This is often not so with HackMaster; in fact, complete gaming newbs sometimes command a distinct learning-curve advantage over their seasoned RPG. HackMaster Basic is an introduction to the HackMaster roleplaying game. price point (FREE) for a complete RPG with detailed Player and GameMaster. I’ve been playing the latest edition of HackMaster (“5th Edition”, “Advanced HackMaster”, whatever you want to call it) off and on for about a.

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Fortunately tens of thousands of gamers were able to look hackmaste the veneer and recognize that there was a truly fun and unique game underneath and quickly embraced HackMaster as their game of choice.

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Nevermind the stats, I’ve actually browsed through it as reading material before bed. A quick look at the downloadable character sheet makes the point better than I ever could.

I really do like the basic underlying system here. I found the book to be a rather enjoyable read.

The second point is pretty much why the first. Because of their brevity, characters generated according to the quick start rules lack many elements of the full character generation system, such as racial ability hackmwster and the like. Want to Learn More? I like the idea of Hackmaster, but from my standpoint it feels like rrpg relic from a time when PnP game design was far less thought out, and because of that, there are a ton of modern games that do what it tries to do far better.

How can you honestly Review a Game that you haven’t Played? The guys were ready to go to print but at the last minute realized they really wanted to squeeze in 4 more pages of rules. If I take Hackmqster as an example, it’s perfectly common hackmater see a player roll a half-orc wizard I’ve rolled two myself, actually. Although I can understand the concern with complexity of so jackmaster seemingly advanced rules being in the “basic” game, I do feel they are core to the system and needed. As far as the elegance of running the game goes, let me start off by saying that, for new groups that don’t have someone who’s played HackMaster before, the first few games will be very “stop-and-go”.


Finally, you can run your HackMaster campaign with as much humor or even silliness as you want.

Home Recent Additions Welcome Wiki. On Wild Lands and Wild Folk. In all honesty, character generation isn’t really all that complex or even random, in most instances. Hacklopedia of Beasts This is it, the definitive work by the esteemed sage Greytar. My problem with the dice chapter are 1 it’s a copy of the dice chapters from previous editions, 2 it’s a free download 3 they claim game is now no longer a parody 4 there are important things missing from HMB that could have gone in those pages.

Is it the combat system?

If you can stomach past the writing style, I’d definitely suggest giving the game a whirl or, barring wanting to tackle the learning curve for a game you ultimately aren’t sure you’d enjoy, try giving their HackMaster Basic a go, just to try out the combat system if nothing else. To put my point in a very clear way, whatever your opinion, my comments are about your “Review Process” not the final product Race options are the classic four: I think people are going a little over the top on the complexity angle here.

What is HackMaster Basic?

hackmqster Given Kenzer’s intentions for the game, it is complete. For example, magic is not only a system of intertwined rules to be used, but is also explained and made to be logical in the context of the game’s universe. To me, a proper role-playing game has rules that are grounded in the logic of that game’s subjective setting.


Most new RPGs have a fairly hefty price tag. They just can’t get past the humour. As you say, not everyone likes the same thing, and that’s okay, but it’s a distinction that too many reviews lack. Hamlet February 19, at 7: Newer Post Jackmaster Post Home. There are many stats, derived scores, and calculations involved in not only creating a character but also leveling him up.


Skill Based buy or gain skills. And this, finally, is where you lost me. Its very crunchy but there are definitely rules I would strip out to use in rlg more low complexity OSR game like Initiative and Honor.

HackMaster Basic characters have seven ability scores: I don’t have any problem with the humor in the book, but I don’t care for the way it tries to use that humor to excuse its flaws. The humour grates on me.

In the end, the best advice I can give you is that HackMaster is a game of difficult choices. This inexpensive PDF expands upon the free version with added rules, combat options, spells and advancement to 10th level. Now, I know it’s not for everyone, but it certainly has worked for us.

HackMaster – Wikipedia

Benedicto February 18, at 4: This is it, the definitive work by the esteemed sage Greytar. Combo Specials We offer hackmadter specials if you wish to pick up several books at once.

Basic makes regular — some might say too much — use of random rolls in character generation. I really enjoy Knights of the Dinner Table, but Hackmaster 4th was way too crunchy for me, plus any game that would encourage the behavior we see around the Knights’ table is kind of scary.

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