Rowland is the author of the Forgotten Futures, Diana: Warrior Princess and Original Flatland role-playing games, and numerous scenarios for other including Call of Cthulhu, Space 1889, and Games hop"s Judge Dredd and Golden Heroes. In the 1990s, he also wrote some short stories, "Frog Day Afternoon", "Playing Safe", and "The Missing Martian", published in the Midnight Rose collective"s anthologies, which are now available online, and fan fiction. He usually writes as Rowland.
He has also written for various computer magazines, 2000 AD, and New Scientist.
Rowland contributed the article on gaming in the second edition of Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and co-wrote the entry on gaming in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy. He was a frequent contributor to early issues of White Dwarf (issues 23 onwards) and is often credited as the first tabletop RPG designer to publish games as shareware (Forgotten Futures, 1993 onwards) and one of the first to publish games material as charityware.
As source material for this RPG he has put numerous copyright-expired books on line for the first time, including works by George Griffith, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Rudyard Kipling, and William Hope Hodgson.