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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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. HackMaster really is a game where you need to know the answer to the question, “Who’s Watching Your Back?

I hope that answers your questions. New Hit Dice are gained every other level, with “dead” levels granting a re-roll of current hit points in order to improve the score. Gone are the days of waiting around for your ‘turn,’ of hxckmaster static opponents or of being anything but totally in charge of your own destiny.

I mention prg not to damn HackMaster Basicwhich, as you’ll see, I think is a very well designed RPG, but to point out that it’s “basic” only in the sense that it’s less complex than the forthcoming Advanced HackMaster. James Maliszewski February 19, at On Wild Lands and Wild Folk.

HackMaster Basic – Designers’ Foreword

They are specific deities of the Kingdoms of Kalamar campaign setting. I’d love to start a small campaign with a few buddies hackmasteer of these days. While I still disagree with you here there’s a very fundamental difference between “giving something” and “taking something away”I think it’d be better if I point out what purpose the randomness serves.

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

This really changes the dynamics of the fight as you can’t count on being up at full fighting strength until you run out of HP. I have to say what irked me the most was the chapter devoted to the proper use of dice. Is it really elegant to run?



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

And reading the rules definitely makes it come across as overly complicated, but it truly does become so much more intuitive once you’ve played a few games. Kenzer clearly was not trying to be deceptive, but I do think they contributed to some confusion by having Erol Otus ape himself for the cover art.

Introduction to Fpg At this point, a fair warning is probably in order. 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. However, randomness can be mitigated through the use of “Building Points” or BPsusually used to purchase skills and other secondary abilities.

Exploding Dice Die may ‘explode’ into a second roll. Do not submit video game content unless the game is based on a tabletop RPG property and is newsworthy. I wouldn’t recommend trusting a “Review” of HackMaster by anyone that has never played it.

HackMaster Basic has been developed to support both styles of play. And, I’m going to be hcakmaster here, a game whose cover rog 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. That attitude really irks me. Greylond February 21, at 5: One man’s caviar is another man’s cat food, after all.

Other than its title and its cover illustration, that’s not the case. There’s a learning curve, but in my opinion it’s a learning curve that’s well worth the end hackmastr. Obviously attraction is subjective, so I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, I love that the game sets boundaries and asks me to adhere to them, rather than allowing me to steamroll the rules in order to make my own perfect character.

Unless I missed something, XP is gained solely through defeating opponents. The books are expensive, yes, but IMO they’re totally worth the price. But the system itself has been completely overhauled and is truly a unique experience. It’s also worth noting that HackMaster is clearly not a game for everyone, and the introduction in the Player’s Handbook clearly states that.


Not to my taste, certainly, but I can’t rightly fault the game for being what it is, though, as rrpg say, the page count could have more profitably been used for other topics. 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.

What is HackMaster Basic?

What’s the benefit of this? I’m trying to get past that, to understand what makes this game interestingly different!

If I had as much time to spend playing hakmaster running campaigns as I’d like, it’s probably all I’d end up doing.

But then again, I’m finding that is a standard of online game reviewers It certainly has the same old-school aesthetic as other games of that era, but there’s a lot of games popping up right now that strive to emulate that style. I had read a couple of less detailed reviews, including by someone I respected still do!

We’ll see what happens. A rpy look at the downloadable character sheet makes the point better than I ever could. hackmastre

I must be the only one who loves that initiative system. Just a point of order aside: Spells can still be memorized and doing so halves their cost in SPs.

There’s frankly too much expectation that I or anyone else like the same things as everybody else. Garweeze Wurld is about eight thousand miles across, circling much of the northern hemisphere of its planet. If your character wants to take an action or change his mind in the middle of an action, by all means, do it!