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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Whereas that runfquest like a plot hook to me. The whole experience was a bit surreal to say the least. Eventually they overcame the trollkin and Whiteye ended up using Divine Intervention to escape though. Anthony July 14, at 3: James Maliszewski July 15, at 2: That too is another useful point of runeqjest that Apple Lane highlights.

As crazy as that sounds, it actually makes sense in context and might even be described as “normal” for old school Glorantha. 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.

Apple Lane (Publication)

Glorantha is one of the game’s main selling points. That was a problem with my early play. I regret to say we hardly spent any time in Apple Lane itself, since I was trying to complete the dungeon arc in 4 short sessions. 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.

It’s almost like RQ was “ahead” of its time – starting from a very defined, exhaustive setting more akin to rpgs from the 90s on – and then shifting to more of an old school-style of game from RQ3 on.

Frank July 15, at 3: This was compounded by the fact that in Runequest 2 body parts tend to fly off a lot! Brunomac July 15, at 3: Plus the setup of “I am too busy to deal with an attack on my own pawnshop.

But who’d play RuneQuest if they weren’t using Glorantha? The module presents the small Sartarite town of Apple Lane, so called because of the apple orchards that surround it.


Whereas many consider Glorantha to be a “selling point”, I find it to have too much of a “cost” of setting depth to interest me. Or more accurately, the NPCs of Apple Lane are detailed, yes, but they’re still little more than sketches. Wednesday, July 14, Retrospective: I am glad that Runequest over time went the alne of understating its tie to the Gloranthan setting and became more of an “open”, DIY system.

So much more interesting than yet another generic orc. I ran this in June, but I am sorry to report that everybody found the attack on Gringle’s Pawnshop to be a howler.

It’s an interesting thing. The product includes two scenarios, plus a brief introductory piece in which it’s suggested the PCs begin play as newly initiated adulthood inhabitant of Apple Lane.

The first scenario, “Gringle’s Pawnshop,” is little more a;ple 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.

Just too many impossible things before breakfast. What stands out to me, though, is that, again, every baboon and outlaw has a name and many have personalities, histories, and individual motivations.

lanne 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. In a setting other than Glorantha, this would seem implausible, but I can totally buy that lxne Runelord of Issaries can’t forsake the demands of his cult to protect his material livelihood.

It’s palpably different than the approach taken with The Keep on the Borderlandsappls perhaps to the presentation of The Village of Hommlet no surprise, as both Apple Lane and Hommlet arose out of actual playbut far quirkier, given the nature of Glorantha. People of Pembrooktonshire is better: So neither side has absolute knowledge of the situation. It’s a classic of the hobby and well worth reading if one has the chance.

Oddly, I’ve never run Apple Lane, though I don’t think it would be that hard to fit into another setting. James Maliszewski July 14, at My problem with the assaulting gang was the weird diversity: Once more, we’re treated to lots of individualized opponents rather than faceless orcs, as well as what might be called a fully-fledged “villain,” the dark runequwst Whiteye, whose machinations are behind the recent spate of attacks on Apple Lane.


KP July 14, at The scenario states outright that Gringle has “ritual obligations” that demand he be elsewhere. However, the Pawnshop offers a unique twist that makes me want to use it sometime: I don’t mind a bit of humor lame the ducks considering their curse. Swordsman July 15, at 8: To survive even a basic armed attack, you need luck he blew his attack roll or rolled low on damageskill I parried him!

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I was immersed in RQ2 back in the day so I find baboons more interesting than wacky. Many people feel the same way about ducks, morokanths, and myriad other unique aspects of the setting, because, honestly, they’re pretty wacky. We team runfquest to fight Dracula. Frank July 14, at Such an runeqeust comes at a price, of course, most notably its singular authorial vision, but, if one shares that vision or is less interested in providing one’s own, Apple Lane has a great deal to offer.

That’s more than you get in The Keep on the Borderlandsbut nowhere near what Jim Raggi presented us with.

Heh, in my most recent RQ campaign, Whiteye’s Extinguish vs. Posted by James Maliszewski at 8: Of the two scenarios, “Gringle’s Pawnshop” is the weakest and was probably intended as an introduction to the mechanics of combat. Indeed, given kane Apple Lane 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.

There are many like it but this one is mine!

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