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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Hargrave removed that foreword from later editions. February 25, at 7: One and a half? So what of the book itself?

A Paladin In Citadel: The Arduin Grimoire As ODnD Supplement

Consider the consequences, my friends. In all honesty, none of the Grimoires show signs that anyone other than Dave Hargrave worked gromoire them. Dragon Tree Press produced four further Arduin supplements in the mids before the Arduin rights and properties were purchased by Emperors Choice Games and Miniatures in the early s. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Greg Espinoza contributed many of the Arduin covers and interior illustrations close to 80 pieces from approximately to Spoor, Author, Gamer, Geek God. Half-elves, for example, can be 10th level clerics, but only 6th level wizards, 12th level thieves but only 8th level warriors.

Arduin – Wikipedia

Webarchive template wayback links Pages using deprecated image syntax All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February I also heard later, from some who had gamed with him, that in his own games he was perhaps more a matter of “do as I say, not as I do” — more arbitrary and “killer” a GM than his advice and philosophy implied. David Hargrave negotiated with TSR about two points. His work was, however, based principally upon the medieval fantasy genre.


Clark ardkin it really liked it Nov 09, Lori Hyrup added it Aug 01, Nader is currently reading it Dec 16, I was later to learn that Hargrave had presented this eccentric collection of supplemental materials to Chaosium as a self-contained gaming system, but that it had been rejected, triggering a feud between Hargrave and Greg Stafford grijoire was to last for years.

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The first three Arduin tomes are known as The Arduin Trilogy. Their contributions continue to be seen in the still-published Runequest and that classic of classics, Call of Cthulhu, a grioire that is still going strong decades after its original release.

Role-playing is the heart of all adventure gaming systems now on the market. Depending on gameplay by others I might have come back into play… There are some amazing stories of things Dave was supposed to have said at various times… some may well be true, but documenting the actual instance is tough.

Words and actions have consequences and thus if the player were ill advised enough to do something. Each volume is crammed with new spells, monsters, treasures and character ardyin plus a definitive system of rules to satisfy the most demanding FRP enthusiast.


Honestly, who ever really did that? The original trilogy now appears in a single volume, although the price seems high for anyone but a passionate student of RPG history. And so it goes — Rune Weavers are spellcasters, but it takes them one round per spell level to cast, and they get more spell points than regular casters.

Emperors Choice Games offers Arduin products for sale. Garrisonjames rated it it was ok May 30, 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.

The Arduin Grimoire Volume 1

Several notable illustrators worked on Arduin materials at various times over the years, including the following:. Facebook Email Print Twitter Google.

If you save once, you save every grimiore that caster throws that particular spell at you. Next comes experience tables for Arduin character classes such as Thief, Slaver, Techno, Courtesan, Assassin and so on as noted, not in alphabetical orderwith XP totals for levels one all the way up to th level and beyond.