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The Halls of Arden Vul Complete

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Prepare to Beard the Halls of Arden Vul!

Arden Vul is the most ambitious megadungeon ever created, with over 1,100 Pages of Incredible Adventure. This First Edition compatible fully-bookmarked PDF product features:

2,162 Encounter Descriptions
14 NPC Factions
10 Massive Levels
15 Extensive Sub-levels
7 Dangerous Exterior locations
149 New Monsters
332 New Magic Items
69 New Technological Items
44 New Spells
189 New Books through which PCs can gain a deep understanding of the dungeon
A full NPC appendix with 10 competing parties at 3 levels of power
Over 140 original pieces of art, including 28 full-page illustrations!

All of this is mapped via 33 Amazing Maps that you can download for free at The Maps of Arden Vul. As we have gotten requests for VTT player's maps we have created The VTT Maps of Arden Vul for free as well. If you know you want the physical copies, just head over to the Arden Vul Bundle and get everything Arden Vul in one fell swoop.

There has never been anything like Arden Vul, and there never will be again.

Welcome to the Halls of Arden Vul!

If you want everything but can't afford the full Arden Vul Bundle right now, those who order this PDF can receive 33% discounts on the print versions at a later date so you can piece-meal your purchase as finances allow. Just send me an e-mail (josephbrowning@gmail.com) with your Complete PDF order number and I'll get the discount codes to you.

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Patrick S August 26, 2021 11:22 am UTC
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Loving the book(s) and I am playing it with my group over Foundry VTT at the moment. We are having a great time!

One piece of feedback: the fact that plate mail is not manufactured and used by the general public is kinda buried in the book. I can imagine that most players and DMs will allow plate armor to be bought and used at initial character creation and then only later will the DM realize that most non-ancient peoples in the setting will lack it and that the players shouldn't have been able to buy it.

A statement on plate armor in the Arden Vul setting should be placed in the beginning of the book, and probably also restated often throughout.

My thoughts!
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Patrick S August 06, 2021 1:30 pm UTC
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Hi! I just noticed that the night time encounter table for Eastern Districts in the ruined city (Vol. 1 P. 82-83) is missing a result for 10-11. Did you plan to have something there originally?
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Joseph B August 06, 2021 1:59 pm UTC
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Thanks for the comment! That's a typo - it should be 9-12 for the lacedons. Our apologies!
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John C July 10, 2021 6:21 am UTC
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So this one is advertised as a complete set. Which books does this one include? Is it all of the volumes?
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Joseph B July 10, 2021 6:37 am UTC
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This contains all the information from volumes 1-4. Volume 5 is the map volume. All information in volume 5 is available in the free The Maps of Arden Vul PDF.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/307323/The-Maps-of-Arden-Vul
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John C July 10, 2021 6:41 am UTC
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Ok, so this is the equivalent of all 4 volumes minus the map book but only available in pdf. If I want a printed version, I would need to purchase them individually for each volume in the POD option. Just wanted to make sure before deciding.
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Joseph B July 10, 2021 6:46 am UTC
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That is correct.
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John C July 10, 2021 4:53 am UTC
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Have never heard of this one before, sorry. Can this be used with the AD&D 2nd Ed ruleset or is strictly for 1e use? Trying to get a handle on what this is.....
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Joseph B July 10, 2021 5:51 am UTC
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It's written for the 1e ruleset, so only minor changes are really needed for it work for 2e.
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Jason W July 09, 2021 5:20 pm UTC
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Hey, I just picked this up. I haven't had time to go through any of it yet, but it looks amazing! One question though. I notice the page count for each book adds up to several hundred pages more than this all in one product. Is there anything missing from this that is included in the individual books?
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Joseph B July 09, 2021 5:31 pm UTC
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The all-in-one PDF doesn't include the map book pages as the maps for the digital copies are found in The Maps of Arden Vul. All the same material is in both products.
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Jason W July 09, 2021 5:40 pm UTC
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I figured it didn't leave anything out, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks for the quick reply!
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Rachael S November 23, 2020 7:44 pm UTC
Where would I find the stats/full description of Yasidoranicil "Isadora" and Priscus Pulcher for a party that wants to resurrect them both? and/or speak with dead them.....I can't seem to find them. I don't have the full set yet so that is why I ask.
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Joseph B November 23, 2020 7:55 pm UTC
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Isadora's remains are in SL11-19A (book three) and Priscus Pulcher's remains are at SL11-24. Neither are statted out.
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November 24, 2020 12:52 am UTC
Thanks for the query, Rachael. It's a fun question, but according to 1st edition rules, resurrection only works for those dead 10 years per level of the cleric, and both of those persons have been dead for many centuries; it seems unlikely that a cleric could be high enough level to resurrect them.
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Ken M November 20, 2020 4:44 am UTC
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I've come back to Arden Vul after putting it aside for a bit. I have to admit its size makes the challenge of prep feel a bit intimidating.
From what I can tell from reading online it was run at first using the Wilderlands setting and gods. Since I own this setting I'm a bit curious about that -- would you mind letting us know where you had set it in the Wilderlands, and what dieties were prominent in home campaigns?
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November 20, 2020 1:08 pm UTC
Hi Ken - I'll be eager to hear what you make of it, if you do decide to run it. As for the Wilderlands connection, I love that setting and have, in the past, run small campaigns in it. One of the things I liked about it was the 'kitchen-sink' approach - it took elements from myth, from sci-fi, and elsewhere, and combined it with unique original elements. So in a sense, that mixture was what I was aiming for. And my earliest drafts of AV thus name checked Wilderlands (I used the name Ghanor for an artifact, I imported a bunch of Wilderlands gods wholesale) quite a bit. But I never really intended to drop AV into the Wilderlands; instead, it was intended as a 'tent-pole' dungeon for my home-brew world (much as Rappan Athuk was for NG, or Greyhawk for GG). Once Andreas persuaded me to look into publishing it, and Joe came on board, I realized that the Wilderlands vestiges needed to be removed; that was the moment that I took time to really develop the setting from a top-down, systematic perspective (instead of merely...See more
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Ken M November 20, 2020 8:30 pm UTC
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Hey, thanks for your quick reply!
I plan on running Arden Vul for my next campaign. Right now my two holdups are
1) my group is currently playing in Barrowmaze (different DM) and the entire map has been done up in DungeonDraft and is beautiful to behold, I hope to give Arden Vul a similar treatment, but the scale is intimidating. This wouldn't be an issue absent the ongoing pandemic.
2) there isn't as much detail on the the various religions and their motivations as I would like, especially for the thorcingans. I like to give players of clerics a better understanding of their religion's goals.
3 likewise, more detail on the 7 schools of wizardry , basically more details on things players will ask me about as they are making their PCs.
I would gladly pay more money for a supplement fleshing these things out
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November 23, 2020 3:18 pm UTC
Hi Ken - sorry for the delay. I know we have VTT maps for AV, that one could use in Roll20 (I think - I, myself, don't use online platforms so I may be wrong). As for further details, you're a man after my own heart! I'm afraid to say that I don't have such details ready to go. A world book *might* be in the offing, but I have academic stuff to finish first. Thanks for the suggestion, though
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October 26, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
I see book V is available again .... will the print bundle be live soon or should I just buy all 5 books individually to get everything in print ?
Many thanks
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Joseph B October 26, 2020 4:10 pm UTC
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The bundle should be available again via the link in the sales text. If not, the below link works as well:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/307787/Arden-Vul-Bundle-BUNDLE
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October 26, 2020 5:20 pm UTC
Ok great got it many thanks
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September 03, 2020 4:18 pm UTC
Hi - I’m looking to order the Halls Of Arden Vul complete 5 book print set but can’t find it ? Has it been removed and will it be back soon ?
Many thanks
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Joseph B September 03, 2020 4:24 pm UTC
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Sadly the 5th book has again been unproved for sale, but we're working on it again. It will come back, but right now I don't know when. Sorry.
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Joseph B September 16, 2020 4:10 am UTC
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If you buy this Complete PDF, and send me an e-mail (josephbrowning@gmail.com), I send you 5 links to the discounted print versions. The links to the discounted books can be used individually.
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Travis M May 27, 2020 9:07 pm UTC
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Hi, I bought this awhile ago and I'm trying to find the maps. Are they a seperate product?
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Joseph B May 28, 2020 5:30 am UTC
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The Maps of Arden Vul is a free map pack of all the maps and you can find it here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/307323/The-Maps-of-Arden-Vul
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Matt S May 08, 2020 7:57 pm UTC
Is this going to have a premium print as one volume? Or is the PoD for each part the only way it'll be done?
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Joseph B May 08, 2020 8:56 pm UTC
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There are no intents to print a single volume version.
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Brian C May 06, 2020 9:12 pm UTC
need a print version ... maybe in several volumes. + fold-out maps
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Ken M April 27, 2020 6:01 pm UTC
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So, I'm now further into reading this and one thing I'm noticing is that there is way more treasure than I'm used to seeing in an adventure. It's been long enough since I played 1E that I'm not sure whether Arden Vul actually contains more than a typical amount for an OSRIC module, but I'm curious as to what others think. It does seem appropriate for Arden Vul to have a lot of treasure, given the nature of what lies within.

Since I'll be converting this to 5E and not using training rules, I expect I will need to make adjustments, is anyone else doing so?
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Joseph B April 27, 2020 7:45 pm UTC
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It may seem like a lot, but 1e expects characters to spend a lot of money training to level up: 1,500 gp per level per week of training (training can last from 1 to 4 weeks). A lot of a character's wealth will go towards that.
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Richard B April 28, 2020 11:06 am UTC
I also think that treasure amounts are easily adjusted to fit the DM's preferred style.
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Ken M April 30, 2020 2:49 am UTC
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Agreed, it's the easiest thing for a DM to change. This product is so massive...I'm still reading through level 3!
A few additional thoughts I've had:
1) I love the writing style in general and also the choice of proper names, they are very evocative. It's obvious that the author is well read, much like Gygax was. Some other reviewers have criticized the verbosity of the adventure and I agree that some of the layout choices made in, for example, Maze of the Blue Medusa (inset small maps co-located with room descriptions, summary at the start of what is immediately seen, etc) would be useful, since the manuscript is so large. But , I disagree with the assertions made elsewhere that any of the writing is extraneous -- it's very valuable to me as a DM to know what a chamber used to be used for, for example, and it helps form a cohesive picture of the place in the mind of the DM.

2) I expect that anyone running this now will be using a virtual tabletop. While it would be a massive...See more
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Richard B April 30, 2020 1:31 pm UTC
Ken - I hope to produce some of these ancillary materials (world book, some other small adventures, etc.), but realistically they won't be ready for some time. I do have a lot of unfinished materials that I could share in one spot. This summer I hope to get my ardenvul.com site up and running (beyond the shell that is now), so that might help
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Ken M April 30, 2020 4:17 pm UTC
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Oh, I didn't realize you were the author :) Sorry, didn't mean to refer to you in the third person when you were right here!

Ken
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Richard B April 30, 2020 4:28 pm UTC
no worries! - Rick
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Ken M May 13, 2020 11:53 pm UTC
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Hey, I've now read most of Arden Vul and am in the middle of producing a player guide for my campaign.
I notice that orcs and half-orcs are not mentioned in the manuscript at all. Do orcs exist in the world of Arden Vul?
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Richard B May 14, 2020 2:58 pm UTC
Ken - you're very observant. :-) I don't know that in my home campaign I've ever definitively decided that there are no orcs, but I did consciously try to construct AV such that the typical humanoids (other than goblins) were not so heavily featured. In my home campaign I don't allow half-orcs or gnomes as PCs, which is entirely a personal decision - lots of people love 'em, and I understand why. But when I set up the campaign I wanted it to be a bit different. That was long before publishing AV was even a glimmer in my eye. So, while you won't find orcs, half-orcs or gnomes in the published AV, there's nothing to prevent you from deciding that they exist in your version of Magae.
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Dillon B July 04, 2020 10:18 am UTC
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I am currently DM'in this for 5e and I have built about half of level 2 and 1/3 of Level 3 for Roll 20. They are indeed insanely large maps and our roll20 definitely struggles a bit with them, especially since I insist on dynamically lighting everything. We play around a 42" screen set in a table, so at least we don't all need to be rolling our dice via Roll20. The map sets that worked best for me are the Vile Tiles sets by Gabriel Pickard. I don't think I can share my creations for copyright reasons.
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Robert M August 05, 2020 1:45 am UTC
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I've just been converting all the PDF maps to .jpg using paint, been doing fine so far, but I have only DLed maybe 10 of the map pages. Now creating handouts in Roll 20 for all the books, that took a few hours.
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Ken M April 25, 2020 7:32 pm UTC
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Hey,
I've bought and am reading the PDF, congratulations, it is a masterwork!

Question -- are there any plans to release supplemental maps for use with virtual tabletops? For example, maps lacking the map keys and with secret areas removed would be really helpful.

Also, are there any plans to release supplemental materials on, for example, the gods of Magae? Some gods I am familiar with because they are a trope of this genre (Mitra, Set, etc) -- others are new to me. I want to produce a 'campaign guide' for my players, and when I do this I generally write up a few paragraphs on each diety detailing cult practices, locations of major temples, etc.

Thank you so much for this. It was obviously a labor of love!

Ken
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Joseph B April 25, 2020 7:52 pm UTC
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Ken, you can pick up VTT maps at this link https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309717/The-VTT-Maps-of-Arden-Vul

We don't have any solid plans to release additional material, but that is always a possibility.
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Ken M April 25, 2020 10:51 pm UTC
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Oh, these are great, I know it was a lot of work, thank you!
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Christopher C April 17, 2020 12:50 am UTC
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Somewhere in the Underposts here (3/30), I replied to a comment & noted my use of a short adventure by ERP, (Expeditious Retreat Press). Later the utterance of Motherpussbucket was written & Arden Vul appeared in my library of holding. I also received a note from an Improver of Ideas assuring me that a great deal was in my future. 9 days later (4/9) links appeared which took me the option to buy the hard cover version. I was in a mindset that Printing a Literature were non-essential, a sacrifice to the various gods of pestilence. Spurred by the communication of Richard below & the mysterious Improver of Ideas, I ordered the Hard Copies on 4/12. The fact that my scribe HP did not wish to transcribe the 1100+ pages helped in the decision. I would not have guessed that 4 days later I would have them in my hands.

Ok, so I've been gaming since 1979 when I got my 1st D&D box set. These books take me back there, so much that I broke out my B1 module, (yep I still have it), to compare....See more
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Joseph B April 17, 2020 6:17 am UTC
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Glad to hear you've gotten your print books and enjoy!
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Richard B April 17, 2020 2:47 pm UTC
Rock on! Hope you get a lot of play out of it ...
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Italo I April 16, 2020 5:54 am UTC
Does this product work well with B/X or BECMI rules? Does it requires some adjustments to work with those rules?
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Joseph B April 16, 2020 6:19 am UTC
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I think this could easily be run in B/X or BECMI. It's written for OSRIC (1st edition) so there are some differences between that and B/X, BECMI, but they are closely related systems.
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Anthony T November 05, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
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What is OSRIC? For that matter B/X and BECMI too. Yes I am a newbie
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November 05, 2020 8:50 pm UTC
OSRIC is an in-print 'clone' of the original Advanced Dungeons and Dragons ruleset (i.e., 1st edition AD&D); the pdf is free, or you can purchase a hardcopy of the rulebook. If you have any of the first edition rulebooks (1st ed. Players handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, etc.), you can use those instead of OSRIC. B/X and BECMI were the two versions of 'Basic' dungeons and dragons, as originally published in the late 70s and 80s. What Arden Vul is *not* written for is the current, 5th edition of D&D, which is quite different from 1st edition.
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Charles F July 17, 2021 12:29 pm UTC
Would it be safe to say that the main issue with a conversion of Arden Vul to 5e would be 5e's very high powered characters?
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Joseph B July 17, 2021 12:50 pm UTC
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That's no so much of an issue as is the sheer size of the work and the needed dual-system proficiency of the converter.
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