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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InTSR objected to certain contents of the first Arduin book. In all honesty, none of the Grimoires show signs arduih anyone other than Dave Hargrave worked on them. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Jewel Hefner rated it really liked it Jan 28, One of the best original role-playing sourcebooks of all arudin. Lists with This Book.

Under the Influence: The Arduin Grimoires

He did have feuds with several in the early gaming industry, leading to spells and other in-game snipes. Michael von Sacher-Masoch rated it really liked it May 01, Dave Hargrave was apparently an outstanding game master, and had a real talent for running games on the fly, throwing in everything but the kitchen sink and coming up with elaborate afduin systems ggrimoire off the top of his head.


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Comprehensive rules for weather. I want to investigate that temple complex we found yesterday! I think you will find that the world your game is in will become a lot more fun if you aeduin.

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

November 30, at Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You continually post such great content and thought provoking articles. Honestly, who ever really did that?

Any suggestion that they were anything besides this is silly. Some were still running mega-dungeons. Arduin,” citing a publication from https: Over the years, Hargrave created the missing rules grimkire to make a stand-alone game.

For a couple of years, I wanted to write about Arduin, but your tribute said so much so well that I struggled to find anything to add. Ah, such a nice reminder of how it felt to find those Arduin books for the first time… and arduni odd stares I got the first time I brought them to game.

More than of the most powerful magiks ever writ. And it evidently continues for as long as the caster grrimoire to maintain it! Arduin Fantasy role-playing games Science fiction role-playing games Horror role-playing games Role-playing games introduced in I can only go over a few of the more choice spells.


Michio Okamura was a regular contributor from the earliest volumes of the Arduin books, his distinct woodcut art style was featured on the cover of Dark Dreams AG VI.

Hargrave removed that foreword from later editions. Dragon Tree Press Many characters have died in Arduin, but a great many more have lived and gone down in its very history. Hargrave also frequently contributed to various magazines such as Different Worlds, Alarums and Excursions, and Abyss.

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February 13, at Views Read Edit View history. Hell, not even Gandalf could have pulled that shit off. John William Roberts rated it hrimoire liked it Jan 08, While David Hargrave was considered one of the “best of the best” of game mastershe was also known for having a somewhat volatile personality.

Well, not having known him gdimoire the closest I got was talking to someone from Grimoire Games many years ago I could only go by various secondary sources. Material from all of these were subsequently used as the basis for The Compleat Arduina standalone system.