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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Again, I’m of multiple minds about this, but, ultimately, I find it mildly baffling that game like HackMasterwhich claims to be “hard hitting old-school gaming,” should care much about the supposed fragility of low-level characters. The game includes an official player’s handbook, an alternate campaign setting changed from Garweeze Wurld to Kingdoms of Kalamar, a comprehensive, one-volume bestiary called the Hacklopedia of Beasts, and a GM’s guide. The text reads well, lacking the grating “gamer macho” tone of HackMaster 4th Edition, but still possessing a unique — and occasionally still grating — voice of its own.

HackMaster Basic is an introduction to the HackMaster roleplaying game. That’s fair enough, but, as I say, I don’t think anyone can be faulted for assuming, based on its title and the cover illustration, that it’s more in the vein of Moldvay or Mentzer than it actually is or was ever intended to be.

We have a passion for fantasy role-playing at Kenzer and Company. Having played the previous version of Hackmaster I found that: In the end, everyone has their own styles and play preferences and I know this isn’t for everyone, but it’s been great for our group.

Not being part of that audience, a lot of goes over our heads or is misconstrued as something it’s not.

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I loved 4th Ed, but the new version I like a lot better. Quest for the Unknown B2: Hacimaster your character wants to take an action or change his mind in the middle of an action, by all means, do it! The books are expensive, yes, but IMO they’re rlg worth the price. Does the combat system result in really interesting, intricate encounters? We offer discounted specials if you wish to pick up several books at once.


hackmaste James Maliszewski February 18, at 5: The second point is pretty much why the first. Its very much written with an old school mentality but with some newer rule mechanics for example all the stats have real value, even to a tank fighter and Ive always been a huge fan of the honor rules Kenzer has developed.


Gone are the days of waiting around for your ‘turn,’ of battling static opponents or of being anything but totally in charge of your own destiny. The game is needlessly complex and arcane for anything calling itself “basic” and I think that’s a pity, because I can see how one could really enjoy a game like this.

Garweeze Wurld is about eight thousand miles across, circling much of the northern hemisphere of its planet. As a result of some legal goofiness, its creators were able to mine 1e and 2e rules for the basis of a real version of the game but the terms of their agreement with WotC required that the resulting game called HackMaster 4th Edition be over the top and silly, even though it could be played straight not that I ever knew anyone who did.

Jason February 18, at 6: Not that I normally use it, but, still, it’s a terrific mechanic. Submit a new text post. I appreciate the lack of homogenization here, with the fighter being the simple hit-stuff-until-it-dies class suitable for newbies, while mages require more cleverness and skill to play effectively. If I take Pathfinder as an example, it’s perfectly common to see a player roll a half-orc wizard I’ve rolled two myself, actually.

hafkmaster HackMaster Basic is not for me either, but it has many good bits and pieces, and even – dare I say it? Dead Gawd’s Hand S6: How can anyone honestly review a game without playing it? The more you play HackMaster, the more you will come to realize that it behaves differently than other games.

But so far my only experience of it is that it seems to be actively trying to work against me when I’m building my character. Basic makes regular — some might say hqckmaster much — use of random rolls in character generation. Resources Find the right game for you!


Kenzer wants us to understand “basic” as meaning “the basics” of the HM rules; it’s an introduction to the forthcoming Advanced HackMasternot an introduction to roleplaying games generally, which is what many others expected when they see the word “basic” on the cover.


HackMaster Basic characters have seven ability scores: If I had as much time to spend playing or running campaigns as I’d like, it’s probably all I’d end up doing. Gackmaster first rulebook for the new edition, HackMaster Basicwas sent out to preorderers on June 19, This is often not so with HackMaster; in fact, complete gaming newbs sometimes command a distinct learning-curve advantage over their seasoned RPG counterparts.

Greylond February 21, at 6: This inexpensive PDF expands upon the free version with added rules, combat options, spells and advancement to 10th level. In other words, the dice chapter was never going to be anything else, and if it wasn’t included there would have actually been less content. If there is something old-school, I haven’t found it. What you hold in your hands is the skeleton key that hackmasher the chains rpt have confined you to the humdrum world of the mundane for your entire life.

Hmmm, you bring up some fair points!

I honestly loved the ruleset from what I’ve read. Lots of people will — and have, if my comments are at all representative — defend the dice chapter as an important part of the game, denying that it’s a joke at all but rather a celebration of their quirky, irreverent style of play.

It only asks you to think outside the box when it comes to character creation, and helps to create characters that are far deeper and more three-dimensional than most other characters I’ve seen. HackMaster Basic takes the passion, know-how and attitude more on that attitude in a moment from the last edition along with years of experience garnered along the way and takes the game to the next level.