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The Halls of Arden Vul Complete

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Welcome to the GM's Day sale! From now through March 10th, this title has been marked down by up to 40%! For more values, visit our GM's Day sale page.

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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Michael S February 27, 2024 8:23 pm UTC
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Finishing my review here because I wrote a damn essay:

The above example is going to happen to you. It will get tedious, and you will need to potentially make judgement calls in order to save time and patience. By far, this is going to be your biggest challenge: overcoming the information spread. Using ctrl+f to find text is a godsend. You can also look up specific room information using a ":", for example, using ctrl+f and typing up (without quotes) "2-87:" will bring you back directly to floor 2, room 87 because no other part of the book uses the colon except for direct room descriptions. You may find references to the same room, i.e. "Item X is found with person Y in room 2-87," if you don't include it. It also helps maintain an excel sheet and a small journal to keep track of all the movement in the dungeon based on the actions of the PCs.

This effort is extremely rewarded however. I have never run a campaign or setting that was so much fun. This is by...See more
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Philippe S February 05, 2024 11:10 pm UTC
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Thanks to 3d6DTL, I found this gem of a megadungeon.


Unfortunately, the PDF's they use (the creator commented here in 2022, so probably bought here) seem to be of different versions to the one available today, for example see in Episode 20, at minute 06:00: https://youtu.be/wKGwWAcEsGY?si=PJu3TdrIVWfEEf63&t=379 (timestamped)

The text is very well formatted, including bulletpoint lists, framed text passages and underlined important sentences.


The_Halls_of_Arden_Vul_Complete_v2_Opt.pdf I got through drivethrurpg (bought through bundle of holding today), seems to be very inferior. All the text is very difficult to dissect without this proper formatting.


Was there an older version uploaded to drivethrurpg? Or what could be the reason for the difference? The PDF's they use seem to be original and not tinkered with (except for the custom hyperlinks 3d6DTL uses).


Much thanks.
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Philippe S February 06, 2024 6:36 pm UTC
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So through a reddit comment I learned that 3d6DTL actually heavily formatted their own PDF.
To the publisher and/or author, I highly suggest to check out the channel and see how fantastic the PDF looks with a bit of formatting.

Eventhough I'm quite disappointed with this release version for the lack of formatting, I will still rate 5 stars.
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Christopher P January 25, 2024 10:22 pm UTC
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A very minor question. In the Persons of Note section of Vol. 4 (Vol 4 p 173, or p. 1059 of the PDF), reference is made to Isokrat the Even-Keeled, described as "chief priest of Enna in the town of Newmarket". However, I can't seem to find who or what Enna is. Is it a typo of a god's name? Is it the name of a temple in Newmarket?
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Joseph B January 27, 2024 12:34 pm UTC
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It's the earlier-incarnation-name of Demma, the goddess of bountiful harvests, motherhood, and the mercy of rulers. I missed it in editing when the name was changed.
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Christopher P February 07, 2024 3:04 pm UTC
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Great, thanks!
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kyle G November 23, 2023 7:41 pm UTC
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Checked this for Black Friday sales, around 10am it was on sale for $40, wondering if that was an error on the site? I didn't grab it because my toddler was going nuts, but now it's up to $65 (still a good deal). Does DTrpg fluctuate prices during a sale like that?
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John S September 11, 2023 6:30 pm UTC
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This is so epic. Well done sir. Months of fun just reading thru it alone!! And I'm hooked on Jon's 3D6DTL's actual play. Following along with the book and the map. One question i have...I noticed that someone else mentioned that the PDF did not have hyperlinks...and I believe that a response said that the file had been updated with those links. I have re-downloaded my copy from the DT library and still do not have hyperlinks. Am I missing something? Either way, love this!!
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Joseph B September 11, 2023 6:51 pm UTC
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Glad you're enjoying it! There are no hyperlinks, but there are bookmarks, which someone's version had inexplicably left out. They re-downloaded the file and their bookmarks were available as they should be.
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John S September 11, 2023 8:34 pm UTC
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Ah, perfect sense! Thanks!
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eric L August 13, 2023 4:50 am UTC
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where are the maps
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Joseph B August 13, 2023 6:31 am UTC
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https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/307323/The-Maps-of-Arden-Vul
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Anthony T July 30, 2023 4:26 pm UTC
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Came back to this after a long time and noticed that the bookmarks are not available. Really? On a file this size. What did I do wrong. If I delete and re download will that work?
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Joseph B July 30, 2023 5:24 pm UTC
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The file should be fully bookmarked.
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Anthony T July 30, 2023 5:26 pm UTC
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The file was corrupted. New download works fine. New campaign off to a roaring start
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Patrick S June 11, 2023 11:40 am UTC
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I noticed that the random encounter table for room 7-42 is missing one of its entries, namely number 3! Rick, do you by any chance have the entry in your manuscript?
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June 12, 2023 11:38 am UTC
Hi Patrick - sorry about that. Here it is
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[Column 1]: A true varumani with two ogre servants
1. 1 true varumani (see new monsters): SZ L; AL LN; AC 2; MV 90’; HD 8; HP 55; #AT 3 or 1; Dmg 3-6/3-6/4-10 or 6-24 (two-handed sword, 2-20+4). Special defenses: surprised only on 1 in 6; save as 8th-level fighter or 8th-level magic user, whichever is better; immune to cold, poison, charm, hold, feeblemind, confusion, and other mind-affecting magic; regenerate 3 HP/rd; infravision. Possessions: huge two-handed sword; ring mail
2. 2 ogres: SZ L; AL CE; AC 5; MV 90’; HD 4+1; HP 28, 22; #AT 1; Dmg 1-10, or by weapon
[Column 2:] Planning to rob a specific group as it leaves the Arena area with gambling winnings
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Logan G May 07, 2023 5:56 pm UTC
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I have been watching the 3d6DTL campaign and have just prepared to launch my own campaign. I noticed they used a couple of cool hand drawn maps of Burdock's Valley and the ruined city. Are they in the book somewhere because for the life of me I cannot find them.
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Joseph B May 07, 2023 5:57 pm UTC
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3d6DTL had them made for themselves. They are not in the book.
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Logan G May 08, 2023 4:54 pm UTC
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Thanks for letting me know
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Leopoldo R February 21, 2023 5:16 pm UTC
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Hi, is this compatible with OSE advanced fantasy?
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Joseph B February 21, 2023 7:03 pm UTC
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It's written for OSRIC, the retro-clone of 1st Edition. The conversion between 1st Edition and Basic (which is OSE) is very minor.
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Leopoldo R March 03, 2023 7:11 pm UTC
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Thank you , sir looks amazig gonna pick it up on the gm sale!
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Jonathan H September 11, 2022 8:21 pm UTC
Are they’re any plans for this to go on sale anytime soon? I’d love to pick it up but ouch. I found this through 3D6 DTL YouTube channel btw.
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Joseph B September 12, 2022 10:40 am UTC
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Currently, there are no scheduled sales.
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Christopher P August 13, 2023 1:10 am UTC
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Sale of the Day - 12 Aug 2023, about $44
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Joshua B September 07, 2022 8:44 pm UTC
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Hi - really like the look of the pdf I picked up. Wondering if there are future plans to do a print run/kickstarter or something of that nature. I know I can get the POD, but wondering if there's something else coming up?
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Joseph B September 08, 2022 6:45 am UTC
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There are currently no plans for a future runs.
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Patrick S August 26, 2022 9:18 am UTC
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Creators of Arden Vul, the table for undead in the steps in the Pyramid of Thoth (Vol. 1 P. 109) states that there is supposed to be a location of where the undead originates from. I believe that this info is missing from the table? Do you have the information somewhere in a manuscript per chance, or do you remember what placements were to be?
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August 26, 2022 10:16 am UTC
very good eyes, Patrick! It looks like in layout an entire column disappeared. Here's what the ms says. For d10 roll =1, undead appear at UP-6; for 2, it's UP-6; for 3 and 4, it's UP-7; for 5 and 6, it's UP-8; for 7 and 8, it's UP-9; and for 9 and 10, it's UP-10.
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Jonathan B August 08, 2022 12:34 pm UTC
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This is one of the most stunning achievements I've ever seen in megadungeon design. Massive kudos to everyone involved! I'm planning on recording an actual play series of Arden Vul for my YouTube channel 3d6 Down the Line https://www.youtube.com/c/3D6DownTheLine, using OSE/BX rules. In order to make the vids look extra pretty, could you share what font is used for the front cover text?
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August 08, 2022 1:30 pm UTC
Thanks, Jonathan! it was the result of many years labor and love. Joe B will have to chime in about the font. If he's not here soon, I'll ping him privately. Looking forward to your youtube channel.
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Durwood M September 07, 2022 2:04 am UTC
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Hey, I just watched Episodes 0 and 1 of your Arden Vul play sessions, looks like you have a fun group!
I wanted to thank you for posting the dropbox with the isometric arden vul maps...those are really well done. Anyone planning on running Arden Vul should get these, they really bring the place to life.
If you are interested, I and another guy have collated a bunch of dungeondraft maps of the arden vul levels. He's hosting them on a google drive, his reddit name is _sterno_ (with the underscores). I think there are currently 10 or so levels hosted there, including all of the upper ones, and an arden vul ruined city map I made.

Ken
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Patrick S September 07, 2022 2:59 pm UTC
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The isometric maps were created by the great Jason Lutes, creator of Perilous Wilds/Freebooters on the Frontier and the epos Berlin!
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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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Durwood M November 01, 2021 1:14 am UTC
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I'm curious about your Foundry VTT experience with Arden Vul. Did you use the VTT maps provided with the Arden Vul PDF, or prepare your own?
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Patrick S November 02, 2021 7:31 am UTC
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I am having lots of fun running the setting in Foundry! I create my own abbreviated notes for the rooms decriptions and add the most frequent random tables to the VTT. I also add statted NPCs, with gear and spells, so that they are easier to manage during play.

I am using the official VTT maps: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/309717/The-VTT-Maps-of-Arden-Vul.

A commentator has given some feet pixel per feet approximations, so you get some help there to adjust them in the program.

There are sometimes elements on the player maps that should have been hidden but a quick pass in Photoshop or MSPaint can fix most of it.
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Derek P July 20, 2022 12:28 pm UTC
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Probably too late to help you, but I'm running this for VTT as well (first Fantasy Grounds, then switched to Foundry) and I've been "remaking" some of the maps in Dungeondraft as I go.

Freely available to anyone who wants to use them here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1QbxWXLImauOUOneiqxTmyq4Jl3EGB7li?usp=sharing
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Durwood M July 20, 2022 2:21 pm UTC
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Hey, I made some of those maps :)
Thanks for putting these up for everyone's use!
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Patrick S July 21, 2022 9:48 am UTC
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That's incredible, thanks for sharing them! I have already added maps and walls to levels 1-3 sadly, but if you ever add the deeper ones, I will gladly use yours!
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Derek P July 27, 2022 7:01 pm UTC
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I completed about a third of level 4 last week (the area right down the stairs for the Set Temple on level 3) and will be starting on part of level 5 (around the Obsidian Gates) this week.

My players spent a few months on level 2 and 3, but they're finally moving out now so I expect to be making quite a few new maps soon. I'll drop all new maps in that folder, so just check it periodically for updates.

And if anyone else wants to get in on this and share any VTT maps they created, let's get all our maps together! It's a huge dungeon and converting the maps for VTT is a giant undertaking that would go easier with some crowdsourcing!
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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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