The Hall of RPG Oddities: The Arduin Grimoire (Okay there is ONE NSFW image in this because I got bored and ran out of pictures). Volume 1 of David Hargrave’s classic Arduin Grimoire series, published in during the Original Dungeons & Dragons period. Old-school D&D at its best!. Often you’ll hear old gamers enthuse about this booklet. Just as often you’ll hear somebody vituperate it as useless. Maybe both are correct.

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Arduin – Wikipedia

I don’t know if anyone today, reading those little pamphlets for the first time, can understand why they had such an impact on ardun and others — today the standards are so much higher, and Dave Hargrave’s lessons, such as they were, have been absorbed so thoroughly that they will hardly seem so revolutionary now as they seemed then. The first thing I noticed, after the crudely-typed word-processor text, was that all of the books are horrifically organized, written almost stream-of-consciousness, with each topic given one or two pages before Hargrave barreled on to the next.

ardyin My own homebrew settings always had Arduin DNA running through them and somewhere there was always a gate that would have led there if players stumbled across it… even in games of Traveller. Book Book Two – Ardiin “Here is Arduin, the renowned fantasy role-play system, totally revised and reorganized. I keep coming back to how rigid TSR was growing at this point, and how imaginative and unfettered the rest of the growing gaming industry had become.


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The Arduin Grimoire Volume 1

Hargrave felt that Stafford had betrayed him over a Chaosium publishing deal, thus “falling through selectively”. It was and remains the nature of the world and the game system itself.

Book One – The Rules “Here is Arduin, the renowned fantasy role-play system, totally revised and reorganized. Over unique treasures, and the tools to create many more. Arduin is a fictional universe and fantasy role-playing system created in the mids by Grjmoire A.

Under the Influence: The Arduin Grimoires

Almost nothing is in alphabetical order. A separate spellfinder, with over a thousand entries. February 4, at 9: Special sections devoted to dragons, giants, the realm of Faerie, shapechangers, undead and demonkind.

Ads by Project Wonderful! Well, not having known him personally the closest I got was talking to someone ardjin Grimoire Games many years ago I could only go by various secondary sources. Garrisonjames rated it it was ok May 30, Arduin was that first game that I thought really went outside of the box. The man had 6 children to feed!

While this paragraph does indeed describe movement distances, overland travel procedures, etc. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dedication and signature inside front cover. Without all of you I could never have dreamed my dreams of glory, nor beheld the beauty grimokre the Misty Mountains of Arduin. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Arduin Trilogy covers. Robert Bonnlander marked it as to-read Jun 18, I intend to read your Balanced Sword books aruin instant I can lay hands on a copy.


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Arduin, by its very nature was and remains lethal in the extreme. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the pages of The DragonGary attacked spell points, critical hits, and other rules that Hargrave offered as improvements. Some were still running mega-dungeons. Now I admit that I skipped most of the next section, packed with combat charts, guidelines for melee and missile combat and other stuff that I never really cared for in the first place.

As one of the original cabal of west-coast gamers in the late 60s and early 70s, he and his compatriots, including such titans as Greg Stafford, Jeff Pimper, Steve Perrin, Clint Bigglestone, Tadishi Ehara and many others, brought their own ideas and sensibilities to the industry, injecting it with energy and imagination that drove it ahead for decades.

If it is 9 to 12, divide by three, and if it is 13 or greater divide by two. When Dave passed I had one character held in a stasis bubble under a tomb we were the first explorers of, waiting to be summoned as an avatar of a minor god.