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"With your trusty battle axe in hand, you leave behind your devastated village and begin to explore the surrounding woods. You call out for your puppy. There is no response. You are just about to give up when you notice an old, strange cave near a canyon wall. The entrance to the cave is muddy. In the mud, you can make out what look like tracks leading into the darkness. What would you like to do?"

Conjuring up some of the classic wonder of the Red Box, the Basic Hack is a friendly approach to fantasy roleplaying game based off of Black Hack and other versions of the original fantasy roleplaying game. Experienced players will discover familiar ground with six stats, 20-side dice, hit points, spells, and monsters. New players will begin with a light-hearted solo adventure to introduce the basics of the game.

What makes the Basic Hack different?

  • Written and playtested to be easy and straightforward for all ages, especially children!
  • No levels. Heroes grow in strength and ability through a story, not necessarily slaying monsters.
  • You can play in minutes with the included solo adventure.
  • Very simple but compatible with a lot of other OSR resources.

Grab a copy and enjoy. Game with a youngster in your life. Reintroduce gaming to an old diehard. Have fun.

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Cynthia C January 30, 2018 8:54 am UTC
Are there any plans for a print-on-demand?
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Nathan H July 21, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Sorry for the long delay in answering this. I thought I had!

Yes. I actually have a LuLu version, but it needs a little bit more work. I imagine it won't take long to put together one for the POD service here.
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Zachary M December 11, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
So, one thing I am wondering about.
Is there a blog where Nathan can be contacted? I did an edit of the cover, and I was wondering if he would be interested in seeing it?
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Nathan H December 11, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
That's awesome! I'd love to see it.

Yes, just added a Contact page on the in progress/being worked on website.
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Newton P November 06, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
A quick question about Magic and Resting:
The section on Resting (pg. 24) says if the party keeps watch during a rest, "...they only gain half their hit points back, but Wizards and Clerics still are able to cast their full number of spells the next day..."
Since the section on Magic (pg. 35) is clear that there is " limits to how many spells a wizard of cleric can cast each day...",
Can't a cleric just cast his healing spell over-and-over (spam) each night? If so, why bother with 1/2 HPs back during a rest?
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Nathan H November 09, 2017 1:26 am UTC
Thanks for the catch! That is an error, and I will fix it. Ignore the text about spells from the Resting section, although you are right - it's a hilarious loophole.

As I meant the Basic Hack to be easy enough to be played with all ages, I heavily simplified a lot of the classic OSRIC rules, so I didn't want anyone playing Clerics and Wizards to have twiddle their thumbs after casting their one spell. But I obviously may need to revisit this or at least provide some limit to their number of spells they can cast.

One easy fix might be to limit Wizards and Clerics to casting a number of spells equal to their HP each day. Once they are out, they must rest. I am working on some updates to Basic Hack hopefully before the end of December.
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