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.”

Tabletop Gaming

 


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Dragon Pass: The Return of Prince Argrath and the Lunar Empire Wars
1980 … Robert Corbett & Greg Stafford … Chaosium 1001-X

 

Dragon Pass in the shop

 


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

 


White Bear and Red Moon 1976 set
White Bear and Red Moon set that came through the shop in 2015

 


Dragon Pass cover detail

 

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I love the wrap-around graphics on the bottom lid

 

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Rulebook and Credits

 

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 Rulebook has a lot of art… not often seen in a board game ca. 1980

 

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Counter sheet A

 

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Counter sheet B

 

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Dragon Pass Addenda (errata)

 

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Poster map / play mat

 

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Chaosium Fall – Winter 1980 Catalog and mail-in comment card

 


See also: Griffin Mountain (Runequest, 1981)

Tales of the Reaching Moon magazine (1989 – 2002)

Thieves’ World as a Rosetta Stone of early RPGs