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Arcanum 30th Anniversary Edition

Arcanum 30th Anniversary Edition

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In the mid-1980s, a small publishing company released a genuinely original role-playing game. While most other companies were releasing clones of the larger press games, or generic systemless supplements, ARCANUM took a bold, fresh look at the infinite possibilities of fantasy gaming.

ARCANUM has unconventional races, more than 30 professions, dozens of skills, a way to track fame, and an approach to alchemy and magic that has not been equaled in the more than three decades since its initial release.

The 30th Anniversary Edition of this classic is an evolution, not a revolution. It cleans-up, modernizes, and re-organizes text, fills gaps, and fleshes out concepts.

Re-discover the wonder of ARCANUM.

The errata file for all releases of Arcanum can be found at http://zila-games.com/arcanum/

 
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Myron M April 21, 2022 2:34 pm UTC
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It would be very interesting to see how playing as a Saint would work.
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Boyd P October 23, 2021 5:27 am UTC
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Does anyone know how movement works in this system? I know it is based on the Speed attribute, but is that equal to yards or feet? Also, are you able to move and make an attack in combat? I do not see this addressed in the rules.
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Nicholas T December 03, 2021 6:32 am UTC
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I use speed as one five foot square of movement. remember it's a rules light system and largely up to you. I do a movement, attack and defense action per turn.
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Kyrinn S. E August 26, 2021 1:35 am UTC
What happened to the print edition of this?
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Scott W September 22, 2021 5:02 am UTC
It can still be ordered, just not currently through DTRPG. You'll need to check another well-known POD site. Good luck!
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Stacie W May 21, 2021 10:18 pm UTC
Didn't this book have a print option?
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Ryan C March 31, 2021 12:12 am UTC
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Still my favorite FRPG of all time hands down.
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Jeremy H March 06, 2021 5:22 am UTC
I was thinking about this one again. But now the art samples are no longer visible?
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Fredrick R December 27, 2020 9:30 pm UTC
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Wish there was a character sheet in Roll20 for this
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Daniel B December 03, 2019 1:48 am UTC
I used to own The Lexicon: Atlas of the Lost World of Atlantis, but was foolish enough to sell it in the mid-80s. Could you tell me if this product reprints it?
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Garth D January 23, 2020 8:00 am UTC
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It doesn't - the rights to the Lexicon were sold separately from the Arcanum and belong to Khepera Publishing (who got them from Morrigan Press).

I know Morrigan Press's "Atlantis: The Second Age" substantially reprints the text of The Lexicon (merging it with their own game system), and I believe Khepera's version (available elsewhere on Drivethru) does the same.
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Matthew S March 16, 2019 11:10 pm UTC
I think it is fair to say that I love the original book right up to the point of obsession. It's the first game book that I bought out of sheer, unholy desire. I used to pour over the ads in Dragon magazine. I tried to purchase the rights - with Steve Secchi's blessing - when Morrigan Press was going under. I tried to work with Khepera when they got it instead (Jerry Grayson is a total class act, by the way, and even though I couldn't agree with the direction that he took the game, I still think he is an awesome dude, as well as the other guys who wrote for their version). I have obsessed over the minutiae to a truly unhealthy degree (e.g. my reviews of the both the Morrigan and the Khepera editions over at RPG.net.

And...I totally missed the KS on this.

So, given all that, could you tell me what has been "cleaned-up" such that I would get this?

P.S. The fact that you got to do this thing fills me with envy.
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K. David L March 30, 2019 3:05 pm UTC
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Wow. Sorry to hear of the woe you have had with this product. :)

As far as what was cleaned up...

...corrections of typos, tense, grammar, etc.
...much of the original layout was not conducive to readability
...the material has been organized into logical chapters
...some spells were missing information (duration, range, etc.)
...and so on...

In addition, some small changes have been made to mitigate a few metagaming issues that often crop up (e.g., the highly trained fighter build with 2+ to hit at all times), and a few pet peeves of mine with the system were straightened out. Overall, not much has changed from the 2nd/3rd edition of the game. But I personally believe this to be the best edition that has ever been released. But that would probably be my personal biases speaking. :)
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Boyd P October 23, 2021 2:47 pm UTC
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David, I just got this PFF and the print version from lulu is in the way. Absolutely loving it - this is an absolute hidden jem that I stumbled on.

One area in the rules I am uncertain about is character movement - is it one yard per each point of speed? Does running double it? Are you able to move before or after in combat?
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David G March 12, 2019 6:57 am UTC
Would like to see a pdf preview! Also interested in PoD
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K. David L March 30, 2019 3:06 pm UTC
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PDF preview is supposed to be there.... I will check on that.

POD is coming very, very soon.
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Kyrinn S. E August 26, 2021 1:36 am UTC
Follow up on this? I had the print version on my Wishlist and noticed it missing.
What has happened to the PoD?
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John R March 10, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
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It isn't letting me download the file: there's no link...
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John R March 10, 2019 9:53 pm UTC
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(I'm also one of the kickstarter backers, so I'd really like to get my copy...)
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John R March 12, 2019 9:38 pm UTC
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DriveThru fixed it. But, now I have to ask:

Why'd you drop the Druas from this edition?
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K. David L March 14, 2019 12:45 pm UTC
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The Druas became a major part of Talislanta -- Sechi's other major RPG. So he asked, when I purchased the rights, to maintain ownership of that one element of the game.
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Geoffrey E December 23, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
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That sucks, especially now since Druas are available under creative commons.
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February 21, 2019 10:17 pm UTC
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One of my favorites. Have enjoyed it and the Atlantis setting. I even liked and used the Compleat Series by Bard Games which was added as a supplement my AD&D 1e game.
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K. David L February 26, 2019 4:47 am UTC
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Same here. Love this material... the primary reason I purchased the rights. I hope you like this edition.
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Herbert N February 20, 2019 7:44 pm UTC
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Will we be seeing the other two books or any other additional material?
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K. David L February 26, 2019 4:46 am UTC
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The other two books are owned by Khepera publishing... so sadly, no. They have allowed me the opportunity to include a Bestiary chapter in this volume so as to make this a complete RPG. Original material... that may come about. We will see how well this sells before I make a final decision on that. :)
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Robert G February 19, 2019 10:35 pm UTC
Has anything changed about how non-proficiency penalties are handled? In previous editions, without at least a +1 bonus to hit, you had zero chance of landing a blow with a weapon with which you were not proficient.
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K. David L February 20, 2019 12:55 am UTC
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An unmodified roll of 20 always hits; an unmodified roll of 1 always misses. So, with no skill, you have a 5% chance to hit with a weapon with which you are not proficient.
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Robert G July 28, 2019 8:02 am UTC
Are unarmed attacks still subject to the nonproficiency penalty? This is one of several areas where I wondered if the published Arcanum reflected all the house rules and rulings of the original authors.
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John P. H February 15, 2019 5:21 pm UTC
Although I have moved away from games with character classes, I still have great memories of playing The Arcanum back in the 80's. While it was a D&D-clone, it did allow a lot of options, like adding skills from outside a class and being able to make potions and magic items, that made it more fun. Also, the combat system was quick and also interactive, with options. We still have three or four copies of the game on the shelf.
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K. David L February 19, 2019 5:42 pm UTC
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I have the first edition of the Arcanum, I have the second edition trilogy as well as the oddball book Atlantis: The Lost World. I have the Death's Head edition trilogy... I think it is fair to say that I love this game.
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Mitch W February 15, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
I remember the Arcanum fondly. I think I have tried to implement the 'witch hunter' class in every game I have played over the last 30 years.
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K. David L February 19, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
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And so did Vin Diesel, it would seem... :)
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