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Encyclopedia > David A. Hargrave
David A. Hargrave

David A. Hargrave, c.1987
Born May 25, 1946(1946-05-25)
Died August 29, 1988 (aged 42)
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genres Fantasy, science fiction, RPG
Notable work(s) The Arduin Trilogy

David Allen Hargrave (May 25, 1946 - August 29, 1988), known as The Dream Weaver, was a prolific and sometimes controversial game designer and writer of fantasy and science fiction role-playing games (RPGs). He was also an Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War with a six-year tour of duty (in country). Hargrave's most notable written works were based upon his own mythical world of Arduin. is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about work. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... A literary genre is one of the divisions of literature into genres according to particular criteria such as literary technique, tone, or content. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... For the historical character, see Arduin of Ivrea. ... H. P. Lovecraft Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890–March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy and horror fiction, noted for giving horror stories a science fiction framework. ... Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893-August 14, 1961) was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories. ... Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, in London, England) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... For the historical character, see Arduin of Ivrea. ...

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Role playing games

From the mid-1970s through 1988 David A. Hargrave was very active in the role-playing community. He authored ten books based upon this Arduin game world. Hargrave also produced four Arduin Dungeon Modules and several fantasy item collections, which were published by Grimoire Games. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... For the historical character, see Arduin of Ivrea. ... The Original Arduin Grimoire Trilogy Grimoire Games was a short-lived publishing company run by James Mathis, c. ...


Hargrave's work was perhaps the first "cross-genre" venture into fantasy RPG, and it included everything from interstellar wars to horror and historical drama. His work was, however, based principally upon the traditional (and not so traditional) medieval fantasy genre. This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ...


Arduin was one of the earliest challengers to TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, and a leading representative of the high-entropy, multiversal campaigns then prevalent in RPG circles. While 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 (his falling-out with Greg Stafford, which resulted in Hargrave naming a spell after him as revenge, is one such example.[1]) TSR, Inc. ... This article is about the role-playing game. ... This article is about games in which one plays the role of a character. ... A Game Master (abbreviated as GM) in the Allerian Empire is an administrator responsible for a certain geographic region of the game, usually a single city and the surrounding countryside. ... Greg Stafford in Helsinki, Finland on July 21, 2005 Francis Gregory Stafford (born February 9, 1948), usually known as Greg Stafford, is an American game designer, publisher and shaman. ...


Hargrave also frequently contributed to various magazines such as Different Worlds, Alarums and Excursions, and Abyss. As a game designer, he authored various Call of Cthulhu adventures for Chaosium, Inc., and was an integral part of the design team for the sci-fi game Star Rovers, among others. Alarums and Excursions (A&E), started in 1975 by Lee Gold, was one of the first fanzines to focus on role-playing games. ... Call of Cthulhu is a horror fiction role-playing game based on the story of the same name written by H.P. Lovecraft and the so-called Cthulhu Mythos the story inspired. ... Chaosium is one of the longer lived publishers of role_playing games still in existence. ... The Star Rovers was an ongoing sceince fiction comic book series. ...


Published works

  • The Arduin Grimoire (Arduin Grimoire Volume 1)
  • Welcome to Skull Tower (Arduin Grimoire Volume 2)
  • The Runes of Doom (Arduin Grimoire Volume 3)
  • The Lost Grimoire (Arduin Grimoire Volume 4)
  • Dark Dreams (Arduin Grimoire Volume 5)
  • The House of the Rising Sun (Arduin Grimoire Volume 6)
  • Shadow Lands (Arduin Grimoire Volume 7)
  • The Winds of Chance (Arduin Grimoire Volume 8)
  • The Arduin Adventure
  • Arduin Dungeon No. 1: Caliban
  • Arduin Dungeon No. 2: The Howling Tower
  • Arduin Dungeon No. 3: The Citadel of Thunder
  • Arduin Dungeon No. 4: Death Heart
  • The Arduin Primer
  • The Compleat Arduin Book 1 The Rules
  • The Compleat Arduin Book 2 Resources
  • The Arduin Map
  • Vaults of the 'Weaver
  • The Black Grimoire

For the historical character, see Arduin of Ivrea. ...

A partial list of publications containing David A. Hargrave's work

  • End War (Arduin Grimoire Volume 9)
  • World of Khaas the Legendary Lands of Arduin
  • Black Devil Mountain (found in The Asylum and Other Tales from Chaosium)
  • Dark Carnival (found in Curse of the Cthonians from Chaosium)
  • Arduin Bloody Arduin (found in Different Worlds magazine issue #2)
  • All the Worlds Monsters Volumes 1, 2 and 3 (from Chaosium).
  • Star Rovers Module 1 (Sci-Fi RPG from Archive Miniatures and Game Systems, 1981)

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Other information

  • Was a Vietnam Veteran, having performed 6 years military service, United States Army (August 28, 1964 to August 20, 1970, ages 18 to 23).
  • While in Vietnam, Hargrave regularly served as a combat cinematographer, very often in the line of fire. While he shot perhaps hundreds of hours of film in the field, it is impossible to determine how much of the known Vietnam archival motion picture footage is/was from Hargrave's cameras(Hargrave was not a motion picture photographer, he was a still photographer assigned to that unit).
  • Was known for using the names of people close to him in the titles of various Arduin spells, weapons, artifacts, and taverns. Stafford's Star Bridge is one such example.
  • Added visual references/homage to Clint Eastwood in a majority of his works in the form of a warrior character whose appearance is identical to Eastwood's (during his films the 1970's). Reference: front and back covers of several Arduin Grimoires, AG interior illustrations, the cover of The Citadel of Thunder.
  • In his later years, Hargrave cited his repeated exposure to Agent Orange (while in Vietnam) as the cause of his many debilitating health problems (diabetes, and so on).
  • Was a well-known and well-liked Game Master. He was legendary for pulling stunts of great magnitude, such as having multiple Balrogs suddenly run through a door to attack an unsuspecting party.
  • Hargrave was mentioned at the end of the Diablo computer game rules manual, "In memory of".
  • Is buried in section CB, Site 670, of the Golden Gate National Cemetery.

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References

  1. ^ Q&A with Greg Stafford

External links

  • Emperor's Choice: Official Purveyors of Arduin Games and Miniatures
  • David A. Hargrave Tribute Page
Persondata
NAME Hargrave, David Allen
ALTERNATIVE NAMES The Dream Weaver
SHORT DESCRIPTION Role-playing game designer
DATE OF BIRTH 1946-05-25
PLACE OF BIRTH
DATE OF DEATH 1988-08-29
PLACE OF DEATH
Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

 
 

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