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King Arthur Pendragon (First Edition)

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King Arthur Pendragon (First Edition)

Relive the glory of King Arthur’s Court. Uphold the chivalric ideals of fair play, courage, honesty, and justice as your valiant knight-character undertakes perilous quests and risks monstrous dangers in legendary Britain. He’ll smite bloodthirsty giants and crush treacherous invaders for King Arthur and his own glory.

To play Pendragon the roleplaying game, you create and take on the role of squire, knight, or noble of the realm. Armed and armored, you overcome life-and-death struggles, impossible frustration, and ruthless enemies to join the fellowship of the Round Table.

The gamemaster leads the other players in interpreting the Pendragon rules and is central in bringing the adventures to life. He commands the magic of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay, the actions of King Arthur and Queen Guenever, and the schemes of Mordred and Agravaine.

About the Box Front: Queen Guenever hands King Arthur Excalibur as the host prepares for battle.

King Arthur Pendragon (First Edition)
Author Greg Stafford
Publisher Chaosium
Year 1985
Product Number CHA 2701-X
Format Boxed Set
Original Price $19.95
In Print No
Availability eBay
PDF through DriveThruRPG

You can purchase nearly the entire Pendragon line in PDF, as well as get current edition products via print on demand (POD) at DriveThruRPG (DTRPG) on Nocturnal Media’s Pendragon page.

Game Design Greg Stafford
Editing Yurek Chodak
Proofreading Lynn Willis
Graphic Design Yurek Chodak
Production Yurek Chodak
Typesetting Sandy Peterson
Illustrations (Player’s Book) Michael Blum
Lisa A. Free
Illustrations (Gamemaster’s Book) Lisa A. Free
Box Cover Jody Lee
Blazons Bill Keyes
Coat of Arms Preparation Sherman Kahn
Other Contributors Ken St. Andre
Katherine Kerr
Kallun of Tybermonde
Donald F. Frew
Stephen Abbot
Bill Johnson
88-page Player’s Book
16-page Gamemaster’s Book
The Characters
Blank Character Sheets
Map of King Arthur’s Britain
Six 6-sided Dice
One 20-sided Die
Gamemaster’s Handbook Page
Using the Game Rules 2
Creatures 4
The Plot 9
Bibliography 11
Beast Quest 12
Player’s Handbook Page
Introduction 3
Character Generation 7
Object of the Game 27
Game Mechanics 38
Personality Traits and Passions 48
Skills 58
Combat 64
The Knight’s World 78
The Family 83

Greg Stafford cites several references and provides commentary and Arthurian works that influenced Pendragon’s design.

Author(s) and Work(s)

Background and Insight

Cited as Source for

The Anglo Saxon Chronicles

“Although compiled years after the events it records, the Chronicle is believed to contain the germs of fact. The list of battles and heroic combats charts the spread of the English over the island and hints at the British victory of Badon (which is not, however, mentioned).” – Greg Stafford

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The Quest of the Holy Grail
Penguin Books, 1959
Translated by P.M. Matarasso

“This manuscript was first written between 1215 and 1230. Malory used this as a source, but removed all the allegory and religious explanations. Though crafted with literary genius and full of poignant and sensitive scenes, this Grail version is somewhat spoiled by its excessive adoration of chastity.” – Greg Stafford

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Chr├ętien de Troyes
Arthurian Romances
Dent Dutton Publications, 1977
Translated by W.W. Comfort

“Chr├ętien was instrumental in popularizing the Arthurian legend and linking it to the romantic ideal. He wrote between 1170 and 1182. This edition contains four of his known poems: ‘Erec et Enide,’ ‘Cliges,’ ‘Yvain,’ and ‘Lancelot,’ but does not have his unfinished ‘Con du Graal.'” – Greg Stafford

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Ford, Patrick K.
The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales
University of California Press, 1977

“This rendition of the major tales of the Mabinogi is especially useful in its speculations on the primitive myth which underlays the four main tales, and also its speculations on Taliesin.” – Greg Stafford

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Geoffrey of Monmouth
The History of the King of Britain
Penguin Books Ltd, 1966
Translated by Lewis Thorpe

“In 1047 this book was a best-seller. It introduced the cycle of the British hero Arthur to the nobility across the European continent, beginning its meteoric rise to popularity which would last for five centuries.” – Greg Stafford

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De Excidio Brittaniae

“Gildas was a priest who wrote a seething denunciation of both British leaders and people about 540. He names several living kings, cites several known saints, and mentions the battle of Mons Badonicus, or Bado, but he never names his contemporary, King Arthur.” – Greg Stafford

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Guest, Lady C.
The Mabinogion
Academy Press, 1978

“Originally translated from the Welsh and published in 1977, this book is a collection of Welsh Arthurian stories; four interesting and bewildering stories of very old, and half-forgotten mythology, plus a collection of stories about Taliesin. Very valuable, also, are the author’s extensive notes which give supplemental information on other Welsh references, especially the Triads.” – Greg Stafford

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Karr, Phyllis Ann
The King Arthur Companion
Reston Publishing Company, Inc. 1983

“A definitive catalog of the hundreds of characters, places, and things in Malory’s book. This excellent book reconstructs the careers of many secondary characters, turning them into complete personalities. Its places are the basis of the map of the Pendragon, as its chronology serves as the start of the Pendragon timeline.” – Greg Stafford

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Malory, Sir Thomas
Le Morte d’Arthur

“Sir Thomas Malory was a fifteenth century knight who compiled the most important version of the legend in the English language, published by Caxton, the first modern printer in Britain. Malory’s book is the basic text for the Pendragon campaign. Entries given in the text as (X, Y) format are references to the Caxton edition, where X = his book number, and Y = his chapter number. Several versions of the book are available.” – Greg Stafford

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Penguin Books, 1969 (two volumes)
Edited by Janet Cowen

“This is my favorite version, and the one most quoted in the Pendragon text. It has the right balance of archaic words and modernized text without squeamishness.” – Greg Stafford

Bramhall House, 1962
Rendition by Keith Baines

“This one is the easiest to read if you are uncomfortable with strange words. It does not have the chapter divisions from Caxton. I do not like the way some of the knights are interpreted in this version, but it is a good start.” – Greg Stafford

University Books, Inc. 1961
Edited by John C. Wilson

“This version has no modern paragraphs or punctuation and may be difficult for beginners to read. It has an excellent table of contents, including all the synoptic chapter headings. It also has a fair index to proper names – the only one I have found.” – Greg Stafford

Historia Brittonum

“This document was written around 800 and is the first record of the historical King Arthur. Nennius calls him dux bellorum rather than rex, and lists twelve battles against the Saxons.” – Greg Stafford

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Steinbeck, John
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
Ballantine Books, 1977

“A great American novelist pours forth his love for this subject, bringing characters alive. Too much psychoanalyzing of the characters sometimes bogs down the flow, but the antiquated dialogue and description create a delightful portrayal of the middle ground of understanding. The worst part to read (like Malory) is at the start. For no known reason, Steinbeck never finished the project, and so it does not portray the Grail Quest or the Death and Dishonor era. This book has my favorite interpretation of Lancelot.” – Greg Stafford

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Stewart, Mary
The Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills; The Last Enchantment; The Wicked Day
Ballantine Books, 1971, 1973, 1980, 1984

“This deservedly famous fantasy author leans more heavily towards an historical Arthur than most authors. Her setting is post-Roman Britain, with an emerging noble class armed with cataphracts, and the plot for the first three books is drawn from Geoffrey of Monmouth, not Malory. Merlin is the fascinating and believable main character for the first three books. In the last one, a confused muddle of history and doom explain the fate of the Pendragon family, but do little to explain away the problems. This is my favored interpretation of Merlin the Magician.” – Greg Stafford

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White, T.H.
The Once and Future King
G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1939

“This edition is a great resource for detailed information on the Middle Ages and the background for the romantic point of view. This book contains my favored interpretation of both King Arthur and Mordred (a real villain).” – Greg Stafford

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