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The Blood Hack

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You are a chosen of The Blood, caught in the macabre dance of their nightly existence. The mortal world and its restraints are behind you, but freedom comes at a cost. 

Now you prey upon those you may have once loved or acknowledged as equals. What effect does this change have on you and your actions?

Yet vampires aren’t alone. The world teems with supernatural beings hiding from mankind. Many are enemies of The Blood, fighting over scarce resources.

 But their greatest foes are also their prey who would rise up and destroy them if they learn the truth.

Welcome to The Blood Hack a love letter to dark games of the 90's that allow you to play the monster! In The Blood Hack you will find the following:

  • Four different Blood Houses to choose from
  • A plethora of Blood Gifts to differentiate your vampire
  • Rules for Blood Rituals, the dark magic practiced by some vampires
  • Usage die mechanics to cover both the character's use of blood and their morality
  • Rules to help play in the modern night, including guns, vehicles and chase mechanics
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Mark F November 06, 2023 1:30 am UTC
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First off I just want to say I think the game is great, I really like the vibe. The Tzimisce are my favorite V:tM clan, but I always felt that having Dracula just be a Tzimisce was kind of underwhelming for the most iconic vampire in literature, so I really like what you've done by making him be the founder of the Dracul. Now I'm a bit confused on firearms, I might be missing something but my understanding is that your class determines your damage die, so then what would be the point of purchasing a heavy pistol if it does the same amount of damage as a light pistol, and costs more?
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TIMOTHY B December 03, 2023 2:27 pm UTC
I've read several Black Hack games and here is my guess at this answer. Any weapon with the "heavy" tag follows the "two hand weapon" rule. You add +2 to your attack roll and damage roll making it harder to hit but does more damage. If that's not the case here it is something you can use as a difference maker until the creator replies.
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Jason S February 27, 2023 12:40 am UTC
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First, this is a great book. I am currently developing a setting based on the 80s movie The Lost Boys and this will be the core of it. I have a question about feeding. Maybe I missed it but how does this work? I'm not talking about the usage die but if the players find a human they want to feed on what happens next?
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Matthew S May 22, 2023 9:15 am UTC
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Hello! Apologies for the long delay. I don't seem to get notifications anymore.

I hope you found the answer to your question already, but if you didn't, it is explained on page 26. The gist is that humans have 2 dice worth of blood. They can survive losing one, but losing both will kill them.
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Fredrick R January 04, 2023 6:10 am UTC
How compatible with Cthulhu Hack is it?
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Matthew S May 22, 2023 9:45 am UTC
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Sadly, I do not have that Hack. I would imagine it would be compatible, though vampires will be much tougher than normal human characters.
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James W July 04, 2022 10:02 pm UTC
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I would love to see a werewolf hack, Did anything ever come out of that? Would buy in a second!
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Vicente D August 02, 2021 5:02 am UTC
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I’m a bit confused by how sleeping works. So vamps sleep every day and need to drink blood at least every night? That’s how it seems from this sentence “If a vampire goes to sleep without feeding at least a swallow of blood that night, rising will cost them a Blood Usage Die roll.” But the very next sentence states vampires blood usage die rolls are based on their morality. And morality also states that a WIS check is used to wake up “if need be.” Does that mean if their life is in danger?
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Matthew S May 22, 2023 9:52 am UTC
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Apologies for the long delay!

Yes, vamps sleep during the day. Their morality determines how often they need to feed. So a starting character with d6 morality, only needs to feed once every 3 nights and sleeps only for 6 hours. The WIS check to wake up is when they are in danger.
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Joey R June 08, 2020 8:16 pm UTC
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I just got the print copy in the mail and I can’t put it down! I’m hoping you can help me because I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the blood usage die- specifically on page 26: “on a roll of 1-2 blood usage die, the vampire gains more blood.“ Does that mean we roll to see if we are successful In acquiring blood anytime we drink, or is that specific to smaller animals in droves? Thanks for an awesome game!
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Matthew S May 22, 2023 10:04 am UTC
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So sorry I never got back to you! That line of text you mention is referencing drinking from small animals (like rats and cats and dogs). Their blood is so weak that it is unlikely to sustain the vampire, to the point that their blood die only improves after they drain such a creature and roll a 1-2 on their blood usage die (i.e. the larger their die, the harder it is to feed off small animals). Hope this makes more sense.
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Jonathan R May 23, 2020 8:39 pm UTC
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Very much enjoying Blood Hack for my London Blitz-set campaign. Great iideas here. There's a review on fenorc.co.uk and I'm starting to tinker with house rules and homebrew additions
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Matthew S June 05, 2020 7:29 pm UTC
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I am so glad to hear that! I'll have to check that out! I can't get the new Bloodline rules to load, but I like your Houserules!
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Ryann Q August 29, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
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Question for the publisher: do you have any plans to do any other modern monstery hacks? (Werewolves, spellcasters, etc?)
Absolutely love this hack!

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Matthew S September 08, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
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Thanks!

I have mulled over how to handle Werewolves in a way that would be satisfying. I've not yet nailed it down. I've also said that if it this became a Copper Seller, I would release a supplement for it, so...(looking up at the top of the listing) I guess I have to do that now... ;)
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Ryann Q September 14, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
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I ended up writing a 16-ish page patch to play Witches for my group. I started typing some notes for Werewolves but I'm not having much luck either!
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Matthew S September 14, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
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Oh cool! I'd love to see that!
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Ryann Q September 15, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
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I'll send it to you if you like. It's a rough working draft right now.
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Randall O February 05, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
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I'd also love to see it!
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Ryann Q February 09, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
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Shoot me your email address and I'll send you the most recent working draft.
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Matthew S June 05, 2020 7:33 pm UTC
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I'm a bit slow on this. How can I send you my email privately?
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Ryann Q July 01, 2020 11:08 pm UTC
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mcwieg@gmail.com
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Tony M January 10, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Call me a bluff old traditionalist if you will but a credits page isn't much of a preview.
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Matthew S January 10, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
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No, that's a very good point! Sorry for that...used some standard settings and forgot to expand them. Will do so now.
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