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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Eric Orchard February 20, at 7: But then I find commenting on blog posts without actually reading them is standard for a lot of Internet denizens these days. And, I’m going to be frank here, a uackmaster whose cover is an homage to the Moldvay rulebook, painted by the the very same artist as the original, does set up the expectation that it’s a pretty mechanically simple game.

I have no point of reference for the hzckmaster in those strips, because while I have met rules lawyers and exasperated GMs aplenty, no one I’ve ever played an rpg with has ever taken the game as seriously as the Knights of the Dinner Table.

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HackMaster Basic and its upcoming successor, Advanced HackMaster are free of any such licensing requirements. After all, it’s intentionally a parody.

I run a game hafkmaster west of the GTA if anyone ever wants to give it a try. This is the game for YOU. Each book features 3 new clerics and a wealth of supplemental game info. Languages Nederlands Edit links. Combo Specials We offer discounted specials if you wish to pick up several books at once. But then again, I’m finding that is a standard of online game reviewers I think there are plenty of valid criticisms of 4E, but pointing out the fact that it’s gamist is not one of them.


TJ February 18, at 4: Bought it when it came out, started to read it and zoned out. HackMaster was first mentioned in the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. 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.

There’s a learning curve, but in my opinion it’s a learning curve that’s well worth the end result. We haven’t really had an issue with the level of crunch as much of that is in character creation. So I was prepared to look at HackMaster Basic when it came out and found engaging enough.

Jeff February 19, at Humor aside though, what did you think of the rules for the character generation and combat systems? Archived from the original on August 30, No sense in standing around. And bookkeeping seems an integral part of HackMaster. This is where the notion of “gamer cultures” probably comes into play.

This inexpensive PDF expands upon the free version with added rules, combat options, spells and advancement to 10th level. I’m trying to get past that, to understand what makes this game interestingly different!

I’ve flipped through it and bought a couple of the books, but the humour is pretty annoying and keeps any of my group from wanting to play.

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Indeed, HackMaster Basic feels very much like a product of that era and I suspect one’s opinion of it will depend greatly on how much one liked late 1e. Hafkmaster selection of or randomly rolling for Quirks and Flaws, you can earn additional Building Points with which to build your character. Marc February 19, at 8: Just a point of order aside: I was lucky enough to get both the Hacklopedia and the PHB for Christmas, and while I haven’t read completely through them yet, the humor seems way reduced from what I remember of 4th edition.


Thieves should be on point but ready to let the fighters take the lead in combat. Visit the Official HackMaster website! Accept the randomness and start with more points, reject the randomness by sacrificing points – these are functionally identical concepts, so I hackmasteg my question stands.

Help me to understand what you see in it. In general I think that, where you’re singing this game’s praises, your points often apply to lots of other systems. I honestly loved the ruleset from what I’ve read.


One thing I’d like to point out as well is that we’ve really found that it plays different and better than it reads, and I like how it reads. Bragging rights must be earned the old fashioned way by clever play and risking death.

Please select a support frequency. Displaying 1 to 12 of 19 products. That attitude really irks me. You don’t like random chargen, derived statistics, complex combat systems, and fantasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Descent Into the NetherDeep G Hamlet February 19, at 7: The game creates a minimum baseline for character generation, hackmaxter those who accept hckmaster randomness normally get to start above that baseline. I may be in the minority, but as a Class of 81 Basic graduate I found the cover off putting.