Stormbringer (role-playing game)

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Stormbringer RPG 4th edition 1990.jpg
Stormbringer 4th edition box cover, 1990.
Illustration by Michael Whelan, 1977.
Designer(s) Ken St. Andre, Lynn Willis et al.
Publisher(s) Chaosium
Publication date 1981 (1st edition)
1985 (2nd edition)
1987 (3rd edition)
1990 (4th edition)
1993 (Elric!)
2001(5th edition)
Genre(s) Fantasy
System(s) Basic Role-Playing, d20 System

The Stormbringer fantasy role-playing game published by Chaosium puts the players in the world of the Young Kingdoms, based on the Elric of Melniboné books by Michael Moorcock. The game takes its name from Elric's sword, Stormbringer (though one edition was published as Elric!) and uses the Basic Role-Playing[1] game system, a percentile-dice-based system used in many role-playing games designed by Chaosium.


The game has evolved through several editions over the years:

  • 1st edition (1981) by Ken St. Andre; boxed set; cover art by Frank Brunner
  • 2nd edition (1985) by St. Andre; boxed set; cover art by Brunner
  • 3rd edition (1987) by St. Andre; book; published jointly with Games Workshop, cover art by Peter Jones (“PAJ”)
  • 4th edition (1990) by St. Andre, Steve Perrin, and John B. Monroe; boxed set; cover art by Michael Whelan (from the 1977 DAW and 1986 Grafton editions of Michael Moorcock's Stormbringer)
  • Elric! (1993) by Lynn Willis, Richard Watts, Mark Morrison, Jimmie W. Pursell Jr., Sam Shirley, and Joshua Shaw.
  • 5th edition (2001) by Lynn Willis, book, cover art by John T. Snyder

In 2001, Chaosium also published a d20 System version of the game as Dragon Lords of Melniboné, with cover art by Brunner.

As of November 2007, “Chaosium no longer [p]roduces new books for the Stormbringer roleplaying game”, [2] but in August 2007, Mongoose Publishing published the Elric of Melniboné RPG[3] by Lawrence Whittaker, which is based on the RuneQuest rules system.



Versions 1–3 are functionally similar, version 4 changed the magic system extensively, Elric! was a substantial reworking of the game, and version 5 is a new layout of the Elric! rules, with additional material from several older game supplements that are no longer in print. The Spanish version also includes excerpts from the Dragon Lords of Melniboné book.



  1. ^ Writtle, Murray (February–March 1982). "Open Box: Stormbringer". White Dwarf (review). Games Workshop (29): 15. ISSN 0265-8712. 
  2. ^ "Stormbringer – Chaosium Inc.". Chaosium. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  3. ^ ISBN 978-1-905850-13-6, see Elric of Melnibone RPG series
  4. ^ (9 August 2013).

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