Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Griffin Mountain (Runequest, 1981) that arrived in the shop is the licensed UK edition by Game Workshop. I was unaware this version existed.

I first noticed the quality difference before anything else. Many (most, really) of the Griffin Mountain books I encounter have cracked bindings, with pages either threatening to come loose, or are already loose. Chaosium’s printer used a low-quality glue that hasn’t stood up well to time.

In contrast, this Games Workshop edition is firmly bound. The paper quality seems better as well, semi-glossy.

Griffin Mountain US & UK editions spines


Griffin Mountain US & UK editions back


Griffin Mountain broken binding
Failed binding on a US edition Griffin Mountain in the shop in Dec 2016


As far as I can tell, the content is a page-for-page duplicate of the Chaosium printing.

The GW map is smaller (15½” x 23¼”, vs. 20″ x 30″ US map), and likewise of a glossier paper stock.


See Also: DRAGON PASS: Runequest in a Boardgame (1980)

Tales of the Reaching Moon magazine (1989 – 2002)

Early Chaosium order form