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Please Note: The Mecha Hack has everything you need to play! This game is based on The Black Hack, but it’s a full, standalone game, and does not require any additional products in order to use.

Suit up with The Mecha Hack!

If you’re a fan of Gundam, Robotech, Pacific Rim, BattleTech, or Transformers, this is the rules-lite robot RPG you’ve been waiting for.

The Mecha Hack is a tabletop roleplaying game of titanic warmachines and their intrepid pilots, made with The Black Hack.

The Mecha Hack is fast, fluid, and fun, with a focus on cinematic, narrative gameplay inspired by anime and other mecha properties. Inside this A5-sized, 40-page book, you’ll find the complete Mecha Hack ruleset; four mecha chassis and four pilot archetypes; over a dozen add-on modules for your unique mecha; GM tools and mission generators; more than 30 enemy statblocks; printable monsters, mechs, and objects; and so much more!

  • Jump into a full, standalone mecha RPG with everything you need to run a variety of missions – from all-out war, to stealthy skirmishes, to base defense, and more.

  • Overcome challenges with a speedy and simple d20 roll-under resolution mechanic.

  • Form-fillable character sheet PDF and printable A-stand paper miniatures included!

  • Includes unit and terrain tokens for use with virtual tabletops like Roll20!

  • Build your own unique mecha by choosing your chassis, pilot, and modules.

  • Customize your mecha with tons of add-on options: weapons, armor, and consumables.

  • Battle more than 30 unique enemies, including hostile mecha, monstrous kaiju, enemy factions, and more.

  • Capture the tone of the super robot genre like never before with simple rules for overheating reactors, supporting allies, and tactical combat with cover and difficult terrain.

  • Prep games in minutes using the robust GM tools with mission generators and sample challenges.

  • Discover the mini-setting of Lodestar Alpha – a war-torn world of the far future.

  • Enjoy gorgeous, thematic art by Brandish Gilhelm of Runehammer Games.

Build your mecha. Form a fireteam. Drop into the combat zone.

It’s time to suit up, pilots.

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Chloe T January 20, 2022 3:30 pm UTC
Big fan of the Black Hack in all forms here! Was wondering if anyone's had the experience of running it in a Neon Genesis Evangelion-style setting, whether in the established universe or in one inspired by it? I imagine it would be well suited already or at least be mouldable towards it, but can someone confirm? Thanks in advance!
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Jeremy H December 15, 2021 3:03 am UTC
Hello. Would you guys help me boost my current Kickstarter? I'm putting together a third volume of monsters for Black Hack. I have two other volumes here on DriveThru. it's been a few years since I published those and hope to get some additional exposure via the current crop of Black Hackers. Thanks! :^)
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Ryan M September 15, 2021 9:32 pm UTC
The charts are great, and it seems very straight-forward and playable overall, but the decision to go with 5E-style overnight regeneration for giant robots is mind-boggling. I can understand not wanting to get caught up in minor details, but this is on another level.
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Ivan H June 10, 2021 9:35 am UTC
This is an absolute treasure and you would be a fool not to buy it. Runehammer drew it. Also, the content gives a great spin to the Black Hack system. Totally recommending it.
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David P May 18, 2021 2:07 am UTC
Question to Matt C, since I see there's a number of questions posed on here and he's the company representative to answer them. How do you go about balancing encounters for the players? HD = to the number of levels of the player party (IE, 4 level 1 characters = 4HD worth of enemies)? Or some other method?
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John S December 17, 2020 7:54 am UTC
"Capture the tone of the super robot genre like never before with simple rules for overheating reactors, supporting allies, and tactical combat with cover and difficult terrain."

That sounds way more like Real Robot, like Gundam, than Super Robot, like Mazinger Z.
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Brandon J March 03, 2021 1:52 pm UTC
Was just gonna say that haha.
Seriously though, for what the mechanics are, it is EXCELLENT for a Gundam-esque, or VOTOMS style game, or even Code Geass.
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Richard B May 05, 2020 10:01 pm UTC
Quickly became one of my all-time favourites.
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JP G November 05, 2019 5:16 pm UTC
Hey Matt!

Been using this system for a while and was wondering if you had some nice character sheets available? If not could I send some designs your way?
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Christopher A August 27, 2019 9:12 pm UTC
Rules question here, under Disabled Mecha it says "Additionally, when you become disabled, you must roll on the Disabled Mecha table to see what occurs – the effects last until you complete a long rest.". This makes sense to me except for these two:

7 - You take permanent damage. Remove one module. It is destroyed. (seems to contradict the earlier statement of all effects being eliminated upon a long rest, permanent seems to imply that it is there to stay.)
8 - Your mecha is destroyed and your pilot is ejected. (seems a bit strange that you could just get a new mecha after a long rest, particularly if your party took a long rest in the field instead of at a base for instance.)

So officially, how are these two roll supposed to interact with the Disabled Mecha rules?
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John G July 04, 2019 6:43 pm UTC
Matt, since I see you active on here... two questions. Well, first, a comment: I love the book. Great work, kudos to you and the team. Now the questions!

1. Is there a fan community somewhere? Discord, hopefully?
2. Is a second edition planned based on some of the changes in TBH 2.0?

Okay, I lied. Three questions.

3. Any advice on adding a component where the PCs are out of their mecha as much as they are in? I know there's some thought to that in the 'Downtime' passage, but I'm wondering if there's a supplement I don't know about or if you folks have done any more thinking on the subject.

Thanks in advance.
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Matt C July 26, 2019 6:11 pm UTC
Hey John! Thanks for the questions, and for the kind words!

1. We have a fairly active community on Facebook. Search for the Absolute Tabletop: Official Group. We have lots of Mecha Hack games being organized in there!

2. Currently we don’t have any plans for a revised edition.

3. I’m actually working on a book of missions and extra player options that will absolutely include some additional and expanded downtime options!
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David B July 31, 2020 7:17 pm UTC
Is there an eta on the supplement for pilot characters?…just want to know if it’ll be soon, or if I should whip up my own. PS...same artist please :), love his stuff.
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Brian G December 07, 2020 6:41 pm UTC
It's part of a Kickstarter campaign running right now, The Mecha Hack: Mission Manual. It looks like the campaign closes on Dec 18, 2020.
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Ryan D May 31, 2019 2:49 pm UTC
How are attributes generated for monsters? The stat blocks list which attribute their attack is tested against but not a value or how to generate that attribute in a way that's representative of their HD.
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Jean-Francois J June 01, 2019 12:38 pm UTC
My understanding is that the players do all the rolling except for damage.
There are a few good sessions on YouTube that you can look for.
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Matt C July 26, 2019 6:12 pm UTC
Hey Ryan! As Jean-Francois explained, the only rolls the GM makes are damage rolls. Players roll to avoid attacks, rather than attacks being rolled against them. Hope that makes sense!
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Jean-Francois J February 28, 2019 11:58 am UTC
I have not had a chance to play yet. Just watched a few of the online sessions on YouTube.
Have the rules on levels seen much use? I only saw one GM mention the level difference as a modifier.
Also, do they work the other way? In ex. your level 5 pilot fighting 1 Hd « hoppers » at (beneficial) +4? That would simulate nicely the mid-season trope where your heroes are now mowing through the basic troops that gave them trouble initially. Or does the hitpoint difference is enough for balance?
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Matt C March 09, 2019 12:01 am UTC
Hey Jean-Francois! Rules-as-written, there's no reverse modifier for enemies with a lower HD than the mecha. This is mostly handled by virtue of the mecha having better stats, more HP, and more modules. However, you could easily build this rule into your own games without breaking the system, and achieve that "mowing down enemies" feeling you're looking for. Thanks for the question!
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Jean-Francois J March 09, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply!
After watching a few more videos I see it balances pretty well.
Maybe I’ll just keep it in mind for a « mid-season special » and then go back to normal.
I clearly need more time to play!
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Jeremy H November 08, 2018 5:46 am UTC
I've been intrigued by this one for awhile but haven't bought it yet. Would it be possible to use this for PvP types games similar to Battletech?
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Matt C December 11, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Hey Jeremy! Currently there aren't rules in the book for PvP, but it'd be fairly simple to hack some using the base system. I've heard from a few people that they love this system for running BattleTech because of the reactor die system for overheating.
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Sebastián P May 28, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Have you thought on getting this translated into other languages?

I am particularly interested in Spanish.
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Matt C May 29, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Hey there! We hadn't really thought about that, but we will definitely consider it!
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Scott B May 27, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Are there any plans for a print version of this book? Or for Print on Demand to be made available?
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Asher S May 27, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Here's the print version :)
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Matt C May 27, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Hey there Scott! As Asher pointed out, we do have a print version available for pre-order on Absolute Tabletop's online storefront, which includes a free copy of the PDF. We will be offering print-on-demand copies here on DTRPG as well eventually. Thanks for the question!
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