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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Instead of cutting some of the actual content, they took the dice chapter from HM4 and added a little to it the day the print run was to hqckmaster.


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.

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I ask, because the tpg combat system, consisting of opposed rolls between an attacker and a defender, is simple and reasonably intuitive though the same cannot be said for its initiative hckmaster, which reminded me unhappily of Championsthough that’s probably unfair. The humour grates on me. 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.

It sounds like you and your group prefer simulationist games to gamist games, so I can see why 4E wouldn’t appeal to you. You really have to play it a couple of times, and learn how smooth it flows, before you realize it. If I could hackmazter our current DM to run it, I’d play it in a heartbeat.


Looking through the Hackmaster Hackmasetr link that was posted, it doesn’t seem like it has cleaned itself up to not still be a giant pain in the ass to run.

HackMaster Basic Plus This inexpensive PDF expands upon the free version with added rules, combat options, spells and advancement to 10th level.

Learn More Buy It Now! The first rulebook for the new edition, HackMaster Basicwas sent out to preorderers on June 19, The monster section is solid and includes a good stable of creatures to use, while the treasure section is a bit spottier, which I suppose is to be expected given HackMaster Basic ‘s focus on levels TJ February 18, at 4: Resources Find the right game for you!

Leaves more room to imagine. Likewise, while each race can take any class, choosing a class “against type” — a halfling mage, say — costs more BPs than choosing a class more in keeping with the race’s archetype.

At this point, a fair warning is probably in order. As portrayed there, HM was a rules-heavy, complex old school game whose players liked to out-maneuver one another — and their embittered GM — with a combination of rules lawyering and geek machismo.

GROGNARDIA: REVIEW: Hackmaster Basic

The magic system has been overhauled to use spell points rather than a fixed number of spells. In a world where there is no shortage of mediocre games, you’ve hackmster to find one of the true gems. Not to my taste, certainly, but Hackmaste can’t rightly fault the game for being what it is, though, as you say, the page count could have more profitably been used for other topics.

HackMaster really is a game where you need to know the answer to the question, “Who’s Watching Your Back? Well, HackMaster readdresses many core fundamentals long time roleplayers have come to accept as gospel.


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I, too, was pretty underwhelmed by HMB’s schizophrenic tone. You don’t like random chargen, derived statistics, complex combat systems, and fantasy that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

JB- I hope I don’t come off as a jerk here, but I don’t think they are marketing their game as a “hand-holding-welcome-to-roleplaying-games” game. It was a satire of a certain of gaming group everyone ran across in the old days. Click the link above to automagically teleport to a page with our bundled offerings.

I hear ya, man. There are many stats, derived scores, and calculations involved in not only creating a character but also leveling him up. The Prophecy of Shardar D Mages should be gackmaster out of melee at r;g costs. Still, in the midst of an old school renaissance that’s made “rules light” or whatever other phrase we’re using these days to describe do-it-yourself gaming a singular virtue, HackMaster defiantly hoists the flag for the days when calculating the bone density of giants and arguing over terminal velocity in order to get your falling damage article published in Dragon was the cool thing to do.

Hmmm, you bring up some fair points!

Bought this — I mean, look at that cover — and while there are some bits here and there that I found cool, I can’t see myself running a HM game without heavy modification of the standard rules.