralios 373 

    Safelster 375

    Vesmonstran 387

    East Wilds 393 to 398


I'll be reading my PDF of the Guide to avoid arm strain. If you don't have copy, you can get one here:


If you want the print copy in its lovely slip case:


I will give you all notice of the timings and we'll start in a few weeks - likely a week Monday - 26th July.

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What an excellent way to get immersed in the contemporary (and definitive) version of Glorantha!

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