Pictured to the right is the cover from my own copy of this gem. I pick "cheap and crappy but legible" over "mint condition" pretty much every time and my copy is pretty dang crudulated. Still, the awesomeness of Greg Espinoza's cover art comes shining through. Clint Eastwood, Dungeoneer, and a dual-wielding bug dude and a lady adventurer with Gamora/Marionette style facepaint are throwing down with some serious lizard dudes. Later we'll learn that the bug dude is called a Phraint, one of the mainstays of the Arduin universe and quite possibly the inspiration for the Thri'Kreen and/or Vrusk. Click on the pic to see a bigger version. The detail work is worth a closer look-see even with my sorry-ass copy.
A lot of game books have acknowledgment or dedication pages that mention PCs in the author's home campaigns. The gang at ICE we're always good for this, but Hargave's dedication page here contains one of the best such lists I've ever seen:
Koryu, leader of the forty-seven ronin; Elric the Hell-Lost; Daniel the True Defender of the Dreaming Isles; Jothar, Champion of the House of the Rising Sun and Baron of the Realm; Kazamon, the Ring Bearer, hobbit and changeling; Benk the Benighted; Hamal Assad's Twelfth Lancers; Mithrom, bandit turned demon; Mogadore the drunken dwarf; Zorella, amazon leader of the doomed Hell Raid; Lasuli, elven and unafraid; Fredrick the Bold, slayer of Smaug and Sauron; Bolo Mark Nine, destroyer of a dungeon and near slayer of an entire world; the Seven Spartans and their never broken shield wall; Talso the grim mage; all of you are forever graven in the iron legends that will forever follow your steps through allternity. To you and the shades of near four hundred dead I lift a tankard of Rumble Tummy's ale in respectful salute.So by 1977 in Hargrave's game Sauron had been iced, Hell itself invaded and almost 400 characters killed in campaigning. That, my friends, is hard effin' core. On the other hand, in the foreward Hargrave makes a point of apologizing to anyone his work offends. Which leaves me with the distinct impression that Mr. Hargrave will readily kill your PC but he tries to be a nice guy about it.