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David A Hargrave

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Name  David Hargrave
Died  August 29, 1988
Role  Game designer
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Resting place  Golden Gate National Cemetery
Books  The Compleat Arduin: Resources
Influenced by  H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny
Similar People  H P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny

David Allen Hargrave (May 25, 1946 – August 29, 1988), known as The Dream Weaver, was a prolific and sometimes controversial game designer and writer of fantasy and science fiction role-playing games (RPGs). Hargrave's most notable written works were based upon his own mythical world of Arduin.


Military service

Hargrave served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War for six years, serving from August 28, 1964 through August 20, 1970. While in Vietnam, Hargrave regularly served as a combat photographer, often in the line of fire.


From the mid-1970s through 1988 Hargrave was very active in the role-playing community. He authored ten books based upon his Arduin game world. Hargrave also produced four Arduin Dungeon Modules and several fantasy item collections, which were published by Grimoire Games. Hargrave originally submitted his Arduin Grimoire to Greg Stafford's publishing house Chaosium, in 1977, but Stafford found it too derivitate of Dungeons & Dragons and rejected it. Hargrave wound up self-publishing Arduin before having it published at various times by a few small presses: The aforementioned Grimoire Games, then later Dragon Tree Press, and finally Emperors Choice Games.

Historical context

Hargrave's work was perhaps the first "cross-genre" venture into fantasy RPG, and it included everything from interstellar wars to horror and historical drama. His work was, however, based principally upon the medieval fantasy genre. Arduin was in fact one of the earliest challengers to TSR's Dungeons & Dragons, and a leading representative of the high-entropy, multiversal campaigns then prevalent in RPG circles of the era.


While Hargrave was considered one of the best of the best of Game Masters, he was also known for having a somewhat volatile personality. The original role-playing community at large was split between love and mere tolerance of Hargrave's passions (his falling-out with Greg Stafford, which resulted in Hargrave naming a spell after him as revenge, is one such example.)

Other works

Hargrave also frequently contributed to various magazines such as Different Worlds, Alarums and Excursions, and Abyss. As a game designer, he authored various Call of Cthulhu adventures for Chaosium, Inc., and was an integral part of the design team for the sci-fi game Star Rovers, among others.

Multiversal Trading Company

Around 1979, Hargrave operated a game store in Concord, California, called Multiversal Trading Company.


For years, Hargrave had suffered a heart disability with diabetic complications. He died in his sleep August 29, 1988. He was survived by his wife, Brigitte Hargrave.


David A. Hargrave Wikipedia

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