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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I think people are going a little over the top on the complexity angle here. I loved 4th Ed, but the new version I like a lot better.

HackMaster Basic – Designers’ Foreword

From everything I’ve read about Hackmaster 5e, it takes a few sessions to get the hang of, but once you do, it’s pretty intuitive and seems to make sense. Well, HackMaster readdresses many core fundamentals long time roleplayers have come to accept as gospel. How can anyone rpb review a game without playing it? This is a Game written by people who love to play it. Evernevermore February 18, at Hackmaster seems like a hacjmaster with a design mission statement to make me dislike it as much as possible.

There are many stats, derived haackmaster, and hackmastre involved in not only creating a character but also leveling him up. Please understand that my comment here wasn’t a simple dismissal, but rather a legitimate critique. So why another fantasy role-playing game in an already crowded market? Unfortunately, so much of that humor carried over into their “legitimate” edition that it still turns off a lot of gamers who expect more — I dunno, seriousness, I guess?

Greylond February 21, at 6: James Maliszewski February 21, at 5: Until then, it can be a hassle.

I run a game just west of the GTA if anyone ever wants to give it a try. I’m trying haclmaster get past that, to understand what makes this game interestingly different! In all honesty, character generation isn’t really all that rpb or even random, in most instances. Doug February 18, at 8: A quick look at the downloadable character sheet makes the point better than I ever could. Leaves more room to imagine. I hear ya, man. 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.

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Honestly people need to start reading some of Zero Punctuation’s reviews.

I think that’s a perfectly valid point of view, even if my own sympathies lie elsewhere. If your character wants to take an action or change his mind in the middle of an action, by all means, do it! The continent is mapped based on forty-eight “sectors”, each one thousand miles across.

It just looks too much like a fetishistic exercise in book keeping that keeps turning me off. How can you honestly Review a Game that you haven’t Played?

What is HackMaster Basic?

You said it best “it’ll appeal greatly to the kind of people it appeals to” And, truthfully, I think that’s awesome. There are, for example, lots of books, movies, and TV shows that get plaudits for every corner that I simply cannot stand. The game does include a helpful 9-page, text-heavy Knights of the Dinner Table comic strip to show how combat works.

HackMaster was first mentioned in the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. At the same time, keeping track of Building Points can be somewhat tedious and I can’t help but wonder if the character customization they offer is more than ahckmaster by the bookkeeping they necessitate.

As soon as I read, “I didn’t play this game but, I wasn’t keen on the dice chapter either and would consider it a waste of space in most RPGs, but, in HackMasterit’s part of the game’s style. I really, really, really wanted to like it, but alas it was not so.

That gives you the rules for character creation and info enough to run campaigns up to level Archived from the original on August 30, Unless I missed something, XP is gained solely through defeating opponents. Delta February 18, at 3: I think it works really well. I know a lot of people dislike the chapter on dice, but I’m glad it’s in there.


Rules in practice review. Here again, I think the term “basic” is tripping a lot of people up and rightly so. 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. Now hackmastrr few things about HackMaster Basic you should know.


Player characters do not begin play as superheroes. Nothing brings out the genius of HackMaster like actual play. Like it, love it, hate it?

In all likelihood you cut your teeth on another game system and have either picked this game up as a curiosity or plan to move to HackMaster as a temporary jackmaster permanent change of pace. I enjoyed reading the core HackMaster rpb as satire, but was put off by the level of complexity, even for something as fundamental as character creation. That, to me, is its great glory and its great disappointment.

James Maliszewski February 18, at 5: There are over 20 adventures for HackMaster available to download and play with little GM prep work. For most games, having some preconceived notion of what to expect or background experience makes the transition easier. A large group of haclmaster will be a tough fight even for high-level characters, when in other games this would be a cakewalk.