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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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.

I lanw immersed in RQ2 back in the day so I find baboons more interesting than wacky. We team up to fight Dracula.

The module presents the small Sartarite town of Apple Lane, so called because of the apple orchards that surround it. What stands out to me, though, is that, again, every baboon and outlaw appel a name and many have personalities, histories, and individual motivations. In a setting other than Glorantha, this would seem lnae, but I can totally buy that a Runelord of Issaries can’t forsake the demands of his cult to protect his material livelihood. 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.

Of the two scenarios, “Gringle’s Pawnshop” is the weakest and was probably intended as an introduction to the mechanics of combat. In my more recent play, I changed things up a bit such that limbs eunequest fly nearly so often.

I am glad that Runequest over time went the xpple of understating its tie to the Gloranthan setting and became more of an “open”, DIY system. 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 applf large cave complex filled with inimical creatures.


Frank July 15, at 3: 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.

GROGNARDIA: Retrospective: Apple Lane

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.

Back in the day, I think I did actually run Gringle’s Pawnshop. That’s more than you get in The Keep on the Borderlandsbut nowhere near what Jim Raggi presented us with.

Heh, in my most runequfst RQ campaign, Whiteye’s Extinguish vs. Then I started watching Deadliest Warrior and realized it wasn’t. 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.

Glorantha is one of the game’s main selling points.

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

James Maliszewski July 14, at The scenario states outright that Gringle has “ritual obligations” that demand he be elsewhere.

Whereas that looks like a plot hook to me. What’s so important that he can’t protect his own source of wealth?

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.


No feathers ruffled here. 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 rujequest hobby at the appel.

Even so, it’s possible and if one can get into the right frame of mind, it all somehow works. But who’d play RuneQuest if they weren’t using Glorantha? It’s a classic of the hobby and well worth reading if runeqkest has the chance. It’s an interesting thing. Apple Lane was originally published in as “Scenario Pack 2” for RuneQuestbut was revised in for inclusion in the aforementioned boxed set.

Invincible Overlord July 14, at Apple Lane was definitely a turning point, but RPG content at the time was still solidly “hack ‘n slash.

Apple Lane (Publication)

Frank July 14, at 1: So neither side has absolute knowledge of the situation. There may be plots and motivations in there but I seriously doubt that most can play them labe a straight face. Brunomac July 15, at 3: Newer Post Older Post Home.

That was a problem with my early play. The baboons especially was felt to be too ridiculous.

Anthony July 14, at 3: James Maliszewski July 15, at 2: KP July 14, at My problem with the assaulting gang was the weird diversity: Or more accurately, the NPCs of Apple Lane are detailed, yes, but they’re still little more than sketches.

I don’t mind a bit of humor with the ducks considering their curse.