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

In all honesty, none of the Grimoires show signs that anyone other than Dave Hargrave worked on them. Their contributions continue to be seen in the still-published Runequest and that classic of classics, Call of Cthulhu, a game that is still going strong ardiun after its original release. I limited races a bit. From all I read you seem like the official Dream DM where everything would just be an awesome blend of well thought out role playing and action packed combat… man I wish I could play in your group!

A new, simpler method of generating encounters with NPC parties of any race.

Although already ardiun complete game, this system is infinitely expandable with the only limit being the player’s imagination. Rules for a variety of firearms, including pistols, rifles, automatic weapons, muzzle-loading cannon, mod era artillery and energy weaponry.

Many years later when I took the seat after a long hiatus I set out some hooks and the base location. At any rate, thanks again for your kind words and qrduin. Compleat rules for healing, regeneration, resurrection, resuscitation, and curing of disease.


New games seek freshness by colliding genres, so cowboys meet the undead, magic meets cyberpunk, and so on.

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

On the other grimoige, roleplaying games presented a fairly new phenomenon in the world of copyright, in that they presented the basic rules, but others produced work that derived from those rules and could be used with them, but at the same time did not actually COPY anything. While David Hargrave was considered one of the “best of the best” of game mastershe was also known for having a somewhat volatile personality.

Spoor on Demons of the Past: More than monsters, including ardun the old favorites and lots of brand-new horrors. The original trilogy now appears in a single volume, although the price seems high for anyone but a passionate student of RPG history.

And the fun continues when we actually start casting spells. But that, really, didn’t change what it was he created, one of the most absolutely concentrated essences of the fun of roleplaying games ever made. Without all of you I could never have dreamed my dreams of glory, nor beheld the beauty of the Misty Mountains of Arduin.

Some he may have regretted later, but the bottom line was you could reason with Dave, once you got him to respect your position by standing up to him.

No wonder humans run the show. A separate spellfinder, with over a thousand entries.

Spells can be cast at fractional power with similarly fractional mana expenditure — do you round up or down? Rune weavers then get some of their own spells, webs that they weave with magic.

Then we get into one of the more bizarre rules that Arduin presents. December 10, at June 29, at 8: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Most races are like this — they are seriously limited in most classes, forbidden from a few, and able to advance to unlimited levels in one or two.

Under the Influence: The Arduin Grimoires

Material from all of these were subsequently used as the basis for The Compleat Arduina standalone system. The box set contains the rulebook; a cover sheet with the back cover blurb reprinted; character sheets; 2 sheets of 8 cut-outs depicting various magic items. The chances that the character will be cruel? As follows, there was contention in the RPG world that the Arduin system lacked cohesion.

Brian rated it really liked it Jan 03, This table gives some other goofy results, like a dancing vorpal crossbow or a battleaxe of elemental conjuring. The Arduin books gave us material ranging from the hilarious giant ridable Saint Arvuin called “Bigglies” to the epic and terrifying the Curse of Tindalos, that called down the Lovecraftian Hounds of Tindalos upon its yrimoire and sometimes both at once.

On the book was printed: Comprehensive rules for the use of magik.

Step-by-step character development, with three compleat examples. Price lists for most anything your character might want or need. Among these are the following:. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.