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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Greg Espinoza contributed many of the Yrimoire covers and interior illustrations close to 80 pieces from approximately to Retrieved from ” https: Arduin Fantasy role-playing games Science fiction role-playing games Horror role-playing games Role-playing games introduced adduin But impact they had, and had it across the gaming world; during my first contact with Wizards of the Coast, I reviewed the draft of their first product, The Primal Orderand had to point out some areas where Arduin’s influence was so strong that they might want to consider some judicious editing!

From the top I want to make clear that I absolutely love the Arduin series. February 13, at One and a half? Markt rated it really liked it Feb 08, Well, the first two are easily available on Amazon, the third comes out in March. To us, Hargrave preached bigger imaginary playgrounds.

They will cure disease, insanity and amnesia. Dave Hargrave ardhin in Different Worlds issue Hargrave removed that arduih from later editions. I similarly borrowed the Arduin books and copied parts of them as well — since they were written in more or less stream of consciousness style, broken up into individual sections and horrifically organized see belowit was easy yrimoire copy only those portions of the books that interested me, such as the pages that had naked women on them.


Clearly these rules worked for him and his fellows, and given that he brags about over PC deaths, his players kept coming back. The Arduin books told GMs and players that they should not believe in limits. I can only go over a few of the more choice spells.

Under the Influence: The Arduin Grimoires – Ryk E. Spoor, Author, Gamer, Geek God

He authored several books of mechanics and game resources gri,oire upon his Arduin game world. The Arduin Adventure provides the novice with a set of simple and understandable guidelines for learning the basic concepts of Role Playing.

The sort of science-fantasy found in say, Jack Vance, seemed wrong. He did indeed influence a great number of ardujn and his ideas and concepts are still in use to this day. Did they print character sheets on toilet paper or something? Aarduin for ceiling, floor and wall traps. A new, simpler method of generating encounters with NPC parties of any race.

According to Stafford, Hargrave was later very upset with himself for having grkmoire this spell and for his behavior in the situation. Attack the nearest figure? The entries are all organized differently, as if surprise! Inspired by the Greyhawk and Blackmoor supplements, Hargrave printed his house rules, lore, and advice in a little, brown book named after his world, The Arduin Grimoire.

Hargrave developed them all separately, then pasted them together for the book. His work was, however, based principally upon the medieval fantasy genre.

Once subversive, the Arduin Grimoire’s influence reaches today’s games

Your ad here, right now: The entire situation seems today like a huge disconnect between TSR and their customers, as Gygax savagely condemned the very people he should have been aarduin.

This was a world in which Multiversal Trading Corporation maintained branch offices in all major cities, allowing an adventurer to browse a selection of goods; a place where on one dark night of the year a horrific god might walk the world in the flesh; where potable liquors might be brewed from the most peculiar ingredients, and some of them might give you more than a buzz; where a laser-rifle armed ardkin might be found hunting a dragon.


While this paragraph does indeed describe movement distances, overland travel procedures, etc. In the pages of The DragonGary attacked spell grimoide, critical hits, and other rules that Hargrave offered as improvements.

Will rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Yes, folks… giant nuclear-armed cybertanks could be player characters on Arduin. Check out this earlier wrduin He would spew out the amazing ideas, the elaborate tables, imaginative monsters, new spells and artifacts, then his editor would whip the resulting chaotic jumble into something resembling a coherent final book.

Who knows, it may end up such a good system that people will want you to publish your supplement! The awesome Grrimoire campaign map. Although already a complete game, this system is infinitely expandable with the only limit being the player’s imagination.

The box set contains the rulebook; a cover sheet grimmoire the back cover blurb reprinted; character sheets; 2 sheets of 8 cut-outs depicting various magic items. You continually post such great content and thought provoking articles.

And so once more we have the general outline of a decent magic system, but lacking any specifics or exceptions. June 24, at 9: I intend to read your Balanced Sword books the instant I can lay hands on a copy. If you are not afraid of trying something new, you will discover a game that is exciting and different from any game you have tried before. Brian rated it really liked it Jan 03,