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DesignersLynn Willis
Richard Watts
Mark Morrison
Jimmie W. Pursell Jr.
Sam Shirley
Joshua Shaw

Elric! is a roleplaying game published by Chaosium in 1993.


Elric! (1993) was designed by Lynn Willis, Richard Watts, Mark Morrison, Jimmie W. Pursell Jr., Sam Shirley, and Joshua Shaw; book; cover art by Brunner (same as 2nd edition of Stormbringer). The purpose of the "!" was to distinguish the role-playing game from the Elric board game published by Chaosium in 1978[1] and subsequently by Hobby Japan in 1981[citation needed] and Avalon Hill in 1984.[2]


  • Japanese edition (1993), soft-cover, published by Hobby Japan, cover art by Yasushi Nirasawa
  • French edition (1994), hardback, published by Oriflam, cover art by Hubert de Lartigue
  • Spanish edition (October 1997), soft-cover, published by Joc Internacional as Elric, without any exclamation mark, cover art by Frank Brunner (ISBN 84-7831-154-8)[3]


Elric! was a substantial reworking of the Stormbringer 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.

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Shannon Appelcline noted that Chaosium started working on major new role-playing systems at the same time it was entering the fiction field, and for the first time in nearly a decade: "The first was Elric! (1993), a totally new BRP vision of the Young Kingdoms, meant to replace the venerable Stormbringer. Richard Watts and Lynn Willis — the latter fresh from a major overhaul of the Call of Cthulhu rules — were the new game's creators. The new system was cleaner and more balanced. It also downplayed demons and increased the role of common magic — perhaps making it more accessible, particularly in Middle America."[4]: 273 

Appelcline explained that Chaosium took a substantial loss on Mythos, and "Chaosium responded by shutting down several of its lines, this time Pendragon, Elric!, Nephilim, and Mythos itself."[4]: 274  Appelcline added that "Chaosium also participated in the d20 explosion, though in a fairly minimum way. While re-releasing the Elric! rules as Stormbringer fifth edition (2001), they also published a d20 version of the game called Dragon Lords of Melniboné (2001)."[4]: 276 



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