THE SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE ROLE PLAYING GAME
RULES - ABOUT THE AUTHOR
By Marcus L. Rowland
Copyright © 2005, portions Copyright © 1993-2002
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This copy of the rules has been split into several separate files. A version consisting of a single large file is also provided. These documents should be accompanied by several files including larger versions of the game tables and a short summary of the main rules for the use of players.
Marcus L. Rowland is a London-based technician. In his spare time he has been writing for games magazines and publishers since 1979. Notable works include the following game supplements and adventures:
- For Golden Heroes
Queen Victoria And The Holy Grail (Games Workshop)
- For Call of Cthulhu
Trail Of The Loathesome Slime (Games Workshop)
Nightmare In Norway (Games Workshop)
Bad Moon Rising (in The Great Old Ones, Chaosium)
Honeymoon In Hell (in Blood Brothers, Chaosium)
Fear Of Flying (in Fearful Passages, Chaosium)
El Tigre, y la Piramede de Destruccion (in Blood Brothers 2, Chaosium)
- For The Judge Dredd Role Playing Game
Judgement Day (Games Workshop)
High Justice (Games Workshop: accepted but never published)
- For Space 1889
Canal Priests Of Mars (Game Designers Workshop: published in a heavily abridged form not approved by the author; the complete version previously announced by Heliograph Inc. has now been cancelled.)
- Into the Detective's Casebook (card game, The Magellanica Co.)
- World Generator (Software: Shareware, later freeware; user registrations no longer accepted)
Download World Generator, 142k zip file
DOS program, CGA graphics, works (just) on modern PCs but don't expect too much!
- Forgotten Futures:
A series of complete text-based RPGs based on scientific romances and other fiction from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries:
Forgotten Futures I: The A.B.C. Files
Forgotten Futures II: The Log Of The Astronef
Forgotten Futures III: George E. Challenger's Mysterious World
Forgotten Futures IV: The Carnacki Cylinders
Forgotten Futures V: Goodbye Piccadilly
Forgotten Futures VI: Victorian Villainy
Forgotten Futures VII: Tsar Wars
Forgotten Futures VIII: Fables and Frolics
Forgotten Futures IX: It's My Own Invention
The Forgotten Futures CD-ROM (now version 5.0)
The first printed version of Forgotten Futures was published as a free booklet with Future Publishing's Arcane magazine in 1997. This booklet is now very rare. It consists of the summary rules and introductory adventure, both of which are on line and on the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM.
From Heliograph Inc. for Forgotten Futures
Forgotten Futures (expanded rules and introductory adventure)
(ed.) Stories of Other Worlds and A Honeymoon In Space by George Griffith
The Log of the Astronef - Space travel worldbook
(ed.) Tsar Wars: The Angel of the Revolution by George Griffith
(ed.) Tsar Wars: The Syren of the Skies by George Griffith
Masters of the Graviton, the space travel adventures book, long on hold, has now been cancelled, and there are currently no plans for continued print publication of Forgotten Futures.
- Diana, Warrior Princess
In print, illustrated by Aaron Williams, 116 pp from Heliograph Inc.
- Magazine credits include articles, adventures, and games in numerous issues of White Dwarf, Challenge, Different Worlds, Dagon, Concepts, Imagine, The Dragon, Dungeon Magazine, 2000 AD (board game, not credited as author), Fantasy Chronicles, Red Giant, Space Gamer, Games Trade Monthly, Games Review Monthly, New Scientist (not game-related), Strategy Plus, Role Player Independent, The Last Province, Journeys, Valkyrie, Ragnarok, Interactive Fantasy, Arcane, Odyssey, Pyramid On-Line, several computer magazines, and various other magazines and fanzines.
- Short fiction has appeared in shared world collections edited by the Midnight Rose collective and published by Roc Books; Temps, Euro Temps, and The Weerde 2. These books have only appeared in the UK at the time of writing. These stories should be published on the author's web site in 2005.
- Author of the Fantasy Games article in The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy and co-author of the equivalent article in The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction.
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Revised and converted to HTML 23/4/98, Revised and updated 1/2005 - If you have any queries or comments on these rules please contact the author.