Thanks for your interest in Runestone!
Runestone is an original world created by Drew Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org). The original basis for the setting was a screenplay of the same name, written in 2007-8. If you have any interest in running a game in Runestone and would like a complete .pdf of the setting, or would like to read the screenplay, please e-mail Drew at the above address.
The banner and all maps were created by Drew Hicks, and he retains all ownership of them. Reproduction and distribution of the images is allowed, barring editing and provided appropriate credit is given. NPC pictures appear as a result of google image searches, mostly. While this is totally hypocritical, we’re more than happy to remove images that you or your parties may hold trademarks to. We’d also love to give credit to some of the artists who generated the work, if you can identify them. Most of the artwork in the wiki and adventure log will have accompanying credits for artists or sites.
Many thanks go to the players, Sean Richmond and Taylor Hagan who through their interest in the game have not only helped immeasurably to flesh out the world, but to create numerous home-brew and hyrbid rules to fit the setting.
We are a culturally-savvy gaming group, who enjoys music while we play and movies between sessions to keep us inspired. Below you’ll find a list of movies and music to help “set the tone” for the world we play in. The setting is also heavily influenced by so-called “fantas-historical” books like George RR Martin’s excellent A Song of Ice & Fire series.MUSIC
- Viking Heads – Jerry Goldsmith, from the 13th Warrior Soundtrack – every game starts with this song, as we get out sheets, set up dice, etc. We like to think of it as the opening credits to each game. Rest of the Soundtrack is great, too.
- Kingdom of Heaven Soundtrack – Harry Gregson-Williams
- Chronicles of Narnia Soundtrack – also Henry Gregson-Williams
- New Impossibilities – Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (particularly Night of the Flying Horses and Arabian Waltz)
- Himma – Sufi Music Ensemble
- The Quiet American / Plunkett & Macleane – Both soundtracks by Craig Armstrong
- Conan the Barbarian – the one and only Basil Poledouris
- 300 – Tyler Bates
- Gladiator / Pirates of the Caribbean – both of these soundtracks i try to use sparringly but there are some great sustained “action” songs on each. Both are by the poor man’s John Williams – Hans Zimmer.
- Sequentia Ensemble – go to pandora / last.fm and type this in. let it ride.
- Flesh & Blood (Paul Verhoeven, 1985)
- Kingdom of Heaven (Ridley Scott, 2005)
- Willow (Ron Howard, 1988)
- Rome (HBO series, created by Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, John Milius. With Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, 2005)
- Casino Royal (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) – (Martin Campbell) May seem a stretch, but I really enjoy that characters in these movies make mistakes and have to live with the consequences. Watch it again and think about how many times Bond f’s up because of a choice he made – who to trust, who to kill, where to travel, etc. Think of these as “player choices” not something the GM planed in his notes and you will learn an invaluable GMing lesson about persistent worlds.
- Robin Hood (1991, John Irvin) NOT prince of theives, the 1991 British Television movie starring Patrick Bergin. This is how fantas-historical should look and feel.