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Fate of Fools? Griffin Island?

posted Dec 04, 2012 20:55:42 by DanTrue
Hi.

I just bought an old adventure by our dear Loz, called The Fate of Fools for about $2. Anyone read it (I assume Loz has at the least ;) - I certainly hope so).

I bought 5 old supplements and have just received my copy of Apple Lane and Griffin Island. I'm looking for inspiration for my current campaign and eager to hear peoples opinions on these old supplements, to help me decide which to read through first.

I have managed to find:

- Apple Lane
- Griffin Island
- Fate of Fools
- Outpost Qether
- The Lost Isles - Exile

Any suggestions and/or recommendations?

ALSO: can someone explain to me the difference between Griffin Mountain by Chaosium and Griffin Island by Avalon Hill? It seems to be some different editions of the same, but I am unsure as to the details. I have not been able to find anything detailed anywhere.

- Dan
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MichaelLewis said Dec 04, 2012 21:38:18

I believe the Chaosium version was based in Glorantha and the Avalon Hill version being more generic.

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lawrence.whitaker said Dec 04, 2012 22:07:34
I believe the Chaosium version was based in Glorantha and the Avalon Hill version being more generic.


Michael's right. Originally, Griffin Mountain was more like Griffin Island, but Greg wanted to work it into Glorantha and so it was rewritten to encompass Balazar and the Elder Wilds. When AH took over RQ, it was decided to release Griffin Island as a generic supplement which actually returned it to its roots.

In the Moon Design edition of Griffin Mountain, its history is explained by both Greg and Paul Jaquays. Its interesting reading.
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DanTrue said Dec 04, 2012 22:13:20
Ok, so I don't have to acquire both Griffin Island and Griffin Mountain. Great :)

Any ideas about the others?

- Dan
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lawrence.whitaker said Dec 04, 2012 22:23:26
Fate of Fools includes two scenarios, both for Elric!, but both usable outside the Young Kingdoms. I wrote 'Book of Brilliant Things' which involves stories coming alive in the city of Filkhar and the character's attempts to put a stop to them. You could quite easily transplant the scenario to Meeros or Glorantha (one of the Safelster city states would be a good place for it).

The second scenario isn't by me. Its called 'Four Seasons' but I've completely forgotten what its about. I seem to remember its quite epic in scope.
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RangerDan said Dec 05, 2012 10:43:58
Apple Lane has always been "the" introduction to Glorantha adventure for me when GMing.
I've run it multiple times. If the players can handle the Duck bodyguard with a crossbow and Gringle's pawnshop being raided by talking baboons, they're ready for the rest of the Gloranthan "otherness"
It also helps that it's quite low-powered compared to the player-killing horror that is Snake Pipe Hollow.
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DanTrue said Dec 05, 2012 11:24:56
Apple Lane has always been "the" introduction to Glorantha adventure for me when GMing.
I've run it multiple times. If the players can handle the Duck bodyguard with a crossbow and Gringle's pawnshop being raided by talking baboons, they're ready for the rest of the Gloranthan "otherness"
It also helps that it's quite low-powered compared to the player-killing horror that is Snake Pipe Hollow


Right now I'm running a Iron Age inspired low-fantasy game. But when RQ6 Glorantha coems out, I might take a more thorough look at it, and I might go for Glorantha instead. I'm not overly keen on Ducks, but as much as I enjoy making my own world I do miss having something ready-made. So I might use Apple Lane (perhaps we might even see a new edition of it from TDM when RQ6 Glorantha comes forth).

- Dan
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lawrence.whitaker said Dec 05, 2012 21:45:09
So I might use Apple Lane (perhaps we might even see a new edition of it from TDM when RQ6 Glorantha comes forth).

Nah. Apple Lane's a classic and we won't be tinkering with it.
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DanTrue said Dec 05, 2012 22:46:58
So I might use Apple Lane (perhaps we might even see a new edition of it from TDM when RQ6 Glorantha comes forth).

Nah. Apple Lane's a classic and we won't be tinkering with it.


Ah, didn't mean a new edition of Apple Lane - though it seems that's actually what I said. I meant a "here's a low-key way of getting players introduced to Glorantha and its weirdness"-adventure.

- Dan
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