Haven’t had a nice Dragon Pass set in the shop in years, so I set this one aside for some photos.
Dragon Pass was a later, updated edition of White Bear and Red Moon.
“[Greg] Stafford began writing stories set in Glorantha while at college in the mid-sixties, imbuing his fantasy universe with a deep lore inspired by Stafford’s own lifelong interest in mythology, spiritualism and legends.
A letter of rejection for one short story led Stafford to create a Glorantha-set board game, White Bear and Red Moon. After struggling to find a publisher willing to take on the project, Stafford founded his own label – The Chaosium – in 1975. A second board game, Nomad Gods, followed, with a third part of the planned ‘Dragon Pass’ trilogy never completed.
Glorantha became the background to RuneQuest, the roleplaying game co-designed by Stafford and Steve Perrin in 1978 that spawned the innovative Basic Roleplaying system that would power Chaosium’s later RPGs such as Call of Cthulhu. At its peak, RuneQuest was second only to Dungeons & Dragons in terms of roleplaying game sales.”
Dragon Pass: The Return of Prince Argrath and the Lunar Empire Wars
1980 … Robert Corbett & Greg Stafford … Chaosium 1001-X
I ran across an intriguing PDF book, The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass. An encyclopedic – 382 pages! – reference to the strife in the region. “…warriors, soldiers and mercenaries of the opening periods of the Hero Wars, their arms and armor, their cultures, histories and organization, the terrain they traveled, the battlefields on which they fought, their fortifications, their magic, and their gods.” PDF at DriveThruRPG
I was a little confused until I noticed that the White Bear Red Moon map had Top as West. [Rotate WBRM counterclockwise and the maps line up.] Both cover the same region, Dragon Pass of course.
See also: Griffin Mountain (Runequest, 1981)