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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Eald Scōl # 4: Apothecary on the Street of Dreams

Apothecary on the Street of Dreams
Little Shop of Poisons and Potions Book 2
Bob Liddil
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Here's another out of the rare and obscure pile of my RPG collection. Though I never got my hands on Book 1, it isn't needed to enjoy this one.

The Apothecary is a glorious collection of 30 potions, and includes a second collection of 30 books that contain potion formulas and other valuable information. The book is written to be usable with any RPG game system, and succeeds at the task.

This great book also contains rich background story on the Apothecary and it's owner, Griswald Grimm, as well as Sri Karnuth, Bookseller.

PERFECT for T&T GMs looking to slip something new, unexpected, and often goofy into the mix just to mess with their players. In most cases, no converting is neccesary, the items can be placed directly into T&T.

Some HEAVILY paraphrased examples:

Poisons and Potions #10
Bulk Powder
Cost: 1200 GP
Adds muscle. For 25 turns STR and CON are doubled, INT is reduced by 50%, and DEX is reduced by 20%.

Poisons and Potions # 20
Gender Bender
Cost: 750 GP
Changes to opposite gender for 1d100 turns (Editor's Note: Hardcore T&Ters can use 17D6 to generate 17-102 turns)

The Karnuth Manuscripts # 5
Yo Momma!
Value if real: 54,000 GP
A catalog of greetings to the female gender in every known language.
Potion contained within: a formula allowing universal language

Apothecary on the Street of Dreams is a treasure I've been lucky enough to own since it was first published. Good luck tracking down a copy at a reasonable price! It is definitely a wonderful and unusual piece in my collection.

NEXT: Dark Folk, a Role Aids supplement from 1983, 'Suitable for use with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons' that details Trolls, Orcs, Goblins, Kobolds, and Gnolls. VERY adaptable to T&T.
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Copyright 2012 Paul Ingrassia

Eald Scōl (Old English for Old School) showcases Old School P&P RPGs, first published 1990 or earlier, ranging from rare and obscure games to well-known favorites.


  1. Yes, Bob's stuff was great. It is sad that he died last May, just when he was returning to develop new RPG material.

    1. I agree, it is sad, I saw online that he had passed. We've lost some of the old school greats in recent years.