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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However, the Pawnshop offers a unique twist that makes me want to use it sometime: Brunomac July 15, at 3: The baboons especially was felt to be too ridiculous.

The scenario states outright that Gringle has “ritual obligations” that demand he be elsewhere. People of Pembrooktonshire is better: My problem with the assaulting gang was the weird diversity: In my more recent play, I changed things up a bit such that limbs don’t fly runeqjest so often.

KP July 14, at For me, the only appeal of RQ is Glorantha. 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. lanne

Apple Lane (Publication)

This was compounded by the fact that in Runequest 2 body parts tend to fly off a lot! That was a problem with my early play.


Instead of an rpg that confines itself to one “sandbox”. Or more accurately, the NPCs of Apple Lane are detailed, yes, but they’re still little more than sketches. It’s a classic of the hobby and well worth reading if one has the chance.

What’s so important that he can’t protect his own source of wealth? I was leery of the pawnshop defense scenario so we did an expanded set of “initiation games” then went directly to the Rainbow Mounds.

Invincible Overlord July 14, at Posted by James Maliszewski at 8: What stands out to me, though, is that, again, every baboon and outlaw has a name and many have personalities, histories, and individual motivations.

Whereas that looks like a plot hook to me. Apple Lane was originally published in as “Scenario Pack 2” for RuneQuestbut was revised in for inclusion in the aforementioned boxed set.


Of course, it’s precisely this specificity that some might find off-putting. No feathers ruffled here. Oddly, I’ve never run Apple Lane, though I don’t think it would be that hard to fit into another setting. 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.

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.

It’s an interesting thing. Indeed, given that 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.

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

Wednesday, July 14, Runequedt Of the two scenarios, “Gringle’s Pawnshop” is the weakest and was probably intended as an introduction to the mechanics of combat. They don’t exist solely to interact with the PCs who come into the town and have need of their goods and services.

Apple Lane is not without its faults, particularly the rather limited nature of the community itself, but it’s still eye-opening to consider that this module was first published in Newer Post Older Post Home. Why is Gringle “too busy”? To survive even a basic armed attack, you need luck he blew his attack roll or rolled low on damageskill I parried him! 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!


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

Whereas The Keep on the Borderlands takes place at the frontier of a vague “realm,” Apple Lane sits squarely within Glorantha. The DM is instructed to leave the room for awhile, while the players figure out where they hide the gem and their general plan. 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 troll Whiteye, whose machinations are behind the recent spate of attacks on Apple Lane.

Even so, it’s possible and if one can get into the right frame of mind, it all somehow works. Apple Lane was definitely a turning point, but RPG content at the time was still solidly “hack ‘n slash. Many people feel the same way about ducks, morokanths, and myriad other unique aspects of the setting, because, honestly, they’re pretty wacky.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Apple Lane

How do I say this without ruffling someone’s feathers somewhere: 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.

The module presents the small Sartarite town of Apple Lane, so called because of the apple orchards that surround it. Every inhabitant of the place is given a name and all adult inhabitants are given full RuneQuest statistics.

RuneQuest is Glorantha, at least that’s how it was seen in its earliest days. Glorantha appple one of the game’s main selling points. 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.