The history of Bargle the Infamous
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Bargle! A name that draws recognition from a generation of gamers brought up on the 1983 D&D red box. His focal status in such a widespread product made him an iconic character who then cropped up in several later products.

This GeekList is part of a series: The history of selected RPG adventures.
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1. RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:137]
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We all take our risks, here in the dungeon.
This 1983 boxed set was reportedly the best-selling RPG product ever, gracing book shops and toy shops all over the world and achieving a market saturation never seen since. As such, aspects of its content have become iconic amongst older role-players who grew up with this as their bible.

In order to introduce the concepts of RPGs and the structure of an adventure, the Players Manual throws its readers straight in by giving the bare minimum of characteristics and immediately presenting solo adventure content. It was an excellent approach! And in the adventure, you meet the cleric Aleena... and the magic-user Bargle. Aleena is friendly and beautiful, knowledgeable and helpful, and the great tragedy of the adventure (and the genius of its emotional impact) is that Bargle kills Aleena no matter what options you choose.

[url=http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=269072#p269072 wrote:
Frank Mentzer[/url]"]It's not that it was that memorable or epic an adventure... but it was the first heartbreaking brush with death for many a fledgling D&D player, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to tell the tale.
Then in the Dungeon Masters Rulebook, Bargle continues as the Big Bad Evil Guy of the adventures contained there as well, where the players attempt to defeat him in the castle Mistamere. He is not statted out completely (the book deliberately makes the fledgling DM fill in parts of the map himself, as a learning experience). Instead he is described simply as "Chaotic magic-user Level 5-7".

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This was also before Mystara was codified. From the introduction to the DM's adventure: "Many years ago, this part of the Realm of Man was ruled by a magic-user named Gygar, a man of great and mysterious powers. He ruled the lands from his might castle Mistamere, located at the foot of the mountains to the north."

The characters of Aleena and Bargle were created by Frank Mentzer just for this product. There's no evidence to back me up, but I've got a sneaking suspicion that their names were derived from essentially NPC A and NPC B.
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2. RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Set 2: Expert Rules [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:132]
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Also released in 1983, this second boxed set in the BECMI series expanded the scope of the game from basic's levels 1 to 3, up to a new level cap of 14. Further, the scope of the game was also expanded from simple dungeon crawls up to wilderness adventuring. As part of that scope, this set also included background information on the Mystara setting, concentrating on Karameikos and its northern logging town, Threshold.

Within that description are some references to the nefarious magic-user:
page 38 wrote:
Baron von Hendriks suspects Threshold of housing such a mint, and is gathering more information through his network of spies and agents (such as Bargle the Infamous). Bargle has taken control of the ruins north of town as a temporary base.
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The Black Woods: To the west of town, about five miles away, lies a dark and reportedly dangerous magical forest. In the center of it awaits Bargle's military force, over 100 fighters and their mounts, magically asleep and massmorphed into the form of the woods. If seriously disturbed, they may all wake and attack; otherwise, they await Bargle's command, and can wait for years if necessary.

Many different adventures are possible; a passing spell caster might dispel part of the woods, gaining a few confused but loyal troops, or the enchantment might wear off, suddenly revealing a hostile army at the edge of the unprepared town!
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3. RPG Item: X10: Red Arrow, Black Shield [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2851]
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There were several series of adventure modules written for basic D&D that were linked to each of the boxed sets, tailoring their content to the appropriate level and style of story. The X series for the Expert Rules included this particular title (from 1985) whose excellent content, support for the Battlesystem rules, and limited availability makes it one of the most expensive basic D&D supplements on the secondary market.

The tale revolves around international diplomacy in the face of a terrible invasion, with players aiming to forge an alliance with other countries before a huge war breaks out. Karameikos is of course one of the nations involved, and here we find full statistics for Bargle for the first time, as the sidekick of the evil Baron Ludwig von Hendriks of the Black Eagle Barony, now listed as a 15th-level magic-user.

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In addition, the Baron is accompanied by his personal Court Sorcerer, Bargle the Infamous (familiar to all who completed the first adventure in the D&D Basic Set).

Bargle the Infamous: AC 0; M 15; hp 30; MV 120' (40'); #AT1 dagger +2, +3 vs. spell-casters; D 1-4 +2 or +3; Save M15; ML 12; AL C; S 9; I 18; W 9; D 17; Co 12; Ch 15; XP 3,200

Spells:
Level 1: charm person, magic missile (x2), shield, sleep
Level 2: detect invisible, invisibility, levitate, phantasmal force
Level 3: dispel magic, fire ball (x2), protection from normal missiles
Level 4: hallucinatory terrain, ice storm/wall, massmorph, wall of fire
Level 5: cloudkill, conjure elemental, wall of stone
Level 6: anti-magic shell, disintegrate
Level 7: power word stun

Magic Items:
Bracers of defense AC 2, dagger +2 (+3 vs. spell-casters), scroll of protection from magic, ring of regeneration, drums of panic
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4. RPG Item: GAZ1: The Grand Duchy of Karameikos [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:178]
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The Gazetteer series presented the Mystara setting in a superb way, with each book giving detailing an individual country in a wide variety of ways. The first book, published in 1987 for Karameikos, slipped in a couple of recognisable characters: of course this includes Bargle the Infamous, Court Wizard of the Black Eagle Barony (previously established to be active here), but also the cleric Aleena Halaran of the Church of Karameikos and the Order of the Griffon.

Here we have a full description of the villain: his background, personality, appearance, and his statistics (although not to the level of specifying exactly which spells he has memorised), still as a 15-level magic-user.

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Every campaign needs a thoroughly evil magic-user villain, and Bargle fits the bill. In the characters' Basic adventures, they'll occasionally run into men hired or charmed by Bargle to do his dirty work; though the characters may disrupt some of his plans and learn his name, they won't meet him. In the characters' Expert adventures, they'll occasionally disrupt his plans closer and closer to their source; eventually, if they're lucky and persistent, they'll meet the villain himself and be able to duel him to the death.
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5. RPG Item: GAZ4: The Kingdom of Ierendi [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1714]
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Also published in 1987, this gazetteer of the island nation of Ierendi includes an in-character pull-out brochure on the back of which are a collection of advertisements. One of them reads:

page 34 wrote:
Bargle the Wizard,
Private Investigator

Discreet Enquiries Made
Missing Property Located
Client Confidentiality Assured
157 Clawblade Street, Ierendi
The corresponding write-up in the rulebook reveals that this is a nephew of Bargle the Infamous (although he'll claim he's no relation). He's a 7th-level magic-user (compared to his 15th-level uncle) and just as crooked. Some plot hooks on how to use him are also included.
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6. RPG Item: AC11: The Book of Wondrous Inventions [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:7140]
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A further 1987 publication was this collection of eccentric magic items that were developed by a range of individuals. Bruce Heard compiled them together and indeed wrote some of the entries, including Dorfin's Little Shop of Horrors from which this snippet comes:

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Bargle's Infamous Firepack: This invention is named after a nefarious Karameikan wizard from whom the gnomish inventor stole dozens of wands of fireball. The invention consists of a thick leather backpack solidly fastened with two wands of fireball facing 45 degrees down and backward. The wand tips are stuck in hollow metal tubes. Upon uttering the command word, the wands shoot fireballs into the narrow tubes, which channels the flames out with great force. In effect, this causes the user to suddenly leap forward, away from a pursuing foe.
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7. RPG Item: GAZ8: The Five Shires [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1175]
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Further books in the Gazetteer series continued to be published in 1988, including The Five Shires which covered the lands of the hin. Placed to the west of Karameikos, this peaceful nation had bad run-ins with the forces of the Black Eagle Barony.

Amongst the adventure hooks described in the Dungeon Masters Booklet:
"Wereskalot Watch" (page 56) involves thievery enacted by magic-users who are apprentices to Bargle.
"The Black Eagle Swoops" (page 64) escalates to open warfare, with Bargle and his apprentices acting as shock support to the Baron's troops. (Bargle is noted as being 15th-level here.)
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Issue: Dungeon (Issue 13 - Sep/Oct 1988)
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In this 1988 issue of Dungeon, the adventure Of Nests and Nations by Randy Maxwell involves arson in the docks of Specularum (the capital of Karameikos). While Bargle is not involved, he is at least mentioned as a suspect:

Page 50 wrote:
Lord Korrigan also passes on two important pieces of information. The first and foremost is about the Black Eagle Barony. Suspicion automatically fell on Baron von Hendriks and his wizard, Bargle the Infamous, when the murders and fires first began. It is now known that Bargle has been in the Minrothad Guilds on the baron's business for the past several weeks. The baron has just recovered from a prolonged illness (some say he was poisoned) and is busy purging his own ranks. It seems unlikely, without Bargle close at hand and with internal strife in his own barony, that von Hendriks would attempt, or could attempt, a stratagem of arson and murder against the city.
Note that this reference support the mention in GAZ8: The Five Shires that, "several of the Sheriffs suspect certain Minrothad merchants who travel often in the Shires of spying for the Black Eagle Barony and Thyatis."
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9. RPG Item: GAZ11: The Republic of Darokin [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:499]
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In 1989, the Gazetteer series still continued (although publications slowed to only two in that year). This book was for the Republic of Darokin, a large nation with a strong focus on merchants and trading.

Amongst the adventure hooks in its Dungeon Master's Guide, there was:
"The Eagle's Talons" (page 57) in which one of Bargle's apprentices seeks to flee his master and so turns to the PCs for aid. A showdown with Bargle is possible here.
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Issue: Dragon (Issue 178 - Feb 1992)
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The 1991 adventure DDA3: Eye of Traldar involves the player characters struggling against the Black Eagle Barony, and the module makes mention of Sverdlov who is described as the Baron's "new Court Wizard". So where is Bargle? The answer is found in a readers' letters section of issue 178 of Dragon:

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[/media]"]What happened to Bargle the Infamous in DDA3 The Eye of Traldar?

Author Carl Sargent suggested we send him off on vacation for a while, and use his cousin Sverdloff in his place in the meantime. The Eye of Traldar was designed to help entry-level gamers get started with the basics of adventuring in the D&D game. There would come a point when the PCs might have run into Bargle, and either he would overpower them or the PCs would fry his worthless hide. Either way, that was a problem. So Bargle has gone to Hule to have a serious little talk with The Master. He'll be back soon. You can count on it.
This wasn't actually necessary as Sverdlov himself doesn't appear in the module, only his apprentice Aurelian.
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Issue: Excalibur (Volume 2, Issue 1 - Feb 1992)
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Excalibur, a 1990s periodical, was the second-longest running gaming magazine in Italy (after Kaos).

This early issue contained a D&D adventure called Al servizio dell'Infame! (In service to the Infamous!) in which the players work for Bargle the Infamous in his attempt to retrieve a powerful magic item.

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Therapnes[/geekurl]"]Bargle is used there pretty much as a generic villain, although the introduction mentions that the magic item he wants the PCs to retrieve belonged to his teacher Caithnard (not a character who is discussed in the Karameikos gazetteer or elsewhere - the text in the magazine only says he was a level 21 mage). As written, in the adventure Bargle appears only at the beginning and possibly at the end, when the PCs have to decide whether to return to him with the item. The adventure itself is a rather standard exploration of a dungeon of 5 small levels; on level 3 magic doesn't work, which is why Bargle needs to "hire" the PCs.
There was another adventure called La torre sulla rupe scarlatta (The Tower on the Scarlet Cliff) in the previous issue that also featured Bargle as the villain, but this issue is not in the database yet.

It's notable that these were Bargle's first actual magazine appearances, long before he graced the pages of Dungeon and Dragon properly.
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12. RPG Item: AC1010: Poor Wizard's Almanac & Book of Facts [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1282]
RPG Item: AC1010: Poor Wizard's Almanac & Book of Facts
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1992's superb boxed set Wrath of the Immortals included a campaign structure with multiple adventures (The Immortals' Fury) that presented Mystara as a world of complex politics in the relationships between nations develop over time and the world as a whole changes. It included several years of major events that advanced the metaplot as a whole.

This was followed up, in the same year, by the first of the Poor Wizard's Almanacs. These books each presented an overview of all nations in the world, details of their armies, key personalities from around the world, and an entire year's worth of detailed plot in chronological order. A fantastic piece of work!

This first book, for the year AC 1010 (hence the product code), had the following entry for Bargle as a 28th level magic-user:

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Bargle the Infamous. Magist of the Black Eagle Barony. Born AC 962; apparent age 40. Loves the good life, and loves making life bad for others. Hair: Light brown; long mustach and beard. Eyes: Black. Height: 6'1". Appears about 30; lean; handsome and charming when it suits him; dresses in colorful robes which are chosen deliberately to clash with or upstage von Hendriks' clothes. Combat Notes: M28; AC 0 (bracers of defense AC 2 and Dexterity bonus); hp 43; MV 120' (40'); #AT 1 dagger or spell; Dmg 1d4+2 or by spell; Save M28; ML8; AL C. S9 I18 W9 D17 Co10 Ch15. Weapon Mastery: Grand Mastery of the Dagger (in the back). Magical Items: bracers of defense AC 2, dagger +2 (+3 vs. spell-casters), staff of wizardry, horn of blasting.
Towards the end of the year, hin from the Five Shires expose Baron Ludwig von Hendriks' villainy to his cousin Stefan Karameikos, who in turn removes von Hendriks' title and protection. The hin formally declare war on Kaldmont 17. ("PCs can be part of any assault on the wretched Black Eagle Barony, or they may want to try to capture Ludwig or Bargle before the halfling army strikes.") Then the kicker comes:

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With halfing forces moving against Fort Doom, Bargle the Infamous tells Ludwig von Hendriks that the baron need only march against the halflings, as Bargle's magic will scatter them to the winds. Ludwig von Hendriks does ride out against the oncoming army. While von Hendriks waits for Bargle's magic to grant him victory, the wizard loots the baronial treasury and then uses a teleport spell to go far, far away.
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13. RPG Item: AC1011: Poor Wizard's Almanac II & Book of Facts [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:1088]
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In 1993, the second Almanac (for AC 1011) was published with a slightly updated (and corrected) entry in the "Who's Who in the World" section:

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Bargle the Infamous. Ex-Magist of the Black Eagle Barony in Karameikos (his current whereabouts are unknown). Bargle loves the good life, and he loves making life bad for others. In AC 1010 he deserted his master, Baron Ludwig von Hendriks - first looting the baronial treasury and then teleporting far, far away. Born: AC 962; apparent age 30. Hair: Light brown; long mustach and beard. Eyes: Black. Height: 6'1". Lean; handsome and charming when it suits him; dresses in colorful robes chosen deliberately to clash with or upstage other peoples' outfits. Combat Notes: M28; AC 0 (bracers of defense AC 2 and Dexterity bonus); hp 43; MV 120' (40'); #AT 1 dagger or spell; Dmg 4d4+2 or by spell; Save M28; ML8; AL C. S9 I18 W9 D17 Co10 Ch15. Weapon Mastery: Grand Mastery of the Dagger (especially backstabbing). Magical Items: bracers of defense AC 2, dagger +2 (+3 vs. spell-casters), staff of wizardry, horn of blasting.
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14. RPG Item: Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1555]
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1994 saw basic D&D decommissioned and the Mystara setting was subsumed into the wider AD&D 2nd edition portfolio. As such, new products were created with updated rules, including this 1994 boxed set that covered Karameikos.

It includes full details for both Ludwig von Hendriks and Bargle this Infamous. There isn't a strong suggestion that Bargle has necessarily stayed in Karameikos, but his influence on the country makes him an important personality to discuss (after all there are many locals that are keen to see him pay for his past crimes). And so his full history, description, and game statistics are given here (even down to which spells he has memorised).

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What He Says: "You only think I'm mad! Bwah-hah-hah!"
What Others Say: "So twisted, he needs a corkscrew to put on his robes in the morning" (Terari, master of the Karameikan School of Magecraft).
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Issue: Dragon (Issue 206 - Jun 1994)
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The article Karameikos, Ho! in this issue gave an overview of Karameikos, updated following meta-plot events from various earlier publications, to act as a taster to sell the new product Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure.

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Lastly, Von Hendriks took into his service an extremely mad and extremely evil Karameikan wizard, one Bargle the Infamous, who used the Ludwig's captives for his own bizarre experiments.
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During the Halfling's War, the hin ignored the barricaded gatehouse and instead used a magical device (believed to be a horn of blasting) against the eastern wall, reducing it to rubble. The main keep was looted but left fairly intact, but the barracks, Bargle's Tower, and gaol were razed to the ground (the last after all the hostages and terrorists were freed).
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Bargles' Bughears: One of the most organized nonhuman units remaining after the fall of the Black Eagle, these bugbears often recruit or impress other small tribes into service. They venerate Bargle's memory, and claim the wizard will return to lead them back to greatness. (The evil mage's current location is unknown.)
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16. RPG Item: AC1012: Poor Wizard's Almanac III & Book of Facts [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3247]
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1994's almanac of course included AD&D 2nd edition stats for Bargle, still as a 17th-level mage:

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Bargle the Infamous. Ex-Magist of the Black Eagle Barony in Karameikos (his current whereabouts are unknown). Bargle loves the good life, and he loves making life bad for others. In AC 1010 he deserted his master, Baron Ludwig von Hendriks - first looting the baronial treasury and then teleporting far, far, away. Born: AC 962 (apparent age 30). Hair: Light brown; long mustache and beard. Eyes: Black. Height: 6'1". Lean; handsome and charming when it suits him; dresses in colorful robes chosen deliberately to clash with or upstage other peoples' outfits. Combat Notes: AL CE; AC -1 (bracers of defense AC 2 and Dexterity bonus); MV 12; M17; hp 37; THAC0 15; #AT 1 dagger or spell; Dmg 1d4+2 or by spell; Save M17; S9 D17 C10 I18 W9 Ch15; ML 10. Magical Items: bracers of defense AC 2, dagger +2 (+3 vs. spellcasters), staff of the magi, horn of blasting.
And Bargle returns as an advisor to another tyrannical ruler, this time King Xanthus of Blackrock:

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Using information and contacts established by his spy network, Commander Broderick arranges a meeting with one of King Xanthus's top aides - a mage named Bargle. (Broderick has the feeling he's heard of this mage before, but can't quite place him.)
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Using Bargle as messenger, King Xanthus invites Commander Broderick to discuss an alliance in the comfort of his secret base. Broderick allows Bargle to teleport him there.
Ambyrmont 5: Rebel Base Attacked wrote:
While his companions stave off the attacks of Xanthus's guards (including the mage Bargle), Haldemar attacks the king with a feeblemind spell. Xanthus shakes off the attack and begins to cast a spell of his own.

At that moment, Berylith utters a great roar of defiance and begins bucking and pitching in the air. His face registering sudden fear, Xanthus teleports away. The mage Bargle follows suit, abandoning Xanthus's other guards...
Ambyrmont 8: Captain Tayg Takes Skyfyr wrote:
By nightfall, the Seashield forces take possession of the palace, free the rebels still imprisoned within, and imprison Xanthus's troops in their stead.

A search of the palace reveals no sign of King Xanthus - or of his pet mage, Bargle.
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17. RPG Item: Joshuan's Almanac & Book of Facts [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5821]
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In 1995, the AC 1013 almanac followed a very different style. Whether this was unpopular with fans, or there was a general decline in interest in Mystara following the decommissioning of basic D&D, this was the final book in the series. Here is what it had to say on the notorious wizard:

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Bargle the Infamous - Former Court Wizard of the Black Eagle Barony. Wanted for uncountable heinous crimes against humans, hin, and others. Whereabouts unknown. 500,000 Gold Royals alive, half if dead, Karameikos.
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Former Magist of the Black Eagle Barony in Karameikos. Bargle is called "the Infamous" for the horrid deeds attributed to him. A lean, handsome man, Bargle can be charming which it suits him. He loves the good life and loves making life bad for others. People whisper of dark magics and of secret, dangerous experiments he performed on humans and hin provided by von Hendriks. Bargle is known to possess a staff of the magi, which enhances his powers for evil.

In 1010 he deserted his master, looting the baronial treasury and teleporting far away. There were reports that Bargle was involved in suppressing the uprising of Jennite slaves in Esterhold in 1012, but little is known of his actions or whereabouts throughout 1013. There have been rumors that he may have returned to his old haunts in the Black Eagle Barony (now the Barony of Halag). If this is so, Bargle the Infamous is closer to home that this editor cares to believe.

Notes: AL CE; AC -1 (bracers of defense AC2 and Dexterity bonus); MV 12; human M17; hp 37; THAC0 15; #AT 1; Dmg 1d4+2 (dagger +2, +3 vs. spellcasters) or by spell; S9 D17 C10 I18 W9 Ch15; ML 10.
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Issue: Dragon (Issue 216 - Apr 1995)
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This is the April issue for 1995 and, as was tradition for Dragon, many of the articles contained silly content. The Bazaar of the Bizarre article by Steve Miller is no exception, presenting "Limited collectors' editions of the works of Bargle the Infamous".

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Through special arrangement with Bargle the Infamous, renowned self-made archwizard, the BeB Magic Company presents the gift for the adventurer who has everything: Limited edition sets of the most popular magical rings and books to spring from his singular genius.
Of course they have a range of drawbacks and hidden "features"

Of historical note, the contents page says, "We liked this article so much, we made TSR’'s Games Dep’'t., hire Steven."
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19. RPG Publisher: Vaults of Pandius
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The Vaults of Pandius were created in 1996 as the official campaign website by Mystara enthusiasts in order to keep the setting alive by publishing fan-created content. It has been going strong ever since, with various new additions to the body of work as time has gone on, including conversions to each new edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Due to Bargle's major influence on players of the game, there is plenty of content there that references the infamous wizard. Here's a search of the site that returns a goodly number of hits:

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=site%3Apandius.com+Bargle

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20. RPG Designer: Gregor Hutton
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One of the highlights of GenCon 2005 were a group from Scotland that came clad in kilts and custom T-shirts with a very striking design (as pictured to the right).

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Frank Mentzer[/url]"]During this past GenCon Indy, a trio of tall, strong lads from Edinburgh Scotland waited patiently (in their kilts) at the back of the auction hall. Word was passed that they would wait as long as it took to get a few minutes of my time.

I managed to pass off the stage duties and attend their needs. They were all wearing yellow T-shirts featuring Elmore's fetching cleric from my Basic Set, along with a bold motto: "Bargle Must Die!" It was subtitled "You and I have unfinished business..."

I'm proud to have contributed to their epic first visit to GenCon by signing (as did Larry E) their T-shirts, complimenting their staunch fandom, and spending as much time as I could socializing with them.
The T-shirt design was created by Gregor Hutton (known for designing a number of excellent indie RPGs) following inspiration from a thread on RPGnet.

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morgue[/url]"]There were only ever six or seven of the shirts made - I have one with me in New Zealand, the Scottish contingent have a few, Mike Mearls has one, and Gar Hanrahan in Ireland paid a ridiculous sum of money at a charity auction to assume ownership of the last of them.
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Long after Mystara had lost its official support, this 2007 issue of Dungeon included a two page article (Campaign Workbook: Critical Threat) that showcased Bargle the Infamous.

His background was nicely expanded in a more dramatized fashion and reference was made to all of his various appearances in earlier publications. The article was rounded off with complete statistics for Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition) that presented him as a 15th-level wizard.
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Issue: Dungeon (Issue 150 - Sep 2007)
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Issue 150 (from 2007) was the final print edition of Dungeon, the end of an era. As is often the case with endings, they make you think of beginnings too, and in this issue they returned to the 1983 boxed set by including the adventure Kill Bargle.

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The renegade magic-user Bargle is wanted, dead or alive. After the murder of a local town cleric named Aleena, the ruling council put a sizable bounty on his head. Most speak of the wizard in hushed tones, and rumor holds that he dwells in the bowels of a nearby abandoned keep, performing all sorts of foul sorcery. Only the truly brave, or perilously foolish, would dare to challenge Bargle in his own domain.

"Kill Bargle" is a D&D adventure designed for four 3rd-level characters. Though many of the names and themes used here trace their roots back to one of the original D&D campaign settings, the Known World of Mystara, this adventure is self-contained and can take place in any campaign setting. This adventure originally appears in the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Dungeon Masters' Rulebook.
This 17-page adventure (11 pages of text, 1.5 pages of maps) takes the original adventure way back from the Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules and expands it out to full detail (all locations mapped and described) using the Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition) rules. At this early stage of his career, and converted to a different rules set, Bargle is here a 7th-level wizard.
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23. Board Game: Kill Bargle [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Kill Bargle
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Written in 2007 and published on-line in 2008, this free two-page PDF gives a simple dice game in which you too can try to Kill Bargle!

See this link for the designer's announcement, a download link, and discussion:
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=33282

This game was later translated into Finnish and re-published in 2009 in the magazine Roolipelaaja (Issue 22 - Jul 2009).

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24. Board Game Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
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In 2008, Wizards of the Coast (who had bought TSR and thus D&D in 1997, only dropping the TSR brand in 2000) were on a nostalgia drive. Indeed in 2010 they would go on to produce the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (pictured right) which blatantly tried to recapture the feel of the 1983 boxed set.

But going back to 2008, there was an interesting article whose timing related to 2008's Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set. In this article, the 1977 and 1983 boxed sets were discussed and, of relevance to this GeekList, there was even the inclusion of a D&D 4E stat block for Bargle (now cast as a level 3 controller).

The article was removed from the website following the rebranding for Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition), but the trusty Internet Archive has saved a copy for us to still see today:
https://web.archive.org/web/20130710150259/w%77w.wizards.com...

Edit: Ant knows the secrets of Wizards' website! Here is a live link to the correct archived webpage:
http://archive.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4alum/2008...
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This 2010 boxed set was a weird fantasy take on old school D&D gaming, from Finnish designer James Edward Raggi, IV. The Tutorial Book included an adventure that was very clearly modelled on the first solo adventure in the 1983 boxed set. Aleena is replaced by Alice and Bargle by Iri-Khan in this loving homage that follows exactly the same plot. While it may not be Bargle himself, it's a reference worth mentioning.
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