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HackMaster Basic (free)


Congratulations! In a world where there is no shortage of mediocre games, you’ve managed to find one of the true gems. Designed from the ground up to be played at a table with real life friends, this hard-hitting, old-school game makes no qualms about its heritage. This is the way role playing games were meant to be played and we present to you the best of breed.

This version of the game is 'basic' only in that it serves as a gateway to the dynamic thrill of the HackMaster game. Gone are the days of waiting around for your 'turn', of battling static opponents or of being anything but totally in charge of your own destiny.

We want you to try HackMaster so we're letting you download the basic game for free! What have you got to lose?

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll find in this free 231-page PDF:

• A combat system geared for quick, hard-hitting, dynamic action.
• 11 Ready-to-Play characters
• Knock-back rules that eliminate static “conga line of death” battles
• Penetration damage, damage reduction from armor and shields and revamped ranged combat rules, including shield 'cover'
• A combination of slot and spell point system that allows for 'straight up' mage play but at the same time allows your mage to change spells on the fly or increase a spell’s range, duration and other effects
• 70+ spells (including Skipping Betty Fireballs and Heat Seeking Fist of Thunder)
• Classic fantasy races (dwarf, elf, halfling, human) and classes (fighter, thief, mage, and cleric) for your campaign
• Five clerical classes to choose from!
• An all-new thief statistic: Luck Points!
• Quirks and flaws that transform your PC into a real character
• Building Point rules that let you customize a character to your own style (there are no ‘cookie cutter characters' here!)
• Quick-Start rules for even faster character creation 
• Skills, Talents and Proficiencies (including all weapons and armor) and specialization open to every character class... for a price
• Honor tightly integrated into play and with more flexible usage
• GameMaster chapters with treasure tables, 75 monsters, magic items, tips and more
• Three adventures included so you can start gaming immediately

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March 29th, 2018
I've been looking for rules lite, which this isn't, but tight. Love the time keeping battle mechanic. Combat is very detailed without being a bit clunky. This is the most professionally concise game mechanics I've seen. Use this core for your campa [...]
October 24th, 2013
Years ago this product came out with great fanfare, I bought a printed copy, and eagerly awaited the full product. THAT KENZER CO TOOK ALMOST 5 YEARS TO FINALLY RELEASE!!! NOW THEY GIVE THIS AWAY FOR FREE?! THANKS FOR TAKING MY MONEY AND THEN LAUGHIN [...]
October 16th, 2012
Hackmaster is an extensive set of rules. I am rating it based on this fact. While the five star and four star reviews will rate the game based on what it can do (and, in a detailed fashion), it also shows one important fact: if you are going to make TH [...]
October 14th, 2012
A stupendous treasure of three books rolled into one, with comics and colour pages found therein. Don't let the term 'basic' fool you: material for players, game masters and on monsters alike are richly detailed. Feels ready to play with so much depth [...]
Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
September 13th, 2012
Originally posted at: I think Hackmaster falls pretty firmly in the retro-clone category. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on August 11, 2012.