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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Greylond February 21, at 5: There’s a learning curve, but in my opinion it’s a learning curve that’s well worth the end result.

GROGNARDIA: REVIEW: Hackmaster Basic

I wouldn’t recommend trusting a “Review” of HackMaster by anyone that has never played it. All the randomness hackmastfr ever hinders is optimization of your character.

Evernevermore February 18, at Hqckmaster gave 4e more than a fair shot; I DMed and played rpb for more than two years. Want to add to the discussion? Use keywords to find the product you are looking for. The above image is licensed under GPL 2. 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. Doug February 18, at 8: As I noted earlier, HackMaster Basic includes not only quirks and flaws minor advantages and disadvantagesbut also skills, talents, and proficiencies, each of which is subtly different in concept and mechanics.

Benedicto February 18, at 4: You’ll never have enough Building Points to pick up every talent, proficiency, or skill rog you want, so right from the beginning you’re asked to make tough decisions, to decide what’s more important for your character build.


I must be the only one who loves that initiative system.

What is HackMaster Basic?

Tautological though it sounds, I think it’ll appeal greatly to the kind of people it appeals to. When people dismiss a game system as you have, it suggests to me that they subscribe to the belief that there’s One True Way to Play.

While I personally think the humor is great and sets the writing apart from that of a lot of other RPGsI can definitely see how it would grate on some people. Languages Nederlands Edit links. Do not submit hackmadter looking for players, groups or games. The monster section is solid and includes a good stable of creatures hsckmaster use, while the treasure section is a bit spottier, which I suppose is to be expected given HackMaster Basic ‘s focus on levels The Hacklopedia is incredible.

This may be eminently warranted by the production values of the books. I can’t for the life of me work out why anyone would think it’s not a valid game though. I bought this when it first came out and was utterly bewildered by it. Don’t whine about missing until the GM rolls for the orc’s defense. I know nothing of Kalamar, so thanks for pointing that out.

I played a demo of it with a group of friends at GenCon last year.

It looks far more intimidating than it really is, and offers something truly unique that I think just about anyone could appreciate. This is often not so with HackMaster; in fact, complete gaming newbs sometimes command hackmaaster distinct learning-curve advantage over their seasoned RPG counterparts. Not being part of that audience, a lot of goes over our heads or is misconstrued as something it’s not.

However its what I would describe as Neu Old School. HackMaster Basic and its upcoming successor, Advanced HackMaster are free of any such licensing requirements. James February 18, at 7: There’s frankly too much hackmxster that I or anyone else like the same things as everybody else.


James Maliszewski February 18, at 5: After all, it’s intentionally a parody. In a world where there is no shortage of mediocre games, you’ve managed to find one of the true gems.

HackMaster Basic – Designers’ Foreword

To rrpg it inelegantly, this nearly page book provides the rules for ” Basic Advanced HackMaster ” — a cut-down version of what is sure to be lengthy and complex set of fantasy RPG rules. I appreciate the lack of homogenization here, with the fighter being the simple hit-stuff-until-it-dies class suitable for newbies, while mages require more cleverness and rpt to play effectively.

I’d say that’s pretty complete for what a person would need to play the game. 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.

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 offset by the bookkeeping they necessitate. I’d love to start a small campaign with a few buddies one of these days.

I mention this 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.