Runebound 2nd Edition

1 - 6
best with 3
3 - 6 hrs
9.5 / 10
6.9 / 10
Companion App Suggested Ambient Audio

Solo Play



Kelsam Runebound 2nd Edition Rule Variants

These rule variants are designed to streamline gameplay and make it much, much faster. To that end, players can level up much faster, aquire items faster, and not have dying be such a set-back.

Kelsam Runebound 2E Variants
This PDF is 300 DPI (suitable for printing)

Kelsam Runebound 2nd Edition Market Variant

We feel that visiting the market in Runebound 2nd, un-changed, is a bit of a waste of time. You rarely find anything useful for your specific needs and more often than not have to spend too many turns searching the market stack in a town. This is our approach to a wildly improved marketing mechanic. Instead of a single market stack, you have 6. Each stack has specific types of items and when you visit the market you have a level of control of what types of items you will find. We have also gone through the market deck, with all of the expansions, and removed any cards that we didn't feel were valuable enough to stay. Thus, helping to ensure that visits to the market are beneficial.

Kelsam Runebound 2E Market Variant
This PDF is 300 DPI (suitable for printing)

Kelsam Runebound 2nd Edition Market Variant Board

Provided in the variant's PDF are 2 pages so you can cut out a simple board for your market. However, if you'd like something a bit more substantial, you can have an actual board printed with this PDF, as seen here. Note: do not actually play with your market stacks faceup, this is just to show the different stack types.

Kelsam Runebound 2E Large Square Market Board
This file can be used to order this market board from TheGameCrafter.


To be used with our market variant, we made this tool to ease the game's setup, since randomizing the markets at the start of the game becomes a bit more tedious with the new rules.

Kelsam Runebound 2E Setup App

We also made a simple piece of web-software to allow players to create custom hero cards. Watch your own custom hero cards form as you type!

Kelsam Runebound 2E Custom Hero Cards

Player Aids

We have a couple player aids that we use with Runebound 2E. Firstly, we made an expansions icon reference sheet so we could easily see what content belongs to what expansion. Next, we have custom laser-etched movement dice and our Kelsam dice towers. Custom etched movement dice can be purchased here from our friend, BoardGameGeek user "Orph".

Kelsam Runebound 2E Icon Reference
This PDF is 300 DPI (suitable for printing)


Common Insert Design Goals

For each insert we create, we have a few "common design goals". They are:

Runebound 2nd Edition Insert Details

For this one, we had a couple extra design goals in mind. First, we wanted to be able to have each game pull a maximum of 2 boxes. What this means is that for a game of basic Runebound 2nd Edition, all we need is the base game's box. For an expansion game we'd only need the base game's box as well as that specific expansion's box. It was a bit challenging to fit all the base game compontents as well as our custom compontents into the base game's box, since it would need to house the entire market (with all market expansions), as well as the entire base adventure (with all base adventure expansions).

This insert design doesn't actually house all the market cards. We have culled our market a great deal, primarily due to our variants. We have found that we like to keep it thinned to having just the cards we find useful. This includes most of the highest level cards, as well as some mid-ranged cards. We've found that with our market and leveling variants, there is no need for the lower level cards. The un-used market cards, as well as a few PvP base adventure cards, can be seen in acrylic deck boxes in The Island of Dread and Midnight expansion boxes.

We have made custom deck boxes for each Adventure Variant Expansion and for the Character Decks. For each Adventure Variant Expansion we also designed and created an accordion, card-sized rulebook.

Download Insert Schematics

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Suggested Ambient Audio

Suggested Ambient Audio - Island of Dread

Suggested Ambient Audio - Midnight

Suggested Ambient Audio - Sands of Al-Kalim

Suggested Ambient Audio - The Frozen Wastes

Suggested Ambient Audio - Mists of Zanaga

Runebound 2E Rulebook

Island of Dread Rulebook

Sand of Al-Kalim Rulebook

Midnight Rulebook

The Frozen Wastes Rulebook

Mists of Zanaga Rulebook

1st Wave Mini Expansions Rules

2nd Wave Mini Expansions Rules

3rd Wave Mini Expansions Rules


Character Decks Cards Reference

Character Deck Rules