Runecairn: Core Rules update and new Runecairn book!

Hello and thanks for supporting By Odin’s Beard RPG! This update has been a long time coming but I’m happy to announce an updated and improved version of Runecairn: Core Rules and a new Runecairn book: Wardensaga.

Runecairn: Core Rules Update

The Core Rules PDF has been updated with a refreshed layout, minor text corrections and spelling fixes, and updates to make wording more gender neutral and inclusive.

  • Updated credits page and table of contents

  • Updated margins and page number layout

  • Various layout tweaks and refreshes

  • Updated Overview to refesh design philosophy

  • Changed many instances of Character to Adventurer

  • Added Viking Age section to Principles of the World

  • Changed references to “cure wounds” spell to “heal”

  • Updated character sheet with new fonts

  • Minor changes to wording for clarity and consistency

  • Added illustrations of rare items

  • Changed to gender neutral pronouns where applicable

  • Updated formatting and layout in Monsters section

  • Combined Male and Female names table into one table

  • Removed references to skin colour in traits table

  • Updated text on back cover


I’m also happy to announce a new collected edition of Runecairn, Wardensaga, and a new book of optional rules, Advanced Rules.

What is Runecairn: Wardensaga?

Runecairn is a Soulslike Norse fantasy RPG by Colin Le Sueur for 1-3 players. Character creation is quick and intuitive, dynamic combat is intense and reactive. Wardensaga combines the Runecairn: Core Rules, introductory dungeon crawl adventure Beneath the Broken Sword, and newly introduced Advanced Rules in an 84-page deluxe edition with a cover from ground-breaking artist CROM. Runecairn: Wardensaga is published in hardcover and softcover by Exalted Funeral.

Wardensaga Features:

  • Set in a Norse fantasy world some time after Ragnarok
  • Core gameplay designed for 2 players, one Warden and one Adventurer
  • Streamlined d20 roll-under rules based on Cairn, Into the Odd, and Knave
  • Soulslike mechanics such as resurrecting at bonfires, respawning monsters, and dynamic combat
  • Quickstart dungeon crawl adventure Beneath the Broken Sword, perfect for new players
  • 4 core starting classes: Warrior, Scout, Seer, Skald
  • 2 new advanced 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 (jolly cooperation!) and invasions


Runecairn: Wardensaga will be available in hardcover and softcover from Exalted Funeral: (Coming Soon!)

Runecairn Ardent Follower Sale

If you own Runecairn: Core Rules and Beneath the Broken Sword, get 20% off the Runecairn: Wardensaga digital edition.


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Mar 24, 2022

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I had a rules question: When your resilience drops below 0, the rules say you start taking STR damage. I assume you would die once your STR reaches 0? This also applies to monsters too? Thanks for any clarification. Cheers. 

Yup, so if your Resilience drops to 0, any additional damage gets applied to your STR and then you need to make a Critical Damage save (a STR save). If you pass this, you live. If you fail, you die.

All subsequent damage lowers your STR score directly and causes another Critical Damage save. If you fail any Critical Damage saves or if your STR hits 0, you die.

The same applies to monsters and NPCs as well. The goal is to reduce your opponent’s resilience until you can start reducing their strength.