With respect to trademarks: HackMaster is a registered trademark of Kenzer and Company. Hacklopedia of Beasts, the Kenzer and Company logo. I’m reviewing the Hackmaster PHB. The HackMaster Player’s Handbook, from the cover, is unmistakably a parody of the Player’s Handbook. HackMaster, the game of choice for the Knights of the Dinner Table. As for cost, the Hackmaster PHB costs the same as most other main gaming system books.

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Most HackMaster characters even have one or more weaknesses that make the road to hero even more difficult. The hackaster system stays in total opposition to the D20 skill system.

I could write a lot more but beeing a german it was allready quite alot of work to write this review. With the GM being pjb powerful, this player vs. Close to perfect, very collectible. HackMaster characters are rolled and then modified. When only one condition is listed, then the box and contents are in the same condition.

Hackmaster uses Building Points or BPs for part of the character generation. Do not let the name fool you. This is one of my favorite chapters as it provides far more backgorund information to charakters as the normal player typically write down.

Talking about Building Points: On the other hand, the Game Master is supposed to take advantage of the quirks and flaws to make the characters’ lives miserable the HackMaster GameMaster’s Guide covers this in detailso hideously min-maxed characters probably won’t last long. Than starts the huge amount of appendixes where you find descriptions of the skills, talents, spells, character creation as well as advancement step by step explanations and a lot of other usefull stuff.

Player Character Record Version 1. I felt that I had to write it The overwhelming majority of rules for this game come straight from the old 1st ed. Take your next step out of the ordinary with the new edition of the HackMaster fantasy role-playing game!

Once again, an experienced GM will be able to weed through the parody and pull out the nuggets of gold, but a better written PHB without the parody quite so in your face would be a better resource for those wanting to play a more “serious” style rpg.


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A major addition is honor, and Jolly Blackburn and David Kenzer have a great story about what Dave’s Knight Errant did to maintain his honor. Like new with only the slightest wear, many times indistinguishable from a Mint item.

This bonus or penalty is significant enough so that player’s spend a lot of time worrying about their Honor as the game is played. But let me begin from the start Talents are what feats are for D20, just some special knowledge or talent which could bot be learned as a skill.

Arguably if not factually the most popular fantasy story of all is such a tale. As a player the creation process is much more fun than many other systems out there, as a gamemaster rule concepts like honor and fame provide you with a great tool to keep your group under control without using the alignement rule club! For example, characters with a few exceptions get an additional 20 hit points at first level.

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See Hackmaster is a playable game and a joke. Item is complete unless noted. Complete and very useable. Modifications to the rolled character require the use of Building Points BPs. I rate this product five out of five and urge you to take a look at it instead of just dismissing the game as a joke.

We root for him as he overcomes the odds on his journey to becoming one of the most storied heroes of Middle Earth.

One of the great additions to Hackmaster is the concept of group honor as well as group alignement, which has influence to the individual charakter alignement as well as the individual charater honor. Roberts- You are incorrect. While I don’t see any real need for an atttribute wholly concerned with attractiveness, honor plays a major part during an Hackmaster seesion and provides help to the player with extra dice AND the gamesmaster more on this in chapter 5.


Play HackMaster for a few sessions and you will realize that this is the last fantasy roleplaying game you will ever need. Players can then use building points to increase the ability yackmaster wait and as they increase in level their abilities will increase gradually as well.

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Talents in the system are also new. Some Context To help you understand the opinions that I’m about to present, it may help to know that I’m an old-school gamer, so the big question for me when I first looked at HackMaster was whether or not it was a worthy successor to the games that I started playing almost 30 years ago: But HackMaster includes another element overlooked by the other games — the journey to becoming a hero.

This is not to say that other games are not fun, but I submit to you, gentle reader, that the journey from hero to superhero is less hxckmaster and therefore less enjoyable than the journey from average to hero to superhero. Absolutely no tears and no marks, a collectible condition. Are you considered a lowly deck swab or are you cheered when you walk down the cobbled streets of Farzey?

HackMaster characters also track their Honor. The third chapter is about the classes and there are a lot in the core rules allready. Maybe I am on the low end of the learning curve, but I am still not sure I understand just exactly how some work. The new rules didn’t really add alot. Now a group of six kobolds might actually kill a character or hackmastsr if you’re not careful.

Furthermore, the jokes are funny. What I’ve found is that HackMaster is indeed the game that best recreates the feeling of wonder and excitement that gaming was about back then, and the Player’s Handbook is one of the critical elements that lets you do this.

So what has changed?