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Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game
Author(s) Various
Artist(s) Various
Pages 240
Publisher(s) Sword & Sorcery Studios
Publication date July 28, 2003
Format(s) Hardcover
Retail price US: $34.95
ISBN 10 1588460711
ISBN 13 9781588460714
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This article contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.
Warcraft RPG

Panoramic inside cover color image.

Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game is the first edition core rule book for the Warcraft RPG — which was eventually succeeded by World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game.

The book was initially published in 2003 under the d20 System License and was basically a campaign setting for the revised 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. It lacked detailed character generation or advancement rules (which could be found in the D&D Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual rulebooks) and instead concentrated on describing the setting. The book contained several short stories approximately 2-3 pages in length.

Book description[]

The world’s #1 fantasy RTS computer game meets the world’s #1 fantasy RPG rules system!
Over 8 million fans around the world have enjoyed the #1-selling Warcraft® RTS (real-time strategy) computer game series. Dungeons & Dragons® Warcraft® the Roleplaying Game translates this hugely successful series into a fully interactive print roleplaying game world. Play humans, dwarves, high elves and night elves — or even inventive goblins, shamanistic orcs and mighty tauren — as you strive against the demonic Burning Legion and undead Scourge for dominance over the war-torn world of Azeroth.
A World of War and Magic
The D&D Warcraft® RPG is published under the Open Game License and is 100% compatible with the Dungeons & Dragons® revised 3rd edition rules and the d20 system. The game setting features brand new core classes and prestige classes, including the scout and warlock, plus other unique elements like firearms and other industrial technology that add an exciting new element to fantasy roleplay.[1]

Short stories[]


The playable Horde races in the RPG from left to right: half-orc, tauren, goblin, and orc.

The book contains 7 untitled short stories.

  • Oakwidow watches as Horde and Alliance members clash with unholy bloodlust in a tainted vale in Kalimdor, where a great demon was felled long ago.
  • Oakwidow gives "advice" to the orc blademaster Redjaw, and some of his comrades, to head to a dwarven mining town to look for work. They are soon attacked by undead dwarven, elven, and human corpses that have taken over the town and its mines.
  • Oakwidow lies to a group of adventurers in order to get them to attack a night elf mine guarded by ancients, which she claims are completely harmless.
  • Gennet, a human warrior, has just survived an attack by demons and escapes to find an unlikely band of adventurers by a "temple of a forgotten god" and decides to join them.
  • Within Shargha's stronghold in Kalimdor, the orc chieftain, Shargha, has a discussion with his underchief, Boraga, about the world's state of affairs.

Canon status[]


The playable Alliance races in the RPG. Left to right: high elf, half-elf, night elf, dwarf, and human.

Ask Creative Development -- Round II Answers | 2011-06-23 00:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok

Q: Are the Warcraft and World of Warcraft RPG books considered canon?

A: No. The RPG books were created to provide an engaging table-top role-playing experience, which sometimes required diverging from the established video game canon. Blizzard helped generate a great deal of the content within the RPG books, so there will be times when ideas from the RPG will make their way into the game and official lore, but you are much better off considering the RPG books non-canonical unless otherwise stated.

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Christopher Aylott, Zach Bush, Jeff Grubb, Luke Johnson, Seth Johnson, Mur Lafferty, and Greg Netcher
Creative and Rules Design Assistance and Additional Material
Chris Metzen and Bob Fitch
E. Deirdre Brooks with Andrew Bates
Mike Johnstone
Managing Editor
Andrew Bates
Art Director
Richard Thomas
Layout and Typesetting
Ron Thompson
Cover Artist
Samwise Didier
Interior Artists
Ted Beargeon, David Berggren, Samwise Didier, David Griffiths, Jeff Holt, Roman Kenney, Chris Metzen, Bill Petras, Richard Thomas and Ru Weerasuriya
Front & Back Cover Design
Ron Thompson[1]



  1. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 3

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