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Arduin is a fictional universe and fantasy role-playing system created in the mids by David A. It was the first published "cross-genre" fantasy RPG, with everything from interstellar wars to horror and historical drama, although it was based primarily in the medieval fantasy genre.
It began in the mids as a personal project Hargrave created to share with friends, but became so popular that he was inspired to publish the material. The Arduin books attempted to add many interesting and notable features to the fantasy role playing milieu.
In addition to new rules, the Arduin Trilogy contained unique new spells and character classes, new monsters, new treasures, maps, storylines, extensive demonography, and all sorts of charts and lists which detailed the Arduin "multiverse", many of which were new to role-playing gamers of the time. As follows, there was contention in the RPG world that the Arduin system lacked cohesion.
It was only with the publication of the later book The Arduin Adventure that a true standalone system began to evolve, where other systems were not needed to adequately run a game. Material from all of these were subsequently used as the basis for The Compleat Arduin , a standalone system. The original Arduin suite of supplements, dungeon modules, and gaming aids were initially self-published —78 , but were then later produced by Grimoire Games.
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. Grimoire Games was a publishing company run by Jim Mathis. The Arduin Trilogy is the most famous of the Hargrave supplements. In Hargrave sold Arduin to one of his players, Jim Mathis, and in Mathis started Grimoire Games out of an apartment building on the south side of the UC campus to publish Hargrave's Arduin material beginning with a series of four adventure modules and two boxed sets.
After finishing Hargrave's unfinished Arduin manuscript, Grimoire Games eventually published it as The Compleat Arduin in with financial assistance from a games distributor; however the large work was expensive and outdated and only sold less than half of the print run, and the distributor took a loss, and it became the last publication by Grimoire Games.
A few items he created on a whim for those he especially liked or was close to. Among these are the following:.
In , Goodreads carried a cumulative rating of 4. In the April-May edition of White Dwarf magazine Issue 12 , Don Turnbull gave the just-published Trilogy a below average rating of only 4 out of 10, finding it disorganized, hard to read, and "a mass of information, no doubt useless to some and useful to others.
But he admitted the trilogy was not perfect, especially "the lack of organization. Rules relating to a single subject are often in different parts, even different volumes, of the trilogy. Worse, not only are there no cross-references to related sections, there is no index either. Buy it, you'll be amply rewarded in the form of ideas and enjoyment. Arduin rules and scenarios are frequently unencumbered by the restraints of conventional good taste. In , TSR objected to certain contents of the first Arduin book.
David Hargrave negotiated with TSR about two points. Hargrave removed that foreword from later editions. Hargrave further distanced himself from controversy by using white-out and typing correction tape to mask all direct references to Dungeons and Dragons, and then the volumes were reprinted exactly that way. In some versions of the Arduin printings, these so-called "corrections" are clearly visible. Much criticism was made of Hargrave's combat mechanics, to the point where many Game Masters simply used either their own versions, or those of TSR [ citation needed ].
While David Hargrave was considered one of the "best of the best" of game masters , he was also known for having a somewhat volatile personality. The original role-playing community at large was split between love and mere tolerance of Hargrave's passions, and his infamous falling-out with Greg Stafford , which resulted in Hargrave naming an Arduin spell after him as revenge, is one such example. The bridge will carry any weight, and it cannot be hit by non-magical things.
The bridge can also be "keyed" to support any single type or more , letting all others fall through selectively.
Hargrave felt that Stafford had betrayed him over a Chaosium publishing deal, thus "falling through selectively". According to Stafford, Hargrave was later very upset with himself for having created this spell and for his behavior in the situation.
Several notable illustrators worked on Arduin materials at various times over the years, including the following:.
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Arduin is a fictional universe and fantasy role-playing system created in the mid s by David A. It was perhaps the first "cross-genre" fantasy RPG, with everything from interstellar wars to horror and historical drama, although it was based primarily in the medieval fantasy genre. It began as a personal project Hargrave created to share with friends, but became so popular that he was inspired to publish the material. The original Arduin suite of supplements, dungeon modules, and gaming aids were initially self-published, but were then later produced by Grimoire Games. Dragon Tree Press produced four further Arduin supplements before the Arduin rights and properties were purchased by Emperor's Choice Games and Miniatures.