Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for Quest of the Ancients

***********Just for the sake of clarity - the theme for my A to Z postings is gaming in the 1980's with my friends.*************

Quest of the Ancients
 I am doing one more post about a game that our group never played.  It was not from a lack of interest or availability.  There were several times that I picked up the first edition rulebook at our local game store and wondered about buying the game.  In retrospect, I completely understand why none of us bought the rulebook.  We had a good variety of fantasy games to choose from in the various collections in the group.  I know that we had AD&D, D&D, Fantasy Hero, Palladium Fantasy, and Middle Earth Role Playing.  That is just from memory and I am sure that we had more.  Just like the Living Steel post, what is the point of a post about a game that was never played in my gaming group.  Quite honestly, sometimes I still wonder about this game after all of these years...
  • Does somebody reading this post own this game?
  • Is it worth picking up? 
  • Am I missing something out of the fantasy genre by not having this game?
  • Can anyone just give me an honest evaluation of this game?
 Thanks for any answers in advance.  I will definitely respond with other questions if somebody is willing to share their opinion...   


  1. I did QotA for last year's Q.

    I still own a copy. If you can find it cheap then go for it (there's a link on my blog for that too).

    Are you missing anything? No. Not really.
    This game has charm, but also a number of of flaws. It is in my opinion the best example of a Fantasy Heartbreaker. It is really just a bunch of house-ruled AD&D with some funky combat.

    Get it if you must have every fantasy game from the time or are really into d30 resolution tables.

    1. Thanks for the honest reply. I may see if I can get it on the cheap.

  2. Hi Charlie,

    Thanks for stopping by Shatterworld and the kind words!

    I never played or owned QotA. I used to work for ICE, so I owned Rolemaster. We never used the system, but did use Arms Law as our D&D combat. I now use my own combat system inspired by Arms Law, but simplified.

    Other games I own but never played:

    Rune Quest
    The Morrow Project

    1. Your welcome!

      Worked for ICE? Cool! What did you do there?

      I am intrigued by the mention of your own combat system.

      I owned but never played Rune Quest and Pendragon also.

  3. I own the game and, for the most part, I concur with Brannan's opinion.

    1. Cool. Is there anything that you differ from Brannan's opinion concerning the game?

  4. Hey Charlie, I already put up my "R" post... Role Playing Games

  5. Hi Charile,

    I replied to your comment on my Role Playing Games post with two links to my combat system, and converting from d20