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If you know about The White Hack, The Rad Hack, and The Black Hack, you know where this is headed. BLUEHACK™ is a traditional tabletop role-playing game, played with paper, pencils and dice – it uses the Holmes Basic edition of that Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game as an inspiration, but it aims to create a distinct, streamlined flavour all of its own.

As with all hacks, this is a living document - if you have any ideas, requests, suggestions (or if you spot any errata!), please let me know!

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Jeremy H May 27, 2018 10:50 am UTC
I love this one. It's definitely my favorite version of The Black Hack derivatives. I also love McAusland art. However, seeing 90% of the character art being the kickbutt fight fight fight female seems a bit of an over-representation. Great product all the same, but the meme is wearing thin.
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Dwight F March 29, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Great product.

Question: Is the Magic Missile an automatic hit?

Races: At first glance it seems Elves and Dwarves have an advantage over Humans.
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Michael T March 31, 2018 10:04 am UTC
Magic missile always requires s roll to hit (Jim!), at least in my games. In your game, it's up to you - that's the fallback position whenever rules are not specific. Mechanically, demi-humans tend to outperform humans. Again, how you run with that in your game is your choice. Are humans dominant and demi-humans shunned or discriminated against? Or are humans just weaker and downtrodden?
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James N December 09, 2017 4:28 am UTC
Michael, I love this! Two questions.
1 - Why in the world did you use that odd illustration for the cover? Please fix! Ha ha!
2 - Any chance of a POD?
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Michael T December 09, 2017 4:43 am UTC
Thanks, James, I'm glad you like it! In answer to your questions:

1 - The troll's head on the cover is a reference to the J. Eric Holmes short story of the same name published in issue #31 of The Dragon, done in the style of the TBH severed hand.

2 - Coming in 2018 when I get some art. ;-)
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Chad K October 23, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Is there a Red hack? Based on the basic red set by Moldvay .
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Michael T October 29, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
There was a Red Hack in development, but I'm not sure it ever made it into publication. I'm not sure whether anyone ever made a Moldvay Hack (which could be red based on the book cover, or magenta based on the box). However, there is a Basic Hack, which is based on the 1983 "Red Box" version of the world's most popular role-playing game.
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Jeremy H April 10, 2017 2:47 am UTC
Hi! This is one of my favorite hacks. I prefer the way you handled armor in this one. Would you consider adding other races? Or possibly some guidelines on using monsters as characters? I believe in the Holmes edition they mentioned monstrous PCs but offered no guidelines. Great little game as is though. :^)
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Michael T April 10, 2017 3:11 am UTC
Thanks, Jeremy, I'm glad you like it!

In fact, I am running a Kickstarter for the BLUEHOLME™ Journeymanne Rules at the moment, which covers levels 1-20. Journeymanne includes rules to let players create characters of any species (like dreenoi, for example), as well as rules for creating combination classes like "fighting mage" or "fighting clerical thief". You might want to check it out, because the prices are lower than they will be when Journeymanne is released to the public.

I will be looking into further material for BLUEHACK™ after the Kickstarter, too. :-)
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Luca C December 06, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
After a first reading , I really like it; but I already had some questions; why some creatures have no hit dice (blank space) like the Manticora for ex.?
And how many HPs creatures have...there's nothing written about it and it makes impossible to start playing.
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Michael T December 06, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Well-spotted! Version 1.3 coming up.
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Luca C December 06, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Thank you so much for your super fast reply and the nice news ^_^ !!!
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September 11, 2016 1:32 pm UTC
Michael: Thanks for doing a TBH product...a suggestion and also a typo found...1. Under Armour Points, I would suggest clarifying that section as to does every hit taken reduce the damage, or is it only the first hit in combat and requires a rest period like the original TBH?'s not really clear as written.
2. Fighter page: You have Start HP as 1d10 +4 and Halfling 1d8+4, then under HP per level/Resting: 1d12 and 1d10...I believe the HP per level/Resting should be 1d10 and 1d8 instead.
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Michael T September 11, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Thanks for those comments. Yes, the fighter thing is a typo. Armour Points are a little different from TBH - lower values but no usage die, so the AP are subtracted from every attack. I'll see about clarifying that in version 1.2!
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September 11, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Thanks for the clarification Michael...enjoying it so far!
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