According to the Emperors Choice website, the Arduin Eternal Playbook is shipping at long last. For those of you not familiar with the ins and outs of Arduin history, this will be the third RPG derived from Dave Hargrave's legendary fantasy campaign. The first made its appearance in the Arduin Grimoire and its sequels, which were essentially hacks to OD&D. Later, there was a reworking of these books into The Compleat Arduin, which, as I understand it -- I've never seen the book myself -- was a little less quirky and made an attempt to step away from Arduin's implicit dependence on OD&D. Arduin Eternal is apparently a wholly new game based in the world of Arduin.
Arduin Eternal has been in development for a long time. I honestly didn't think it'd ever see the light of day. Now that it has, I'll admit to being intrigued, but, at 800+ pages and $74.95 -- a hardcover, admittedly -- I'm not sure I'm willing to take the risk. As I've noted before, my feelings about Arduin are ambivalent. I can't deny Hargrave's eccentric genius and there are many aspects of the setting I find pretty compelling. However, it's also a little too much of a mish-mash in places for my staid tastes. Hargrave nevertheless opened my eyes to the true potential of old school gaming, so I keep at least one eye on anyone who's taken up his banner in the 21st century to see what they've created and that's why Arduin Eternal interests me.
So, if anyone out there takes the plunge and buys this book, I'd love to know about it. The price is just too high for me to justify spending at this time and its length is certainly off-putting. I tend to prefer much shorter RPG products these days and, given that all of the original Arduin books, if combined, wouldn't amount to 800 pages, I'm curious as to what's actually in Arduin Eternal. Not curious enough to spend $74.95 sight unseen, but curious nonetheless.