Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Old quarrels never rust (adventure)

One of the stories that Billobi remembered from his childhood was the one about the three old men who always fought. They all lived next to each other, and were constantly bickering. He didn't quite remember how the story ended, but probably with some sort of moral that you shouldn't live next door to people you don't like - or something like that...

It wasn't until much later in his life, on a journey through unnamed woods to the port town of Ketch-in-Loch on the western coastline, that he realised that the old tale wasn't all fiction. After a long trek through bushes and thicket, he suddenly came to a clearing where the ruins of three houses stood.

Approaching slowly, he could hear three distinctive voices yelling at each other - archaic curse words, or just random nonsense. Faint glowing could be seen from each of the three buildings.

All of a sudden a rat came flying through the air, missing Billobi by a foot. A translucent head peeked out from one of the houses, and shouted: "Whatcha lookin at, you snot! Scram!"

Billobi parried yet another rat before fleeing into the woods. If this really was the origin of the old tale, he didn't want to stay for too long.

"Old quarrels never rust" is a small adventure with ghosts, fist fighting and something that throws rats at you. The zipped archive contains the adventure as a single PDF, along with one larger map (also as a PDF).

I believe it's fairly system neutral, although I had Swords & Wizardry in mind when I wrote it.

It's released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Get the archive here.


  1. I don't want to read it...yet. i really want to play it first

  2. Brush up on your Swords & Wizardry-knowledge then!

  3. This is a great little adventure!
    It is always refreshing to see different angles and approaches to adventures over the common rehashing of old ideas.

    Well done, agaiN!

  4. Thank you, anicentvaults! Hopefully it's playable too...!