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Berserkr. Ferocious and powerful, wade into battle with no armour upon your back, wielding a massive two-handed sword and call upon the power of beasts to strengthen your attacks.

Pyre. Shape flame as a blacksmith shapes iron, calling upon ravenous fire to burn and purge and channel primal forces through your own two hands.

Balance favour and sorrow or read the runes to guide your way solo through a pre-written adventure, or conjure a random dungeon crawl with the delve generator.

Navigating the world of Nine Realms can be a lonely endeavour, but thankfully there are kindred spirits available to assist with jolly cooperation.


Runecairn: Advanced Rules is a 20-page, black and white tabletop RPG supplement for Norse fantasy roleplaying game Runecairn, adding new starting classes and optional rules. Runecairn is based on Cairn by Yochai Gal, with streamlined rules, fast character creation, and gameplay based on exploration and player choice.

Advanced Rules Includes:

  • 2 new advanced starting classes: Berserkr, Pyre
  • New options for solo play with a rune-based oracle
  • New random delve generator for creating Norse dungeons
  • New options for 3 or more players with summoned allies and invasions

Requires Runecairn: Core Rules.

Please note, everything in Advanced Rules is already included in Runecairn: Wardensaga. This is a standalone book for those who already have Runecairn: Core Rules and Beneath the Broken Sword or for those who prefer modular books.

What Others Have Said

Thank you for such an awesome game - I loved reading Runecairn and it’s on my list of 2022 games to get to the table. And the layout is lovely too.

– Rich August (@RpgAugust), Steamforged Games

This is a quality game, adapting Cairn to an apocalyptic Norse setting with a greater emphasis on arms, armour and combat without losing the deadly and considered tone of the its forebear.

– Sebrina Calkins (@EntwifeXP), reviewer

TTRPG icons by Gontijo, released as public domain

CategoryPhysical game
Release date Apr 20, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
AuthorBy Odin's Beard RPG
GenreRole Playing
TagsFantasy, Norse, nsr, runecairn, Tabletop role-playing game


Buy Now£4.00 GBP or more

In order to download this rulebook you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of £4 GBP. You will get access to the following files:

Runecairn Advanced Rules v1.1.pdf 6 MB
Delve Generator v1.0.pdf 1 MB

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any chance for community copies again?

Absolutely! I just added an extra 100.


This is an awesome little game!  I am looking forward to some solo dungeon delves!

Thanks, glad you’re enjoying it!

Is there a spot for monster creation?

Not specifically for Runecairn yet, but there are a good number of monsters for Cairn and guidance on how to convert OSR monsters: https://cairnrpg.com/resources/monsters.

I adapted Runecairn from Cairn so a lot of the principles are the same.

Okay, off I go to find some Cairn monsters.  I am so jazzed by these rules!

Terrific solo playthrough using the Runecairn Delve Generator!