Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this image from the early DRAGON magazines:
A lot of the advertisements from this era of the magazine are incredibly evocative and this one certainly got my attention. After doing a bit of research it turns out that this is set in the lands of Glorantha, from Chaosium’s Runequest game.
Runequest has always been one of the great settings that I’ve been meaning to get around to exploring but have never properly taken a look at. In large part this is due to the fact that I rarely see copies of Runequest books out in my explorations of used book stores (unlike Earthdawn, which was apparently very popular in my area, and I have seen countless copies of over the years).
Thankfully, it seems, that Nomad Gods was popular enough for Chaosium to make a modern scan of and offer to the public – and you can actually pick up a PDF of Nomad Gods for less than they were asking in 1977. It’s currently on sale for $8.95.
Nomad Gods was first published in 1977. It was the follow-on game to White Bear & Red Moon. Set on the Plains of Prax, it is a 72 page booklet of wargame rules and background information related to the varied and colorful tribes of Prax including: The Bison Tribe, the Impala People, the High Llama Riders, the Sable Riders, and the Morokanth. Along with the rules for playing the basic and advanced games, with associated scenarios, there is a wealth information on Prax, its history, myths, magic, culture and people. Many of its details have been expanded with later publications, but this is where Prax was first detailed in incredible creative detail.”
Now I’m not real sure where Prax is, or who the peoples described here are, but the included preview page has the sort of art that really gets my attention. So I’m probably going to be picking this one up.
Anyone have any experience with it?