RuneQuest Essentials

June 8, 2014
We are releasing RQ6 in a much-reduced, introductory PDF edition called RuneQuest Essentials. Designed for those who want to try RuneQuest before migrating to the full rules, it offers a great way of getting to know one of the most celebrated roleplaying game systems out there.

What's more, RuneQuest Essentials is free. You can download it from the Downloads page (or via DrivethruRPG and our publisher page there). If you feel we're being overly generous, then there's a Donate button you can use to make a contribution of whatever you feel appropriate - or, at Drivethru, you can Pay What You Want.

What we want is for you to try RuneQuest. We'll be publishing an introductory scenario, Sariniya's Curse, very soon, and there's already a wealth of additional free material available on the Downloads page.

So if you've never tried RuneQuest before, there's no better time, and no better way, than with RuneQuest Essentials.

Ships & Shield Walls Now Available

May 25, 2014

Taking RuneQuest Campaigns to the High Seas and Fields of Battle!

Ships and Shield Walls offers additional rules for Games Masters and players, taking RuneQuest characters onto the oceans and seas, and into pitched conflict.

Ships & Seafaring gives you the tools for defining and managing ships of all kinds, including encounter tables, sample vessels and two new sea creatures from myth and legend.

Shield Walls & Battles provides semi-abstract rules for handling large-scale clashes of w...

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Shores of Korantia Now Available!

May 12, 2014
The latest supplement for RuneQuest 6, Shores of Korantia, is available for download. This setting and campaign book is based in the world of Thennla, first introduced in Age of Treason: the Iron Simulacrum. With completely new content designed specifically for RuneQuest 6th edition, Shores of Korantia focuses on the many city-states of the Korantine Empire and is a comprehensive, yet accessible, introduction to Thennla. It contains rules for character creation, social class, Korantine magic ...

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Shores of Korantia Preview

March 29, 2014
Opposite you will find a 9-page sneak preview of 'Shores of Korantia', the latest RuneQuest release that will be available in early May. Written by Jonathan Drake, 'Shores of Korantia' describes the Korantine city states of Thennla, the world first introduced in 'Age of Treason: The Iron Simulacrum'. The book details Korantine life, the cities, political and religious structures, cults, magic, and much more - including rules for sea-faring and naval combat. The book rounds-out out with three ...
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Spring 2014 News

March 22, 2014
It's been a while since we gave you a news update, so I thought we'd celebrate spring's arrival (not that you'd know it in deepest Ontario) with some news on recent developments.

Let's start with the RuneQuest Gateway news. The RQ Gateway is a third party license allowing publishers to create their own supplements for RuneQuest.

Chronicles of Future Earth (Mindjammer Press)
This news broke yesterday, but we're more than happy to repeat it. Mindjammer Press, the company behind 'Mindjammer', 'Mons...
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Bundle of Holding

February 4, 2014
RuneQuest 6 Bundle of Holding


At 2pm EST, February 4th, 2014, we will be launching our RuneQuest Bundle of Holding over at This is a great chance for people to buy our PDFs at a remarkable price, for a limited period of time.

10% of all sales go to charity. Design Mechanism is supporting two: Macmillan Cancer Support and Electronic Frontiers.

If you've been thinking about buying RuneQuest 6, this is superb way of buying into the system.

Please help spread the w...

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RuneQuest 6 Back In Stock in Standard Hardcover

January 21, 2014
RQ6 is now back in stock. It is now in a standard, hardcover edition, priced at $60 (plus shipping) with the PDF included free of charge.

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Hessaret's Treasure - New Adventure!

December 9, 2013
Hessaret's Treasure is a brand new, standalone scenario based in The Realm from 'Book of Quests' but usable in any fantasy setting. Its a PDF-only release at present - watch for details for a Print on Demand option.

A great first adventure for RQ, its suitable for 3-6 characters and mixes city intrigue, double-crosses, wilderness survival and dungeon-delving.

48 pages, interactive PDF

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RuneQuest 6 Special Collector's Edition Now Available

November 16, 2013
Visit the Products page for details on how to buy the Special Collector's Edition, hardback, slip case, edition of the rules. We have a limited number available for sale and we won't be reprinting the book in this format once stock is exhausted!

You can also only buy RQ6 in this format through the Design Mechanism website - it isn't available anywhere else.

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The Fenix Articles

October 20, 2013
New to the Downloads page is a series of articles published in Fenix magazine and penned by Pete Nash. Its a diverse mix, well worth reading, and our thanks goes to the Fenix crew for their permission to republish these articles here.
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