[Runequest] R: Re: RuneQuest and H.P Lovecraft

takenegi at libero.it takenegi at libero.it
Wed Jun 22 22:37:06 AEST 2016

Well probably it's not strictly true, but Lovercraft's Dreamlands were definitely among the first first fantasy stories, and probably had a huge influence on Howard and the sword & sorcery genre. So probably you can find a bit of that in RQ, as well. 

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Ogg: Re: [Runequest] RuneQuest and H.P Lovecraft

I'd have to say it's pretty unlikely.

First, we HAVE the principals (Stafford, Perrin, et alia) and they've never been hesitant to talk about their inspirations.  I've never seen any suggestion that Lovecrafts work was involved.  In particular, I think it's worth noting that Glorantha is particularly free of the 'great old ones sleeping that we don't want to disturb' trope that has become so widespread.
Further, the Cthulhu materials didn't really clearly become public domain until well after the copyright law revisions of the 1970s - while you could certainly find HP Lovecraft stuff before that, it wasn't the royalty-free explosion it has been since around the 1990s.
No, I suspect you're talking to someone that perhaps believes CoC actually came before RQ, and thus has the cause/effect arrow pointed backwards.
On Jun 22, 2016 6:44 AM, "Lev Lafayette" <lev at rpgreview.net> wrote:I've been having a conversation with one Kris Doernbach on Facebook who

has told me that "Technically RuneQuest is based upon H.P. Lovecraft's

dreamlands from his Dream Cycle stories and novellas".

It seems to me that they may be mistaken, and are referring to Call of

Cthulhu's Dreamlands, however they assure me: "[T]hey had to expand upon

the RPG to sell more stuff, it is simple as that. Even the publisher and

original designers admit it was based on Lovecraft."

It's a fascinating proposition, however I am unaware of this from any of

the prefaces or introductions from the various editions, or from any of

the interviews that this was the case.

Nevertheless, I am prepared to entertain the idea... Has anyone heard of

such a thing, because it's news to me.

All this said, Call of Cthulhu meets RuneQuest is a good gory fun.


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