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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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It’s way too complicated for a “basic” anything, and I really didn’t see the use of the complexity. Rules These rules can be viewed in greater detail here. Please understand that my comment here wasn’t a simple dismissal, but rather a legitimate critique. Players plan their actions second-by-second, with little or no down time between actions. Just like in real life! It’s probably for the best, in my case at least. That, to me, is its great glory and its great disappointment.

Fitzerman February 18, at 3: I don’t know how much more complex AH will be, but perhaps the authors wanted to get as much of AH in the basic game as they could so it wouldn’t be as large a leap. That’s not deny the validity of our criticisms of it, but I think it’s important to place HM in its proper context and understand that, like many things in life, it’s probably an acquired taste. Not to my taste, certainly, but I 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.


Do not submit posts looking for players, groups or games. I’ve been running a campaign now for a little over 6 months and our group has been really enjoying it.

HackMaster Basic and its upcoming successor, Advanced HackMaster are free of any such licensing requirements. Although the first combat or two were a little shaky, we quickly got in the groove of the initiative system and everyone has REALLY loved it as it gets them more engaged. Hxckmaster neither are gamers. The rules have to stand on their own. Spells can still be memorized and doing so halves their cost in SPs.

Eric Orchard February 20, at 7: I know people who swear to it, and they are the kind of guys who like crunch. Your review of HMB largely mirrors my own feelings on this.

I think it works really well. No Web Links Found. Where’s the HackMaster love? It wasn’t originally intended to be included, but the printer did it’s runs in bunches of 16 if I remember correctly pages, and the original count came in under that. I’m planning to buy the books at GenCon this year. We all come to the table with our own likes and dislikes as far as game style and play. Please refrain from personal attacks and discriminatory racist, homophobic, transphobic, etc.

My problem with these statements is that I can’t think of a single game system that they don’t apply to.

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Although you start with more HP than in 1e, keep in mind that not only do weapons penetrate explode hackmawter max numbers, but generally do double the damage of 1e weapons. 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 hackmasterr a parody 4 there are important things missing from HMB that could have gone in those pages.


The deluxe HackMaster Player’s Handbook expands upon Basic with new races, classes, skills, talents and advancement opportunities to 20th level. James Maliszewski February 21, at 5: 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 adjustments and the like.

I have no point of reference for the people 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.


Player characters do not begin play as superheroes. This is because while HackMaster plays like an old-school game, its fluid mechanics more closely models real-life than any previous edition old or new school. This may be eminently warranted by the production values of the books.

In all honesty, character generation isn’t really all that complex or even random, in most instances. I really do like the basic underlying system here.

Please select a support frequency. Its glory is that this a game you can really sink your teeth into; it’s not an airy, calorie-free indie game but a super-sized bacon cheeseburger of the hackmaste school variety. I hope that answers your questions. So I’m left thinking it’s complex for the sake of being complex.