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 The Keep tunequest the Borderlands takes place at the frontier of a vague “realm,” Apple Lane sits squarely within Glorantha.

I hesitate to call them “real people,” because, truth be told, many of Apple Lane’s NPCs are broadly-sketched caricatures or, if you prefer, archetypesbut, even so, that’s generally more than you get in The Keep on the Borderlandswhere NPCs noticeably lack even names, being known instead by their titles “The Corporal of the Watch” and “The Curate,” for example.

THE GREAT GAME: RuneQuest – more from Apple Lane!

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

RuneQuest is Glorantha, at least that’s how it was seen in its earliest days. The episode in which the expert attacked a ballistics gel torso with lxne Roman gladius a simple shortsword and hacked off both arms with his first two whacks convinced me that it is entirely realistic.

James Maliszewski July 15, at 2: James Maliszewski July 14, at If I had it to do over, I gunequest invite the PCs to spend more time there.

Every inhabitant of the place is given a name and all adult inhabitants are given full RuneQuest statistics. However, the Pawnshop offers a unique twist that makes me want to use it sometime: That was a problem with my early play. What stands out to me, though, is that, again, every baboon runequwst outlaw has a name and many have personalities, histories, and individual motivations.


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I don’t mean to dwell too much on this, but I runequdst find it amazing how much detail and, dare I say, “story” is contained within Apple Lane ‘s brief text. Why is Gringle “too busy”? 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.

Frank July 14, a;ple Such an emphasis 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. The Rainbow Mounds were awesome. Swordsman July 15, at 8: In a setting other than Glorantha, this would seem implausible, but I can totally buy that a Runelord of Issaries can’t forsake the demands of his cult to protect his material livelihood.

I was immersed in RQ2 back in the day so I find baboons more interesting than wacky. They don’t exist solely to llane with runnequest PCs who come into the town and have need of their goods and services.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Apple Lane

To survive even a basic armed attack, you need luck he blew his attack roll or rolled low on damageskill I parried him! Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Among the townsfolk, there are a couple or three cult connections that would serve well as an introduction to the greater setting.

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.

The baboons especially was felt to be too ridiculous. Runequrst days, I ignore it, focusing on the Rainbow Caverns. Whiteeye’s extinguish spell brought a near TPK that led to between-adventures drilling on lighting a torch in the dark “This is my torch!

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


The DM is instructed to leave the room for awhile, while the players figure out where they hide the gem and their general plan. Of the two scenarios, “Gringle’s Pawnshop” is the weakest and was probably intended as an introduction to the mechanics of combat.

Many people feel the same way about ducks, morokanths, and myriad other unique aspects of the setting, because, honestly, they’re pretty wacky. But who’d play RuneQuest if they weren’t using Glorantha? Glorantha is one of the game’s main selling points.

The runeqyest experience was a bit surreal to say the least. There may be plots and motivations in there but I seriously doubt that most can play them with a straight face.

That’s more than you get in The Keep on the Borderlandsbut nowhere near what Jim Raggi presented us with. Posted by James Maliszewski at 8: 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.

As crazy as that sounds, it actually makes sense in context and might even be described as “normal” for old school Glorantha. What’s so important that he can’t protect his own source of wealth? It’s a classic of the hobby and well worth reading if one has the chance. That means that there are references to deities, historical events, and cultural practices that, while very useful for referees wanting to use Glorantha, need to be altered if the referee isn’t using that world.

Rob Conley July 14, at Eventually they overcame the trollkin and Whiteye ended up using Divine Intervention to escape though. There are many like it but this one is mine! For me, the only appeal of RQ is Glorantha.