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Arcanum 30th Anniversary Edition

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Current PDF release is 1.1: The final version of the PDF; it will be used for print products.

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.

 
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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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David G March 12, 2019 6:57 am UTC
Would like to see a pdf preview! Also interested in 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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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
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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RJ 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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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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Jeremy R February 15, 2019 6:45 am UTC
I own the physical books for the Atlantean Trilogy, and while interesting, it's hard to claim they are genuinely original, it's basically a D&D clone.
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K. David L February 19, 2019 5:40 pm UTC
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Obviously, I disagree. :)
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Jeremy H February 20, 2019 3:16 am UTC
Arcanum was a bit ahead of its time even though it did draw on DnD of the era a bit. The use of Ability Scores as Saving Throws is a great example.
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K. David L March 01, 2019 9:23 pm UTC
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Yes. That and a skill system, the alchemical rules, the unified advancement table, etc...
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Jeremy H February 15, 2019 1:50 am UTC
Very interesting! How's the art looking for this edition?
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K. David L February 19, 2019 5:40 pm UTC
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Cory did a wonderful job on the art. This is the best looking edition of the game, if I do say so myself.
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Jeremy H February 20, 2019 3:18 am UTC
I really liked the Bill Sienkiewicz art in the monster book. Were you guys able to acquire rights to use it? Please consider posting an extended preview or even just an art collection sample. :^)
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K. David L February 26, 2019 5:28 am UTC
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You can get some art previews at the Facebook page.
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K. David L February 26, 2019 6:38 am UTC
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/1185543438134068/?ref=bookmarks
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George F February 14, 2019 8:01 pm UTC
Any chance of a PoD version?
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K. David L February 19, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
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Yes. Keep waiting.... it is coming.
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Christopher L H March 04, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
I too have owned a few versions of this game Atlantis the lost world was a great antediluvian world it went where the medieval world could not go. I do not currently like the sword and sorcery version , I liked the elves and dwarves and other races from the other game of Talasorian world and how the two kind reference one anther. I had the Bard games version before the fire took my whole library in 2011. so a POD. would be wonderful. I am glade I stumbled across this posting. I do not suppose you could rescue the Atlantis from the gammy paws of the current overlord of bad taste and ignorance?
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