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Subject: So where are the Runes in Runebound? rss

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Andrew A
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Both 1st and 2nd editions had movement dice with terrain symbols (the runes) while 3rd edition has 5 dice with pictures of the different terrain plus a wild. Besides that, cool game. It's been one of the most requested games with my gaming group.
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I think the game title refers to Terrinoth lore not to actual runes included or used in the components of the game.

IIRC after Dragon Lord Margath was defeated in the Dragon Wars the surviving dragons were imprisoned using Dragon Runes which were entrusted to the elves. Hence those dragons are 'Rune Bound'.

Not entirely sure but I am sure someone on here will know
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Withywindle wrote:
I think the game title refers to Terrinoth lore not to actual runes included or used in the components of the game.

IIRC after Dragon Lord Margath was defeated in the Dragon Wars the surviving dragons were imprisoned using Dragon Runes which were entrusted to the elves. Hence those dragons are 'Rune Bound'.

Not entirely sure but I am sure someone on here will know


This is true, though I usually think of the combat tokens as the runes.
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GuidedVoice wrote:
Both 1st and 2nd editions had movement dice with terrain symbols (the runes) while 3rd edition has 5 dice with pictures of the different terrain plus a wild. Besides that, cool game. It's been one of the most requested games with my gaming group.

Those are just symbols representing terrain and were never used for anything else. I highly doubt that they were ever intended to be "runes".

The Runes were held by the dragons in the red cards in second edition. None of the second edition expansions referenced runes again.

I like Paul T's theory. Either way, the "runes" of the previous game(s) were never so important a feature that they needed to be carried forward to every version of the game, just for the sake of being referenced by the name of the game. Forcing a "rune" concept into RB3 would have compromised the streamlined game play for no actual benefit.
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There are runes in the game
some items you can buy are special runes
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there are runes you can buy them in the shops
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Quote:
The dragonlords seized many of the Stars, and broke
some into small slivers, inscribing mystic runes upon them. The
magic of each runebound shard has been focused and refined
so that even those without magical training may unleash their
unique power


this can be found in the Runebound 3rd Edition "Learn to Play" booklet, and explains why the series is called "Runebound".
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Intersting. A Runebound without runes.

Maybe during playtesting it turned out they rune'd the game?
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Andrew A
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Just seems to me that in the 1st two editions the movement dice have "runes" on on them so the character is "bound" by the dice with "runes" thus the title of the game RUNEBOUND.
 
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GuidedVoice wrote:
Just seems to me that in the 1st two editions the movement dice have "runes" on on them so the character is "bound" by the dice with "runes" thus the title of the game RUNEBOUND.


OK, but that's not actually the reason. The actual reason has been explained above.

If it bothers you, you could just as easily say the symbols on tokens are runes (at least as much as the terrain symbols) and characters are equally bound by those.
 
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