Apple Lane was originally published in as “Scenario Pack 2” for RuneQuest , but was revised in for inclusion in the aforementioned. Apple Lane () – Apple Lane contains two complete RuneQuest adventures set in the world of Glorantha, in Sartar. Apple Lane set a ne. Hello Adventurers! I thought I would start a thread to report on the progress of my RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha campaign. I figure that.

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There may be plots and motivations in there but I seriously doubt that most can play them with a straight face.

So neither side has absolute knowledge of the situation. Posted by James Maliszewski at 8: Only a member of this blog may post a comment. However, the buildings aren’t what make Apple Lane interesting; it’s the inhabitants of the place that give this rural locale its unique charm.

In my more recent play, I changed things up a bit such that limbs don’t fly nearly so often. Then Apple started watching Deadliest Warrior and realized it wasn’t.

Plus the setup of “I am too busy to deal with an attack on my own pawnshop. Invincible Overlord July 14, at The Rainbow Mounds were awesome.

What stands out to me, though, is that, again, every baboon and outlaw has a name and many have personalities, histories, and individual motivations. It’s an interesting thing. They don’t exist solely to interact with the PCs who come into the town and have need of their goods and services. However, what really made me balk was the set up of powerful NPCs who are ready to burst in and save the day at the last moment, ick. Whiteeye’s extinguish spell brought a near Runrquest that led to between-adventures drilling on lighting a torch in the dark “This is my torch!

Heh, in my most recent RQ campaign, Whiteye’s Extinguish vs. James Maliszewski July 15, at 2: Baboons, ducks etc take a bit of appe as GM to pull off, but they’re worth it.

That’s more than you get in The Keep on the Borderlandsbut nowhere ruenquest what Jim Raggi presented us with. The scenario states outright that Gringle has “ritual obligations” that demand he be elsewhere. It’s palpably different than the approach taken with Zpple Keep on the Borderlandsbeing perhaps to the presentation of The Village of Hommlet no surprise, as both Apple Lane and Hommlet arose out of actual play paple, but far quirkier, given the nature of Glorantha.

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It was in this form that I first encountered it, so it’s possible there are differences between the and editions of which I am unaware.

Anthony July 14, at 3: Why is Gringle “too busy”? There are many like it but this one is mine! A glance at the crude map of the town provided makes it clear that Apple Lane is a very small place, as there are only about a dozen buildings present in the whole place, in addition to the orchards and public grazing ground.

For me, the only appeal of RQ is Glorantha. The first scenario, “Gringle’s Pawnshop,” is little more than an extended battle, defending the aforesaid pawnshop from an attack by baboons in alliance with a group of non-human outlaws led by a centaur.

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Runequezt a classic of the hobby and well worth reading if one has the chance. Apple Lane was definitely a turning point, but RPG content at the time was still solidly “hack ‘n slash. Among the townsfolk, there are a couple or three cult connections that would serve well as an introduction to the greater setting. That was a problem with my early play. Indeed, given that Apple Ruhequest is, at least in part, intended to introduce new players to Glorantha, I can’t help but think it was intentionally written this way in order to spur interest in the “secret stuff” the Issaries cultists are up to that demands Gringle’s full attention.

And you’re right, it is hard to play Gloranthan baboons with a straight face. As crazy as that sounds, it actually makes sense in context and might even be described as “normal” for old school Glorantha.

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It represents a very different strand of old school play than is often discussed, one much more concerned with world building and coherence than was the case in many other corners of the hobby at the time.


So much more interesting than yet another generic orc. The DM is wpple to leave the room for awhile, while the players figure out where they hide the gem and their general plan. Just too many impossible things before breakfast. I don’t mean to dwell too much on this, but I nevertheless find it amazing how runeqjest detail and, dare I say, “story” is contained within Apple Lane ‘s brief text.

Of the two scenarios, “Gringle’s Pawnshop” is the weakest and was probably intended as an introduction to the mechanics of combat. Frank July 14, at Many people feel the same way about ducks, morokanths, and myriad other unique aspects of the setting, because, honestly, they’re pretty wacky.

While RQ has always been my runequsst of choice, I used to think that the rate of limb loss was over the top.

Eventually they overcame the trollkin and Whiteye ended up using Divine Intervention to escape though. Newer Post Older Post Home. Then there was the Vlad the Impaler episode where the scimitar cut a pig in half in one stroke, and the William Wallace episode where the Claymore removed three heads in one swing. How do I say this without ruffling someone’s feathers somewhere: Apple Lane ‘s second scenario is “The Rainbow Mounds,” which could be described as this module’s equivalent to the Caves of Chaos, as it details a large cave complex filled with inimical creatures.

This was compounded by the fact that in Runequest 2 body parts tend to fly off a lot!

As to the “funny” races, we did have jokes about orange sauce and such, but in my more recent play, while there were still jokes, it really wasn’t all that bad though I’m not sure I’ve ever had a PC duck – we have had PC newtlings and baboons though. Rob Conley July 14, at Whereas that looks like a plot hook to me.

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