18 Feb Given that, I expected Kenzer & Company’s HackMaster Basic to draw heavily on D&D Basic for inspiration. Other than its title and its cover. (4th Edition); (Basic); (5th Edition). Genre(s), fantasy. System(s), Custom, derived from AD&D system. Spun off from the Knights of the Dinner Table comic strip. HackMaster is a fantasy role-playing game produced by Kenzer & Company. It began as a. 11 Aug HackMaster Basic (free) – Congratulations! In a world where there.

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Fighters fight and should be in front. Honestly people need to start reading some of Zero Punctuation’s reviews. But lots of folks have very awesome campaigns.

The guy makes a good point that a good group of people can make ANY game fun. Log In I am new here.

GROGNARDIA: REVIEW: Hackmaster Basic

I was one of those people thinking “That dice chapter was a waste of space where more important stuff could have gone”, but that idea was before I knew the reasons behind it, and now I’ll give them a pass for that one.

At this point, a fair warning is probably in order. Original electronic Scanned image These products were basid by scanning an original printed edition. This is an interesting design choice that I think goes part of the way toward addressing the usual whines about old school randomness without reducing HackMaster Basic to yet another bland point-buy system. But I agree with James – there are lots of people for whom this will strike a sweet spot.

But then I find commenting on blog posts without actually reading them is standard for a lot of Internet denizens these days. I review plenty of things I haven’t played. I found the book to be a rather enjoyable bssic. We essentially digitally re-master the book. And bookkeeping seems an integral part of HackMaster. The game is needlessly complex and arcane for anything calling itself “basic” and I think that’s a pity, because I can see how one could really enjoy a game like this.



hackmastfr I love the loose imaginative artwork as opposed to the super-detailed grim and gritty of mainstream RPGs. I think the Kenzer hac,master hit the nail right on the head were they say you can make HMB as silly as you want or dead serious.

I, too, was pretty underwhelmed by HMB’s schizophrenic tone. Better ability modifier balance — Kenzerco have gone out of their way to ensure that there are no throw-away stats in Hackmaster Basicor at least make a better show of it than most old school RPGs.

Original electronic format These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Some will no doubt find the concept of Honor a heavy-handed way to enforce “proper” roleplaying and so it is.

Introduction to HackMaster At this point, a fair warning is probably in hackmasterr. On the subject of “gamer culture” and HackmasterI gave up on the original comics very early on, as they completely went over my head. Rick February 18, at 3: I think that’s a very fair review, James. 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 hackmzster or permanent change of pace.

It has all the rules for charactersa decent equipment section, good list of spells and a really good section on monsters. Subscribe to get the free product of the week! I bought this when it first came out and was utterly bewildered by basif. I’d call that a bit of false advertising.

Having played the previous version of Hackmaster I found that: Its very crunchy but there are definitely rules I hackmasfer strip out to use in a more low complexity OSR game like Initiative and Honor. I really enjoy Knights of the Dinner Table, but Hackmaster 4th was way too crunchy for me, plus any game that would encourage the behavior we see around the Knights’ table is kind of scary.


Its very much written with an old school mentality but with some newer rule mechanics for example all the stats have real value, even to a tank fighter and Ive always been a huge fan of the honor rules Kenzer baskc developed. James, Thanks for taking the time to post your review and thoughts.

Played a few session of this, and I hated it. The char gen system for one, while complex, is a cool little solo sub-game by itself. James Maliszewski February 18, at 3: HackMaster Player’s Handbook The deluxe HackMaster Player’s Handbook expands upon Basic with new races, classes, skills, talents and advancement opportunities to 20th level. Developers for Kenzerco have stated on their forums that the world will not be significantly altered for HM 5th.

Newer Post Older Post Home. We did a lot more character creation and laughing than playing in 4th Ed. We’ll see what happens. When you hire legendary gaming artist Erol Otus to do the cover for a new RPG rulebook with the word “basic” in its title, it seems pretty clear to me that a big part of your sales pitch is nostalgia. However, randomness can be mitigated through the use of “Building Points” or BPsusually used to purchase skills and other secondary abilities.

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I may be in the minority, but as a Class of 81 Basic graduate I found the cover off putting. It most definitely is and it’s meant to be played straight.

As an aside I have to say the Otus artwork really grabs me.

For myself, its looseness reminds me uncomfortably of 2e’s XP awards system. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.