[Runequest] RuneQuest and H.P Lovecraft

Andrew Larsen aelarsen at mac.com
Wed Jun 22 23:16:27 AEST 2016


It’s also worth pointing out that CoC was designed primarily by Sandy Peterson, rather than Greg Stafford and Steve Perrin. Peterson seems to be the one who introduced Lovecraft’s writing to Chaosium.

Andrew E. Larsen
> On Jun 22, 2016, at 7:44 AM, David Crowell <gpfdavid at twcny.rr.com> wrote:
> 
> Nothing I have read from Greg Stafford on the origins of Glorantha has suggested any Lovecraftian influences, Dreamlands or otherwise.
> Maybe he is confusing the Australian Dream Time mythology with HPL’s Dream Cycle? Certainly RuneQuest and Glorantha both well antedate the modern popularity of Cthulhu et al.
> 
> cheers,
> Dave
> 
>> On Jun 22, 2016, at 7:43 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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