Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Off the Shelf: Plays

From time to time adventurers may find themselves in libraries and other places where books can be found. Some players will want to know exactly what's on those shelves, so with that in mind, Off the Shelf consists of lists of book titles for the referee to use in rolling or choosing exactly what the adventurers find.

Plays may be found on the shelves of many educated persons, or stuffed in the pockets of players. Roll 1D6 for the number of plays, then roll 1D20 for the individual titles. Duplicate rolls may be treated as additional copies of the same volume or re-rolled at the referee's discretion.

1. La Reine d'Ecosse, Antoine de Montchrestien

2. Les Amours tragiques de Pyrame et Thisbé, Théophile de Viau

3. Fuenteovejuna, Lope de Vega

4. Scédase, ou l'hospitalité violée, Alexandre Hardy

5. Tyr et Sidon, ou les funestes amours de Belcar et Méliane, Jean de Schelandre

6. The Revengers Tragædie, Thomas Middleton

7. Amor, honor y poder, Pedro Calderón de la Barca

8. Les Bergeries, Racan

9. Every Man in His Humour, Ben Jonson

10. Lucrèce, ou l'Adultère puni, Alexandre Hardy

11. El caballero de Olmedo, Lope de Vega

12. Orbecche, Cinthio (Giovanni Battista Giraldi)

13. El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra, Tirso de Molina

14. La Sylve, Jean Mairet

15. La viuda valenciana, Lope de Vega

16. The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy, John Webster

17. La Bague de l'oubli, Jean Rotrou

18. Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, William Shakespeare

19. La Entretenida, Miguel Cervantes

20. Mélite, Pierre Corneille

A final note: for those of you wondering how I could leave out Racine, Corneille, and Molière, this list is up to about 1630 - I'll add another list or two for later in the 17th century in the future.


  1. Some of my favorite plays are on that list. If I ever do get around to starting a theater, I'd love to produce nothing but Jacobean through Restoration plays.

    1. And I would be a season ticket holder to that theatre.